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5 Hours - No Goals - Petrov Has Faith

Stiliyan Petrov has told the official site that the goals will come.

As I've just been reminded by Vital member Lee Barnet, Villa haven't scored for five hours in the Premier League (according to MotD2 last night) but the Villa skipper says they'll keep on going for it:

'I think the only thing we've done wrong is not score a goal. We had the attitude, the concentration, we were looking really good and we just couldn't put it in the net. We put it in once but unfortunately it was offside. But you have games like that. We've got the attitude and we've got the players as well. We've got forwards and players who can score in any minute of the game and they get frustrated when goals don't go in.'

Adding, 'They kept trying and kept trying but unfortunately in the last few league games we haven't scored. We just need to dig in and keep going. Sometimes you will score three or four, then you pray that in one game you just have one.'

Full interview: Click HereImages from the West Ham game: Click Here

Interesting debate in our forum, if the big money isn't being splashed (by anyone by the way) in this transfer window and if the quality striker we so need (sadly as do most other teams!) isn't available, wouldn't the old link to James Beattie maybe start to make a bit more sense for cover? I know the arguments that this isn't progress but he does know where the goal is and would get stuck in + is ready and fit to play. What if - as they often do (not a criticism that!) Heskey or JC pick up an injury, all of a sudden we have problems? Or is it better to just go 4-5-1?

Forum thread: Click Here

Also a newer thread talking about strikers: Click Here

Few striker related polls:

What do we need most in Jan transfer window?
Poll Date: 31 Dec 2009

Striker 81%
Doesn't matter, we'll not be signing anyone 11%
Attacking midfielder 8%
Goalie 0%
More defender/s 0%
Full back/s 0%
Holding midfielder 0%

Which striker would you like at Villa?
Poll Date: 06 Jan 2010
Suggested By: Apache

Craig Bellamy 35%
Robbie Keane 27%
Other 16%
Kris Boyde 9%
Carlton Cole 6%
Kenwyn Jones 3%
Benni McCarthy 2%
We don't need one 1%
Bejani 1%

(That was when there were rumours linking Bellamy with a Man City exit + swap rumours for Keano/Carew)

