Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

The Villa Times - 04/04/2007

The Villa Times - 04/04/2007

Unoial Villa News...



According to some reports Stoke might face competition from Coventry City and Sheffield United in the chase to sign Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie - currently at the Potters on loan.

Patrik Berger says he would love to take an extended contract at Aston Villa. The former Czech Republic midfielder said: 'If Villa offered me a new contract, I would be happy. I love it here and also for the family reasons it would be the best option for me to stay here. I don't really have that many years ahead but there are older guys than me playing in the Premier League. I don't see a reason why I can't do that.' Full article: Berger wants extended Villa stay

Gabby Agbonlahor signed a new four-year deal at Aston Villa yesterday. The England Under-21 international is now tied to Villa until June 2011. Not bad for a 20-year-old is it? What a life!

The Villa reserves won 3-0 against Reading last night. Goals from Gardner, Herd and O'Halloran. Martin Laursen continued his recovery with a full 90 minutes. Full article: Reserves Beat Reading

Vital asked what was the best defensive set up. The majority with 51% voted for Olof Mellberg and Martin Laursen in the centre with Phil Bardsley at right back. Next up came Gary Cahill (who according to everyone but was wasn't man of the match last night - te he) and Mellberg with Bardsley as right back with 17%. Rest of the results:

Gabby Agbonlahor says he will prove he is no one season wonder after signing a new four-year contract. 'My next big challenge is proving I can be a success next season. If you do well in your first season, everyone's aware of you and in the second season you have to prove yourself again. I'm confident I can prove myself again next season and do even better. I don't want to be a one-season player who doesn't keep it going. I know it will be hard and I know I've got to keep developing as a player, but I'm ready to work hard to make sure I keep improving. Some people will be expecting me to fail next year and I have to come back flying because I want to start next season like I started this season.' Adding 'This deal gives me plenty of confidence that I can do that. The manager clearly has faith in me and that means a lot. He wants me at the club for the foreseeable future and hopefully I can reward him with performances on the pitch.'

Phil Bardsley says he can see the potential of Aston Villa. The on loan Manchester United defender added: 'If you look at the core of the team I think it's incredibly strong and I can see the side winning something in the future. I honestly believe Villa are moving in the right direction and I think it's time that Villa, with the stadium they have, are moving forwards. It is an unbelievable stadium. The training ground they are building here is amazing, the players they are bringing in? I am very happy to be here. The manager has come in and done a great job.'

Big John Carew won the player of march vote on Vital with 61% of the votes. Patrik Berger impressed enough in his limited chances to get 14% of the votes and the ever faithful Gareth Barry got 8%. Wilfred Bouma, who as spit-fire said the other day, has to be the most improved player in a Villa shirt that we have seen in a long time, got 6% of the vote. The rest were split from 3-1%.

Martin O'Neill post Everton match reaction: Click Here
Everton v Villa match stats: Click Here

Gavin McCann will now have to sit out the games against Wigan at home (Monday 9 April) and away to Middlesbrough (Saturday 14 April) after the red mist descended on him in last nights match against Everton and he picked up a 10th yellow card for the season.

Sounds like Stiliyan Petrov is going through a bit of a crisis, he admits he hasn't hit the form he would have liked to this season but is determined to still make a major impact at Villa Park. 'I'm still looking for my first Villa Park goal and hopefully it will be a case of once I get one I can go on a bit of a run. I know what I can do, it's just not the best at the moment. But I keep working and it will come. It will take a while for the January signings. You need time for everybody to click together and learn to play together. But we're working hard and that will come.' Full article: Come on Stiliyan Petrov

Martin O'Neill has admitted that big John Carew needs more help up front despite his great start to his Villa career. The Villa boss said: 'He deserves more assistance than we are giving him. There is no doubt about that. Again I feel that will come but he is not the type to throw his hands in the air and say 'where's the help?' 'The players have taken to him, his attitude has been terrific, and although not shown in terms of results, I think we are a better side with him than we were a couple of months ago.'

One of the papers reckon we have bid £7million for Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy and been rebuffed by the Anfield club. Sorry, but what a load of total hogwash. How would we have bid when the transfer window is shut? PAH!

Thought for the day: 'people who say you can't buy happiness just don't know where to shop!'

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 4 2007
Time: 4:31PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Haye’s Blast

Comments

0
Still undecided on the long term merits of Phil Bardsley. Congrats to Gabby. He still has a lot to learn and improve upon, but he's had a very good season, and fully established himself as a first team regular. Craig Bellamy? Yes please. Big JC deserves his Vital Villa Player Of The Month award for March. What an impression he's made since his arrival. A new contract for Patrik Berger? Why not? The guy looks the part, and could well be a very valuable squad member next season as we strive to rebuild and improve.
glensider
06/04/2007 10:17:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

HK - Abdo & McKirdy Talk Soccer 7's Trophy

Khalid Abdo and Harry McKirdy have both been giving their thoughts on Aston Villa's Hong Kong Soccer Sevens success last weekend.

Grealish Bags Brace On Full England U21 Debut

Youngster Jack Grealish made his England Under 21 debut in their last game against Portugal, and tonight he went one better on his full debut against Guinea.

Clark Linked To West Brom - Okore On The Future

Republic of Ireland centre half Ciaran Clark is again being linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion, and Jores Okore has been speaking about his future.

HK - Petty Delighted With Soccer Sevens Win

Coach Ben Petty has hailed the attitude of the youngsters who lifted the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens at the weekend.

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)

David Moyes would be:
Suggested By: JP Fear
A great appointment76%
A good appointment but I'd prefer a.n.other10%
Average appointment1%
No thanks appointment13%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
F1 teams cover good mileage in test
Latest Vital Boxing News
Haye’s Blast
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions754
2.The Fear408
3.kefkat297
4.sirdennis270
5.Lerner Out!245
6.Fulford225
7.glensider205
8.JuanPabloAngel174
9.DeanoVilla152
10.Thomas Holte144
Vital Football Comment