VOTES NEEDED on Midfielder and Young Player of the Year Polls

April 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Heys guys, in comparison to the rest of the polls for the end of season Villa Blog awards we’re a little low when it come to the midfielder of the year and in particular, the young player of the season polls. Want the results to be as substantial as the others so would really appreciate your votes, which you can simply do so by clicking the appropriately link. Cheers. UTV!

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Quoted: Bent Feels Young & Downing Must Stay

April 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa striker Darren Bent has claimed that keeping Villa’s star duo of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing should be top priority for next season and credits both in helping him become an instant success at the club. Villa’s record signing has hit the ground running, netting 7 times in just 12 appearances and becoming the sides top Premier League scorer in the process in under a third of the season. The 27-year-old has praised the delivery of the duo since he joined, in particular from Downing, and has urged those with a year left on their current deals to stay at the club amidst interest from the league’s big four, five or six, whatever it is now! Read Bent’s Full Comments here

Houllier Chest Pains Caused by Second Dissection: Houllier/Club Statement

April 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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The club have released a statement on behalf of manager Gerard Houllier, thanking the footballing world, and in particular the Villa fans, for the support shown to Frenchman during his health scare. The official statement reveals that the 63-year-old is making good progress and should be fit to leave hospital in the coming days. Club doctor Mark Waller spoke in more detail of the chest pains, similar to those Houllier suffered at Liverpool, explaining that “a dissection of the descending aorta” was the cause. Waller added:

“Gerard was admitted to hospital on Wednesday last week after complaining of chest pain. The cause of his chest pain was a dissection of the descending aorta.

“All the tests have confirmed that his heart is working perfectly. We are extremely encouraged by Gerard’s improvement over the past six days and we now anticipate that he will be discharged from the coronary care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital within the next three to four days.”

Read Houllier’s Statement of Gratitude

VOTE NOW: Who’s been Villa’s Young Player of the Season?

April 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa’s season has been a great deal brighter in a pretty dull campaign due to the emergence, both forced and unforced, of some of the club’s blossoming young talent. The likes of Marc Albrighton, Ciaran Clark and Barry Bannan have all played perhaps surprisingly extensive roles this season, due to injuries to first team stars but mainly because, on performances, they’ve deserved to. This beg’s the question – Who has been Villa’s Young Player of the Season? If you haven’t done so already, please also vote on the previous polls regarding Villa’s best defensivemidfield and attacking force of the season as well as signing of the season. There are numerous candidates who I have excluded as they have not featured quite enough to be deemed worthy of a nomination in my eyes, though the efforts of the likes of Hogg, Lichaj, Baker, Herd and Delfouneso should not be overlooked. Kyle Walker has also been omitted despite a fantastic impact as he has not appeared quite as much, though he is inevitably a nominee for signing of the season? Appreciate all your votes and comments so get involved! UTV

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Quoted: Gabby Eyes Villa Captaincy Despite Sorry Season

April 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Local lad Gabby Agbonlahor, Villa’s current longest serving player in the squad, has revealed ambitions of becoming Villa’s club captain one day despite having a poor season this term which has seen him in and out of the side. The striker spoke to the Birmingham Mail, insisting that he has set himself some ambitious goals after signing a new long term contract with the club earlier this season.

“I’m committed to the club and that’s why I signed a new contract,”

“A number of players have signed long-term contracts because it’s where we want to play our football. I’ve got no reason to go anywhere else. I’ve had big achievements in the five years I’ve been in the first-team squad.

“The 5-1 win against Blues and reaching the Carling Cup final were big moments for me. The perfect hat-trick against Man City was a big thing too. I remember it well.

More of Gabby’s Comments

Chelsea Reserves – 2; Villa Reserves – 1: Match Report

April 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Chelsea defeated Aston Villa reserves in MacDonald’s sides final game of the season after two early goals from the hosts helped to secure a 2-1 home victory despite a spirited fightback from the young Villa side. Chelsea opened the scoring when Magnay won a header from Tore’s corner with Lalkovic getting the final touch to bundle it home. The home side doubled their lead after terrific work from McEachran, splitting the defence with a fine pass, found Phillip who raced through to slot past Siegrist. A great response from Villa saw Burke hit the post just minutes later after Osbourne found Lampkin in space, who squared to Burke on the edge of the area, whose low shot hit the foot of the post. Philip almost extended his account and the lead after more good work from McEachran but a decent two-handed save from Siegrist denied him. A fabulous long range strike from Samir Carruthers gave Villa a deserved goal after a fine passing move. In the second half Herd and Gardner both had early headed efforts just off target before a superb save from Siegrist denied Tore. Villa came close when great technique from Johnson saw the youth skipper rifle an angled half-volley which took Gardner by surprise and brushed off his head before going wide. Berry nearly forced home an equaliser after beating a defender and angling a left-foot shot towards the bottom corner but Sebek saved with his outstretched boot. An agonisingly close header from Ellis Deeney in the dying minutes of injury time saw the defender hit the bar after head tennis in the Chelsea box but it ended 2-1 to Chelsea.

