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The Day After The Revolution

The opening few weeks of November are often depressing ones. The nights draw in, so it`s dark as you drive to work and dark as you leave. The temperature takes a dip. The heating goes on (which instantly raises my grumpy factor because I wonder how much more gas is being used). Then up comes the Argos adverts two and a half months before Christmas, irritating supermarket adverts telling you to stock up now for the festivities and of course , and now Villa have to go and become a bit rubbish just to raise the irritable factor up to ten.

In the past few years we`ve been spoilt - it`s around about now that when we`ve looked promising and started to convince ourselves the March collapse won`t happen this time around. Only for it to happen. Again.

It`s a little different this time.

The pre-season that we had this year was disastrous. I`m not going to drag out the usual clichés about how important pre-season is to the players - but the lack of preparation for the season ahead, mixed in with the sale of Milner has been a complete nightmare. Having finally picked the new manager, he is now having to conduct his own pre-season - extra training to get fitness up, evaluating the squad he has, and implementing his ideas on the way to play - during the season itself.

There`s no point complaining about being put in this situation, or looking to attribute blame at this stage. There`s no point looking at luck, and complaining about refereeing decisions. Referees in this country sum up all that is wrong with the game currently - we should be anticipating these things. It`s more important for the team, players and staff to take a look at themselves and concentrate. That`s Richard Dunne cutting out the amateur errors that having been creeping into his game over the past year. That`s Stephen Ireland doing what made Milner such a great attribute - working hard in all areas of the pitch. That`s John Carew putting in the effort - yes we know you are off - but whilst you are still taking the thousands of pounds a week in wages you should be putting in the effort.

Through all this talk of an injury crisis, it`s the young players who are the ones looking like they are not only interested in dragging this club away from the relegation zone. Clark, Bannan and Albrighton have all put in dedicated, mature performances. Can the same be said of Ireland, Dunne, Sidwell and Carew?
I`m not going to get all gloomy and over dramatic - but Wednesday`s game is vital. Lose, even draw and we will be finding ourselves in the relegation zone in the next few weeks. That`s not a place where the club should be over Christmas.

Selling your best players and not replacing them is a recipe for disaster. We`ve done this over two seasons now, and it`s not looking good for Ashley Young`s contract this summer, either.

It`s time to stand up and be counted. We are being let down at the moment.




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Date:Monday November 8 2010

Time: 2:57PM

Your Comments

oh and LOL... so true about Argos and their bloody adverts!
The Fear
play ireland amigo
kenner
Kids are brilliant, showing the so called established players what they should be doing on the pitch. I think Houllier should change Ash Young back to the left and drop Downing. On Saturday everytime Ireland played one of those killer balls to him he slowed things down and allowed Fulham to get men back. He never takes on his man and beats him and his crossing is poor at the moment. I say put Ash back on the left and put Ireland in the hole behind Fonz. Then have Bannan and Clark in the centre with Albrighton on the right. Or even Bannan in the hole with Ireland in the centre. It is a more creative team this way with wingers on both sides who can take on and beat men
av-jc-86
This is my first post as I only found this site a few months ago. Let me say thanks for the hard work guys because it's a great site!! Agree with all the positive feeling towards our young guns, they are looking the part early on but let's not forget how early it is. We need some quality signings (even to stand still) and i'm a little concerned as to if and when they will come. I'm excited and hoping the GH can use his many connections and pull in some international flavour, something that use to drive me nuts with MON. But since when does much happen in Jan?? There's always loads of talk but not much action. I know MON had a good Jan a few ago but with Randy seemingly not willing to spend at the moment what will we do? We won't be able to off load players like Sidwell which we need to do and I can't see us getting much for Carew. We need a class finisher asap and every Villa fan in the world knows it. If we had one over the last few years we'd be in the champions league instead of Spurs yuk. But who could we get and for how much?? I think Owen on loan or cheap is worth a crack as long as his wages aren't crazy, he'd find the net if he can stay fit. Yes we need a creative mid but I doubt we'd get one in Jan but I think with Delph back our mids will be ok until the summer at least. I'd be happy with 2 strong strikers in Jan maybe an Owen and some young gun from overseas? We need to win and win well this weekend, come on da Villa!!!
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