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Defensive Poser For Villa

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has highlighted the desperate need to try and stop the goals from set pieces.

Queuedrue's free kick wasn't dealt with, allowing Carlos Bocanegra (the Delaney killer) to nod home.

He told the official website 'We have got to do something about it really, and unfortunately in this day and age it is a big part of the game.

'Set-pieces are becoming more and more important as every year goes on and this is something we will have to deal with better.'

The question is however, who's fault is it. A collective problem or perhaps our goalkeeper needs a quiet word in his ear? I can't help but think back to the Reading game, where Sidwell was given 20 yards to stand in and yet Tommy S did nothing about it!




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Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 6 2007

Time: 7:43AM

Your Comments

Cech is proof that a great keeper is worth many points a season. i'm not knocking Tommy, he's having his best ever season, but for us to take the next step we need a great keeper. we should try and get Robert Green when the hammers get relegated. the other problem we have is our ever changing back four. we need consistency more than anything. laursen is quality, but too injury prone, we need to decide on a pair of centre backs and let them form an understanding
bobbyfett
A bit harsh criticising Sorenson alone for the Sidwell goal. Defending is a collective responsibility, they are all professional footballers fer f*** sake and should know how to defend a corner!!!
jonah
Green is no better than Sorenson IMHO. If he is better, then it is only marginal. If we are going to invest in a keeper it has to be a world class one. We have two reasonable keepers and I believe that only Cech, Van Der Sar and possibly Given are better than what we have. The rest are all of a similar standard, apart from Robinson who is probably the worst English keeper ever. It is true that a good keeper can be worth many points. If you look at all the games this season, Tommy has won us many more points than he has lost us. Think back to the games at Arsenal, Watford, Chelsea, Everton and the home game to West Ham. I can not think of a single game (but maybe I will be reminded otherwise) where we have lost points because of an error by him. I personally would have got rid following his mistakes against the dildo salesmen a few years ago. But he has recovered brilliantly from that and only the three keepers mentioned earlier would improve the team. I just think the old Villa fan failings of critisising our own is still a problem and it could prevent the club from achieving the status we want.
voiceoftheholte
I think Tommy has improved this season, but if you want a top class goalkeeper then I would go for Jaaskelinen (have I spelt that right). Top draw at handling crosses and shot stopping. Reminds me of Bosnich to soem extent.
PaulG
I always though it was a team game win together lose together, no one cares who stops the ball going into the net,,,,,, as long as someone remembers to do it.
col8
Back to basics. We can't have 3 players jumping for the same ball... zonal marking/man for man - players must know their resonsibilities and have faith in each others ability. If it's in the 6 yard box it's the keepers responsibility - either come for everything or don't come at all. Midfielders track runners. Easier said than done - but 1st target against Arsenal is keeping a clean sheet!
bazzah
its always been our windfall -our last 3 managers have not solved the problem!
leelindsay
voiveoftheholt - the first thing to spring to mind was the Newcastle game -2 goals very early in the game. Have to agree it is a collective effort, and I just don't think we have the organisation right at the moment. Also, wehn we do clear the ball, it tends to come straight back.
CLVilla
My personal opinion is that a lot of the soft goals we have conceded are because we have not settled on a regular back four yet - this is in part due to O'Neills lack of a pre-season and in part because of injuries throughout the current season.. until we have a first choice settled back four these "concentration lapses" and "organisational mistakes" - (aka balls ups to you and me) will unfortunately continue. Hopefully it will not take too long to rectify, else we will continue to leak soft goals.
The Usual Suspect
I think CL is right about the Newcastle game. Sorenson was at fault possibly for one of the goals, but we lost by two goals, so even then he didn't cost us any points. As keepers go I think TS has had a reasonable season and has definitely won us points. Not having a prolific striker or a midfielder contributing 10 -15 goals has been our downfall. If we had scored 20 goals more we would be challenging top 3 never mind just a European place. I think this is where fans have been a little disappointed with Petrov. We were expecting more goals from him. He is quality but he needs to find the net more often. When he does I think we will really see the Villa kick on.
utv-sotc
I didn't see the Fulham game but the MOTD highlights suggested Laursen was at fault for the goal as it was he who lost his marker and scorer. We've had 3 weeks off, we know we have set piece problems so what have they been doing in Spain?
Gazvilla
Get Ridge Back in (Ducks and runs). Commands the area in my opinion, may be still raw and make mistakes but Ridge and Melly looked the most solid pairing to me
fatloser
I agree fatloser, Mel and Ridge looked solid and comfortable. Having said that - how difficult is it to man mark at set pieces? They was 3 guys jumping for the same ball on the weekend whilst they let the goalscorer wander around the area unmarked? It maybe a case of having a 'mouth' in the team that gets up players to do their job??
Steve64k
Why not give ridge and cahill a game together every time they have been dropped this season it's been unjust.
chris the villan
Our defense is not up to the task, end of. Its more a collective thing, and blaming individuals for the odd poor game here and there, wont get to the bottom of the problem.
glensider
 

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