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Oh Well - C'est Le Vie!

FA cup

Personally I am gutted at been knocked out of the FA cup. I went to the FA cup semi final and final as a 10 year old and the feeling of firstly elation at beating Bolton to secure a place in the final (It was the first and last time a will ever appreciate been kissed by a fat bald guy! :D) and then the feeling of sadness after a flaccid showing and a poor loss. The FA cup that year was there for the taking. And again this year
it could have been.

Having been born in 1990 I missed out on many of the years of glory of which I hear some of the older fans reminisce about. I was born years after our great European triumph, and i was too young to remember finishing in 2nd in '92 and the League cup victory in '94. That leaves me with 15 years of memories of the Villa, in which have harnessed only one trophy of note. I may be young but i know of our great clubs history. And for a club of our size, that is a travesty! There is a generation of fans who are growing up (myself included) who have never seen us lift a major trophy (here i am not including the League cup as a major trophy), or compete in the top European competition, and this must end!

Since Randy and MON have taken over we have begun to be able to see great change, and 'the sleeping giant' has woken and reminded the rest of the big boys of who we are, and where we've come from. But until we are playing regularly against Europe's elite or lifting major trophies our transformation cannot be considered complete! The FA cup would have been a lovely place to start!

The FA cup is often considered the greatest domestic knock-out tournament in the world, and in my opinion rightly so! There are few games other than the FA cup semi final and final where I have been moved to tears, and this is the power of the FA cup. Even with some of the Premier League snobbery towards it the FA cup have managed to hold onto plenty of the magic which can move many a grown man (nevermind a young lad) to tears!

Some may say 'Now we can concentrate on the league', but to travel to Wembley and to roar Villa to victory would have been something out of this world. And for all the pragmatists out there, there is no better habit to get into than the winning one! An FA cup run would have allowed us to bring confidence that we can win any game back into the league, and would have kicked us on until the end of the season on adrenaline alone!! As well as this it would have given us confidence that we CAN and WILL win trophies for years to come!

Oh well, c'est le VIE! Onwards we march...there's always the UEFA and the Title! ;o)

UTV

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Writer: AstonVillaFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 15 2009

