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Millwall 2 - Aston Villa 1

The New Den


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Glensider at Millwall

So, to coin an old phrase if I may be so bold, we`d picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down, and we were ready to start all over again. Hopefully we surmised, our beloved football team was too.

Destination Millwall Rovers. Well they dropped the Rovers back in the late 1880`s, and became Millwall Athletic, a name they carried until they entered the Football League in 1920, when they turned into today`s F.A. Cup fourth round opponents, Millwall Football Club.

Tuesday evening was some night, eh? A night that will live long in the memory, and for all the wrong reasons. What a let down. What a disappointment. How on earth did our home match day reporter Villa_Grizzly compose himself enough to provide us with such an excellent match report after that shambles of a nightmare? Villa-Grizzly, you did us proud my friend. Superb writing (again). What a pity our team couldn`t do the same.

Still, to all intents and purposes, that non-happening is now behind us, we have to look forward, and with an extremely tricky encounter ahead of us at The Den, we had to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, re-group, focus on progressing through to the final sixteen of the F.A. Challenge Cup competition, and more importantly, infinitely more importantly Mr. Lerner and Mr. Lambert, secure our treasured Premier League existence for the 2013-14 campaign.

The Den. This was our eleventh visit to Millwall (well ninth visit for Andy - he 'chickened` out twice, but don`t tell him that I explained away his absence in that terminology), but of course all previous trips were to New Cross, nine league games, one F.A. Cup fourth round replay, whereas this latest visit was to their new stadium in South Bermondsey, south-east London.

Our first visit back in season 1967-68, a second division encounter, a game we won 2-1, was very definitely an eye-opening experience for four naive teenagers who travelled to the game on Flights Coaches out of Stockland Green. I think we all came of age that Saturday afternoon. No wonder in the mid to late seventies the Millwall supporters introduced, rather belatedly I hasten to add, their 'No one likes us, We don`t care chant`. They were certainly non too welcoming way back then.

One of the 'highlights` of that autumn afternoon, I think it was October time, very early November at the latest, came just a minute or so before the end of the match. We were seeing out the game, under intense pressure (see, nothing`s changed there), when Millwall scored what would have been the equaliser. But no, the referee, brave soul that he was (I believe his name was Norman Burtenshaw, but don`t hold me to that), decided that there had been an infringement, and he disallowed the goal. What? The locals were in uproar. At the final whistle, a mere twenty seconds or so later, they poured onto the pitch, knocked the poor referee unconscious ( I kid you not), then headed for us.

Yes, I could write a book about our previous trips to Millwall, in the sixties and seventies particularly. I`ll spare you all the details. Things have changed. Time has moved on. They`ve mellowed. We hoped!

They are an extremely loyal and passionate crowd, I`ll certainly give them that. I`d say arguably the most passionate and vocal crowd in London. They`ll get 100% behind their team, particularly if and when its rough going for them. They create quite an atmosphere. Noisy, loud, and intimidating, more often than not, in the right and appropriate way. Yes, top supporters, despite their unfortunate reputation, which to be fair, the club has tried very hard to lose in recent years.

So there we were, Gary the days designated chauffeur, steering us towards the M40, all listening and joining in with Barclay James Harvest`s rather good 1977 'Gone To Earth` album (our accompaniment on the opening track Hymn, honed by years of practice, really has to be heard first hand to be believed), discussing and debating Villa Park life since we all parted company after last weekend`s Hawthorns derby. All four of us were chipping in with our thoughts and concerns ranging from Bradford City, to our non-involvement in the winter transfer widow, particularly with regards to the serious implications, that the lack of the much needed new arrivals will have on our premier league future.

As many of you will quite possibly agree, going with what we`ve got, has to be deemed at best a rather chancy risk. Certainly based on the evidence of what has gone before, it would appear to be an extremely foolhardy route for the Birmingham B6 powers that be to take. Still that`s a topic for discussion on another day, and no doubt it will be discussed vigorously by Villans everywhere once the window slams firmly shut at 10.00 p.m. next Thursday evening.

