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Attendance: I lost count on 300


Glensider has already more than brilliantly covered the game in his match report so I'll not go through the motions of trying to repeat it!: Glensider at Blackburn

It was however a great day out, I have never in my life been up the M5 or M6 without some form of delay so expected to be hit hard on the way home, but nope, the football gods really were on our side yesterday as the journey home was as easy as the journey up and what a happy camp we had inside the car with Jonah and Young Jonah for company! We'd met up t'north with Deanovilla and there were mixed views on the proceedings to come. Some feared the wheels were about to come off and experts, such as myself obviously (!) were pretty confident (but then again, I did say that it was my confidence that troubled me!)

To be fair from the get go, as admitted by Blackburn boss Big Sam, there was only really one winner and with the amount of missed chances the score could have been far more severe in our favour. I thought the fans were immense, in fact - as YJ said - we really were the 12th man and should have been awarded the man of the match vote. The noise from Villa fans away is immense and great fun (mostly).

I thought there were a few outstanding displays yesterday, Gareth Barry I take for granted will be great but have never taken for granted or expected Zat Knight to be great but recently he really has turned a corner and yesterday I thought he was outstanding. I'd thought we'd got an average defender from Fulham. Maybe he was and maybe the coaching staff - along with hard work from himself - have uncovered something very far from average? It is no wonder Jason Roberts was subbed, Zat had him in his pocket all afternoon and there were no signs at all of the nervous type of performance from the giant (Villa fan) defender and there were certainly none of his lapses of concentration.

So well done Zat Knight for forcing my (and other Villa fans) words straight back down my throat. Just can't beat it when a player proves you wrong I don't think. Great attitude and long may it continue.

I also thought Emile Heskey put in some great effort and although he didn't really trouble the goal (was that goal right to be disallowed by him mind you?) he did put in a lot of work.

And as for James Milner, well that man is tireless, he nearly capped the afternoon with a second goal but putting it kindly he did rather miss-hit it when scoring looked the easier thing to do! However the lad runs on Duracell, he just never stops.

So Villa are now 7 wins on the trot and marching on. A club record and an achievement only 3 other clubs have done, Spurs, Chelsea (twice) and Arsenal. Now for our 8th away win, look out opponents, Villa really are hungry and playing as a great unit.

Happy days as a Villa fan, just how proud are we of our mighty claret and blue?

My player ratings as decided between myself, YJ and Jonah.

Star Player

The Villa Fans (copyright young_jonah) or a toss up between Milner and Zat with Milner just coming out ahead.

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel

really not a great deal to do

Luke Young 7

consistent and tough

Zat Knight 8

showing great form

Curtis Davies 7

becoming very consistent

Carlos Cuellar 5

not great, hopefully in time he'll settle in

Ashley Young 6.5

not at his stonking best but still a stonking great player!

Gareth Barry 8

a Villa great

James Milner 9

fabbo and worth every penny spent on him!

Petrov 6.5

another good game, some passes went astray but hey ho, we all have slightly off days!

Emile Heskey 7

solid, look forward to his next goal, hopefully against Moscow and then another against Everton and then... you get the picture

Gabriel Agbonlahor 6.5

not in the game for periods but always gives the defenders something to worry about and given the chance, took it in style.

John Carew 6

(on for Heskey 69) Ok, gives the defenders something to think about, look forward to seeing the unplayable JC take the field some day very soon

Craig Gardner 7

(on for Cuellar at half time) good solid performance at right back, might be worth keeping him there?!?

Beefburger at the stall outside 3


Beefburger at the stall outside 4

after smothering it with tomato sauce and ketchup

Beefburger at the stall outside -2

once it started repeating on me!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday February 8 2009
Time: 6:21PM


careful lads I can sense an outbreak of 'mad-cow' disease if you keep the burger habit up!
08/02/2009 19:44:00
Sorry to hear about the burger, must of been miserable on the journey back.
08/02/2009 20:46:00
p.s. Good luck for the rest of the season and well done.
08/02/2009 22:44:00
on our forum, spurs we have a debate about manager and club of the year or somehting like that. Thought you would like to visit us and see the positive comments us spurs fans have written! here are mine. Always like O'neil, was brilliant at Wycombe my Mums team and I wanted him to manage England. told my son when he went to Villa watch out becuase he will do very well and he will be fighting for the top four. I think he has absolutley fantastic work ethic and a fantastic ability to get the very best out of all players regardless of their standard. he also knows the game and has very very good tactics. Full of enthusiasm and bags of passion and very good at bringing a team togther and finding the right players at the right price. Can't see a weakness and this man will win more than Fergie IMO if he goes on to manage a top team or if he gets enough financial backing to make Villa a top team. Definately one to watch for the future a credit to the PL. I really hope he knocks Arsenal from the top four. However there is a long way to go and they may struggle towards the end of the season! but I sincerley hope not, and finally they play good attractive football mixed with good team spirit and hard working ethics.
08/02/2009 22:44:00
I think Fear's ratings are spot on, thought Milner was superb again, think Zack Knight has followed in Petrov's footsteps and gone from looking distinctly average last season to superb this season. Thought Gardner and Milner linked up superbly on the right hand side, and sincerely hope he continues in that role against Everton and Chelsea. We are starting to look like a top side again. UTV
09/02/2009 09:13:00
it was traumatic Kris, very traumatic! :o))
The Fear
09/02/2009 09:23:00
Thanks Loz, I have mentioned it in my Villa times this morning, also sent it to a director to read other fans opinions on the Villa. For anyone who hasn't seen it:
Kernowboy71 on Vital Spurs: Although it is still very early to make this announcement, I think without doubt that fans will regard the winners of this title to be Aston Villa and Martin O'Neill. Full article: Team and manager of the season.
The Fear
09/02/2009 09:26:00
Thanks, Loz, that makes great reading! But watch out for our avfc48 - he's not MON's biggest fan, to put it mildly - I'm afraid you're a marked man now! :o)
09/02/2009 12:20:00
The Villa fans were immense,I could not believe that i've heard them all the time, watching the game on my PC :) Well done indeed
09/02/2009 17:07:00
It's a great achievement I'm so proud of us, I'm getting neck ache from holding my head so high. UTV
chris the villan
09/02/2009 22:24:00
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