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Aston Villa 0 - Wigan 2

Villa Park

03/04/2008

Attendance: 42 640

Villa Go Out With A Whimper

Oh dear. The stage was set, the final curtain was upon us, the atmosphere was expectant and then the actors didn't turn up. Talk about pretenders to the throne, you don't win games unless you give the opposition the respect to turn up and play them.

Villa are imponderable. I said before the game whenever us fans go down buoyant and expectant, they fail to back up our confidence and today was a great illustration of that. All in all it was baffling to see a team who had been so very good in their last four games revert to the sort of performance that we'd witnessed v Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Fulham.

Europe calling? Not sure, but if it is I would say it will be via the inter two bob, surely we can't rely on a win away from West Ham AND Everton to lose twice? Still, funnier things have happened I suppose! Not only that but Blackburn and Portsmouth can still go above us (as can Man City but I'm discounting them, they play Liverpool tomorrow), we have to get maximum points next Sunday.

There is nothing good to say from today's game so to be fair, I don't think I'll bother. Where v poor opposition of Derby, Bolton and Birmingham City we won the midfield battle, today the midfield were tame, disinterested and totally not up to speed.

The pre-match with the Vital Villa boys and girls was great, thanks to Dennis Mortimer, Paul Faulkner and The General for popping it, very appreciated. It was also great to meet so many familiar names from over the years and see some familiar faces. The Holte did us proud as ever (thanks Alison) shame the match was such a massive anti-climax.

Hey, a dismal and boring game, but looking on the bright side, at least it didn't rain. :o(

Hopefully they'll pick themselves up now for the visit to Upton Park, its not been a bad season when you think of our squad numbers but they've got to learn to give 100% every game, not just when the feel like it. Manchester United have the ability to show arrogance and still win games, we are nowhere near good enough yet to do that.

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Star Player

Cheerio Olof Mellberg, it's been emotional!

Player Ratings


Scott Carson 4

Average, should not have kept his place all season, Taylor and Sorensen are better.

Olof Mellberg 6

Sorry to see him go with a loss but as usual, he did his part

Martin Laursen 6

Put in a decent performance although he was beaten a to a few headers by Heskey

Wilfred Bouma 6

Put in the effort.

Zat Knight 6

Actually not bad I don't think, although as for all the defenders, I've not seen the replays and have got beer goggles on.

Nigel Hokey-Cokey 4

No show

Gareth Barry 4

Worst I've seen him play, was he half way up the motorway or busy thinking of his meeting with his agent after the game (yes, his agent was there)

Stiliyan Petrov 4

Back to his hesitant ball giving away (awful use of English, don't care!) self.

Ashley Young 4

A star of the future for sure, but take off those stupid banana boots and get back to basics! Blown off the ball today.

John Carew 4

A lesson to learn from Heskey of how to put himself about. Wasn't, like most of the team, at the races. Got to learn that he can't just do it when it suits him, we expect top performances every game.

Gabby Agbonlahor 4

Same as Ashley Young, only he had stupid 'super star' red boots on.

Patrik Berger (on for Zat Knight 60)

No impact.

Marlon Harewood (on for Wilfred Bouma 69)

