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Charlton Boss - Villa In 'R' Battle

Charlton Boss - Villa In 'R' Battle

Charlton boss Alan Pardew says Villa aren't out of the mire yet, he said: 'We are five points off Villa and I would not be sitting too comfortably if I were them. I know that feeling and that is why we have to keep applying pressure. For sure, it is going to affect them, the bigger clubs more so. It gets to a point where the stadium becomes affected and psychologically it becomes a problem. We do not have that we have a super-positive stadium. I would suggest that without doubt, of the bottom eight clubs, our stadium is the most positive. That is an advantage.'

Martin O'Neill meanwhile was hoping to pick up maximum points from the Everton and Blackburn game to get back into the top ten.

'Until we get the points on the board, I'm still worried about the drop, absolutely. I was looking really positively at the table on Monday afternoon thinking we could go 11th in the table. Then following that had we have won at Blackburn we'd definitely be in the top 10. Then suddenly we are staring at no points with less than 10 minutes to go. So we still need the points.'

Adding on 'I went down to watch Charlton -Wigan last weekend and it's interesting they listed all the teams' fixtures - and we were quite rightly included. They went for the last eight teams on their list. They didn't include Newcastle and Middlesbrough, but quite rightly included us because we had 34 points at that stage.'

'That wasn't how I look at it, but I don't think you can help it until you get the points on the board. While you want to be positive, it's well and truly in our own hands. I'd think 40 points would make us relatively secure. The boys were buoyant in the dressing room after Monday's game having got something from the game. It was a complete turnaround from the first half performance.'

So, still to come:

Blackburn (away)
Wigan (home)
Middlesbrough (away)
Portsmouth (home)
Manchester City (away)
Sheffield United (home)
Bolton Wanderers (away)

21 points to play for, we are currently on 35 points.

Fulham are on equal points, Wigan 33, Sheff Utd 31, Charlton 30 and barring a miracle, West Ham and Watford are gone.

We shouldn't be looking over our shoulders, if this was during the O'Leary reign we'd all be spitting feathers, just shows where he went wrong was fan and press relations! With that many points still to play for and not a win in sight, we've just go to keep battling for points and hopefully pick up maximums against Wigan and Sheffied United, then get this god forsaken season out the way and hope for a totally different Villa next year!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 5 2007
Time: 3:02PM

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Pardew is God
05/04/2007 15:46:00
Well done Alan Pardew, this month's winner of the 'stating the bleeding obvious' award.
05/04/2007 16:22:00
Pardew could do with spending his time examining his own team rather than trying to knock the wind out of others. I'm sure our team are fully aware of their situation.
05/04/2007 16:31:00
The guys a dick! Loves the sound of his own voice too much. Wenger should have knocked him out when he had the chance!
05/04/2007 17:49:00
It maybe a positive attitude at that stadium now...... Christ I know five season ticket holders who gave theirs away ten games into the season.... and we are fickle!
05/04/2007 19:05:00
i always thought highly of pardew, and still do. the way egghead at WHU treated him was appaling, i hope to see charlton survive and the hammers go down. he's just trying the mind-games, as any manager would and, lets face it there the form team in the bottom half at the moment. i dont think for a minute that villa will get relegated, but until the summer comes and we go and buy loads of quality, we should let him have his fun !
05/04/2007 19:19:00
Al's only stating what we Villan's are already fully aware of. Hopefully our lads will be fully aware of Pardews comments, and put their act together with immediate effect, starting at Ewood Park tomorrow, and ram the Charlton Pathetic managers words right back down his throat.
06/04/2007 10:33:00
I agree wit Pardew only 5 points from Religation Zone!
06/04/2007 13:45:00
Can`t see anything from Blackburn so just praying for a win against Wigan,0 or 1 point after Mondays game means we`re right in it,aaaaaaggghh No Carew !!!!!!
07/04/2007 10:56:00
Always positive Aspinall... ye of little faith
Hoss The Villain
09/04/2007 07:05:00
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