Date: 25th August 2008 at 4:19pm
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I love it when the official site uses the word ‘bouncebackability’, but I am strange. Laursen believes we have it and he aims to show it in the next two matches.

Speaking on the official site Laursen talks about how often we ‘bounced back’ last season from disappointing draws or losses and with confidence still high in the camp he believes Villa are more than capable of showing that same character this season.

The FH (Icelandic jobbie) will be easy enough. There isn’t a cat in hell’s chance of them coming to Villa Park (defensive problems or not) and reversing our 4-1 lead, but the concern lies in the second match against Liverpool.

The Scousers aren’t playing particularly well either to be fair and will need to turn on the style to secure a result against Standard Liege after the pathetic first leg attempt saw them played off the park. But after all the summer rumblings over Gareth Barry, and with how flukey they normally get when they play us, you know they will be up for the match and we have to hope the team shows the same commitment that us fans will be showing.

Oh and it would be nice if the ref didn’t award a 3rd penalty in as many matches just because somebody falls over a blade of grass.

Anyway, Laursen:

‘We always bounced back last season and we will try and do that again. I can’t promise that but our confidence is fine. It is not low, we are just sad not to have got at least a point from the weekend.

‘But confidence is still OK. We played a very good game against Manchester City at home and we hope to win again on Thursday. We are just disappointed we came back twice against Stoke but lost the game.

‘Of course we’re disappointed right now but we have a big week coming up. We can go through in the UEFA Cup and then on Sunday there’s a massive game at Villa Park.

‘So we’re all looking forward to this week but we can’t be happy after Saturday’s defeat because we are all so disappointed to have lost that game.’

There are only 11 players and a manager who can put that right. I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping they do.