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McLeish - Villa Will Keep Fighting On

Alex McLeish has admitted he was disappointed to draw the game against Stoke given the circumstances surrounding their goal, but he's vowed that Villa will fight on.

Speaking to the Official Site after yet another draw, McLeish promised that the team would continue to fight in every game to ensure our safety:

'We can't let up. We must keep going. They are cup finals. We must keep the lads focused. I am not going to rest.'

Which is nice to know.

As for the game itself, he says it's a shame that we couldn't get the second goal to put the game beyond Stoke because everybody knew with their style of play that would have chances, however he does think - shall we say - stronger officiation (is that even a word?) was required in the lead up to their equiliser:

'I am disappointed we didn't get a second goal. The big disappointment is I think their equiliser should have been disallowed. Huth had two hands on Collin's shoulders, there's no way he can get off the ground. I also feel the freekick leading up to it was one of the softest I have seen this season. Gardner never moved, concentrated on the ball and kept his arms at his side. Pennant used his experience to get the foul.'

Not really much to argue with there to be honest. Huth is one of the most, I'll be polite, uncomfortable cloggers I have ever seen and we all know how Stoke set out to play and we unfortunately didn't deal with it - not withstanding Mike Dean proving again he out of his depth at this level.

The youngsters would have learnt a lot from the game though and that's all you can ask sometimes.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 9 2012

Time: 10:13PM

Your Comments

Surely to get a second goal you would have to attack and have some efforts at goal at least?
Ams78
FFS Randy put the man out of his misery!!
AdzVilla11
I must admit to agreeing with Idiot. However, a second goal would of seen us Ok, but yet again we fail to win at home.
Pride of Lions
You can't blame the officials for us not getting a second goal. But they were at fault in the run of play leading up to Herd getting his noodle banged. There was an obvious foul on Gabby down the other end. Then the throw-in should have gone to Villa. How the linesman couldn't see that is incredible. Either situation would have changed the course of play and the incident would not have happened. Hindsight a wonderful thing!
Cheshire Villan
Where do you start? McMuppet is just clueless. To spend 85 minutes defending against a team who just hoof the ball up front is shameful. 2 shots on target at home to Stoke!!!! That is a sacking offence in itself. Playing Gabi as a target man instead of putting the ball behind Stoke for him to use his best asset (his pace) whilst having a target man on the bench is criminal. Putting a right back at left back and a left back in midfield is just laughable. Conceeding our 21st goal from a set piece whilst again failing to score from one is just the norm nowadays. It shows that the club is failing on the training ground and a justifiable reason to sack McMuppet without any compensation. If players haven't done as they have been trained then they should have been dropped. And if they have been performing as they have been trained (21 - 0 in set pieces) then McMuppet must be sacked immediately. We have a player that can deliver a throw like Delap (Lichaj), but not once did he get the opportunity to do that. But Delap took 12 long throws. Why? Because Stoke were attacking and we defending and that simple statement shows exactly why the sale of season cards will be at there lowest level for years. However there is room for hope. Despite the perceived support from Randolph for McMuppet, it is superficial according to some within the club. As I mentioned last week as long as Brighton do not get promoted, the word within the walls of Villa Park is that Poyet, along with Zola will be in charge of Villa next season. Randolph Lerner is a businessman first and foremost and he knows a business without customers is doomed. By all accounts the club want to secure survival and are working on a strategy to how to let McMuppet go without giving the impression that the 'fans' have won!!! Make no mistake though, whatever 'spin' the clubs puts on McMuppets departure it is down to a combination of the worst football seen at VP in decades and fan pressure/apathy. Great to see the 19th minute for Stan. Every game, home and away, the 19th minute is for Stan until he beats this terrible illness. UTV. McMuppet Out (and it is happening hurrah!!!)
voiceoftheholte
i know its desperate but its apoint closer to being safe. if we were all asked what we would be happy with, points wise to collect from easter,i think 2 would of been happily received i think 2 more points will see us safe!
mickatkins21
mickatkins. Good to see the McMuppet school of thought rubbing off on us fans. Do you seriously think Villa fans are happy to secure a draw against mighty Stoke? If so, then I would suggest you have a different perception of our club than most. I think that only McMuppet (and you obviously) is happy for us to be drawing with Stoke at home!!!!
voiceoftheholte
Oh god... If we treat every game like a cup final we are screwed. How often do we win cup games!!!!!!
Astriel
VOTH - I do so hope that your sources are good ones! I've never put much faith in those in the know but it is so desparate at the moment I am hanging on to your every post!!
Cheshire Villan
Bloody hell Chesh. No pressure there then. To prove my sources are generally reliable I can confirm the following. Randys real name is Randolph. Villa were formed before Small Heath. William McGregor was the founder of the Football League. McMuppet was chased out of Rangers for building a team over 4 years that came third in a two horse race. We won the European Cup on 26th May 1982. We have won the FA Cup 7 times. McMuppet took a team from 9th to relegation in just 12 months. Our attendances have slipped alarmingly in the last few months. This season we have conceded 21 goals from set pieces. Ron Saunders was manager when we won the League in 1981. McMuppet relegated our nearest geographical rivals, twice!! My sources indicate that all of the above are true, so I would say they are quite reliable. Time will tell.
voiceoftheholte
LOL - I never had any doubt!
Cheshire Villan
 

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