Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Hardwork Not Luck Says Friedel

Hardwork Not Luck Says Friedel

Brad Friedel has hit back at those in the media who have suggested that our rise to third place in the league is more luck than deserved.

With how many wins we have secured lately, despite playing badly, it has led some in the press to class them as lucky wins, undeserved wins and so on.

Fair enough, I've said myself plenty of times after matches recently that we got lucky. It's an appropriate phrase to use when we've picked up three points based on a penalty, or an own goal afterall.

Even Dion Dublin commented the other week that we were benefiting from a huge slice of luck.

I'm not sure if I really care if it is luck, or whether we are creating our own luck to be honest. We've seen the top sides pick off victories against us plenty of times even though they didn't deserve the points. We've seen little teams play just as badly and then get that slice of luck in the final ten minutes that leaves you crying into your pint after the match.

Whichever is it, that luck for us has been long overdue. But more important than that, this luck or ability to secure three points by whatever means necessary, and regardless of how well you play, is a trait that all successful teams hold.

The ability to win games when you can't string two passes together has never been frowned on when the points have been won by Liverpool or Man U. I see no difference for us and maybe that's the very point Brad was trying to make when he spoke to the Sunday Mercury.

"You don`t stumble upon things like that, that comes along with hard work, determination and a very good team spirit.

"If you don`t have all those components then it`s difficult to win football matches.

"It`s not something you stumble upon. It`s not a fluke.

"If we had a lot of lazy players then we wouldn`t be getting the results. The fact of the matter is we don`t have any lazy players. Everyone works very hard in every training session and every match and that`s a very pleasing thing."

As the older head in the dressing room, Friedel is also attempting to keep the younger lads grounded. Don't get carried away with wins, and don't let your confidence drop after defeats.

"I think we`re happy but, as I`ve said all season long, there`s no sense in us looking at a league table or thinking about anything other than the next match.

"In any sport when you`re on a decent run you pick up confidence and football`s no different.

"Saying that, you can never get too carried away and you can never get above your station.

"We have to go out and be very focused each and every time we step out on the pitch.

"We always feel that we can win every game. If we didn`t feel that then there`s no sense in stepping out on the pitch.

"We have a good team spirit right now and we`re finding out ways to win games at the moment."

And long may it continue as far as I'm concerned. The season no doubt contains a few bumps for us and there's no point even hoping we can stay unbeaten until the end of the season. What we need to remember to do is when that defeat comes, to bounce back like we have before.



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

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday February 7 2009
Time: 8:31PM

Comments

0
very sensible
Steve64k
07/02/2009 20:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Stats: Aston Villa v Preston North End

All the stats from Aston Villa (2) vs (2) Preston North End, Villa Park, 21/1/17 Att: 32,415

Aston Villa v Preston - Team Sheets

Aston Villa are at Villa Park with Preston the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Officials - Aston Villa v Preston (21/1/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Aston Villa and Preston North End this Saturday.

The Villa Times - 20/01/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up)

The very latest brand new sparkling news and views on Aston Villa via the uno fish ial one...

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)

Preston MotM
Suggested By:
Johnstone8%
Hutton4%
Chester1%
Baker0%
Amavi0%
Lansbury6%
Westwood3%
Adomah40%
Grealish1%
Green7%
Agbonlahor30%
Sub - Bacuna0%
Sub - Gardner0%
Sub - Davis0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Ecclestone wants to tear up the rulebook
Latest Vital Boxing News
Warren Set to Announce Williams v Smith?
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 5:30PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2017 8:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear496
2.JuanPabloAngel301
3.Silhillvilla279
4.Fulford274
5.sirdennis262
6.Villan57207
7.Melon Donkey161
8.BodyButter149
9.villasince67118
10.danvilla2116
Vital Football Comment