Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Huge Sigh Of Relief

Sunderland
1 - 3
Aston Villa

Stadium Of Light

19/11/2005

Attendance: 39 707

Referee:

Well, a huge sigh of relief all round then!? Ok, by the sounds of it, the Villa faithful didn't have much to cheer in the first half, but once the chances came, they were taken with aplomb. Phillips got Villa off the mark with a typical poachers goal following a neat interchange between Baros and Hughes who lined up an inch perfect cross for Phillips to head in. Didn't you just know he would score against Sunderland? His muted celebration showed the Sunderland fans the respect they deserved and proved him to be a gentleman in the process. Barry popped up for the second goal; an nice easy tap in following a great bit of work from Millner who had the Sunderland defence running all over the place. Smiles all round showed exactly what this result meant to the players and the smiles widened as sub Luke Moore came on and caused Sunderland more problems and set up Baros with a cheeky back heal. Baros showed why we had paid so much for him with a barnstormer of a shot. 3-0 and no way back for Sunderland.

They did however manage to get a consolation goal from the penalty spot after the ref judged Ridgewell very harshly. I've seen him do far worse and get away with it, but hey ho, the points were what mattered and the moral boosting away win should set Villa up nicely.

O'Leary had told fans to judge him when he could field his strongest team and he felt on Saturday that he could. Now the trick is to get on some kind of run. To beat the worst team in the Premiership was vitally important, but that is just the start. O'Leary had told the press 'A big thing is the players who've been brought in to improve us haven't been on the pitch enough. If we can get them back, we'll be a better team for it. Bouma, Hughes and Baros will improve us - I'm not saying they will take us to win the league - but people should judge us when we have those players playing. We've blown the cobwebs out of Bouma and Hughes and got their confidence back, while Baros just needs games.'

So, I guess we'll start judging now then?! Assistant manager Roy Aitkin insists Villa are on the up and that it is only a matter of time before we start climbing the table. 'It was nice to get a good solid performance and three points. When you play a team that are below you in the league, you want to try to pull away. We have felt all along we have been in a false position anyway, but it was nice to get the players that the manager has brought to the club playing together.'

It was more than 'nice', it was imperative, I think the teams moral would have collapsed if we had done anything but win at the Stadium Of Light. Next up, Charlton at home. Another game we have to get something out of, as we then have tough trips to an in form Bolton and Newcastle.

Star Player

Millner. Ran the Sunderland defence ragged.

Manager Rating

Got what he needed, got what the team needed and got what the fans needed. 3 points. Now lets have some more!

Opponent Rating

Wouldn't like to be in Mick McCarthey's shoes. Simple as.


Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday November 21 2005
Time: 1:07PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Ingle Talks Brook

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

I'm all out of questions at the moment
Suggested By:
You can suggest one40%
if you want to!60%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
2017 Monaco GP - FP2
Latest Vital Boxing News
Ingle Talks Brook
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear362
2.JuanPabloAngel337
3.sirdennis233
4.BBJ202
5.villasince67181
6.Pride of Lions179
7.BodyButter135
8.Silhillvilla132
9.kefkat130
10.col8127
The Vital Football Members League