We enjoyed The Rolling Stones 'Their Satanic Majesties Request`, Colosseum`s 'Valentyne Suite`, and Spirit`s 'Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus`, before we pulled into Uxbridge Tube Station, where we were to park the car, and then catch the train into Finchley Road, enjoying our pre-game refreshments in the pub just outside the station. We then hopped back on the tube to London Bridge, before climbing onboard the overground, which delivered us to South Bermondsey.

By this point our four strong party, Neil, Andy, Gary and yours truly had grown to a gathering of thirteen, having collected fellow Villa travellers at all three previous stopping off points. We became a close little gathering in our all too brief time together, shared a few laughs, and indeed a few tears as well, as we all relived the Bradford City two-legged fiasco. One of our new friends suggested we all agreed to meet up again next season at Finchley Road, when we visit The Den for our championship fixture. 'That fixture might not happen though` said another, 'Millwall might get themselves promoted`.

We arrived at The Den to be met by quite a police presence, and were directed to the stadium via a quarter mile or so walkway reserved for away supporters, straight into the away end. 'We could have done with executive treatment like this back in the sixties and seventies` Andy remarked to one of the officers, and received a wry smile in response. Hey Thomas Holte (Derek), it`s a picnic coming here nowadays, compared to those dark, bad old days of our youth.

So four changes to the starting line-up, with Paul Lambert sending out the following starting eleven:-

Shay Given, Matt Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Eric Lichaj, Cieran Clark, Joe Bennett, Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph, Charles N`Zogbia, Andi Weimann, and Darren Bent.

On the bench, hoping to play their part as the game progressed:- Brad Guzan, Stephen Ireland, Jordan Bowery, Gabby Agbonlahor, Barry Bannan, Brett Holman, and Derrick Williams.

Samir Carruthers overlooked again? I was disappointed about that. I feel that the young man is deserving of an opportunity. Maybe he`s injured?

Another bitter cold night for football watching, extremely nippy indeed, and the home lot were in very good voice as the announcer read out the two starting line ups. The stadium was far from full (although by fifteen/twenty minutes into the game it had filled up considerably), and it looked initially to be a fairly disappointing turn-out. Friday night F.A. Cup football on a biting cold January night I guess. 'London Calling` by The Clash then boomed out from the tannoy system. That got the old feet a`tapping and helped circulate the blood.

Another very good away following in attendance, particularly considering the timing of the game, and our recent disappointments, and it helped create a noisy, vibrant atmosphere.

I had braced myself to expect a possible flat start to the game from our lads, but that wasn`t the case. On a bobbly surface we looked bright and inventive, with Andi Weimann getting down the right, and winning the first corner of the game. Ashley Westwood sent the ball in, but with Ron Vlaar attacking the ball, Millwall managed to clear the danger. Charles N`Zogbia, set up by Benty, sent an effort wide when really he should have done better, while Millwall themselves weren`t slow to get forward at every opportunity. It had been a decent start to the game. We were working the ball well, but weren`t creating anything.

There were muted shouts for a home penalty as Cieran Clark miscued his header which then hit his arm. It looked completely accidental, and the referee was unimpressed.

Both sides were now struggling to control the ball on the freezing pitch, and while we were enjoying the bulk of possession, we seemed to have little idea of what to do with it.

We had the minutes applause for Stan Petrov, and shortly afterwards we scored the games opening goal. We broke through Charles N'Zogbia, he beat his man and fired in a shot, which Millwall keeper Forde parried. The ball fell kindly to Darren Bent, who miskicked into the unguarded net.
1-0, cue celebrations in the upper tier of the away end.

We weren`t ahead for long though. Just five minutes later Danny Shittu outmuscled the static Eric Lichaj to power home a header. From a corner! Yes, that old failing haunts us yet again. Poor defending once again. 1-1.

We were looking rattled as the home team pushed forward, and Shay Given conceded another corner, which somehow we managed to defend.

We had to calm things down a bit, because with the home crowd now really behind Millwall, and the home team pushing for the kill, we were looking very, very shaky. Cieran Clark and Eric Lichaj in particular were having a torrid time. Both seemingly lacking even basic ball control. Every time the ball was swung into our box, we started to panic.

