Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa Boss Happy With Strength Of Defence

Villa Boss Happy With Strength Of Defence

Martin O'Neill says he has no worries about the attitude of Curtis Davies who has found himself on the bench having been replaced by Carlos Cuellar recently.

He also talks of the strength in depth at the club for centre backs and says they are all top class.

MON said: 'Curtis has been excellent. We as a team had a tough time at Stamford Bridge, so I made some changes. Curtis is the least of my concerns. He’s so strong mentally so that is not a problem. He’s played a lot of games for us so how can there be frustration the first time that he’s not started a game? I’m not saying that we will be rotating in the manner that other clubs with bigger resources than we have at the moment are able to do, but we will rotate.'

He also says he hasn't been dropped due to form: 'It’s not a problem. Overall I have actually been pretty pleased, but I think people start to run away with the fact that if somebody is not in the starting line-up they must be playing dreadfully. That wasn’t the case.' And on the strength in depth

'I think it’s brilliant to have three centre halves here that have real genuine quality in different aspects as well. It’s really good. Curtis Davies has done and will do exceptionally well. Martin Laursen has been a tower of strength here and Carlos has come in and been really excellent. I’m absolutely delighted. We’ve got Zat Knight as well and Zat in many aspects might be the unluckiest one of the lot after his performances last year from when he signed.'

He also says he would be happy to play any four of them in combination.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 28 2008
Time: 10:49AM

Comments

0
Still happy!, excellent. Mr the Fear Sir, please could you find it in your heart to not use photos of the mighty Villans that make them look Gormless!
steff_the_villan
28/10/2008 11:15:00
0
Thats a bit deep. "to have three centre halves here that have real genuine quality". He should have said 4 really, even if Zat isn't of the same quality its not very nice to just leave him out of the mentioning. I'd be pretty upset by that if I were Zat.
PTP
28/10/2008 11:32:00
0
Yes, did think that PTP! Sorry Steff, will write 1000 lines tonight 'I must do better' LOL
The Fear
28/10/2008 12:40:00
0
"Zat in many aspects might be the unluckiest one of the lot after his performances last year from when he signed" Actually I think the fans have been unluckiest with Zat's performances from when he signed. Harsh but true.
Platypus
28/10/2008 12:45:00
0
I beg to differ, Platypus. That's harsh but untrue. Even if you personally don't rate Zat highly (and others might disagree with you) on the occasions Zat has played, he has been the best player that Aston Villa have had available and, as far as I could tell, he always gives 100%. Does that deserve your kind of comment? Do you tell your wife that she'll do for now, but you're sure you can find better? IMO, Zat deserves our support and encouragement, not snide comments.
BobTheBuilder
28/10/2008 16:31:00
0
lol, sorry Bob, just got this image of telling a wife 'you'll do for now' no man would get out alive surely!?
The Fear
28/10/2008 18:02:00
0
Zat is nowhere near as good as the other 3. Simple. He may give 100% but that doesn't mean that you would pick him over any of the others. They all give 100% really and that is down to MON and his man management as much as the players themselves. Really impressed with Luke Young aswell but we have had nothing to compare him with after not having a proper right back for so long.
Villan444
28/10/2008 18:29:00
0
Sorry Fear - therapy might be a good option if there are nightmares ... :o) - Villan444, there is a difference between debating how good a player is and comparing him to other players, and effectively slagging him off for daring to play for our club. IMO, if a player pulls on the shirt and gives 100%, he not only deserves our support, but only a prawn sandwich would deny it to him. If you support a club you must support the club's players. What is the point of pulling your own guys down? Does anyone believe that does the team any good whatsoever? Strange psychology!
BobTheBuilder
28/10/2008 20:30:00
0
I think therapy for me is long over due mate but I also get the feeling I'm a lost cause...!!!!!
The Fear
28/10/2008 20:48:00
0
Bob - agree wholeheartedly. Does this include someone like Barton tho?
Steve64k
29/10/2008 06:47:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Aston Villa FA Cup 3rd Round Away To Spurs On BBC

The Official site have confirmed that Aston Villa`s FA Cup 3rd round game v Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane will be screened on BBC.

An Interview With A Wigan Fan Ahead Of Villa Park Clash

An interview with Barry from Vital Wigan ahead of the weekends clash between Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic

The Xia Interview - Part 4 - Will He Sell Aston Villa?

The final part of our look at the Tony Xia interview. Will he build Aston Villa to sell it on?

Villa Fan (Opinion Piece) 5 Opponents I Hate

Juan Pablo Angel on the five opponents he hates!

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

The Vital Villa Player Of November
Suggested By: JP Fear
Gollini9%
Hutton1%
Chester5%
Baker5%
Westwood2%
Amavi3%
Jedinak30%
Gardner1%
Grealish2%
Gestede1%
Kodjia33%
Adomah 5%
Ayew1%
Other2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Straight fight between Wehrlein & Bottas for M
Latest Vital Boxing News
Groves to Fight Chudinov for WBA Title
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 18 2016 12:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 29 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear195
2.JuanPabloAngel124
3.HeathfieldRoad187493
4.sirdennis83
5.TuBBz70
6.BodyButter66
7.Stephen Jay Hawkings55
8.Wurzel47
9.DeanoVilla39
10.Melon Donkey32
The Vital Football Members League