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All About Emile - The Verdict

Gerard Houllier has hailed yet another match winning performance from Emile of the Heskey as he helped us to all 3 points in todays derby clash.

Hailing Emile's goalscoring exploits is becoming a strange regular event since the Frenchman took the hotseat and it's not something you prepare yourself for really, certainly I never have as writing about Emile and goals is just something nobody does.

But again today he was on fire in the first half, winning headers, holding the ball up and of course, he got himself on the scoresheet again.

It was the highlight of the second half, and a winner in a game that we didn't realise deserve to take all 3 points from. First half yes, we should have been 2-3 up again by halftime but we came out after the break looking to not lose the lead as opposed to increasing it, and as ever, that was our undoing.

But sod the negatives, EMILE SCORED, we won and Dingles everywhere will be ringing the Samaritans.

Speaking to the Official Site after the match Houllie reserved special praise for our in form striker and said simply that Heskey needs confidence, and when he's confident this is what you expect from him.

'After the Carling Cup game I told him this is what you are capable of and there's no reason why you cannot repeat that.

'All players need confidence and he needs to keep believing in himself.'

Self belief was important for the whole team, especially given the change of fortunes in the second half and Houllier was again impressed with the work ethic and determination the lads showed throughout.

'It was tough but good, winning a derby game away from home is always a great performance. I liked my team, the way they responded when they were tired and when they were under pressure. But I like the fact that even when we were in trouble, you could feel the team had the attitude and the spirit to withstand the pressure.'

He also adds that he likes the fact that both goals (lots of facts in this interview) came from good football, good movement and crisp passing. It's definitely how he prefers us to play and how he is going to set us up to play. Long ball becomes an outlet when the time is right as opposed to the norm.

We all know the issues with the squad and what holds us back (yet again it was a game of 2 halves and we only turned up for the one of them) but that can be worked on overtime.

It's another valuable 3 points, bragging rights again and the performance was improved for the most part. Lots of work still to do but it's onto the next game again pretty happily.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 26 2010

Time: 6:16PM

Your Comments

Straight swap for Robbie Keane?
HuddersfieldYiddo
Der der der der der der Emile Heskey!!!
P.Avfc
Emile da man !
Pancho Villan
Emile L Hessi lol
thorpyuk
that was about as powerful a header as you'll ever see
los_angeles_villan
Juddy, sometimes the criticism (a lot of the time, I blew my top - unlike me - at one point last year at the poor performance that cost us so much at home v Wolves) but some are like a broken record who want players to continue to be bad as it fits their opinion.
When Petrov went through his awful phase I was as fed up as anyone but always had the attitude 'prove us wrong' and it is the same with Heskey, at times - and John Carew also - they look uniterested and liabilities - but I would SO love both of them to bang in 20 goals or for Heskey (a real underdog here) to continue in this rich vein. SOD what DOL said... where is he now!? lol... Football is a fickle game by its very nature and surely most of us want to be optimists and support/see our players do well?
The Fear
Point taken. I would like to see all our players do well and the John Carew point is valid, I fail to see why a lot of fans are so in love with him. I hope Heskey keeps banging the goals in for us, I really do...but I think it wont be long until he goes back to his old self......
juddy
agree juddy, best thing about Carew is he song which I think is why he has become a 'cult' hero (had to be careful how I typed that) whereas most of the time he just isn't 'on' for me. The thing that annoys is he should be, he has 'everything' apart from the mental attitude I think.
The Fear
Agree entirely...not sure why he wasn't in contention for the game and if he is injured, just how injured he is because my mate posted a picture on Facebook last week (Saturday am) of him and his missus (or might have been somebody else’s!) walking round an apartment complex in Wandsworth.......he looks quite mobile!! I think that the fact he was in (allegedly) a strip club before the Ajax game helped fashion his loveable rogue image.......I'd much rather he tried to fashion a hard working prolific striker image.
juddy
He did put in another impressive shift Glensider, that's about 5 now in his entire Aston Villa career.....I hope for more and would love to be proved wrong. If he does turn into a decent striker then the question is 'If you can do it, why haven't you been?!'
juddy
 

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