No impact.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 3 2008

Time: 6:49PM

Your Comments

could never understand why sorenson was dropped for carson. carson is worse than 5hite. even worse than robbo. hope villa hang on to 6th, so that we might meet in uefa next season.
powerspur
Summed up nicely Mr Fear! A non event !
Villan57
The Barry rumour has got us rattled and I think he is going, MON has previously shown no desire to keep want away players and we will swap him and 10 million for Riise, Crouch and Carson IMO.
iomvilla
Very flat. Very disappointing. Wigan wanted it. We, for some strange reason did not. Barry had an almost apologetic look on his face during the lap of honour at the end even though the crowd were singing his name. I think he's going. Very very sad.
VillaYamYam
haha, banana boots! classic. I'd still like to see us both in europe! we want fifth though! you can have the intertoto.
toffeetower
Villa blew it big time. Midfield was poor. Barry already counting his Anfield cash. My worry (as I've already said on this site), is that we get 10m plus Carson. It would be interesting, if for once, we let the player see out his contract for 2 years.
tarzan
I have started and deleted this post 20 times so far. 'Thwuuurrpphh' is the only polite reaction to this result I can come up with. This is very hard to accept after the recent results. Our expectations have been raised and todays performance was bordering on an insult to the paying faithfull of VP!
claretandbluestu
Shame Barry couldn't end his 10 years with the club with a decent team performance. Though he was probably thinking too much about the 40 minute meeting with his agent and Ian Taylor he went running to after the game. The lad was in tears during the lap of honour, seems his time is over.
DerryVillan
I'd be in tears on 80k per week!!!
tarzan
MON has eluded that this was embarrasing for the fans. But the premiership appears to be so predictable every year now, I just hoped we could get 5th. If Arsenal beat Everton, it will compund the misery. Fan's won't turn up next season if we don't make any decent signings, if we sell Barry. I think there's more to the Carson deal than meets the eye, we are going to get shafted big time by the scousers.
tarzan
Poor Poor show, still finding t hard to believe/understand our performance.
PTP
I'm seriously peeved! if you'd have beaten them they might have had something to play for next week instead of lying down for Man Scum!
merlin
The game was nowhere to be televised here in the states. I woke up to a huge disappointment and utter disbelief. I keep finding myself cursing Wigan throughout the day. See you Barry, I hope you don't get splinters.
los_angeles_villan
wigan are the new upcoming force in the premier league:P
pulse
Nice to meet so many Vital Villans before the game. As for the match I dont think it was worthy of comment.
DeanoVilla
i'm still trying to work out what that was all about? the game was as important as the everton one, even more so because it was ollys' last, and with all the blah blah on barry, look what they deliver! huh??
leftfoot
im disappointed but i think everyone was effected by the Barry rumour and Barry probably made up his mind..and ffs, can someone send a taxi for Carson to anfield? thanks
Gruck
The bin dippers will pimp our best player and also sell us a donkey goalkeeper as "part ex"! Ever felt you've been cheated? I tell you now, there's more to the Crason deal than meets the eye, I think we're obliged to buy him. Our stars with the bright boots will want away if we don't double their wages.
tarzan
Shocking weren`t it !!! Mellberg was an 8 for me and why did Ash want to do triple back somersaults all game ?????? Shame all round yesterday and couldn`t even enjoy Blues result.
ASPINALL
Gutted...especially after reading MON's mental toughness comments on the website earlier.They showed the mental toughness of jelly babies, and Wigan clearly wanted it more.If Barry does not want to stay and help be an instrumental part of building our club and making history, I say let him go.The scousers can pay 20 million for him.But one thing for sure, MON better not start his usual waiting around until the last two weeks of the transfer window to start buying players.If he is serious, he better put his money where his mouth is.
OneloveVilla
Took me brother to 2 games this year. Middlesbro and Wigan!! Now their keeper looked a proper keeper. Confident and capable. Decent positioning. Gabby looks gormless sometimes and his play reflects it. Petrov & Carew didn't turn up and when things don't go his way Young falls around loking for the easy free kick. If Barry does go, that's one thing but to get Carson in return will be gutting. Feels like the end of an era doesn't it with Melly & Barry going. Coupled with Berger, Sorenson and Carson that's some serious resources leaving VP.
Gazvilla
woah barry hasn't left yet. i still see him staying. ive only been to a few games this season, and they include fulham away and sunderland at home so spare the tears!
ric112
So Tarzan, 2 weeks after bashing the Dildo Salesmen from Somali Heath, we lose a game and now the fans are not going to turn up next season? Maybe you are that fickle, I don't know?? Personally, all my season tickets are renewed and I can't wait for it to start. Hopefully we will make some decent signings but real fans will be buying their tickets regardless, not making their decision based on the transfer window, which doesn't close until several weeks in to the season anyway.
voiceoftheholte
One bright note from yesterday. It was great to stay at the end and bid farewell to Olly. Smashing to hear his name being bellowed out from the stands. The most inspiring part of the afternoon. Good Luck IceMan. A shame your team mates didn't do your day justice.
VillaYamYam
WTF. Carew didn't win a header all day. Gabby is 1 dimensional. Young can't stay on his feet for more than 30 secs. Reo-Coker may aswell have ran round in a circle (seriously, the guy is an athlete but his touch is sooooo poor.) Barry was playing just behind the front 2 and Petrov had to have a touch every time we won the ball but it was still hoofed up to big John in the end. And then we had Berger as the super sub who took 10 mins to warm up after coming on and could still only get up to 2.5 miles per hour. MON has done an amazing job with his resources but we got found out yesterday by a team that had only won 1 game away from home other than this.
Villan444
VOTH - I'm just annoyed by being done over by the top 4 again. We should stand up to them and tell them where to stick their 10m! In terms of the game, I've calmed down now - we find it hard to break down ultra negative teams. Just need Blues to get a draw or better against Blackburn.
tarzan
They were shocking but I did think our Ashley tried his best on a day when no one else bothered. It was a funny atphmosphere all round after 10 minutes I along with 42,000 others bedecked in Claret and Blue knew the outcome.
col8
In the grand scheme of things, merely a minor set-back. We're progressing and developing. Roll on 2008-09, europe or not.
glensider
 

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