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Strange Feelings From A Villa Fan!!

avfc48 has some strange feelings... this might even be optimism?!

Strange feelings

I found myself reviewing the Blues victory with an air of satisfaction come Monday evening as I pondered the results of O'Neill laboured Transfer window. I felt near contentment, a feeling of goodness went through me.

As you'd expect I am far from thinking he's obtained perfection, but I allowed myself to feel happy enough with the improvements he'd belatedly made. I still can't see the logic of the spend on Delph or Downing, both good players without question, but that long poor run and fall from 11 points clear said to me that there were more important priorities. That defence against Wigan would not have lost or perhaps not been knocked out of Europe so quickly. In fact my thoughts are those purchases or similar should have been done last window.

Still done they are and although not the sort of deals to take us on, they most certainly are the deals that will consolidate and on which a brighter future can be built.

Why such an experienced manager has taken so long to do what was obvious remains to me a mystery, but he's done it and deserves a well done. At last we have serious cover, not make do cover, all over the defence. Added to his recent switch to a more defensive formation allied to picking the more experienced players regularly and the results are coming. Anfield especially, so beyond most expectations and surely now a milestone he can use to his advantage.

At last I can look forward knowing for the first time since he took over that the squad is big enough and good enough to give at least a top half finish with ease.

Now its down to whether he can maintain the momentum especially when pitted against the sides with real talent. Then Anfield will not be a one off. Yes we lack quality all over the pitch,but O'Neill's methods have never relied on quality and in Young, Milner, Gabby, Warnock and then Downing when he's fit, there's plenty of experienced potential, that could with luck move us on that stage further.

No. Good one mostly Mart, and although its suicide to predict much on one performance, the Dunne, Warnock, Cuellar, Collins mix looked good. Can't wait until Pompey, Blackburn are sorted so we can see just how good they really are.

avfc48




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Writer: avfc48 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 17 2009

Time: 2:47PM

Your Comments

Is it me or do u sound negative even when your being positive. Anyway it called 2 minutes of bordom @ work.
astonsteve
Is it me or do u sound negative even when your being positive. Anyway it called 2 minutes of bordom @ work.
astonsteve
I find it very sad when a poster makes a very positive post but the blindness of others, caused partially by the poster's reputation, allows then not to see it.



Great post '48 and I agree 100% with what you say. In fact it looks like you might have more faith than I do right now as I really can't see where the goals will come from. Our Achilles heel last season was our defence, this season it's our striking options. If we have any ambitions of breaking the top 6 again let alone the top 4 this needs to be addressed. If you don't believe me, look at the table so far, we have scored fewer goals than all the teams currently above us and than one team bellow us and have only one more goal than the teams currently in 17th and 18th places. I know it's early days yet but I think you will find it was a similar story last season but at that point we had more pressing concerns.
Villan Of The North
I find it very sad when a poster makes a very positive post but the blindness of others, caused partially by the poster's reputation, allows then not to see it.



