Date: 29th November 2006 at 11:44am
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Martin O’Neill has made a rallying cry to the players saying: ‘The fans are demanding more and we should rise to the challenge.’

Adding: ‘I’ve said before that I can’t do anything about it. And I’m not overly worried. To tell you the truth, if you want to succeed here, you should be putting yourself under pressure. It should concern you. You should be living and breathing it. It should be important. Eventually players will get into a mind-set about winning, and turning a couple of those draws into wins. That’s not to say that we haven’t put the effort in. Sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

‘We could go out tonight (v Man City) and play better than maybe we have in the last couple of home games, and have a lucky goal against us and lose the game. Or we could play absolutely terrible and streak it! Which one would I rather take? That’s not the point. I just think that we should pressurise ourselves into winning the game. But at the minute, does that get to me? Not really because I want the expectation to be high here, and I want the people to be demanding and I want us to be able to live and react under that pressure. Because if you want to try to improve, that’s what you should be doing.’

Finishing: ‘If you had genuinely said to me that after 14 games, Arsenal with a game in hand can go only a point above us at the start of the season, I would take it! I am loath to say these things because in the next batch of games you might not win a game. We could get beaten tonight, then the next thing you know Portsmouth and Sheffield United could be really daunting prospects – they are anyway. But it would be nice to go and try and win the home game – for the people who are coming to watch.’

 

4 Replies to “Rallying Cry To Villa Players”

  • Let’s hope there are plenty going to watch and lets hope the atmosphere is better than it was on Saturday against Boro. If the only stand making any noise is the Holte, then it won’t be. I had the misfortune of sitting in the North Stand on Saturday and it was like a morgue. A noisy and intimidating Villa Park will give the players the extra push to turn the draws into wins

  • Too true Geordie, Raise the roof for the boys, for the first time in a long time I could actualy hear the opposition fans singing in the match against boro, THIS IS VILLA PARK, YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HEAR ANYONE BUT THE VILLA FANS, pick it up chaps, for our boys to do their job on the pitch, we have to do ours on the terraces. UP THE VILLA.

  • This man is so, so different to the previous incumbent. Whereas Martin makes the comments detailed above, Mr O’Leary would have derided us again by stating to the media that we didn’t understand or appreciate what we were watching/saying/doing, and that he only took note of people who actually were knowledgeable about the game. Funnily enough I have not yet left a stadium following a Villa performance this season (and I’ve seen every game) feeling disappointed, dejected or let down. The reason for that? I can understand what MON and Randy and co are setting out to achieve. After years of stagnation and decline we are on the road back. Agree though that the Villa Park support (not talking about the away games here) leaves much to be desired, both in numbers, and volume of noise. Sadly I cant do much about that though. I go, support to the best of my ability, and thoroughly enjoy doing that. Pity more so called supporters dont do the same.

  • Having said that though, theres still a mighty long way to go this season, and theres bound to be downs to go with the positives. We the supporters do have to show a degree of patience.

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