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The Villa Times - 09/10/2009

The Villa Times - 09/10/2009

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Our Premiership games against Wigan and Middlesbrough have both been put back by 24 hours due to our UEFA Cup involvement. Our clash with Wigan at the JJB Stadium will now take place on October 26, with a 3pm kick off. Our match against Boro at Villa Park will now take place on November 9, also with a 3pm kick off.

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I'm shocked by this poll result, as is a good mate and season ticket holder who emailed me saying it was a disgrace!!! Apparently the majority would prefer to finish fourth in the Premier League rather than win the FA Cup or UEFA Cup. Surely not? Majority Would Take 4th Place Over Cup Win

Lots of UEFA Cup talk including Martin Jol saying Villa are favourites for the group. No pressure then! Is this the kiss of death? Martin Jol has told Hamburg's official site that Villa are favourites to win the group. I don't like us being favourites, I'd much rather be the underdogs! The former Spurs man, who is now flying high in the Bundesliga said: 'It’s a nice group, and it should produce some good games. Ajax Amsterdam are a big club, but for me Aston Villa are the favourites to win the group.' Adding, 'Slavia Prague are experienced and they have strengthened, while MSK Zilina continue to be a very compact team, they are second in the Slovakian table at the moment. We,re looking forward to these fixtures.' Full quotes and Ajax managers opinion for the home tie v Villa as well: Villa Tipped As Favourites In UEFA Group

Vital Villan has been well on form with his titles to articles recently! As below:

Vital Villan: Steve Sidwell is hoping to be in contention for the upcoming clash against fellow UEFA hopefuls Portsmouth. Sid has definitely not really been well since joining the club from Chelsea, spending most of the time on the injury table. However, he stepped up his comeback yesterday in a behind closed doors reserve friendly against Leicester City and has now picked out October 18 as a potential first team return date. Incidentally, the friendly finished 2-2. Speaking on the official site Sidwell is raring to go and is hopeful he can now start his Villa career properly. 'I've had a game now and I'll carry on training throughout the week and then maybe play a few reserve games. There's fitness there to recover so if it goes well hopefully I will be in the manager's thoughts for the Portsmouth game. Full article: Sid To Get Well For Pompey

Vital Villan: No not of the Round Table, it's the Zattish sort. After seeing and experiencing Euro nights from the stands as a wee kiddy, Zat Knight is relishing the chance to experience them from the pitch. We all know Zat is a Villan, and that as a youngster he spent many an hour freezing his nuts off in the stands, but speaking on the official site he revealed Martin O'Neill was adamant about gaining European qualification when he was tempted from Fulham, and that now it's a reality. 'I experienced some great European nights at Villa Park as a young kid on the terraces so to have the possibility of going through it as a player is a dream. That's why I came here. I believed in Martin O'Neill when he said he wanted European football - and that's a reality now. Full article: European Knights

Vital Villan: Martin O'Neill has said he will use our scouts fully so that both he and the team are completely prepared for the European challenges that lay ahead. With the announcement of our matches against Ajax, Hamburg, Slavia Prague and Zilina, we have to be honest and admit that although Group F is one of the most open groups in the competition and we've avoided the big boys, there are still good teams in our group and progression is by no means guaranteed. Full quotes: Europe Gives The Scouts A Job

Setanta have picked West Ham United v Aston Villa on Saturday 20 December to be televised. The game will now kick off at 5:30pm.

Martin O'Neill says that Stiliyan Petrov is now showing his best form. The Villa boss told AVTV 'Villa fans are seeing the best of Stiliyan now. He is remarkably consistent. I think he was showing that form at the back end of last season. It was the sort of form I knew he was capable of from his days at Celtic. I think he has carried it on this season too. Every game he has shown ability and consistency of performance. He has stood out.' Adding, 'He is performing in games and influencing them too. That's the big, big thing. The crowd have responded too.'

A timely reminder of the standing of Aston Villa as we are 5th in the all time Premier League table: Villa In Top Five All Time Premier League Table

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James Milner says he will gladly sit out the rest of the season if it means Villa win! He also says Villa do have a realistic chance of finishing in the top four this season. Do you agree? Top four? Not totally sure myself but do think we have an outside chance IF we can keep our players fit until January and stay within shouting distance; and then as the icing on the cake, bring in yet more quality in the transfer window. Dreamland or possible? Milner does concede that talk is easier than reality! 'Saying that, it's one thing me saying things but we should do our talking on the pitch.' Full quotes from the Villa winger: Milner Says Top 4 Is Possible For Villa

Thought for the day: A dog goes into a hardware store and says: 'I'd like a job please'. The hardware store owner says: 'We don't hire dogs. Why don't you go join the circus?' The dog replies: 'What would the circus want with a plumber'.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday October 9 2008
Time: 3:15PM


About time our scouts were allocated a meaningful task or two to perform. Thorough reports will certainly be needed to help achieve our aim of a decent run in europe. Might even spot a more than useful player or two, with January in mind.
04/11/2008 16:51:00
Its been something of a long road for Stevie Sidwell to reach fitness. Hopefully we'll soon see him in meaningful action. I think that he has a lot to offer this team.
04/11/2008 16:53:00
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