Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday February 2 2012
Alex McLeish spoke to Paul Brown at www.avfc.co.uk after the 2-2 against QPR.
Doesn`t matter what he says really, he will get slated, but I don`t think it was him not giving us the penalties for blatant hand balls. Most of the first half was woeful as anyway there will attest, but at least the lads fought back and gave us something to get behind in the second half. If only Villa could realise that if they played the full 90mins every game, we might just win a game every now and then.
McLeish said: 'I just couldn't believe the first half performance. The goals were a joke. It was a pedestrian performance. Although we probably had more of the ball, we never penetrated. There was no running off the ball, no imagination, no creation."
Adding that our goal just before half time gave helped. Must admit, I think if we`d gone in 2-0 down it would have been game over. They looked bereft of confidence. Quite why is anyone's guess, the players should have a bit more respect for themselves, it was QPR we were facing, not Real Madrid (no disrespect at all meant to QPR)
'We spoke at half-time and we told them that wearing the Villa jersey it has to be a much quicker tempo, especially in front of the home fans. They responded, credit to them for their recovery."
He says the players can`t keep turning on and off and that they should be playing a more dynamic style. Now if he is telling them this (and I sit by the bench, I know he is) then why aren`t they listening? If I was trying to defend McLeish I`d point out that he wasn`t able to move any of the top earners out of Villa in order to bring in his own targets this Jan. My argument falls down slightly if someone was to then bring up Hutton!
McLeish admits if they played like they did the whole game, they could have won.
This isn`t just a McLeish problem, the tendancy for Villa to play just one half well and the other half in a half arsed nature has gone back a good few years. Not sure what the answer is, well, I am but it involves clearing out the back four and a few others from the Club and to be fair, I don`t think anyone particularly wants them.
Bit of a catch 22 then!
He also points out there were 10 international players on the pitch, they really have no excuse at all for the first half do they? He says the players are too inconsistent and they have to do something about it.
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Date:Thursday February 2 2012
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