Date: 25th November 2008 at 5:09pm
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Are We Back To The Good Old Villa?

Watching the results go by during the new era at Villa under the steady wing of MON and the ownership of Randy, have we finally got back to the good old Villa we all know to love and hate? By this I mean have we turned the corner and got back to where we were in the early to mid nineties under the stewardship of Little and Big Ron?

These were the days when Villa could hold there own against the big boys and still flatter to deceive along the way. Have we now returned to the point where we can match Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool consistently and then fail graciously against the lesser boys?

Comparisons can be drawn this season against these years in the 90’s when we were always on the verge of something bigger, only for self belief and mostly lack of ambition by the previous owner to push us over the final barrier.

I for one hope we are at this point but can now push further and show the Premiership we are here for the long haul and challenge for major honours. We certainly have the backing of the board and hopefully the players will show some belief which lacked in the 90’s.

This weekend is another of those occasions we all looked forward to in the past. We can all see that success is there for us to take, but will we once again fluff our lines at the crucial point? We have just shown those around us what we can do by beating Arsenal and then matching Man Utd, but can we now step up to the plate on Saturday and beat Fulham?

With Man Utd playing their arch rivals Man City, a game City generally do well in and Arsenal playing a London derby against Chelsea both on Sunday, Villa have a chance to claim 3rd spot and then watch both teams sweat it out on Sunday to catch us up. An occasion we have seldom seen in recent years but one which we will all be wishing for.

Will we be able to take the initiative on Saturday and batter Fulham like we did at home last year, or will we do our infamous Jekyll & Hyde act and lose like we did in the corresponding fixture at Craven Cottage. A game that if I remember rightly would have pushed into a chance to claim 4th spot, but which we failed to live up to in terms of form and lost.

For me I’m again excited by the position we as a Club are getting into and the buzz that is returning to Villa Park and the fans. I personally haven’t felt this good about being a Villa fan for 10 years or more and I only hope that some of this new found belief can be turned into trophies and success on the pitch. For the players I just ask one thing, please don’t do a Villa on me again!