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Two Pundits Wax Lyrical About Aston Villa

Another game, another pundit opinion and this time, the opinion is a positive one.

As many of you who read my guff will know, I hold little ... err, I`m actually not sure what expression I was after there... errm. Ok, I`ll start again, I hate the victim mentality of fans and the 'that pundit hates us` sort of response when Villa (or other teams) are criticised!

Pundits, most often ex players or managers, so they do know a little about the game, are there to analyse and say what they see. We might not always like it but quite often they are spot on.

Alan Hansen the other week on Match Of The Day was right to say Villa should be worried and that the team were so bad they were embarrassing. He`d not have said it if we performed like we did v Man Utd yesterday though. See: Alan Hansen - Villa Were Embarrassing

Then we had Lawro before the game questioning the quality of our team (see: Click Here ) You can be sure next week he`ll praise our performance. It isn`t hatred, they just say what they see.

Ramble over.

Alan Shearer proves the point though. He`s said a few times this season that he thinks we might be in trouble because he couldn`t see where our goals were going to come from. Not a thought unique to non Villa fans is it?

Last night though, on Match of the Day, the all time Premiership top scorer waxed lyrical about Villa:

"Paul Lambert will be devastated to have lost that but he can be so proud of his young boys who went out and performed because particularly first half, they were all over Manchester United and never let them settle at all"

He pointed out the two full backs Lowton and Stevens, Bannan in midfield and Benteke + Weimann up front saying the forwards "caused them {Utd} all sorts of problems".

Gary Lineker chipped in (or should that be crisped in) saying "despite the defeat, Villa can take a lot out of that, they are youngsters, it was really encouraging for them."

Shearer ended, "The future looks bright for them, it might take a little bit of time for them to get there experience wise but particularly Benteke and Weimann were fantastic"

"It was a great game, plenty to work on for Aston Villa. I`ve been saying for most of the season I`ve been worried where the goals are going to come from, but he`ll {Lambert} take a lot of heart from that performance".

Amen to all that. Must admit, it gave me heart, personally I expected a total tanking yesterday and so did a good few other fans I spoke to before and at the game. I just LOVE to be proved wrong. Thing is, Villa now need to play like that EVERY game, not just raising their performance v Man Utd, they need to play like that v all teams and there are a good few teams who would find it hard to contain us. Do that v Reading, QPR, Wigan, Stoke etc and we`ll pull away from relegation trouble and the atmosphere at Villa Park will only grow and grow in support.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 11 2012

Time: 11:08AM

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Quite simply UTV.
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11/11/2012 11:57:00

Well said. We have shown these lads on their day are capable so consisten y is key! Itv
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11/11/2012 12:10:00

ITV! lol
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11/11/2012 12:18:00

Im sick I missed the game yesterday through work Iv heard nothing but praise for the boys which makes me really happy... Im downloading the game now gona fire it up later cannot wait...
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11/11/2012 12:47:00

Pundits tell it like it is, Shearer is unbiased and fair generally. United had a lot of luck with decisions including the one leading up to the free kick for the third goal. We are gelling as a unit, long way from the finished article in my eyes and we will have the downs as well as the ups, but if we can try to play with that sort of cohesion and vibrancy then we will win more than we lose over the next 27 games. Hey, who knows, we may even win a cup ?!? ...... one thing I was impressed with was Enda Stevens, I rate him and he can be a big player for us in the coming years, I watched him against Spurs for Shamrock Rovers just before he moved to us and he did well against Gareth Bale in that game ...... Weiman too, looking the real deal week by week. For me, the key man will be Steven Ireland, if he can get back to his best this season and he's showing glimpses, we have the man to unlock defences. Upwards and onwards. UT
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11/11/2012 13:10:00

funny how for weeks I've been banging on about Weimann and Benteke should be together up front , whilst most of this forum has kept on about Bent and Gabby , which to me hasn't worked in nearly 3 seasons . At last Lambert is moving towards it !
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11/11/2012 13:27:00

villan57, I have been hoping for it too, mate. I have always rated Weimann and now he is getting a crack and living up to it. Benteke, whether he scores or not, his strength will be hard to replace. Also his dribbling and air skills. He is a unique compared to the rest of our strikers. I also do thing Gabby is better playing on the wing and cutting in like he was yesterday. We would never have scored the second if he was never there.
Avfc94 we do
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11/11/2012 13:43:00

villan57, I have been hoping for it too, mate. I have always rated Weimann and now he is getting a crack and living up to it. Benteke, whether he scores or not, his strength will be hard to replace. Also his dribbling and air skills. He is a unique compared to the rest of our strikers. I also do thing Gabby is better playing on the wing and cutting in like he was yesterday. We would never have scored the second if he was never there.
Avfc94 we do
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11/11/2012 13:47:00