Starting XI: Siegrist, Berry, Deeney, Osbourne, Herd, Baker, Carruthers, Gardner, Lampkin, Burke, Johnson. Subs: Williams (on for Johnson), Barrett, Devine (on for Carruthers), Nelson-Addy, Taylor (on for Burke).

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Final Reserves Game of the Season vs Chelsea: Team News

April 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Kevin MacDonald’s reserves side end an up and down season with a tough test against Chelsea this afternoon (2pm). The young Villa side for the most part have been joined in some part by the likes of Habib Beye and Stephen Warnock this term, along with second string mainstay Moustapha Salifou, but it has been the kids that have stolen the show this term. Despite impressive displays from Harry Forrester, Samir Carruthers, Chris Herd, Graham Burke, Daniel Johnson and Gary Gardner, MacDonald’s men have been unable to defend the three year winning streak of their league title after a mid season lull led to four successive defeats. Since then they have gone unbeaten in three games but it has not been enough to catch up with the leaders. Undoubtedly the highlight of this reserves league season was an astonishing 10-1 win over high flyers Arsenal but the progression into the first team of the likes of Albrighton and Clark and the departure on loan from Bannan, Hogg, Lichaj and Delfouneso have left the side a little thin on the ground. It has however, meant that a new crop have had the chance to impress so look out for 16-year-olds Jordan Graham and Callum Robinson in years to come, as well as Spanish signing Juan Serrano.

Starting XI: Siegrist, Berry, Deeney, Osbourne, Herd, Baker, Carruthers, Gardner, Lampkin, Burke, Johnson. Subs: Williams, Barrett, Devine, Nelson-Addy, Taylor.

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Loan Report: Youngsters Ready or Not for First Team Return?

April 25, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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I thought I’d do a little statistical update on the kids out on loan at the moment with some showing more promise than others during their temporary spells in the Championship this season. The likes of Barry Bannan, Nathan Delfouneso and Andy Weimann have been touted with spells in the first team next term and have been looking to impress the boss from afar in 2011, joined by the likes of Jonathan Hogg, Eric Lichaj, Shane Lowry and Elliott Parish out on loan. Click here to see how they’ve faired

Villa’s Stoke Match Stats: Bent, Reo-Coker & Walker Impress

April 25, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Most Shots Attempted: Emile Heskey – 3 (off target 2, blocked 1)

Sharp Shooter: Darren Bent – 1 shot, 1 goal

Sh*t Shooter: Emile Heskey – 3 (on target – 0)

Most Passes Attempted: Kyle Walker – 69 (58 on target – 84.06% (1 assist))

Pass Master: Nigel Reo-Coker – 36/41 (87.80%)

Worst Passer: Ashley Young – 28/53 (52.83%)

Most Tackles Attempted: James Collins – 16 (won 8 – 50%)

Tough Tackler: Luke Young – 8/12 (66.66%)

Weakest Tackler: Darren Bent – 1/6 (16.66%)

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McAllister to Run Run-in as General Admits Houllier Worries

April 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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As you are probably well aware by now Villa will be without manager Gerard Houllier for the remainder of the season with the club hoping that a prolonged break will serve the boss well in the long-term after he was taken to hospital with chest pains last week. Although reports suggest that the Frenchman is making decent progress in his recovery, the severity of Houllier’s health issues seem to be becoming more clear, leading to inevitable rumours that he will not return in a managerial role next season. In the meantime, assistant Gary McAllister, who oversaw the 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday, will be in charge for the remaining 4 games of the season after Randy’s right hand man, General Charles Krulak confirmed that the much maligned manager this term will be relieved of his duties for the rest of the current campaign. This has led to a flurry of speculation amongst Villa fans, with many implying that a director of football role may be favourable for Houllier, with a new manager coming in. I hope Houllier is fit to return next year as he has shown signs of the intent to change a somewhat stagnant side since January with impressive signings along the way. If not then my shout goes to a long-shot on Gus Poyet though whether you’d agree with that I don’t know! All the best to Gerard, get well soon. To read Krulak’s comments, click here

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