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Villa In No More Long Ball Shocker!

The shortest article on Vital ever... but sometimes only a very few words are needed.

Paul Lambert has said:

"We'll try and play football - I don't like long ball.'

Won`t that be nice, proper football at Villa Park for the first time in nearly a decade!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 17 2012

Time: 10:34AM

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Disgraceful... football is meant to be played up in the air isn't it?! Must admit, hated the style of play (if you can call it that) under MON, GH tried but failed to change it and then last year, well, that was the very worst.
The Fear
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17/07/2012 10:41:00

McLeish used to say the same thing.... lol But he was a lying %^$%$%^
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17/07/2012 10:41:00

Best thing he has said since he arrived, cannot wait for the season to start.
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17/07/2012 10:44:00

What did Clough (senior) once say ?!?! -- 'If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there'.
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17/07/2012 10:46:00

No more long ball, I thought it was counter attack lol
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17/07/2012 10:52:00

Disagree with you a little about MON, The Fear. Villa briefly came close to challenging for the title/CL place Villa under MON. During that short spell that team played some terrific football. The counter-attcking style that MON and the players seemed to stumble upon was nice to watch. It was probably more accident than design though. MON had been forced to go 4-5-1/4-3-3 from 4-4-2 after an injury to a key player. If I recall correctly?
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17/07/2012 10:54:00

I don't know what the style was like under the last manager because I wasn't watching.
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17/07/2012 10:55:00

Wait no more "total football?"
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17/07/2012 10:56:00 more "total football"??
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17/07/2012 10:57:00

Would be great to see, only problem we might become "boaring" like Spain? COTVABU
irish villa
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17/07/2012 11:10:00

didnt Norwich have the highest stat for long balls?
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17/07/2012 11:11:00

It may be the shortest article, however, it is short and sooo sweet.
Pride of Lions
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17/07/2012 11:25:00

They were second prepared but there is a difference between a long ball and a hoof...A long ball can be played to a striker (Holt or morrison) to get others into play and if it's their strength then play it but with the likes of Mcleish there long balls are hoofs, smashing it 50 yards to the opposition then getting back into the wall outside your own box.
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17/07/2012 11:47:00

Whats all this playing football? I thought we was playing rugby at VP last season? Have we changed sprots or something again and noone's bothered to let me know?
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17/07/2012 12:12:00

P.avfc totally agree that there is nothing wrong with the long ball - privided its purposeful and finds the man. More about number and % of short / and long passes successfully made i.e. possession retained and possession lost. Be helpful if they could separate out sideways/ backward passes. Particularly the latter are no measure of any quality of execution (although with Dunne and Warnock even these passes went astray to our cost). Obviously high levels of back passes are an indication of boring football, and that should be a separate measure. Ultimately fans know without all these stats. Villa were awful in the extreme and it was obvious. Blackpool, the season before were praised to the hilt for their footballl, but still played a lot of long ball. Just play purposeful, creative possession football long and short, and stop giving the ball away. That is the long and short of it!
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17/07/2012 12:23:00

A team can play proper football and put the ball in the air sometimes. Look at Germany when Klose is playing. He's an old fashioned 'goal hanging' centre forward in the Bent/Carroll mould. Yet he scores loads of goals with his head. Also remember his first goal against England in Bloemfontein? That didn't come from 'tiki taka' intricate passing from his collegues. Seeing as Villa don't seem to have a modern 'multi-functional' striker a la Drogba or Ibrahimovich in the side then watching how Germany accomodate Klose would, perhaps, be worthwhile.
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17/07/2012 12:34:00

I'm sure Lambert knows his stuff. Certainly more than us fans and supporters. Germany play terrific football with an old-fashioned striker is my point. You can sometimes have both.
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17/07/2012 12:37:00

