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Villa Fans Win At Wembley! (Match Report)

Well, sometimes you just can't catch a break can you? The trip down to the game yesterday had four of us in the car all saying we were determined to just enjoy the day and the game and that win or lose, we'll just have fun. So that lasted about 10 minutes! The closer we got to Wembley the more excited we became and the more we just wanted to see Villa 'have it large' to get some revenge for our last trip to the national stadium and also for that 7-1 thumping recently.

And Villa so nearly did have it large. Just got back and watched some of the game that I'd sky+'d as I did think the drink (that to be fair was forced on me all day and most of the night) might eradicate any recall of the match... I was right! lol One of the commentators at half time said Villa had bossed the first half and that was spot on, we did boss it. I could moan about the final ball and the lack of chances but then, I'd just be repeating what we've all noticed for a very long time, we don't have the strikers to convert the chances and our midfielders don't often just shoot. Looking at the stats, we had three shots on target, I can't remember one of them really testing Petr Cech though so despite 'bossing' the game, that is of little use unless you can convert.

Now you could say Villa are miles away having looked like we've stalled in the league, lost the Carling Cup Final and also now having exited from the FA Cup OR you could say that maybe with an addition or two in the summer - of strikers obviously - maybe the whole thing will slot into place. Or you can look and say there is a glass ceiling that we cannot break through with MON or even worse, there is a glass ceiling that we can't break full stop.

I would find it very difficult to criticise any player for yesterday, ok the strikers didn't shoot and their movement compared with the Chelsea forwards isn't the best BUT you also have to say that when your luck runs out, you have no chance against these top teams. Our luck? Well, I'd argue in both cup runs we had our share of it, Cardiff City had a perfectly good goal disallowed for one, Neil Warnocks complaints about the Palace loss also had its merits. MON said at the time that is football and over a season it evens itself out. Well yesterday (and the Carling Cup final) we certainly had that evening out! For one it was a penalty. Everyone knew on the day, I took four or five texts whilst at the game from those viewing at home all saying the repays also showed clearly it was a penalty. Gabby was brought down and that is that. Howard Webb however waved play on.

Now I'm not saying that cost us the game. What I and most of us are saying is it might have. If we'd gone in 1 up at half time no one could have had any complaints. Now Chelsea would have had to react and who knows, they might still have got three goals and beaten us, fine.. at least then there would be no 'what if the ref wasn't so useless' and no sense of injustice.

John Terry? Sorry, the bloke is a thug. I hope someone before the season is out does exactly the same tackle on him that he did on James Milner. If that had been slightly higher, that could have been game over - season over - or career over for Milner and all Terry got was a yellow card. So yes, I hope someone does the same to Terry and that the loathsome toad isn't as lucky in getting away without serious injury. It would make me massively happy to never have to see him in the three lions shirt again.

Chelsea's first goal wasn't a shock, that is what a team like that is capable of, they soaked up the pressure - and to be fair, when I say pressure, I mean possession and nice flowing football but NO real threat in the box and then they struck. Drogba, as top strikers do, was in the right place at the right time. Some said it was lucky. That isn't luck, that is understanding the game and being there ready to slot home the goal. The second goal was a good individual effort after our centre back at right back Carlos Cuellar, who had had a good game to be fair, misjudged the ball. The third really didn't matter and flattered Chelsea. When we went in 0-0 at half time, I thought 1-0 either way and with the ref on their side, that maybe it would be more likely that Chelsea would win. 1-0 is what one of the lads I was with thought the game ended (I'll not name him, he can pop on and say hi if he wishes!) as he popped to the toilet and missed their final two goals!) and that is the score I think would have been fair.... EITHER WAY.

I don't think the manager or players can take much flak for yesterday but the ones that really made the day I think were the Villa fans, we sang from start to finish and even some of the Chelsea fans who came out were saying we had been immense. They on the other hand.... well, shhhhhh!

Unlucky Villa? Nearly men? Going as far as we can? That is what some think. Others that we are building, improving and one day we'll smash through the glass ceiling. As for me, I have no idea....!

Oh and again, National stadium? What a joke. The place is a tip! The pitch is awful, the service frankly amateur, the surrounding area a total doss hole and the infrastructure getting in and out as bad as it ever was. So all in all, well done to the FA.

I don't think I can do any player ratings, I don't think any of the lads let us down apart from the fact no one wanted to have a shot. End of the day, if you don't buy a ticket, you can't win the raffle, so maybe this Wednesday in the crucial six pointer against Everton, they will remember that and just SHOOOOOOOOT.

