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Hou's Being Honest - The Verdict

Hou's Being Honest - The Verdict

A desperately disappointed Gerard Houllier has admitted Villa are in a relegation battle but has vowed that his New Year's Resolution is to get us back on track.

Speaking on the Official Site following our abject 4-0 loss to the Billionaires Houllier didn't exactly look for excuses although he did rightly point out that even though our mental injury situation is righting itself, some of the players aren't match fit or sharp yet and it will take a little bit of time.

'We have to bring the confidence back to the team, but you have to take into account that some players were playing their first games for almost three months. We have to get them back to normal match fitness.'

Of course that opens up the question of why players are being pushed back so quickly, and yes you could say for their experience and to give the young lads a break but it's just as easy to then show from today that Reo and Petrov were absolutely no improvement on Hogg or Clark, many would say our midfield was weaker infact.

The biggest question of the day though, as often skirted around previously, is the question of a relegation battle as addressed yesterday by Marc Albrighton.

Now to be honest given how close the table still is I'm not panicking as there is plenty of time for us to turn this around, but plenty are getting worried and it's impossible to not see where they are coming from.

When asked the question, Houllier said:

'We are definitely. We were before the game and we knew we would have a difficult run of games over Christmas. We are very near so we're in that fight. We need to turn the corner.'

The problem we have is just yet games, at least on paper, don't get any easier. We have Chelsea up next and to be honest most of us are probably looking forward to that one even less than the battering we expected to take today.

So I'm going to ignore the brief Chelsea comments and the Chelsea game until I absolutely have to address it.

For the game today, Houllier concedes we were well beaten and even with my tinted specs on considering the first penalty was softer than warm ice cream, the second goal didn't cross the line and the third was offside, I can't really argue we were cheated because we didn't deserve anything from the game.

Not much else to say really is there.

Oh and for those asking about John Carew, in the after match interview Houllier's quoted by Sky as saying:

'John would have been in the squad but he came to me and told me he was not fit enough. We gave the players two days off after the Wigan game, he went to Norway and got stuck. I have to accept the explanation, there was snow everywhere.'

So there you go he missed a couple of days training and couldn't play. Quite how getting stuck in snow would affect your fitness in itself though I don't know, because surely missing a few days training with home gyms and so on, would mean he was actually fresher than everybody else.

Probably best to accept the explanation isn't it.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday December 28 2010
Time: 7:55PM


Nothing like talking about relegation to give the players some confidence back. The man's a genius on so many levels..
28/12/2010 20:10:00
Solution is simple. Get rid of the old brigade and the wingers - Ireland, Carew, Dunne, Warnock, Rio, Davies...bring in some hungry talent and build a side around Delph, Albrighton, Clark, Gabby and Ash.
28/12/2010 20:14:00
^ The exact same players (with one exception) who finished 6th last season and got to Wembley twice? The problem isn't the players; who out of the Blackpool side would get into ours, and look where they are compared to us
28/12/2010 20:22:00
today was poor but im still not concerned about relegation, were in trouble no doubt but we will be ok this season was always gonna be a transitional one obviously no one had foreseen it being quite this bad but there is plenty of points to play for, we obvously need a kick start and to get rid of a few uninterested players and get some quality in but i think houlier has the connections and ability to do just that and get us out of it. we over achieved under oneil playing on the back foot and hitting teams on the break all the time and the majority of fans were unhappy that we wernt playing decent footy, houlier will bring that to us but were trying to do it with a counter atacking side so we need a few of his choice players in to make it work, and it will. UTV
28/12/2010 20:41:00
The honest thing to do would be admit the task is much bigger than you thought and bugger off
28/12/2010 20:43:00
And as for carew that is just crap and sums the guy up for me hes gota go shame cos he can be so good but i havent seen it for a long time, fresh quality is evidently needed
28/12/2010 20:45:00
Lol SchoolBoyError. Very true Mike, the first 3 goals were all dubious but we didn't deserve a point even. All the players were resigned to this before they started and even the commentators are against Villa these days. Everything is going downhill. Randy doesn't know enough to realise when he's being bull****ted so he hasn't got the balls to get rid. As for Faulkner?? Who is he, what is his purpose, and how come he knows better than everyone else?? Randy is becoming as stubborn as MON was in that he won't admit that he F**KED up by employing an aging hasbeen. Nice guy doesn't win you any games. One more point, Bannan is way out of his depth, literally. Mon was right in that he's too short. He can't hold other players off and always goes for the hollywood pass ( which in Houllier's tactics is one of many before we get into the opposition's half,)therefore he's twice as likely to give possession away with one of his floated 40 yarders. Delph is soooo much better.
28/12/2010 20:47:00
Clarkamus, I admire your faith but it's consistently blind. You'll be singing for a new manager along with the majority soon.
28/12/2010 20:51:00
Vilan444 - I think you're being a little too hasty on Banan. I'm a spurs fan and the same thing was said about Modric and Fabregas once upon a time. The trouble is inexperience in knowing how to use your body and when to go for the 'hollywood' pass. He's probably not quite ready and would probably benefit from being loaned out to develop although with your injuries that's a luxury you unfortunately can't really afford
28/12/2010 21:03:00
1st pen was crap defending, the second one definately crossed the line but can't say about the last pen 'cos it was too far away givent the crap angle of the stand. I have no idea what GH is trying to do and clearly neither do the players, we need to get in big Sam and revert to same crap long ball tactics that MON used as its the only level of tactics that this bunch of over paid useless muppets can cope with. If we manage to survive we should get rid of the lot of the tossers and get some players with the intelligence to understand more than hoof and chase.
28/12/2010 21:04:00
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