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Villa Players Up For The Norwich City Clash

A couple of players have spoken on AVFC.co.uk about the upcoming crunch game v Norwich City.

See: An Interview With A Norwich Fan 25/10/12

Andreas Weimann who I think has been unlucky not to get a look in this season so far, told Paul Brown at www.avfc.co.uk that the players are totally up for the match, in fact, he says they 'can`t wait` for kick off.

Good to know they are chomping at the bit, they should be. As said, for me, I think he`s unlucky not to have got a few chances, he was looking decent last season. This is my problem replacing our own youth players with youth from lower leagues or in this case, Belgium! Competition for places is great, but for that to work, players missing goals need to be replaced at times?

I digress.... And digest as I`ve just had an egg sandwich. Where were we and is anyone still reading?

'The players can't wait for the game. We are really relishing it because when you lose you can't wait for the next match. I think we'll be banging the dressing room door down to get out there on Saturday. It can't come quick enough for us. We're really looking forward to it."

Hope that is reflected in the game. I don`t think we can say that players aren`t trying at the moment, I guess the question might be if some of them aren`t quite the grade and it is too early to judge that?!

He says they do know they need to turn things around and points out that the only really bad performance was v Everton. Hmmm, sort of agree but I can`t wipe the Southampton capitulation from my mind just yet.

And a call for the 12th man... 'The fans will be vital in that one too. When you walk out of that tunnel and you see that sea of claret and blue and you hear the noise, it's an incredible feeling. It gives you an extra lift, no doubt at all. The fans have been amazing this season. Hopefully we can give them something to shout and scream about.'

And Karim El Ahmadi has told Dan Harrison on The Official Site that Villa have been unlucky so far points wise and that they have to start picking up results.

'We are close to the bottom three but from what I see there is no team we have played against that have destroyed us or are much better than us,' he said.

Errmm, again, I don`t want to disagree but I thought Everton ripped us apart and could have had double the total and again, Southampton? They were thrashed the week before, they were thrashed the week after but sorry, 4-1 is a thrashing and that is what they did v Villa.

He adds they have to keep their spirits high and that he hopes to be able to show how good a team Villa have this weekend v Norwich.

'We expect to have more points than now. I think if you see the games, we could have more points by now."

He also points out in the Express & Star that the team would like to win this game v Norwich for the manager as well.

Villa v Norwich ticket info: www.eticketing.co.uk/avfc

So, do you agree, have we been unlucky this season? Hope it is just luck and it changes very quickly!





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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 25 2012

Time: 2:04PM

Your Comments

dont think we've had any particular good luck in games but can't say we've been that unlucky with any of the results either really can we?
The Fear
tbf the only game I thought we deserved to win was the Newcastle game we have been average at best or awful in all the other games.
macca1087
yeah, fair comment, decent performance at St James Park.
The Fear
KEA says he up for it. Lets hope he's STILL up for it on Saturday lunchtime as he's been down recently.
Pride of Lions
We expect and demand the players are up for it. But what about the supporters? Lambert left Norwich, a club that sells out every game to come to us, a supposed 'big' club. As we know we are well priced and the club has had massive investment in the last 6 years, although failure to match results to spending has meant that this has had to be curbed in the last 2 years. So when the players walk out on Saturday will they be faced by 13,000, 10,000, 5000 empty seats? I hope the players give their all. It would be a shame if they did and there wasn't the support there to help lift them to greater heights. UTV. The 19th minute.
voiceoftheholte
VOTH the problem our club always has had as you will know is the stay away fans appear when we start competing for Europe and doing well in the league, its retty much the way it is, we have to climb up the league to get the ground buzzing again properly, thats the job of the players to do but we lack stel in mdfield imo which is why we are vulnrable at the back or not providing forwards with enough killer passes carving out openings enough, i would say two payers in January 2 midfielders a combative physical presence and a creative player would do us a treat a bit of quality to help the kids out
ClivetheVillan
clive. I know. I have come to expect it now. Despite the protestations of many (and I understand that there are people who can not attend for various reasons, but this is the same for every club in the league), we have the biggest fluctuations in attendance of any club in the division. We simply have too many glory hunters and fickle fans. This in turn makes it harder for the genuine fans who despair when they get to Villa Park and see 10,000 empty seats, as there will be tomorrow. And they wonder why players are happy to leave when a club who can fill their ground come knocking. Then they bleat we should pay higher wages and spend more money. Well Randolph did that and it could have bankrupted the club. The sooner we get back to just supporting the club, no matter if we are top, middle or bottom, the better.
voiceoftheholte
Voice i felt the same way as you about attendances, Im 33 and had a season ticket since i was 13, however since have kids and my second becoming ill ive only attended 1 game this season, so for me ive had a change of heart and realised that we all have different commitments, yes would love full houses but I dont think i can be critisised for my circumstances. Its a difficult one perhaps we dont have a big a fan base as we think!!!
astonsteve
astonsteve. I empathise with you fella. I have no desire to critisise anybody really. And there are thousands of fans who would love to go, but who simply can't. The fact is though if we were top of the league, had a multi zillionaire owner and were buying the best players, Villa Park would be full at significantly higher prices. This is because the fickle/part time/occassional/ fans (call them what you will) have in most instances got the money, but not the desire . . . unless we are doing well. I would just like to get back to a situation where fans can not wait to get to Villa Park regardless of how much money the club has spent, how we are doing and who we are playing. Why can't we just enjoy the day. Football is as much social as it is for 90 minutes on the pitch. Fans nowadays only seem to worry about a result and have forgot what a football day out is all about. There is also the small matter that a team backed and supported by full houses often produces better performances than those who perform in front of passionless, apathetic grounds with thousands of empty seats. And a final whinge. It is usually those who moan the loudest who are the most fickle and put in the least money. The die hards tend to support more and whinge less.
voiceoftheholte
I understand and agree with voice re the prawn sandwich brigade who turn up when things are going well. But on the other side of the coin maybe a conversation I overheard on the train one morning this week is a better indicator two lads in their early 20s were discussing football the one guy said would love to go to Villa park and take my young son but your talking 50 which is 20% of my weeks pickup just cant afford it. When I was the same age it didnt amount to 10% so in these tough times I do have sympathy with folk not being able to afford it. I level no blame at the club they are a business offering a price which is better than many.
Merlin128777
Merlin I agree, but that is the same for every club in the country. But we are amongst the best priced. So there will always be fans from all clubs that cant afford it, but we have less excuse than all of them. Why are Redscouse, Newcastle, Norwich always sold out even though they are more expensive to watch than us, have less catchment area and are hardly pulling up trees in the football world?
voiceoftheholte
 

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