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Nervous End To Season For Villa?

Martin O'Neill has admitted Villa are struggling for points and would like to have some of the draws we were getting earlier in the season.

The Villa boss said:

'We need the ability to change the occasional draw into a win and the occasional defeat into a draw. At the beginning of the season people were saying we'd drawn too many games - I wouldn't mind the occasional draw now.'

Adding: 'But I still believe we've got a bit more confidence about the side now than we had when we were perhaps getting a few results. I actually think we're a better side now or a more potent side than we were in October when we were actually seeking out a few results. Two wins out of 18 is not something I'm pleased about, but I would hope to get it right.'

Difficult to put the finger on what has gone wrong this season, certainly many of us expected more out of it and many are questioning why Villa aren't in the top half of the league. Not as if there are any easy games coming up either, with a visit of Liverpool this weekend, Villa will have it all to do to get anything out of the game.

We then have a resurgent Everton to face at Villa Park. That leaves a run of seven games up to the end of the season, although some are looking behind them and mentioning the R word, hopefully we've just about enough to fend off teams who are (hopefully) infinitely worse than us.

Blackburn (A), Wigan (H), Boro (A), Pompey (H), Man City (A), Sheff Utd (H), Bolton (A). Not easy, but we've got to get a few points out of those and hope for a far better showing next season!

The 'genius' (sic) that is Andy Gray has suggested this is already Martin O'Neills team and suggests we need a few victories. Sherlock Holmes, eat your heart out, Villa need a win. Blimey, I wish I'd thought of that.

The Sky pundit and former striker said:

'The pressure on the other teams at the bottom of the Premiership has probably saved Martin O'Neill and Aston Villa from a greater amount of scrutiny. Their record this season doesn't make for good reading, especially after they started the campaign with so much promise, the year is in danger of ending in disaster. Just seven wins from 29 games isn't good enough and Martin will know - if he didn't before - the size of the task facing him at Villa Park. If Villa lose to Liverpool on Sunday that will be two home defeats on the spin following their loss to Arsenal in midweek, and although they are tough games, the fans expect them to be more competitive in these fixtures.'

Adding: 'Martin is only in his first season back in the Premiership, and it's right that he should be given time to get his feet under the table and bring new players in. But he has brought in plenty already and this Villa side is HIS team, littered with players that he has brought in since taking the reins at the start of the season.'

And on the fans, 'Credit to the Villa fans they are being very patient with the players and the manager and they need to because truth be told it hasn't been a very good season for them. Villa have had just two wins since the turn of the year, home games against Watford and West Ham, a statistic that doesn't exactly fill you with confidence as a Villa supporter.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 16 2007

Time: 3:05PM

Your Comments

l think will be alright due to the fact Charlton are 9 points behind and have a woeful goal difference, in my opinion West Ham and Watford are already down. They, Charlton, need to win 4 games out off 9. I personally believe that Charlton aren't capable of that. So we will be safe my default.
still skeggy
Should be safe, but should we be worrying about whether we should be safe or not? We really should be top ten this season surely? Look who is above, apart from top teams, why can't we compete with them?
The Fear
Surely the performance on Wednesday night has given us Villa fans some fresh optimism??? Personally still think that once we get the game over with on Sunday our remaining fixtures are all winnable & I even think 3 points this weekend is not out of reach. I really hope pundits like Mr Gray have their words rammed down their throat with these scare mongering articles. For once Mark Lawrenson on the BBC website has a more realisitc, outlook this weekend. Tipping us for a 1-1 draw against his beloved Liverpool & saying we will have a decent side next season. Keep the Faith!
Let the Revolution B
If Mr Lorro has tipped Villa for a draw were stuffed good and propper. Any favourable comments from Lorro the Great bite him in theass.
col8
Our record against the top 4 teams over the past 9 years is atrocious. We have not beaten one of them in that time and only drawn a few games. Itís obvious over that time all the quality has been sold off and the squad depleted but even so we must be due a win against one of them. I canít think of any other team that doesnít occasionally muster up a shock win every so often so why canít we for once? We havenít had 9 years of bad luck and dodgy decision but looking at our record compared to other teams we have had a bad rub of the green.
Hoss The Villain
2 wins in 18 games is atrocious. Even with the team we have the inability of MON to get more has to be a concern. Does this make me a heretic or a realist. If we take our rose coloured spectacles off MON was the one manager that would get more out of every player. It hasn't happened and you can't blaming bad luck. Yes, I want MON to stay next season but I'm very concerned out our plight since November and can't work out we're so bad considering months ago we had 25 points. Will be positive again come Sunday and will then put a Villa win down to me flapping unecessarily and losing my faith.
Gazvilla
Three points on Sunday will give the whole club a tremendous boost at a very important time, but obviously getting the win is going to be a difficult project. Giving away early goals, a habit that has crept into recent performances, has to be eliminated. All too often we end up chasing the game, and are a beaten side before we even get going.
glensider
Er...Mr Fear...yes,we should be worrying! You can always predict a defeat away from home which has brought too much pressure on winning at home,may lose 2 in a week and be 6 points from relegation.Hoss-i can tell you one team that doesn`t muster up a shock win against the Top teams and i think you know who? We think we`re guaranteed top ten but we need to open our eyes.
ASPINALL
Who???
Hoss The Villain
us
ASPINALL
That's just repeating what I said then?
Hoss The Villain
Pretty much,guess our BIG win in recent times was Blues last season where you left a game with head held high and chest out proud,we`ve a Manager who excelled in beating the odds with his previous 2 clubs but can`t seem to get it right with us.
ASPINALL
Sounds like you want MON replaced?
Hoss The Villain
No,i do like the man and not sure whether we really could get anyone any better,i am concerned around our lack of set piece idea`s and why he hasn`t kept with 4-3-3 but i think he`s as baffled as most of us with 2 wins out of 19.
ASPINALL
We should all carm down a bit. As for Andy Gray. Does he really think that this is anywhere near MON team? I certainly do not.
Dannygav
Need to start winning now! Not wait for an easy game, as JF pointed out there are no easy games. We usually let in three inside the first twenty against scouse. I would be happy with 0-0 at half time. having said that we should be able to muster two wins and a draw from our remaining games, a win today would set sights a little higher which is where they should be.
morky13villa
We dont need Andy Gray to tell us the obvious. Yes we need wins, we need points. If one, or even worse two, of the bottom three get an upturn in fortunes then obviously everyone connected with Villa Park will start getting more than a little nervous.
glensider
 

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