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Villa Fan 'Things Need Sorting' !

Villa Fan 'Things Need Sorting' !

Carew AV Legend submitted and said:

Problems need sorting Paul

On Tuesday evening, I like many other Villa fans, endured yet another woeful performance from the club I was considered great. Those days are long gone. Still being a young a villan I wasn't able to witness the glory days of '82 and I'm now starting to worry whether I will ever get the chance to celebrate those days in the future.

The Bradford game and many others I might add, highlighted the weaknesses we have which is extremely worrying based on the status of Bantams respectively. Here are the main problems we have Corners - Our inability to defend corners seems to have haunted our defence since the latter days of O'Neil's tenure at the club.

That is nearly three years; under seven managers (including caretakers) an incredible stat to say the problem still exists. Conceding late goals from corners can't go on it's killing us off in nearly every game. Sideward play - We continue to play sideward passing which isn't how to play attacking football. Here lies the blame with the ginge 'he who must not be named'. The positivity of our football has improved slightly but not dramatically under Lambert, hence the fact our matches still look negative with many pundits labelling us as a team that can't score goals. As an example in the Bradford game I saw Weimann scream on the touchline begging for Bennett to pass him the ball back so he could forward, Joe instead decided to pass to Bannan who continued the defensive passing technique. This kind of technique won't win us games, getting the ball in the net is all that matters not how long we can keep the ball, but that doesn't mean I condone the dreaded long ball style of play.

Free flowing football PLEASE!!!

Team Selections - This is arguably Lambert's biggest downfall since joining the club to be fair. I understand why he bought a few youngsters in the summer, but that doesn't mean you play them all at once. Joe Bennett has got to be one of the poorest players I have ever seen in a Villa shirt and that includes Alan Hutton. But at the moment I'd rather Hutton or Warnock play over Bennett because the lad simply has no defending mentality at our level.

Not picking Bent is sometimes justified when you compare the two, Benteke offers more all round play. But when the club is in need of goals you dont leave out a £24 million striker for a guy we signed from Chesterfield who has only scored 10 goals in 83 games. Barry Bannan is just a lost cause and I really struggle to find a reason why so many fans rate him. The 'Scottish Iniesta' provides nothing but negative play to the team and this great passing myth is seen in glimpses once every 10 games. He gets shrugged off the ball so easily game after game! you would think he actually was a six-year old and it's incredibly frustrating to watch, especially when he is losing it in vulnerable places on the pitch.

I could go on with many more problems but I seriously don't think I need to go on... Lambert if you are listening please don't be stubborn in your tactics, you are a good manager don't ruin that. Bring some experience into this squad, its needed desperately. Get Bannan, Bennett and the other shit out of this club they're dragging us down. And for the love of God use DARREN BENT. Yes he missed a sitter on Tuesday, but how many times has he done it for Villa. This player has saved us two seasons in a row with his goals; he doesn't deserve to be treated this badly. He is a 20-goal-a-season striker yet he can't seem to play more than 20 games a season.

By leaving Bent out for so long, no wonder he gets injured within minutes of playing. Training isn't going to keep him fit when he isn't getting any games under his belt. I truly hope we stay in the Premier league, I even believe we could still make Wembley in the League Cup despite being 3-1 on aggregate. Remember in 1994, Tranmere Rovers need I say anymore. Come on Villa win us a game, don't make it another 2012 I seriously couldn't cope with that type of year again.


