Date: 11th March 2008 at 10:40am
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Those Villa cast offs and dead wood

Its been an interesting nay incredible couple of weeks for some of those Villa cast offs, so maligned on this site by some.

As one of those fans who always feel sad when players who have done time with Villa leave for pastures new I often mentally flag up when they hit the headlines and cast a wry smile of satisfaction. Its like today when Wrexham beat Chester at Chester 2-0 and Brian Little was on Sky smiling away at finally getting his team back into contention, it made me feel good.

It all started with Albion’s Kevin Phillips getting another goal and the Best player in the Championship award, good for him. This evening he gets a chance at joining all the other Villa rejects in the FA Cup semi finals at Wembley.

Yesterday Milan Baros was at fault for gaining a penalty for Portsmouth that put the mighty Manchester United away on their own pitch. Did Sir Alex think that would happen when they beat us at Villa Park in the same competition. I doubt it. So Baros will be going to Wembley again.

He won’t be alone, today I saw a super strike from Peter Whittingham to put Cardiff past Middlesbrough, so he’ll be there along would you believe with a keeper called Peter Enkleman, unbelievable.

Young Davis scored for Rangers in Europe and seems to be doing OK up there, he’s now looking to be in a Scottish Cup final too along with his European exploits.

Talking of European exploits good old Gav McCann scored a goal in Bolton’s draw in Europe, so he and Samuel will get another game in Europe at least. They’d better watch their PL performances though, Megson does have a nasty habit of relegating sides.

There is life after Villa Park for some, even the much maligned Moore might find himself alongside Phillips at Wembley you never know.

Of course with Villa being on target for 4th and with the 5 year plan its hard to see where we have suffered by the absence, but its good to see, that such much maligned players are after all still in with some chance of glory.