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Aston Villa 1 - Newcastle United 0

Prioritised Premier League

Villa Park

24/5/09 - 4pm

Attendance: 42,585

Referee: C. Foy

Aston Villa
1 - 0
Newcastle United
Duff (og 37)
 
 
Venue: Villa Park
 
Attendance: 42,585
The Teams
Friedel
 
 
 
Harper
 
 
Gardner
 
 
75
 
Coloccini
 
 
Davies
 
 
 
Taylor
 
 
Cuellar
 
 
 
Edgar
 
 
Shorey
 
 
 
Duff
 
 
Milner
 
 
 
Guthrie
 
 
Petrov
 
 
84
 
Nolan
 
 
66
Barry
 
 
 
Butt
 
 
Young
 
 
 
Lovenkrands
 
 
57
Carew
 
 
89
 
Viduka
 
 
75
Agbonlahor
 
 
 
Martins
 
 
Substitutes
Guzan
 
 
 
Krul
 
 
Sidwell
 
 
89
 
Jose Enrique
 
 
57
Delfouneso
 
 
 
Owen
 
 
66
Knight
 
 
 
Smith
 
 
Heskey
 
 
75
 
Gutierrez
 
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
84
 
Ameobi
 
 
75
Albrighton
 
 
 
Taylor
 
 
Game Statistics
15
Goal Attempts
8
5
On Target
3
5
Corners
3
8
Fouls
10
0
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
1
56
%
44
Comments...
A very good performance today to be honest. Nice to see Gardner back on the pitch and nice to see a player willing to take shots at every opportunity.

Passing was a bit off and we still need to get more consistency in our crosses, but nice to end the season with a win and grab a fair 6th place even though it should've been 4th and then 5th but hey who's counting?

Only annoying bit of the day - final 15 minutes, chances are Newcastle will throw everything at us so we again take a fullback off for Heskey, and then move Milner to right back.

On that score we got lucky today, buggering around with the defence didn't lead to us conceeding but Newcastle came very close to making us pay for that 'tactic'.

Heskey looks low on confidence, that much is obvious but he offered absolutely nothing whilst on the pitch. Gabby's break down the wing and into the box (before Carew went legless and missed the ball), Heskey was lumping round two defenders - where was the movement, where was the step back from the goal to create some space for a shot???

Sorry final game of the season, why not give Delboy another crack? Why not give Albrighton a crack?

We surely do not need to bring on Heskey EVERY single match and move players around to accomodate him do we?

Fair enough if he can find some form, and create a partnership with anybody at the club, we know what Heskey can do. Namely score very few, but create a lot for another.

At the moment he's not scoring, not giving anything, and certainly has no understanding with his fellow strikers. I hope during the summer he forms a partnership with somebody cause the way it's going he'll be playing even if he spends his time on the pitch sitting down on the halfway line.

That said it was nice to see 3 subs again if only for the timewasting benefits. Had Petrov not been limping and Carew not got cramp I doubt we'd have even seen that though.

Will be an interesting summer - Come the opening day of the season we'll know both what kind of campaign we'll have, but more importantly we'll know exactly whether we are treading water or building on the basics we have.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 24 2009

Time: 6:13PM

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So what you are trying to say then Mike is that we are ****e but that Newcastle were even worse and that MON needs to get his finger out of his rectum if we are to have any impact on the top 6 places next season.
Villan Of The North
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24/05/2009 18:17:00

So what you are trying to say then Mike is that we are ****e but that Newcastle were even worse and that MON needs to get his finger out of his rectum if we are to have any impact on the top 6 places next season.
Villan Of The North
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24/05/2009 18:17:00

Should have buried them much earlier but everton won anyway. Hope that wasnt Barrys last game. Well done to fulham
Raunds Villain
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24/05/2009 18:21:00

Oi what happened to my paragraphs! JF! lol


No I thought we were alright today, but I just don't understand Heskey. I don't understand messing around with the defence (again) just so he can get on the pitch. If this is going to be a general pattern though and regardless of form or what's happening in the match, Heskey will come on for a defender we are in deep trouble.


As said the summer will be interesting, it'll tell us all we need to know.
mike_field
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24/05/2009 18:21:00

Should have buried them much earlier but everton won anyway. Hope that wasnt Barrys last game. Well done to fulham
Raunds Villain
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24/05/2009 18:21:00

Oi what happened to my paragraphs! JF! lol


No I thought we were alright today, but I just don't understand Heskey. I don't understand messing around with the defence (again) just so he can get on the pitch. If this is going to be a general pattern though and regardless of form or what's happening in the match, Heskey will come on for a defender we are in deep trouble.


