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McLeish - We Should've Won It

Alex McLeish has declared himself disappointed that we failed to capitalise on our start against Sunderland today and in doing so, fail to take all 3 points.

Speaking to the Official Site following the draw, McLeish admitted our inability to turn draws into wins had been a major disappointment this season:

'We wanted to win it, we went all out to win it, we had the chances to win it but there are no guarantees. I felt on the overall chances we should have won it. We've had far too many draws although I don't think it is for the want of trying.'

hand to mouth calling

Whilst McLeish doesn't point to excuses or look for them, he does say the injuries today knocked us off our stride and that it did unfortunately affect our momentum:

'It disrupts your momentum because I thought James was in imperious form. I thought he was dominant and to see him going down like that was definitely a blow, but credit to the players who came on and did really well.'

Again we are left ruing our mistakes aren't we. A point is a point, but we desperately need wins and with Bolton and the other games we have coming up, very few can predict where they are going to come from now.

Sunderland Match Thread

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 21 2012

Time: 7:54PM

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Collins was playing well but.....
The Fear
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21/04/2012 19:57:00

i knew it, i just knew one of those injuries would be todays excuse.
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21/04/2012 20:04:00

he obviously watches a different game to everyone else! Sunderland had a perfectly legitimate goal disallowed,had more possession and looked more likely to score. Different Planet
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21/04/2012 20:07:00

Deluded *****er! Apart from Wolves every team has won more games than us, we are an embarrassment and fully deserve to go down!
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21/04/2012 20:09:00

"Too many draws" really???
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21/04/2012 20:13:00

just sod off! we don't want this crap! QPR won today we r in real trouble . The worst most boring team in the league.
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21/04/2012 20:37:00

How does a centreback being subbed effect our attacking momentum?
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21/04/2012 21:08:00

Collins was playing well but we still looked totally clueless at set pieces, Nzogbia looked crap again and I have no idea why carruthers didn't get a run out.
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21/04/2012 23:39:00

"We should of won it" ????!!!!! Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, what a frigging *****. Sunderland should have won by at least 2, they had 4 clear cut chances and a goal disallowed that was very touch and go. We had one clear chance at (HOME) which was to Weimann when Albrighton put him through. Sunderland looked like way more of a team, our poor lads are fighting hard but playing on their own. There is no team there, no linkup play, shape, formation or direction, it's every man for themselves. Ireland and NZgobia are two brilliant talents just going through the motions, their hearts clearly not in it. The young boys have bright futures but are learning their trade under the wrong man and the wrong way. Now we are on 36pts after 34 games and flirting with the real possibility of relegation. McLeish is obviously not going to quit so the board need to wake the hell up and act NOW. Bugger this until we are safe or until the end of season crap, nobody wants him from the players right through to the fans. We have been absolutely pathetic this season and we can't blame our style, mentality or footballing philosophy on a cut down in wages or selling players, that has to be laid squarely and fairly at the managers door..... SERIOUSLY how long can this go on..... Furious.
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21/04/2012 23:49:00

Oh yeah and the injuries to Gabby and Collins are fate... this is just not meant to be.. ECK OUT
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21/04/2012 23:50:00

McLeish "You should have hung yourself!" We are going to be relegated.
Green Villan
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22/04/2012 02:25:00

I believe we won't be, and it'll be the kids that save our a rse.
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22/04/2012 02:48:00

Stick Kev Mac in charge for the remaining games. He can't be any worse and might just pull off a couple of wins... Bolton is a must win - anything less and we are super f e cked.
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22/04/2012 09:35:00

Sunderland's goal was level or a bent head could be interprted as meaning it was just off-side, not an outrageous, but certainly a borderline decision. To say we only had one real chance is also not fair. We cleared off our line, but we had a few decent efforts where we neearly scored too. At the end of the day it was a disappointing but not disastrous game, and a draw was a fair result, despite what MON or Eck might say. Only saw the highlights of the Bolton game, but they were clearly incredibly lucky to get a point at home to Swansea. Here's hoping the goals and luck are firmly on our side on Tuesday.
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22/04/2012 15:10:00

