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Cahill - Villa Need Some Points

Gary Cahill has spoken about his stature in the Villa squad and says he is happy to have 'cemented' his place in the starting line up.

Cahill, who picked up his first cap for the England U21's at the new Wembley Stadium last weekend said:

'Obviously I am happy with the run of games that I have had, and I would like to think that I have cemented my place and the manager hopefully looks on me as being one of the two choice centre-halves. But I was on the bench at Fulham and you never know what is around the corner. To find yourself on the bench is frustrating, so it is all about doing as well as you can to stay in there because you don't want to be sat on the sidelines.'

'I am obviously going to keep being tagged the 'young' centre back, and the 'rookie' and all that, probably until I'm 27.' The rookie continued (!) 'People still look on me as young - and if I am out of the team that can be used by people as a kind of excuse. But from a personal point of view, being in the team is how you learn and become 'older' and more experienced.'

He also says the team know the performance against Liverpool wasn't good enough:

'We were a bit down after the Liverpool game, but from a defensive point of view, obviously you head into every game to not concede goals - and that's what we did, so we did our job. I can imagine that it wasn't very entertaining to watch at all, if I'm honest.'

Bang on the money that comment!

'Somehow we need to get some results and get some wins under our belts from now until the end of the season.' Adding: 'We have got all the so-called big teams out the way. But is important that we win these games. We can't lose to the teams below us. We need to push ourselves up the table. It is important we get back to winning games - I can't really stress that enough. Winning lifts everybody: the club, manager, the players - so hopefully we can do that on Monday night against Everton.'

He also says a few wins would push us back up the table as things are close between a number of clubs but also warns, 'A few losses, on the other hand, will drop us right back down to where we don't want to be.'

Just can't understand how this season has gone, what happened to the attacking football and as being discussed in our forum, why has Ashley Young been pushed out wide when he looked like a tailor made partner for John Carew? Sooner the season is over and Martin O'Neill gets back into the transfer market + has a pre-season the better! Thank God we've only eight more games to go because having only 2 wins in 18 odd games is relegation form, luckily with the points on the table and a few worse teams out there, we should hold on. Didn't think we'd have to be thinking that way this season!

With games against Man City, Wigan, Sheffield United who are all below us, I hope our lads know they are in a fight up until the end of the season, we need to start picking up more than just a point, no more talk of low confidence, just go out there and attack!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 27 2007

Time: 7:54PM

Your Comments

Got to agree with you fear. The time to stand up and be counted is now. Get us mathmatically safe as soon as, and push on up so we are riding high for the start of next year. UTV
iomvilla
I think that Gary is just one of a number of our players who will benefit immensely from this seasons experiences, and go on next season to really cement his place in the starting line up, and then for Gary the sky is very much the limit. He's certainly spot on when he comments that we need to start picking up the points, and we intend to start down that very road when we complete the double over Everton next Monday evening. Isn't that right Gary?
glensider
Overall, from a football point of view it's been a very disappointing season; especially after such a great start under MON. I think Gary Cahill's continued development has been exceptional and
villacross
Overall, from a football point of view it's been a very disappointing season; especially after such a great start under MON. I think Gary Cahill's continued development has been exceptional and apart from the signing of Carew and Young it has been dull, dull, dull. MON said last November (quite surprisingly) that he expects us to be competing for European football next seaon and I understand recently he's said he will be making some "big name" signings. I just hope that he knows who he wants and he gets them to VP this summer. Another season like this will drive me up the wall, especially with the prospect of the Brums "outgunning" us at VP again.
villacross
Dull, dull, dull or just very poor? To be honest if it wasn't for the early season expectations this would have been another awful season. If Pardew can turn Charlton around in a couple of months then..... Ok that is too pessimistic a comment, but some of the decisions taken have surprised me - why is Steven Davies falling out of the squad, why is Gabby preferred to Luke and are we resorting to the hoofed ball again because we have a big forward? Not sure Bardsley is any better than Hughes - who can at least cross a ball. Other than the Carew signing, I don't see that we are much further forward than this time last year - except we have a real board and a good owner.
Gordonsleftboot
Also is that a photo of Cahill or a young Kevin Phillips?
Gordonsleftboot
This spell of dull performances is surely just the quiet before the storm, we have a run of games now where we can surely throw a bit more into attack. Lets keep well behind O'Neil - everyone outside the top 4 would love him at their club so lets not forget how highly regarded he is. We just need a bit more patience.
tylervilla
Another player stating the obvious. It's gonna come down to the tactics MON employs against Everton. They will be difficult opposition and if we don't start well I fear for their confidence. This is something that shouldn't have happened with MON in charge.
Gazvilla
of course you need to pick up points there was a point when you were expecting europe this season what has happened
MOYES IS GOD
Another season where just after Xmas we are going through the motions. To be fair we did get Manure and Chelsea in the cups. We had a horribe fixture list for November and December, followed by long lay offs. Things are now back to normal after a very difficult period. Get behind the boys and our true possition will become clear.
morky13villa
Its very disappointing that we are desperate for points to keep us away from the drop zone, and not fighting for points to push us towards a European qualification position. When we stuffed Everton at Goodison back in November, if I recall correctly we sat third in the table. A top ten position is still there for the taking, so that now obviously has to be our goal for the campaign. Finish the season in a bit of style.
glensider
 

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