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Villa Midfielders Left 'Dismayed'

Villa Midfielders Left 'Dismayed'

James Nursey at The Mirror says that both Nigel Hokey-Cokey and Steve Sidwell will play tonight against Rapid Vienna.

The report says the midfielders both went to the manager after Fabian Delph and Marc Albrighton were preferred over them in the match against Wigan at the weekend.

From where I sit (right by the bench) it was clear to see that NRC was far from happy through the game and after young Mac Albrighton was brought on instead of him, with Sidwell by then on the pitch in place of Delph, he looked hopping mad. In fact, to be fair, he looked incredulous.

As the report by James says, both had been in form through pre-season and NRC was captain in the Peace Cup win, the next he is on the bench and a kid is preferred over him!

The report says that the duo were left 'dismayed' which I think accurately portrays how the Hokey Cokey - and to a lesser extent Craig Gardner looked when they remained on the bench with an inexperienced youth player getting on instead. I'd love to say Marc proved the managers decision right but he looked a little out of his depth at that stage of the game, we were 2 down and all at sixes and sevens. Would NRC or Gardner made much difference? Probably not but I suppose they were more interested in how far they had perhaps sunk in the pecking order, especially NRC.

Still, it is a squad game, looks like MON is going to start using more players this season** so I guess they just have to fight to get into the team and once in play to stay in.

** MON Surprised By End Of Season Numbers


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 20 2009
Time: 9:28AM

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I'm still furious with MON at this. Give NRC a break. Whatever anyone thinks about his passing ability, he was a lion in the peace cup against sterling opposition. I wouldn't blame him if told MON to do one.
Kiwivillan
20/08/2009 09:35:00
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I'm still furious with MON at this. Give NRC a break. Whatever anyone thinks about his passing ability, he was a lion in the peace cup against sterling opposition. I wouldn't blame him if told MON to do one.
Kiwivillan
20/08/2009 09:35:00
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if the manager believes that a bit of pace on the wing is better than a defensive midfielder when we are 2-0 down then as players they have to respect that. however i can see why they would be *****ed off to not actually start the game. thats a different story all together
100% prepared
20/08/2009 09:38:00
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if the manager believes that a bit of pace on the wing is better than a defensive midfielder when we are 2-0 down then as players they have to respect that. however i can see why they would be *****ed off to not actually start the game. thats a different story all together
100% prepared
20/08/2009 09:38:00
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Maybe he should have started (for one thing I would have him over Habib Beye every day of the week) but how anyone can moan about him bringing on Albrighton instead when we were chasing the game is beyond me. I would love a nice long chat with MON about a lot of the drivel I saw on Saturday but I can't really moan about that. The fact is though, we all seem to understand that 4-5-1 is the way to go so surely at least one of NRC or Sidwell should have started.
Sheriff Kimbo
20/08/2009 09:45:00
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Maybe he should have started (for one thing I would have him over Habib Beye every day of the week) but how anyone can moan about him bringing on Albrighton instead when we were chasing the game is beyond me. I would love a nice long chat with MON about a lot of the drivel I saw on Saturday but I can't really moan about that. The fact is though, we all seem to understand that 4-5-1 is the way to go so surely at least one of NRC or Sidwell should have started.
Sheriff Kimbo
20/08/2009 09:45:00
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DROP HESKEY and play 3 centre midfielders
Villan444
20/08/2009 09:46:00
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DROP HESKEY and play 3 centre midfielders
Villan444
20/08/2009 09:46:00
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Give NRC a goddamb chance! he is a good footballer who hasnt had a stint in his natural position since signing!
goodb_2
20/08/2009 10:10:00
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Give NRC a goddamb chance! he is a good footballer who hasnt had a stint in his natural position since signing!
goodb_2
20/08/2009 10:10:00
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