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Villa 1 Marseille 2 - NextGen Disappointment

Villa battled admirably against the 13 individuals seemingly representing Marseille tonight.

Unfortunately we paid the price for not converting our own chances during the game, but with a referee who gave Marseille every dive and doubt and the less said about the lineswoman and her offside decisions is probably for the best. The battle was more uphill than we could manage.

The lads should be very proud of themselves tonight. It's been years since I've seen such incompetent officiating, yet they still put in a grand performance, for large parts of the game ran Marseille ragged only failing in not scoring more and they battled for every ball and went until the final minute.

They should be proud.

Villa:

Barrett, Lewis, Webb, Williams, Kinsella (Caira 25), Carruthers (Graham 82), Gardner, Johnson, Cameron, Burke (Grealish 61), Drennan.

Subs:

Melvin, Watkins, Nelson-Addy, Robinson.

Bookings:
Drennan, Johnson

Goals:
Gardner (90)

Marseille:

Sy, Abergel, Andonian, Aloe, Charles, Azouni, Abdullah (Kouch ET), Gadi, Omrani (Bonelli ET), Loiacono, Pommier (Santiago ET).

Subs:

Cesarini, Enukidze, Fabri, Anam.

Bookings:
Andonian

Goals:
Gadi (36), Omrani (101)

Att: 3500-4000 estimated.

Officials - hold your heads in shame.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 25 2012

Time: 10:40PM

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mike_field
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25/01/2012 22:47:00

Just as well Andy Gray wasn't commentating tonight. He would have lost another job.
M5villa
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25/01/2012 22:50:00

Great performance lads. If only we'd taken all our chances. Marseille are a very tall side in comparison and this made the job very difficult. Also, the opposition were falling like nine pins in extra time, anything to disrupt play when Villa had got the ball. You were all a credit to our club.
M5villa
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25/01/2012 22:55:00

foreign officials make me sick !!
marshyboy87
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25/01/2012 23:06:00

We didn't play anywhere as near as well as the earlier rounds, but Marseille were a very big side and closed us down very well. In patches we still played some very good stuff but missed far too many gilt edged chances. I thought our players were definitely more skillful but the French were very well organised. A shame they let themselves down with the blatant cheating in extra time.
krfeskivilla
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25/01/2012 23:08:00

Disappointed. But proud. We do still have A Bright Future! UTV!
Adam Deuce
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25/01/2012 23:09:00

I have not seen as bad a performance by a team of match officials in a long time. It is many a year that I have been this annoyed by such incompetence. Well done lads you did us proud.
Dominic22
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26/01/2012 00:06:00

Disappointed but proud of the Young Lions. It's always difficult when there is only eleven of you against what was seemingly thirteen. Well done though lads. UTV.
Pride of Lions
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26/01/2012 00:15:00

You don't name the officials. Presume they were Merkel, Sarkozy and Lagarde!!
Winsforvilla
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26/01/2012 01:26:00

We really should have put our chances away but great effort and a good turnout by the fans. Worst officials i have ever seen at any level of football including the under 11's i see every week.
V111A DR
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26/01/2012 07:51:00

What was a perfectly good match was completely ruined by blatant cheating by Marseille and by disgraceful officials who completely lost the plot. Villa showed excellent attacking in the first half but second half were lacking a little. DJ missed an absolute sitter too which was a shame. Marseille were a quality side and did not need to dive on the floor in agony whenever a Villa attack was coming in the 2nd half of extra time, only to get up and run on. Cheats do clearly prosper, especially when the ref has no control. Disgusting behavior. (Sorry to anyone sat near me last night for the swearing towards the end apart from the cheese eating surrender monkey bit)
Fenrison
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26/01/2012 08:24:00

Corrupt officials. You just know it will come out in a decade or two.
Trl
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26/01/2012 09:10:00

Bet platini was behind it
fulford
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26/01/2012 12:51:00

The lads were robbed.
Green Villan
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26/01/2012 14:17:00

absolutely robbed, big shame but they accounted for themselves well against a pretty classless opponent
JWiLs2315
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26/01/2012 14:24:00

 

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