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5 Things Villans Can Look Forward To This Season

C.Bick on five things Villans can look forward to this season

1.. Players working to their full potential. - One of Paul Lambert's greatest attributes is that which Alex McLeish was so frustratingly unable to achieve last campaign. It is the ability to get the best out of the players. Can you imagine how good Villa would be if Marc Albrighton, Stephen Ireland, Gabby Agbonlahor, and others were to play the best football they could week in, week out? We would be challenging for Europe easily. The Villa squad is loaded with talented young players trying to earn their place but, due to changes in leadership, have sadly been devoid for years of a coaching staff who can lead them in the right direction. Lambert brings with him a history of working with young talent from lower leagues and was able to lead a squad who had, for the most part, never experienced league play of the Premiership's calibre to a solid mid-table finish. Expect break-out campaigns from players such as Fabian Delph and Marc Albrighton who struggled for confidence all of last season.

2.. Intelligent Signings. - Lambert has spent the majority of his managerial career in the lower divisions of English football. As a result, it can probably be concluded that PL has a pretty good idea of where the talent is. We can most likely expect 1 or 2 more signings from the lower leagues before the summer is concluded. Lambert has also demonstrated an understanding of the value of the Dutch league and what it has to offer Premier League clubs on a budget. Expect Villa to be linked with Dutch league players every transfer window as the amount of talent being pumped from the Netherlands is non-stop.

3.. Beating Liverpool. Twice. - And it's not as far-flung as you may think. Let me explain. Swansea and Norwich had very similar seasons last campaign. Some think it may have caused a bit of a rivalry between the two young up and coming managers. Most would agree that despite being level on points with Swansea at the end of last season, Norwich had an inferior squad. Not by a lot, but by a noticeable margin. Yet Norwich managed to beat Swansea in both fixtures. Liverpool and Villa also had similar seasons the last campaign around, but unfortunately for different reasons. Both squads had under-performing strikers and newly signed wingers, dim-witted Scots for managers, awful home records, angry fans, and pathetically underwhelming finishes. So since the circumstances for Lambert and Rodgers have more or less stayed the same between them, Villa will do the double over Liverpool.

4.. Noise returning to Villa Park. - It wasn't too long ago that Talk Sport's list of the loudest premier league stadiums ranked Villa Park third out of 20. This past season however, I'd say we would have dropped down to around 17-20th. Not that the fans can be blamed for the noise reduction. In truth, there was really nothing much to be loud about the entire campaign, but even TV commentators frequently spoke of how quiet Villa Park was particularly during the end of season matches. However, Paul Lambert has made all the right moves in addressing that by moving the dugout to the Holte End and also being vocal in his desire to "make Villa Park a fortress. However, as we all know what will really bring the noise back to VP will be good football and winning matches, which brings me to our next topic:

5.. Results. - They may not come immediately, they may not be against top opposition, but Lambert has proved time and time again that he has the ability to produce results when he needs to, and in most cases, a bit more. In terms of analysing raw talent, I would say Villa rank about 9-10th in the league. Funny enough, that's where most pundits put Villa in the end of year predictions. But Lambert is an overachiever. He's proved that time and time again. Norwich should have finished last, but ended up 12th. So for me, it will be 7-8th , and that is definitely something to look forward to. UTV.

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Date:Thursday July 19 2012

Time: 10:25AM

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6) less doom and gloom from the fans!
The Fear
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19/07/2012 10:30:00

7) Some Football ? (as a pose to the anti football last season)
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19/07/2012 10:46:00

8) "The bus" actually being parked in the car/bus park - not on the edge of he penalty area.......
Pride of Lions
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19/07/2012 10:52:00

9) players not being allowed to give less than 100%
The Fear
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19/07/2012 10:58:00

24) No Alan Hutton?
Draig Cymraeg
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19/07/2012 11:06:00

11. No emule heskey firing in the goals ,
Randy bollox
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19/07/2012 11:14:00

Going to my first game at Villa park! Hopefully
plastic villan
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19/07/2012 11:29:00

