Date: 27th September 2007 at 10:15am
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Some of the reactions of the fans to last nights exit suggests the performance was not acceptable in any way, shape, or form.

Adam Deuce said ‘Just got back from VP and am gutted. Dreadful. I think we missed Carew. I hope he gets fit soon because without him holding the ball up we looked clueless.’ Adding, ‘I’ll openly admit to being fairly clueless when it comes to tactics etc having never really played beyond school playground level but I can just about work out what formation a team is attempting to play in. Last night I was scratching my head to figure out who was playing what and where. It looked like the players didn’t know either. Did anyone hear Curtis Davies on Radio One News this morning admitting to being ‘Rubbish’ and ‘playing like a pub team players’. At least he has the balls to admit it. No consolation to the 25.5K ppl at VP last night.’

Aston Smith, a Man City regular whose girlfriend is a Villa fan told us, ‘My gal got in from the game in a bit of a mood (lol). What she says is that you have no quality strikers. Ones for the future maybe, but top Prem strikers that can do it now – 15 goals a season – no way. That includes Carew. He will get you 8 or 9 Prem goals if lucky. You will need to spend big in Jan if you can attract anyone decent. Am I right or am I correct?’

You are right, it was obvious during the summer as well though, so you have to ask why no purchases?

He continued with a little taunt! ‘ps Do you want Vassell back? He really has come on in leaps and bounds. Ahem. Honest…. ‘

villacross said ‘Bad night for everyone. I was surprised that O’Neill didn’t field his strongest side; he knew they would be difficult to break down. I would have played Moore and Young from the start, resting them only when the result looked secure.’

Stig was even firmer in his reaction and wants a couple of players to turn tail out of Villa Park! ‘Petrov and Coker, pack your bags. If you cant stand up to that then jog on. Bar Maloney and Mellberg every player on that pitch were completely useless, no guts, no balls, no ideas, no energy. Scared of going forward, scared of tackles PATHETIC !!!! The worst collective performance I have seen since O’Leary’s tenure. No one wanted it and it isn’t good enough. O’Neill deserves some blame for playing what looked like a strange set up, was it 3-5-2 attacking or 4-3-3 attacking? I don’t think the players knew. why change something that isn’t broken !!!!!!’

Ouch.

*Holte*end*star* knows who he blames: ‘MON gets paid to pick the team, so the responsibility is firmly on his shoulders.’

Was_danrenshaw disagreed saying the players were at fault adding: ‘this result is a disaster our only chance of silverware look at the last 16 and you will know why its a disaster big chance missed.’

Villa4everandever said: ‘Osbourne was probably the only player to come out with any credit from the game for me. Why oh why waste the talent of GB at bloody left back!! What’s the point of having reserves if you don’t give them a chance??’

YatesyVillain meanwhile reacted with a bit more positivity: ‘May not actually be a bad thing in the long-run? Although it was a potential route into Europe (which I guess is the big downside), a cup run would have undoubtedly stretched our thin squad. You can’t really blame MON for putting out a slightly changed team – you would think with the people that came in they should still have been pushing as hard as they could to make an impression, and they should still have had enough quality to beat Leicester. Have to place the blame for this one firmly at the feet of the players….a very very bad day at the office…..’

Jonah meanwhile points the finger at the transfer window saying: ‘O’Neill might just have got away with his shambolic dealings in the transfer window if we had been lucky with injuries. We can see already that isn’t going to be the case and we could be in serious trouble soon if we get any more.’

I suppose we could go round and round as to whose fault it is. I must admit that the team put out last night, on paper at least, should have been more than capable of turning over an out of form Leicester team. However you also have to look at the lack of real transfer activity in the summer, that is going to cost us dearly this season with injuries already kicking in, unless we can pull off some major deals in January – but then you have to bear in mind most teams don’t sell their best players midway through the season.

The full forum thread can be seen at: Click Here

Interesting times. Hopefully we’ll get back on track against Spurs on Monday night.