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Gabby again can't finish....as usual !!!!

Premier League Aston Villa
by Bumble (U13186644) 17 January 2010
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Fast is all he'll ever be. Heskey as usual is total tripe and now everything is in Big Johns hands. Anyone who thinks we don't need another striker in january is insane. West Ham have just parked the bus for 90 minutes and we don't have the players to break through. So bloody frustrating and probably points dropped. The ref has been rubbish too.

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comment by Adam (U10253300)

posted Jan 17, 2010

EiresVillan, while I agree that a certain amount of the blame/credit goes to the managers, I feel its the players themselves who let the side down most times, Heskey has been especially to blame in the past while for missing chances, I was watching the Carling Cup match there earlier in the week and any League 2 striker would have put half of Heskey's chances away, I reckon Leeds Beckford would be a great addition to the Villains

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posted Jan 17, 2010

I'd be amazed if EiresVillain was even alive when Ron Saunders was our manager. If he was he'd know that football was very different in the 70's and 80's and that we often didn't get results we deserved.

Same as we don't get the fans and support our excellent team and manager deserve.

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comment by Richard (U5494855)

posted Jan 18, 2010

Undoubted match highlight: Petrov's clearance hitting 5live mediasuck Savage in face

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posted Jan 18, 2010

surprised no-one is mentioning that west ham, while not parking the bus, defended in a very italian way. deep. most clubs we play against hold a high line, it's the english game to push up and press when not on the ball.

it was this really that undid us, there wasn't space in behind them for downing, milner or young to do anything with, so many crosses but not really from places that could hurt them and always tons of shirts in the box.

what we needed to do was hold on to the ball a bit more in the middle of the park and draw them out, but instead we just kept funneling it out wide and crossing and losing the ball.

i agree though that if we'd had someone world class up front we'd have nicked it 1-0, but the type of striker who can score from only 1 or 2 half decent chances in 90 minutes cost a hell of a lot of money and generally do not play for clubs not playing in the champions league.

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posted Jan 18, 2010

Just one question to ask MON: Why oh why didn't the fonz come on to replace Gabby in the 2nd half yesterday? He's a different kind of player & West Ham's defenders (in fact all prem teams defenders) know how to cope with Gabby now - two men on him & don't let him turn. But even if he does get in the box he couldn't hit a cows posterior with a banjo anyway. As for that miss right at the death yesterday - who's 89 yr old nan couldn't have put that one away.

We have GOT TO sign a decent striker NOW or our top 4 ambitions will go the same way they always do - down the pan with the Andrex. Go to Leeds & offer them 10 million for Beckford, and do it before next weekend, and then MAYBE we'll have a chance of staying in top 6 til May.

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posted Jan 18, 2010

If Gardner wants to leave the for goodness sake let him go.Blues have made a more than reasonable offer so why haggle over an extra half million ? Is it because the chairman has run out of money across the pond and won't give MON any money to spend in the January Sales ? Surely both of them can see we need a decent striker or are they both blind to the glaringly obvious ?

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comment by Beams (U8468204)

posted Jan 18, 2010

Are your owners, who had to borrow to buy the club and to give McLeish a transfer kitty, being tight and not paying the valuation Villa have put on Gardner? If a club wants to buy they can only do so if they pay what the club who have the player feels is a fair fee.

I guess the ball is in B'ham's court.

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posted Jan 18, 2010

Beamsley - Not sure exactly what valuation Villa have put on Gardner though the papers say 3 and a half million.He's never going to be a regular for us so surely Blues reported 3 million is a fair offer.Hope it's not true that O'Neill is holding out for more because he need money from sales to spend in January.Has Mr Lerner gone bust ?

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posted Jan 18, 2010

dynamicVillaSteve, how do you think Beckford is gonna score goals for us? League One is not the Premier League. Yes he may have scored against Man U but the very player you criticise also did that just last month.

Now I definitely feel MON needs to buy a striker, but Beckford is a player that will not even get close to troubling Gabby for a place. As for 10 million for him, he's never even played in the Premier League let alone in the Champions League or Uefa Cup, or for England in any big compeititons, in fact never played for England at all. He's unproven and would never improve us.

If we were to spend 10 million (maybe 15 to 20 million) on a proven international striker, preferably from abroad as there are very few English prolific strikers that fit this category, like Huntelaar or Gignac, I would agree.

But the player you mentioned would have been playing for a better team than Leeds at the age of 26 if he's really that good.

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comment by Beams (U8468204)

posted Jan 18, 2010

Villa have money but want a fair price for their players. Look at Cahill; we sell him for 5m knowing how good he is and now they're touting him around for at least double that sum. We just want our fair cut as opposed to us needing the money.

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