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An Interview With A Baggie 27/9/12

As we gear up for this weekend's derby, I collared Baggy Boy from Vital Baggies to answer our pre match interview.

It was colourful last season, so with thanks!


1) What are you expecting from the season?

Midtable again, top dogs again. Hopefully :-)

Seriously, we've started well, but we do have quite a few new players who will take time to bed in, and we obviously have Steve Clarke who - despite the start - will have wobbly moments as he learns the trade, so if we can finish again around 10th place, I'd imagine there'd be no arguments from anyone.

2) Were there any highlights or lowlights from your pre season?

Nothing really stands out to be honest, there was so much focus on the appointment of Steve Clarke that pre season friendlies just faded into the background. We did have some good wins though as the games ticked through, and no doubt that has contributed to the spirit we've seen so far this season.

3) How do you feel your club did in the transfer window?

Claudio Yacob is like a knight in shining armour, especially given he joined on a free. Settled into the first team admirably, and performed very well so far. The other obvious choice is Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, who has had an impact whenever he gets on the pitch. We're really still to see the impact of the other signings, but at least from you can tell they will give us something different when up to speed and they get their chance. Yassine El Ghanassy is a name to look out for in the future!

4) Has anybody left who you think has seriously weakened the team?

The only ones I really worried about was Keith Andrews and Paul Scharner because of how instrumental they were last season, but we've replaced well, especially with Yacob for the more defensive midfield role, so I can't fault the decisions.

5) Who is going to be your main dangerman when we play?

Long, Mulumbu, Lukaku...we're moved on from last season, I don't have to default to Peter Odemwingie anymore!

6) What are your weaknesses, any clues for the game will be appreciated :-)

Our weakness at the moment is Fulham.

7) Will you have anyone out who would otherwise play?

Not at the moment, apart from default Peter Odemwingie after he saw the mythical red mist. We have a couple of injury worries, but most of them should be back by the weekend.

Now with a slightly more Claret and Blue angle...

8) Are you surprised to see how Villa struggled last season and do you think we will again this time round?

No, between the sites we had some good banter last season, especially that bloody McLeish flag! I don't think it surprised anybody to be honest. The only surprise if anything was how badly he actually did do, because the one thing you thought might happen would be you'd be inept in attack but far more solid than you were in defence. Pee taking aside, and sadly I can't remember the board member I was chatting with now, but having Lambert rebuilding you it'll be nice to have a more genuine 'top dog' battle this season, or maybe next being fair, as you aren't consistent yet and are still learning the new ropes.

I want us to top you, but because we are genuinely the best side, not because you have strikers playing on the wing or in defence as it appeared last season.

From highlights so far, you aren't going to pull up any trees this season but you should, I think, finish higher and more comfortably this time round.

9) Do you have any thoughts on Paul Lambert?

I like him as a man and a manager. He knows what he's doing but it'll take time, as surely you know the work that needs doing at your club. Stick with him, and you'll reap the rewards. Many a Villa fan said your problem with McLeish was his style, so savour that with Lambert and it'll work more often than it doesn't as time passes. As you can imagine, as a replacement for Roy, I wouldn't have had any concerns had we gone for Paul.

10) What have you made of our youth promotions last/this season, anybody caught the eye for you?

Carruthers last season showed a lot of promise in his brief moments, but I've not seen anything of him yet? The Scottish Dwarf stands out for me for pure technical ability and the eye to pick out a pass. I believe Albrighton has been injured, so it'll be interesting to see if he can pick up from where he left off under Houllier and outside of that, Clark in time I think is good enough to be a Republic of Ireland captain of the future, but he's struggling from spending so long out of his natural position.

11) Who has stood out most from our recent acquisitions for you?

A couple have stood out in flashes, but nothing major or consistent yet. Vlaar reminds me of Olsson in style of play, but the Southampton game shows he's not quite up to speed yet as he was caught flat footed from what I saw on the highlights. Benteke also shone against Swansea, but against Southampton also showed he wasn't up to speed. The only consistent signing so far going off highlights is Guzan, who really seems to have improved on his earlier cup exploits.

12) If you could take one of our players, who would it be and why?

I wouldn't take one, I'd take two this time round. Firstly Bannan because I think with time he could play the support role perfectly with the passes he can play, and secondly Clark, because him alongside Craig Dawson could well be the future.

13) Who do you see as our main threat in the game?

