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Houllier Post Carling Cup Match Reaction

Houllier Post Carling Cup Match Reaction

Gerard Houllier told www.avfc.co.uk that he was happy with the character shown by the team to come back from 1-0 down to see off Blackburn Rovers in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup.

He also praised the fans for sticking with the team when they were down. Something that surprised (albeit delighted) me as the song 'what the f*** is going on) after about 35 minutes I thought was embarrassing!

He said the players tried in the first half but 'There was no flow in our game, no fluency, but I changed the system in the second half and I thought it suited the players more. I did not feel down at half-time. I have seen the team a bit in training and I thought it was a matter of getting ourselves into the game. Don't forget, practically half the team which played against Bolton didn't play in this one, which means that competition for places is good.'

Changes at half time? Different tactics? Substitutions before the last ten minutes? I think I'm going to like this manager!

He also told the players they had to take a risk in the second half and 'try something' ... which to be fair they did and especially when Emile Heskey came on. Yup, I did just say that!

On Heskey Houllier said: 'I know what he can do. I saw a few things in training which indicated he was in good form. With Emile it is a matter of confidence, like all strikers.'

On Gabby he explained he was brought off with tight calves and Ciaran Clark due to a dead leg (apparently Stephen Ireland also had one which kept him from playing)

Oh and he also praised the fans on the ITV league show... and on the official site said he was concentrating so much on the game it took him a while to realise the Holte End were calling for a wave!

'I didn't hear that really. One of my staff said I had to wave. But when you are on the bench in the dugout you are so focused on the game and I couldn't hear what they were saying. But they said you have to wave so I did. They were good. They booed us at half-time but they kept supporting us.'

I would point out to those who weren't there (many thousands sadly) that only a minority booed.

He also said that things will take time to improve, 'Don't get me wrong I am aware of some areas we have to improve and we will - but it will take time. It's better to start with a win. There's a few areas I would like to change but I am not a magician. I am pleased for my staff as well - my new staff - it's their first win too.'

Official site match report: www.avfc.co.uk
Full quotes: www.avfc.co.uk

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday September 23 2010
Time: 8:43AM

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We have to stop this booing rubbish.....
sonicdeathmonkey
23/09/2010 09:14:00
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A quote from Big Sam that i thought i'd never see about Villa "We couldn't cope with Villa's change in shape." ***** me!!
nottinghamvillain
23/09/2010 09:44:00
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totally agree sonic, especially when it is a new manager in, what the hell was he meant to have done change wise this quickly? The Holte end starting singing what the feck is going on after 35 mins. It was embarrassing!

I think you can rightly take some of the praise Jonah! lol. With that said, was it not my advice to Heskey (go on Emile, kick the sh** out of them) that got the goal? I think so.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o)
The Fear
23/09/2010 09:48:00
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Well I certainly stand corrected. 'Ashley Young can't finish.' I said last week and he then goes and scores three in two games. So here goes.... Emile Heskey will not score for Villa for Villas again this season. Let's see how that one pans out :-)
Bobby Norman
23/09/2010 09:51:00
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Bobby - why not 'Heskey will not score the winning goal next week' for starters. Then you can think about hatricks and take it from there ... ;-)
144wittonlane
23/09/2010 10:46:00
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I wasn't there last night, but listened to every minute on AVTV. I almost fell of my chair when I heard we had changed our system half way through, and as for the subs. I had to double check I was listening to the right game. Can somebody confirm for me, where did Ash play to start with and where did he end up was it ACM or ST? Also can somebody who was their just fill me in on Bannan because AVTV where going nuts for him. Blaire even said " Bannan is the best passer of the ball I have EVER seen in a villa shirt. He can spot a beautiful through ball" (or words to that affect)
mattyh1986
23/09/2010 12:31:00
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Not that I'm condoning it in any way, shape or form whasoever, but my recollection is that the "What the f*** is going on?" chant started when Steve Sidwell received the ball in his own half, in acres of space, and promptly booted it away from every Villa player and into touch without even looking for a pass. We certainly seem to fall to pieces a bit after Blackburn took the lead (wouldn't say it was against the run of play, but can't say I saw it coming either - just Givet catching the ball perfectly which on any other day would've gone wide) but the changes to formation and personnel in the second half were absolutely perfect and just what was needed to get the right result. To answer your question Mattyh1986, Ash started the game wide right (looked like Gabby on the left?) and a three man midfield of NRC, Sidwell and Bannan. This was changed in the second half so that Bannan went wide right, leaving Ash to play behind Carew/Heskey as the follow-up striker.
jeffg_utv
23/09/2010 12:59:00
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Feel pretty bad for houllier...Only 18,000 of us last night, I had a choice of seat which was a good thing but felt slightly ashamed...Actually i was appauled at the attendance, Its only the carling cup but lets see how many people would want wembley tickets if we get there ;)
P.Avfc
23/09/2010 17:18:00
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Hmm, just been watching the highlights on AVTV . it looks like the players where actually enjoying it last night, must be great for players like Davies, Cuellar, Reo Coker, Sidwell. All getting a chance
mattyh1986
23/09/2010 17:26:00
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What's the betting we get Man U ?
MASON_PARKER
24/09/2010 05:43:00
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