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Liverpool 5 - Aston Villa 0

Prioritised Premier League


22/3/09 - 4pm

Attendance: 44,131

Referee: M. Atkinson

5 - 0
Aston Villa
Kuyt (7), Riera (32), Gerrard (39, 49, 64)
Venue: Anfield
Attendance: 44,131
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No comment other than to praise the away fans for constantly singing in the face of that.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 22 2009

Time: 6:05PM

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is it just me or does every team we play happen to play their best game of the season against us??? and to think some people thought we had more than our share of luck.
Dicked! Can Everton snatch 5th?
is it over yet, I want to come out from behind the sofa?! Penalty yes, red no for Friedel. Buggered with Guzan in goal v Man Utd! Villa fans great from start to finish, don't care what any pratt says about the claret and blue army, we are a fine bunch.
The Fear
I fear Everton, thank goodness they lost yesterday, but they have another chance as we'll get nothing at Old Trafford then we face Everton at home. Confidence looks shot for Villa.
The Fear
Fear that's a bit harsh on Guzan. Friedel was at fault for the 2 goals against Spurs last week and poor with the free-kick goal today! Guzan has made some imprerssive saves when he has played!
Sali Salifooooou
I'll say it again, 451/433!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
we are pish
Vernon on Gold was right. MON is tactically inept.
Everton were nothing special at fratton park. Having said that, nor were you when you came down, but you still got the win (lucky *** :-) ). as for the game, it's quite simple really. Torres and gerrard are too good together, and should be banned. it's cheating! no-one should be that good!!!
OK so we were out played by what look like the eventual champions but it doesn't help when it's 12 against 11 (or 10). How one sided was that ref? We all knew 442 wouldn't work. We were right. When will MON learn?
Adam Deuce
a long season, courtesy of the UEFA Cup, is catching up with you!
Don't agree merlin. It's caught up with MON not the players! If you knew more about MON's curious team selections/formations then you would realise this. I'm not an MON basher by any means, but truth is truth. He's been left wanting when it comes to tactics etc...
i keep going on but is nicky shorey that bad that even when our defence is on its knees he cant start a game???he played for england ffs if he is that crap then mon bought him so if i were mr lerner i wouldn't let him buy anymore players.......
Simply shocking...has to be 4-5-1,and as bad as Gabby has been put him on the right and Milner in the centre with Stan and Barry next week!...Our luck has run out...and the old saying...the harder I work the luckier I get could never be more true.The fat lady ain't sung yet but some serious open heart surgery needs to take place and quick before we screw up what has been a very good season so far..!
Heartbreaking that was, but to be fair pool have put 4 past utd and real in the last couple of weeks so they are on form we are in a slump,so what we need to do is get behind the lads and pull out of it together, we havn't won for a few weeks yet we are still 4 points clear in 5th, it can still be a good season. come on villa.
tactically i think MON is coming up short. what is his problem with going back to a formation that was working?? we were even playing the ball around more, etc,etc.... what does he owe Heskey??? i am no MON basher either, but something must be changed. what does it take??
I have to agree with avflell our backfour would have a extra bit of solidness if we had players who were in there rightful positions eg shorey in luke rightback etc.
wow. maybe my expectations are too high nowadays
Wow - one point from the last fifteen - but ten out of ten for your fans, thought they were great.
piperuk. i was having that conversation the other day and i see mon as much like keegan. you wont find two better man managers but ask either of them to tactically outwit an opponent, especially benitez, and they would/did fall well short. cant knock what he's done for us overall but yesterday the frst three goal came from playing a centre midfielder rb. and to play the two slowest centre midfielders in european football against liverpool away is criminal. pack the midfield and one up top with a genuine lb and rb playing in their correct positions.
i think its funny how all of a sudden everyone thinks they know more about football than MON
RIC112 - they do mate - If I remember when MON started playing 451 - people on the forums said that's too negative playing 451 at home!! Then they say why change it - then they say Gabby is crap - needs a rest - then they say should play Gabby on the left. Tomorrow it'll be their Granny should be playing cos she wouldn't miss a chance!. We are having a bad patch we may come good we may not but reading the reports in the Times the reporter says that Villa will bounce back and challenge the top 4 again. I'm just glad we have Lerner cos I tell you what - listening to callers to the local radio - they were saying MON's took as far as he can and he should go!. FFS - one bad run and it's the end of the world.
This is one hell of a bad run though and all the hard work is being wasted by stubborn determination to play Heskey. We have now lost as many games in 2-3 weeks than we have for the rest of the season.
thank God for the Times....nobody can have an opinion on here without someone accusing you of being a blue nose or wanting your head on a stick for MON heresy. Footballs about opinions and I think the general consensus was that 4 5 1 was negative at home but its more to do with the negativity of the away team and our lack of creativity rather than the system. I'm sure none of us do know more than MON but it certainly didnt look right yesterday nor did it last week with a centre midfielder left back, a right back centre back and a right winger right back. Just opinions at the end of the day and if your totally void of any whatsoever then it must be a very boring world.
Yes - a bad run - the FIRST really bad run in 3/4 years - let's all get a grip - we have come so far so quickly it's spolit some of us. We WILL have to rebuild again - Barry is off I suspect as will others. Live the rollercoaster - I get sick on that sometimes (just like I do watchingsome Villa performances) but I still get back on cos the thrill is brill.
A tragic and painful loss but i hope liverpool win the league now. Anyone but Manure. The win will come, maybe not in the next 2 games, but it will come. Just ride it out fellow villans. The boys need us
Jeez, is there anything worse than being surrounded by thousands of gloating scousers? What a humiliating afternoon. We were lucky in the end that it was only five.
We simply had no answer to them, they were streets ahead in skill, technique and ideas. We are not at all helped by these ridiculous team selections of players being played out of position. Whats with Nicky Shorey? It has to be a personal thing, a clash of personalities between manager and player. He is WAY too good a left full back not to be able to get into this starting line up.

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