12) Banners in support of the club instead of against the manager (can't remember his name). Fear - can you liaise with the club to run a competiton to award prizes to the best flags/banners at Villa Park? Remember one at Wembley (I think it was)years ago that said 'Withe Evans help we are Shaw to win'. Genius. I think it was at the charity shield against Spuds. I know there are going to be some good ones in the L8 area of the Lower Holte this season, but it would be great if a fansite such as VV can help influence how VP looks on matchday.
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19/07/2012 12:24:00

13 A manager who makes substitutions to change the course of a game and before the 85th minute
Randy bollox
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19/07/2012 13:00:00

14) Players picked on merit, not reputation.
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19/07/2012 13:05:00

Agree with the voth banner suggestion. 'Ultra-Culture' has never really taken off in England. The way a ground looks and sounds can really make a difference. I doubt flares would be allowed but colourful, well designed banners and lots of NOISE would be fantastic.
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19/07/2012 13:09:00

15. More then 4 wins at home
Randy bollox
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19/07/2012 13:11:00

15) Cheerleaders? Anyone? No? Fine.
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19/07/2012 13:11:00

Gazgecko - I'm defo with you there. Fear - make it happen. I love the "if Aldershot beat Everton and Everton beat Man City does that mean Aldershot are better than Man City" type logic of No 3.
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19/07/2012 13:29:00

More starting formations than any other side in the league...
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19/07/2012 13:30:00

By the way, not sure why Aldershot and Everton - first names that sprang to mind.
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19/07/2012 13:33:00

16 - New to sky sports, can a HGV do a full 180 degree turn faster than Richard Dunne?
Chelt Villan
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19/07/2012 13:45:00

Yes with cheerleaders suggestion. And Black Sabbath pumping out of the PA when the players come out. It's only right.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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19/07/2012 15:24:00

17) squad rotation, tactical innovation, no fear
deaf dean
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19/07/2012 17:12:00

what do you mean no Fear? What have I ever done to you!??!?! lol
The Fear
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19/07/2012 17:44:00

18) the players NOT swearing at some fool impersonating a manager and making strange hand signals at them causing complete confusion from the sidelines whilst blaming everything under the sun for shocking performances.
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19/07/2012 20:20:00

How much closer is the dug out to the holte end now then and are both dug outs being moved.........apologies if this sounds blonde :-)
holte ender 1969
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19/07/2012 21:49:00

19) continuing of the 19th minute is my suggestion for number 19 in continued support of Stan. Get well soon Stan. UTV.
holte ender 1969
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19/07/2012 21:50:00

20) Score from a corner.
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19/07/2012 21:57:00

21 - the amount of points from 7 gahes? ;-)
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19/07/2012 22:32:00

22) Loads of amazing and positive posts from great supporters. Keep it up boys!!!!! UTV
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20/07/2012 07:58:00

The happy smiling faces of the Villa fans after some beautiful football from the mighty Villa.....Oh and a few wins
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20/07/2012 08:31:00

Sorry Jf lol. humour aside it will be nice to see never say die rather than we admit defeat in the dressing room beforte crossing the white line. one more thing i am looking forward to is a full villa park, i think last season attendances started poorly then got worse apart from against the bigger boys where fans turned up to see the opposition play football. amen to the end of that
deaf dean
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20/07/2012 08:48:00

23) No more full backs in centre midfield
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20/07/2012 09:51:00

Expecting to see some attacking football. Hoping to see Villa Park back to it booming best. But also expecting some sticky results regardless of which our fans will show the media we are not fickle and continue to back Lambert because with time I am sure he will produce a side to be proud of.
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20/07/2012 10:22:00

holte ender 1969 5 foot at the most. Was unnecessary but hey ho! I'm only saying that because the Villa bench was always 'my' side right by where I sit so just a personal 'oh bugger' really!
The Fear
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20/07/2012 10:50:00

Really really like the 19th reason to look forward to next season. Good point well made HE69. Fear - see if you can get those miserable gits who sit around you to abuse the away managers as much as they seem to have abused our own managers over the years!!! And getting them to join in with some vocal support of our boys for a change would be nice :o)
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20/07/2012 13:02:00


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