Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Points When Awful Are Key

Points When Awful Are Key

It's that slow a news day today, even MON has resorted to answering these types of questions.

I'm actually sorry I'm going to ruin what looks like quite an informative frontpage today with this. But I can't find anything else and I've been umming and arrhhing for a good few hours about what to do. JF gets the whip out if I don't do something you see, and whilst that's generally enjoyable, it can sting when it's this cold.

Anyway, that's my attempt at providing comment on the interview carried on the official site, and it also serves to pad this out a bit. Yes I'm that desperate.

Martin O'Neill has announced in response to probably the daftest question of the year, that the key to Villa's league progression this season and for the future is to win games when we are not on top form.

Further, O'Neill points out that the top sides in the Premiership generally come out of poor performance matches with all 3 points, and it's this type of 'ruthless streak' we need to develop if we are serious about mounting a top four challenge.

I'm amazed I even managed to get that bit to span 3 paragraphs. I'm doing well here.

The Boss said:

'I think we have a very good team and we work exceptionally hard to get results.

'But we have to learn to develop this consistency and learn to win games when we aren't playing well.

'We have done it once this season - at Villa Park against Blackburn.

'Those other teams - the ones we are chasing and the ones we are trying to catch in every aspect - have got that in abundance.

'They can win games if they are not in great positions - they can afford to have a 10 or 15 minute period where things aren't going great for them - and still win.

'I think they are capable of doing that. We have to learn that.'

So there you go. Obvious isn't it really, not like we as fans have bemoaned for years the times we walk out for kick off looking like a team that has already lost, and never mentioned ourselves it's about time we killed games off - which to our credit we have started to do.

I'd have actually liked to have heard how O'Neill was going to teach this ruthless streak. Maybe the players would have 30 minutes of 'killing a frozen chicken' before a tactics lesson?

An hour of 'you can't move from your position, work out how to score', obviously to make it harder the opposition can move.

That would've interested me. As it is, given the complete lack of news I've seen anywhere today I don't blame MON nor who asked the questions.

Think of the pressure I'm under to create an article on a slow day, must be far worse for them.

Yes you all can complain to Fear, I won't take it personally.



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

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday November 26 2008
Time: 5:46PM

Comments

0
Agree that picking up points when below par is a key ingredient to a successful campaign, but I feel that we are throwing away too many home points to see us successfully challenge for a top four finish. We're not playing well at home, we're unconvincing, and have been since day one. That cant be allowed to continue unabated.
glensider
01/12/2008 20:23:00
0
We are definitely set up better as a team to pick up points away from Villa Park, sitting back, playing to our strength, and catching teams on the break.
glensider
01/12/2008 20:24:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Audio - Garde On Deserved Norwich Win

Manager Remi Garde was delighted to see Aston Villa pick up what was a no choice victory at the weekend over Norwich City.

Stats: Aston Villa v Norwich

All the stats from Aston Villa (2) vs (0) Norwich, Villa Park, 6/2/16 Att: 32,472

Something For The Weekend (521)

Their priorities are clear but their vision is myopic.

An Open Letter To The FA Over Kalinic

An excellent, in depth, letter to the FA over our failed attempt to buy Lovre Kalinic

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Profile
Mike Field
Profile
Steve Wade
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
Profile
Turkish Penguin
Profile
Glensider
Profile
Chris Heath
Profile
M Calucar
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Bunn5%
Richards0%
Okore7%
Lescott9%
Cissokho0%
Bacuna0%
Gana33%
Westwood1%
Gil9%
Agbonlahor31%
Veretout5%
Sub - Clark0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Renault target podium finish by 2018
Latest Vital Boxing News
Whyte Would Take Haye Fight
Vital Football Comment

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 2:05PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 5:30PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions378
2.Fulford226
3.ClivetheVillan215
4.The Fear210
5.JuanPabloAngel149
6.revdpete143
7.sirdennis134
8.Wurzel111
9.DeanoVilla93
10.He'sBiggerThanMe&You81
Write for Vital Football