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McLeish Sets New Premiership Record For Villa

Well, the pundits tore us apart today through the game v Manchester City. It was sad to hear, especially when what they were saying was hard to disagree with.

The stats for this game aren't pretty (see match stats on the home page) but nor is this new record.

No win in seven games at home, UPDATED via the Villa historian Lergy:

In fact, the 7 games without win at home is the worst record *ever* in the top flight! Though Turner managed 7 in 1985-86, McLeish's record including 5 defeats is the worst on record - Turner's run included just 4 defeats.

Just how important are our next four games?

After that we face the big boys, but before we have
Wigan away, Blackburn away, Fulham at home and Bolton at home.

(Arsenal), Chelsea, (Liverpool), Stoke and then (Man Utd) follow. (Away games) and no, I'm not calling Stoke one of the big boys, they are just sandwiched between the two games!

Got to get at least 9 points out of the next 12 surely?

Sadly Eck's post match interview has done nothing to ingratiate himself with the fans either. I don't think today we could count ourselves as unlucky. As Chris Coleman said, Man City didn't get out of third or fourth gear.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 12 2012

Time: 6:58PM

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Exactly Mr. Fear. Fair play to Gary Neville and then Dwight Yorke (a self confessed still a fan of ours) for calling it how it is. Martin Tyler seemed to be having a go at the fans at the start of the game and suggested that Eck would turn things around and win us over but the Ex-footballers could see what was going on. Ashamed to be a Villa fan.
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12/02/2012 19:13:00

What did he say in the post-match interview? I didn't even bother watching.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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12/02/2012 19:24:00

said unlucky etc Stephen. Was a bit poor to be honest. Mikey will do a summary later hopefully.
The Fear
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12/02/2012 19:30:00

He said that it was an Excellent game plan (LOL) and that apart from 1 horrendous error we would've drawn and possibly won (or something along those lines) basically blaming Collins (I assume) for leaving Lescott but disregarding our boring lack of wanting to leave our half and hoof everything clear at the first opportunity.
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12/02/2012 19:32:00

Hope RL isn't turning in to Gillette & Hicks. Feels like he's bored with his not so new toy. What is he getting out of being the owner of Villa? You could see Doug Ellis feeding his ego out of owning a football club.
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12/02/2012 19:38:00

Unlucky?? Excellent game plan?? He's not just a incompetent manager then, he's also a crazy delusional nutjob. Was the gameplan the same one as against Man Utd and Spurs? The one that didn't, and never does, work? We've all had enough and can't seem to do anything about it. It's like being stuck in an abusive relationship.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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12/02/2012 19:42:00

McLeish for England anyone??
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12/02/2012 19:45:00

I don't know what I'm more annoyed about, the game or that interview. He really as lost the plot (if he ever had it). It's not going to be fun from here to the end of the season boys.
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12/02/2012 19:54:00

Mcleish for anywhere!!! Is truly scary if he thinks defending for ninety minutes is a good game plan. We could buy big name exciting players in the summer ad is being touted in the press today but what is the point if they sit back like that! Every player is scared to attack or show a bit of ambition. At one point today we had the ball in Man cities half for 7%. Never seen attacking possession so low. Is just not good enough and we deserve much better than the current dross.
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12/02/2012 20:03:00

graham taylor breathes a huge sigh of relief after mcleish smashes aston villa's worst home run since 1987 !!!!!
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12/02/2012 20:19:00

City were below par today....If we had attacked we would have won...Eck didn't see it though....RL...admit your mistake and bin him...
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12/02/2012 20:29:00

Even a most basic fan of the premier league can see that Swansea and Norwich have done well because they did not try and sit back against the big teams - so WHY are we doing it. Man City must have loved it, with their skill sooner or later they will get one. All we could hope for was a 0-0... so cheers for that AM! I'm also amazed 35,000 paid to go and watch that. A disgrace.
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12/02/2012 20:49:00

It really is quite distressing that we have arguably the best striker in the league after van Persie, yet never give him the effing ball!! Seeing DB coming to collect in his own half is outrageous. No wonder we haven't won at home for donkey's.....Shameful.
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12/02/2012 20:49:00

Let's hear it for McLeish. Ok, I'll say it - "Get the **** out of our club right now". The man has no clue. HE HAS TO GO.
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12/02/2012 20:59:00

He has got 1 thing right this season and thats to drop warnock, Cuellar was brill today but it still took him 7 months to figure that out, the man is deluded if he thinks his tatics were exceptional, Im wondering where all then ECK defenders are now? there is no way anybody can defend that crap, and saying man C never got out of 3rd or 4th gear HA! they never got out of 1st, if we had actually TRIED then Man C might have been there for the taking, if we would have lost 5-1 it would at least have been mire exciting than that crap we produced today!
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12/02/2012 21:48:00

He's also set the record for the worse vibe at Villa park in history. Randy your a joke for even considering putting Eck in charge, at least admit your mistake and get rid of him before we slide into a relegation battle.
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12/02/2012 23:11:00

Perhaps more may bother to turn up for the protest at the next home match after that!!!!
Pride of Lions
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13/02/2012 00:44:00

i am npt an eck fan but I think he got the tactica right today..INDENTICAL tactics that Hodgson and MON used...but we conceded/// Get real//
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13/02/2012 01:20:00

must admit I have never really understood this notion of 'gears' in a teams playing during a match. We played poorly, Man City were average hence the scoreline. When anyone play's a match, professionally or otherwise there are no gears, If you ask the players of any opposition in the premiership 'was it easy?' they would reply, without doubt as the margins are so fine, there is no easy match in the premier league.... . If people truly believe that this is one of the 'worst' performances then I would cast your minds back to the nervy approach to the 'big' teams under MON in his first season.
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13/02/2012 05:25:00

How did the protests go, was it a bit of a shambles as I have heard nothing about it? I did cringe watching Eck applauding the fans before the game, GET OUT OF OUR FOOTBALL CLUB!
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13/02/2012 08:23:00

In fact, the 7 games without win at home is the worst record *ever* in the top flight! Though Turner managed 7 in 1985-86, McLeish's record including 5 defeats is the worst on record - Turner's run included just 4 defeats.
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13/02/2012 08:41:00

Even now, after the latest shambles of a performance he pig-headedly (looks a bit piggy actually when you think about it) refuses to accept his own failings, and thinks his tactics were exceptional. Those of you saying he got the tactics spot on, go and take a look at how swansea played against Arsenal at home. They showed them no respect, attacked, and won. I'd rather lose 3-1, 4-1, even 5-0 knowing that we'd thrown bodies forward, and attacked, commited in numbers and actually GAVE IT A GO!
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13/02/2012 09:06:00

well said thorpyuk the tatics were stupid, if you sit back that deep for 90 mins and give 65% of possesion to any team never mind Man C they WILL ALWAYS SCORE!!! Look what everton did to them at home thats how to play a top team, if ECK was even a half decent manager he could have just watched that game to steal those tatics seeming he is obviously too stupid to come up with any himself!
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13/02/2012 14:25:00

Will update Lergy. So was 85/86, right, cheers!
The Fear
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13/02/2012 19:26:00

KerryVillian - he did actually watch the Everton/City game and studied how they went about beating them, the commentator mentioned it during the game. Although despite watching it, he quite clearly learnt nothing from it!
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