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Classy Carew

John Carew was in fine form again tonight as he returned to the starting line up, and he couldn't be happier.

Speaking to AVTV after the match, Carew said he enjoyed returning to the starting line up and thoroughly enjoyed the game.

'It was good to come back and play from the start and score a couple of goals.'

It was definitely one of Carew's nights, plenty of running, plenty of effort, confidence was up again and no doubt helped by wanting to play a part in the next match. But on that form he is unplayable and it made such a difference in how we were able to play tonight - the lack of long balls was such a delight, but even then the odd few that did happen had more of an outlet than usual.

Interesting head ache for Monny now, Heskey hasn't been doing too badly but Carew on that form is dynamite. I know who I'd be picking as long as he fancies turning up.

JF: Was interesting hearing MON being interviewed after the game, he mentioned JC's goals and said 'better late than never' and also added when asked about the big man 'he is a hero to the Holte End, which is nice, he just needs to be a hero for me now'. Quite barbed but you can certainly feel the frustration from the manager on this player who really should be getting 20 goals a season easily for us. It wasn't long back he said how good JC was BUT that it was only in 1 in 7 games!

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 25 2010

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

If only we could guarantee which JC would turn up, the hungry one or the one that isn't fussed either way. (the bearded one handles crosses with aplomb as well allegedly!)
sherlock1874
If only we could guarantee which JC would turn up, the hungry one or the one that isn't fussed either way. (the bearded one handles crosses with aplomb as well allegedly!)
sherlock1874
Was he though? Really?!?! I had to check he was still on the pitch midway through the first half. Looked a completely different player after the 1st goal to be fair but until then I thought he was pants as usual.
DeanoVilla
I'm going to get shot down for saying, but please allow me my humble opinion. Amazing strength, grit and determination to win the 2 penalties (and emense finishes) to win us the game, but I though he was largly absent in the 1st half, didn't seem to do anything that another striker wouldn't have done. Big JC is just frustrating, although on his 2nd show, he'd now be in my starting XI come Sunday, but we'll have to wait and see!!!
davidsands1982
Was he though? Really?!?! I had to check he was still on the pitch midway through the first half. Looked a completely different player after the 1st goal to be fair but until then I thought he was pants as usual.
DeanoVilla
I'm going to get shot down for saying, but please allow me my humble opinion. Amazing strength, grit and determination to win the 2 penalties (and emense finishes) to win us the game, but I though he was largly absent in the 1st half, didn't seem to do anything that another striker wouldn't have done. Big JC is just frustrating, although on his 2nd show, he'd now be in my starting XI come Sunday, but we'll have to wait and see!!!
davidsands1982
Binned in the summer...
Sarah Shoes
I say go for Rooney!
holte ender 1969
I say go for Rooney!
holte ender 1969
One of his better all-round showings for quite some time, but even so he remains way too inconsistent to be viewed as a long term answer to one of our most obvious weaknesses. Did enough I believe to at least put his name firmly into the hat to possibly start Sunday's League Cup Final, but I still suspect that MON will side with Emile Heskey as a starter, that is if he doesn't decide to go with Gabby as the lone front man, with perhaps Fabian Delph enforcing the midfield. As we all know, John Carew on his day can be virtually unplayable, one of the better centre-forwards seen at Brummagem B6 in years, but sadly those good afternoons and evenings are simply way too infrequent. Still hats off to his efforts last night. He stepped up to the plate at the right time, to ensure that we didn't have to face a very tricky, and very unwelcome, thirty minutes of extra time.
glensider
