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Reserves Take South Title Once Again

Our next generation are living up to the standards set by their predecessors after they secured the Barclay's Premier Reserve South title today.

MacDonald

This means Kevin MacDonald, his staff and the second string have now taken the title four times in the last five seasons, and will now most likely face Manchester United in the National Play Off.

Gardner

With so many of the core of the second string being promoted up to first team level, it's an even bigger achievement for the younger lads, many of whom made their reserve debuts this term before becoming regulars and most of them aren't out of short trousers.

Daniel Johnson

New names to watch for, Grealish, Drennan, Burke, Taylor and Graham are five obvious ones that have come to the attention of fans following their performances but they are certainly not alone. Known quantities such as Carruthers, Cameron, Johnson, Siegrist etc have all also continued to show good development this season.

Progressing well in the inaugural NextGen series was another bonus this season aswell.

Anyway enough babbling!

Well done lads, for some it's another medal, for others it's their first at this level. The first of many hopefully!

Our final game of the season is against Fulham, but it's an irrelevance as neither Arsenal nor WBA are in a position to catch us at the top of the table.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 10 2012

Time: 7:47PM

Your Comments

Well done all round. Behind facade of the first team, the club have got round pegs in round holes. We now need to put a round peg in the round managerial hole of the first team and employ a man who can help these youngsters make the transition from reserves to the first team. As fans are never going to accept McMuppet this pressure will destroy young confidence. Lets not waste the obvious good work of the academy.
voiceoftheholte
Make Kevin MacDonald manager! Well done to the reserves!
astvil123
Happy days. Congrats to all involved.
The fear
astvil123?? So the club has to find a new man to do do the job that we have got somebody doing brilliantly already?? Kev Mac doesn't want the first team job and the 6 0 kicking by the Barcodes last season showed that he isn't the man needed at the top level. In my opinion we must keep the people doing good jobs, in the positions where they are doing good jobs. Stability is key. We simply need to find the right man at the top of the tree.
voiceoftheholte
As we congratulate these Villa pups and wish their Villa futures to be bright ones, I hope there will be no more comments from wise sages on this site such as " Baker will never make the grade in the EPL" "Herd is just average" "Gabby is a waste of space" etc etc. These guys are the future of the club and as fans we have to be supportive as they make mistakes in their development and hopefully they learn from those mistakes. Four titles in five years shows that they have the talent to succeed. Fans must have the patience to wait for maturity to join that talent.
TelfordVilla
One lad I want to tell people to watch out for is Daniel Devine Been injured all season. But was U18 skipper the season before, not sure if its good or bad but looks and plays like Richard Dunne. Not sure how he will get back and improve on that level since this injury thats kept him out for most of the season. Josh Webb .. Right back, been with englands youths too from what I have been told. So might be some potential there. A couple of defenders as they dont get much attention. I try to watch as much of reserve/academy games as I can, across region.
meakers
Well done the Young Lions! Fantastic work by the staff as pointed out, half the reserves are now in the first team so it put extra pressure on the younger members of the reserve squad. What an achievement!
Pride of Lions
Very well done to KMac, the lads and all of the staff involved, I will always be proud of our academy.
Green Villan
VOTH - he took his time to decide admittedly, but he then said he was interested in the role. The 6-0 was a tough defeat, but he at least had the balls to admit it was his fault, and he got it wrong (something the current incumbent is completely unable to do). Never judge anyone on 1 game alone - at least half a season bare minimum - even McNegative got that much from me! (Well, at least until i saw the team sheet and lineup for spurs away) grrrr gets me annoyed even now!
thorpyuk
I have to take issue with those who knock KMac's time in charge. The football and team selection was refreshing. Neither the club, nor the fans gave him time or respect. (Rather like with Peter Crouch)
Winsforvilla
I know we lost 6-0 to Newcastle but I have never thought we deserved to lose that game the way we did. We were all over them, Carews penalty has just passed the space station and Ash had a perfectly legit goal ruled out. We capitulated after those events but our football was fairly good, heads dropped big time in that game but MON had just walked out. Would have preferred seeing where that went to what we are seeing now
Chelt Villan
KMac deserves some recognition for this. Not a one off and to think that Eck is getting paid way more than someone whom we've already got and does so well every year!!!!! Eck will of course try to take the credit for blooding the youngsters, I'm sure. If KMac really doesn't want it then fair enough but as soon as we're mathematically safe, let him take over for the last couple (assuming that we do get safe.) Such a waste of talent compared to McDogLeash and his flattering to deceve the whole media + Randy!!!
Villan444
Awesome, well done.
P.Avfc
not sure on that winsforvilla he kept saying he didn't know and didn't get buzz from fans singing his name, wasn't sure if he wanted the job as it was 24/7 (which is true and fair enough) so can't say the club didn't give him time or respect. I think if he had knocked down their door and said 'this is my job, don't you dare give it to anyone else' it would have been his ... of that I am convinced.
The Fear
 

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