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Barry: 'Bannan On The Door Of The First Team'

Get it. Barry Bannan...banning...banging. Oh I'm wasted here aren't I. Whot you mean, leave then!?

After another sterling performance for the second string last night, Barry Bannan has said there's plenty more to come from the reserves because quite frankly, they like the idea of playing in the first team.

Speaking on the official site after the 2-0 victory over Pompey, and after scoring the sublime opening goal, Barry believes the second string still have a few more gears they can move up, although he gave credit to Pompey for sticking to their game plan.

In the same fixture last season, we hammered them 6-1 yet a very inexperienced Pompey side came to B6 last night and almost managed to shut up shop.

'We've played much better than this but again it looked comfortable to the fans.

'You could see from the way Portsmouth set up, they took last year's result on board and they didn't want that happening again.'

We did have enough chances throughout the game to increase the scoreline but deadlock was only broken when Bannan had the opportunity to show his class and he skipped past 3 players before sending a screamer into the net.

Pompey battled back after going behind and had a few chances themselves. It took another moment of brilliance from Herd before we could increase our lead, and even then it took a fantastic curled shot from outside the box.

'Fair play to them, they gave us a good game but I think we were too strong in the end,' he continued.

It's clear Bannan is eyeing more than a third consequtive Premier Reserve South title though. He, like his team mates are fully focused on impressing enough to be brought back into the first team fold.

'It's not just about winning this week - we want the boys to keep moving on and getting in the first team here.'

Nothing like healthy ambition from our younger lads is there. They had the taste in the Peace Cup where they earned their spurs against Juventus, you can hardly blame them for wanting more of that kind of thrill and atmosphere.

It's that kind of ambition and winning, focused mentality that creates great players. They've a way to go yet, but the signs are more than promising from our next generation of Villans.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 15 2009

Time: 10:00AM

Your Comments

Just posted on another article. To repeat, greatest compliment to Barry..he reminded me of Sid Cowans the way he ran the midfield. Enough said.
krfeskivilla
Just posted on another article. To repeat, greatest compliment to Barry..he reminded me of Sid Cowans the way he ran the midfield. Enough said.
krfeskivilla
Am I just on a high or do I think that with the players coming through and the decent squad size we have now (based on that age old 2 in each position theory) does anyone else think that our windows from now on will be replacing players who want to leave and the occassional major signing. I dont see much need for going out and adding another 2 or 3. Maybe in Jan it will be 12m Defour and with Heskey wanting out to ensure he gets first team footy for the World Cup and we then get Vagner Love....I can but dream!!
deano.avfc
Am I just on a high or do I think that with the players coming through and the decent squad size we have now (based on that age old 2 in each position theory) does anyone else think that our windows from now on will be replacing players who want to leave and the occassional major signing. I dont see much need for going out and adding another 2 or 3. Maybe in Jan it will be 12m Defour and with Heskey wanting out to ensure he gets first team footy for the World Cup and we then get Vagner Love....I can but dream!!
deano.avfc
i dont know deano, what have you been smoking?!! regarding your transfer point, i completely agree with you. the squad is built, we can now just pimp it up!
bobbyfett
i dont know deano, what have you been smoking?!! regarding your transfer point, i completely agree with you. the squad is built, we can now just pimp it up!
bobbyfett
All that negativity from a few weeks back seems like a distant memory. :)
Adam Deuce
All that negativity from a few weeks back seems like a distant memory. :)
Adam Deuce
Still here Adam you'll be glad to hear, just got nothing to do with Bannan or the reserves has it. :-)
mike_field
Still here Adam you'll be glad to hear, just got nothing to do with Bannan or the reserves has it. :-)
mike_field
A little bit of negativity for those that are missing it. Against Fuham we were in control but scarcely had a shot apart from one goal and an OG. Against Blues we again had no shots on target for 70 mins until Carew came on. These wins are more in line with our lucky run of last season after our real purple patch dried up, when we continued collecting the three points for a while by a few scraped and fortunate single goal wins. After a good win at Ewood in February, that luck was no longer with us and the results showed it. My positive hope and ending is that while we may never be able to compete and sign many of the real finished article top class creative midfielders we would like (who will go to the "big five") maybe we already have the answer in some absolute gems in our youths. Bannan, Albrighton and Delph. Here's hoping this is so and that they get the chance to show it, because we are not silky, comfy on the ball and creative enough for me. Can't say give them time as our current midfield are all seasoned players, and when you think of Sid, Barry,and Platt to name but three there is a skill gap that needs bridging. I think the youngsters can cross that bridge sooner rather than later and it is they that need to be on the bench to get experience when it is opportune to do so. A big bench provides flexibility enough to do that and then bring them on at least when the matches are won or lost to show what they can do. But if Barry Mark 2 looks the part I would start him!
stennyvilla
A little bit of negativity for those that are missing it. Against Fuham we were in control but scarcely had a shot apart from one goal and an OG. Against Blues we again had no shots on target for 70 mins until Carew came on. These wins are more in line with our lucky run of last season after our real purple patch dried up, when we continued collecting the three points for a while by a few scraped and fortunate single goal wins. After a good win at Ewood in February, that luck was no longer with us and the results showed it. My positive hope and ending is that while we may never be able to compete and sign many of the real finished article top class creative midfielders we would like (who will go to the "big five") maybe we already have the answer in some absolute gems in our youths. Bannan, Albrighton and Delph. Here's hoping this is so and that they get the chance to show it, because we are not silky, comfy on the ball and creative enough for me. Can't say give them time as our current midfield are all seasoned players, and when you think of Sid, Barry,and Platt to name but three there is a skill gap that needs bridging. I think the youngsters can cross that bridge sooner rather than later and it is they that need to be on the bench to get experience when it is opportune to do so. A big bench provides flexibility enough to do that and then bring them on at least when the matches are won or lost to show what they can do. But if Barry Mark 2 looks the part I would start him!
stennyvilla
Exactly stenny, we just need to 'pimp it' - (quote bobbyfett) with creativity. Its a solid squad/cake that requires some iceing. Fair point about giving young Barry a go - Rodwell has been playing admirably for Everton - why not emulate that confidence?
NorthcliffeBandit
Exactly stenny, we just need to 'pimp it' - (quote bobbyfett) with creativity. Its a solid squad/cake that requires some iceing. Fair point about giving young Barry a go - Rodwell has been playing admirably for Everton - why not emulate that confidence?
NorthcliffeBandit
 

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