We had started giving the ball away cheaply, and with the home side upping their tempo, we had to hope we could get through to half time still on level terms. What a state to be in eh? This was after all lower league opposition that we were facing.

Fabian Delph had been injured and replaced by Barry Bannan, which was a shame because Delphy had started the game brightly, and after Andi Weimann, had looked the player most 'up for it`.

A Millwall effort that flew harmlessly over the bar brought the first half to a close. Half-time score: Millwall 1 Lambert`s Limes 1

Without a doubt our best performer throughout the opening forty five minutes had been young Weimann, while Clarky and Eric Lichaj were having shockers. It had been bitterly disappointing to concede yet again from a corner kick, Lichaj this time having to shoulder the blame. He simply allowed Shittu to bully and out-jump him. Terrible defending. Why we had Lichaj picking up Shittu though, I`ll never know. A total mismatch.

The home team started the second half brightly, and we were looking increasingly nervy. Whenever Millwall had the ball, we looked decidedly uncomfortable. We looked o.k. pushing forward, but at the back we were all at sea. Surely Lambert has to bring in reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut? We cannot continue as is, because its just not working.

Charles N`Zogbia had been taking a bit of flak from the home fans in the Dockers Stand, and the altercation escalated when the referee awarded us a free kick, and missiles were thrown onto the pitch. Madness I thought, the stoppage would only halt the tempo of the home team. Friday night idiots, who`d obviously consumed a beer or two too many.

Since Darren`s goal we hadn`t threatened at all, in fact our play had become very scrappy. You had the nasty feeling that if Millwall kept throwing balls into our box, sooner or later they would grab a second. We were very much second best. We were looking extremely pedestrian, and just didn`t have it in us to up the tempo. It was all very frustrating.

Henry had a decent chance for the home team. He attempted to chip Shay Given, but fortunately for us, there wasn`t enough on it.

An elert piece of goalkeeping from Forde in the home goal denied Darren Bent a rare opportunity, but still we failed to keep up any sort of pressure. Barry Bannan was up to his usual trick of giving the ball away needlessly, and we just lacked that premier league quality that would have made the difference. BB lacks concentration. He`s not a youngster anymore. He needs to step up, be consistent, and deliver. He is not alert or aware enough, and until he is, he`ll continue to struggle.

There was a total lack of movement up front for us, although N`Zogbia was certainly doing his best to make things happen. Even he though was falling short of what was required. The effort was there, the quality wasn`t.

Bannan sent in a swerving effort that the Millwall 'keeper managed to beat away, and then Lambert surprisingly decided to take off Andi Weimann and replace him with Jordan Bowery. Personally I`d have sent Gabby on, his extra pace might have just been the spark to trouble the home defence. Then again, unless he was nursing an injury, I wouldn`t have taken Andi off.

Jordan was on the field for less than 30 seconds before he found his way into the referee`s notebook. He was shown the yellow card for raising an arm to Shittu.

It was turning into another disappointing Villa performance. We hadn`t looked premier league quality at all. While Millwall hadn`t been overly threatening this half, we simply hadn`t any ideas as to how to break them down. We had looked hesitant and shaky at the back, non-existent in midfield, and completely impotent up front. Nowhere near good enough. This really cant go on.

It looked as though the game was heading for a draw, when from a final Millwall push, the home team grabbed the winner. A scramble in our box following a hopeful cross that should have been dealt with by Matty Lowton, resulted in the ball hitting our cross bar, with a.n.other wearing a home shirt, able to gleefully force the rebound into an empty net.

You couldn`t make it up. Well if you`re a regular watcher of AVFC this season, yes you could. In fact you don`t have to make it up. Its right there before our very eyes.

Six minutes of added time was announced by the assistant referee, but it would have needed to be six hours to allow us a real opportunity to get back into the game. We were clueless. It had been another extremely poor showing by a team that looked as if it would rather be anywhere other than playing Friday night F.A. Cup football.

