Friday, February 04, 2011

NY Villans Update - Premiership Week 26 10/11 Fulham at Home

A little late in the week for the update, sorry about that. Tomorrow see's Fulham make the trip from London to the Villa a trip they have not returned from with three points since the 1970's but past form counts for nothing this season and Fulham come into this game on the back of an impressive run of form which includes a 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday. No real injury concerns for Villa. Downing's was a concern but he appears to be mended, unfortunately he still hasn't found his spine and will dive out of the way of all opposition shots. Nathan Baker remains suspended following his red card in the cup and Michael Bradley is now available for selection after receiving his work clearance. It's hard to know if Bradley will be given a run out tomorrow but it would be nice to see him introduced as a sub at some point in the proceedings. There is no standard live coverage of the game, FSC has a delayed broadcast at 5pm ET, however the match is live for subscribers of and most footy pubs should be carrying it. New York fans we will be in Legends for this one at 10am tomorrow morning with our trusty old flag salvaged by John and Toni from the deserted ruins of Nevada Smiths. For those who haven't come down to watch a game with us there's no better time than present to give it a go. Legends is on 33rd street between 5th and 6th Ave's directly across the street from the Empire State building. Games are shown downstairs.

Tuesday night was always going to be a tricky game for Villa, it was very unfortunate to concede so early in the match and from there it was mission impossible to turn things around. There are however a couple of things we can take away from the defeat. Firstly on the night where brad Friedel became Villa's oldest ever player he showed that he still has the reflexes of a keeper half his age with some magnificent saves. Darren Bent made it 2 goals from 3 games with a tidy finish from Downing's excellent cross. Bent now has 10 goals for the season and can hopefully bag many more to drive us up that table. The player with the most acclaim following the game was Makoun, the Cameroonian put on a passing masterclass despite a very limited window of adjustment to the level and pace of the Premiership, I can't wait to see what he does next.

Facebook users bounce on over and join the Aston Villa America group:!/home.php?sk=group_113197252080708&ap=1 will be nice to put some mugs to associate with the names.

The 89/90 season was a big one for the Villa ultimately losing out on the league title to Liverpool and finishing second, it was the year that Paul McGrath came to Villa and Graham Taylor said goodbye (for the first time) as he took the England job. Both former player and manager discuss the memorable year on Irish radio: a fantastic listen if you remember it or not.

Have a great weekend, enjoy the Superbowl the Rugby and hopefully 3 points for the Villa!

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