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Villa - Back On Right Road

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19/08/2006

Attendance: 60 023

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Well, well, well. Whatever next, a lottery win for every Villa fan in existence?

We've got Doug Ellis departing, we've a new board backed by a billionaire looking more and more likely to complete a takeover, we've Martin O'Neill as manager and we drew with Arsenal - and weren't that far away from sneaking a win.

Now fair enough, the stats show that Arsenal dominated, but at the end of the season, the league table won't. Match Stats - Click Here

Martin O'Neill has already obviously got the team organised and ready to rock n roll. A few tasty additions and it will be HELLOOO, HELLOOO, THE VILLA ARE BACK, THE VILLA ARE BACK (as sung by Oasis and Santa Clause - aka Doug O'Brien - at the Villa the other day!).

Not only that but, as a fan who rang me from the ground said, the optimism from the fans is back, there are smiles on the faces and at last they are coming out of a game happy.

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by DeanoVilla, Arsenal, win, lose or draw? 49% got it right and said, draw, 32% predicted a loss and 19% were so early right and said we'd win.

And if anyone ever doubted the Villa fans would want American owners?

USA, USA, USA chants during the game and a few American flags in toe.

As my mate said, 'I can't see anyone topping that'.

Happy days. Now what will we moan at?

Star Player

Finances don't allow away games at the moment, so man of the match according to Capital gold was Gareth Barry. Come on Barry, stay at Villa, your quality dude!


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 19 2006
Time: 6:14PM

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Didn't see the game but other reports suggest that, wait for it, Liam Ridgewell was MOTM, and that Angel and McCann were poor. Lots of Gooner fans moaning on BBC's 6-O-6, which can't be bad, and Villa'boro beaten by Reading. Not a bad day. Well done lads.
Saurat
19/08/2006 18:33:00
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....and martin o`neil, quickly mentions arsenal, then goes back to us in the post-match and praises everyone. WOOHOOO!
murph
19/08/2006 18:43:00
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crackin result for villa
toffeetower
19/08/2006 22:02:00
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No complaints from me about any one of the lads Saurat. They played with the sort of passion and commitment we never witnessed under the previous guy. A truly fighting, battling display, which fully deserved the point. Yes, Arsenal put us under severe pressure at times, missed a few decent opportunities, but whereas last season we'd have caved in, this time out we didnt. I thought that McCann, Barry and Davis gave their absolute all in midfield, and I also have to disagree that Juan Pablo was poor. Gabby troubled Arsenal throughout with his pace, and he's starting to look the real deal I have to admit, despite my earlier reservations about him.
glensider
19/08/2006 23:55:00
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Only saw the game on TV, but the midfield worked its socks off. Sorensen, despite an excellent save in the first half, looked dodgy again on crosses. Angel didn't look sharp in front of goal, but he kept the ball up well and some nice lay offs. Stick with him, he'll be back! Luke Moore seemed the weakest link - didn't look happy playing on the left. Gaby could become a real star. MOTM? Has to be Ridgewell for me - he gave absolutely everything! If I were an Arsenal fan I'd be disappointed to say the least - looked great until they got near the box. Should probably have won over 90 minutes, but real passion from Villa meant an (unexpected?) point in the bag.
Beovilla
21/08/2006 07:08:00
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I can hardly remember what its like going into a season with such massive optimism! Boy what a great feeling. We love you Martin and Randy!
deanovilla
21/08/2006 19:32:00
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