Friday, January 30, 2009

NY Villans Update - Premiership Week 24. Wigan.

Almost forgot to write this weeks update. Probably due to all the excitement in the transfer market, sarcasm btw. Three days of the extended transfer window left and only one signing in, granted the boy didn't do too badly last week scoring the winner on his debut. While our Emile isn't the type of flashy player that will sell shirts by the bucketload it not hard to see why MON would want him in the team. Tuesday's game was the type of banana skin fixture we rarely get anything from, Hesky is ideal for such fixtures with his brute force. Tomorrows game against Wigan is surely another occasion when Heskeys specialised set of skills will come in handy. We can be sure that our opposition will do what they usually do put men behind the ball and make things difficult. In such circumstances Gabby alone is like opening a bottle of wine with a safety pin, frustrating. However throw Heskey in there and it's like opening said bottle with a chainsaw, it's not pretty but brutally effective and with our currently league position I couldn't give a toss about prettiness just keep the points rolling in.

Tomorrows game is live on Fox Soccer Channel at 10am with Arsenal against West Ham on at the same time. Nevada goers I'm betting anything we will have the downstairs bar to ourselves, which is always a treat albeit we have to climb the stairs in order to mock the Arsenal plonkers. Since we have had so many new members recently, if you are in New York or nearby come watch the games with us at Nevada Smiths in Manhattan 3rd avenue at 11th street. If you are elsewhere and want to meet fellow Villa fans in your area, drop us a line and we will put you in contact with each other. Back to the fixture in question:

Expect the same team as we saw Tuesday with possibly Reo-Coker filling in at right-back and the once again impressive Zat Knight back on the bench. Marlon Harewood is out with a foot injury (yeah right) and his place well... prepare for the return of.... BIG JOHN CAREW!! Yes our number 10 is back from 2 months of back treatment following 45 minutes against Derby behind closed doors. Also featuring in that match was Freddy 'ball and man' Bouma. I know as Doug would say, it's like 2 new signings!! Freddy will take a little more recuperation before returning to the squad and I can't wait to see him.

Two Villa greats will be remembered at tomorrows match Vic Crowe and Johnny Dixon. Johnny was of course the captain of our 1957 FA Cup winning team spending 16 years at the club. Vic missed the cup final through injury but later captained Villa back into the top flight with added success in the 1961 League Cup, he also managed Villa from 70 to 74 a period some of our more seasoned members remember. On a more local level Vic also managed the Portland Timbers in the North American Soccer League and had a profound success at making the game popular in the Pacific Northwest.

Not much other news to report Zoltan Steiber is gone to German second division side TuS Koblenz, it's sad as I thought he had bags of talent but was unable to develop enough physically for the English game. To think if he had spent just three weeks on my diet he would be bigger than Harewood (without the muscle).

We are still linked with a couple of random players: Micah Richards, Daniel Sturridge, some Belgian with the ridiculous name of Eden Hazard, Charles N'Zogbia and every English player born after 1974. On the other side Nicky Shorey could be on his way to Boro and Marlon Harewood could be on his way to the glue factory. Martin Laursen has retired from international football in order to extend his club career, he remains on the injury list and finally there is a new Facebook group petitioning for the Doug Ellis stand to be renamed the Moustafa Salifou stand, can't disagree with that.

Up the Villa.

...and one final word, like Springer's 'final thought' only completely different.

People keep saying we have been lucky recently, it's hard to disagree with that statement but what many people on the outside don't realise is how rubbish we have been performing. Since playing Man U in November our only decent performances have been against Arsenal and Bolton, every other match we have been well below our peak and the results have continued to pile in. What I have to say to those fans of rival clubs who are calling us "lucky?" What do you think will happen when we start playing well?

Donal.

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