Aston Villa | One Way (Air) Ticket to Hull and Back (Preview)
UK time is: 10:26:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hull City vs. Aston Villa

Their Place



One Way (Air) Ticket to Hull and Back (Preview)

Aston Villa are very quickly doing what every non-Villa football brain thought they could do when they were flying high early-on in the Premier League season. We've become knackered. No not tiredness, we are exhausted. The only thing is that for the team, like UK air traffic controllers, the worst is yet to come.

With no shiny pots to play for, and only now seemingly Europa League places at stake (unless something goes drastically different to the expected) one wonders if it is time for some Happy Days from none other than youngster Nathan Delfouneso!

The Villans are making the llllloooonnnnggggg journey to Hull (I know what it's like, I played there!) to play a side desperately trying to avoid a fate not quite as bad as POrtsmouth, but still a touch iffy.

t's Villa



Short) Preview!

Vital Quotes:

Martin O'Neill is still considered to be one of the favourites to take over from Sir Chewalot at Theatre of Dreams, also known as the Salford University Silence Studies department. Worrying times if I lived in Kent as I'm not sure they'd particularly fancy Rio Ferdinand playing left back, and Berbatov playing on the left wing.

Irrelevant I guess? Perhaps. The Villa boss has been dampening fires this week, when he really should have been dampening an Icelandic Volcano! O'Neill was talking about James Milner, who has been the subject of growing speculation over his future. Monny muttered:

'It is irksome at this stage of the season,' said O'Neill. He's under contract with us and it's a case of dampening fires that weren't there in the first place.'

'He has had a really brilliant time, particularly since moving into the middle of midfield and I am delighted for him. We want the best players to stay here at Aston Villa so we can keep the momentum going.

'But I have kind of accepted it now. If it is not James it will be Ashley Young and if it is not Ashley it might be Richard Dunne and then someone else the following week.'

Speaking about his opposite number Ian Dowie and his struggling Tigers O'Neill was typically well behaved:

I think it is too easy for people to say you just need a change of manager and everything will be all right.

'It is just not as simple as that at all. You have to get to know players and I think that given the number of games you have to try and turn things around it is not that easy.

'Hull made the change and they brought him in and he is doing his utmost to keep them in the league. While there might be a cagey opening to the game against them I can't see the game developing along those lines at all because both sides have really got to go for it.'


Ian Dowie, the man hit by the ugly rainforest, has set his sights on similarly Championship worried West Ham as he looks to make a great escape from Stalag Luft Prem.

"If we win our game in hand, if we put decent points on the board in the next two games we'll be right in the shake-up. We're well aware of the threat that Villa pose. They're the third best team away from home in the league, we know what they bring."

"Martin's done a terrific job there, the money he's invested he's invested in great players, but we can't spend too much time worrying about what they'll bring to the party.'

I would, you don't want them to bring cheese and pineapple, sausage rolls and cheese and tomato pizza, if you have already bought the same! Jelly & Ice cream, copious amounts of beer and a stripper would of course be a viable alternative!

He continued by pointing out the obvious:

'They're as good a side as any in the country at counter-attacking in my opinion. We've got to make sure that we cope with their threats but also make sure we expose one or two weaknesses they have.'

Anyone think they may go down the left wing? Or sit back and wait for our strikers not to score?

Hull City Team News:

Hull City are struggling with the fitness of Dean Marney and Mernard Bendy (or Bernard Mendy, not sure.)

Anthony Gardner is unlikely to be risked after recovering from an ankle ligament injury. Caleb Folan may be another absentee.

Player to watch: All of 'em!

Desperately fighting relegation you'd have thought that Hull would be up for it!

Aston Villa Team News:

Yawn, un-changed side expected from Martin O'Neill. Only difference is that Fabian Delph has suffered a long-term injury and therefore will be unavailable for a considerable amount of time.

Player to watch: Fonz

Lets hope for more happy days! I expect the Fonz to get a run out in some capacity!

Match Facts & Stats

Hull, or Kingston-upon-Hull as it is properly known, is very far from Crewe, which is where I am.

It has a big bridge, it also has a football stadium next to a hockey stadium.

Phil Brown is no longer Hull City's manager. I believe he is now working as an alternative to the sun.

Hull has it's own phone system, and utilises beige phone boxes.

It is also twinned with Reykjavík which is in Iceland, who are now our enemies!

Along with the Blues, who are waiting for us just around the corner.

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean will oversee this one in an attempt to bring the RESPECT campaign back into order. Doubt it will work.

Match Prediction:

700-0 Villa, which should see Hull relegated for crimes to football.

Next Fixtures:

The local neighbours pop across for what some Villa fans would consider the most important game of the season. Blues are in town on Sunday.

Thanks for reading folks!

The Journalist

Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 21 2010

Time: 6:45AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Murph doing what he does best again. Important game for us this evening. While fourth place is now out of reach, it aint gonna happen, a win tonight will shake things up a little, and make our remaining games in the run-in, very interesting indeed. Hopefully we'll finish sixth place at least, beating last seasons points total. Looking forward very much to tonights little get together with the pride of Humberside. One things for certain, it cant be as bitter cold up there tonight as it was for this fixture last season. Can it?
Report Abuse
21/04/2010 11:12:00

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Bruce Confirms Samba Trial (Friday February 24 2017)

Positive Hogan News (Friday February 24 2017)

Is Villa Owner Tony Xia Expendable? (Thursday February 23 2017)

The Weight Of Expectations At Aston Villa? (Thursday February 23 2017)

TV Figures So Far In 2016/17 (Thursday February 23 2017)

Officials - Aston Villa v Derby (25/2/17) (Thursday February 23 2017)

FAYC - Dream Over For Another Year (Thursday February 23 2017)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. The Fear 404
2. JuanPabloAngel 361
3. sirdennis 336
4. Fulford 218
5. Melon Donkey 194
6. Silhillvilla 191
7. villasince67 185
8. Villan57 145
9. McParlandTheGreat 142
10. kefkat 137

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Derby County 18 7 5 6 3 26
9. Leeds Utd 17 8 2 7 0 26
10. Fulham 18 6 7 5 4 25
11. Aston Villa 18 5 10 3 3 25
12. Preston 18 7 4 7 2 25
13. Bristol City 18 7 3 8 2 24
14. Ipswich 18 6 6 6 0 24

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Bruce Confirms Samba Trial
» Aston Villa : 24/02/2017 10:12:00
Positive Hogan News
» Aston Villa : 24/02/2017 10:07:00
Team news and predicted XIs - Brighton vs Reading
» Reading : 24/02/2017 10:00:00
Fulham Hierarchy Changes Announced
» Fulham : 24/02/2017 09:53:00
Jokanovic Signs on the Dotted Line to Remain at Fulham
» Fulham : 24/02/2017 09:52:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aston Villa v Derby County will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win 1%
Lose 33%
Draw 66%