"McLeish admitted our inability to turn draws into wins had been a major disappointment this season" Ha ha, but he has an unbelievable knack of turning wins into draws....
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22/04/2012 19:37:00

Sunderland have recently been stuffed by Everton and Albion. They are poor. We had a couple of chances and I can't underestand why young Weimann didnt pull the trigger when clean through near the end?? He did exactly the same against Stoke. But overall Sunderland had better chances, more possesion and a border line goal disallowed. Collins injured himself trying to recover from his own mistake. Gabi hasn't scored since we beat Norwich in early November. Positives included Weimann and Heskey actually looking more of a partnership than pretty much anything else upfront at Villa this season. We didn't concede from a set piece, but still look on course to be the only team ever to go through a whole season without scoring from one either. It was good to hear the Holte actually abusing both M'ON and McMuppet. Providing we are safe (and I am not sure we will be) then the planned demo at the Spurs game could be a wonderful occasion to finally get a full scale protest against the most inept Villa manager in our history. As for protests, I had a big flag the said 'Get the F'Eck out of Villa'. The first time it was displayed (against Manciteh) the Support Prevention Officers (Stewards)took it down within seconds. I was then refused entry with the flag for subsequent games. I informed the Senior Support Prevention Officers that I would in future bring the flag with out their knowledge. However I will only ever use the flag when the points are already lost. Just seconds before the final whistle on Saturday the flag was being unfurled in the top of the Holte and the Support Prevention Officers put peoples lives in danger by charging throught the exiting crowds and pushing a young lady who was leaning over holding one end of the flag. The remaining stewards were more preoccupied with getting to the scene to remove the flag than they were in the safe exit of the fans from the ground. This indicates that there is now a dangerous agenda to refuse all protests against McMuppet even if it endangers supporters lives. The Support Prevention Officers have obviously been briefed that fan safety comes second to removal of inoffensive flags asking for the Manager to leave. The flag will be there again on Tuesday. I might even organise a few pals to do similar and for them to be unveiled at the same time in different areas of the Holte. This prevention of free speech in Villa Park is a trend that should worry all Villa suporters and indicates that the only forms of protest that will be 'heard' is one that affects revenue, ie a boycott of ticket sales and merchandise.
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22/04/2012 19:58:00

Great comment JPA. We have lost more points from winning positions than any other club in the league (17 for those interested in the stats). Having a manager who tries to defend a lead instead of adding to it may have something to do with that. He says he wants to turn draws into wins, but he has actually turned the wins into draws with his negativity. Other stats for those interested. This season we have endured the worst run of home results since the 1920's. We have conceded 21 goals from set pieces. We have scored none. Our lowest ever points total in the Premier League is 42 and we look set to beat that comfortably. Until he was injured, Darren Bent had less touches per minutes on the pitch than any other player in the League. I am sure there are other records he has set as well? Please please please Randolph, ensure that the rumours going round within the club are true and that you and McMuppet have agreed an exit strategy for the end of the season for the worst managerial appointment in our history.
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22/04/2012 20:07:00

Utter clown. No leadership, no inspiration, insipid football. Go now and do us all a favour before you get sacked.
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23/04/2012 08:58:00

Something that puzzled me was the comment he made in The Sun regarding pushing us on.... I knew it was going to be tough and Ive got to believe I can get Villa back to the heights they reached under Martin. Im proud of being in the job and I believe we can get through this and move on to better things. This suggests that he's still in doubt as to whether he believes he can do the job! You either believe or you don't. Hardest season ever.
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23/04/2012 09:52:00

Yes McCleish we should have won it. Just like we should have won a hat full more games this season but we haven't !!! the main reason for that is you .. I can't remember what winning feels like any more ...
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23/04/2012 12:16:00

This mess is is own fault, END OF. He has gone back on his own words at the start of the season and now he must face the punishment.
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23/04/2012 12:54:00


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