A few players came over at the final whistle to applaud the travelling Villans, Ron Vlaar was one, but they were greeted with boo`s and jeers, so made a hasty retreat. The mood amongst the Villa support was definitely one of hostility. And who can blame them?

We were kept in for about twenty five minutes by the police, and because of that we certainly experienced a trouble free exit when we were finally allowed to make our way to the train .

We have to bring onboard quality before the deadline. That isn`t an option. There`s no alternative. Its strengthen now, or accept the alternative. Which is of course relegation.

Although it hurts me to admit it, this squad of players will take us nowhere this season but down. The squad is nowhere near good enough, and what on earth they work on at Bodymoor Heath during the week is a complete mystery to me. They look a bunch of individuals who meet up for the first time in the dressing room prior to a game.

Anyway, and so began the tedious and tiresome trek back to Brummagem, with the first step being utilising the London Transport trains to get us back to Uxbridge and the car. Neil summed things up perfectly for all four of us, when he commented, 'After over forty six years of watching this club away from home, game after game, never missing, I`m really starting to believe that I`ve had enough. After watching that performance tonight, I have to question, what`s the point? It`s not fun anymore`.

It was hard to argue with him, and as we drove back down the M40 heading home, apart from the five c.d. Moody Blues 'Time Traveller` box set that played throughout, barely a word was spoken.

I suspect like most of you good folk, we have just simply had enough over these past two and a half seasons, and with the rot and decline now completely set in, and with the club sliding backwards towards the Championship, it is extremely galling that seemingly no one in a position to help retrieve the situation, is prepared to speak up or lift a hand to do so. All we get is silence, and no necessary action. Unbelievable.

It is sad. So very sad. Oh well, no F.A. Challenge Cup triumph for us this season. Good Luck to Millwall. They deserved it. Bring on Newcastle United. But only because we have to!

Have a great weekend, and a more than very decent week guys. Keep those fingers crossed that three or four quality new faces arrive to help save our season. Don`t work too hard. And oh yes, Up The Villa.

The Journalist

Writer: Glensider Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 26 2013

Time: 9:34AM

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GREAT Stones tunes mate! I DO NOT want to talk football at all! Thanks for the report as always, top stuff.
The Fear
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26/01/2013 09:43:00

Thank you glensider ( Kevin ) for the time and effort writing another, great away report. I genuinely feel sorry for all you Villans who brave the elements to see that. I'm pleased to hear the natives have calmed down a bit since those dark days when we visited Kev! Keep the faith.
Thomas Holte
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26/01/2013 09:58:00

Great report, as always. We now move on to the much more important game on Tuesday. Hopefully Newcastle won't have had time to integrate their new signings into the team and we can take advantage and get 3 points.
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26/01/2013 09:59:00

"We have to bring onboard quality before the deadline. That isn`t an option. There`s no alternative. Its strengthen now, or accept the alternative. Which is of course relegation." It really isn't rocket science, is it? A couple of centre mids with a bit of aggression and muscle and I think we could at least put up a fight against what seems to be sadly inevitable relagation. Shame the only person who can actually do anything about it has is head rammed so far up his backside he can't see it.
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26/01/2013 09:59:00

Wonderful report as always GS, this club doesn't deserve supporters like you and your friends at the moment. I haven't heard the Valentyne Suite in 40 years, I must dig it out.
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26/01/2013 10:00:00

I've had enough too. Last night I asked myself "Why should I support a club whose plan involves losing games?" I didn't have an answer. I just don't need the negativity and depression. Life is tough enough right now.
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26/01/2013 10:04:00

Hats off to those traveling supporters. Villa would have to pay me to watch them... even then I'd take a good book.
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26/01/2013 10:26:00

What worries me most of all is, we arent good enough for The Championship!
Stourbridge Villan
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26/01/2013 10:33:00

Thanks great report.THink Glensider you should compile all your reports into a book. SUms it all up!
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26/01/2013 10:41:00

