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Are We Back To The Good Old Villa?

Are We Back To The Good Old Villa?

Are We Back To The Good Old Villa?

Watching the results go by during the new era at Villa under the steady wing of MON and the ownership of Randy, have we finally got back to the good old Villa we all know to love and hate? By this I mean have we turned the corner and got back to where we were in the early to mid nineties under the stewardship of Little and Big Ron?

These were the days when Villa could hold there own against the big boys and still flatter to deceive along the way. Have we now returned to the point where we can match Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool consistently and then fail graciously against the lesser boys?

Comparisons can be drawn this season against these years in the 90’s when we were always on the verge of something bigger, only for self belief and mostly lack of ambition by the previous owner to push us over the final barrier.

I for one hope we are at this point but can now push further and show the Premiership we are here for the long haul and challenge for major honours. We certainly have the backing of the board and hopefully the players will show some belief which lacked in the 90’s.

This weekend is another of those occasions we all looked forward to in the past. We can all see that success is there for us to take, but will we once again fluff our lines at the crucial point? We have just shown those around us what we can do by beating Arsenal and then matching Man Utd, but can we now step up to the plate on Saturday and beat Fulham?

With Man Utd playing their arch rivals Man City, a game City generally do well in and Arsenal playing a London derby against Chelsea both on Sunday, Villa have a chance to claim 3rd spot and then watch both teams sweat it out on Sunday to catch us up. An occasion we have seldom seen in recent years but one which we will all be wishing for.

Will we be able to take the initiative on Saturday and batter Fulham like we did at home last year, or will we do our infamous Jekyll & Hyde act and lose like we did in the corresponding fixture at Craven Cottage. A game that if I remember rightly would have pushed into a chance to claim 4th spot, but which we failed to live up to in terms of form and lost.

For me I’m again excited by the position we as a Club are getting into and the buzz that is returning to Villa Park and the fans. I personally haven’t felt this good about being a Villa fan for 10 years or more and I only hope that some of this new found belief can be turned into trophies and success on the pitch. For the players I just ask one thing, please don’t do a Villa on me again!

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Writer:Hoss The Villain
Date:Tuesday November 25 2008
Time: 5:08PM


Nice article Hoss, we are certainly getting there.
The Fear
25/11/2008 17:19:00
25/11/2008 17:39:00
Hail the Villa, hail the O'Neill, he's done great since he left Stargate ;)
25/11/2008 18:04:00
I sure do hope so Hoss. Looking at the league table to the right gives me such a high, how can our lads NOT be up for every minute of every game for the rest of the season? Let's see if we can have a long run unbeaten - that's the key.
25/11/2008 18:28:00
I think the problem we face at the moment is that we are very very reliant on using our pacey front line, and as such we tend to operate more like a counter-attacking team most of the time - the possession stats do bear this out (for those of us that are sad enough to take note of such things each week!) Most of our games we're on the wrong end of a 60% to 40% split or thereabouts. Hence, when we play the decent teams and they attack us, we're ready for that, and it plays to our strengths as a counter-attacking force. I still personally think we lack a bit of guile where it's needed to open up teams (like Fulham) that will no doubt come to Villa Park and play more defensively, saying "come on us up if you want more than a point". I think we're hopefully looking a bit more creative with the midfield three we're now using, as I think all have a decent eye for a pass. I'd love to see us sign that marquee player though, someone with a bit more guile - a Joe Cole type player if you will....a rarity we've probably not seen since the Magic Man in his pomp!
26/11/2008 04:52:00
Yes,We have the odd slip up but we are not real madrid,That will happen.If we keep improving at this rate under o`neill give it another 3-4 years and we will be challenging for the league title.
26/11/2008 10:00:00
I know what you're saying there Yatesy, our passing statistics are actually some of the worst in the league for the number of passes completed - retaining possesion is just something we do not do, which will be another issue we'll need to address if want to break into that elite top four as much possession as we do to opponents in the Champions League will result in us being on the wrong end of a mauling. But anyway, on the article in general I couldn't agree more, great time to be a Villa fan at the moment, let's just hope we don't just try to keep pace like Everton, but actually push on and genuinely put up a fight for those top four places.
26/11/2008 11:18:00
Stats are a load of crap,You can pick and choose which ones you want to back up your point.The only thing that matters is the situation the club is in,Seriously Competeing to get into the champions league and unbeaten in the uefa cup.Compare that to only 2 seasons ago and the improvement is brilliant.Overall the pride and respect of the club has been restored,Now with o`neill and lerner the only way is up.
26/11/2008 12:10:00
I've never been happier to be a Villa fan ! I'm too young to really remember the true glory days in the early 80's - I was 8 when we won in Europe - but right now it's looking so so good after years and years of false dawns and general disappointment. I think the lads should have great confidence after our last two games, let's hope they forget the slip-ups prior to that against the Toon and Boro, and go out this weekend and show us they can put in a good performance against teams outside the top 4 as well. UTV !
26/11/2008 15:32:00
I have been totally thinking this lately. Beat Arsenal, hold Man U, lose to Boro and Newcastle. In essence Fulham is a bigger game than either the Arsenal or Man U game!!
26/11/2008 15:48:00
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