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McLeish Did Know What He Was Doing!

McLeish Did Know What He Was Doing!

Weimann for N'Zogbia brought out the obvious chant from the fans, but McLeish has reassured fans it was a calculated decision from the bench.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the gaffer said:

'The dugout can be a very tense place to be, certainly when you are not winning and certainly when you have not won at home for a long time. Especially so at a club like this where the fans' expectations are massive, and it was a great relief to see the goal go on.'

On the substitution directly he added:

'Sometimes it comes off and sometimes not. But they weren't desperate subs, they were calculated, we did know what we were doing at those moments.'

I don't think there is a single fan who disagreed with the introduction of Weimann, and the only dissenting voices (mine included) to the introduction of Bannan and Gardner were that the decisions came so late again.

The annoyance came from taking off N'Zogbia who was lively and posing a threat, as opposed to what was a poor game by Albie. Had the change been Weimann for Albrighton I'm not sure the fans would've reacted that way.

It obviously worked for Eck this week, especially the latter subs of Bannan and Gardner, but we've seen them both given 8 odd minutes before and it simply hasn't been long enough for them to get into the game.

You could argue they didn't get in the game today, but a couple of passes between them gave us that opening that Weimann made full advantage of by gambling on a rebound.

Imagine what all three players might be able to muster in a team performance like that, when they have longer to get up to speed and stamp their mark on a game fully!

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday March 10 2012
Time: 7:51PM


I left VP today happy, 1st time in a long time, i just hope if Mcleish starts turning things around now our fans don't boo or shout abuse for the sake of it, all i want is Villa winning or trying too, and if that is the case from now on great IMO UTV!
10/03/2012 20:12:00
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10/03/2012 20:23:00
Give the guy some credit. N'Zogbia was good in the first half, but the longer the second went on, he wasn't doing as well. Fresh legs, on came Weimann and the reaction around me was relatively hostile. Herd for Bannan, good decision again. Petrov off for Gardner, another good decision. My gripe was that he could have done any of these after an hour as we really needed the shake-up. But, we had a bit of luck for a change and I thought we thoroughly deserved our win.
10/03/2012 21:43:00
I didn't boo (I never do) but I thought Petrov looked totally gassed and everyone around me felt that either albie or stan should've been the one to make way for weiman. Having said that we were all relieved that it wasn't Ireland going off or Heskey coming on.
10/03/2012 22:03:00
I thought Albie should of been the one subbed for Weimann but no.... that takes brains.
Pride of Lions
11/03/2012 00:20:00
Calculated decision to bring on the subs ?! All I can say is that he should keep using the same calculator from now on then,because the calculator he has been using for the last 8 months is obviously srap. That would be right though,our first win at home for 4 months and Mickey Mouse McLeish takes 90% of the credit ???? What about ALL our other results
11/03/2012 06:20:00
Well he got the blame for all the other ones and people revelled in it so why not give credit when it's due - but then it must really irk to just give a little credit when warranted - but then I guarantee 100% had we not won - he would have been blamed for the ills of Villa, the world, the crisis in syria and anything else there is. I don't particularly like the guy as a manager but have the decency to praise when warranted and criticise when warranted.
11/03/2012 09:30:00
If the ginger tosser knew what he was doing why didn't he start the game with Gardner, Bannen and Weimann or at least bring them on at half time?
11/03/2012 09:34:00
And if it had not worked - you'd be going ballistic - as I said it must really irk some to even give a minute bit of credit when due. I bet if this thread had been critical of Eck you'd all be revelling in it but because it doesnt some still have to find something to have a go at the manager. And I know 100% that I will get blasted here for daring to have a go at the fans.
11/03/2012 09:53:00
Why do you only ever pipe up to have a go at the fans then Naz?? Don't hear from you when the result doesn't match your agenda. As you were pathetically trying to have a go at other fans, YOU wouldn't be commenting if that 93rd minute chance hadn't gone in. Talk about only singing when you're winning. No idea why you don't just get on with supporting rather than only ever speaking to have a go because every other fan isn't as brain dead as yourself
11/03/2012 10:56:00
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