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The Week In Villa (14)

Wednesday, 31st October

In non-footballing matters, we announce that Bon Jovi will be playing Villa Park as part of their tour. Funny, it kinda feels like we've been livin' on a prayer for a while now… badum-tch.

Back to footballing matters and Paul Lambert's return to Carrow Road has been brought forward from May to December (Anyone remember that show? Reminds me of Sunday evenings at my Nan's…) as we are drawn against them in the League Cup.

Thursday, 1st November

The U-21's lose 2-0 away to Sunderland.

On the subject of Sunderland, attentions start to turn to Saturday. Naturally, Paul Lambert and Martin O'Neill have their connections. People who appear a bit clueless about football and/or lazy in their conclusions use the formula of:

Tracksuit + Glasses + Celtic + Norwich + Wycombe + Villa = OHMYGODTHEYARETHESAME

Friday, 2nd November

Previews continue. Lambert and MON, as you can imagine, say lots of nice things about each other and suggest that those given them stick should shut their yaps!

The Norwich game is confirmed as December 11th.

Two Villa Ladies received awards at the FA Women's Awards; Sherry McCue finished second while Sarah Mayling of the U17s finished third in the Young Player of the Year award.

Saturday, 3rd November

Well now, that was a needed win! The ironic thing is we won in the same way we won a lot under O'Neill - soak up pressure and hit them on the break.

Despite a bit of pressure I never felt concerned to be honest besides standard lack comfortableness at 1-0 (a second goal would have been lovely!) and we defended well. Everyone out there did themselves proud. Well maybe apart from Lichaj; that was not his best performance…!

Overall I think we deserved the win, and it was much needed given the horrific run of games we have coming up.

I would like to think it represents a turned corner. That said, I thought we may have done that after a good performance at Newcastle and beating Swansea but it didn't happen.

Now, do you know the one common denominator in those two games and the Sunderland victory? Barry Bannan started. The wee lad is much maligned by many Villa fans but statistically, he has been our most creative player this season, and there is no doubting the fact that, this season, when he starts, we play better.

Sunday, 4th November

Abbeyleigh Stringer scored twice and Kelly Clarke grabbed the other as the ladies won 3-0 away at Leicester in the League Cup.

Monday, 5th November

Darren Bent, who didn't travel with the squad on Saturday, appears to have aggravated the same ankle that kept him out for a sustained period last season. In addition, Eric Lichaj and Joe Bennett are also injured, which means Enda Stevens could be making his first Premier League start against Manchester United!

On the flip-side, Richard Dunne returns to training. If he comes back the Richard Dunne who can be bothered, then that's good news. If he's the lazy Dunne that doesn't concentrate, then he may as well stay injured…!

Tuesday, 6th November

We're linked with Maribor striker Robert Beric; seems a bit random.

In more substantial news, 15-year old Swedish striker Ihab Naser is joining us for a week. Could come to nothing, could be a great bit of business, who knows.

Finally, Ron Saunders turned 80 today. Happy birthday, sir.




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The Journalist

Writer: Sheriff Kimbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 7 2012

Time: 11:10AM

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never met the bothered Richard Dunne - according my archives he always *****ed up big time at least once in every game. And I will never erase the image of the attempted conversion for three points of the Spurs player in the box last season.
malacaxeta
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07/11/2012 12:39:00

...but am preparing to eat hat over Prince Barry. He has looked good recently (sorry, better). Just needs to keep his eye on the ball when he hits a pass 15 yards-+
malacaxeta
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07/11/2012 12:41:00

Mr Kimbo, Thanks for the information of the Ladies. You are not alone in picking out Bannan for mention, both he and Clark were in Garth Crooks' team of the week.
OnMeHeadFred
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07/11/2012 13:51:00

I don't think I want to be associated with Garth Crooks, ha!
Sheriff Kimbo
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07/11/2012 15:02:00

How about Garth Brooks Sheriff?...Lol
Pride of Lions
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09/11/2012 01:53:00

 

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