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Speaking With A Villain....

1) So guys, you seem to have hit the ground running this year and find yourself in a similar position to ourselves... is this what you expected?

Yes, with a big money owner and a highly rated manager, I expected a good start, I expect a good middle and I'll be holding on for a great end (I might need to rephrase that!). There is no reason why Villa can't start doing what they historically did, qualify for Europe regularly and then push onwards and upwards. The nice thing is we aren't exactly firing on all cylinders but have picked up the nice habit of winning, long may it continue.

2) Is there any aspect of your side you would like to change??? (a.g. a weak link in the side?)

The weaknesses are apparent and the manager knows them well. We are without a recognised right-back at the moment but Martin O'Neill appears to have a target in mind, a player he was prepared to wait until the January transfer window to get. We also need more striking options, but then again, don't all teams?

3) How far can Villa go this year?

If we stay free of injuries up until the transfer window and then purchase a couple of quality players (minimum) in January, Villa can qualify for Europe but there are a few other decent clubs also in the chasing pack.

4) Are there any players in the Blackburn side you feel Villa will need to be wary of tonight?

Not over much if Benni McCarthy is out. I do like Bentley as well, as long as he isn't too tired to play obviously.

5) Do you expect that Martin O'Neill will be looking to invest heavily come January?

He has to. The only thing that has disappointed Villa fans so far is the luke warm spending in the summer, so hopefully he'll pull out all the stops in January. We certainly do need some quality additions to bolster our push for the top six and to give both the current players and fans belief that Villa really are surging forward after years of stalling under the previous regime.

6) What do you make of Ewood as a ground in terms of appearance and atmosphere?

No ground compares to Villa Park!! Ewood Park is a traditional ground though, not one of the horrible new identical and bland newly built places and it is good the club keep the prices down, would be even better if your fans really backed the manager, players and club by attending in better numbers though surely?

7) Fancy making a prediction??

Yes, I'm feeling positive today, so I'll go 2-1 to the Villa in a rip roaring encounter.

Thanks to the guys at Vital Villa and in particular J P for this one... a good read I am sure and a good build up to what is sure to be a storming clash later.


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Writer: Mikey Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 28 2007

Time: 11:36AM

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A bit of a cheap shot on Bents there!!! lol. but a good read none the less even if he has disregarded some of our danger players.... I have to say I hope the Villains don't keep an eye out for Samba, Santa Cruz and Dunn!!! Cheers lads.
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28/11/2007 11:41:00

Interesting fella that Fear, bet he could bore the paint off the walls! :o)
The Fear
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28/11/2007 11:48:00

Rumour has it he has done before!!! Lol nice one JP, good, seemingly honest answers. Like the dig about attendances and Bents, sly! Good luck to the Villa tonight.
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28/11/2007 11:51:00

Samba has been one of the signings of the year.
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28/11/2007 12:51:00

Or the Century??!?! which ever. lol
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28/11/2007 13:16:00

I predict a wim this evening. The only threat I see from Villa is the pace of Abonglahor. I see a 2-0 win...
Decimus Poole
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28/11/2007 14:48:00

Confidence there decimus. liking it.
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28/11/2007 14:49:00

If their manager is in the same mindset that McCarthy and Bentley are the only threats we have, then we could be in for some goals. I think it will be a good encounter and truly looking foward to it, but i think we will have too much going foward for them, as long as we keep it tight at the back, im going 2-0 Rovers.
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28/11/2007 16:36:00

Here's the team guys.... Brad, ooijer, nelsen, samba, warnock, bentley, emerton, mokoena, dunn, santa cruz, mccarthy. subs are brown, savage, reid, roberts, gamst
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28/11/2007 19:21:00

4-0 defeat, this was harsh wasn't it don't we think!!!
Hughes Da Man
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28/11/2007 22:09:00

didnt see the pen but from what i hear it was harsh!
durks de rover
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28/11/2007 22:31:00

Bad luck gents - shame the ref ruined the game as a contest. There was a shirt pull, so ok for the penalty, but it was no way a sending off offence. Good luck for the rest of the season.
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28/11/2007 23:27:00

It was a close game the pen was a shocking decision that clinched it for us.
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29/11/2007 00:24:00

absolute disaster. Even game but everything went that could of gone right for Villa did and everything that could of gone wrong for Rovers did. Anyway, well done Villa.
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29/11/2007 08:58:00

Why, oh, why was I optimistic!? WHYYYYYYYYY!? We all know we lose when I am...In addition, I feel the defeat should lie at my feet. I didn't wear my lucky hat, I had a Cornish Pasty (not a pie) pre-game, I walked up a different set of stairs to get to my seat. All that, and a referee who couldn't referee if his life depended on it. However, I have made a pact with myself that I will not blame referee's anymore. The players have to rise above it, and get on with it, which I thought our lads did well. There was no complaining when blatant decisions went against us, which you have to commend the lads for. Well, apart from Brad's outburst when Nelson was sent off.
Decimus Poole
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29/11/2007 09:18:00

Just seen the higlights again... Benni's goal wasnt even offside.... one of those days.
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29/11/2007 10:32:00

Exactly what I just said in a comment dude, one of the days for Villa, and one of the unfortunate ones for Rovers.
The sending off was harsh, but not as harsh as a 4-0 battering (which is what people will think it was won't they?!?!)
Hughes Da Man
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29/11/2007 11:03:00

Unlucky guys, sounded like the game turned on that dodgy sending off, but we wont be arguing about that. I'm sure you'll still be up there come May.
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29/11/2007 13:44:00

I am sure to... wwe're owed some good luck now and we wont curse it when we get it!!!! lol
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29/11/2007 14:56:00

and decimus mate you are now banned from making positive predictions.
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29/11/2007 19:21:00

he's a Villain - don't trust him :-)
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