Date: 16th December 2008 at 9:32am
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Top 3 or 4 or 5………..guess we just need to go and win it.

A while ago I sent in an article about the lack of respect for Villa. It was fired by seeing sky news show the top 3 Premiership teams only, something I had never seen before, always top 4, or 6 if lucky. The reason they showed the top 3 only was because Villa were 4th……….I was seething. Today in the Times they showed the top 5. Again, the first time I had seen this, but this time it was shown this way so that Arsenal were included.

Many comments to my first article were about ‘Better not to be in the spotlight, better this way’. Other people said ‘Win trophies and earn the respect’. I thought both made sense after the anger had subsided. Still more comments agreed with my original sentiments which were about prejudice about the Villa, Not a London team – Ipswich were the better team in 81 – we were luck against a better Bayern Munich team in 82…etc.

Now we have a different situation, but kind of the same. Top 5. Have Villa earned more respect due to performance or is it the media getting upset by the perceived balance of things being upset by a new name at the top of the table and finding it hard not to include one of THE BIG 4 who are now……………….not?

The Villa are one of the BIG…………whatever and I hope they remain so. I think they will.

Anyway time will tell.

Comments and abuse welcome!

Oh, and get lost Real Madrid!