Great report as per usual. Don't worry, though, after the game Paul Lambert said that we dominated the game and that we'll take the knock and come back strongly. So that's all right then. I'm convinced.
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26/01/2013 10:53:00

Great report as usual. I wouldn't go to Millwall if you paid me so total respect to the 1700 who braved the trip. I listened on 5 live and it sounded like a really sorry state of affairs for us Villans. The way things are we will finish bottom and unfortunately without a fight. Lambert has said after yet another defeat "You take your medicine, pick yourself up and go again. There's no way you can lie down." Perhaps he should have said "LOSE AGAIN" Well just what have most of these this disgrace to the shirt tossers been doing all season? So with no new players in or a change of manager (which is too late now anyway) we won't win another game this season - and I thought McGinger was bad!!! UTV - Let's hope this pathetic nightmare ends soon.
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26/01/2013 10:57:00

Great Report. I'm with Fear, I don't want to talk football either.
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26/01/2013 11:00:00

Yes, WentToR ... the 5 Live commentary was humiliating and embarrassing. God knows what it would have felt like to have travelled and ... and ...
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26/01/2013 11:06:00

Many thanks again Glensider for such a detailed report, which is far more illuminating than those written by professional sports writers. I am simply unable to understand how you and 1700 of our fellow Villans gathered the willpower to travel to London after the disgrace of Tuesday night. In my view that qualified as the most shameful performance in the history of the club - being defeated by a league 4 team - OVER TWO LEGS, WITH THE SECOND LEG AT HOME!! That game left me sickened and I am not sure if I will ever again view this team in the same way as I used to.
Forest Hill Villan
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26/01/2013 11:41:00

PL has already in yesterdays B'ham Mail stated that there will be no new signings in Jan after having talks with the chairman in New York. With an owner who can't be bothered to see "his" team in the semi-final of a cup and refusing to invest ANY more money to save it from relegation and financial losses of more than £60 million and with a manager who has no idea how to motivate or create the tactics to beat a team of even the lowliest of opposition then we are already condemned to a life of championship football next season - and who-knows-what beyond? 4 wins all season in the league and with a goal difference that is embarrassing, hearing PL say we need to pick ourselves up and go again when it's obvious to all and sundry that the team have never "picked up" or "gone again" since the Chelski game - and some would argue, all season! well i've had enough and as much as it hurts, shan't be attending VP or receiving any more of the *****e the constantly try to sell me over the internet, phone and through the post till RL sells up THE VILLA ARE DEAD, LONG LIVE THE VILLA!!!!!
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26/01/2013 11:48:00

Top class report there Glensider,wish i could read quality like that in the rags.Think now were a bit like George Clooney and his crew in that perfect storm film,right in the middle of it with nowhere to go but down.Chrisis dont really happen overnight, they need time to grow,they need self delusion and arrogance, lack of foresight and no appreciation of history.They need too much asked of some people and not enough asked of others.Most of all they need bad leadership.When all these thing come togeather you get your perfect storm,and no George Clooney,no Paul Lambert,no Andy Weimann ,no one person gets you out of it. like they say you dont learn from history your doomed to repeat it,saw this in87 and it feels the same again.Weve been building for this for the last 3/4?years and its too late now.They wont put up the money and lets face it ,would it really change much in the long term if they did?
fc bongobongo
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26/01/2013 11:53:00

Well said griffgriff, summed up my feelings.
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26/01/2013 11:56:00

Werernt the Moody Blues all bluenoses )hence the name) ? Which is why I never listen to them altho I read that Hayward is Villa. I will admit that I bought the Question single when it came out (it still sounds ok)
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26/01/2013 12:43:00

Would love to hear your stories of travelling with the villa in the 70's. Great report and all that travelled on friday night to Millwall deserve a medal especially having to watch that shower. I think MI5 should use watching the villa as a new form of torture instead of waterboarding you would soon get some confessions. Sad Sad days for our great club. VTID
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26/01/2013 12:48:00

