Cometh the day, cometh Delfonz...
Villa travel to Craven Cottage tomorrow and manager Gerrad Houllier must be looking at his available roster of players and wondered if he brought too much of a French surrender ethic to the club. As of this morning all three of our senior strikers are injured. Gabby has only returned to light training following his surgery, Heskey yesterday damaged a medial knee ligament and just when it couldn't get any worse this morning John Carew tore his calf muscle. Now the spotlight has turned to a player somewhat forgotten since Houllier took the reigns the talented but troubled Nathan Delfouneso. The Fonz has an exceptional record at youth and reserve level but his inability to break into the first team has widely been seen as down to a lack of desire and commitment in other words "Luke Moore you lazy bastard look what happened to your brother syndrome". But following a run of injury luck for Villa that's comparable to a weekday morning at the Everton training ground Delfouneso now finds himself as our only forward option and is set to make his first Premiership start as Houllier told Sky Sports: "It is an ideal opportunity for the young Nathan to step up. He will definitely be the main striker". Lets hope he can seize the opportunity.
This one is live on Fox Soccer Plus at 11am Eastern, please be aware of the timing as Birmingham is currently only 4 hours ahead of us due to their earlier switch for DST. NYVillans continue to gather at Lunasa 1st Ave below St Marks place. In other pub news our old friend Jack Keane has setup shop for the moment t Scully's Public house in "idyllic" Downtown Newark: http://www.scullyspublichouse.com/ We will be planning a trip out there to see him sometime in the near future.
The Blues match last week isn't much worth talking about, I was in Vegas for it and due to a random bout of illness I didn't make it to the Crown & Anchor as planned and watched it in my hotel room, what I will say is that that was probably the strongest scum team we have played in many years still they failed to beat a weakened Villa. little comfort for the frustration, I know but we can at least look forward to revenge as the two team meet once again this time in the Carling Cup. With my stream fuzzy and my commentary in some exotic Eastern European language it took me quite a while to figure out what system Houllier was playing and was very surprised to see Ciaran Clark in midfield but didn't the young lad do well? Obviously I extra delighted to see the emergence of Clark as he recently declared as an Irish international but I think he'll be a true star for Villa in the future.
Matt from Chicago traveled over and gave this report:
"I was at the game. First time for me. I had no idea how heated a good derby could be... WWIII nearly started outside the North Stand stand as the City supporters got off their buses and promptly made their way to Witton Lane pushing aside the barricades meant to keep the sides apart. Terrible first half of football. Thought we had them with Ashley's shot off of the wood in the second (I jumped so high I nearly fell into the stands below me). If was also lucky enough to be following the ball out of bounds as the young guy dived to head it back on the field (and landed on the field which got him sent off the grounds). I can't wait to get back!"
A couple of announcements:
Best of luck to those of you running in Sunday's NYC Marathon notably Andrew and Lorianne (sorry if I forgot anyone).
Congrats to John for learning how not to play FIFA 11 taking a pasting by yours truly this week, get some practice in John and stop blaming your controls!
For those of you in the DC area former NYVillan Keith is trying to get the action going down there, please head over to his site for more details: http://capitalvillans.blogspot.com/2010/11/in-youth-there-be-truth-and-hopefully.html
To answer Andrews jibe in last weeks email about me not doing the update due to no internet in Vegas, Andrew at the time I texted you I was strolling down Freemont street with a Daquiri the size of my head, internet was somewhat of a challenge as was walking straight.
Juan Pablo Angel has scored his last goal for the Red Bulls in last nights miserable Playoff defeat a sad way to say goodbye to a player who brought a bit of Villa class to New York football. Juan Pablo is a true gent still very much enjoys watching the Villa and always had plenty of time for us Villa fans whenever we met him on this side of the pond. Cheers mate, gutted to see you go.
Up the Villa!
Friday, November 05, 2010
Cometh the day, cometh Delfonz...