Vital Football

A Villa point of view

A Villa point of view

We are now beyond the 'early days' thoughts, and you are very much in the title race, let alone champions league battle - you must be happy with how your season is going so far?
Very happy. I didn't expect it to go quite like this if I'm honest - not sure if that is just the drummed in pessimism of things going wrong for so long or the fact I still don't think the squad is quite there yet, especially in the strike force, but hey, 4th and within touching distance of the top, I'm over the moon and am starting to think that hey, maybe Martin O'Neill knows what he is doing!

Can you really break up the top 4 'monopoly'?
Without a shadow of a doubt. Sir Alex Chewalot has often said if anyone can, Villa can and I think that many younger fans of all teams forget just what a big club Villa are. I think we've built very solid foundations, our training ground for instance has had millions spent on it, even down to a full sized replica of the Villa Park pitch and is up there with the very best in Europe. Add to that a manager who seems to have more than the luck of the Irish on his side as well as great experience as a player and manager and a fantastic (and I do mean FANTASTIC) owner and board who are totally in tune with the club, the manager, the players and the fans.

The squad has some very special players in there as well and we have the money available to bring in even 'bigger' players when the manager is ready. We aren't and never were (thank the good lord Paul McGrath) going to 'do an Abramovich' but it is nice to know there are funds around for when we qualify for the Champions League, whether that is this year or in years to come.

Who do you think has been your best signing this season so far, and why?
Two, James Milner because he is a hungry young player with a great engine and a fantastic never say die attitude + Luke Young. Didn't think much of the signing when made as I really didn't know that much about him but he has slotted in brilliantly - despite being played at left-back instead of his favoured right-back position.

Heskey has just signed, do you think there will be more arrivals - if so in which areas and maybe even who?
Yes, there will be a few more I think. The reports linking us with Daniel Sturridge and Michael Johnson I think has some legs. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see us get both. I think Villa are ready for a WOW player or two to be honest and especially a top striker, but MON seems to be doing an ok job without listening to knobs like me so long may that continue! If we get 4th I'm sure we'll see a few 'stars' blended in with the great players we have already.

I am intrigued by the Heskey signing. I will readily admit I wasn't that keen as his goalscoring record isn't the best BUT having read so many opposing fans, players etc say how good a signing it is (Click Here) - especially the reporters on the Sunday Supplement, that I am starting to really have high hopes! He'll get the full backing of the Villa faithful now he is a Villan anyway.

I'd quite like to see us bid for Crouchie as well but obviously that won't happen as Pompey can't sell a second striker this transfer window!

What are your expectations, or hopes for this season then? Surely top 6 minimum must have been assured by now?
I don't think anything is assured but it would be beyond my mental powers to think of anything as depressing as us falling totally out of the top six, we've worked too hard all season to get to where we are. I did think if we could pinch Michael Owen and he was fit, that we could have a (albeit outside) chance of grabbing the title and shocking the established top 4! Who knows, I think we have realistic expectations of finishing in the top four but that will also require luck with injuries and suspensions.

What about Pompey, what do you think we should expect or hope for - what do you think we will get?
I hope Tony Adams gets time, I think it is tough for him to follow the red faced bloke after having some decent players sold but given time he might just be able to turn things around. I would like think you are too good to be pulled into the relegation battle so maybe this season now has to be just about consolidation and steadying the ship after that 'orrible mans exit.

I always like to know what others think of our manager, so what do you think of Tony Adams, also what about his predecessor 'Jamie's Dad'?
Untested at this level but as above, he deserves a chance. I have no polite words to say about red face and my Nan often said if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. So there you go, I'll say nothing.

Who is the real danger man that Pompey need to watch?
Luckily for you Ashley Young is out, unfortunately for you Emile Heskey is in and will want to make an impact on his debut. I expect nothing short of a brace from the big man!

If you could take any Pompey player and put him in your squad who would it be and why?
I'll have Peter Crouch please, I think for a big man he has some great skill and always gives his all.

Is there anyone that you would like to send Pompey's way?
You can have Moustapha Salifou. WHO you all ask? Exactly. Bless him.

Go on, who's going to win?
Tough game, always is at Fratton Park, but I'll not bet against Villa on their current away form (5 away wins on the trot. In total 10 unbeaten) so a narrow 20-0 to Villa... or should that be 2-0 !

Questions answered by The Fear, thanks to him, from Vital Villa.

You can see my answers given to him by clicking here.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football






Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday January 26 2009
Time: 6:02PM

Comments

0
interesting...
MFFP
26/01/2009 18:10:00
0
lmao at SalifOOOOU
Cubos
26/01/2009 19:00:00
0
i dunno about 20-0 lol. i'd usually go drew but i can't seem to get myself in a postivie mind set about pompey results these day so i wouldn't be surprised at 2-0 or 2-1 villa
pompeym@
26/01/2009 19:29:00
0
Peter crouch is certainly going to be one of three men to watch. the others being jamo and glen johnson. Pennant looks promising, I hope we will get to see pele come out, and I also hope our defence is sold - after all, it SHOULD be.
pompeycarpet
26/01/2009 19:31:00
0
but good answers i've always liked Villa alot and i really admire the way they go about business i hope you do snatch the title it'd give me something to smile about this season lol
pompeym@
26/01/2009 19:33:00
0
We always seem to have a habit of breaking teams poor form, si i think it would be just typical if Pompey somehow pull off a result against us, but hopefully not.
liamo1981
26/01/2009 20:34:00
0
If I was a Villa fan, I'd be confident, but as I'm a Pompey fan, I'm not very right now. Lets hope the new blood, and a reaction to Saturday's result allows us to pull something out the hat. Plus Johnno's back. Have to say I would love to see Villa break the big 4 stranglehold. Would also love to see them lift (our) FA Cup this season, specially as I've got a tenner on it. But I want their champions league ambitions to take a dent tomorrow, don't know if it will happen. By the way, Carps, did you mean you hope our defence is 'sold' (wot all of them?) or did you mean 'solid' ;-)
tracyc
26/01/2009 21:09:00
0
I know you are all going to think I am daft, but I spoke to Mr G about Pompey and it transpired he has never attended a match they lost. (He has stopped going a while back!) Anyway, I have told him he has to come to watch AV tomorrow night and so he is. We're gonna win - simple really:-)
Gandor1
26/01/2009 21:17:00
0
i hope that it will work Gandor will want to know if that works!! make a thread of it!
MFFP
26/01/2009 21:38:00
0
I'm looking forward to tomorrow, should be a good match. Gandor, thats alot of pressure on Mr G's shoulders, long may he continue to visit fratton Park. If tomorrow goes well I can see Mr G will be at EVERY home game!
pentonpompey
26/01/2009 21:42:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Wimbledon (not Plymouth) celebrating success

Who would have thunk it! Having come down to Pompey, Plymouth, Accrington & Wimbledon the Dons came through the play-offs and will now be in league one next season.

How Much Have Portsmouth Earned Since 1992?

With the £100million television ceiling being broken this season and handed to one club, where do Portsmouth fall in all time Premier League payments table?

Who Will Pompey Face In 2016/17 (31/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of League Two for 2016/17 is now known.

On this day in history...31st May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 31st May.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile
Chix
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

PO - Plymouth MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Allsop9%
Davies3%
Burgess19%
Barton53%
Stevens0%
Evans0%
Hollands3%
Doyle7%
Bennett0%
McNulty3%
Roberts0%
Sub - McGurk1%
Sub - Close1%
Sub - Chaplin1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)