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Date:Sunday April 11 2010

Time: 3:30PM

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all the fans where great apart from one pizzed wonker in front of us who decided to start on an old chap who politely asked him to sit down as he couldn't see. The punch up that ensued spoilt the game for me . Why do people get that drunk ? He ended up missing the game and probably feels a bit of a Twot today !
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11/04/2010 15:37:00

Being an England Fan as well as a Villa Fan i used to think John Terry was a legend but i feel nothing but hatred for him now .
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11/04/2010 15:45:00

I was gutted about the result, and initially thought we didn't play well, however when I watched it back, bar scoring, I couldn't see what more we could have done. However you are right, the fans were amazing, we stood and sang non-stop for 90 minutes and really exposed the Chelsea ones, the noise was deafening, and while the result was wrong, i'll never ever forget the amazing experience!!
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11/04/2010 15:47:00

We will get over it, season ends soon and unlike other seasons MON will launch himself into the transfer market bringing in quality player after quality player.
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11/04/2010 16:11:00

Villain 57, i thought something was goin on but didnt think there would be fighting at wembley, whoever it was must feel like a right t**t.
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11/04/2010 16:34:00

Villan57 where were you - we had exactly the same problem! Not sure it was the same "idiot" but he (and what I presume was his family) were the only ones standing and blocked the view of most of the stand several times. Have to say the stewarding was NON EXISTENT! I shall never complain about VP again. Fantrastic stadioum, let down by a poor poor pich, terrible stewarding, and £8.45 for a small box of fish and cips - if the staff could understand what you actually wanted. I thought Fear was joking after the Carling Cup write up about his munchies. Now I know otherwise. The game, I'm still absorbing. I got home at 11pm, watched it again, and have watched it again this morning. So far I feel aggrieved that decisions didn't go our way, again, puzzled as to why when we get to a big game Ashley seems to become a shadow of the player he CAN be, encouraged that Weds we can beat Everton if we play like that, and proud to be part of the club as a supporter.
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11/04/2010 16:35:00

I sapologize for de speeling mistooks in my communt, must be the communion wine!
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11/04/2010 16:36:00

agree rev, this is why I get so arsey when people slate our fans, managers or fellow fans, I think as a tribe we are superb. People moan/debate that is fine, but when the lads need supporting we are there and then some.
The Fear
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11/04/2010 16:42:00

Can't disagree with any of that report Mr Fear, very balanced unlike the other reports on this page. The spell of singing for the first part of the second half was absolutely spine tingling.Where our seats were no one sat down all game my lad had to stand on his seat in order to see.
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11/04/2010 16:45:00

I haven't had the opportunity to watch it back. Enjoyed (most of) the game and had a great day. It is disappointing but we have lost twice at Wembley to the best two teams in England. IMO The best way to enjoy the Wembley experience without being ripped off is to bring a packed lunch and go to Lidl just off Wembley Way (next to McDonalds) to get the beers in. Sorry to hear about idiots picking fights with their innocent fellow fans. I met some great guys on the train and they made me feel welcome to hang around with them once we arrived. Thanks guys. It was a laugh. I couldn't work out if I couldn't hear Chelsea because they weren't singing or because we were too loud. I realised it was the former (although we were very loud) when they started singing ONLY after they scored their first goal. A classic case of "You only sing when you are winning!" Shocking. Does success really bring such a blasé attitude to supporting your team. I hope not in our case. As I do believe success will come. Keep the faith Villa faithful. UTV!
Adam Deuce
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11/04/2010 17:37:00

The noise we made used to be called 'the villa roar' comprising of the whole crowed shouting and the ones in the stands, like me, stamping on the wooden floorboards. The sound was awsome. Must have put the fear of god into the away team. Anyway of reintroducing the tag 'the villa road' ?
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11/04/2010 17:39:00

I meant roar (:)
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11/04/2010 17:40:00

Well done Pompey .. Knocked those horrible spurs out .. Spuds were laughing at us for complaining about some of the refs decisions .. Looking forward to what they have to say now :-)
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11/04/2010 19:03:00

Adam, if it was 2 that were "idiots" in the 40k we should be proud. And I have to agree, my post wasn't meant to sound negative, I met some superb fans on the coach and in the ground. One guy sat behind us with his daughter tapped my dad on the shoulder at half time and said "David, I used to work for you!". You go all that way and... Really looking forward to Weds now. Give the lads the lift, I mean "roar", they deserve.
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11/04/2010 19:05:00

My friends missed the first 20 minutes as they had to deal with the aftermath of a Chelsea thugs attack on a Villa supporter who had his son with him. Thug headbutted him in front of his son when he was asked to curtail the language. Broke the guys nose and traumatised the son.
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11/04/2010 19:10:00

I was in 531 Revpete , row 11 , fight was in Row 7/8? seats 147ish , my Son recorded the aftermath on his phone when the idiot came back for a second go at HT .
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11/04/2010 19:40:00

