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Glensider's Ramblings - Part Two

Glensider's Ramblings - Part Two

The guard changes slowly in the Barclay`s Premier League. That`s if and when it can even be bothered to change at all. It shifts almost imperceptibly, from Manchester to London and back, avoiding the city of Birmingham and Villa Park entirely. The claret, blue and limes nag at the edges. Sometimes we are good enough to play with the big kids, most of the time not.

Is that scenario likely to change any time soon? Is it?

The young Villans aren`t weighted with bad memories and failures. They lack doubt. They have the talent to go toe to toe with at least seventy five per cent of the premier league. With their youth comes possibility, and more importantly, passion, desire, commitment, and good health. Poorer quality, lesser teams, will limp along through to May and the finishing line, wondering, hoping and praying, that they have enough in their locker to hang on to their top flight status. We should sprint throughout the second half of the campaign. Mid table mediocrity and the safety it provides should be well within our grasp. Don`t we have so much going for us? Much more than our current companions in distress at the wrong end of the table? We do, don`t we?

We are blessed with a core group of young footballers who stand on the very verge of a domestic Cup Final appearance at Wembley Stadium. A core group of young footballers who are capable of making many happy returns.

Yes they are going to live and learn along the way, set-backs and failings will be commonplace as they progress and develop. It has come to be the accepted fact amongst Villans, that the odd heavy beating would no doubt come our way, as our talented young men come to terms with having to do a man`s job.

No one told us though to expect humiliations along the lines of the extremely worrying performance at Stamford Bridge. There can be no excuses for such insipid, inadequate performances.

I was fortunate enough to be at Carrow Road and Anfield, venues where despite somewhat flattering score lines, our vision for a better, brighter future really began to unfold before our rejoicing eyes. We started to really believe, we started to thump the drum, we started to get carried away. We perhaps started to get ahead of ourselves.

We overlooked the fact that we have only really made baby steps into the long haul that lays ahead of us, the road back to respectability. Stamford Bridge was a very rude, extremely alarming, but perhaps quite necessary wake-up call.

We could have done though without that 8-0 very rude, extremely alarming, even if necessary wake-up call.

Hopefully Stamford Bridge was a 'manhood game`. Hopefully our lads discovered a lot about themselves and each other, as Chelsea ran riot and well and truly dumped us on our backsides.

Lets face it, over recent weeks, they`ve discovered a lot to like about themselves. They have produced efforts and performances worthy of the circumstances and the situation.

At Stamford Bridge, they did not. They let themselves, the supporters, and Aston Villa Football Club down badly.

They now have two opportunities, in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic, to begin repairing the damage created on that grey, overcast, depressing London Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Go to it lads. Come On You Lions.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday December 24 2012
Time: 6:06PM


Must beat Wigan, that is our level at the moment. Anything from spuds would be a bonus but not sure I can see it happening personally.
The Fear
24/12/2012 18:10:00
PL has said there will be 'ups and downs' on the journey so we need to put Chelsea aside and get on with Spurs and Wigan, sure our young team will bounce back. Happy Christmas
24/12/2012 21:26:00
right now I am being interested by the fact that a) we dont see Chelsea again before Feb (good) and b) the last game of the season is away to Wigan (not bad I hope). So Must Beat Wigan is the understatement of the year.
24/12/2012 22:09:00
Dfinately must beat Wigan and a point against Spuds woud be a bonus..... no Bale though?
Pride of Lions
25/12/2012 02:33:00
Are Clark, Baker, Lowton, Herd, Bannan, Westwood good enough? I dont know anymore. Would would like to get back to at least 6th because we should be as good and on a par with Spurs/Everton/Newcastle - that has always been our level - take out the Mancs and Arse, Liv and Chelsea - and we should be by rights in that next pack and the fact we are not is shameful. However, because of historical mistakes we are fighting with the Fulhams, Wigans, Norwichs and Swanseas of this world. Lerner must put us back in that second tier. Now - here's the rub. I do not want the club to endlessly line the players pockets. I want us to pay no more than 60% of our total income on wages - so I have to support the new philosophy of young (and cheap!) players. Lets hope that they turn out to be good enough. Its a gamble. Everything is crossed- we deserve it
25/12/2012 15:37:00
"The young Villans aren`t weighted with bad memories and failures. They lack doubt." Really? I would have thought that after Sunday they would be riddled with fear and doubt.
25/12/2012 19:37:00
One game Saurat does not completely wipe-out what had slowly been taking shape prior to Sunday's visit to Stamford Bridge. You very much miss the point of the article sir.
25/12/2012 21:31:00
Despite the Bridge terrors I still think we can take it to Spurs and on our patch I'll go 2-0. The lads will be more than fired up to put things right.
26/12/2012 06:57:00
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