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Hamburg Squad Announced

Hamburg Squad Announced

Five players are missing from the 20 man squad for the match against Hamburg.

Our final UEFA Cup group match has seen Gabby Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Gareth Barry, Martin Laursen and James Milner left behind in Birmingham, whilst O'Neill has promoted to the squad six highly rated youngers.

Barry Bannan, Shane Lowry, Chris Herd, Ciaran Clark, Zoltan Stieber and as expected Nathan Delfouneso will be challenging to get on the pitch against Hamburg tomorrow night.

Kick off is 7.45pm and the match is live on Channel 5.

Squad from:

Friedel, Young, Sidwell, Harewood, Taylor, Delfouneso, Davies, Knight, Salifou, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Shorey, Guzan, Cuellar, Gardner, Bannan, Lowry, Herd, Clark, Stieber.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday December 16 2008
Time: 2:57PM


Good to see Ashley Young will be getting a rest after his performances recently, he has earnt a break. I notice Osbourne is not in the squad, gulp. I guess that has something to do with the fans cheering when he was subbed vs Zilinia?
16/12/2008 15:25:00
Now I wish I hadn't bought a ticket! After our embarising performance tomorrow, some of us have to live in Germany and hear forever and a day how crap Aston Villa are! Why didnt he leave NRC and Shorey at home?
16/12/2008 15:28:00
NRC and Shorey are now fringe squad members, that's why they have travelled to Germany. As he's taking the kids he might as well play them all, good experience and from what I can see it won't have an adverse effect on the result. Who knows, they might jujst be hungry enough to try and stake a claim in thse senior squad, and as for the others, they have had many chances to stake a claim and MON knows what to expect from the (possibly a bit harsh on the likes of Gardener though with that comment, I really do rate him but NRC is before him for reasons only known to MON and most people would have a tough time trying to take a place off either Barry, Sidwell or Petrov.)
Villan Of The North
16/12/2008 16:09:00
The Fear
16/12/2008 16:13:00
I'm guessing its because NRC is one of our better players, and is needed in such an un tested squad, and Shorey is coming back from an injury so needs to get some minutes under his belt. Great to see the kids in the squad, lets hope a couple of them get on the pitch. I suppose/hope we will see Delf start, hopefully Bannan, Steiber and Clarke get a go, haven't seen much of the rest but I rate those 3. It would also be nice to see Gardner start in CM, Love our Craig and we all know he can bang em in when played where he should be. UTV
16/12/2008 16:13:00
He's left our 5 first choices out to rest them, think we will struggle big time. Not much Prem experience let alone European. MON has got it right though. No point tiring our superstars and we are already through and we will have to beat allcomers to win the tournament. Bring on the big boys and finish third. We've already done Ajax, how hard could it get????
16/12/2008 17:32:00
Some nice comments, but I can only imagine that they aren't from any of the near 4000 people that are making the trip to a frost ridden Hamburg. Its along way to go to watch a reserve match. Then again, what do I know. I remember the time when if you weren't good enough to play in the top flight, there was no way you'd get a game in a European competition. Just shows how much these competitions have become devalued. Hell I can even remember a time when Villa weren't in the top 4 :o) Never mind, I'll still be there!
16/12/2008 17:35:00
yeh but its about resting players. wouldn't want our star players knackered for prem games. nrc is quality by the way. no way a fringe player!
16/12/2008 17:49:00
Gotta agree. Players have a lot of big prem games coming up and resting them is not a bad idea. As previously mentioned i don't think there are any easy ties left in this competition and to that end doesn't really matter if you finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Mind you, i would be surprised if Hamburg play their best side either as they are also having a tough time in Bundesliga and would be more focused on that.
16/12/2008 17:56:00
Whats all this resting players nonsense, what we gonna do if we qualify for the Champs League? Bet we wont be resting anyone then.
16/12/2008 19:52:00
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