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When The Fat Lady Sings

When The Fat Lady Sings

Last week when results at the bottom went in our favour. I was reliably informed by all sections of the media, particularly after our great point at Anfield, that all we needed were a couple of points and we would be safe. It was still mathematically possible we could go down of course though unlikely. Reassured, I felt safe to leave my TV screen in the knowledge that the Premier League awaited us next season. When Wigan beat Man Utd that forecast changed to one where we had to be careful and not take our foot of the proverbial gas, which we promptly did at Old Trafford, to the motley tune of 4-0. After that game the prediction had changed again to one in which Big Eck stated that every game until the end of the season was now a 'cup final.'

Thus, the biggest week in our recent history now awaits. I don't quite trust QPR to be as terrible as I hope them to be and Bolton have shown tremendous team spirit so it looks like we might need a couple of points or, heaven forbid, a win if we are to stay up. That six point gap on the bottom three, if results went against us, could rapidly vanish and having recently watched our young gun midfield host a champagne and red carpet reception for Paul Scholes I am starting to threat. As I do, the big question I am left with is this: Which Aston Villa will turn up for those 'cup finals?

On Sunday the same team who turned out against Spurs away, Swansea, Man Utd and Liverpool at home reared its ugly head again, led by a manager who looked like he couldn't motivate a National Lottery jackpot winner. This is not the team who dug out a 93rd minute winner against Fulham or valiantly took on Liverpool at Anfield. Neither was it the team who should have found a winner against Stoke. It wasn't even the team who came back brilliantly against QPR to claim a point. It was 'ten men behind the ball' Villa. It was 'knock it on for the quick fella up front' Villa. 'Depressing Villa,' whichever one it was.

The next game is by no means easier. Although the MON bubble has burst it will be charged game on Saturday, for obvious reasons. The idea of a MON led Sunderland nicking a winner and sticking it to us does as we slide toward the relegation zone does not bare thinking about. More over, if Bolton and Blackburn were to win this weekend and we were to loose or draw then the Bolton game becomes gigantic. Such is life at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

If the players think we're in a dog fight now they should look no further than No.19 for more inspiration. As Stan Petrov undergoes treatment for Leukaemia we urge the players to model the strength and courage shown by our captain in taking the fight onto the pitch; in honouring the history of this great club as they wear the Claret and Blue. In doing so they should forget the name on the back of the shirt and focus on the badge on the front. Aston Villa Football Club lads, in case you'd forgotten or as Delia Smith so eloquently put it: 'Let's be 'aving you.'

In the end, should the spirit of No.19 not materialise I have a feeling that our game in hand, our goal difference and other results will save us in but one cannot rest on one's laurels. Providence and fate cannot be relied upon because as we all know in cliché world, it is not over until the fat lady sings. In the meantime, while we wait for her to wobble over and warble, if you have a voice and you care about the Claret and Blue there are tickets available for Saturday's game. Time to speak or forever hold your peace.

UTV

Previous from: Villa_Grizzly:

An End To Villa Boom And Bust?
Far From The Madding Crowd
A Dirty No Good Villan
Going Through The Change




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Date:Tuesday April 17 2012

Time: 12:30PM

Your Comments

I wish I felt as secure as you do, I have had a terrible feeling since the appointment of Mc Leish that he was going to do the double with Birmingham clubs. He still is very much on course to acheive that. COTVABU
irish villa
I don't feel secure, but I'd still be amazed if we actually went down. What's more depressing, however, is that a team like Wigan can take a game to Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal. They should've had 9 points from those three away games. We go to these places and fold like a cheap hooker who got hit in the stomach. We don't put up any fight, and we certainly don't go out thinking that we need to win games. I hate the "let's not lose the game" mentality. It does nothing for the fans, it does nothing for player confidence and it does nothing for our position in the table.
Lee282
here here lee282, that feeling of seeing heskey in the starting lineup and knowing that it means we are trying our utmost not to lose a game rather than grab it by the throat. only to go a goal down in 5 mins and look like a bunch of rabbits in the headlights of a large truck! I think this is going to come down to the wire. Macleish has instilled an attitude in the players that there is no need to worry, were too big to go down. That is bull - all the teams around us are fighting for their lives, if we don't start playing soon they will overtake us rapidl! he has to go
londonbasedvillan
i'd love to hear his team talks - 'ok boys, just don't let them score!' - 'but what if they do score boss?' 'just don't let that happen ok!'
londonbasedvillan
We are on the slide, no doubt about it. Can we scramble enough points to survive - just wish I had a crystal ball, I may be able to sleep easier at night!
Pride of Lions
Although there's an article in the Daily Star saying McLeish is going as Lerner wants to appoint a director of football in the Summer. I keep thinking that if we stay up McLeish may stay & we'd have another season of misery ,so is it better to go down when hopefully he'd be sacked . Be a good poll , stay up & he stays or go down & he goes . I know the best solution is stay up & he goes but will he & God forbid that if we go down he remains
AstonBilla
So much is now largely dependant upon how teams around us react. Wolves are gone, and looking at their fixture list, i really cant see QPR escaping. That leaves blackburn and bolton. Both of them would have to get results for us to go down. Personally, i see blackburn as our main threat. They have some tricky games like spurs and chelsea away. So from 4 games, really they need 3 wins to stay up. That would put them on 37 points - barly 2 points ahead of where we are now. Mind you, should we lose to both bolton & sunderland at home - a feat that only mcleish could achieve - we will be royally in the stew! Same goes with QPR, but their fixture list is even tougher - spurs, man city and chelsea! Think they need 3 wins also - which i cant see them doing. Mind you - didn't we all say the same about wigan only 4 games ago? ;)
thorpyuk
 

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