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Reserves Fall Short

Despite Dominick Hofbauer opening the scoring on 38 minutes, Spurs won 2-1 thanks to two penalties on 41 and 59 minutes.

Nathan Delfounso had a goal ruled out for offside half-way through the first half, and Elliot Parish actually saved the second penalty only for the ref to decide it needed to be taken again.

While there is no guarantee, it is still extremely likely that we will win this title, and it may happen in the next game, which is at home to Fulham on April 20th.

The best news of all is that Wilfred Bouma started and played 84 minutes. I for one can’t wait to see him back in a Villa shirt, although I would imagine he may not be back to his best until next season.

I am not available for updating tomorrow but will be back on Wednesday. If this site grows and gets big enough, I will add at least more writer so we can keep it updated on a constant basis.

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March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Match Review, News, Reserves/Academy, Summary, Tottenham Hotspur | Leave a comment

Big Night For The Reserves

If they win tonight, they win the league. It is likely they will win it anyway, but obviously it would be great to do it this evening. They are away to Spurs, and the game is to be played at Brisbane Road, the home of Leyton Orient.

Wilfred Bouma plays tonight, as does Nicky Shorey and Nathan Delfounso. Hopefully Bouma will be signing off from reserve duty tonight by helping them to win the league. Of course, he may play a couple more games yet but I think he will be back in the team against either Manchester United or Everton.

Villa: Elliott Parish, Eric Lichaj, Wilfred Bouma, Jonathan Hogg, Matthew Roome, Nathan Baker, Andreas Weimann, Nicky Shorey, James Collins, Nathan Delfouneso, Dominik Hofbauer.

Subs: Harry Forrester, David Bevan, William Grocott, Richard Blythe, Andreas Stieber.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Everton, Leyton Orient, Manchester United, News, Reserves/Academy, Tottenham Hotspur | Leave a comment

Everton K.O. change

The game against Everton will now kick-off at 2.00 rather than 1.30. The date – Sunday April 12th (Easter Sunday) – remains unchanged.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Everton, News | Leave a comment

Sunday Round-Up, 29/3/09

A few Internet sources are reporting that Ashley Young is off to Chelsea. Personally, given that Hiddink is not on a long-term contract, I think it is absolutely ludicrous to suggest Chelsea are looking to sign anyone.

There are the usual Barry-to-Liverpool reports. This will go on again every day until there is definitive movement either way.

Marlon Harewood says he has no hard feelings towards Martin O’Neill.

Finally, Emile Heskey has pulled out of the England squad with a hamstring injury, which will make him a doubt for Manchester United. In all honesty, I would not play him anyway, as I would go with Carew up top, as I keep repeating I want us to play 4-5-1 (although that side, unless we play 5-5-5, I can not see us winning at Old Trafford!) and not 4-4-2.

Thankfully, we have a game next weekend so business will start to pick up!

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Summary, Tactics, Transfer Rumours | 1 Comment

Friday Round-Up, 27/3/09

Not a lot happening in Villa World, what with it being international week.

So, a quick bullet point summary is:

  • Gabby has pulled out of the England squad with a hamstring injury
  • Steven Defour has talked up a move to B6
  • Gordan ‘Sid’ Cowans has urged the club to give Stilyian Petrov a new deal (I concur)
  • Freddie Bouma has declared himself practically ready for the first-team
  • The ‘Old Stars’ are celebrating their 50th year

I’m sure the action will pick up soon!

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Summary | 1 Comment

The Week In Villa #31

Available here.

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Summary, Vital Football | 1 Comment

No news is goo… actually, it’s just dull

I really don’t like international football and therefore I find it an inconvenience in the proper football season. That said, it has probably come at a decent time for Villa, as hopefully we will have more players back by the time the dreaded Old Trafford visit comes around. That said, how often do Man Utd lose 3 on the trot, so I suppose law of averages is against us as much as the form book.

The Academy lad beat Ipswich 4-2 yesterday, with James Collins grabbing his 25th of the season – made even more impressive by the fact that he scored for the reserves the night before. Andreas Steiber, Dominick Hofbauer and Andreas Weimann got the other goals; three young British talents there! Er…..

Looking around the news, Brad Friedel says Gareth Barry is world-class, Martin Laursen is being coy over his return and referee’s are perplexed over the decision to rescind the aforementioned Friedel’s red card.

That’s all, folks!

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Friedel Wins Red Card Appeal

Brad Friedel has had his red card from the Liverpool game rescinded, so will now be back to face Manchester United – and keep his longest consecutive playing streak record going.

This now means that if the best case scenario happens, we will have Brad Friedel, Wilfred Bouma and Martin Laursen all available for selection. I’d still expect us to lose but at least they wont have Vidic, Rooney or Scholes available. It’s quite annoying that Ronaldo didn’t get sent off against Fulham – which, quite frankly, was no more than he deserved.

March 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

See ya Marlon

Likeable-but-very-average striker Marlon Harewood has moved on loan to Wolves until the end of the season.

Marlon was a good impact player last season in his super-sub capacity, but has been very ineffective – and rarely used – this term.

I highly doubt he will play for Villa again, and I wish him all the best in his career.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, News | Leave a comment

Bouma Plays For Reserves

Wilfred Bouma played his second reserve game tonight since his rehabilitation from injury. Brilliantly, he set up the winning goal, scored by Academy goal machine James Collins. The result was 1-0, and the opposition were Stoke.

Villa: Parish, Lichaj, Bouma, Hogg, Clark, Baker, Albrighton, Weimann, Collins, Shorey, Hofbauer.

Substitutes: Grocott, Dau, Forrester, Blythe, Mikaelsson.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Reserves/Academy | Leave a comment