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Barry & Sidwell Say Villa ARE Top Four Contenders

Barry & Sidwell Say Villa ARE Top Four Contenders

Both Steve Sidwell and potentially more importantly Gareth Barry have said that Villa should consider themselves top four contenders following the win at the Emirates.

Sid said: 'We will let other people do the talking about the top four. We know what we want to achieve and we have got the ability to achieve it. If we can perform like that for the rest of the season then we have a good chance.'

He admits that consistency is crucial and warns the 2-0 against Arsenal won't matter if we don't now go on a run of good results.

The former Reading and Chelsea player explains 'We can take hope and pride from the Arsenal win and take it into the two home matches.' adding it was crucial to get back to winning ways following the Newcastle and Middlesbrough games.

He also says 'we can’t celebrate too hard because we have got Man United on Saturday.'

I wonder if Gareth Barry is starting to be convinced that he can achieve his dreams of Champions League football whilst at Villa? Hope so!

He not only thinks that Villa can compete for the top four but he declared after the weekend victory; 'Now bring on the champions!' adding, 'Can we beat United? I don’t see why not. We can give them a good game. Our record against them is pretty terrible but this win sets us up nicely. I’ve played in a lot of games so it’s a bit difficult to recall them all but I am sure the manager will say that was the best performance under him.'

Can we beat Manchester United? Gulp.... Heart says yes, but the old head just worries about getting too excited judging by our years of disappointment. Still, we've got to do it again one year, why not dream of a stupendous double eh?!?!

Do you think that Barry is coming round now? Starting to believe it might well be worth his while staying at Villa instead of trying to resurrect the deal to go to Liverpool?

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday November 17 2008
Time: 3:37PM


I believe Barry knows the LFC chance went when Riera came in and will now wait to see where Spurs/Arsenal come at the end of the season...I still don't think he'll committ and will run down his contract...we will need to buy a VERY GOOD replacement. I hope he stays though.
17/11/2008 16:47:00
Think if we do finish top 4 he'll stay. Also think Sidwell is going to become a very important player for us.
The Fear
17/11/2008 17:22:00
its no surprise petrovs return to the team and we won. we've looked lost without him. and i never thought id be saying that a few years ago!!!! thee guy adds a touch of class and calmness that we need. sidwell will improve too, he'll be class the more he plays. just hope we stay clear from injuries like last year!!
17/11/2008 20:43:00
For me, he'll go to Spurs. They've got the money, Harry loves him, and has tried to get him before. He's the sort of player they need, and he's a Spurs fan. I'll take the money.
18/11/2008 10:12:00
I hope he stays, but until he comes out and says himself that he'd like to it's in my head that he'll be going. As for beating Man United...those guys LOVE playing us, and seem to notch it up at a whim to give us a spanking - can't see us winning.
18/11/2008 15:32:00
If key players are voicing those sentiments, then clearly we have to believe that we have a chance. We're closing the gap, certainly at a speedier rate than I ever dreamt possible when MON and RL first walked through the Villa Park doors.
18/11/2008 18:06:00
As for the United game this weekend, who knows? Our home form has been far from convincing, but United will pour at us giving us the sort of defending to do that we often are on the receiving end of when playing away from B6, so maybe they'll just play into our hands, a la Chelsea last season, and we can pick them off on the break.
18/11/2008 18:10:00
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