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Martin O'Neill is hoping that results favour us this weekend, but knows we must help ourselves against Spurs.

Arsenal and Everton's results will be known when we face off against Spurs in what has, yet again, become another must win match for us.

'In truth, it is up to us. I have watched games before where we haven't been involved and you're thinking 'I hope someone does us a favour.'

'But eventually you realise the only people who are going to do you any favours are yourselves. It is up to us.

'We are in a position now where we need to dust off the cobwebs and come out fighting.

'We have got this far now and it would be pathetic to let this season peter out. We won't let that happen.'

Very correct choice of phrase after all we have achieved this season. It would be pathetic to throw it all away in the final few games, so after their rest and battery recharging, we need to see the Villa we saw earlier in the season.

The crowd will be up for it, we just need the players to be aswell.

O'Neill continued:

'The games coming up are hard. Don't get me wrong, someone will do us a favour along the way, I'm sure, but we need to do ourselves the favours.

'Home form will be decisive. We have already picked up a number of wins away from home and now we have to follow it up with some good results at Villa Park to end the season.

'It's not that the players have any fear of playing at home - quite the opposite - they really enjoy playing in front of their own supporters.

'We have tended to either not be able to see the game through - like against Stoke - or alternatively not make a breakthrough - like against Wigan.

'It's up to us to get back on track against Tottenham.'

Our style is suited to playing away from home, but that can be countered by playing to our strengths and changing players who are off form.

Be interesting to see if we return to the 451 or stick with the 442 on sunday.



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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday March 13 2009
Time: 2:51PM

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Certainly would go to 4-3-3/4-5-1 - Gabby has been woeful in a front two. Lets put him through the middle with Milner and Young right up with him. Stick Gardner or Sidwell in alongside Petrov and Barry. If that doesnt work put Carew and Heskey in. BUT King, Dawson and Woodgate do NOT have pace so lets get our front three in behind him!! Luke Young needs to play a blinder to keep Lennon quiet!!
deano.avfc
13/03/2009 15:06:00
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are you serious? king does not have pace?? haha i think you'll find king is up there with the quickest in the league mate, out of ANYONE! and woody is no slouch either. i think you'll find we don't lack pace in any position. not having a dig, just letting you know thats all, spurs have as much pace as villa.
elmo85
13/03/2009 15:16:00
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aside from heskey scoring his first, i don't think he has looked all that great. 4-4-2 has not been productive for us, which possibly was used to accommodate heskey? so yeah, agree with deano, 4-3-3.
leftfoot
13/03/2009 21:27:00
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Do NOT have pace. Take foot out of mouth now.
Spurmin
16/03/2009 08:02:00
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