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Gary Gardner Calls On The 12th Man

Well, people have been waiting for Gary Gardner to burst onto the scene and this season, he has done so.

Now he is asking for the fans to do what they do best, be the 12th man and stick with the team.

Must say, it would be lovely. As one of many who did 12th man campaigns last season, I`m not sure I have the energy this year and also, with the amount of anger around, I`m not looking to take any more flack! Plus, I do believe the players also owe the crowd a spark as well. Look how the fans reacted when the players woke up v QPR.

But it is a two way street and the players DO feel the atmosphere and it DOES make a difference. It filtered back to me and Grant last season (we tried to get the bells are ringing back... there were others doing stuff as well) the players felt relieved as before they felt every time they ran out on the pitch everyone hated them.

Yes, they are on good money, of course that helps. But at the end of the day, half of the team are just 'kids` and the others are (mostly?!?!) humans who do get affected by the boos, groans and the abuse some shout their way.

Surely boos, if needed at all, could wait until the end of the game? Not sure of the point of going down to support Villa if you don`t support them?

You support the team, you support AVFC, not the manager don`t you?!

Gardner told The Express & Star

"There`s disappointment obviously but our message is 'stick with us`. If they can stay with us, that will help. We`d be nothing without the fans and we want them right behind us."

He also says if the fans stay behind the team, they will look to repay us and bring the success we all want.

"It`s only a matter of time before we get back on track. If we keep showing that togetherness, we will be fine. A lot of the fans are worried about us getting sucked down but we`re confident that won`t happen."

Ok, so some of you will top listening with this line I guess!!!!!!! Not my fault, so don`t shoot the messenger!

"We have a class manager, class staff and class players. I know it`s frustrating when we lose games but we need to come through it together - all as one. I`m confident we will bounce back now."

Next four games are totally pivotal, we can`t not pick up points v Wigan, Blackburn (both away) as well as home games v Fulham and Bolton. Maybe we try to stay awake during the games and cheer for just those four, then fine, if all is still not well, the calls for the managers head will be the most important thing to focus on I guess!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 16 2012

Time: 3:35PM

Your Comments

I've just reviewed our fixtures (again) and am struggling to find the 12 points minimum that we are supposed to neeed for safety. We can only hope that 3 teams below us do worse than we do. And of course that 21th man will surely help!
Winsforvilla
12th man silly!
Winsforvilla
How dare you try to bribe fans, who the feck does this kid think he is, he's been on the scene 5mins and thinks he can come out with this ***** in the press. Sorry Gary but until you actually do something for us you can shut the feck up.
Green Villan
Agreed. If fans are not happy with McLeish and the football, it's understandable but at least go down and support the kids. This whole saga is not their fault. The likes of Gardner, Bannan, Albrighton, Lichaj etc. are the future and need encouragement from the fans if they are going to prosper. Support the team until the end of the season, then let's hope this mess gets sorted out in the summer.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
As soon as I read his comments I knew he would attract criticism. Please lay off him - a vain hope I know. He's 19, just 19, and clearly wants the world to be kind. Complain all you like about McLeish, he is big enough and certainly ugly enough for that. But I agree that the team must be supported. It serves no purpose to drag the players down too.
Gordonsleftboot
Ya not fair to have a go at garder for this he is young and wants villa to do well and im sure he wants to play with the fans behind him not against him, sure he calls our manager "class" but he has to! he can hardly be honest and say he is useless and then never play for him again, its obvious its just more PR spin to try help ECK as they know the fans are behind Garder as we see him as the future and think we are all so stupid to think if Gardner says he's class then he must be LOL what a joke, they could pay messi to say he's the best manager he has ever seen and we would still know how *****e he is as soon as his team start playing football or anti football as it is...
KerryVillian
Class manager! Bahahahaha brilliant. Wait until you play under someone else Gary, then you'll see mate. Class hahaha Z Class maybe
AdzVilla11
Yes think we have to give the kid a break if the press talk to him he has to say something and knowing how they load their questions its about what you would expect from a youngster. Which kid isnt going to say the manager who gave him his debut in the premier league isnt class. Aye he will learn how poor some of the tactics are but hopefully he is one of our shining lights for the future.
Merlin128777
You seem not to grasp what my point is here, he can rightfully refuse to speak to the press any time he wants and to speak to the press just to moan at fans because McLeish has asked him too well I'm sorry but Garry can and you can feck off.
Green Villan
I have never been one for booing, before, during or after a game. I am vocal and enjoy helping to be the 12th man. Unfortunately it is simply not going to happen whilst McMuppet is at the Club. Sure, there might be the odd 5 minutes when activity on the pitch sparks the crowd out of their slumber , but lets be realistic, the apathy is now in total contol at Villa Park. Well done to the lad for asking for support and his sentiments are right. But it isn't going to happen whilst the spawn of Satan is managing us forever downwards. Up the Villa. Prepared. McMuppet Out!!
voiceoftheholte
 

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