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Who Should Be Villa's Penalty Taker?

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by 26.05.82

What do you prefer formation wise?

4-5-1 won with a massive majority of 75%

12% voted 'whatever MON wants!' and 11% liked the 4-3-3.

That left just 2% backing the traditional 4-4-2 for Villa.

MON meanwhile told the official site ( www.avfc.co.uk/page/News ) that the it is players not formations that win games. He said: "People can get carried away with formations. In this day and age, everyone seems to have a view, more so than ever before, with phone-ins and the internet. The truth is eventually winning football matches boils down to players. Of course you go out with a strategy and a plan and you set off with a formation. But the teams who are able to be flexible and change their tactics will be successful."

Can't understand why MON thinks it is just these days that everyone has an opinion on football, since the birth of the game it has always been that way, just that most know only one person's opinion (no, not mine, the managers silly!) counts!

Our latest poll asks who should be Villa's penalty taker?

I can never understand why the strikers don't step up to the plate for penalties, you'd think they would relish the chance to add to their goal tally wouldn't you? And yet none of ours seem to be that keen when push comes to shove (the pushing and shoving is how we get the penalty by the way... it's ok, not much of an article here so I thought I'd dance a little dance to fill it ... shouldn't really be giving away these ever so expert tips on how to be a web twerp, damn, meant editor)

Milner

Judging by Ashley Young not being willing to take the second v Rapid the other week and instead handing the ball to Milner, I'd say Milner is now in line to be our number one penalty taker and I don't think the lad will let us down to be honest.

Thoughts?!




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 10 2009

Time: 4:40PM

Your Comments

Agree. Milner every day of the week for me. He reminds me of Peter Beardsley in that i'm sure he's always the 'last one of the training pitch' after practicing his free kicks and penalties. Plus he can't half smack the ball...
YatesyVillain
Agree. Milner every day of the week for me. He reminds me of Peter Beardsley in that i'm sure he's always the 'last one of the training pitch' after practicing his free kicks and penalties. Plus he can't half smack the ball...
YatesyVillain
Slightly off topic but just last year, plenty of Villa fans were saying how MON was an eejit to be buying Milner for 12m while allowing Bentley to slip his grasp at 15m. One year on and Milner is proving to be one hell of an important player to us. Id go as far to say that he is the most importnat player in our squad at the mo and I agree with you YatesyVillain, id say he's last in from training every time. He clearly loves and lives for the game. Absolute legend and while im an Ireland fan, it's great to see Capello giving him more and more minutes for England.
stpaulmcgrath
Slightly off topic but just last year, plenty of Villa fans were saying how MON was an eejit to be buying Milner for 12m while allowing Bentley to slip his grasp at 15m. One year on and Milner is proving to be one hell of an important player to us. Id go as far to say that he is the most importnat player in our squad at the mo and I agree with you YatesyVillain, id say he's last in from training every time. He clearly loves and lives for the game. Absolute legend and while im an Ireland fan, it's great to see Capello giving him more and more minutes for England.
stpaulmcgrath
JC all the way, for me. keeps such a cool head everytime i've seen him step up to the spot. if not, ashley or milly would be fine in reserves.
benji_starsky_avfc
JC all the way, for me. keeps such a cool head everytime i've seen him step up to the spot. if not, ashley or milly would be fine in reserves.
benji_starsky_avfc
Ashley needs to just pick his spot and blast it. Nothing fancy, nothing flash, just plain and simple brute force and ignorance. Anyone remember the outrageous Yorke chip?
andy5759
Ashley needs to just pick his spot and blast it. Nothing fancy, nothing flash, just plain and simple brute force and ignorance. Anyone remember the outrageous Yorke chip?
andy5759
Ashley is 1 from 3(excluding shootouts) in all competitions for us isn't he?
Kiwivillan
Ashley is 1 from 3(excluding shootouts) in all competitions for us isn't he?
Kiwivillan
Carew for me. As for the last poll, I think our way of playing almost is 4-3-3, especially when we're on top (ie Fulham) although I'm sure many will try to tell me I'm wrong
Sheriff Kimbo
Carew for me. As for the last poll, I think our way of playing almost is 4-3-3, especially when we're on top (ie Fulham) although I'm sure many will try to tell me I'm wrong
Sheriff Kimbo
it's gotta be ash surely
olofthegreat
it's gotta be ash surely
olofthegreat
I would milner then carew. Is it me or does 4-5-1 and 4-3-3 kind of blend in to the same thing really... We never have 3 strikers on the pitch so can it really be 4-3-3? What ever, 4-5-1-4-3-3 is the best solution for the players in our team. MON talks about the best teams adapting to whatever formation. Well MON must be doing something wrong as we are just completely woefull when playing 4-4-2.
nottinghamvillain
I would milner then carew. Is it me or does 4-5-1 and 4-3-3 kind of blend in to the same thing really... We never have 3 strikers on the pitch so can it really be 4-3-3? What ever, 4-5-1-4-3-3 is the best solution for the players in our team. MON talks about the best teams adapting to whatever formation. Well MON must be doing something wrong as we are just completely woefull when playing 4-4-2.
nottinghamvillain
Should the penalties be taken by the '1' in the 4-5-1 ..... after all, that's what he's therefore, to score the goals ! Interesting question tho', does it show a lack of ability or confidence if the main striker lets someone else take 'em ?? mind you some of the best penalty takers in the game are midfielders ! .... errr ... actually i don't know ... i'm starting to confuse myself ..... maybe whoever's feeling confident and fancies it at the time should take them !?!
AV-Damo
Should the penalties be taken by the '1' in the 4-5-1 ..... after all, that's what he's therefore, to score the goals ! Interesting question tho', does it show a lack of ability or confidence if the main striker lets someone else take 'em ?? mind you some of the best penalty takers in the game are midfielders ! .... errr ... actually i don't know ... i'm starting to confuse myself ..... maybe whoever's feeling confident and fancies it at the time should take them !?!
AV-Damo
MILNER ALL DAY LONG, HE DOESNT FECK ABOUT WITH IT!!!! I dont like the way Ash lines up for peno's for me, its almost like he is gonna cross it! Milner, leather and laces, foot clean through it. Milner will be the one to make us all forget about Barry, he will be a legend for us! Capello rates him massively aswell, that is clear enough to all of us. Would be definately worth a punt at the bookies that he will be on the plane.
stig
MILNER ALL DAY LONG, HE DOESNT FECK ABOUT WITH IT!!!! I dont like the way Ash lines up for peno's for me, its almost like he is gonna cross it! Milner, leather and laces, foot clean through it. Milner will be the one to make us all forget about Barry, he will be a legend for us! Capello rates him massively aswell, that is clear enough to all of us. Would be definately worth a punt at the bookies that he will be on the plane.
stig
yatesy; good call, he is a young Beardsley.
stig
yatesy; good call, he is a young Beardsley.
stig
 

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