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We Let Ourselves Down

We let ourselves down, we shot ourselves in the foot - good cliches aren't they.

Speaking to the Official Site after that total embarrassment McLeish said.

'It was unbelievable, frightening. After such a good performance the confidence and morale was really high and we went and shot ourselves in the foot. It was so disappointing to see us take three positive steps forward and then to take steps back.'

So we can expect changes for the next game then, picking a team based on merit, and not sticking with players who continually let us down...not likely is it?

Afterall, following the talk of possibly resting players, he rotated sensibly for this one didn't he. Given the effort and the application shown today shall we go with the theory the players were tired as opposed to celebrated the Chelsea win too much?

'I did contemplate changes, but we don't have too many options to change the team. I really did feel the morale and feel good factor would be enough to get through. I don't think it was a mistake. Making the errors we did was the problem for us.'

All that said, even Jack Grealish is defending McLeish, saying it's time the players took some responsibility. Been waiting for that all season so far, McLeish surely can't be still waiting for that to happen from the serial disappointments in the first team.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday January 2 2012
Time: 7:14PM


Villian of the north im sorry but your deluded if you think ECK can ever bring accepable football to villa park, the man probably can't even spell football, and how can fans say the players aren't good enough? fair enough there are SOME players who are not good enough but at the end of the day its down to the manager to drop them, improve them, and make the team play well, look at swansea how many of them would any Villa fan have wanted last year? none gaurenteed! but they have a manager who knows how to play football, there is no way anybody could say that swansea have a better team than us but what they do have is a football philosphy that works and that all top teams try to play, and yes it is Randy's fault for hiring a guy that we all knew was never going to be good enough but it was a chance for ECK, he had the chance to up his game, to prove he could manage at the top level and not just be a man that gets teams relagated, sadly he couldn't do this, I don't see him being sacked this year so we need to get behind the team and hope that we won't get relagated that would be a success, well for ECK at least.
03/01/2012 13:47:00
Agreed Pride of Lions. His decisions make no sense at all. It is as if he looks at the game totally differently to anyone else...
03/01/2012 12:03:00
OK so it's all the players' fault, underperforming, not following instructions, poor attitude, etc. Fine but then we should still have players in our squad capable of matching Swansea.

We all (or at least most of us) criticised MON for freezing players out, well in this case I would support certain players being frozen out even if they are the best on their possition as their attitude is having a negative effect on the whole squad, not just their own performance (as if that alone was not bad enough)

McLeish needs to single out those that he doesn't want to use and either ship them out or if that's not an option, bannish them to the reserves until they can show an improvement in attitude and commitment. He may then be able to bring in some players of his own too. The remaining players should be those that he can work with, guide and motivate.

If he then fails to win but gets them playing acceptable football then he's done all we can reasonably ask of a manager, the team will be playing to the potential of teh talent available, if he failes to get them playing "his way" then the problem is most definately with the manager not the players.
villan of the north
03/01/2012 10:43:00
AMc found a winning team and formation at Chelsea through injuries and suspension. He decided to change it. The buck stops there.......
03/01/2012 08:04:00
Spot on ByEck. We're playing too deep at home and why the hell does he play Bent, then drop Albrighton? Where is Bent gonna get a chance with no-one whipping over a decent ball???? The Idiot is beyond belief!!!!!!!
Pride of Lions
03/01/2012 01:21:00
look at rodgers sitting in front of that villa background. It just suits him. Wouldn`t mind him bringing that passing game to villa park. Eck just looks a mess in an ill fitting suit.
03/01/2012 00:15:00
What an absolute shambles of a performance. We were woeful. Completely outplayed. How just a mere forty eight hours after rolling Chelsea over on their own patch, can we serve up such an abject offering? It was Swansea City, a club without an away win to date this campaign, a team full of players whose names you dont even know, whose faces are unknown, yet they turn up at B6, with drive, determination, and application, and let it be said, with no shortage in the skill department, and make us look like a collection of dead-beats. After journeying back from Stamford Bridge on cloud nine, tonight I feel thoroughly dejected and totally deflated. Wouldn't mind that Dyer operating wide right for us. Trouble is, why in the real world would he ever think of leaving the Liberty Stadium for a club going backwards at an alarming rate? We can blame McLeish all we like, he's the easy and most visible target, but he's not the only worrying problem at Brummagem B6.
02/01/2012 21:00:00
ljw - Ireland was the only one on the pitch who actually looked like he wanted the ball. Why is he the only ****ing player in our side who moves at throw ins? Swansea were great today but only because we let them play. Their only threats were ever going to be dyer and routledge but we chose to leave Warnock isolated against Dyer all game. They like to pass it out from the back (they play the same every week) but we were set up to drop off into our own half rather than press high up the pitch. We isolated Gabby wide right and played Nzogbia despite it being obvious after 15 mins that he hadn't got the bottle for the game and was looking to pass the buck every time the ball went near him (he looks like Downing in his first season). Mcleish needs to go and go now!
02/01/2012 20:53:00
Mcleish is just the scape goat and the panto villan folks, while Randolph has turned the tap off at Villa and we sell anything that is wanted by the top 4 Mcleish has to make do with this weak and ***** squad of players, blame Mcleish ok i didn't want him but this is why no top manager would even flutter an eye lid at Villa in the summer no money no ambitions, wages being slashed even afet we sell 2 60k a week players and release 12 others in the summer? don't be fooled we are being run down by this inept clueless board who appointed Mcleish to take the flack as they are no longer building anything at Villa just mediocrity at best get used to it until Randolph sell!
02/01/2012 20:52:00
how was ireland?
02/01/2012 20:41:00
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