Can you really risk the unpredictability of Carew in such a big final? Does he really deserve it? - Probably not. Plus any forward that is playing against Vidic for 90mins has to give 110% and the kitchen sink. Would Carew give us that on Sunday? If he did he would cement himself as a legend, and that candle isnt burning as brightly as it once was for many of us. BUT after last night its giving me a real headache trying to seperate both Carew and Heskey.
Stig
Can you really risk the unpredictability of Carew in such a big final? Does he really deserve it? - Probably not. Plus any forward that is playing against Vidic for 90mins has to give 110% and the kitchen sink. Would Carew give us that on Sunday? If he did he would cement himself as a legend, and that candle isnt burning as brightly as it once was for many of us. BUT after last night its giving me a real headache trying to seperate both Carew and Heskey.
Stig
Remember how frustratingly rubbish Savo was (and he was, couldn't hit a barn door for the most part) but popped him in the final and look what happened. I agree with you Stig but at least JC has the potential to cause massive problems where as with Heskey we all no exactly what we'll get! Personnaly I'd play 4-5-1 but that is never going to happen!
davidsands1982
Remember how frustratingly rubbish Savo was (and he was, couldn't hit a barn door for the most part) but popped him in the final and look what happened. I agree with you Stig but at least JC has the potential to cause massive problems where as with Heskey we all no exactly what we'll get! Personnaly I'd play 4-5-1 but that is never going to happen!
davidsands1982
I don't think Carew has endeared himself to O'Neill of late. The interviewer on WM said last night "2 goals for the Holte End hero , you must be delighted "? O'Neill replied "Yes he is a hero to them ,he has just got to become a hero to me now" says a lot really.
sirdennis
I don't think Carew has endeared himself to O'Neill of late. The interviewer on WM said last night "2 goals for the Holte End hero , you must be delighted "? O'Neill replied "Yes he is a hero to them ,he has just got to become a hero to me now" says a lot really.
sirdennis
Was at the game last night, thought Carew was immense, never seen him put so much effort in. After 30 seconds he did something well, won a corner or something, and I said to my mate “he’s already done more than Heskey would in a full game”. The thing with Carew’s inconsistency is that it’s down to motivation, not talent, so surely that wouldn’t be a problem for a cup final!! And most importantly, he’s NOT HESKEY!! So he’s surely GOT TO PLAY!!!!
MrZeus
Was at the game last night, thought Carew was immense, never seen him put so much effort in. After 30 seconds he did something well, won a corner or something, and I said to my mate “he’s already done more than Heskey would in a full game”. The thing with Carew’s inconsistency is that it’s down to motivation, not talent, so surely that wouldn’t be a problem for a cup final!! And most importantly, he’s NOT HESKEY!! So he’s surely GOT TO PLAY!!!!
MrZeus
Agree it was certainly a much improved performance from the big man, although certinly wasn't up to his glorious best. I'd still pick him over Emile any day of the week.
Ericols_Son
Agree it was certainly a much improved performance from the big man, although certinly wasn't up to his glorious best. I'd still pick him over Emile any day of the week.
Ericols_Son
Carew easily > Heskey. hopefully you can get him back to his very best for the run in, he is a very dangerous player when on form - strange about MON's comments regarding him though, hopefully it will help motivate the big man. You've got to be optimistic for 4th with the game in hand considering your remaining fixtures haven't you?
Gunnerman
I wouldn't say he was on form, he scored two goals though, which was nice
young_jonah
I wouldn't say he was on form, he scored two goals though, which was nice
young_jonah
agree with Deano, had a few texts from people asking if JC was on the bench etc. He got two penalties, good for him, how many shots did he have, how many chances did he set up? I'm sure he'll be off this summer as he won't get a new contract and so better to get something now?

