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Herd's Challenge Is Next Season

Herd's Challenge Is Next Season

Stephen Warnock, clearly without understanding irony, has said Chris Herd's biggest challenge will be in being consistent next season.

Speaking to the Official Site Warnock rightly talked Herd up for his performances this season, but then went on to talk about having the consistency to do over the course of a full season which is a bit rich given his performances over the last few seasons.

Even more curiously he goes on about Herd not being seen as a central midfielder, despite it being his natural position?

'I've been impressed with Herdy, especially when you consider that he wasn't really seen as a central midfielder. It's not easy because at full back you haven't got players behind you trying to nick the ball off you. Everything's in front of you. When on the ball in midfield, you've always got people rushing to tackle you and you get pressure from every angle, but he's done it really well.'

Yes, I assume he took to the role so well because it's predominantly where he's played as he's come through the Academy and into the reserve set up. Or do we now think that we shouldn't 'see' Warnock as a full back because he's played in midfield a couple of times?

Fair enough some don't see him as a full back anyway, but that's besides the point!

'Chris is a great players, he's comfortable on the ball, he wins it back really well. Now it's carrying it on for the season. The challenge now is to consistently do it over a season. He has to prove to everyone that he can be better than he has played.'

Thanks for that Stephen, looked in a mirror lately?

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday May 28 2012
Time: 3:45PM

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ok I'm going to go against the grain. For me the reason Warnock messed up so often over recent seasons is because he was trying too hard. He always gives 100%, throws his body in, gets forward etc It would have been easy for him to hide, or mysteriously get injured and I actually think he's looked pretty decent in midfield. I don't see him being with the Villa much longer but I wish him good luck wherever he goes.
AVbornandbred
28/05/2012 15:53:00
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if you put me on the field id try 100% - but i would be crap compared to the pros so guess what I'm not in the squad.
villa4life87
28/05/2012 15:56:00
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Herd - one of the best all season.
Winsforvilla
28/05/2012 16:03:00
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villa4life on the one hand its great that football is all about opinions but on the other hand I hate the fact that players become scapegoats and are then branded as crap no matter what they do. Warnock played better than almost any other defender we played in the back four over the course of the past few seasons, maybe he's not been good enough, but he's been better than alot of others who seem to get away with less abuse (or even get praise) because he is the one that has become a scapegoat. People moan about his crossing, or his shooting but he continually gets forward to put himself in those positions whilst others who should shoulder more attacking burden do not. I'd rather have a team of average Joe's who work their socks off and die for the cause than a bunch of gifted players who stroll about and do nothing, and look at each other to see who can take the blame or who can take responsibility rather than stepping up to the plate.
AVbornandbred
28/05/2012 16:12:00
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i don't know who you have been watching this season but it wasn't warnock - i for one will never forget his own goal against QPR. never seen anything like it - pure shocking
villa4life87
28/05/2012 16:16:00
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warnock was good when he first came, he can find that form again if he wants to, if the right manager wants him to ... simples. But last season and the season before, he was incredibly mixed. Did ok late on in the season though imho.
The Fear
28/05/2012 17:44:00
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and Warnock is right the challenge for Herd and the other young players is to build on what they did last season... and for Albrighton, hopefully to find the exciting form of the season before.
The Fear
28/05/2012 17:45:00
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Warnock has been very good for us, but for the most last season he was very bad, effort or not. However he did throw in a couple of decent and important performancs towards the latter of the season. I agree he is not one to hide and I do not dislike the guy, but he has been pretty shoddy for the most. Could say that about a few mind after the last couple of seasons...!
marcobavfc
28/05/2012 17:54:00
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As for Herd I have been suitably impressed and believe he will step up the mantle again next season. Useful player who is slightly limited in his play, but can be and is effective and gonna be a useful squad/utility player. Never gonna be easy for him having to jump into that shower last season, but he managed it and well, in my opinion...!
marcobavfc
28/05/2012 17:56:00
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I am with avb&b on this one. I think Warnock can not be found lacking in effort or application. And that is all we ask as fans, that a player gives his all. If that isn't good enough then it is up to the manager to deal with that. From Christmas to mid Feb Warnock had a torrid time, culminating in the og against QPR. However he never hid. He 'manned up' and stood up to be counted. He is actually a good left back. Not my opinion but the opinion of M'ON and several managers who have had him in the England team. And all players go through poor patches. Who are we to know what may have caused this. There may have been mitigating factors that none of us would ever be aware of. I know he was never helped by having a winger (N'Zogbia) in front of him who didnt know if he should use his skills at the attacking end or be a defensive winger as McMuppet wanted him to be and he was left exposed more often than not. But this article is symptomatic of some really sh111te support from some supposed Villa supporters. Warnock has talked sensibly about one of our own youngsters and it turns into a 'lets have a pop at Warnock' forum. For goodness sake, where does it end? Can't we do anything but moan at our own players? And we wonder why the doors aren't being banged down by managers demanding the job. Wake up and smell the coffee all of you whingers who are damaging our club. You are not helping. For those who boo'd at the end of the first half, of the first game of the season against Wigan a couple of years ago, I wonder if that would be in Martinez mind as to if our job is actually that appealing??? Stop moaning. Be positive. Support the club. We can be great fans (our efforts in support of Stan show this) but we need to lift the air of despondency and stop using every little opportunity to knock our own. We are damaging the club and the wonderful reputation it has built up over the last 137 years.
voiceoftheholte
29/05/2012 08:38:00
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