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The Villa Times 10/04/2007

The Villa Times 10/04/2007

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Villa reserves take on Spurs tonight at Villa Park (7pm). Juan Pablo Angel, Steven Davis, Liam Ridgewell and Aaron Hughes could be given run-outs. VILLA: Henderson, Hughes, Lowry, Ridgewell, O'Halloran, Lund, Herd, Davis, Angel, Clancy, Stieber. Subs: Bannan, Clark, Roome, Ricketts, Griffiths.

Tickets for Villa's final game of the season - v Bolton away (May 13) are now on General Sale. Fans are already discussing fancy dress ideas!

Villa v Wigan match report: Click Here
Villa v Wigan match stats: Click Here
Villa v Wigan MON match reaction: Click Here

Martin O'Neill has said that just because John Carew is a big man, it doesn't mean Villa have to play long ball. Try telling the team that!! 'There's a tendency, certainly in the early part of games, to get to John Carew quickly because he's there. In actual fact, Carew prefers to get the ball down and manoeuvre. So I think it's been a good lesson for us. We've played two games without him and we've shown we're capable of playing. The idea is not to hit Carew at all times, but to play around him and to play into his feet.'

Gabby Agbonlahor has today insisted that the goal scored against Wigan was 'definitely my goal.' Villa striker claims 9th goal.

Thomas Sorensen is not a happy man. Not only was he taken out, shot and left stranded on the floor, but Wigan were still allowed to go on and via the Mule score. Sorensen bemoaned the decision by match 'ref' Halsey after the game: 'I thought it was a clear free-kick. Obviously it's difficult for the referee to see it, but he was there to block me. I got in front of him and as I was going for the ball he pushed me in the back and straight into one of our players. You can't do anything about it. He didn't see it, obviously he's not got eyes everywhere, but it's just sad that it cost us.' Full article: Click Here

John Carew could be fit for the away trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday having missed the last two games (Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic) with a calf injury. The full extent of the injury to Wilfred Bouma is as yet not clear. Martin O'Neill said: 'Carew is getting better each day, but we don't know whether he'll be right for Middlesbrough. I didn't change the side yesterday because I thought we'd be better off having won, but Cahill was better off not playing yesterday and he's definitely getting better. It's hard to say how Bouma is at this moment. He got hit on the ankle I'll know more later today.'

The gossip sites are re-hashing a rumour from a while back that Jlloyd Samuel, who can leave on a free in the summer, is a target of Bolton manager Sam Allardyce.

Another rumour doing the rounds is that Luke Moore has fallen out with the Villa boss and wants talks regarding his future. Moore returned to action this weekend, the reason as far as I can see that he didn't return before was he was still trying to gain match fitness following a shoulder injury that led to surgery. What do people expect, that the player is rushed back and risked?

The club have announced a new Club crest will be unveiled later this month after a survey of 4500 fans were consulted. Within the survey 76% of fans voted for a change and 51% said they'd prefer the crest as opposed to a round badge. Full article: No round badge for Villa?

Blackburn v Villa match stats: Click Here
Blackburn v Villa post match reaction from MON: Click Here

Vital Villa asked Luke Moore or Ashley Young? The results were 45% in favour of Luke Moore. Ashley Young got 23% of the vote, 7% backed both and the remainder (25%) - and very sensible voters if I may say so! - said it was too soon to judge.

Martin O'Neill has scoffed at suggestions that he is behind the times and out of his depth. Martin O'Neill - behind the times?

Thought for the day: You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday April 10 2007
Time: 1:52PM


Dear Mr Fear, after reading a recent villa times of yours I feel I must put you straight on one thing. I am a spade, yes! I am. However your racist undertones to those of us who dig in the dirt doing the jobs a mere garden trowel can't do are vastly underestimated. If you continue to make fun of us in this way in the future you'll be hearing from a new MD who is high up on our committee, a Mr Doug Trellis. Be warned, not spade ? orgasmic earth moving instrument is the correct terminology, and if you don't like this you can go sod yourself. yours in dirt Mr Muddy Patch
10/04/2007 14:14:00
Dear Mr Digging Instrument, I apologise for any offense called in suggesting if you didn't want to call a spade a spade you could call it Trevor. In hindsite I can see the error of my ways and despite my bias towards trowells - and indeed garden forks, I will in future try not to trevorise you. now fork off! LOL
The Fear
10/04/2007 14:39:00
Its surprising how a couple of half decent results has lifted the spirits, a couple more wins would be really nice.
10/04/2007 18:11:00
You guys have obviously been growing your own and doing a bit of sampling. Now grow-up and behave and talk footy. Can I suggest a Player of the season competiton - Gardner!
10/04/2007 18:12:00
DOH, now look what you've done Spit Fire, they are all coming out of the wood work!
The Fear
10/04/2007 18:48:00
Daft Sods!
10/04/2007 21:09:00
Sad that JPA's possible last Villa Park outing in the reserve game against Tottenham Tuesday evening should have been such a non event for him. Didn't really get a look in, and looked somewhat disinterested in the whole affair.
11/04/2007 22:05:00
Well the futures not bright for JPA not at Villa anyway. Maybe a move to a league where the pace is a little more sedate will do him the world of good.
12/04/2007 06:04:00
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