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The Villa Times - 16/04/2007

The Villa Times - 16/04/2007

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Vital Villa asked 'what should we do with Patrik Berger? 56% said he should be kept on a pay as you play deal. 17% voted to keep him in major games. 23% voted for him to be kept as cover. That left just 4% saying Villa should let him go.

Chris Sutton will make a decision on his future within the next 10 days and that could mean the Villa striker might hang up his boots for good. Full article: Villa Striker D-Day Looms

Craig Gardner has spoken about his future after scoring his first senior goal for Aston Villa at the weekend against Middlesbrough. The midfielder told the official site: 'I think the goal has been coming and now I've got it. The gaffer just told me to get into the box and get onto the end of things. Gabby did well to get the ball to me and, to be honest, it got stuck under my foot at first. But then I just tucked it away and then I just ran off. I didn't see it hit the net. As soon as I saw it go past Mark Schwarzer I just turned and ran. I didn't really know where I was going - I just ran until someone jumped on me.' It also looks like the 20-year-old might be offered a new deal at Villa Park. Full article: Gardner, the new Andy Townsend?

Thomas Sorensen said the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough proved to be a 'bittersweet afternoon' for him after he fumbled a free kick and gifted Boro the first goal of the afternoon. Sorensen has just 14 months left on his contract and reports have linked Villa to Celtic's Polish international keeper Artur Boruc with another rumour suggesting we might be bidding for Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini. Full article:Sorensen Thanks Villa Fans & Players.

Villa reserves face Chelsea at Aldershot Town FC tonight in their last game of the season. VILLA: Henderson, Lund, Lowry, Y.Bellon, O'Halloran, Clark, Herd, Bannan, Collins, Delfouneso, Stieber. Subs: D.Bellon, Bevan, Earls, Clancy, Roome.

The Daily Mail claim that O'Neill is determined to buy Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy in the summer. They don't go on to say how they would know what MON wants but hey ho, gossip is short today!

92% of football fans have voted in favour of standing at football grounds. Click Here

Gabby Agbonlahor is looking for Villa to end the season with a bang. 'We're on a bit of a run now and we just want to keep it going until the end of the season. We played well in a lot of games earlier this season without getting the results we deserved - games like Bolton at home. Now we're starting to turn performances into results and to win two away games on the trot has given everybody a lift.'

The official site have said that season tickets for the 2007-08 campaign are now on sale. Bugger, just booked a holiday, forgot about the renewal dates!!! Chief Executive, Richard FitzGerald told 'Everyone associated with the club has been rightly proud of the value for money offered by an Aston Villa season or match ticket on a year-to-year basis and it was important to retain that reputation. There has been a great deal of discussion recently about the cost of watching top level football but the overall improvement of one of the most robust pricing structures around re-affirms this club's understanding of the current social climate.' Adding: 'The Football Supporters' Federation launched a campaign highlighting the cost of watching soccer but the campaign hasn't highlighted clubs which offer value for money. At Aston Villa we feel we do exactly that and our 06/07 headline Season Ticket price is the cheapest in this region despite us currently being the only Premiership club. As well as basic pricing, match grading has been retained to support a structure that means the cost of a ticket is relative to the quality of the opposition or importance of a fixture and the new 10% discount offered to students and members of the armed forces for season tickets anywhere in the stadium makes us even more keenly priced for next season.'

Stats for Boro v Villa: Click Here
O'Neill post match reaction: Click Here

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Villa have as much potential as The Gunners. 'In England, you have the potential of 10 massive clubs and they will not always be asleep. To smash in and compete in the top four, you will now have Aston Villa, Newcastle, Tottenham. They are all big clubs with the same potential as Arsenal.'

Martin O'Neill audio interview on the chances of qualifying for Europe via the Fair Play League! Click Here

Thought for the day: 'if you think there is good in everyone, you haven't met everyone'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday April 16 2007
Time: 3:06PM


Interesting to read the Berger verdict. A few weeks ago we would all have said, 'Show him the door', but the guy is definitely in a rich vein of form, and looks more than capable of being an important part of the VP set-up for at least another twelve months or so.
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