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Two Pundits Wax Lyrical About Aston Villa

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
Date:Sunday November 11 2012
Time: 11:08AM

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Quite simply UTV.
PiperUK
11/11/2012 11:57:00
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Well said. We have shown these lads on their day are capable so consisten y is key! Itv
leelindsay
11/11/2012 12:10:00
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ITV! lol
P.Avfc
11/11/2012 12:18:00
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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...
CDX_EIRE
11/11/2012 12:47:00
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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
astonmilan
11/11/2012 13:10:00
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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 !
villan57
11/11/2012 13:27:00
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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
11/11/2012 13:43:00
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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
11/11/2012 13:47:00
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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
11/11/2012 13:54:00
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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
11/11/2012 14:11:00
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