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Villa Reserves Beat Reading

The Villa reserves won 3-0 against Reading last night.

The goals came from Gardner, Herd and O'Halloran.

Martin Laursen continued his recovery with a full 90 minutes.

According to Vital Villa member Miss Aston:

Moore was really bad last night. I was there and he didn't look fit at all. He was half a yard behind everyone else, and seemed to need far too much time on the ball. I'm beginning to see why he hasn't been picked yet.

There were a couple of positives, however.

One was Angel, seemed back to his old self, just a reluctance to shoot.

Another was Craig Gardner, pure quality and strength, he should be given a chance to replace McCann.

Finally, Laursen got through a full 90mins and looked fit as a fiddle. He even made a barnstorming run from is own penalty box late in the second half and nearly scored!.

VILLA: Taylor, O'Halloran, Samuel (booked 30), Laursen, Lund, Hogg, Herd, Gardner, Angel, Moore, Stieber. Subs: Bevan, Earls (for Angel 88), Clark (for Moore 88), Bannan (for Stieber 87).

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 4 2007

Time: 11:25AM

Your Comments

Who is Angel
Christo
I was starting to wonder whether there was something sinister going on, as Luke hadn't even made the bench. Interesting that he looked so far off the pace. Must be time to get JPA back in the 16
Geordie_Villa
Another thing I wondered at was where Ridgewell was. He was named on the official team sheet to start but was replaced by Lund to start with and was nowhere to be seen. He wasn't even warming up.
Miss_Aston
Interesting comments concerning both Luke and JPA. One or the other, possibly the latter in view of Miss_Aston's observations ought to start at Ewood Park alongside John Carew. Pleased to see that Martin Laursen looks in fine fettle. Another who in my estimation should be a starter this coming weekend. He's the best central defender on the books.
glensider
Good to get the views of Mis Aston re Luke and her opinion on fitness levels, also slightly perturbed by Ridge's absence is he off on loan somewhere?
fatloser
I can't wait to get Laursen back. Maybe a back four of Mellberg (RB--did anyone not like him there?), Laursen (CB), Cahill (CB), and BamBam (LB).
505anthony
I have long wanted Gardner to be given more of a run and he was playing really well when he got injured. i have seen nothing but good from him to date, and while he may not be a world beater, on the other hand he just might be. Either way McCann great as he has done in the past, does not seem to justify a continued starting place of late. His suspension is a great opportunity to try Gardner out again for a few games - nothing to lose - everything to gain.
stennyvilla
Mr M O'Neil can please let the fans know as to why LM has not had a seat on the first teams sub bench. He is seems to be proving him self on the field for the reserves, Back in the dark old days he got games and showed why he was brought on .... i think if you just gave him one and only one chance he would do you proud and rise the tempo of the game and fans .... but thats just my opinion...
Mutt_Man
The comments from Miss Aston might just explain why Luke has been absent from the first team. I, like most, was amazed when he didn't even make the bench on Monday night but it just goes to show that we really don't know what is going on within the club and at the training ground. MON sees these guys every day in training and what he sees will obviously have an effect on team selection.
jonah
I read in the Express and Star that there are suggestions that MON has not been impressed by Luke's attitude and approach to training, since his return to the fold following shoulder surgery. An even better explanation as to why perhaps Luke isn't being considered for first team action right now.
glensider
 

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