Young Guns Hope for Derby Date After 10-1 Reserve Rout

January 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Reserve team returns for long term absentees Andy Weimann and Gary Gardner saw the latter complete a man of the match performance in an astonishing 10-1 victory over Arsenal’s second string. MacDonald’s youngsters were in deadly form and reached double figures with 5 goals in each half after Arsenal were reduced to 10 men early in the game. Austrian striker Weimann, out of action since a trip to Rapid Vienna early in the season, hit the post in the opening minutes in what proved to be a sign of things to come. Gardner scored the first after 11 minutes before Arsenal had a man sent off shortly after. Gardner then turned provider for subsequent goals from Weimann before crossing for Baker to head down for Chris Herd to score a first in what would prove to be a hat-trick display from the midfielder. Baker then headed down another Gardner cross for Hogg to score before Gardner got a second of the game to complete a first half lesson for the Gunners. Herd got his second midway through the second period from a Forrester corner after the youngster was introduced to replace Hogg at the break. Man of the match Gardner was then withdrawn for Ellis Deeney and may well have earned himself a place in Sunday’s derby squad. Delfouneso then joined the act, tapping home a Weimann cross before grabbing a second shortly after substitute Durrell Berry assisted. Arsenal scored what is surely the most meaningless consolation goal of all time before Herd completed his hat-trick and Weimann bagged a second on his return with minutes to spare. In total 3 for Herd, 2 for Delfouneso, Gardner and Weimann and 1 for Hogg. A fantastic display from Gardner, taken off early, could well set him up for a place on the bench with the possibility of facing brother and former Villan Craig Gardner when Villa make the short trip to St Andrews on Sunday. A hat-trick for Herd and braces for both Delfouneso and Weimann could see Houllier opt for a youthful bench against the Blues. 10-1 against a decent, young Arsenal side begs the question, are the reserves better than the first team squad!

War of Words Between ‘Disrespectful’ Houllier and ‘Stupid’ Carew

November 7, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has reacted angrily to John Carew’s claims of a lack of respect shown towards him from the Frenchman. The two men did not seem to see eye to eye after the player’s Lyon career fizzled out under Houllier prior to joining Villa. The manager doesn’t exactly mince his words when discussing his assets and launched a scathing attack on a second player in a week after previously criticising Stephen Ireland’s commitment. Since coming to Villa Park the 63-year-old has been very media friendly but not so much to his own team which could be disrupting the harmony at the club. I would advise the pair to do their talking behind closed doors rather than launching unnecessary comments to the press. After a poor run of results the backroom and playing staff all need to be pulling in the same direction to get Villa out of a difficult rut ahead of Wednesday’s must win game with Blackpool. Comments From Houllier and Carew

Player Review: Why Nathan Delfouneso Deserves His First Team Chance

With my Player Review feature having singled out first team stars Ashley Young and Nigel Reo-Coker to date, I wanted to focus on one of the fringe players staking a claim for a first team place. Gabby Agbonlahor has been out for over a month and it is still unsure when he will return and the clubs striker woes have been added to by injury to Emile Heskey this week. Compile this with a lack of form and goals for John Carew and you start to understand why Villa have scored just 1 in their last 4 matches. The strikers have 1 Premier League strike between them which feel to Heskey with Stewart Downing being the only real threat in terms of goals with 3 in the league thus far. Depressed after reading that? Enter Nathan Delfouneso. Nathan Delfouneso Review

Arsenal Reserves 0-2 Aston Villa Reserves

November 2, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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Kevin MacDonald’s men built on their decent run of form, following up a win over Midlands rivals Wolves, with a comfortable 0-2 victory over Arsenal. The former caretaker manager took a strong squad with him to London with first team members such as Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan and Nathan Delfouneso all in the starting XI. It was Delfouneso who broke the deadlock on the half hour mark stretching his impressive form in front of goal for the reserves and pushing himself into Gerard Houllier’s plans. With Villa severely lacking in fire power recently the talk has been of bringing in a new striker, one begs the question why are only proven goal-scorer at any level hasn’t been given a chance in the first team as of yet. The 19-year-old was supported superbly from either flank by Marc Albrighton and Samir Carruthers with the former setting crossing for the latter to head home Villa’s decisive second. An impressive performance, in a game which the away side dominated for much of the encounter. Reserves Match Report

Happy Days as the Fonz Topples Rivals Wolves

Kevin MacDonald’s reserve side continued their decent form, stretching their unbeaten run to five games with a 3-2 victory over Wolves. The second string came from behind for the second game on the trot in front of on-looking manager Gerard Houllier. Villa found themselves 1-0 down at the break but an amazing second half saw the home side run out victors. The two line-ups could have easily been placed in an early cup round with seasoned professionals on either side. The Villa side included the likes of Guzan, Cuellar and Sidwell supported by promising youngsters such as Barry Bannan and Nathan Delfouneso. Read more

Villa Reserves 2 – 1 Blackburn Reserves

October 14, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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Aston Villa’s second string, managed by Kevin MacDonald came from a goal behind at half time to beat visitors Blackburn at Bodymoor Heath. The game was a chance for the youngsters in the set up to show what they could do with Reserve team regulars such as Clark, Bannan and Salifou all unavailable. MacDonald had been linked with the vacant Hibernian post this week but focused on maintaining a decent start to the reserves campaign seeing the claret and blue side unbeaten in their last 4 outings. The match proved to be a game of two halves and indeed two penalties with the returning Nathan Delfouneso clinching the victory for the home side.

Reserves Match Report

Clark Open to Ireland, Reserves in Action with Newcastle

Villa youngster Ciaran Clark has opened the door for an international career with the Republic of Ireland. The Villa reserve captain has represented England at all youth levels and even skippered the Under 20’s side but has revealed he would encourage a call up from Ireland. Team-mate and fellow centre back, Richard Dunne recommended the young talent to the recruitment team at the FAI after only recently finding out that Clark was eligible for the Emerald Isle. Ciaran qualifies through his Mother and may well look to ensure an international career by opting to play for Ireland over England. In my opinion this would be a big loss to the England national side as the centre back seems to have all the qualities to be a top player. Dunne has waxed lyrical about the 21 and believes that Ireland would manage a real coup in tempting Clark to ditch England. Villa Reserves vs Newcastle

OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE! Villa Reserves Smash Solskjaer’s Men

Villa’s second string followed up an impressive 4-0 win over Blackpool with a fantastic 4-1 victory over Manchester United. The last time the two sides met saw a memorable 3-3 draw in the league decider last term which eventually saw United run out 3-2 winners on penalties. Tonight was different story with Villa bossing proceedings from start to finish. Read more

Villa Reserves Trounce Blackpool

On a day when all Villan’s have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new manager the current staff and reserve team in particular, have been going about their business in an impressive manner. The game took place at Bodymoor Heath and resulted in a 4-0 victory to Villa’s second string with some impressive performances from some of the clubs young guns.

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