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Alex McLeish Post QPR Match Reaction

Alex McLeish spoke to Paul Brown at 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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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday February 2 2012
Time: 10:30AM


"The goals were a joke"????? Well you should know Idiot, you're the biggest joke mate!!!!!
Pride of Lions
02/02/2012 11:04:00
Well that was fun last night. the first half was a disgrace. I unfurled a banner in support of the club saying'Get the F'eck out of Villa'. It is my opinion that he is destroying the club and it is a sign of good support to challenge his role at the club. However the Support Prevention Officers (stewards), with Police back up told me that if I displayed it again it would be confiscated and I would be ejected from the ground. I asked on what grounds and was told that the club will not tolerate freedom of expression in the ground. Well that has set the challenge. It will be displayed again at the next game except it will be my daughter displaying it. Let me see them arrest a child. In the meantime I am going up to Villa Park and am going to hang the banner from the gates outside the Trinity Road. I will get it photographed and sent in to the Birmingham Mail with the story on the clubs approach to supporters. Not sure if the paper will do anything with it, but it will make me feel better. I will also be handing 1000 A4 sheets simply saying 'ECK OUT'. These will be offered to people on the roads leading up to the ground with instructions for people to show them as McLeish walks to the dug out. I gave vocal support for the players last night. I never booed Warnock. My support is for the the club. McLeish will not get that support. Get the F'eck out Villa. Up the Villa.
02/02/2012 11:22:00
Just to clarify, it will be my daughter displaying the banner and me handing out the leaflets at our next home game against ManCiteh. Good news is that this game is also on TV. Villa for life. Eck for the dole!!!
02/02/2012 11:27:00
Misplaced passion voice.
02/02/2012 11:57:00
All about opinions yorkie
02/02/2012 12:04:00
Each to their own, but I wouldn't put my kids in that position, even if they totally agreed with it. If she gets chucked out, is that the stewards' fault, or your voice?
02/02/2012 12:40:00
VOTH, I have agreed with you on may things, but not this. I don't care where the manager comes from, could be a martian for all I care. What I care about is the job he does. And that job is influenced by others and not just the manager himself. We have lost 7+ first team players last Summer. A former ejit spent all the cash and bought too many old and very over priced 'stars' who still remain. The job facing any manager this season was a mammoth one. OK McLeish has made some mistakes - look around you has Villas Boas who many dreamed may come to us been any better? I for one am glad they took the banner off you last night. Its time for solidarity from the supporters not discord. I'd rather look at the second half last night, the kids sitting on the bench and the other psoitives and believe that we stick together then the club will progress.
02/02/2012 12:41:00
May not agree with banners but I do think the Villa stewards these days act more like the gestapo than guys representing the club. VOTH should not be threatened with ejection even if they do have the right to tell him to take the banner down.Almost as bad as earlier in the season seeing a fan being told to "quiten down" by one (he was cheering his team on yeh he was loud so what ?). They would do a better job telling the boo boys to shut up and support the players on the pitch as VOTH does.
02/02/2012 13:07:00
Gordon, while I agree we need to get behind the team and there are some possitives within the club I still believe fans should be trying to get ECK out anyway they can, becuase if we settle for him then next season will be exactly like this and possibly worse as ECK has shown at other clubs the longer he is there the worse they get, I find it ridiculous that a steward will kick a fan out for trying to espess their opinion whatecver happened to freedom of speech?? surely VOTH you could refuse to leave as what they are doing is an infrignment of your basic rights as a human being who pays his taxes and pays to support the Villa, I don't really care where we finsih this season as long as we don't get relagated and as long as we have a new manager next year I have no respect for ECK and it looks like most the players don't either.
02/02/2012 14:16:00
A lot went wrong since they stopped using fans as stewards and started using companies from across the W Mids, many of whom are noses, boingies, etc. That said, they're doing what the club wants, ie basically trying to turn the fans into automatons. And don't think a standing area will help either - we'll still be monitored like schoolkids. For the record I no longer think AMc is the answer (pity, still don't dislike him as a bloke), but will try and be positive on match days, whatever crap I'm served up. Negativity might drive our bunch of nervous wrecks to play even worse!
02/02/2012 14:16:00
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