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Martin O'Neill's Very Own Achilles Heel?


Got to say this is a bit of a strange one. I was listening to the Radio WM phone in (I flick on and off with Tom Ross as well depending on whether a Villa fan or another Midlands club fan is talking, only interested in us Villans!) and Martin O'Neill admitted that Richard Dunne and James Milner both had achilles problems before the game.

Emile Heskey also limped off quite early on in the match, again with an achilles (although according to the interview, he'd not complained of soreness before the game)

Stiliyan Petrov has also had an ankle problem.

Now this is where I can understand the frustration of some fans (many fans?) about the lack of rotation.

This isn't meant to be a negative article, just one asking really.

Surely this is where rotation comes in?

Now I'm not a medical man, not on MON's staff and I'm not the boss (whose job it is to make these decisions and whose job is on the line) so I'm not trying to be clever or claim to be an expert.

However, despite James Milner wanting to play, if he had a soreness surely he for his own good could have been rested? Richard Dunne has been immense this season, was it worth risking a longer time out with a worse injury?

Dunne out = Cueller and Collins in the centre with Luke Young where he belongs, in the team on the right.... That isn't exactly a bad set of options is it? We have waited years for some options, now we have them but they aren't used.

Why?

Not got the answers.

Fabian Delph I don't believe to be injured, although he hasn't made the bench the last few times. He could step in for a game or two for Milner so as not to knacker his achilles? Or Steve Sidwell? Ok, I know he hasn't set the claret and blue alight but he can play and was brought in as an option.

Fair enough with strikers the options are more limited as Gabby is already out. However we could have gone one up front or started with Nathan Delfouneso ? Fair enough, as MON said, Nathan will be a great player for us but he is still a kid etc, but as said, one up front can be an attacking formation if done right and Big John is well on form and up for it (now it is warmer again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

MON told the official site:

'Gabby is improving daily - I'm not sure if he'll be ready for Saturday (v Chelsea). He might be. We will see where we are.'

'Emile came off with an achilles problem. James did well to play for as long as he did in the game. He was sore beforehand but psychologically I wanted him on the field. He was prepared to play. He wasn't going to exacerbate things greatly other than playing through a bit of pain, which he has done. I was delighted with him. His achilles was very sore. They are all going - Emile, Richard and James - for scans. It's the number of games we have played. Overall we have been really lucky with injuries - but they can take their toll.'

Funny old game. As said, not trying to be clever here (that would be difficult for a thickie like me) but I don't understand why we have a squad and won't use it?

Could this be Martin O'Neill's very own achilles heel?


