Date: 13th November 2010 at 8:49pm
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Think about this. Gerard Houllier is developing an asset which hasn’t existed at Villa Park for over a decade: a viable and experienced first-team squad.

And still they come from the youth team! Jonathan Hogg from the start and Chris Herd towards the end made their Villa debuts – on the biggest stage, against Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

Okay 2-all is a massive disappointment after leading two-nil with 17 Fergie Time minutes to go, but Houllier is doing the right thing – and Villa keep building towards a common purpose. Some consistency.

I’ve written a full match report at Soccermongery