Writer: Mike Field
Date:Wednesday April 7 2010
Ashley Young has warned Chelsea and John Terry that they will need to play until the final whistle this weekend by insisting Villa will do the same.
Following the media uproar (they finally caught on) after John Terry commented following our 7-1 thrashing that they knew we'd tire towards the end of the game, Ash has pointed to matches like Wolves where 'we scored late on' and uses that as proof that there isn't a fitness issue at the club, and that we in fact can play for the 90 minutes with full commitment.
'There has been a lot said about stats and fitness, but we concentrate on our own game.
'We have always performed from the first minute to the last and that has always been instilled into us by the staff and manager.'
That may very well be true, but we have sad ability to only perform properly in one half of the match, and even then it seems to be only for about 25 minutes or so in one go. This is well known, and the fact we only turn up for one half has been commented on by the manager himself, as have comments about players tiring in the final third and that in most games it takes 'fantastic commitment', and 'terrific' resilience for our goal to hold out when we get bombarded...at the end of games.
So brilliant fighting words from Ash as we look to revenge the league debacle, but it's going to take more than words to contradict our form.
Young also pretty much admits the team are still smarting about the Chelsea match, but that spirits are high in the camp still and that they are looking forward to meeting them again, especially so quickly, in the Semi where they have the opportunity to right a few wrongs.
He concludes by commenting that the Bolton win was exactly what everyone needed as we headed into this weekend, and although not much has been said about it, he points to the handbags at the end of the match as proof that team spirit is as good as ever in saying:
'Even in the late scuffle at the end the team was there as a whole and that is what has been instilled into us. We fight for each other, it shows what a great team spirit we have got.'
This weekend definitely will, for some it remains a win at any cost because it's a Semi - for others the attitude, commitment and desire of the squad and how they perform could well be more important than the result itself.
Source: Express and Star
Date:Wednesday April 7 2010
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