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Carew (84)Jenas (4), Bent (49)
Friedel     Gomes    
Reo-Coker     Zakora     35
Cuellar     King    
Knight     60 Woodgate    
L.Young     Assou-Ekotto    
Barry     Lennon    
Petrov     Jenas    
Milner     Palacios    
A.Young     Modric     82
Heskey     82 Bent    
Agbonlahor     79 Keane    
Guzan     Cudicini    
Delfouneso     79 Bentley    
Harewood     Huddlestone    
Shorey     Pavlyuchenko    
Carew     60 Dawson    
Gardner     82 Corluka     35
Davies     O'Hara     82
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Well what can you say other than I'm glad they enjoyed their holiday.

Date:Sunday March 15 2009
Time: 5:58PM


Clueless !!!
15/03/2009 18:06:00
It was not clueless. The commitment was there, the play in mamy aspects was Villa back on form. MON has done so much right and all the credit is his. However, he has lost it in the run-in so far. All his hard work continues to be thrown away by his late substitutions and sticking to a losing team. Gabby is NEVER a striker and you cannot expect to win games with no penetation up front. It is not fair on Gabby, playing him there when he is not upto it. It is not fair on Ashley having to run round forever with no end product,, It is not fair on Carew. It is not fair on the Fonz. Bringing Carew, Gardner and the Fonz were all good calls, but all good calls too late. Gabby should never have started and should be one of 3 wide players along with Ash and Milner sharing the match between them. Leave striking for strikers who have some idea where the goal is. Gabby will come good and will score a few from out wide and on the break, but if we want to salvage our efforts for 4th this season we need the same tweaks to the team we've needed for the last two months. Without them unfortunately it means it is our top man MON throwing all his own good work away. No one knows, including me whether we would still be 6 or 8 points clear with Carew and the Fonz given more and earlier opportunities. But it might have been so. Almost every Villa fan I speak to or read the comments of thinks the lack of penetration is key. MON has made only 41 substitutions before today - fewer than any other team by far, and many of those far too late to change things. Villa have also fielded 15 unchanged teams - more than anyone else. That is a strength in many ways, and togetherness is a big plus. But you don't keep playing the same team when what is wrong is staring you in the face. It is not too late to change things. With the attitude and effort of today and the right couple of tweaks (so much remains right and all credit to Villa for that) we can actually win at Anfield. With no penetration up front we will end up below Everton.
15/03/2009 18:43:00
(Spurs fan) The key was the early goal. At WHL Villa went ahead early and destroyed us on the counter attack. Today we were much more comfortable because we were able to sit back. Good luck bringing CL footy back to villa park (after today) you ofcorse have my full support UTV ;-)
15/03/2009 18:45:00
I'm sorry stennyvilla, although I completely concur that MON has brought us a long way, reading between the lines of your post above, you clearly think we are currently clueles too!
15/03/2009 18:59:00
Top 4? WE are having a laugh. 5th place for us. hate to say i told you so.
15/03/2009 20:08:00
I think Phartman has a point. We basically did to you at yours what you did to us at The Lane. Hit early and sit back waiting for countering opportunities. I was a bit surprised by your subs as well... especially when you are 2-0 down, I thought MON would stick with the three up front... but the withdrawal of Heskey did surprise me in many ways. But I still hope you get that 4th place.
15/03/2009 20:10:00
Hope you are right re: 5th piper, I fear Everton might pip us, today really did show a team now stretched and some baffling / late changes with no real tactical awareness. Gulp.
The Fear
15/03/2009 20:13:00
You stopped playing football against us second half, it was "lets launch it forward and try hit the 2 carthorses upfront" Youre a great team when you pack the midfield and play a front three of Milner, Young and Gabby upfront. With 5 in midfield you are impossible to play against, you go the the emirates and win 2-0, hell you were even in the title race. Why MON decided to buy another carthorse in Heskey and change your winning system ive no idea. I hope you get 4th so badly, im a fan of Villa and like to see you do well. But in my opinion youl never ever get 4th with donkeys like Carew or Heskey in your side, youre amazing when you play fast, counter attacking football with loads of passing and movement in midfield. Still rooting for you guys to come 4th though!
15/03/2009 20:34:00
it is a bit of a reality check this loss. surely even a point was there?? but it is how it is for us right now and we have to play through it. three facts that scare me - arsenals goal difference, evertons form, and as stennyvilla says - our minimal penetration.
15/03/2009 20:58:00
HuddersfieldYiddo - I thought your post was going to be as mixed up as being a Spurs fan in Yorkshire must be. But you are right - and your team played with plenty of passion and skill.
15/03/2009 21:45:00
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