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 25 2010

Time: 11:59AM

Your Comments

i genuinely think his stubborness is probably his greatest and weakest asset at the same time. Thing is i remember an interview last season saying he himself must learn from the lack of rotation but lo and behold its the same again. As much as we all dont like it in the modern game rotation gives longevity over the course of very long seasons, and its round about now it is needed,if MON is to truly step up a level as a manager he needs to learn this. Where is the sense in risking very severe long term injuries when there are adequate (by no means brilliant) replacements on the bench?!
goodb_2
i genuinely think his stubborness is probably his greatest and weakest asset at the same time. Thing is i remember an interview last season saying he himself must learn from the lack of rotation but lo and behold its the same again. As much as we all dont like it in the modern game rotation gives longevity over the course of very long seasons, and its round about now it is needed,if MON is to truly step up a level as a manager he needs to learn this. Where is the sense in risking very severe long term injuries when there are adequate (by no means brilliant) replacements on the bench?!
goodb_2
So what are you saying Fear, MON out? lol
villan of the north
So what are you saying Fear, MON out? lol
villan of the north
I could not agree more. Strange how everyone else can see it. I like O'Neil but if the players he bought for the squad are not good enough then why did he buy them? This was a perfect game at home to swap things around and freshen up with a few players with injury's. If I was a Villa squad player I would be well peed off. I don't think he wants the squad players to come in a do well as he will be force to swap he favourite 11. I think we would be a better team without 'lose the ball Hesky' and 'stop an attacking move turn and pass back Petrov' (and still loses the ball a good few times doing that)
revua
I could not agree more. Strange how everyone else can see it. I like O'Neil but if the players he bought for the squad are not good enough then why did he buy them? This was a perfect game at home to swap things around and freshen up with a few players with injury's. If I was a Villa squad player I would be well peed off. I don't think he wants the squad players to come in a do well as he will be force to swap he favourite 11. I think we would be a better team without 'lose the ball Hesky' and 'stop an attacking move turn and pass back Petrov' (and still loses the ball a good few times doing that)
revua
Fear, How dare you comment about MON's tacktics ! Expect the rath of Glensider within the hour. To many sensible comments made to make replies to them all but last night was an obvious game to "rest" the knackered and damaged ones. MON has lost the plot , and his stubbornness will be his eventualy downfall. Had we not had a good cup run (and yes this is the first season we have managed have a cup run/runs under MON) i believe the fans would be alot more crittical of our league performances and the lack of rotation. I believe MON is the man to take us to the promiced land of CL but .......and its a big but we are so close to being a good side, and the frustrations are clearly obvious to all but MON . He can not let his own subborn attititde get in the way.......for all of our sanity please, please use the squad, play Luke at RB , rest Milner & Petrov and send Heskey and Cuellar on a long road trip out of Villa Park.
HolteEnder43
I find it all very baffling, we have decent players on the bench like Luke Young, Curtis Davies (well he was, where is he?) and Fabian Delph and Sidwell to a lesser extent, yet all the players are being run into the ground, sometimes I wonder if O'Neill is just doing the opposite of what the fans want, and if that was the case it would be a bit pathetic (of course it isn't but if it was.....) Hopefully we will see some rotation as he oftens implies he will, but I am not holding my breath
young_jonah
I find it all very baffling, we have decent players on the bench like Luke Young, Curtis Davies (well he was, where is he?) and Fabian Delph and Sidwell to a lesser extent, yet all the players are being run into the ground, sometimes I wonder if O'Neill is just doing the opposite of what the fans want, and if that was the case it would be a bit pathetic (of course it isn't but if it was.....) Hopefully we will see some rotation as he oftens implies he will, but I am not holding my breath
young_jonah
I thought Fabian Delph was injured? IMO Petrov is a massive player for us, but in the 2nd half he was knackered/injured or both. Sidwell did well the short time he was on. Why play Dunne and Milner with injuies? I am a big fan of MON, and I am certain we are progressing in the right direction, but we have not rotated the team enough. For the 'Heskey knockers' didn't we play our best football of the match while he was on the field? Fonz is a great prospect and should get more time on the pitch, but only as a sub IMO. It will be difficult to get anything at Chelsea, so do we 'rest' Dunne, Petrov and Milner to get them fresh and fit for more 'winnable' games? One thing we all agree on..Luke Young for right back... Keep the faith, we are having an excellent season.
krfeskivilla
I thought Fabian Delph was injured? IMO Petrov is a massive player for us, but in the 2nd half he was knackered/injured or both. Sidwell did well the short time he was on. Why play Dunne and Milner with injuies? I am a big fan of MON, and I am certain we are progressing in the right direction, but we have not rotated the team enough. For the 'Heskey knockers' didn't we play our best football of the match while he was on the field? Fonz is a great prospect and should get more time on the pitch, but only as a sub IMO. It will be difficult to get anything at Chelsea, so do we 'rest' Dunne, Petrov and Milner to get them fresh and fit for more 'winnable' games? One thing we all agree on..Luke Young for right back... Keep the faith, we are having an excellent season.
krfeskivilla
Don't get me started on this subject, why talk about squad rotation and tiredness, then play the same team from the weekend with the Chelsea game looming this Saturday. If Gabby is not fit on Saturday i would go with 4-5-1.
leerj0
I'm not complaining about Dunne because he has been a Brick Wall for us this year but he made a couple of uncharacteristic blunders in the game .. Just wondering if it was due to his Achilles problem .
Doug4ever
i ain't sayin nothin.....
leftfoot
How are we going to attract big names without CL? How the f*** are we going to attract anyone as everyone in football knows if MON doesn't like you, you don't get a game.
Kiwivillan
How are we going to attract big names without CL? How the f*** are we going to attract anyone as everyone in football knows if MON doesn't like you, you don't get a game.
Kiwivillan
someone nearly came off his fence there. Delph has an ankle problem apparently?? Simple answer is the squad hes built at a huge cost isn't good or big enough, nothing too hard in that, plenty wrong with it, especially when a simple expenditure in January would have alleviated it. Bad decision Villa now suffering accordingly.
avfc48
someone nearly came off his fence there. Delph has an ankle problem apparently?? Simple answer is the squad hes built at a huge cost isn't good or big enough, nothing too hard in that, plenty wrong with it, especially when a simple expenditure in January would have alleviated it. Bad decision Villa now suffering accordingly.
avfc48
 

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