Unoial Villa News…
Murph: Villa boss Gerard Houllier has admitted that he did send staff to watch over Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor during his fine performance against Manchester United mid-week. The press picked up on a little bit of info that did appear in the BBC Online live text feed, that Gary McAllister was at Ibrox to watch the latest ‘Battle of Britain’ but when quizzed, would not disclose just what the purpose of the visit was. Since then the Birmingham Mail have reported that goalkeeping coach Rafa Gonzalez had also travelled, and so the rumour mill cranked into action. Full article: Houllier Admits Scots Keeper Scouting
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So, the aftermath of a poor game, or at least first half, v Arsenal. Gerard Houllier has admitted on Talksport that the Villa fans were right to boo the first half performance yesterday. Houllier said: ‘They were quite right, I was sharing their frustration, I was sharing everything that they could feel. It was the worst half that we`ve played here.’ Nice to read the honesty at least. Meanwhile also on Talksport, Ray Parlour said ‘If they play like this they could be in a relegation dog-fight this season there`s no doubt about that. There`s teams around them who are good sides and are getting points at the moment. Aston Villa were poor today.’ + more and a good kicking in the article comments which always makes for interesting reading! Full details: Houllier Out And The ‘R’ Word? Or Back The Boss?
Fieldy: Well it’s that time of year again, the FA Cup draw and what fun do we have this time round? The game will be played the weekend of the 8th or 9th January and do we have a lower league test or a Premiership clash? Well the answer is…Sheffield United – away.
Fieldy: Ciaran Clark has dusted off a mixed weekend emotion wise, and heads back into training hoping to relive only one part of the weekends match against Blues. Speaking on the Official Site on this crisp Monday morning, Clark rightly admitted he was delighted with his brace against Arsenal, but the overall result leaves him incapable of really celebrating his debut Villa goals. ‘When you score a goal you want it to get you a good result, that wasn’t the case. I didn’t have time to celebrate. Despite the result, it was an amazing feeling and something I will always remember.’ Full article: Clarkie Great Goals, Horrible Result
Fieldy: Stephen Warnock has pointed to a below par first half performance from the team as the reason we lost to Arsenal, despite their obvious quality. Speaking on the Official Site as the dust continues to settle following our abject performance at the weekend, Warnock was quick to praise the quality and skill of the Arsenal side, but was honest in the fact that we lost that game by stupid basic errors again. ‘We started poorly and gifted them two sloppy goals. The first was a mix up between Ginge and Luke and the second was deflected. That put us in a bad position at half time.’ Full quotes: Warnock First Half Cost Us
Fieldy: Stiliyan Petrov has said that he has set his sights on returning early in the New Year and hopes to be back for the Carling Cup Semi’s should we progress on Wednesday. Speaking to the The Independent Stan admitted that he was hopeful he would be back nice and early and that his recovery from his knee injury was going well, but that more importantly he is hoping to step up his rehab work this week. Quotes: Petrov Aims For New Year Return
Those were the days my friend, Naz thought they`d never end… Those Were The (Villa) Day’s
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Thought for the day: When all else fails – lower your expectations