Date: 17th March 2009 at 3:50pm
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Gareth Barry has been unsurprisingly honest in his most recent interview, admitting that confidence is low and that blowing 4th place would be disappointing.

It’s a stark contrast to the normal press we get from the club, but it’s this sort of honesty I admire and love – it shows the players feel the same as the fans and that they are becoming equally as disappointed with how events have turned lately.

Speaking to the E&S as we look forward to ‘must not lose’ matches against Liverpool and Man U, Barry said:

“Looking at the bigger picture, we`d have still taken it, but we are sitting here low on confidence. We are one game away from a good performance and turning it around again, so we cannot worry about it too much. We have to be positive.’

As fans we all have our own theories on why we’ve had such a bad spell lately, and whilst Barry does not (rightly) hint or suggest any theories of his own, it is clear that he is becoming frustrated with the run of form we are on.

“Three months ago we could not stop winning and now we can`t buy a win. It is about confidence.’

It may not be on the cards, but Barry is hoping we can pull ourselves back together, and find the vein of form we had earlier in the season and produce even only one storming performance out of the next two games to reinvigorate us and save us all from seeing the season as a missed opportunity.

‘We have two tough fixtures coming up and if we deliver a performance-of-the-season against one of them, it could catapult us to a good finish.

“The way the season has gone it will be a disappointment if we don`t finish fourth, but we are not writing ourselves off.

“If we don`t give ourselves a chance then no-one will.”

The season certainly isn’t over yet, but we need to change direction quickly if we want to save 4th place.

We all know the games we blew it in, let’s hope as we look back on the season we can identify the games we saved it in.

 

8 Replies to “Barry Being Honest”

  • You are more than capable of beating us, as you showed last year with a late goal getting us out of jail. This is not a game i was looking forward to…

  • We are capable KB1 but most of the fans have already written this game off (as they did against Arsenal at the Emirates and the Man U game at VP). On our day we can beat anyone even the ‘Pool and dare I say Man U, a tall order BUT it can be done. A draw would be ok and give the guys a bit of confidence and if we do the same at Man U (who will be without Vidic) then maybe we can kickstart the season again. Forever the optimist – but regardless – am proud of what Villa have achieved after so many years of mediocrity.

  • Here here, Naz well siad mate 100% behind you in everything you said and everything the Club has achieved this season.
    Cant wait for next year, at the pace of progression, we may even finish 2nd or 3rd, whooooooo
    UTV – I LOVE MON

  • Martin O’Neill could help matters by quitting this ridiculous and frustrating habit of playing players out of their specialist and preferred positions. Recalling Nicky Shorey wouldn’t go amiss either. Luke could then revert to right full back, giving us a more balanced look across the back. Just a suggestion Mart.

  • It will take a truly monumental effort to finish top four, particularly now that the Arsenal have the bit between their teeth. Really, was top four ever realistically on as a finishing position? I dont think it was. We have neither the squad depth or the quality to compete at the very top.

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