Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

No Gain Without Spain

No Gain Without Spain

Villa boss Martin O'Neill hopes the training camp break in Spain last week will help set the team up for a final push UP the Premiership table.

He said: 'I'll know more over the next eleven games. It was beneficial in the sense that we had very little pre-season in terms of proper preparation, and so this was a bit of an update. I'm not saying that we worked through every single detail, or anything like that but it was good. It was good for the players to get together and at this time of year it was excellent. But the proof will be in the pudding- it is whether you win the games or not.'

'Bolton Wanderers took a break recently and were 3-0 down in 20 minutes at Tottenham, so who is to say? But I genuinely think it was good. It gave us a chance to work on a few things, and the great thing about it is... if the weather is half decent, if you are stop-starting sessions then you don't mind hanging around a little bit.'

'If it is a cold blustery day then the last thing players want is to be stop-starting games and have no rhythm attached to it. The overall picture is that it was worthwhile and I will be saying that regardless of then next couple of results.'

He also says fitness coach Jim Hendry was able to work on the squad:

'I think Jim is very, very good at his job. I think he is excellent and he has a good rapport with the players which is obviously important. We didn't go there are do things absolutely differently to what we were doing here on the training ground. But if the weather is half-decent you can stand and explain things without players having to rush to put a tracksuit top on because of the cold. If there is a wee bit of sun around, everyone feels a wee bit better- simple as that.'

'I think that the bonding thing gets overused. At the end of the day the players, whether we had gone out there or not, have a responsibility here in terms of trying to win some football games and in trying to improve our position in the league, simple as that. I don't think that heading away for four days changes that view but it might sharpen the focus, as it were. That's the idea.'


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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday February 28 2007
Time: 11:38AM

Comments

0
It should certainly help team bonding, if nothing else!
sandgroanun
28/02/2007 15:19:00
0
Hopefully the mini-break will have helped with any remaining niggling little injuries, and the lads will return fresh, fit and raring for action. I guess we'll find out if it has been the success we all hope and crave for when we kick off on Saturday against Fulham. True it will have been an important opportunity to allow for team bonding as sandgroanun suggests, but right now we all want to see more three point successes posted.
glensider
01/03/2007 19:08:00
0
Must be hell to be taken to Spain by your employer and forced to sit by the pool and soak up the sun. I wonder if they managed a bit of footie whilst there.
col8
01/03/2007 20:09:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (20/1/17)

A new season and finally a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Video: Steve Bruce Press Conference Pre PNE

Steve Bruce video of the press conference pre Preston North End.

I'm Excited. These Two Signings Could Transfer Aston Villa

I'm really pumped for these two deals to go through, they could transform Aston Villa.

Lansbury Due In - Forest Fan Opinion + 40% of Goal Assists

Looks like Henri Lansbury is set to sign for Aston Villa today. Great news.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v PNE will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
Win63%
Lose12%
Draw25%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
2 Brighton 25 16 6 3 54 23
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 26 13 6 7 45 6
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Ecclestone wants to tear up the rulebook
Latest Vital Boxing News
Wilkins Appeals over Blackwell Incident Ban
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 5:30PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear466
2.JuanPabloAngel291
3.Silhillvilla260
4.sirdennis244
5.Fulford215
6.Villan57190
7.Melon Donkey141
8.BodyButter136
9.danvilla2107
10.kefkat99
The Vital Football Members League