Just the usual ''brilliant'' report from the great GS luv'd it man!!, For me GS you have said it all, strengthen or we go down, i keep pinching myself as to why Randy is not acting to save our club, it is a surreal feeling and one which i can not put into words, why oh why Randy Lerner must our fans who pay so much and travel to support this great lcub should they be treated like this, it's the fellow hardcore loyalists like you GS and the 1700 or so that my heart goe's out too, it's just wrong!!!
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26/01/2013 13:05:00

clive, Randy is like a petulant kid. Weve fallen out of love with him and he's taken his ball away (ie, his £millions). He can afford to see a £300-350m investment slip to £50-60m in the chumpionship, and what better way to punish us?
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26/01/2013 13:23:00

Has PL been fired or resigned yet?
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26/01/2013 13:32:00

@onlyteam - fairly pesimistic view there mate. RL didn;t make milions by wasting it. Why he's not ivesting we can only speculate. the truth of the matter is either randy sacks PL and pays out millions in the contract requirements and brings in a new guy, more money and no assurances of survival or he cuts his losses and pray PL comes good with what he's got. I dare say it's the later. As for investment... with how PL has performed so far would you give him more money?
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26/01/2013 13:38:00

Home I'm wrong Zarch, but very difficult not to be pessimistic right now. PL will NOT come good - absolutely not up to the task. Thinks tactics are little white mints, looking more like a broken man witrh every press interview - would he inspire you? For me, Norwich were the worst team to visit VP last year - have never bought into him and seen nothing to change that view. But would LOVE to be wrong!
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26/01/2013 13:45:00

*hope, not 'Home'!
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26/01/2013 13:50:00

Oh, and RL did't make millions at all - his dad did. He's a spoilt rich boy who was handed a very successful MBNA and sold it. Like any rich kids he ha play things, and one of those is situated in B'ham B6.
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26/01/2013 13:55:00

haha i got it. I hope PL comes good mate. I most definately DO NOT want us to go down. But i just can't see PL succeeding. I would rather Randy sack the bloke and get another Manager in and some money but logic just tells me it's not going to happen. As for the whole randy losing interest issue, i wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be true. All that money spent to only make it to one cup final (and we lost). Year after Year of financial losses,Inept Managers, poor buys, massive wage and dicsiplinary issues. I'd be distraught if i were in his shoes. Is it all his fault? You could argue yes given as the owner he's ultimately responsible for the cub's welfare. Me personally, I don't blame him given that everyone that's been at the centre of these problems are men in their own right and shouldn't be hiding behind the Boss. But the mistakes he's made have clearly left him in the most precarious of positions in which he needs to make a decsion... invest more and hope for the best, or sell. I hope he invests.
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26/01/2013 14:04:00

I hope i'm not coming across as contradicting. just to clarify. What I hope RL does is invest. But i don't think he will. I want PL gone, replaced and new faces. But I don't think it'll hapen.
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26/01/2013 14:08:00

No malacaxeta, the Moodies weren't/aren't bluenoses. Perish the thought. Ray Thomas/Edgey/Pinder were Erdington lads, John Lodge from Streetly, all of the claret and blue persuasion. Hayward, a Wiltshire lad, now his football allegiance I'm unsure of. Their name, the Moody Blues, came from the fact that in their early days (when Denny Laine was onboard) they played predominantly American blues music, plus they took the M and B from Mitchell's and Butler's beer. Outstanding band, were back in the day, still are now (although only Hayward, Lodge, and Edge still record and tour as the Moody Blues).
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26/01/2013 14:41:00

Great posting Glensider. Didn't make Millwall back in the 70s for the same reason as Andy. Far too risky for the kid I was! From comments above and in recent days anger seems to be changing to resignation and that's worrying.
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26/01/2013 15:33:00

GS I often feel I'm back in college reading melody maker when I read u're reports,thanks for that, as for villa we are so poor its embarressing.
mc parland
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26/01/2013 15:36:00

Lets face it, Lerner bought Villa to escape from a failing marriage and escape from being totally incompetent in running a successful credit card company AND Cleveland Browns, which begs the question "did he jump or was he pushed from these businesses?" his lack of appearances at any matches since his separation and divorce show that his lifelong love of the Villa must've been claimed by his wife in the divorce settlement
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26/01/2013 16:11:00

