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My optimism has disappeared

First and for most an apology for my earlier article in which i stated, "We should be trying to get as many players in as possible, but i respect Martin O`Neil in the sense that he wont buy crap only quality which is what we need but surely there are some quality players out their that would want to come to Villa."

It was written in the late hours of last night, as i wanted a bit of lie in today! I meant it to sound like this, "I respect Martin O`Neil as he won`t rush in and sign in a Titus Bramble of this world, he only buys the players he thinks will improve the team" After today`s game however i don`t think he knows how to improve the team, they really looked shocking. I mean look at Cuellar, can`t even kick a ball properly, or put a tackle in and actually manage to get the ball. Shorey is the same, can`t head a ball, can`t run with one, can`t pass one, and can`t even defend one. Which considering he is a defender and playing in the best league in the world, it doesn`t bode well for us does it?

Today`s game was an absolute disgrace, O`Neil really was terrible, his starting line up. Delph started having no Championship experience let alone the Premier League, why didn`t he start with Reo or Sidwell who have been playing in this league for years, maybe bring Delph on in the second half towards the end. Then his substitutions, he did it last season as well, taking off a defender and putting on an attacking yet useless player. I mean we can`t defend with four defenders let alone three.

The players were a disgrace, the lot of them they really didn`t look like they could play football let alone like they wanted to.

Friedel - Don` think he can be blamed for the goals, and he made a few decent saves.

Shorey - As i said above, if he`s a footballer then i am a blue nose. He can`t seem to do anything with a ball, stop it, pass it, head it; i mean what was he brought for? Surely O`Neil knows he`s not good enough, he didn`t play him for most of last season, and he chose to play a right back instead. Why hasn`t he been sold and replaced?

Cuellar - Has to be in the top three of Martin O`Neil`s worst buys, along with Harewood and Knight. Why did we sign a player who had no premier league experience? We signed another player from the SPL; surely he should have learnt his lesson from Petrov and Maloney. Look how long took them to settle and even then Maloney went back there.

Davies - Once described himself as a pub player and i don`t think he will have to listen too hard to hear many Villa fans saying the same. No one looked any good today but Davies wasn`t the worst, yet so he shouldn`t be, we didn`t pay 10 million for a player who can defend, or did we?

Beye - Didn`t look great, but lets hope Luke`s back soon because Beye isn`t good enough for a starting place, only to provide half decent back up.

Milner - Works and runs all game but he has no support, look at how he performed the other night for England. He`s playing in a midfield with a 19 year old premier league virgin and a winger who seems to spend more time lying on that floor than he does standing, Then to put him at right back, what a disgrace.

Petrov - Won numerous awards last year, and i am one of his biggest fans yet he never seems to be able to pick out that killer pass. Something Barry could! We need someone next to him who can look up, and pass to one of our players.

Delph - He looked like he needs more time to develop; O`Neil should have never started him. He ran all day and battled hard at some points. He was caught on the ball a few times and looked a bit slow. I think we all accept he needs time to develop, its no his fault he was thrown in the deep end.

Young - Most of the time he was on the floor moaning someone had breathed on him, he goes over too easily and is ineffective when there are two or men on him. We relied on him too much last season and as soon as one club learnt that he cant beat two men they all started doing it. Stop Ashley young and you stop a really huge route of Villa`s scoring.

Heskey - Terrible game, he cant head a ball in the right direction, him and Agbonlahor don`t seem to link up well, but we know if Carew was fit he should of started. Heskey surely doesn`t offer good enough back up though.

Agbonlahor - Our strikers weren`t really called upon, but he looks a lot bigger than last year and defiantly seemed stronger. He is more effective away due to his pace. If we don`t sign another sticker we are in trouble.

The lack of transfer activity is so disheartening when players who would improve villa so much are out there and are ready to be snapped up, i don`t think its a question of money. If it was then why would we spend 6 million on an untested midfielder rather than on a decent centre back? We need players and we need them now, i said earlier we need a centre back, a striker and a really good playmaker. That is as i said in my previous post just the start. Why not just come and out tell us that:
a) I haven`t got the money
b) The players won`t come here
c) I just don`t like spending big money

Something has changed at Villa Park, fans no longer seen him as a Messiah. He has gone down in my opinion; i was prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt and wrote a really positive article this morning. I like most people were in hope all pre season that he would buy players that will improve the squad, so far he hasn`t and why not. Why wait until the last minute having already lost our first few games. The squad isn`t good enough; our first eleven could be nearly there with 3 or 4 new faces but our backup well it leaves a lot to be desired for. O`Neil needs to tell the players and fans the truth instead of this "i think we maybe could possibly bring in some new faces maybe"

Being the optimist that i am i tried to right this with as much positivity that i could, i found it hard and unless he buys some players in the next few days, i think time has come to really question O`Neil. The honeymoon period was looking to be over earlier this year, there is now no doubt it is well and truly dead and buried.