No my "tussle" was in the bottom tier so there were two Villa idiots! All this does make you aware how good the organisation is at VP doesn't it. I know it was only a few at Wembley, but by and large our stewards do a good job both inside and outside the ground and cut most of this lunacy out. In fact Wembley could learn a thing or two from them in some departments. rdunbar100 I hope the guy, his son and your friends are ok now. That is simply a horrible horrible thing to happen. And I hope they get the evil "prat" that calls himself a fan. Having been on the end of some "lively banter" with some chelsea "fans" myself yesterday I have to say I'm glad I'm a villa fan!
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11/04/2010 20:42:00

rdunbar100. Just a thought, I presume you've made Villa aware of this incident? I'm sure the General would be interested too, if only to register his interest in making sure the supporter and his son are ok.
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11/04/2010 20:48:00

"I don't think the manager or players can take much flak for yesterday". Hells bells, JPF, have you seen the other articles and posts on this site? Not sure I've ever seen such hatred for a Villa manager as I've seen for MoN since yesterday. But that's OK -- the fans have spoken. When MoN goes we'll have what a majority of Villa fans now seem to want, and then we'll see what the new manager brings in. I just hope we know what we're doing here -- Pompey fans had what they thought was a great season, bought loads of 'flair/creative' players, won the FA Cup, and look what's happened to them. How many would seriously swap our season for theirs? How many would seriously swap what happened to Newcastle last season, after all their spending (envied by many Villa fans at the time)? Well, it will all come out in the wash. Let's see ...
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11/04/2010 20:52:00

there was a few more idiots than two, notably the villa fans outside the greyhound throwing full cans of lager in to crowds of other villa fans and the police did nowt. law of averages and too much ale means your always going to get it i suppose. the rest of the fans were great though and the team did well apart from the obvious.
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11/04/2010 20:57:00

the mightyatom - I was in the same place and felt helpless and embarrassed as a number of idiots hurled those cans across the road, hitting passing cars in some cases. The herd instinct kicked in for some - but thankfully everyone around us made it clear they disapproved. The singing in the stadium was fantastic - a real crescendo which I thought was going to peak when we opened the scoring. But sadly we didn't. Nevertheless generally pleased with the performance even if it served to highlight again our desperate need for a top quality forward or two. Milner was everywhere - immense.
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11/04/2010 21:12:00

We had two loons having a pop behind us at full time, much to the disgust of other fans, to see two of your own, rucking is mighty sad, my daughter was not impressed. We then had another incident on the ramp leading down from the Bobby Moore statue, one stoned villa fan and ten chelsea, i told a copper on the way down and he said leave them to it. Swell! Anyway I have to concur with the other positive comments,I thought we were fabulous, looking down from on high to those behing the goal was imense and all i could think about was RL comments in the press "Yes, thats us, were the Villa" it was magic. Incidentely if anyone has a contact at the club could we have that on a banner in the holte please, its a great line.
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11/04/2010 21:15:00

Great to look around when we the fans were in full voice, tremendous support, great atmosphere. Not a plastic fan, a hanger on whose been following the club for five minutes, in sight, unlike the followers of our opponents. Genuine Villans all. Two Wembley defeats this season, but great memories of our national stadium will remain. Well Done Mart and the lads. Here's hoping for a repeat of the occasions next season, but with different end results obviouisly.
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11/04/2010 22:14:00

There was some fans abusing (they would call it banter but then that depends on how afraid you are) some 15 year old girls on the tube going out to uxbridge. Hope they made it ok we had to get off at an ealier stop. Using the words F****** C*** in front of young girls is not my idea of being a man. Fat twonk probably only gets his muff at lap dancing clubs.
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11/04/2010 22:34:00

Getting back to the article - I agree - JUST SHOOT!
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11/04/2010 22:40:00

KO time not ideal for idiots who can't hold their drink . Sickened me to see Villa fans hitting other Villa fans all fuelled by drink . I hope the twonk I refer to is proud of himself and his two mates who let him get in that state . I was proud of the majority of us though !!
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11/04/2010 23:30:00

Reading these posts it seems there was a lot of "drunk incidents"! I hope that was more isolated than it seems. We do have a great core of support and I have always thought that, especially at VP. Shocking to hear how much the new Wembley costs and how crap the service/stewards are, not my idea of value for money either. I watched it all on tv (NZ) and all game I could only hear the Villa fans sing. Brilliant well done and eventhough we lost I'm PROUD to say I love this club!
holte ender 1969
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12/04/2010 07:46:00

Well said Glensider, well done martin and the lads on a great effert, cant believe some people moaning, we did well against a top top side.
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12/04/2010 08:09:00

