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Attendance: 38 235


Aston VillaEverton
Carew (14) Agbonlahor (60)
Carson     Wessels    
Mellberg     Hibbert    
Laursen     Yobo    
Knight     Lescott    
Bouma     Baines    
Agbonlahor     Pienaar    
Reo-Coker     Jagielka    
Barry     Neville    
Young     Osman    
Moore     80 Anichebe     69
Carew     53 Johnson     69
Taylor     Ruddy    
Harewood     80 Yakubu     69
Gardner     53 McFadden     69
Maloney     Nuno Valente    
Davies     Carsley    
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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 23 2007
Time: 5:25PM


Solid, professional perfomance - I'd have taken 2-0 beforehand though I thought Everton were there for the taking after the 2nd goal. We're still clearly very much a work in progress and it's more than a slight concern that we're simply not getting nearly enough shots on or off target. Everton close down space very well though and made it hard for us to create chances. Having said that, there was more evidence that Ashley Young is shaping up to be the most exciting attacking player we've had since Dwight Yorke was at his best and the touch Gabby showed to control that high ball before slotting home was absolutely top drawer and significant in my mind as it demonstrates that he is working on and improving the technical side of his game that has often been his shortfall. However, one major disappointment today was the thousands (no exaggeration) of empty seats for virtually the last 10 mins of the game. It may not have been the most exciting spectacle, but its gotta be a fairly soul-destroying sight for the players to see so many packing up and going home early. Some matches you win with free-flowing football, some require you to battle and scrap for every inch. Today was the latter and the effort was there for all to see. Is there something so special that requires such an urgent exit from the ground? I hope so because it makes for an appalling sight. Just as our players need our support when they're losing and chasing for an equaliser, equally they need our support to validate their efforts when they win. We've played 4 matches at Villa Park now this season and won three of them. Without playing to our full potential, there's a real confidence starting to emerge about the way we play, particularly at home, so we could genuinely turn the stadium into something of a fortress now this season and believe me, it'll be a helluva lot more impressive when the supporters actually stay in the ground until the end.
23/09/2007 18:08:00
Alec - I have always wondered why people leave early. If you pays your money it's like short changing yourself. There were plenty of poor performances the year we won the league - we won the league though and thats the mark of a good team - gettiing points when your not playing well - to all those that dissappeared - thats football find a bridge and get over it.
23/09/2007 22:10:00
We won, and we won comfortably. Defended soundly, looked dangerous up front. Thought John Carew played well until he left the arena with what looked like a nasty long term injury. O.K., he's being hammered for not scoring enough goals, but as a target man he has few equals. Atmosphere great, but agree about these 'supporters' who decide to leave ten minutes or so before the end. Why? Didn't like the argy-bargy between Gabby and Marlon at the end. Other players had to step in to cool it down, but for a minute I thought we were in for an unsavoury moment. Sort it out lads.
23/09/2007 23:40:00
Greed is a terrible thing but when a player wants to kick start his club career and feels he has been denied its only right he will get the hump...... They will sort it out.
24/09/2007 06:38:00
Only three shots on target again by our lot. That simply put, isn't good enough. its no wonder we dont score many goals.
27/09/2007 21:41:00
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