The Villa Times 23/12/2008
Unoial Villa News...
Villa players and managers spread some cheer at the Acorns hospice in Selly Oak. Click Here
James Milner spoke after the West Ham game admitting the team got rode their luck but says that will balance out over the season, adding 'We had chances, they had chances and I think it was inevitable that it would take that bit of luck to win it..... If you get three points from those games - as we did at West Ham - you're doing well...That shows the quality in the squad. It's about knowing how to win and sustaining that winning habit. We certainly have that at the moment.'
Milner has also talked about the England manager Fabio Capello's comments praising the Villa team and Milner himself. He told AVTV: 'The England manager's comments gave me a lift. It was great to hear those. But I can't just rest of my laurels. I need to be playing well every week and put in solid performances on the pitch. In all honesty, I feel lucky to be at a great club like Villa. I am playing with some tremendous talent - with a great mix of experience and youth.' Full article: Milner's Merry Christmas
Gareth Barry has told the Sun that Villa have got the staying power to stay in the top four. Barry said: 'It`s a real confidence boost to be above United. We`ve played two games more but to see ourselves sitting above them at the halfway stage is a great sign. People will take time to seriously consider us a top-four team — you can understand it. But if we get to April and we are still there, people will start to change their minds. It`s fine by us, it takes the pressure off us. We`ll probably keep saying that ourselves anyway.'
Vital Villan: Martin Laursen is an injury doubt for the Boxing Day clash against Arsenal. Laursen Boxed Out Of Day
Tuesday's transfer gossip including strikers linked in and a young defender apparently all but signed and sealed: Tuesday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk
Sunday's transfer gossip: Sunday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk
Tickets for the Baggies at Villa Park are now on priority sale: Click Here
An interview with Rocky from Vital Arsenal ahead of the boxing day clash: An Interview With A Gunner
Brad Friedel was the runaway winner of the man of the match poll v West Ham. He got 85% of the votes, say no more! Man Of The Match For West Ham v Villa
For the very latest Premier League odds: Click Here
The Sheriff is back in town with his that was the week that was for Villa: The Week In Villa #17 (12/12/08 - 18/12/08)
El Tel said in his column at the weekend that Villa should forget about aiming for fourth and concentrate on winning the league. 'Seven points off the lead and still very much in the mix, Villa must be thinking big — this season. If Arsene Wenger says Arsenal still have a chance of winning the title then so have Villa. I don`t see why now is not the time. From what I`ve seen, particularly when you consider Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have dropped quite a few points, I think there is an opportunity to be had. This could as good a year as any to slip under the radar and steal the Premier League trophy.' Full article: El Tel 'Villa Should Aim To Win The League'
The Mirror had an 'exclusive' yesterday saying that Martin O'Neill wants to bring West Ham striker Craig Bellamy to Villa Park. Apparently Manchester City are also interested and as West Ham are having to look to sell players to balance the books due to the pressures on their Icelandic owner, it makes sense that their star players will be the target. Dean Ashton has already been linked to Villa, amongst others. The Mirror report claims that Marlon Harewood would return to West Ham as part of the deal West Ham Striker Would Favour A Move To Villa
Vital Villan: Eyebrows were raised when Gabby started wearing his new red boots, more discussion was had when he destroyed Bolton in luminous green ones. However whilst most fans are looking forward to the Arsenal clash and are hoping we take the opportunity to solidify our position in the Top 4, Nike executives will be rubbing their hands in glee as overall they will be the only winners. The reason being, they also 'sponsor' former bluenose loanee Nicklas Bendtner and have told him to wear the pink ones. Nike Win Battle Of The Boots
Top scorers and disciplinary list for Villa: Click Here
West Ham stats: Click Here
Glensider's Match Report: Click Here
Thought for the day: I went to the local video shop and I said, 'Can I borrow Batman Forever?' He said, 'No, you'll have to bring it back tomorrow'