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The Villa Times - 26/09/2008

The Villa Times - 26/09/2008

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Back by popular demand, the AV Former Players Association and Villa Old Stars are holding the AV Legends Greyhound Night. Full details: The Villa Legends Are Going To The Dogs

Stats for Villa v QPR: Click Here
Match report Villa v QPR: Arrogant Villa Crash Out Of Cup
A more level headed report by Dan Jones: Another Review Of Our League Cup Defeat
Vital QPR eds opinion on the game: Opponents View On Villa v QPR
Martin O'Neill's verdict after the QPR game: Bitterly Disappointed

Lee Lindsay says the cup exit was a blessing in disguise. I went out in disguise once, I dressed as myself and sure enough, no one knew me... Blessing In Disguise?

Martin Laursen says it is important that Villa bounce back against Sunderland. He told the Birmingham Mail, "We wanted to do well in the Carling Cup and we picked a very strong team on Wednesday so we are very disappointed. But we have a game tomorrow and we have a very good chance to bounce back. I hope that people don`t think that we have a bad team now and think we play some bad football because we have done so well. We had a brilliant week last week. The cup was a big disappointment because we really went for it but still we are fourth in the league. We had a very good result in the UEFA Cup. Okay we did not do well against QPR but everything else has been good so far this season."

The Sheriff is in town with another, that was the week that was ... or something like that: The Week In Villa #5 (19/9/08 - 26/9/08)

An article asking where the Villa fans were against QPR the other night and a poll round up. Villa Fans - Where Were You? We also asked the same in a poll and the majority, with 39%, said they simply lived too far away for midweek games. 18% looked into the future and so voted: I knew what was coming and couldn't face it. 17% said they had been hit by the credit crunch and just couldn't afford it. Don't rate the Carling Cup (9%) Work/family commitments (9%) Just didn't fancy it (8%)

Vital Villan: Many eyebrows were raised last night when it was announced that Gareth Barry would lead the squad again. Martin O'Neill's attitude was simply that 'in the scheme of things it`s really unimportant.' With Laursen and Reo-Coker rested, Barry became the next obvious choice, but O'Neill has said that Laursen will continue as club captain at the weekend. Full quotes: Laursen Is Still Club Captain

Vital Villan: Brad Guzan has spoken about a mix of emotions on the official site today after making his debut, but seeing us crash out of the Carling Cup again. Guzan had very little to do all match to be fair, the few things asked of him he handled competently. I'm sure all those who have seen the goal will agree with me, there was nothing he could've done about it. 'I was pleased to make my first start but I am desperately disappointed we lost the game. Any time you make an appearance, it's great but when you come into a competition like this and you can't get a result, it's frustrating. It's particularly annoying because I thought we were the better team and created the better chances. But at the end of the day, football is about results.' Full article: Guzan - A Tale Of Two Emotions

An article by avfc48 on the selection dilemma's for Martin O'Neill: Villa - Spoilt For Choice

Vital Villan: This has everyone confused now doesn't it, do I mean the crap TV X Factor my missus forces on our TV every week, or not? It could be the X Factor as a buzz word, for something special this season....but sadly it's the former. Speaking on the official site today Gareth Barry took time out to talk about Phil Bardsley ahead of our match against Sunderland. I'm sure everyone remembers Bardsley, who Philled in at right back whilst on loan from Man U for a period. But what does this have to do with the title, well if you give me a second I'll get there.... To see if my co-ed starts to make sense at any point in this article... and for the love of comedy I hope he doesn't.. see the full article: Do Villa Have The X Factor

Vital Villan: In what seems to be a new feature on the official site, Martin O'Neill has given a pep talk preview ahead of the Sunderland match. I say new feature, but he could've been doing this since he arrived at the club - I'm not the most observant. Anyway, O'Neill has called for the team to put Wednesday's Deja vu behind them and build on our league form, he always praised the team for taking four points from a possible six so far on home soil. 'We have to go out there - put the disappointment of Wednesday to one side - and go and try and win the game. We now have to focus on the excellent league form. The Premier League is the be-all-and-end-all in the grand scheme of things anyway. Other than the QPR game, I have been pleased with our home form.' Full quotes: Back On Track For Sunderland

Thought for the day: Love the neighbour. But don't get caught!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday September 26 2008
Time: 5:45PM


The Carling Cup defeat will anger me for some time. I really fancied our chances of a decent run in the tournament, luck of the draw allowing, this time around. Good article there by '48. Well worth the read.
27/09/2008 22:14:00
Disappoionting turn out for the Rangers game, but at least we improved upon that turnout with close to 40,000 punters on hand today.
27/09/2008 22:16:00
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