Date: 3rd October 2007 at 3:19pm
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Martin O’Neill has spelt out his vision for the future, he wants Villa to play attractive attacking football. Look forward to that then. Does that mean long ball hoofing will one day become a thing of the past as well? Maybe that Marlon Harewood was in fact bought as a joke and January will see us buy a ‘real’ striker?

The boss said following the Spurs game:

‘It was a strange old evening. It was great entertainment and well worth watching. No doubt about that. We’ll no doubt look back at it and think we played our part in a great game. In the scheme of things that is exactly what I want. We want goals, we want to attack and we want to go for it. All the top teams wouldn’t need four to win a game and that’s why we’ve still got a long way to go. We are capable of challenging the top six, but the slight concern is the squad.’

How can Martin have doubts over the squad when the chance of bolstering it in the summer was squandered? Sorry to be blunt but I am amazed he is talking about the squad size when the main finger of blame points at him for it.

On Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young he added, ‘they were like wizards. They were really great. Agbonlahor was doing some fantastic stuff. He was getting it down, taking it on and then he lashed it into the net. He was great.’

Meanwhile Nigel Hokey-Cokey says Martin O’Neill is a mastermind: ‘We’re not like Tottenham or other clubs, who have spent an enormous amount of money trying to build on their success. This is Martin O’Neill’s plan, he’s the mastermind behind everything, he knows exactly what he’s doing and it’s going well.’

Is it going well? Really? Ok, we’ll see. Personally I think if David O’Leary or Graham Taylor had done the same as Martin has done the last season and a bit, they’d be on the receiving end of a whole barrage of dogs abuse. For me if money is there, you bloody well spend it and build a squad – including a right back and a striker worthy of the Villa shirt, but hey, what do I know?