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Date:Saturday August 15 2009

Time: 6:51PM

Your Comments

well done lads, great opener! doesn't look like your misssing barry or laursen at all!....try not to get to disheartened, you should cruise into a top 10 finish.
lillywhites101
well done lads, great opener! doesn't look like your misssing barry or laursen at all!....try not to get to disheartened, you should cruise into a top 10 finish.
lillywhites101
Well said! The losses of Barry and Laursen were huge. They havent even been addressed yet alone replaced. There is no depth in the squad and Mr o'neill has had many years to address this now. The blame has to rest with him. The only way we would even be at the same level as last year is if we went out and bought upson, hangelaand and sjneider no easy feat. Finally MON's signings really have to be questioned - 10 million a piece for 2 defenders who are frankly not up to the task.
goodb_2
Well said! The losses of Barry and Laursen were huge. They havent even been addressed yet alone replaced. There is no depth in the squad and Mr o'neill has had many years to address this now. The blame has to rest with him. The only way we would even be at the same level as last year is if we went out and bought upson, hangelaand and sjneider no easy feat. Finally MON's signings really have to be questioned - 10 million a piece for 2 defenders who are frankly not up to the task.
goodb_2
Or another 7000 will not turn up
ant1ant1
Or another 7000 will not turn up
ant1ant1
What did people think of delph? I thought with some more experience he could be good? He ran all over the park but didnt seem to manage to produce a final ball.
The Aston Blogger
What did people think of delph? I thought with some more experience he could be good? He ran all over the park but didnt seem to manage to produce a final ball.
The Aston Blogger
there is definately something there that could be moulded, just plain ignorant to play him today really.
goodb_2
there is definately something there that could be moulded, just plain ignorant to play him today really.
goodb_2
Yeah i dont think he should of started as i said in the article, no dis respect to the lad but you down become a premiership player over night. He should have come on towards the end, to give him a bit of experience but also a welcome, to say if you do well this is the recpetion you will get!
The Aston Blogger
Yeah i dont think he should of started as i said in the article, no dis respect to the lad but you down become a premiership player over night. He should have come on towards the end, to give him a bit of experience but also a welcome, to say if you do well this is the recpetion you will get!
The Aston Blogger
I feel we are being take for ride by MON and Randy, If i'm not mistaken MON suggested at the close of last season he admitted we had a small squad and it was something he was going to address, that was before we lost Barry and Laursens retirement was confirmed . I'm still waiting for him to address this situation we have signed back up players, but no class players to replace the key individuals we have lost and as for the signings that he did make, delph is for the future, fact, all championship players!!
pksandell
I feel we are being take for ride by MON and Randy, If i'm not mistaken MON suggested at the close of last season he admitted we had a small squad and it was something he was going to address, that was before we lost Barry and Laursens retirement was confirmed . I'm still waiting for him to address this situation we have signed back up players, but no class players to replace the key individuals we have lost and as for the signings that he did make, delph is for the future, fact, all championship players!!
pksandell
Sorry but MON is just not up to it...everyones tells us he's such a great manager....take away the Celtic years and what has he done ? Nowt ! The team selection and the tactics today were very poor. Someone please tell MON...Heskey is not going to be, and never has been a quality striker. Playing Delph was a mistake, not the lads fault....MON's ! I'm sick to death of hearing 'we've got too small a squad' from MON.......well, do something about it...for Gods sake !
MASON_PARKER
Sorry but MON is just not up to it...everyones tells us he's such a great manager....take away the Celtic years and what has he done ? Nowt ! The team selection and the tactics today were very poor. Someone please tell MON...Heskey is not going to be, and never has been a quality striker. Playing Delph was a mistake, not the lads fault....MON's ! I'm sick to death of hearing 'we've got too small a squad' from MON.......well, do something about it...for Gods sake !
MASON_PARKER
do one, lillywhites101.
benji_starsky_avfc
do one, lillywhites101.
benji_starsky_avfc
Well done lads, you have finally come over to my train of thought. Villa have and always will let you down. There is absolutely no point getting your hopes up, they will always be smashed and trampled all over by a combination of bad management, little money and rotten luck. Expect mid table and the 4th round in the FA cup.
PiperUK
Well done lads, you have finally come over to my train of thought. Villa have and always will let you down. There is absolutely no point getting your hopes up, they will always be smashed and trampled all over by a combination of bad management, little money and rotten luck. Expect mid table and the 4th round in the FA cup.
PiperUK
you know what mark bosey thought of you lillywhites
B6_COMPANY
you know what mark bosey thought of you lillywhites
B6_COMPANY
Thought I'd sleep on it before posting...made no difference, I'm still angry. Now another concern has popped into my head, MON wouldn't put a 2nd string out against Rapid Vienna would he...?
Buzz1969
Thought I'd sleep on it before posting...made no difference, I'm still angry. Now another concern has popped into my head, MON wouldn't put a 2nd string out against Rapid Vienna would he...?
Buzz1969
What you mean start with NRC, Sidwell, Alrbrighton, Carew, The Fonz, Lichaj, Clark, Guzan... yeah we might win
ant1ant1
What you mean start with NRC, Sidwell, Alrbrighton, Carew, The Fonz, Lichaj, Clark, Guzan... yeah we might win
ant1ant1
HAA HAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA loving it - a week ago yuo villa fans we 'destined for the top 4 under O'Neil' what a difference a week makes - at least you lot can be the laughing stock now !! Sure Young wants to stay now?? We dont even need or want him - Super super MOdriiiiiiiiiiiic!!
SUper Yido
HAA HAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA loving it - a week ago yuo villa fans we 'destined for the top 4 under O'Neil' what a difference a week makes - at least you lot can be the laughing stock now !! Sure Young wants to stay now?? We dont even need or want him - Super super MOdriiiiiiiiiiiic!!
SUper Yido
 

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