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Fergie Starts His Mind Games Again

You'd never guess we were playing Man United twice in quick succession would you, apparently ol Red Nose thinks we'll find it easy to get 4th place.

Speaking on the Express and Star Ferguson has claimed 'it's easy to see us getting fourth' and whilst I'm no cynic (well ok, I am....a big one) I can't but read this as an attempt to get our players carried away with success, think maybe the job is done, and to take their eyes off the ball.

Much in the way our attack did against Spurs if you will. So a real cynic would say why has he wasted his effort I suppose?

Anyhoo, it's not the first time Fergie has talked about our credentials for the Top 4 but let's face it, nobody it really expecting a result tonight, most eyes are already on the Carling Cup Final.

And if anybody in the camp gets carried away thinking about fourth place again, like last season, we are likely to blow it. We've done better so far without the fuss from the club, the overhyped PR (that last year was apparently the fault of high expectations of the fans) and we've been taking it match by match.

Whilst our form may have fluctuated wildly at points - mostly due to tirdness you could argue, we haven't see the glaring highs when we've been on a run, and neither have we seen the depressing lows after a bad result.

Taking it match by match, not getting carried away or letting a result fester has served us well - so I really can't see his 'praise' as being anything other than a mind game to relax the players and get them dreaming.

'There is a consistent vein about Villa, there are no dramatic changes with them.'

As for the fourth place battle, Fergie does concede there are other teams who would also 'find it easy' and whilst he's perfectly right, his praising the lads to high heaven and then taking it away with the other hand. If it's easy for everyone to get fourth place, then by default it's not easy for us to get there is it.

But if his aim to throw us off the ball, nobody will pay attention to the latter part of his sentence, the younger player - in so much as they are now - will only be taking in the 'great' Fergie thinks it's easy for us.

'It is very interesting, possibly the most competitive part of the league.'

Either that or I've giving him too much credit.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 10 2010

Time: 2:27PM

Your Comments

I just read that too, obvious it's mind games. Does that mean he's worried about us?
andy5759
I just read that too, obvious it's mind games. Does that mean he's worried about us?
andy5759
People can say what they like about Fergie, but Sir Chewalot is the best in the business and if O'Neil does half as much with the mighty Villa we'll all be dancing in the streets of Brum :-)
davidsands1982
People can say what they like about Fergie, but Sir Chewalot is the best in the business and if O'Neil does half as much with the mighty Villa we'll all be dancing in the streets of Brum :-)
davidsands1982
I think Fergie recognises Oneill as being the last manager amongst him as being cast from the same mould as he was. They have always had a great respect for each other, and credit to fergie, he always speaks highly of Villa.
Stig
I think Fergie recognises Oneill as being the last manager amongst him as being cast from the same mould as he was. They have always had a great respect for each other, and credit to fergie, he always speaks highly of Villa.
Stig
 

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