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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

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

Round-Up, 21/3/09

Another Anxious Summer

Let’s get this straight – if we can defy the odds and finish 4th, Gareth Barry will stay. I am certain of that. If we don’t, well, the chances of Gareth Barry leaving will be pretty high.  While Martin O’Neill will not exactly let him go for free, he has said that he won’t stand in his way.

“You can be self-effacing for the rest of your life, but with a little bit of luck we will be in [the Champions League] ourselves,” O’Neill said. “If we qualify, subject to the terms being right, I think there would be a decent chance that Gareth would stay. There is nothing set in stone, but that is what he has said himself.

“By the same token, my stance has not changed in a year: I don’t think anyone would begrudge him leaving the club after giving nearly 11 years service. If we didn’t make it, the chance to go and play at a club involved in the Champions League is not something that I would begrudge him.”

I think the thing is, in the summer, most of us believed we had it in us to at least challenge the top 4. While we may fall short, we have put up a good scrap, and winning 10 out of 14 away games is impressive by anybody’s standards. Unfortunately, if Barry does not stay, all of a sudden I am less inclined to belive we can make an even bigger challenge next season. Not that we are a one-man team, far from it. But the way we replace him, if needed, will be of the upmost importance. I am already calling for a more creativity and fluidity in midfield; without Barry that call will become a shriek!

Unfortunately, I think it does all come down to where we finish.

“We would love to keep him at the football club, irrespective of whether we qualified or not, but what is the point of me saying to him ‘give it one more year’, if at the end of the year I say ‘well, give it another year’?” he said. “I wouldn’t do that.”

Marlon out the door?

It sure looks that way. He was strongly linked with a loan move to former club Nottingham Forest but it now appears he is heading to Wolves. I also expect him to make a permanent move in the summer. He was definitely a useful impact player coming off the bench last season, but for whatever reason he has barely been used this season, and when he has, he has generally been poor. A hugely likeable character, but I believe he has played his last game for Aston Villa.

Anything Else Interesting Out There?

One of my favourite bloggers, Chris Nee, aka ChrisVillan, has written a nice little article comparing MON to Cloughie on Villa Talk. Click here to have a read.

March 21, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Summary | Leave a comment