Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday April 3 2009
Tony Cascarino, pundit for the New Football Pools says that Aston Villa have hit a brick wall and won't catch Arsenal in the race for 4th spot.
'It’s safe to say Aston Villa have hit a brick wall just at the wrong time in the season. The worrying signs for Villa fans were there for all to see in the recent home defeat to Tottenham. Earlier in the season the team looked nice and compact and gave few chances away. However, now opposing teams are being allowed to run freely at Villa’s back four which is one of the main reasons why they are struggling.
The Tottenham game really exposed the fact that the Villa midfield are not doing enough tracking of opposition runners in the centre of the park. At times the likes of Wilson Palacios and Luka Modric were able to cut through Villa’s midfield like a knife through butter. That’s a huge problem for Martin O’Neill as though he possesses defenders that are not bad they are also not great. Defenders like Zat Knight, Curtis Davies and Luke Young are not the top end of the scale so they do need midfield protection. This is basically why the team are conceding as much as they are at the moment.
If you don’t match up to the opposition in midfield you are going to struggle. This run of poor results has basically ended their hopes of Champions League qualification as now they’ve lost their momentum I can’t see them catching Arsenal who have hit form at just the right time.'
To visit the New Football Pools - click here where you find the The Classic Pools, Footy 15 and Premier 10 games.
Date:Friday April 3 2009
We Deserve To Finish Higher (Saturday May 18 2013)
Pre Season Takes Shape (Friday May 17 2013)
Something For The Weekend (424) (Friday May 17 2013)
Lambert Sticking To His Policy - No Big Signings (Friday May 17 2013)
Shaun Maloney Speaks To Vital Wigan About Stan (Friday May 17 2013)
Mystic Mug Sits On Fence To Beat Lawro! (Friday May 17 2013)
Clark Ruled Out Of Wigan Match (Thursday May 16 2013)
An Interview With A Wigan Fan (Thursday May 16 2013)
Lambert Tips Gabby For England Recall (Thursday May 16 2013)
I'm Sure It's A Healthier Place Now (Thursday May 16 2013)
|1.||Pride of Lions||799|
|Man Utd||3||-||0||Aston Villa|
|16. Aston Villa||37||10||10||17||-22||40|
|Jay Relishing Stoke Challenge
» Southampton : 18/05/2013 17:00:00
|Barmpot Decision - I'm Not Frustrated - Honest
» Wigan : 18/05/2013 16:49:00
|Issues Resolved - Time To March On
» Southampton : 18/05/2013 15:22:00
|Shaun Maloney - Vital Latics POTS - The Video
» Wigan : 18/05/2013 14:46:00
|We Deserve To Finish Higher
» Aston Villa : 18/05/2013 14:31:00
|West Brom v United Preview
» Man Utd : 18/05/2013 13:37:00
|Chelsea v Everton Preview
» Chelsea : 18/05/2013 13:10:00