Writer:Carew AV Legend
Date:Wednesday January 9 2013
Time: 2:19PM


Well said Carew AV Legend. I really hope that the message is getting through that our squad lacks inexperience. The same mono-tone excuses during interviews about set-pieces and defending. Well isnt it about time we did something about it? WHU who we all know are owned by those guys who once ran the SHA have acquired 2 decent players in the first 6 days of the transfer window being open....... why do Villa always leave it late? we can't afford to do that this year..... Why sell James Collins when he wasn't scared to get his head on the end of anything, even a boot if it required..... 100% commitment. Oh - he knows where the net is also!! It's simply pathetic that Cieron Clark is our captain. He has the leadership qualities of a teenager in business fresh out of O-Levels. Go get Scotty Parker, Tom Huddleston to sort the mid out. Go get a central defender who can play alongside Clarke or Vlaar. Dont wait until the end of Jan for bargains. We need them now. We needed them 5 months ago!!!
09/01/2013 14:46:00
Whilst I agree that Bennett was awful it is far too early to 'write him off'...He shouldn't be playing NOW, I agree 100%, but he did show against Ipswich that he has a lot of natural talent..He is one who should be playing predominantly in the reserves and be introduced slowly into an experienced and settled team..He COULD be a very good player, if handled correctly..He certainly isn't at the moment, and needs to be taken out of the firing line. (Same ideally for Baker and Clark, if Dunne and Vlaar were fit..Two good prospects, but not being done any favours ATM)
09/01/2013 14:48:00
Sorry but Clark isnt a CB and he certainly isn't a decent one. He did fine in Midfield. Bennett, Delph, Bannan and Baker are so so bad, just not good enough. Why is nobody within the club passing the message on to Mr Lambo?
09/01/2013 14:52:00
Great read. I agree on most parts.
09/01/2013 14:54:00
I think the Site Admin needs contact the web designer so he can place a programme into this site which replaces the 'Experience' with 'Quality' every time its mentioned... I have to say while I agree on some points I will say playing DB9 will solve nothing only replacing the MF is going to do anything... However playing Benteke for the full 90 every game isnt an answer either when he gets frustrated he is useless and this has shower in our last few except the Swansea game because naturally he didn get as frustrated... Last night had a host of problems (as did recent games) the big thing that frustrated me was Weimann not playing thru the centre IMO we should have subbed Benteke and gabby and went with Weimann and Bent thru the middle... Pushed Bennett into LM brought on Stevens at LB and Carruthers for Bannan... Benteke has been playing far too many matches he has barely had a break I think it was a big mistake to play him last night he has played pretty much every cup game, league game and international since he has joined... I genuinely think if we can bring in a CB, 2xCM, 1 LM or RM we will be fine... Obviously these need to be quality players I dont think we need a LB because I think Stevens can do job...
09/01/2013 14:54:00
With you all the way on that CDX cant understand why Bennet was playing if Stevens was available and also agree with Wiemann through the middle. But the midfield is where our biggest problems are would keep Holman and clear out the rest they have all had chances none of them have stepped up to the standard we need. Cant really gauge how good or bad the defence would be with Vlar back and a midfield of some sort in front of it.
09/01/2013 15:06:00
True Merlin theres no words to describe MF... Not only am I embarrassed with Villa's recent form I am also embarrassed for defending Bennett I still think he has the potential to be a good player but its fair to say the best he can hope for is to become a poor mans Garry Bale...
09/01/2013 15:50:00
If we had a CB I'd say we could push Clark into midfield and at least have a temporary solution to our holding mid problem. A solid covering centre back to partner Baker (and then Vlaar when he is fit again) is a must for me. A quality left back and a creative midfielder are the other important acquisitions. Talk of Coutinho, Internatzionale's young Brazilian playmaker, is an exciting prospect and I think he could help to bring the best out of our attacking players. People may argue that he lacks experience but Prem-experienced players come at a premium and are largely overpriced. An understudy of midfield giants like Wesley Sneijder is not to be sniffed at in my ever so humble. As far as quality left-backs go I'm stumped, not exactly ten-a-penny, are they?
Bristol Villan
09/01/2013 16:23:00
Guys, we have dropped to such a low level that there is a e-mail doing the ronds with 3 oxo cubes on it, the first one has chicken stock, the second has beef stock and the 3rd has the Villa colours on it with laughing stock, that sums it it up for me. COTVABU
irish villa
09/01/2013 16:34:00
Couldn't agree more re: Bannan. If he wasn't Scottish, I wonder if our last 2 managers would even have him in the squad or with the kids. As CDX says, Bencht would make no difference, we're losing the game from the centre of the park.
09/01/2013 17:12:00
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