Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday May 4 2009
I've got to be careful what I say about the manager here because apparently I've had too many 'digs' recently... I can't see them myself but maybe I'm just shovel blind or something!?
Anyway, our lord and master (is that a positive or negative comment??!!... gulp) Martin O'Neill says the recent results have hidden some decent performances recently.
He said, ahead of our crucial clash v Hull tonight which will see us rise back to 5th place and above Everton:
'We played brilliantly in three of the last four games. We were excellent against Manchester United, Everton and West Ham. But we didn't win any of the games. So you could say there is a thin dividing line. Just look at the Champions League semi-final first leg between Manchester United and Arsenal. Arsene Wenger's men will feel they are well in the competition because they weren't put to the sword. They are in with a chance when they could have been 3-0 down.'
Adding on the official site that he doesn't see the poor form but accepts 'we haven't been able to pick up the results we've wanted but in the past few games we have been fantastic.'
He also says all the team can do is keep on keeping in and eventually the win will come.... Don't know about eventually, the win WILL come tonight... IT WILL..!
'We haven't won in nine games but we are fifth in the league. That goes to show what kind of season we were having up until then. Where we finish will determine everything. I accept that over 38 games, where you end up is where you deserve to be. Overall, if we finish fifth, that will show an improvement. That's important.'
5th would be an improvement and not only that, it would surely help raise our profile and help us attract some 'big' names in the summer? This would be the first time in a decade that Villa will have qualified automatically for Europe, despite the question mark over cup competitions this season, this has to be seen as a building block and hopefully the same 'decisions' won't be made next time around and we might be able to increase the squad in the summer so we can put up a more sustained assault on the top four?
There, I think that is fairly positive... you see, I do try! :o)
As I've said many times, what I love about Villa these days is that we are all back to talking and arguing about players, managers, tactics, games and substitutions, we've got the right people steering the good ship Villa and the politics are gone, now it is just football talk, optimistic or pessimistic, this is how things should be at a football club.
Date:Monday May 4 2009
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