I have very little doubt that the present dose of misery, so callously inflicted on the fans, will prompt many of them to reconsider their relationship with the club. In no other business could a company treat its customers with such contempt and expect the brand to recover. When it comes to other sectors of the leisure industry, one experience of bad treatment is usually enough for the custimers to say enough. No fan who has experienced the treatment of the last few years can really escape the self-accusation that by their loyalty have they invited such atrocious treatment. There comes a time in even the most ardent fan's life when they decide they can no long play the doormat. This seems like the ideal time to reach that conclusion. Enough is enough.
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26/01/2013 16:55:00

Quality report once more, lets talk music, stuff the football... as Lerner has proved with his "stuff the Villa". But we Villa suppoters are made of sterner stuff, but it still hurt so damn much!
Pride of Lions
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26/01/2013 17:45:00

In the cold light of the day after the night before, I have to admit that that performance and result still hurts every bit as much as it did last night, while freezing myself to death at The Den. Lerner, Lambert, Ron Vlaar, that was awful. Absolutely not acceptable. Nowhere near good enough. The claret and blue natives are now way beyond restless. Open rebellion is in the air. While I never want a Villa manager to admit defeat, praise the opposition to the detriment of our lads, I would like a little bit of realism to creep into Paul Lambert's post game press conferences. I'm not a four year old kid, I can face facts, I can accept the truth. I wont become a broken man because the Aston Villa manager has openly admitted what 99% of us can see with our own eyes day after day, week after week, and what every man jack of us at The Den could see taking place in front of our own eyes. What most people who were at the game in south-east London last night saw as subjugation and humiliation, Paul Lambert seemingly saw it as another unfortunate defeat. The better side somehow slipping to an undeserved loss. I hope and pray that Mr Lambert doesn't truly believe the nonsense he spouts. I hope and pray that Messrs Lerner and Fulkner aren't having the wool pulled over their eyes by Lamberts assertions.
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26/01/2013 19:03:00

Actually can you imagine how good it would feel to win the Championship?
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26/01/2013 19:51:00

I wish a Villa manager would actually grow a pair and tell the truth for once, admit that we are doomed to relegation and that he cannot do anything about it and the chairman is not prepared to do anything! ok it will cost you your job without the massive payoff, but you will still get a smaller settlement and probably one that would last us mere mortals 20 years! and that on top of the millions already resting in the bank account for the tremendous job you have done so far in motivating this team...........BE A MAN MR LAMBERT AND THEN SHOW MESSRS LERNER AND FAULKNER HOW IT'S DONE!!
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26/01/2013 20:18:00

Guys thanks for taking the time and trouble to read and comment about my match report/article. Makes the time and effort all worthwhile. Hopefully I can supply a more upbeat and positive report after Everton. I'm not holding my breath though, so dont you.
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26/01/2013 20:46:00

Cheers mc parland. Melody Maker eh? Had that and Sounds delivered every week. Two great music papers.
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26/01/2013 21:02:00

Surely the Tuesday match against Newcastle must be Lamberts last chance ... a the wrong result and RL would have to act quickly ... but like before who ??? I concur with all others Glensider your reports are great reading.
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27/01/2013 10:17:00

Thanks Eddy1. Pleased that you enjoy. As for Lambert's last chance? I dont know, I just cant see Lerner deciding that his time is up, although worries and concerns must be mounting. They certainly are amongst the rank and file support. The squad desperately needs lifting, they looked dead on their feet at Millwall. A tam without heart and passion, very much second best against a lower league team...again.
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27/01/2013 13:00:00

Great report as always Glensider remember that match where the ref was errr abused?. and deffo remember flights coaches the one I came home in that night carried an assortment of London Brick,cement and large stones all donated by the locals. The worrying thing comming across from your report is that should we be relegated dont bet on winning enough to come back up with the present squad. As I have already stated ill health prevents my attendance at a lot of fixtures this season so these reports are bread and butter to me sad though they are please keep them comming.
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