Writer: Mike Field
Date:Friday July 31 2009
Hokey-Cokey has said that whilst Porto deserve a lot of respect, the players will be concentrating on making it through to the final.
Speaking on the official site, our stand in Captain has plenty of praise for Porto's history, and the way they play the game but is more concerned about putting in a good performance and seeing us through to the final of the Peace Cup.
Reo-Coker is full of praise for Porto - but insists Villa should concentrate on their own game as they look to make it through to the Peace Cup final.
'I know about the history of Porto - one of the most successful clubs in Portugal and a former UEFA Cup and European Champion.
'There are other big names left too but in all truth we haven't looked at that. We have been working hard in training and relied on the fact that if we work hard at that and during games we can achieve great things.
'It's a fantastic challenge for us. It's been a tough tournament - games are coming around quickly. And a few of our players have already played several full games this pre-season so the Porto match will be a very difficult game under the heat again.
'It's a challenge and that's what it's about. It's about going out there, working hard and enjoying the game. It's fantastic to be on this stage, playing against the likes of Porto.'
Although the Peace Cup for many fans may be an overblown and overhyped pointless pre season tournament, NRC doesn't hold that view. It's a chance at silverware earnt against top European clubs, and for that reason alone he believes we are right to be taking it so seriously - even if the road to the semi's was a little bumpy:
'That's why you want to be a footballer. They are a top Champions League team - always seeming to quality - and it's a challenge we're really looking forward to.
'This is a tournament we are taking seriously. Hopefully we can go all the way and win it.'
Date:Friday July 31 2009
Villa Confirm Suspensions (Tuesday April 15 2014)
Time To Unite - The Fans Already Have (Tuesday April 15 2014)
Culverhouse and Karsa Suspended (Tuesday April 15 2014)
U21s Lose To Chelsea (Monday April 14 2014)
Skipper - We Are In A Relegation Battle Again (Monday April 14 2014)
AVFC - The Remaining Games For Survival (Monday April 14 2014)
Villa Away Fans Call For Lambert Sacking (Video) (Monday April 14 2014)
Grizzly: Palace away (Sunday April 13 2014)
The Whispers Are Amplifying - Lambert Must Go (Sunday April 13 2014)
Villa Fan Says Enough Is Enough (Sunday April 13 2014)
|1.||Pride of Lions||756|
|6.||Villan Of The North||181|
|Crystal Palace||1||-||0||Aston Villa|
|Man Utd||4||-||1||Aston Villa|
|11. West Ham||34||10||7||17||-9||37|
|12. Crystal Palace||33||11||4||18||-15||37|
|13. Hull City||33||10||6||17||-6||36|
|14. Aston Villa||33||9||7||17||-14||34|
|Ref Watch: Webb to officiate Cardiff v Stoke
» Stoke : 15/04/2014 22:04:00
|Begovic wins Chelsea man of the match poll
» Stoke : 15/04/2014 21:44:00
|Mel - No Fear Ahead Of Man City Trip
» WBA : 15/04/2014 19:50:00
|Speroni Hits 100 Clean Sheets
» Crystal Palace : 15/04/2014 19:27:00
|Arsenal v West Ham - Line-Ups
» West Ham : 15/04/2014 19:04:00
|Ireland pens 3-year Stoke contract
» Stoke : 15/04/2014 18:47:00
|UNCONFIRMED - Arsenal vs West Ham Team News
» Arsenal : 15/04/2014 18:27:00