Date: 27th February 2006 at 12:23pm
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David O’Leary has said survival is the key.

Villa lie in 15th place having accrued only 31 points with just 7 wins (10 draws, 10 losses) to their name so far this season. In a sad-for-the-state-of-Midlands-football table, we lie just above WBA on 26 points and Small Heath on 23. Only Middlesbrough – with a game in hand – keep us from being 16th, 17th and 18th in the league. With Sunderland relegated and Portsmouth looking certain to join them, the fight for the final relegation spot could well come down to one of the Birmingham teams.

Villa certainly lie in a safer position with points already on the table but have to face Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City before the season is out. Not to mention difficult games against Blackburn (away), a slightly revived Everton (away), Fulham (home) who are just above us in the league with 32 points, a final visit to Highbury to face the inconsistent Gunners, an away trip to this seasons surprise package Wigan, a home tie to our FA Cup opponents Man City, a thankless visit to Anfield and what should prove to be a safe end to a dire season against Premiership whipping boys Sunderland.

David O’Leary said: ‘We are still in the FA Cup and would love to meet Charlton in the final but my main priority is to reach the safety point, around 40 points, in the league as soon as possible and then see what plans we can make for the summer.’

Adding, somewhat bemusingly:

‘Sometimes the job is about keeping what is happening off the pitch, with all the takeover talk, away from the players and keeping their heads up but so long as we end up safe that is what it is about.’

I’m sorry, but that excuse will not wash. The takeover makes no difference to the players, they have secure contracts and all they have to worry about is where they will get their next sw**ky car or diamond earring from. Lets not hide behind such tame excuses David.


6 Replies to “Survival The Key”

  • For such a proud club it must be like being kicked in teeth hearing comments like “reach the safety point” “so long as we end up safe”. Whilst not wanting to ruffle too many feathers I am obliged to speak my mind. Aston Villa look like a League team apart

  • I am surprised he has to shield the players from all the takeover speculation because I am actively seeking news of a takeover and havent heard much lately. Try another from your book of excuses David and I am sure that you will be absolved of all blame i

  • I agree with DOL. Survival is the priority, and at the moment, whether we like to hear it or not, we’re a long way from the 40 point myth, that will supposedly leave us safe. Lose to Pompey this coming weekend, and lets face it, that is distinctly possibl

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