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The Villa Times 09/02/2009

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Kernowboy71 on Vital Spurs: Although it is still very early to make this announcement, I think without doubt that fans will regard the winners of this title to be Aston Villa and Martin O'Neill. Full article: Team and manager of the season.

Blackburn Rovers defender Stephen Warnock says Emile Heskey was a massive signing for Villa. In an interview for the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, Warnock said, 'He is such a good player. He doesn't get recognition for what he does and what he's about. But Martin O'Neill knows all about him and will get the best of out of him. They're as good as we played this year. You look at the threat up front - Young, Agbonlahor, Heskey and Milner are a fantastic threat to any team. They have quality and pace. They break so quickly and that's a great asset to have.'

Martin O'Neill has spoken about Villa skipper Gareth Barry admitting in the News of the World his future is in his hands: 'Gareth is here until the end of the season. He was true to his word that he would stay in January. If we keep the momentum going, who knows? But if we don't qualify for Europe this season then things will be in the balance. The point I accept is that having given this season, which was what I wanted in the first place, I don't think anyone would begrudge him the opportunity to move having spent that time here.'

The News of the World claim today that Liverpool will come back in for Barry in the summer. Yawn.

The red top also claims that Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing will be allowed to leave the club in the summer and name Villa, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool as interested parties.

James Milner told Sky Sports: 'We are having a great season but it is down to us to keep our minds on the job in hand. Confidence is massive in football and obviously it helps with the run we have been on. It is not easy away from home but we are getting the results. We are playing well - that is the main thing - we are not nicking wins, we deserve the points and that is important.'

Milner also spoke to the official site about being selected for England.... which was nice! 'To represent your country at any level is fantastic but to be called up to the full squad is an absolute honour and a real proud moment in my career. I am thrilled and I can't wait to link up with the other lads and work hard and try to do well in training. Villa have six players in the national squad, which is a huge achievement too. Credit has to go to the manager Martin O'Neill for that.'

According to the FA's website, SIX of our players are in the full squad for England's friendly against Spain next Wednesday. Luke Young, Gareth Barry, James Milner, Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey have been selected by Fabio Capello.

Good article by Vulcan on the season so far and whether us Villa fans dare to dream: Click Here

Match report, Glensider at Blackburn: Click Here
Blackburn v Villa stats: Click Here
JF match report (ish): Click Here

Vital Villan: Big Sam said after the game that Villa simply outclassed Blackburn today as he suffered his first defeat since joining the club. Speaking to Sky Sports the Blackburn manager said: 'I don't really have any complaints. I don't think we can say that we really deserved anything out of the game. I thought Villa were the better side.' Full article: Villa Deserved Victory

The Sheriff returns with another excellent that was the week that was: The Week In Villa #24 (30/01/09 - 5/2/09)

Vital Villan: Gareth Barry will miss our FA Cup clash against Everton after Gordon Bennett decided to book him for celebrating Gabby's goal at the end of today's match. Maybe our Captain forgot it's now considered a criminal offence to be happy at a teammate scoring a goal, I don't know. Full article: Suspension Hits Again

For the very latest Premier League odds: Click Here

The ever brilliant Something for the Weekend: Something For The Weekend (223)

Vital Villan: 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 after all. Even Dion Dublin commented the other week that we were benefiting from a huge slice of luck. Full article and quotes: Hardwork Not Luck Says Friedel

Vital Villan: Despite finding ourselves in third place, a full two points ahead of Chelsea, O'Neill is refusing to set any targets for the season. Well at least in public anyway. Speaking on the official site after the 2-0 away win against Blackburn, O'Neill celebrated our record seven away wins on the trot by telling everyone he isn't getting carried away with things. 'I am delighted, of course, but I am genuinely not targeting anything. We are going great and we deserve to be where we are in the table. But the main thing is keeping this momentum going - we really must. It really is so, so important.' Full quotes: O'Neill Refuses To Set Targets

Vital Villan: Charlie Nicholas has said today on Sky Sports that we are looking very good for a Champions League place, and if we can turn Chelsea over in our next match Arsene Wenger will have to stop worrying about catching us up, and concentrate on trying to pass the Chelsea boys. Nicholas is less convinced in our defence, and has concerns over the squad size and the choice we have on the bench but is happy that as long as we can continue to convert the chances we create we are more than capable of staying where we are. Full article: Arsenal Looking To Catch Chelsea?

Roll up, roll up, the man of the match votes have been counted and verified and none other than the Fonz won for his goalscoring display against Doncaster Rovers. Nathan Delfouneso got 35% of the vote with Craig Gardner coming in second with 17%. Man Of The Match v Doncaster Won By Starlet

Thought for the day: 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday February 9 2009
Time: 9:00AM


Spurs fan here: I think every supporter outside of last season's top four want Villa to keep on going to break the monopoly of those who believe they are entitled to a Champions League spot. I would have preffered Spurs in your position, of course, but that's not to be this season. So, come on Villa, we're counting on you!
09/02/2009 09:52:00
Even spudz fans our on our side now.... Nice article in the Times, particurlaly like this bit "White Hart Lane, as perhaps he would acknowledge, has become home to underachieving young English footballers. Villa Park, for now, is home to the upwardly mobile." Times are a changin!!!!
09/02/2009 12:32:00
I seen david platt this morning righting us off on sky sports news ,use to be one of my hero's now i really don't like the bloke .
chris the villan
09/02/2009 16:30:00
Arsenal bias from platty mate. He's deluded
09/02/2009 17:21:00
He was great for us played at Italia 90 you would have though he'd be a bit kinder i mean do any arsenal fans give a siht about him? i don't remember him really doing anything for them, tosser.
chris the villan
09/02/2009 22:19:00
not that bothered if gareth goes to liverpool in the summer, they'll sell him back to us in january!
09/02/2009 22:37:00
Luke Young is out of the England squad now due to picking up a toe injury.
09/02/2009 23:17:00
thanks Shannon, interesting stuff! I do get the feeling that a lot of club fans are willing someone other than the usual top 4 to break in, just to show that it can be done again after Everton a few years back. Fingers crossed we'll keep it going!
The Fear
11/02/2009 17:00:00
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