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We Were Poor - The Verdict

We Were Poor - The Verdict

Gerard Houllier has admitted we simply weren't good enough today, and frankly didn't turn up for the first half at all.

Speaking on the Official Site after the 4-2 defeat at the hands of 'the other Frenchman' Houllier wasn't too happy at all, even though he was far more impressed by our second half showing.

'We were beaten by the better team. We totally missed the first half, we never seemed to get started. In fact when we were getting a bit more settled and started after half an hour, we conceded.'

Not for the first time with the Villa we are left discussing a game of two halves, as Gerard's words on the second half are far more upbeat.

'We came back in the second half, we were a different team. We had more energy, more positive thinking, we took more risks and we were more daring. We wanted to achieve something.'

He adds that Arsenal's 3rd goal was the killer and if we could've just held on for longer and carried on playing our game without going further behind, he believes the match would've had a different outcome.

'Once we scored the first goal, it's just a shame we couldn't live a bit longer for the next 10 minutes. They scored a third goal and that to me was the pivotal moment of the game. If we could've lived for another 10 minutes because after what happened to them last week, they would have been a bit shaky and it would have rattled them.'

He ends by saying that all excuses aside, all injuries aside it's simply not worth using them as we were beaten by the better team but there is plenty we can learn from owing to the lack of a first half performance and he wants the team to never let that happen again.

'To be fair, we have to be honest, we were beaten by a team that were better than us. Simple as that. We are struggling in terms of personnel but when it's like that you need to stick together and get on with it.'

Onwards and upwards, a disappointing result for sure as no doubt many of us would've taken the draw before the match.

It's getting difficult to look for the positives in these results, but Clarkie stands out for one and hopefully Collins' calf will be ok for Blues, but a touch more match fitness for Pires and Carew will stand us in good stead as the season progresses and others start returning from injury.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday November 27 2010
Time: 7:14PM


To recognise we were poor is one thing. To understand some of the reasons why we were poor is crucial if we are to get better. Houllier must stop making the same silly mistakes, or we will continue to be poor.
27/11/2010 22:45:00
You guys always play well against us.. and not play well against all the other title hopefuls! Bad villa.. :(
28/11/2010 06:23:00
.....4) drop Carew - I would sell him for £100k in January! Lazy, disinterested and crap! Like playing with 10men. Sooner he goes the better!
28/11/2010 14:22:00
I'm a bit surprised by all the praise for Clarkie. Respect to him for the two well taken goals but I have to say I think he got torn a new one in the midfield role. With him and Bannan in the centre, Arsenal were running straight through us all day long. No disrespect to either of them as I rate them both very very highly and am excited by what they have to offer Villa over future games, but today they were totally out of the running and it showed.
28/11/2010 22:21:00
This is a mass learning curve for the kids of villa we needed more heart in the first half, if we play like we did in the 2nd half all the time we would be winning more games, We need to put a stop to all silly defending errors and be more posotive going forward. We didnt look like the villa i saw agaist west ham, Confident, Smooth, Energised, the will to die for one another. Looking forward we will scrub this match off and the smash the blues then the pool as they are doing crap an all then do the baggies over, job done then after xmas we can get 3 pts against spurs as finally van der varrt is injured and get a couple of players int e window.
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29/11/2010 17:38:00
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