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I like finding inspiration for my articles, I read and absorb a lot of different other forums and websites to find that thing which sets my mind racing. It`s been a difficult one this week, I`ve been busy with my job and I`m in France as well, which has been quite nice considering how the UEFA Cup white flag has ushered in an epoch of disappointment.

One particular article I love to read is the Something for the Weekend article on this very page, I love the writing style, the flow and the personal touches. Unfortunately because I generally write my article on a Monday after the weekend`s swell of activity, I`ve been a bit down hearted recently - certainly not having the pre game optimism and the buoyant mood I`ve seen from Steve Wade. Mind you, generally speaking I`m a happy go lucky type and my glass is always half full. Even after the Liverpool game I found myself wondering how good Liverpool must have been to beat us 5-0, and certainly their recent form backed up my assumptions.

After a severe ripping from a Liverpool fan colleague (who is also Scottish, which irritates me immensely), I got myself online and thought I`d punish myself following an unproductive office day by watching the goals. I guess I was kind of expecting what happened next...when you go online to see the 5 goals put past your side earlier that day, it`s never going to end well.

But there was one positive to come out of that perplexing situation; it made me get back to work. I bucked up my ideas, cracked open Microsoft excel and made things happen! I can only hope that it has the same effect on the Villa team, starting with a Manchester United team who might similarly be questioning themselves on the back of some poor results, and those kind of reasons are why every game has an element of opportunity, no matter who the opposition.
"But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for."- Paulo Cuelho

I seem to have reverted recently to spouting poetic nonsense in a bid to convince myself that everything is for the best. Obviously it isn` would be much better if we thumped Liverpool 5-0 and went home talking about Agbonlahor`s delicious 30 yarder and Martin Laursen`s miraculous recovery from his seemingly every present knee injury - coming in at the 11th hour and powering in two towering headers. Sadly that wasn`t to be, and now we move onto the next easy encounter against that lesser known team in Manchester.

Onwards we go, and while frustrated people will rack their brains for more people to blame, I`m going to chat to my Scottish Liverpool fan colleague, who will continue to discuss how despite Liverpool winning the Champions League, Liverpool fans still question Benitez` as a manager and his rotation policy. Then I`ll be pleasantly reminded that even someone who can bring glory at the highest level still has their doubters. So my message to Mart is as follows: You may be a little eccentric, I may struggle to fathom your substitution policy at times, but no one is perfect, and I have faith in you to continue your good work for this football club.

So while I continue to work away out in mainland Europe, I`ll continue to hope and pray for better Villa days, well, at least it can`t get much worse than a 5-0 drubbing!

Date:Tuesday March 24 2009
Time: 11:57AM


Drubbing or surrender either will suffice.
24/03/2009 12:05:00
2 reason's for the Liverpool spanking....wrong formation, no fight! I don't know which I find more frustrating and upsetting, the fact MON is so inept technically (not matching Liverpool's formation and leaving Barry and Petrov against Gerrard, Alonso and Mascherano) or the lack of fight in the team. Even if you are outclassed, at least we should see some blood, sweat and tears. That's what hurt me most. Barry summed that up for their 2nd goal, not busting a gut to get back and defend or maybe he was tired after chasing shadows!! If we play 4-4-2 against Man U, expect another spanking!
In MON we trust!
24/03/2009 13:49:00
Living in Cheshire I also got a ripping from local Liverpool fans. So imagine my surprise yesterday while I was filling the car up at the local petrol station. Out of a hefty 7 series (I think) BMW gets a certain Mr Heskey. So when I'd paid he was standing in the queue. With a big grin on my face I thanked him politely for giving the locals the opportunity to give me abuse and general pi@@ taking. It obviously didn't come across as the light hearted banter that I had intended. He looked totally mystified, shrugged his shoulders and walked off. Still I'm sure that we are now firm friends and whenever I need a ticket I just have to ask.
Cheshire Villan
24/03/2009 14:52:00
Well, thank you very much Mr Villa4. So you're the guy who reads my SFTW, I knew there was one. Although I don't think many people quite understand my schtik. Years ago some girl said to me, "Why do you always talk about football - why don't you talk about your feelings?". So I got in the habit of talking about how football made me feel. She never understood, showed me the red card, and people have had to suffer ever since.
Steve Wade
24/03/2009 17:04:00
LOL Cheshire Villain. I too got a few jibes from a Liverpool fan, but was quick to remind him he wouldn't be laughing so hard when we let Man Utd kick our arses too!
25/03/2009 00:07:00
Cant get much worse than a 5-0 drubbing? Not so sure about that. I once saw us get our backsides well and truly kicked at Old Trafford. Seven - nil, Denis Law scoring four times. I've never been the same individual since. A spanking like that stays with a young man for the rest of his days.
09/04/2009 21:18:00
Very good read by the way Villa4Europe. While its fair to say that on the forums, 'Off Topic' in particular, the infantile side of our members comes very much to the fore, on the front page, some of the articles scripted are very much top drawer. This piece was one of them. Well written.
09/04/2009 21:21:00
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