Great post '48 and I agree 100% with what you say. In fact it looks like you might have more faith than I do right now as I really can't see where the goals will come from. Our Achilles heel last season was our defence, this season it's our striking options. If we have any ambitions of breaking the top 6 again let alone the top 4 this needs to be addressed. If you don't believe me, look at the table so far, we have scored fewer goals than all the teams currently above us and than one team bellow us and have only one more goal than the teams currently in 17th and 18th places. I know it's early days yet but I think you will find it was a similar story last season but at that point we had more pressing concerns.
Villan Of The North
jesus villain of the north, is winning 3 out of 4 games not enough for you, they have to win by 3 or 4 goals so we have a great goal difference. take the wigan game out of it, which in my opinion was a one off, and we have scored 6 and conceded 1 in our last 3 games. i will take that until the end of the season!
pauled177
jesus villain of the north, is winning 3 out of 4 games not enough for you, they have to win by 3 or 4 goals so we have a great goal difference. take the wigan game out of it, which in my opinion was a one off, and we have scored 6 and conceded 1 in our last 3 games. i will take that until the end of the season!
pauled177
A one off, a continuation of last season and even though we are now winning the performances (Liverpool aside) are the same also. I despair. Long live the own goals and failing that boring 1-0 wins!
mike_field
A one off, a continuation of last season and even though we are now winning the performances (Liverpool aside) are the same also. I despair. Long live the own goals and failing that boring 1-0 wins!
mike_field
Feeling very similar myself 48. Concerned and yet excited. Great post.
evoflash
Feeling very similar myself 48. Concerned and yet excited. Great post.
evoflash
Jesus, i think some villa fans are just happy to moan, yes it was a good article and everyone has the right to an opinon, it is very hard to play great football and win every game, we havent got a bottomless pit to buy the best, so we have to buy the next tier, i for one am happy with job Mon is doing, i would like to see more positiveness from Villa supporters and more full houses.
astonsteve
Jesus, i think some villa fans are just happy to moan, yes it was a good article and everyone has the right to an opinon, it is very hard to play great football and win every game, we havent got a bottomless pit to buy the best, so we have to buy the next tier, i for one am happy with job Mon is doing, i would like to see more positiveness from Villa supporters and more full houses.
astonsteve
PMSL - am I the only one getting the irony here. 48 does articles and everybody moans he's negative, he does a positive one and people are still moaning - maybe I should've added a smilie? That said Steve we didn't have bottomless pit to buy the best in his first 2 seasons yet the football was fantastic wasn't it. lol
mike_field
PMSL - am I the only one getting the irony here. 48 does articles and everybody moans he's negative, he does a positive one and people are still moaning - maybe I should've added a smilie? That said Steve we didn't have bottomless pit to buy the best in his first 2 seasons yet the football was fantastic wasn't it. lol
mike_field
Fairplay avfc48, I've given you some grief in the past re negativity and it's good to see you do have at least 1 positive bone in your body ;o) Good post. UTV!
Longman
Fairplay avfc48, I've given you some grief in the past re negativity and it's good to see you do have at least 1 positive bone in your body ;o) Good post. UTV!
Longman
Doomed I say, we're doomed. Actually, I loved the article, and, 48, you make some very intelligent points. Most of which we'l only know the reality of come the end of the season. Looking forward to Saturday, and the coming of Man $ity, and looking forward to at least some great performances this season. Thanks for posting the article 48.
revdpete
Doomed I say, we're doomed. Actually, I loved the article, and, 48, you make some very intelligent points. Most of which we'l only know the reality of come the end of the season. Looking forward to Saturday, and the coming of Man $ity, and looking forward to at least some great performances this season. Thanks for posting the article 48.
revdpete
Wahey! Good to see that you're not always a mournful old soul avfc48! I imagine that experiencing those good feelings must have been a bit of a sensory overload for you. Good post. Tell me something in all honesty though; are you aware of how gloomy the vast majority of your posts sound?
astonguerrilla
Wahey! Good to see that you're not always a mournful old soul avfc48! I imagine that experiencing those good feelings must have been a bit of a sensory overload for you. Good post. Tell me something in all honesty though; are you aware of how gloomy the vast majority of your posts sound?
astonguerrilla
Long live the OGs MF? I think you're forgetting the penalties which we have also relied heavily upon, it's not all about OGs you know ;o)
Villan Of The North
Yes I know, Portsmouth on Saturday, I just meant I was looking forward to the Man $ity game! Doh, my wife looked over my shoulder and pointed out to me the shortcomings of my english!
revdpete
Long live the OGs MF? I think you're forgetting the penalties which we have also relied heavily upon, it's not all about OGs you know ;o)
Villan Of The North
Yes I know, Portsmouth on Saturday, I just meant I was looking forward to the Man $ity game! Doh, my wife looked over my shoulder and pointed out to me the shortcomings of my english!
revdpete
astonguerrilla, '48 IS Victor Meldrew :o)
Villan Of The North
astonguerrilla, '48 IS Victor Meldrew :o)
Villan Of The North
i don't beleive it! ........actually that's pretty lame, sorry.
astonguerrilla
i don't beleive it! ........actually that's pretty lame, sorry.
astonguerrilla
