Date: 6th October 2010 at 6:15pm
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Richard Dunne believes that Gerard Houllier’s possession based style of football will enable Villa to light up the Premiership with a more dominant style of play.

Speaking on the Official Site Dunne explained that the players were excited by the new regime and changing our style from a simple counter attacking team will help us dominate matches and control games better – which hopefully will mean we aren’t as knackered come the final 20 minutes and won’t be blitzed so often which has been the cause of plenty of points lost over the years.

‘Sometimes clubs sign a lot of players to give them a spark, we’ve not but we’ve a new manager who brings a new sort of energy to the whole place.’

Dunne believes the new methods are already working as the team slowly improves in style and substance and has become a lot more entertaining the last few weeks.

‘I think we’ve played some good football when the opportunity has allowed us. As a defender it’s probably more enjoyable because we’re not kicking the ball long to see it coming straight back at us.

‘We could become a team that goes on and dominates matches rather than being the team that always has to go and break.’

Whether that style will see the same league finishes we saw under Monny’s counter attack based football time will tell, but more performances like the Spurs game will certainly cheer the crowd as you can only play that well so many times before it all clicks and the points start rushing in.

As Dunne says in short, there’s a time and a place to pass it nicely, to boot it to row Z and so on. Rather than being one dimensional in attack, if we can learn to use pace when it’s right, sit back and invite errors at other times, not always rely on the wings and so on it will be much harder for teams to suss us and keep us from their box.

Then maybe we’ll start killing teams off and coming away with the points we deserve given the effort of the lads.

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