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Martin O'Neill says he has no worries about the attitude of Curtis Davies who has found himself on the bench having been replaced by Carlos Cuellar recently.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


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!
28/10/2008 11:15:00
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.
28/10/2008 11:32:00
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
"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.
28/10/2008 12:45:00
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.
28/10/2008 16:31:00
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
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.
28/10/2008 18:29:00
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!
28/10/2008 20:30:00
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
Bob - agree wholeheartedly. Does this include someone like Barton tho?
29/10/2008 06:47:00
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