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Richard Dunne With That Kind Of Defeat

Good words from our stand in skipper today as he admits the daft errors that have crept into our defensive displays this season, simply cannot continue.

Speaking on the Official Site Dunne admitted that stupid fouls, daft moments of dreaming and all the other ways to describe our defending of late have to be brought to an end as we have lost way too many winnable points already this season.

The Dunneymonster admits that there's no single thing that they can point to as a cause of our, often woeful, defending this season but especially as we are so thin upfront at the moment and we are blooding so many youngsters, it's up to the experienced players to step up to the mark and perform above duty...not below it.

'We can't put our finger on what is going wrong. We are playing all right, we've probably just not got that nasty streak in us to grind results out.'

Commenting on Blackburn's opening goal, Dunne said it did come at the worst time and we have to put an end to the last minute syndrome we've developed. It's not the first time a Villa squad has run into trouble in the dying minutes of a half or the game but even the players seem to realise it's gone beyond a joke now.

'It is disappointing, we just seem to be giving away freekicks at the moment and a lot of them are being punished.'

He is quick to add though that whilst there is an obvious room for improvement, even against Blackburn there are positives to be taken from the performance and the day despite the result - namely more assured performances from the younger lads.

'They have been great. They have done really well. It is always hard for young lads. I think the biggest thing for them is you don't always get the consistency and you have to expect that. They are not going to be brilliant in every game.'

Adding crucially:

'Us senior players have got to help them along.'

We have plenty of names left who aren't warming the injury bench, Dunne is right. We should not be seeing the newbies out perform them.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 22 2010

Time: 11:12AM

Your Comments

I could suggest one thing that's going wrong. On numerous occasions yesterday we left 2,3 even 4 Blackburn players completely unmarked in the box!
murph
What's going wrong is our injury crisis. We are playing young blood who are doing a decent job, but they're not completely ready. Add that to the fact our strikers can't and won't score or we don't have any, the reason we're in this mess is Martin Oneill for not signing anyone again.
leelindsay
Leelindsay. Perhaps Lerner closed the cheque book in the past two transfer windows
jake findlay
Lets hope the injuries start clearing soon - I notice Carew trotted out for the reserves today against olbion.......
victort
I don't understand this, 'It's all Martin O'Neill's fault' rubbish. O tempora, o mores. People have short memories. As I remember it we had three consecutive sixth place finishes under MON. We shall be lucky to make sixteenth this season. Wake up and see what's under your noses!
chocolate teapot
The idea that the kids aren't quite ready yet hardly stands up to analysis. They were ready agaist Man Utd, and they were ready against Blackpburn.Its the experienced defeders and Gabby as a striker, and Ireland as the big money buy that let us down. For Rio Coker, Sidwell, Petrov, Carew and even Petrov to come back could not improve on the youngters who have come in and done so well - and most of those just named would send us backwards. The biggest miss was Albrighton. We are the youth of today (even if I'm not). Up the Villa
stennyvilla
 

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