Time: 6:03PM

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I personally feel today's defeat has done us the world of good. MON has seen that we do not have strength in depth, and that we do indeed depend on Laursen, Barry, Reo and, after watching Gabby and JC today, even the Hesk. Think I'd rather see us win the Uefa or finish in the top four. I understand that the FA cup is of huge value to us, but maybe a great league performance this season, or even progress in Uefa will help fuel us for the FA cup next season. Everton weren't too much better than us, but they were clinical. Sidwell was a shambles. The defensive lines were weak. And the home fans certainly proved to be a 12th man for everton. They bloody appealled for everything. Phil Neville is and always has been a ****, Cahill wound me up something chronic with his small man syndrome, but Arteta and Anichebe were fantastic. If however, the game had been at VP, and the Fonz and started instead of ginger, I reckon we would have edged it. Anyway, i'm calm now. Can't wait for Wednesday! UP THE VILLA!
benji_starsky_avfc
I agree totally with you Benji, This Defeat will give us that bounce back against Chelsea that might see us take the whole 3 points aT Villa park, if we went 5 points above Chelsea it will have a massive effect and might actually see us finish 3rd with the confidence running high if we do win. This Defeat will also have a massive impact in future games being that extra bit fitter, yes the FA Cup is important but at the moment no Cup is more important that us breaking into the top 4.
Villa 4 Ever
next Sunday looks like being a real humdinger folks!
merlin
Don't any of you feel that, to use an old cliche, 'Winning breeds winning'? I think that a cup run would help us kick on for the rest of the season, and actually help us. On the other hand it is by no means a shamble been knocked out.
AstonVillaFC
Everton were marginally better than us today. The difference? We only had one central midfielder. That made it difficult to use our wide men and put a lot of pressure on our central defense. To be fair to Sidwell, Gabby did miss a sitter, Carew isn't match fit, and Davies wasn't at his best. At least this does mean a few less games.
gwyllum18
Sunday?
bassettmax
On the OS MON says we were "the better team and deserved to win". Sorry Mon but your having a laugh mate. No strength in depth. We badly needed to strengthen in jan. 3-1 is a shameful result. Gutted
medzy
AstonVillaFC Good article mate. Am inclined to agree with you it's shame we're out. The winning breeds winning idea makes sense, a result today for example would have been great for the team as would have been achieved without Barry and Laursen. That would have been a real confidence boost. On balance though it's better to look at the positives than think about a missed opportunities. I don't want to see the players dwelling on the result with key fixtures coming up. As such it helps if the fans don't either.
MONsCABA
I do strongly believe that a win would have done us a lot of good, but in saying that i think that the mentality O'Neill has instilled in the side means we will use it as motivation. Got a feeling that we will come back strongly from this!
AstonVillaFC
MON knows what he's doing. Barry was going to be suspended-better to lose him for this than a league game. Finishing 4th or better in the league is and should be our goal.
gwyllum18
Our goal is not to win silverware but finish 4th or better in the league? That to me is a sad reflection of football fans today as all the Champions League would give us is money as we would never be in a position to challenge for the trophy. Even if we should we finish 4th or 3rd in the league that does not guarantee Champions League football, we would still have to go through qualifying round. To me I would have rather had a trip to Wembley this year and qualified for Europe again. This would be steady growth. However some think the holy grail of football is finishing 4th and qualifying for a competition we have no chance of winning. As for being a blessing in disguise that we lost that is just as baffling. Winning is a habit and losing today will dent that confidence and has now put even more pressure on the team to finish higher in the league. Every league game is now a cup game to remain in 3rd place.
Hoss The Villain
I agree we don't have strength in depth. That was a good excuse for our extremely poor showing in Hamburg (I was sadly there!), but I don't agree that was an excuse for yesterdays defeat! We have more or less the full team? Our missed chances came from Gabby, Ashley Young and Sidwell! These are our first team players? I for one think this was a great chance missed, especially seeing that we now would have only had to overcome West Ham or Boro to book our place in the semi's! I am fed up of hearing "good now we can concentrate on the league". So bloody what! And come 4th? What is the good of 4th? That means 3 teams were better than us? Who in 10 years time will remember that we finished 4th? But we all know when we last won the FA Cup and that was before I was born! And I am middle aged! I agree with MON that before the last Everton goal, we were still in the match, but what I saw of it, there are no complaints, Everton were clearly the better team, and they were missing more players than us! So.... now I just fear for Wednesday, because if we don't improve by then, we will be getting the second cold shower!
villa_de
strongest squad possible went out to play, we seriously missed barry, sidwell looked out of his depth, youngs delivery was pants - cant moan at him though for one off day, carew isnt match fit, gabby never had enough of the ball, petrov was as solid as ever, capello ruled out heskey for us. we are missing coker, laursen, and bouma badly now.
Stig
End of the day, if we ever want to be a top club we have to be able to play with the clogged up fixture list, that is the reality. Ok we're not there yet, but we are improving. We played yesterday against one of the best sides in the league and we could have won it had we out our chances away. Siverware would be lovely, but we're out of the FA cup now so we have to use it as motivation. Always next year! :D
AstonVillaFC
The reason villa want to finish fourth or higher is to be able to attract better players. This is true of the club and fans. Extra revenue is a bonus to the club but not something fans care about. "Who in 10 years time will remember that we finished 4th?" Hopefully we will view this as a breakthrough season in ten years time. Given that any top four spot for villa displaces and likely weakens one of our rivals next season then it seems like a very obvious achievement on our way towards challenging for trophies in future.
MONsCABA
4th and Champions League is more money and more prestige for the club. Its not rocket science guys. Well, at least thats what MON and Randy Lerner think, but what do they know about football and money.
gwyllum18
I think MON actually came out and said that he wanted a run in the FA cup and turn around our recent fortunes in the cup! Or was that just me? Prestige does not come from 4th, sure, i agree 100% that Cha,ps league is where we need to be, but at this point in time siverware is just a precious!
AstonVillaFC
As an Everton fan I have t say that this is the best and most balanced article I have read by a Villa fan and indeed better than some I've read on Everton frums
jarty
Cheers mate, for teams such as ourselves and your team Everton, there must be a balance between not wanting to play too many games with small squads, but also wanting to win trophies, for these are the Holy Grail of football. I also believe that a cup run cannot be underestimated in terms of giving players the confidence to then try and climb the table!
AstonVillaFC
 

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