That said... Wembley. He is a show boater, surely he would 'turn up' at that game and we'd get the world class striker version of John Carew? The sort that does pop up with the goals?
The Fear
agree with Deano, had a few texts from people asking if JC was on the bench etc. He got two penalties, good for him, how many shots did he have, how many chances did he set up? I'm sure he'll be off this summer as he won't get a new contract and so better to get something now?

That said... Wembley. He is a show boater, surely he would 'turn up' at that game and we'd get the world class striker version of John Carew? The sort that does pop up with the goals?
The Fear
he was also in a great position to have a tap in in the 1st half if Warnock's cross/pass had been near him, so could well have had a hat-trick.
MrZeus
Agree with Deano and Fear on this Seems to disapear for large parts of the game. Also some of his first touches are dismal.
ZA-Villan
Agree with Deano and Fear on this Seems to disapear for large parts of the game. Also some of his first touches are dismal.
ZA-Villan
Scored a couple of penalties but to be honest, he didn't have a very good game at all
PTP
Scored a couple of penalties but to be honest, he didn't have a very good game at all
PTP
no matter what u say about carew even on a bad day he is better than cant stay on his feet after a challenge heskey. heskey is soft and i just cant see what managers see in him. i think carew done well lastnight and when he came on agaisnt them last game he gets more shots off than heskey and he is MUCH more dangers he just needs to work on his work rate he is far to laid back which givs in impression he doesnt care he loves villa i can see it
black_villian
no matter what u say about carew even on a bad day he is better than cant stay on his feet after a challenge heskey. heskey is soft and i just cant see what managers see in him. i think carew done well lastnight and when he came on agaisnt them last game he gets more shots off than heskey and he is MUCH more dangers he just needs to work on his work rate he is far to laid back which givs in impression he doesnt care he loves villa i can see it
black_villian
He hasn't really had enough starts to make a major impression , even on a bad day he's better than Heskey .
Doug4ever
He hasn't really had enough starts to make a major impression , even on a bad day he's better than Heskey .
Doug4ever
thinking about it he nearly scored again in the 1st half with a shot which tbf the keeper made a right mess of. anyone else find it funny that our 1st goal was scored from a corner that shouldn't have been a corner?!
MrZeus
thinking about it he nearly scored again in the 1st half with a shot which tbf the keeper made a right mess of. anyone else find it funny that our 1st goal was scored from a corner that shouldn't have been a corner?!
MrZeus
I think MON's right publically giving the both of them an enormous kick up the backside. The both deserve it having both massively underacheived... Head games???
ljkal
I think MON's right publically giving the both of them an enormous kick up the backside. The both deserve it having both massively underacheived... Head games???
ljkal
At least Heskey is a competent target man, which Carew can't claim to be. Carew thinks he's Thiery Henry and it doesn't really work because he's even more lazy and not half as good. If Carew really loved Villa he'd put a lot more in than he does, I love the man but he's a waste
PTP
At least Heskey is a competent target man, which Carew can't claim to be. Carew thinks he's Thiery Henry and it doesn't really work because he's even more lazy and not half as good. If Carew really loved Villa he'd put a lot more in than he does, I love the man but he's a waste
PTP
Sorry PTP but that implies that Heskey can do something that Carew can't, what would that be?! All he ever does is fall over. In nearly 20 years of watching Villa i can't think of a worse striker. And that's including Balaban.
MrZeus
Ive gotta a say ithought he was awfull yet again last night, did nothing until the penalty, no movement, no desire, if he starts on sunday it will be 10 v 11. the only reason he is a so called Holte end gero is because he has a catchy song, end of. Don't get me wrong i was a massive fan in seasons gone bye, but he has been terrible this one, and i think his attitude stinkls.
Roehe
Ive gotta a say ithought he was awfull yet again last night, did nothing until the penalty, no movement, no desire, if he starts on sunday it will be 10 v 11. the only reason he is a so called Holte end gero is because he has a catchy song, end of. Don't get me wrong i was a massive fan in seasons gone bye, but he has been terrible this one, and i think his attitude stinkls.
Roehe
I am amazed Carew got man of the match . I dont know what he's done to offend anybody but even if he sold tickets helped you to your seats brought you Hot Dogs at half time scored a hat trick then drove you home afterwards tucked you in with a nice hot chocolate some of you ungrateful****s would still complain he didn't do enough . Yesterday John Carew saved us from extra time ( Which we didnt need ) and possibly an embarrassing exit from the FA Cup but he still didn't do enough for some of you .
Doug4ever
I am amazed Carew got man of the match . I dont know what he's done to offend anybody but even if he sold tickets helped you to your seats brought you Hot Dogs at half time scored a hat trick then drove you home afterwards tucked you in with a nice hot chocolate some of you ungrateful****s would still complain he didn't do enough . Yesterday John Carew saved us from extra time ( Which we didnt need ) and possibly an embarrassing exit from the FA Cup but he still didn't do enough for some of you .
Doug4ever
Dont anybody talk to me .. I'm just going to sulk quietly in the corner
Doug4ever
Dont anybody talk to me .. I'm just going to sulk quietly in the corner
Doug4ever
different strokes for different folks Doug4Ever, yesterday he did his job, that is great and long may it continue, but over the years he has also let us down a fair bit (MON wouldn't be saying what he does if they didn't feel that) + he can just totally disappear and for a man with his immense skills it is just a waste of a great great talent. Hence he has moved club to club so often. Shame really.
The Fear
different strokes for different folks Doug4Ever, yesterday he did his job, that is great and long may it continue, but over the years he has also let us down a fair bit (MON wouldn't be saying what he does if they didn't feel that) + he can just totally disappear and for a man with his immense skills it is just a waste of a great great talent. Hence he has moved club to club so often. Shame really.
The Fear
 

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