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Wigan - The Season's CRUNCH Game

Wigan - The Season's CRUNCH Game

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Our next game against Wigan may well prove to be a pivotal moment for McLeish and Aston Villa this season.

In fact, i believe it's shaping up to be the biggest game of the season for us. Win away, and we should start to climb out of the doldrums and finish in a mediocre position somewhere in mid-table (prob around 9th-13th).

Should the unthinkable happen, and we go and lose it, I think several things will start to kick off. There's been a few games this season where I've taken a look at our league position, and though to myself 'wow, if we lose this one, surely Mcleish is finished' but we've turned it around and won, staving off what many fans see as inevitable anyway - the removal (by management, or by fervent fan protest, either by financial or direct) of Alex Mcleish as Villa manager. (Bolton, Chelsea to a degree, and Wolves being the most notable)

However, should we lose against Wigan, we will be on less points than at the same stage last season, and I can see

1) any remaining pro-McLeish fans turning
2) the players heads dropping further as they realise we're in for a hard relegation battle,
3) the media picking up on our position / plight and labelling us as 'in a relegation battle'

After surrenders such as Man U / Man City at home and Spurs away and dismal showings such as Bolton at home in the Cup, Swansea at home etc etc etc, Mcleish knows that nothing but a win against Wigan is acceptable.

Now is the time for results.

Now is the time to prove that he has the abilities to manage at this level.

We know that virtually all fans do not want him, did not want him before he was appointed, and still do not want him now - myself among them. Opinion is obviously split as to when and how he should go, but our current league standing is doing nothing but condemn him further in the eyes of most fans. The other thing I wondered about is where we realistically should have expected to finish this season given our incoming and outgoing players. I think most right-minded Villains know that we wouldn't expect to necessarily finish top-6 anymore, so I thought about where our squad, on balance, should finish when our current manager is taken out of the equation, and I've come up with 9th - exactly where we finished last season (although you could say we underachieved somewhat last season).

Be interesting to hear your views on where you think we should finish, and what may / may not happen depending on this weekends results!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday February 21 2012
Time: 1:47PM


I'm off to this game with my son, we are hoping for a decent performance and a win....hoping and getting are two different things!
21/02/2012 14:09:00
After weemans hat trick today, get him in the squad along with LIchaj who sounds like he pleyed a blinder too!!!
21/02/2012 15:55:00
nice post nottingham, excellent idea but we're talking about Idiot here...... he couldn't pick his nose!
Pride of Lions
21/02/2012 16:34:00
nice post nottingham, excellent idea but we're talking about Idiot here...... he couldn't pick his nose!
Pride of Lions
21/02/2012 16:35:00
4 Points from the next two games is a must at least but think this will end up a draw !!
21/02/2012 17:01:00
at the start of the season, in fact any season in this premier circus, we have to look at 8th place. . . logically the top 6 are gonna be (in any order) the 2 mancs, liverpool, spurs, chelsea and arsenal. then it should be between us and everton for 7th and 8th followed by the likes of sunderland, stoke, newcastle and fulham. this however is not gonna be anything like the case. what would fans realistically take every season from now onwards? a sign of the times and situation is when wigan is a crunch game. depressing i know and this post might come accross as slightly arrogant but just putting it out there about where we should be looking, where we really are and fishing for thoughts on where people think we should be
deaf dean
21/02/2012 17:52:00
McLeish was quoted in preseason saying, "Anything below a 9th place finish is a failure." For once I agree with McLeish, but his own words are coming back to haunt him. McLeish Out! This match is a must win and I think we will win, but should we somehow lose it, what should happen then? Randy won't sack him will he? I'm just praying he sacks him before the summer spending starts so he can't waste anymore money. N'Zogbia (£9.5M), Hutton (£5M) & Jenas (£1M in wages) = £15.5M completely wasted on an injury prone midfielder, an attacker who he's chased for a long time (and even now has no idea how to manage Charles properly) and a right back who, erm, isn't a right back, in fact, doesn't even look like a footballer. £15.5M well spent then? I'm praying Randy gets rid after this year before he allows him to buy anymore expensive crap!
21/02/2012 18:55:00
its a sell out by the villa faithfull, lets hope for a good show from the fans 'singing etc..' and it'l go to plan! UTV
21/02/2012 20:01:00
with the squad we have we should be competing for 7th with Newcastle and Everton not struggling with the bottom 6 . Top 6 is not possible now Citeh have joined the top4
21/02/2012 20:55:00
I blame everyone who wanted rid of Houllier..
21/02/2012 21:08:00
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