Good post 48. And as for VOTN who is worried where the goals will come from, it may be worth having a look at the bigger picture, not just a few selected facts. Our core team hasn't changed much, especially up front, over the last couple of seasons. It is essentially the team that was scoring 5 against Small Heath, 6 against Derby, 4 against Chelski and Spuds (at their grounds) and we finished up as 3rd top scorers in the league. The fact that Villa do no rely on 1 goalscorer makes playing against us even more difficult. Look at redscouse last year, Torres only scored 14 league goals only 2 more than Gabbi and 3 more than Big JC), but as a team they were scoring 4 and 5 a week for fun (still won nothing though). Arsenal scored 10 in the first 2 games but are now 3 points behind us. Anybody can find negatives/worries if they look hard enough. Stop looking for a reason to be all doom and gloom and start looking for reasons to be positive, because there are a lot more of them.
voiceoftheholte
Good post 48. And as for VOTN who is worried where the goals will come from, it may be worth having a look at the bigger picture, not just a few selected facts. Our core team hasn't changed much, especially up front, over the last couple of seasons. It is essentially the team that was scoring 5 against Small Heath, 6 against Derby, 4 against Chelski and Spuds (at their grounds) and we finished up as 3rd top scorers in the league. The fact that Villa do no rely on 1 goalscorer makes playing against us even more difficult. Look at redscouse last year, Torres only scored 14 league goals only 2 more than Gabbi and 3 more than Big JC), but as a team they were scoring 4 and 5 a week for fun (still won nothing though). Arsenal scored 10 in the first 2 games but are now 3 points behind us. Anybody can find negatives/worries if they look hard enough. Stop looking for a reason to be all doom and gloom and start looking for reasons to be positive, because there are a lot more of them.
voiceoftheholte
AVFC48 - Good post and I agree with you. The interesting question now is where does MON go from here? He has the strength in depth and a fairly even balance of skill in all areas. Where and how now does he take the squad to the next level? This will be interesting to see. I also wonder which players Sheriff Kimbo and other reserve watchers think will now get to see first action on merit, rather than through injury. For example is Bannan good enough to add something to the mix here? As I'm back in the UK for a couple of weeks I'm going to the Cardiff game hoping that some of these fringe players will be in the line up.
Gordonsleftboot
AVFC48 - Good post and I agree with you. The interesting question now is where does MON go from here? He has the strength in depth and a fairly even balance of skill in all areas. Where and how now does he take the squad to the next level? This will be interesting to see. I also wonder which players Sheriff Kimbo and other reserve watchers think will now get to see first action on merit, rather than through injury. For example is Bannan good enough to add something to the mix here? As I'm back in the UK for a couple of weeks I'm going to the Cardiff game hoping that some of these fringe players will be in the line up.
Gordonsleftboot
I'm not usually in tune with avfc48, but this is a decent post. The only thing lacking are the usual backhanded swipes - which is great. A bonus is that I feel no need to respond with a defensive post to balance it, which so often stifles genuine debate. That we have not achieved perfection, I fully agree with. But football fans - even those of the top few clubs in the world - must enjoy the journey, not just the glittering prizes, or they will have precious little pleasure out of the game.
BobTheBuilder
I'm not usually in tune with avfc48, but this is a decent post. The only thing lacking are the usual backhanded swipes - which is great. A bonus is that I feel no need to respond with a defensive post to balance it, which so often stifles genuine debate. That we have not achieved perfection, I fully agree with. But football fans - even those of the top few clubs in the world - must enjoy the journey, not just the glittering prizes, or they will have precious little pleasure out of the game.
BobTheBuilder
btb - what a great post. I love the statement 'enjoy the journey, not just the glittering prizes, or you will get little pleasure out of the game'. That sums up what it should be about, not the doom and gloom, the follows a few bad results. Brilliant.
voiceoftheholte
btb - what a great post. I love the statement 'enjoy the journey, not just the glittering prizes, or you will get little pleasure out of the game'. That sums up what it should be about, not the doom and gloom, the follows a few bad results. Brilliant.
voiceoftheholte
First class post '48. excellent piece of writing. Written from the heart, and spoken with a common sense that has been acquired by the author while following this great club of ours over many years. While not everyone agrees with '48s observations and comments, the guy always, but always, provides food for though, and every piece he writes is well worthy of full persusal and evaluation, as opposed to the immediate dismissal and rejection that some see fit to hand out the moment he (48) puts pen to paper.
glensider
First class post '48. excellent piece of writing. Written from the heart, and spoken with a common sense that has been acquired by the author while following this great club of ours over many years. While not everyone agrees with '48s observations and comments, the guy always, but always, provides food for though, and every piece he writes is well worthy of full persusal and evaluation, as opposed to the immediate dismissal and rejection that some see fit to hand out the moment he (48) puts pen to paper.
glensider