VillaWillRiseAgain I think you're right I was a watching few of Villas old games there last week and the 2-0 win over Arsenal when was still playing and gabby nabbed a brace there was some great football in that game... but then you watch some other games and its actually long ball football with good players... Its true what they say when the results are going your way you dont seem to mind how they come... I was a little bit oblivious to the long ball game we played under MON until recently... Apart from MON's first season this is the most excited Iv been about a new season...
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17/07/2012 13:02:00

The odd long ball is fine, the constant hoofing is not. I'll be delighted if that has now ended.
The Fear
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17/07/2012 13:44:00

CDX -- Remember the Arsenal game well The Emirates? It was a Traore own goal and Agbonlahore if I recall? Halcyon days. The Laursen injury and 'throwing' the UEFA cup put paid to all that. Under Lambert there is the possibility of a new start.
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17/07/2012 14:05:00

Think Laursen was already injured, actually. But still...those were good times to follow Villa. Agree, next season is one to really anticipate. Apart from Citeh, can't see any clubs far out ahead of the rest. Villa could be in for a shout for a Euro place. Personally, would be happy with a good run in the FA Cup.
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17/07/2012 14:17:00

Whatever he does - i'll be behind him. I remember the knightmare that was mcloser!
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17/07/2012 14:38:00

Ive got to ask - its been bugging me for months - what does COTVABU stand for - I guessed the Come on the Villa bit - just cant suss the rest
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17/07/2012 14:39:00

Burton was a healthy mix, we had a few long balls (some worked/some didn't) but it was when one of the strikers had turned on the shoulder and was in space so dropping the ball over the top made sense. There were very few hoofs for the sake of it, when we played long it was because an option had opened.
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17/07/2012 15:15:00

Think there were many periods of M'ON's reign when I loved the football. Not wanting to blame Heskey, but before we arrived we kept the ball on the deck, we had a front three of Young, Milner and Gabi and nobody could live with us. Even when we had Carew is was never really long ball. He bought Heskey, lost Laursen and suddenly went 442 and he we were never the same again. Personally Villa fans of my age have ben raised on a diet of wingers and good old fashioned centre forwards. I do not like hoofing, but like to see a Villa centre forward winning his fair share in the air. What I hate is seeing a manager such as he who can not be mentioned, getting players to hoof the ball to a player like DB9 who thrives on wingers getting to the byeline and pulling back the ball to a predatory genius who simply knows how to be in the right place.
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17/07/2012 15:53:00

Matt777 i am led to believe it means Anyone But United. anyway, back to the article, i am more than happy for us to be called boring if it means we get results, keep posession and progress as a team rather than last year away fans said villa was boring because we didnt play football. would be nice to see a healthy mix of posession football and dynamic attacking football, anything rather than having a sore neck all season. love the clough quote :) UTV. on the slightly humor(less) side, has anyone told lambert this is villa, the last manager that tried to get us to play football had a heart attack?
deaf dean
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17/07/2012 16:04:00

One thing I would love to see dissapear is the " pass back to the keeper, who then hoofs it 70yds to nobody" that bugs the life out of me. Why not just keep knocking it about until a better option comes up??? Hopefully this will happen in the new season and I can then sleep easier...... :)
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17/07/2012 18:29:00

This comment by PL was a win win situation! Upon hearing it Villa fans have gotten all excited, and Collins in preparing to hand in a transfer request!
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17/07/2012 18:47:00

Richard Dunnes feet have now retired with immediate effect.
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17/07/2012 21:54:00

Yeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaa even to hear that brings a tear to my eye! UTV!
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17/07/2012 23:33:00

I am sure Lambert will get right it given time and I am also sure the Villa fans will give him time. But do not think we can expect a sudden change in how certain players perform untill Dunne etc are removed from the starting line up same things applies to Warnock & Huttons panicky clearances. PL has the best of intentions but some of the old guard will need to be moved on to apply it,and I still feel 100% more optomistic than under the previous manager.UTV
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18/07/2012 11:34:00


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