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The Villa Times - 23/10/2009

The Villa Times - 23/10/2009

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Striker James Collins has gone on a three-month loan to Darlington managed by former Villa star Steve Staunton. Defenders Eric Lichaj and Nathan Baker have join Lincoln on month long loans.

Don't forget Lisa Smith, Villa reporter for the Mail, will be doing a blog later today between 11-12. Details: Lisa Smith - Villa Reporter - Live Blog

Seriously good night in store with Big Ron and Paul McGrath, can you resist? A Night With Big Ron & Paul McGrath

Fieldy: Martin O'Neill has hit back at the recent criticism of Ashley Young, describing him as one of the best wingers in Europe. Speaking on the official site O'Neill was reacting to media reports accusing Ash of a dip in form. 'Sometimes people need to realise how tough it is. He tracks back to help his full-back, he's covered 40 or 50 yards and the next thing you know, the midfielder gives him the ball back and he looks up and he's got 90 yards to go and about 15 players to beat.' Full article: O'Neill Defends Ash

A rumour in the Metro says we are after Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko this January. Pants to the first one, do we really need anymore defenders? As for the striker link, probably total pants also although a lot will depend on whether Heskey and John Carew find their shooting boots up until Jan? Hope not though, I'll never remember how to spell that name!

MON has spoken ahead of the local derby v Wolves telling Sky Sports (live on Sky this Saturday, 12:45pm kick off): 'We will be up for the game. We can still lose the match, but we will be right for the game. The players have gained a lot of confidence from the Manchester City and Chelsea matches. We're ready for it. I've already said to the players how difficult the game is going to be. They will be as ready for the game as we possibly can. That might not be good enough on the day - but they will be ready for it.'

Stephen Warnock has told SkySports News that Villa can finish in the top four: 'With the players we've got and the way we've played so far this season, the results against Chelsea and Man City, people are starting to sit up and take notice of us and think we're a real threat.'

Great article by Sheriff Kimbo: Twenty one years ago today, Aston Villa beat Everton 2-0 with goals from Tony Daley and David Platt. A fairly inconsequential game in the big scheme of things, but for your writer it was massive; it was my first time to Villa Park. One year ago today, I wrote a very long article for this site talking about the 20 year anniversary of my first game. As this season is my 20th as a season ticket holder it is another landmark, and as it is a slow news week I thought I would attempt to cobble some words together into something that is almost interesting to mark the anniversary yet again. Having thought about what to do in order to mark the occasion, I have decided to name my best team of the last 21 years. In perhaps a thought to the modern day team, I have opted for a 4-3-3/4-5-1 formation. Full article: Key to the door... the team of the last 21 years

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Free travel is being offered to fans who are going to support Villa against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Details: Randy Lays On Free Travel To Sunderland Game

There were a few snippets of press talk on Wednesday, Hokey Cokey is okey dokey, Emile to here there and everywhere and Cardiff striker linked in: Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk

Fieldy: Whilst of the press went to Chelsea despite our victory, Monny has reminded us we haven't 'done nothing yet' in the grand scheme of things. Dismissing the London bias in the press as just one of those things, Monny knows if we can win the amount of games Chelsea have over the last 5 years and achieve in real terms what they have then maybe the bias will change. Until then it's just something we will have to put up with he said to the official site. Full quotes: Villa Boss Calls For Perspective

Fieldy: Stiliyan Petrov is delighted with the signings of Collins and Dunne, especially for the threat they bring from set pieces. In our last two games our centre halves have chipped in with goals from dead ball situations, and it's been a threat we have lacked since the unfortunate injury to Martin Laursen. This is of course also ignoring how much stronger we look in defence because of their additions. Speaking to the official site, our Captain said: 'Set-pieces are a big thing in football and we try to use them as much as we can. We know how good James and Ashley are at delivering the ball so we've just got to be more aggressive attacking the ball. We have got players that can do that and it has been paying off.'

Richard Dunne was pleased to grab his second goal in our win against Chelsea, but was quick to pass praise to his team mates. Delighted Dunne

Fieldy: Gary Gardner, brother of Craig, has signed his first professional contract with the Villa on Tuesday. Details and quotes: Gary Gardner Signs Professional Contract

Shaun Custis of The Sun says that Emile Heskey was a 'text pest' who sent England manager Fabio Capello 'into a fury' for sending a text during the England team meal. Apparently the 'striker' had his phone on his lap against team rules and was texting. For the best press Monty Python moment for a good while: Villa Player Revealed To Be England 'Text Pest'!

Villa reserves drew 0-0 with Stoke. Stats: Click Here

Good grief, where has the week gone, not done a Villa Times since the weekends win v Chelsea! Then again, I was walking around today thinking it was Wednesday, that is the genius of old Feario basically! Anyway, Chelsea coverage:

Stats: Click Here
Chelsea fans opinion on the Villa win: Click Here
Match report by Sheriff Kimbo: Click Here
Feck all from me, don't click here it will do nothing!

Viz thought for the day: So Sting is able to shag his wife for five hours without going off. I know how he feels. My wife is no oil painting either.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday October 23 2009
Time: 9:00AM

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