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McLeish - Unlucky & Abysmal

McLeish - Unlucky & Abysmal

Alex McLeish thinks we had a brilliant gameplan today, describes us as unlucky and then says we have abysmal home form.

I fear it may be one of these verdicts that forces me to comment, but I shall do my best to resist because the last thing most of you want after watching that pile of turgid dross is to relive the game too much.

Speaking to Sky Sports after that embarrassment Eck said...yes really...he said.

'I thought the game plan was excellent but the players were unlucky.'

Losing a game after actually attacking the opposition, riding roughshot over them for 89 minutes only to see them then nick a last minute goal is unlucky.

What fans suffered for 90 minutes today can in no way be described as the team being bleeding unlucky you Ecking idiot.

'We're getting a lot of luck at the moment but it's all bad. Richard has hurt his shoulder, today we played young Gardner in central midfield, we lost Ciaran Clark yesterday and he's going to be out for a few weeks with a knee ligament strain.'

What has that got to do with the performance, the game, the lack of pride, lack of effort, lack of determination to actually try and win on home soil. Dunne was injured in the 90th minute.

Is it unlucky Eck again picked Heskey over a natural winger. Gardner gave a decent account of himself today, but if we weren't creative enough (clue we couldn't have been less creative if we'd have tried camping out in our own half) why no Bannan, no Ireland...was it unlucky we only saw N'Zogbia for 21 odd minutes because Heskey was doing such a sterling job.

Jeez the pointless, inane, inaccurate after match mud slingings Eck involves himself in in order to avoid the obvious failings that he should be able to control are getting sodding tiresome.

It gets better though.

'I thought the guys gave us absolutely everything tonight, you can't fault them, their effort was brilliant and the Villa fans stayed right behind us for the entire game and I thought we were very unlucky not to get anything. We must stop the errors, that's been a problem, so if we can cut that out. You gave yourself a good account, that's the least you can ask for and I felt the players were unlucky in the final moments.'

Really...if that's giving everything McLeish promote the Academy side please. If you think that is a performance that is acceptable, irrespective of the opposition, then you are really in the wrong job.

I'm not sure what's worse, the excuses and the blind optimism of Eck after the game or the actual game. That's a tough one to call.

He ends with.

'Our home form is pretty abysmal.'

Possibly the only truthful words he uttered today. But again, he can't help but let himself down.

'I'm disappointed in that because I pride myself in my managerial career with home performances and the current one isn't good enough. Performance level was pretty decent but the discipline and work rate of the players was exemplary.'

I give up. I wish he would. It isn't going to be long before he loses the non-interneters, then there will be some real trouble.

On the official site version of his after match, he also picks out Carlos' miss and says the way Everton approached the game was our gameplan but unfortunately we didn't get stuck in at the other end.

Bit difficult to WHEN YOU DON'T ATTACK and don't bother bringing on attackings players until the end of the game!!!!

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday February 12 2012
Time: 8:21PM

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So what you saying mike, happy or not? ;0)
The fear
12/02/2012 20:26:00
heskey was not the man to be on the pitch today... we were a different prospect when soggy and ireland came on. wtf did they not start...
12/02/2012 20:33:00
It is so utterly soul-destroying to watch , and then to listen to Eck congratulating everyone (especially himself) on the game plan - if our game plan is to display an overwhelming lack of ambition to attack, have a go and entertain, then he's dead right. Continually selecting Heskey head of the likes of N'Zogbia, Ireland or Bannan defies belief, and turning Villa into an entertainment-free zone makes my blood run cold. Haven't got a great deal of time for Gary Neville, but he was bang-on in commentary. We have some really good players, shame they aren't being allowed to play. 36% possession AT HOME???!!! Unreal
12/02/2012 20:46:00
What the hell was Martin Tyler doing criticising the Villa fans for for "not giving him a chance" I think you have given him a chance, i'm suprised at how little you actually care about his brum past. Yet when you criticise him for playing Heskey or signing Alan Hutton you get lumped with "Its because of his Brum past, he was never going to be given a chance" Gary Neville today said that Eck had done "Nothing Wrong" since taking charge. What's wrong with these people. I feel sorry for you because you're gettin sold down the river, and when you dare criticize the most negative football manager in the top flight you are just being "fickle". If i were a Blackburn fan i'd be protesting against Venky's but i'd support Steve Kean because he's not the problem. At Villa it's the reverse, your manager is a joke and for your sake i hope you force him out.
12/02/2012 20:58:00
Thanks Hudders :) Glad to see its not just us thinking we got stuck with a muppet...
12/02/2012 21:15:00
Its just the commentators & press do my head in. You're gonna be labeled with this "never given him a chance" bs until he finally goes probably this time next year. Its totally unfair, i'd be disgusted at his appointment and i have no bad feelings towards Brum. He deserved a chance yes but were 2 thirds into the season and you still have N'Zogbia and Ireland on the bench and Heskey in midfield. What do they expect you to do, get Heskey's name on the back of your shirt? Tattoo his face on your buttocks? Jesus H Christ
12/02/2012 21:48:00
He's had 24 games and the bulk of those has played 4-5-1, even at home even against swansea! I hate to say it, but the bluenoses were right about him! He's the most defensive manager I've ever seen! Hence the amount of draws!!
12/02/2012 22:03:00
Absolute useless ******** ginger bollockless **** faced mother ******** ********* T W A T. Sack the **** now you spineless git lerner.
12/02/2012 22:39:00
I just threw up all over my lap top..........
12/02/2012 23:13:00
Some comments from the commentators in the first half... * "Heskey on the right side of midfield, that's a strange choice by McLeish" * "Another ball to nothing" * "That's pretty much to first time Villa have gotten over half way and we are 20mins in" * "Another lost header by Heskey" * "If I were a midfielder and saw Heskey start in front of me I'd have to take a serious look at myself" * "It seems Dunne and Collins are happy to sit on the edge of their 18 yard box" * "At this rate Keane probably can't wait to get back to LA" * "Premier league low of just 2 goals scored from set pieces" * "Robbie Keane and Darren Bent, all they are doing is chasing bodies back" * "Villa are playing like the nervous away team" I agree with every word and that's just a few, I could go on and on and on and on. And Mr Eck thinks we did well with a good game plan???? Deluded anyone??? Now we are a shade off a relegation battle. FFS Eck OUT!!!!!!!!!
12/02/2012 23:25:00
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