As it's been said, all we have to do is play like that against "lesser" teams. Sounds easy, but we know it's not. But things are starting to come together so perhaps the pundits will wax lyrical about us more often.
Pride of Lions
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11/11/2012 13:54:00

Agreed 57/avfc94, was worried that Weimann was being pushed aside, now he is really getting and taking his chance. Very exciting prospect and Benteke is looking better by the game.
The Fear
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11/11/2012 14:11:00

Wiemann can do what Bencht can solely do AND loads extra.
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11/11/2012 19:52:00

Most pundits may not be able to understand the off-side rule but they usually can tell a bad team from a good.
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11/11/2012 19:59:00

Did anyone mention how ***** the substitutions were.....why do people take off players on a hattrick (never used to happen - seems to have started when G Taylor took Lineker off in his last game for England when he was tied for record scorer). Weimann and Bannan should have stayed on - take Ireland off for Holman, Stevens off for Delph. I am afraid that KEA is looking more and more like a "squad player". It basically sent the message - were going to try and hold out for a draw. It didnt work.
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11/11/2012 20:06:00

I must say I was impressed with Stevens who didn't give Valencia a kick. Mind you he got great defensive cover from Gabby ( except for his aberation for the second goal). Actually I was having a bit of a chuckle about the way that when a utd player was matched up against Gabby in wide areas you could nearly feel them thinking," I'm not taking this guy on for pace" and either turn around or try to go inside. Maybe there is the beginning of a good partnership there.
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11/11/2012 20:33:00

Stevens played well for most of the game - but then they kept on going down that side everytime, trying to wear him down and make him lose his confidence probably ...... I am beginning to think thats how they play - like a pack of hyenas looking for the weakest impala in the herd etc etc. Lambert should have thought about changing up the defence and not swapping out the entire central midfield. It backfired. Theres no "immense pride" in losing a 2 goal lead - I dont care who you are playing against.
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11/11/2012 23:48:00

Totally agree with subs being a bad choice. My choice would have been to take Ireland off for Holman and rest the good though inexperienced Stevens by bring on delph to play inbetween a back 3. And then maybe swap gabby for the untried striker on the bench to give him the chance that benteke had and took when he first came on as a sub in his first game. Could believe you would take off my Man of the match Weinmann. He was on fire. Referee and lamberts subs cost us at least a point despite how good there sub was.
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12/11/2012 00:32:00

Why are i-phones crap for replying on forums ? My point was Lamberts subs should have been, Holman for Ireland, Delph for the fantastic but tired Stevens and maybe Bowery for Gabby. And Weimann given his chance to make it a hat trick. Have to agree after a good start to his villa career Karim is looking poor, I'd have rather bought Albrighton on than him. Better to loose 4-2 than not have a go at getting a third goal and Holman and Bowery may have helped our cause in that direction. Plan B needs some work by Lambert especially with Man City and Arsenal coming up. Fight fire with fire I say not admit we are not good enough to hold on for a draw.
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12/11/2012 01:05:00

I would have felt better with 3 points that a good performance which got us nothing. I felt Westwood knitted things togther very well. I half disagree with the subs comment For me Bannans head went down and along with Ireland kept giving the ball to Utd so they had to come off. However Weimann should have been left on as he wa brimming with confidence and a threat Utd had to consider. As soon as KEA fouled the Utd player I knew we would concede from the free kick. Too many times thats happened to us and we never seem to learn! ntil we can learn to hold a lead and push for more we will keep losin fro winning positions. We are the opposit to Utd in that respect, I bet we hve dropped more points than any team in England from winning positions over th last 3 seasons.
Chelt Villan
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12/11/2012 14:29:00


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