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Lambert & Gabby - All To Play For Still

Couldn`t do this last night, neither could Mike.

Paul Lambert spoke after the humiliating defeat against a 4th division team on www.avfc.co.uk

The Villa boss promised they would come out fighting at Villa Park and promised a 'very different game`.

Talk on the pitch not off it right now.

Now fair enough, we are basically 'just` 2-0 down and it is half time. Plenty of time to correct this and get through (not convinced a trip to Wembley would be a great thing for us the way we are playing, but that is an argument for another day) Whatever the 'positives` a result last night is just not acceptable especially to the travelling fans who are usual, were immense.

Ok, so he talked of his disappointment and said the home leg they know "We're in a game now, that's for sure."

Adding that the defending wasn`t good enough..

'We had a lot of the ball and their keeper made some good saves but if you don't defend set-pieces that's what can happen. We had a lot of chances and on another night they might have gone in but that's certainly not good enough."

And on the home leg.... 'We're at home. We'll have the majority of the crowd with us. But we know what we have to do. We certainly have to play a lot better than that. It's a big game for us. It will be a different game at Villa Park, that's for sure. You have to regroup. That's what you have to do. We have to come out of the blocks. There's no grey area.'

And Gabby on www.avfc.co.uk says they will 'get the job done` next time.

He said: 'We all knew it was going to be tough coming to Bradford. It was a big occasion. But we're disappointed because we missed a lot of chances. On another day they would have gone in. But full credit to Bradford, they had a plan and it paid off for them."

Bradford also missed other chances, hit the post AND had one cleared off the line by Delph by the way.

On a positive note he adds, 'But it's over two legs. We know we've got work to do but we're relishing the challenge. We look to the second leg to put it right. We're hurting in the dressing room, definitely. But it's only half-time. We will go out sharp and looking to get the job done."

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Date:Wednesday January 9 2013

