Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday January 30 2012
Not really in the mood for this to be honest, not after our capitulation yesterday, but hey, we like to complete the coverage on Vital so here goes.
Must admit, the only words I`d really like to hear from this manager is 'it`s been a mistake, I`m off` but hey, Carlsberg don`t make Alex McLeish quotes...!
On the game he said they knew at half time it wasn`t over adding,
'I congratulated them on the first half but said 'I want to be congratulating you at full-time'. I thought they were international class in the first half."
Were we? I loved the fact we went 2-0 up, of course I did, you have to play counter attacking football v Arsenal as they will always out pass you BUT ... we got our goals against the run of play. Not sure that makes us 'international class`.
He goes on: 'Maybe Arsenal scored too soon in the second half? We had good possession on the right side, we gave it away and all of a sudden it's a penalty. It gave them a huge lift, no doubt about that. We looked a bit leggy at that time. "
He also says that he felt we could also have equalised at any time and once again manages to single out a player for criticism blaming Stiliyan Petrov`s missed chance.
'Stan had a great chance and we could have taken them back for a replay, but it wasn't to be. But we have to learn from that and try and attain that winning mentality.
He also blathers on about the second penalty being 'harsh`. Sorry, it was a pen. Just face facts, take some responsibility and stop looking for excuses.
You can see the full interview: www.avfc.co.uk
He ends, 'I can't fault the players, the first half was blinding. It's a shame about the second half." And he thanked the fans for their 'phenomenal support`.
Yup, the great claret and blue army, once again, let down.
A Millwall fan friend of mine was at the game said she was really impressed with the Villa support, said we sang from start to finish and showed real pride in our team. Oh and how plastic the Arsenal lot were and how funny she found it when (because we never stopped singing and they didn`t start until they had scored a second) they sang 'sing when your winning, you only sing when your winning`. And for those who say Villa fans are fickle, did you hear the Arsenal fans boo their team off at half time?!?!
Official site match report (get well soon Glensider, we miss your away reports! Oh, and you obviously!) www.avfc.co.uk
McLeish and Bent on AVTV: Click Here
Sorry this article is a bit disjointed, I think I`m taking a leaf out of the Villa`s book to be fair. ;o)
Date:Monday January 30 2012
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