As said the summer will be interesting, it'll tell us all we need to know.
mike_field
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24/05/2009 18:21:00

I do worry for the summer. Make or break but based on what I've seen I expect it to be break. MON has done reasonably well for us so far but I just can't see him bringing in the new faces required at this stage and if he doesn't it will be an even bigger opportunity missed than in Jan as all our immediate competitors will be doing their utmost to move on, that much is guaranteed.
Villan Of The North
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24/05/2009 18:29:00

I do worry for the summer. Make or break but based on what I've seen I expect it to be break. MON has done reasonably well for us so far but I just can't see him bringing in the new faces required at this stage and if he doesn't it will be an even bigger opportunity missed than in Jan as all our immediate competitors will be doing their utmost to move on, that much is guaranteed.
Villan Of The North
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24/05/2009 18:29:00

Thankyou Villa, you made my day. The BARCODES ARE DOWN.....BYE BYE, ......RIP NEWCASTLE
Yid_from_India
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24/05/2009 18:33:00

Thankyou Villa, you made my day. The BARCODES ARE DOWN.....BYE BYE, ......RIP NEWCASTLE
Yid_from_India
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24/05/2009 18:33:00

Well done and good luck for the summer, you gave us a good challenge once again this season. Hopefully it won't be too long before we turn the tables on 4th and 3rd ;)
toffeetower
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24/05/2009 19:57:00

Well done and good luck for the summer, you gave us a good challenge once again this season. Hopefully it won't be too long before we turn the tables on 4th and 3rd ;)
toffeetower
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24/05/2009 19:57:00

Was hoping you'd win today even though it could mean we lost 5th, excelent work for the Premier League you provided today, ridding us of the inbred Geordie's.
EvertonMike
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24/05/2009 20:03:00

Was hoping you'd win today even though it could mean we lost 5th, excelent work for the Premier League you provided today, ridding us of the inbred Geordie's.
EvertonMike
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24/05/2009 20:03:00

SOB ON THE TYNE. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
PiperUK
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24/05/2009 20:10:00

SOB ON THE TYNE. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
PiperUK
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24/05/2009 20:10:00

"Heskey will come on for a defender we are in deep trouble." Nothing like a bit of over exaggerating. I also really like the positive vibe around the article. Up the Villa, I for one have enjoyed this season more than any other for a long time. Tighten up at the back and get a fox in the box and I believe we're in with a chance at having another push next season. Roll on the lovely stress of the summer transfer window!!!
PBAVFC
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24/05/2009 20:28:00

"Heskey will come on for a defender we are in deep trouble." Nothing like a bit of over exaggerating. I also really like the positive vibe around the article. Up the Villa, I for one have enjoyed this season more than any other for a long time. Tighten up at the back and get a fox in the box and I believe we're in with a chance at having another push next season. Roll on the lovely stress of the summer transfer window!!!
PBAVFC
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24/05/2009 20:28:00

Defence definitely needs to be tightened up, and the signing of a proven quality finisher is a must. We just cant finish teams off, that has cost us, and unless rectified will continue to cost us. No fight from Newcastle United though, what was that all about? They were supposedly fighting for their lives, yet looked incapable of displaying any fight or passion.
glensider
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24/05/2009 20:53:00

Defence definitely needs to be tightened up, and the signing of a proven quality finisher is a must. We just cant finish teams off, that has cost us, and unless rectified will continue to cost us. No fight from Newcastle United though, what was that all about? They were supposedly fighting for their lives, yet looked incapable of displaying any fight or passion.
glensider
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24/05/2009 20:53:00

MF: must be a limit mate on the number of words for a summary in stats. Put it throug as a match report or article dude!
The Fear
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24/05/2009 20:55:00

MF: must be a limit mate on the number of words for a summary in stats. Put it throug as a match report or article dude!
The Fear
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24/05/2009 20:55:00

we were poor against Boro, we were poor against Hull we weren't exactly brilliant today v Newcastle. 3 teams all in the relegation fight (2 now down). Shocked at the Magpies, the players should donate this weeks wages to charity because theydidn't earn it and disgraced their fans. Where was the fight? Second half neither team looked interested, you've never have known the game meant something!
The Fear
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24/05/2009 20:57:00

Anyone see the sign in the Holte End? 'Who is your next messiah, Ant or Dec!'
The Fear
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24/05/2009 20:57:00

we were poor against Boro, we were poor against Hull we weren't exactly brilliant today v Newcastle. 3 teams all in the relegation fight (2 now down). Shocked at the Magpies, the players should donate this weeks wages to charity because theydidn't earn it and disgraced their fans. Where was the fight? Second half neither team looked interested, you've never have known the game meant something!
The Fear
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24/05/2009 20:57:00

Anyone see the sign in the Holte End? 'Who is your next messiah, Ant or Dec!'
The Fear
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24/05/2009 20:57:00

Thought villa dominated 2nd half and newcastle don't stand a chance in the championship with that attitude and ability. Not sure any team will want Owen, but I bet we get him! Gabby needs to think - he has tons of speed but tries to dribble past the defence or checks back, just knock it and run. Roll on next season.
RiF
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24/05/2009 21:50:00

Thought villa dominated 2nd half and newcastle don't stand a chance in the championship with that attitude and ability. Not sure any team will want Owen, but I bet we get him! Gabby needs to think - he has tons of speed but tries to dribble past the defence or checks back, just knock it and run. Roll on next season.
RiF
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24/05/2009 21:50:00

Heskey is the new Beckham where he will come on for 20 mins every game regardless of the score just for an extra cap....
Villan444
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26/05/2009 09:07:00

Heskey is the new Beckham where he will come on for 20 mins every game regardless of the score just for an extra cap....
Villan444
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