Would you swap Carew for Keano?
Poll Date: 07 Jan 2010

No 59%
Yes 38%
Not fussed either way 3%




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 18 2010

Time: 8:15PM

Your Comments

just all stating the bleeding obvious really I guess!
The Fear
just all stating the bleeding obvious really I guess!
The Fear
I have the solution to all our problems!! Haha!! James Beattie is not the worlds best striker (is he even Stokes??) BUT he has a tremendous record in terms making an immediate impact and scoring goals when he first moves clubs. So we want him for a short time!! We have two midfielders In Gardner and Reo-Coker who want games and (in the case of Gardner) we would rather not sell. How about we ring Stoke and suggest a loan swap to the end of the season Beattie for Gardner!! Everyones a winner!!
deano.avfc
I have the solution to all our problems!! Haha!! James Beattie is not the worlds best striker (is he even Stokes??) BUT he has a tremendous record in terms making an immediate impact and scoring goals when he first moves clubs. So we want him for a short time!! We have two midfielders In Gardner and Reo-Coker who want games and (in the case of Gardner) we would rather not sell. How about we ring Stoke and suggest a loan swap to the end of the season Beattie for Gardner!! Everyones a winner!!
deano.avfc
Deano youre a genius son!
claretandbluearmy
Deano youre a genius son!
claretandbluearmy
Except Stoke who have lost the only player anyones ever heard of.
FootyFans
Except Stoke who have lost the only player anyones ever heard of.
FootyFans
Would prefer to have Ruud, but Deano.avfc's idea is plain common sense
leerj0
Would prefer to have Ruud, but Deano.avfc's idea is plain common sense
leerj0
nah
clarkamus
nah
clarkamus
100% agree. 100% we all agree. This is just stating the bleeding obvious. But if it is so obvious why is nothing done about it? It is obvious we have no leader of the line in the Carew type sense, except for Carew himself who, unhapily for me, rather than cranking it up to become a more consistently fantastic leader of the line, has gone the other way. We also have no 6 yard box finisher in the Michael Owen, Gary Shaw mould. Thus we need to buy or try the youngsters (The Fonz). We have proof staring us in the face that despite all his undoubted good qualities Gabby is not ever going to become a clinical finisher. The Fonz might. We do not Know. Otherwise buy, or buy anyway we need a couple.
stennyvilla
100% agree. 100% we all agree. This is just stating the bleeding obvious. But if it is so obvious why is nothing done about it? It is obvious we have no leader of the line in the Carew type sense, except for Carew himself who, unhapily for me, rather than cranking it up to become a more consistently fantastic leader of the line, has gone the other way. We also have no 6 yard box finisher in the Michael Owen, Gary Shaw mould. Thus we need to buy or try the youngsters (The Fonz). We have proof staring us in the face that despite all his undoubted good qualities Gabby is not ever going to become a clinical finisher. The Fonz might. We do not Know. Otherwise buy, or buy anyway we need a couple.
stennyvilla
Beattie would be a good short term addition and may yet have his best form ahead of him -with the right medical staff and facilities. Other than that can anyone tell me which natural scorer would come to VP in January or seasons end? Look at Everton, snappng up Yakubu and Saha and they've done nowt! We all need to stop panicking and well done Deano for a quality suggestion.
koolbill
Beattie would be a good short term addition and may yet have his best form ahead of him -with the right medical staff and facilities. Other than that can anyone tell me which natural scorer would come to VP in January or seasons end? Look at Everton, snappng up Yakubu and Saha and they've done nowt! We all need to stop panicking and well done Deano for a quality suggestion.
koolbill
Ruud Van Nistelrooy, anyone?
Madirish
Ruud Van Nistelrooy, anyone?
Madirish
I know he's withdrawn his transfer request but surely money talks. Please put in a bid for Jermaine Beckford MON.
Adam Deuce
I know he's withdrawn his transfer request but surely money talks. Please put in a bid for Jermaine Beckford MON.
Adam Deuce
adam deuce - that is frankly the most shockingly absurd suggestion anyone has ever come up with. i am normally quite happy to accept anyones opinion as their opinion but in this case im going to be blunt. YOU ARE WRONG. even leeds fans know beckfords s***. for crying out loud even leeds PLAYERS know beckfords s*** (so im told, and i have no reason to doubt my sources). please just accept, in this case, that you are wrong. "but look at his record" i hear you all say. nah, id rather look at his career history: wealdstone, uxbridge (loan), leeds. impressive innit? and i apologise now for my aggressive response, im genuinely not normally like this and do realise that everyone is entitled to an opinion.
lurman
adam deuce - that is frankly the most shockingly absurd suggestion anyone has ever come up with. i am normally quite happy to accept anyones opinion as their opinion but in this case im going to be blunt. YOU ARE WRONG. even leeds fans know beckfords s***. for crying out loud even leeds PLAYERS know beckfords s*** (so im told, and i have no reason to doubt my sources). please just accept, in this case, that you are wrong. "but look at his record" i hear you all say. nah, id rather look at his career history: wealdstone, uxbridge (loan), leeds. impressive innit? and i apologise now for my aggressive response, im genuinely not normally like this and do realise that everyone is entitled to an opinion.
lurman
Excuse me for stating the obvious - again ! but whats happened to a bid for the now unwanted Michael Owen ? If not i'd be happy with our overpaid over subscribed rank of midfielders playing 4-5-1 with gabby or delfounso up front on there tod or ..... Milner up front with Gabby and Heskey/Carew playing in the hole. Either way unless we get a goal poacher and i'm not sure there is one out there available, then 4-4-2 has to be ditched... Agreed???
tvrwhitey
Excuse me for stating the obvious - again ! but whats happened to a bid for the now unwanted Michael Owen ? If not i'd be happy with our overpaid over subscribed rank of midfielders playing 4-5-1 with gabby or delfounso up front on there tod or ..... Milner up front with Gabby and Heskey/Carew playing in the hole. Either way unless we get a goal poacher and i'm not sure there is one out there available, then 4-4-2 has to be ditched... Agreed???
tvrwhitey
4-5-1, which effectively becomes 4-2-4 when we are in possession with Ash, Milner, and DJ Stu all supporting Gabby and having the youthfullness and fitness to track back afterwards aswell. Carew for the last 20 mins.....
Villan444
4-5-1, which effectively becomes 4-2-4 when we are in possession with Ash, Milner, and DJ Stu all supporting Gabby and having the youthfullness and fitness to track back afterwards aswell. Carew for the last 20 mins.....
Villan444
A silly question I know, but just throwing it out there ~ Does O'Neil (or most managers for that matter) really know more than the average fan, the difference seems to be to me that top managers just happened to be professional players, not all I know, but most!

In recent years we all know that our most successful period has been playing 451 with Gabby up front and before Mule turned up (bless him!) so why not go back to it as we all know, agree and especially now with a better midfield, to be fair know would work!!

Grrrrr I love football and Villa but it is sooooo frustrating, make us the fans manager, most of us agree, we'll come up with the teamsheet every week based on a democratic vote :-)
davidsands1982
A silly question I know, but just throwing it out there ~ Does O'Neil (or most managers for that matter) really know more than the average fan, the difference seems to be to me that top managers just happened to be professional players, not all I know, but most!

In recent years we all know that our most successful period has been playing 451 with Gabby up front and before Mule turned up (bless him!) so why not go back to it as we all know, agree and especially now with a better midfield, to be fair know would work!!

Grrrrr I love football and Villa but it is sooooo frustrating, make us the fans manager, most of us agree, we'll come up with the teamsheet every week based on a democratic vote :-)
davidsands1982
Personnaly i'm happy for Fear to chair the meetings and HERCS and do all the propaganda, sorry I mean publicity!
davidsands1982
Personnaly i'm happy for Fear to chair the meetings and HERCS and do all the propaganda, sorry I mean publicity!
davidsands1982
have said the same deano.avfc, if not one 'bigger' is available and no big money is going to be spent, he would be hungry and would want to prove his worth. For a few million I'd take the punt on Beattie, didn't like the idea to start with when we were first linked I don't think but it has grown on me! lol

Papers reckon Ruud is in talks with Spurs, no idea if true

Can't see them going for Owen tvrwhitey, just purely because he was available for a good while before Man Utd popped in during the summer, if MON had wanted him, we could have got him then.

LOL davidsands, you can't do that, I'd be putting myself on the pitch !!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
have said the same deano.avfc, if not one 'bigger' is available and no big money is going to be spent, he would be hungry and would want to prove his worth. For a few million I'd take the punt on Beattie, didn't like the idea to start with when we were first linked I don't think but it has grown on me! lol

Papers reckon Ruud is in talks with Spurs, no idea if true

Can't see them going for Owen tvrwhitey, just purely because he was available for a good while before Man Utd popped in during the summer, if MON had wanted him, we could have got him then.

LOL davidsands, you can't do that, I'd be putting myself on the pitch !!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
 

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