I'm expecting Agbonlahor to figure to be honest, and his pace is always an issue, even if sometimes his finishing is comical. But he's a definite threat.

14) Where would you say our current weaknesses are in terms of how you will approach the match?

Simple lack of understanding still following a new regime. You were...cough... sublime against Swansea, tight against Newcastle, but it's taking so much from the players as they adjust that you are off pace like Southampton. Lambert will take the cup seriously which means our game will either feature the same players who will be tired, or you'll play those not yet completely ready for the first team. Either way, we should be able to capitalise on it and at the moment, that is your weakness.

15) Finally, a prediction please kind person...

As above, I'd put my house on three points for us this game and it could easily be 3-0. Depending on how we go as the season progresses, I don't think I'll be as confident when we next meet, because I feel you will really click around December and what takes effort now - which tires and drains your team - will be second nature by then.


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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 27 2012

Time: 4:33PM

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Wonder how different those answers would've been if not written before Man City! lol
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27/09/2012 16:38:00

0-3 ?? lmao ..................... a decent season and a few easy points and the Baggies are Barcelona !!! ..... Southampton was a debacle, and as we saw on Wednesday, Lambert isn't fond of debacles's and corrects things quickly ! .... they have had an easy time of things at VP lately, I think they will find it a tad harder on Sunday than they imagined. UTV
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27/09/2012 17:00:00

That was a decent interview wasn't it. Yes Mike, I think it was clearly before the Citeh match.
Pride of Lions
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27/09/2012 17:11:00

Fair enough the confidence after the Saints result. We'll see. We have to do something at home regularly now... my ideal would be winning! LOL
The Fear
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27/09/2012 17:29:00

3-0 Villa win simples, is this Bggie fan havin a laff lol they will not beat us 3-0, i have family and freinds who are baggies and they really think there club is better than Villa now pff lol makes me laff Bent cost more than there team put together, wait til after the match when we do em easily! UTV!
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27/09/2012 17:47:00

I hope the rest of the baggies fans and players have this mindset. If they go into the game thinking that, we could well surprise them. Really hope we are up for it and on our A game. We've had two terrible seasons and they've had a couple of half decent seasons and suddenly think they are top dogs. Ive quietly watched baggies fans getting a bit too big for their boots considering all they've done is a few mid table finishes. Need bringing down a peg or two and I would love it to be us that does it.
Lion Heart
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27/09/2012 17:55:00

Let's be honest, the Baggies aren't a bad team, and given we were making similar noises before the Soton match, maybe we'd better let the result do the talking after the match ... :o)
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27/09/2012 18:01:00

Here Here LionHeart i agree, ive always found the Baggie fans appear in my area when they do alright the shirts are out in force but as soon as they gerrelegated or lose a few i see tumbleweeds blowing around instead lol
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27/09/2012 19:17:00

Why didn't you just ask boing boing Fear Mike?
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27/09/2012 19:25:00

He rarely talks sensibly about the Villa, why would I ask him about Albion Steff? lol
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27/09/2012 20:37:00

Did you one see West Brom's performance last night? Full team against a very weak Liverpool team. Wow! West Brom looked nervous, looked like they had something on there mind. They had the nervs full, all there fans talking has pressured them up to much. Hopefully we turn up. I'm going 5v1 VTID. Its Timee. Can't wait, feel like going Villa park now and waiting :-)
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27/09/2012 22:10:00

It all depends which Villa team turns up,the Southampton team or the City team. 2-1 Villa if the City team turns out.
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28/09/2012 10:44:00

A decent interview and I thought Baggy Boy spoke some sense until the 3-0 comment. Im going for a score draw and Ill plumb for 2-2. Both teams are finding their way, we will be full of confidence after our midweek miracle where as they might be a bit flat after their beating. For the record Baggy Boy their is only one team in the midlands, and that my friend is the mighty Villa ;)
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28/09/2012 13:06:00

Somebody on WM got it spot on last Monday - they beat us twice in 30 years and suddenly think they're the canine gonads. The status quo will soon be resumed and they'll go back to the pit from whenst they came. Maybe not by Saturday though. As others have said, if we play like last week it could well be 0-3 or more, but at our best we should muller them.
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28/09/2012 14:41:00

I'll take that bet of 3pts or your house mate! And I'll bet mine and my car the Villa win while we are at it. UTV!!
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28/09/2012 23:42:00


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