Mostly ignored it to be honest BobTheBuilder. I have my - like we all do - opinions on this manager as well as all the others we have had but have never believed in knocking someone for everything, although I did stub my toe this morning and suspect MON had something to do with that. There are loads of valid debates and critiques of this boss, like there have been of all of them but I saw little fault in our Wembley attempt, just needed a finisher and sometimes the manager can only do so much, I'm relatively sure (!!!) that he didn't tell them all before putting them out on the pitch 'please lads, whatever you do, don't shoot' By the way, it isn't just this site, or indeed even just the internet. Heard similar down at Wembley. As said, I walked out pretty sure we'd done our best all but the shooting / finishing part which has been the same for Villa for years really.
The Fear
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12/04/2010 09:35:00

wasn't that impressed with how many left when we were 2-0 down but we did outsing the Chelsea lot start to finish. Then again, as away fans we always do really. Same as the Pompey lot last night, couldn't hear the spuds for Pompey songs!
The Fear
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12/04/2010 09:36:00

Was it just me but thought that the shooting practice durng the warm up was pretty average.John Carew even missed the goal completely and that was after Brad jnr had gone back to the dressing room.
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12/04/2010 09:41:00

Glad to see there's not too many boo boys making posts 2 bad results at Wembley but we've done well to get there twice and been beaten by two quality teams (and the refs!!), If MON makes a couple of quality signings in the summer I can see us at Wembley again next year with a better outcome.
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12/04/2010 10:47:00

I took a ham salad sandwich with me
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12/04/2010 10:55:00

No penalty and Terry should have been sent off for that awful challenge on Milner,bad luck guys the officials weren't with you on saturday.
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12/04/2010 11:38:00

Cheated by the ref again, the fans were immense.. Had a good crack before the game drinking with Villa and Chelsea.. all the Chelsea lads I spoke to were decent enough.. Lets see how we do in the league now, Im pretty sure we'll still finish above Liverpool and Spurs..
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12/04/2010 12:26:00

A few points, good and bad about the fans. We massively outsang Chelsea. The atmosphere at the Green Man before was great, in the ground we were good and on the train home at 10pm we were still at it. I thought the team put the effort in so it was depressing to see all the pretend fans leave as soon as the 2nd goal went in. At the final whistle there were only about 4 or 5000 real fans left to applaud the fans off the pitch after a great FA Cup run. However the 5pm kick off meant there were lots of very drunk fans. This probably led to the trouble that kicked off in different places after the final whistle. As for the game, we should have had a penalty and Terry should have walked, but in truth we were 2nd best and the story is a similar one to the Carling Cup. I have to get on my hobby horse with regards to the the reason we are not good enough. Formations. The 442 we use simply doesnt work for us. We do not dominate teams. We do not create lots of chances and are always liable to concede. There is simply too much room for Petrov and Milner to cover between Downing and Young. This means after an hour Petrov is shattered. Milner chases pigeons for a living, but his effectiveness is reduced due to overwork (unfortunately John Terry was correct in saying that we tire after an hour. Everybody can see it, why can't M'ON?). We have the personel, but are using the wrong players and tactics. Petrov doesn't give the ball away and is brilliant at breaking up play and should be playing as the holding man in front of the back four. Because we have not had this, it is no surprise that a good back line and keeper have recently conceeded 2 against Palace, Reading, Burnley, Wolves, Manure and Brighton, 3 and 7 against Chelsea and 4 against Blackburn. The 2 midfielders to support Petrov should be Milner and Delph. It is then a toss up as to how you operate the front three. You can play Gabi and Big John supported by either (not both) Downing or Young who are given the freedom of going down what wing they want, in effectively a free role. Or you play Gabi on his own supported by Downing and Young. This stubborn use of a formation is actually doing more harm than good. There is no flexibility and this as I have said on many occasions is what is holding us back imho. There are separate points on personel. Personally I don't thnk Heskey will ever be excepted by Villa fans. He is a clever and selfless player, who is appreciated by his team mates and recognised for his ability by most people in the game. But he is just not right for us. M'ON has spent £12m on 3 full backs that are either on loan or on the bench. He should communicate why a centre half who is not good enough for Spain is playing at right back in preference to a player who is good enough for England. I understand why he has done it, but it is frustrating for fans when we constantly see Cuellars misplaced passes, especially as Villa fans have warmed to Luke Young and have been really pleased with him at right back. So in summary the fans were great until the final 5 minutes. We have the players, but are not being used as effectively as they should. There are some issues that need to be communicated to the fans as to why certain players seem to get preferential treatment (Hesky and Cuellar). We are in need of a striker. This doesn't mean simply buying a £25m striker, but more in finding one for peanuts who then turns into £25m striker.
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12/04/2010 12:31:00

You expect MON to communicate with the mere half wits who should simply follow his excellence and keep their un-educated opinions to themselves, wow good luck with that
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