Time: 11:31AM

Your Comments

They are right, but that result and performance is the sign of a very poor side. If we were any good we would have got a draw at at least. It showed a worrying lack of character and quality. Sod this cup, i'm more concerned about relegation.
bikini inspector
Forget about the cup, we are not anywhere near good enough to win a final. The huge problem we have is the league, our defense is the worst in our history and certainly in the league. We are sambolic, we ae nealyout of time, we have to get an experienced cenre half urgently. I am of the opinion that we will be playing Championship football next year, that in itself is bad enough, the awful part will be the smug look to Savages face, that will be hard to take. I still blame 70% of our plight on O'Neill, it was a very sad day he ever came to our club. COTVABU
irish villa
Last 2 seasons you could look & say there's 3 worse teams than us ,we should survive. Can't say it this season & so far into the window it's getting worse not better. My main concern from last night is confidence not the cup . I wanted a decent result to build on Swansea & Ipswich. Now at home against Southampton I fear the worst . They'll be up for it,we'll be nervous ,lacking in confidence,crowd restless . I fear the worst
AstonBilla
Oh sorry about my grammer and spelling I have just had about enough. COTVU
irish villa
We have to sign a centre-back by Saturday or we're down.
olofthegreat
a centreback and TWO midfielders at least, by saturday or Southampton will have us for breakfast and I think another home defeat and we'll be down. Every fan sees it but PL can't??? as for wembley does any Villa fan really want to see Chelski get a cricket score against us so creating the biggest ever defeat in a final? i'd rather we won the 2nd leg 1-0 and went out with at least some pride shown in the shirt. No names linked in the press yet again and yet PL said at the beginning of Dec that he knew what business he wanted to do in the transfer window? it appears to everyone else he doesn't have a clue!
griffgriff
hear hear griff griff
AstonBilla
Southampton, WBA, Bradford, Newcastle. Can any 4 games get bigger? Its make or break now for our season. I hope we don't fold under pressure.
Blitz
Still not sure which part of our defence PL thinks is good enough, many state the results at Liverpool and Swansea, but had they been able to finish we could've been 5-0 down after half hour. We have a defence that would struggle in div 2 and I really mean that. However 2 experienced and solid ball winners in front of them would make all the difference and offer some protection, but sooner Roncrete and Dunny are fit the better
Drew69
Still not sure which part of our defence PL thinks is good enough, many state the results at Liverpool and Swansea, but had they been able to finish we could've been 5-0 down after half hour. We have a defence that would struggle in div 2 and I really mean that. However 2 experienced and solid ball winners in front of them would make all the difference and offer some protection, but sooner Roncrete and Dunny are fit the better
Drew69
If Gabby is so insistant that he knows what is at stake why then, as one of the older heads in the team, wasn't he getting in to his team mates and telling them to get back in to shape and watch their men at set pieces? Words, words, more words but no actions. And before anyone says that isn't part of his game, what is his game exactly? Running fast and....eh....that's it. First touch and finishing are both poor so why do we pay him a wage? Because he's a fan? I'm a fan and I'll gladly run around like a headless chicken for the money he is on. I'd probable have a better strike rate though! No apologies from anyone at the club for the travelling fans either. NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
heavy d
Its no good talking like the home leg will be an advantage because it wont! On saturday against Southampton it will be tense and full of frustration and will get worse if we dont take the lead and dominate the game, which I cant see. If we lose we will probably be in the relegation zone which makes fans and players feel even worse. Then come the baggies who will take great delight in taunting us and I would expect them to p**s all over us. So we will all arrive for the semi frustrated yet still expectant. The atmosphere might start well but if we havent scored within half hour and are being sloppy like usual the crowd will turn and the young lads wont be able to cope with it. For those reasons we MUST start brightly at full pace against Saints. I keep hearing the words pick ourselves up and bounce back - well we've been on our knees for the last month and if they dont stand up on Saturday I just cant see us turning this season around at all.
Lion Heart
Worryingly I don't know how you turn this around, that usually means playing to your potential or loss of form, if you're simply not good enough at this level it's not possible. Only change of personnel would achieve this and we don't ape war to have the funds for this.....we're doomed me thinks
Drew69
Spot on heavy d. Gabby is a wate of space full stop. Mind you, he's not on his own. Bennett, Delp, Bannan, the list goes on and on.... big job which isn't going to be put right I'm afraid, so relegation beckons. All to play for..... What a pair of dim wits....
Pride of Lions
Spot on heavy d. Gabby is a waste of space full stop. Mind you, he's not on his own. Bennett, Delp, Bannan, the list goes on and on.... big job which isn't going to be put right I'm afraid, so relegation beckons. All to play for..... What a pair of dim wits....
Pride of Lions
What I dont understand ( among other things) about last night , and I'm sorry to be harping on about the same person is. Why ,when it was patently obvious that Bennett was having a mare didn't Lambo get him off. Gabby, bad and all as he was would have put the shackles on their winger. In fact I've said it before, I think Gabby would make a decent full back .
Oscararc
Gabby doesnt even run fast anymore, he's fat
son_of_cher
Of course we could turn it round I'm the second leg since we need a 2-0 win over a league two side and we SHOULD but the team are in complete dire straits and playing like a bunch of non leaguers. Seriously what has happened to our squad?? There's maybe 4/5 players that are up to premier league standard or have the potential to grow into that. The rest have no chance and should be moved on asap. Can't believe (like many others) that it's Jan 10th and there's no players in and no sign of movement!! We should be aggressively attacking the market and getting players in that are fit to wear the shirt. Bargains can be found too just look at Swansea and Newcastle last season they prove it can be done, why are we sitting on our hands???? Randy is not a fan he's a business man and it's his business, he doesn't bleed Villa like us otherwise he would just sit there and do nothing. Is there a stronger word than disillusioned?
AdzVilla11
*Wouldn't... sorry I should have proof read my post but I'm just too upset... we were as good as Spurs a few years back??? Compare squads now.... seriously??
AdzVilla11
Well well well, has anyone noticed the score from Stamford Bridge? Maybe we do have something to play for after all.
Madirish
 

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