Writer: Mike Field
Date:Friday March 13 2009
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.
'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.
Date:Friday March 13 2009
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