I think you are right in a lot of what you say AVFC48, I think we all feel the same way but express it differantly. We have needed a goal scoring forward and a creative midfielder ever since MO'N took over (and i have moaning about it since day 1) but after having a bit of time to reflect on what MO'N is trying to do I have come to the following conclusion. Building a squad to meet the rigours of a whole season has been the number 1 priority from day 1. There has been a big turnover of playing staff since MO'N started as a result of the squad building process. Some players have left in this time for one reason or another, some because of MO'N some because the player wanted to leave. The squad rebuilding plan has been intentionally gradual and MO'N has had to stick to a certain as part of this plan. Having said that, i think the squad is pretty close to complete bar a playmaker and goal scoring forward. But now that he has his squad he will not have to worry about spreading a whole year's budget on 5 or 6 players but will be able to spend it on 2 players, the 2 most important and expensive players in most teams (the playmaker and striker). MO"N has his plan and makes his decisions based on experiance and knowledge and not emotion, having said that I believe next season we will be in a position spend our most of the transfer budget on those 2 players we have all been begging for. And hopfully a few youngsters will come through to supplement the squad and the rest of the budget can be spend on general maintenance when players get injured or too old or just crap.
liamo1981
I think you are right in a lot of what you say AVFC48, I think we all feel the same way but express it differantly. We have needed a goal scoring forward and a creative midfielder ever since MO'N took over (and i have moaning about it since day 1) but after having a bit of time to reflect on what MO'N is trying to do I have come to the following conclusion. Building a squad to meet the rigours of a whole season has been the number 1 priority from day 1. There has been a big turnover of playing staff since MO'N started as a result of the squad building process. Some players have left in this time for one reason or another, some because of MO'N some because the player wanted to leave. The squad rebuilding plan has been intentionally gradual and MO'N has had to stick to a certain as part of this plan. Having said that, i think the squad is pretty close to complete bar a playmaker and goal scoring forward. But now that he has his squad he will not have to worry about spreading a whole year's budget on 5 or 6 players but will be able to spend it on 2 players, the 2 most important and expensive players in most teams (the playmaker and striker). MO"N has his plan and makes his decisions based on experiance and knowledge and not emotion, having said that I believe next season we will be in a position spend our most of the transfer budget on those 2 players we have all been begging for. And hopfully a few youngsters will come through to supplement the squad and the rest of the budget can be spend on general maintenance when players get injured or too old or just crap.
liamo1981
I for one don't simply dismiss avfc's posts out of hand, GS, as evidenced by my post above, but I will continue to react as I did to comments such as the one he posted about James Milner, which beggared belief. If you think that was common sense, I beg to disagree, and if you think it's dismissing him out of hand, then I give up.
BobTheBuilder
I for one don't simply dismiss avfc's posts out of hand, GS, as evidenced by my post above, but I will continue to react as I did to comments such as the one he posted about James Milner, which beggared belief. If you think that was common sense, I beg to disagree, and if you think it's dismissing him out of hand, then I give up.
BobTheBuilder
I cant see anything about Milly BobThe Builder. Guess its I that should give up. I'm clearly missing something.
glensider
I cant see anything about Milly BobThe Builder. Guess its I that should give up. I'm clearly missing something.
glensider
I demand a second opinion, Malc is that really you? I do tend to agree apart from still been *****ed about our European exit things are looking up.
col8
I demand a second opinion, Malc is that really you? I do tend to agree apart from still been *****ed about our European exit things are looking up.
col8
Ah, the Milner comment was in another article glensider, I was saying I was falling in love with the lad (in a gruff, manly kind of way you understand) and there was an ever so slightly (cough cough) negative response from Mr 48!!!
The Fear
Ah, the Milner comment was in another article glensider, I was saying I was falling in love with the lad (in a gruff, manly kind of way you understand) and there was an ever so slightly (cough cough) negative response from Mr 48!!!
The Fear
oh, meant to say, it does take all the different opinions to make a site though! :o)))
The Fear
oh, meant to say, it does take all the different opinions to make a site though! :o)))
The Fear
You clearly did miss it, GS. You'll understand my comment better if you read it.
BobTheBuilder
You clearly did miss it, GS. You'll understand my comment better if you read it.
BobTheBuilder
I saw it and agreed with your response BTB. Well done for this article '48 i do agree with your sentiments in this instance apart from the remarks about Delph, i reckon he is one for the future. I'm not sure about Downing though, will have to see how he pans out. Only MON and those close to him in the club can know what his reasons were for delaying the defensive build, but i believe we have a really strong, if agricultural line up now. Liamo, i totally concur, i think our core squad is there or there abouts, we just need the 1 or 2 expensive signings to take us to the next level. After Wigan i was really dispondent, but the dealings at the end of the transfer window have changed the situation a great deal. Looking forward to Pompey no end!!
Charizma
I saw it and agreed with your response BTB. Well done for this article '48 i do agree with your sentiments in this instance apart from the remarks about Delph, i reckon he is one for the future. I'm not sure about Downing though, will have to see how he pans out. Only MON and those close to him in the club can know what his reasons were for delaying the defensive build, but i believe we have a really strong, if agricultural line up now. Liamo, i totally concur, i think our core squad is there or there abouts, we just need the 1 or 2 expensive signings to take us to the next level. After Wigan i was really dispondent, but the dealings at the end of the transfer window have changed the situation a great deal. Looking forward to Pompey no end!!
Charizma
 

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