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A Villains point of view

What made you support Villa mate?
JP Fear: Same as the other guys, my dad. First match I went to was 1977, I've not left since. We lost to the Toffees and I've never forgiven them.

Deanovilla: My Dad. It was either that or be a homeless child.

was_danrenshaw: My Dad, didn't have a choice and was down Villa Park by the age of 2 and haven't been able to leave since.

Are you happy with how your season is going so far?
JP Fear: I think so, there are the usual grumbles, nothing is ever really good enough unless you are top is it?! But we are hopefully in transition and building. If not for a very poor transfer window, I think we'd have been doing far better though.

Deanovilla: Indifferent. While the league position is beyond all expectations we still aren't playing amazingly well. I suppose points are all that matters though and the fact we are giving the big guns a game without being brushed aside (Man United excepted).

was_danrenshaw: Hmmm (pause) Yes and No if you had asked me 3 games ago I would have said we aren't doing as well as I would have liked but 3 games on and 3 away wins on the bounce we are doing very well. Performances haven't been there but do you expect performances with a manager like O'Neil? I don't think so, more let's dig in attitude.

Martin O'Neill seems to be working his magic this season - how do you think he is doing?
JP Fear: Ask me in two seasons time. Far too early to judge at the moment, his man management appears to be second to none, the players are reacting to him, major question mark is his transfer activity but hopefully he'll be with us for a very long time and build something special here.

Deanovilla: He certainly is a great motivator and gets the lads fighting for each other and performing possibly above expectations. Off the field his transfer dealings and contract negotiations are under question.

was_danrenshaw: Ok, simple as that not great in my eyes just yet, some of his signings for me need justification Harewood and Maloney spring to mind. I'll have a better opinion of him come April May time. No right back has left us rather short and that needs to be addressed pretty sharpish.

How do you rate his signings so far?
JP Fear: Hit and miss. Ashley Young is a star, great signing, don't care how much he cost! To get Scott Carson on loan was good, although I didn't think a club of our size should really be loaning players. However it looks like we can now buy him so that is great. Stiliyan Petrov has frustrated, he has the skill but has struggled to settle. Recently he has been improving but unfortunately has now picked up an injury. John Carew is starting to look the part, hopefully he has now got over his fitness problems and has found his feet so to speak. Marlon Harewood... least said soonest mended. Curtis Davies hasn't had a chance yet as Zat Knight has kept him out of the team. I thought Zat was an average purchase but what do I know?!

Deanovilla: Going into the season without a recognised right back at the club left a lot of people baffled. As for the people he has brought in, it's been a pretty mixed bad. Young has been superb, as has Carson. Reo Coker, Knight and Carew have shown it in flashes, where as Harewood and Petrov have on the whole been awful. Davies, Harewood and Maloney hardly even get a game so you have to question why he signed them.

was_danrenshaw: Average, all a bit hit and miss Harewood and Maloney haven't found their feet and Petrov after a season is getting there. Young is going to be a little gem, Carew in my eyes is no better than Baros, there is a few questions to be asked about his signings.

Will he need more in January - and will he get them?
JP Fear: Needs a right back, needs another TOP striker and basically anything else we can think of, might as well spend some of Randy's money afterall! We do lack strength in depth.

Deanovilla: Yes, we definitely need a right back, maybe 2! I think he HAS to get one, whether it be the one he wants is another matter.

was_danrenshaw: A right back should and I would hope to be top of his list. We look dodgy down that side and that needs addressing. Another striker is needed as Luke Moore and Marlon Harewood are simply not good enough. 3 maybe 4 players are needed to get top 6. What worries me though is Martin didn't set the world alight last summer so I won't hold my breath!

Who is the Villa danger man that Pompey should watch?
JP Fear: I'd watch the whole pride of lions if I was Pompey, we have our confidence up. A month ago I'd have tipped you guys to win, now I'd say we are on the uppers. John Carew and Gabby will cause you problems and I doubt your defenders will be able to keep up with Ashley Young.

Deanovilla: Hard to choose one, as Agbonlahor and Young have been on fire all season, and Carew seems to be finding some form in the last 3 games also. If I had to plump for 1 I'd choose Gabby. He isn't just about raw pace anymore his all round game is superb and he's always likely to get a goal.

was_danrenshaw: Gareth Barry that player that didn't want to leave Villa for you lot! Simple as that the lad has everything and is our Stevie Gerrard. Sol Campbell v Agbonlahor will be interesting as Campbell is slow as anything and Gabby is rapid can't wait for that one. Oh and watch out for Young as well will be interesting to see.

How do you reckon Villa will go this season?
JP Fear: Any improvement on last season will be good, but I'd say we should towards the end of the season be pushing for 6th. I'm not saying we will get it, but we should be in the mix. A lot still depends on keeping our luck with the lack of injuries + a few signings in Jan to bolster the campaign.

Deanovilla: Top 8 would be fantastic but there's no reason we can't aim for 5th. After the top 4 I think there is a whole clutch of teams (yourselves included) who are all pretty evenly matched and I believe it will be all down to luck and injuries which of these teams finishes best of the rest.

was_danrenshaw: Top 6 I honestly think we will finish around that mark. I think the league is one of the weakest for yrs so many poor teams about it will make the fight for top 5 very more interesting and the game on sat is bigger than people think for these two clubs.

What about Pompey?
JP Fear: I've enough to worry about with Villa, you don't expect me to start worrying about you guys as well do you?! I'd say top 8 is a cert.

Deanovilla: Again I think you'd be happy with top 8 but should be aiming for that 5th spot.

was_danrenshaw: What about them? Who are they?

If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
JP Fear: I see Matty Taylor is available, I wouldn't mind him.

Deanovilla: Who is your right back? I'd take him whoever he is for the simple fact we don't have one!

was_danrenshaw: That's a tough one Kranjcar only cause he scored against the scum the other week.

Go on - who is going to win, Villa or Pompey?
JP Fear: It won't be an easy game, but I think Villa will come out the winners 2-0. Enjoy the match mate, the journey home could well be a long and depressing one for you!

Deanovilla: With the run we are on with 4 wins on the bounce followed by defeat to Arsenal which still felt like a win because of the way we played I'm going to have to go for a Villa win. We have only lost 3 times at Villa Park this season and they were Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool. Other than the big teams I always expect 3 points at home. 2-1 Villa.

was_danrenshaw: 2-0 Villa Gabby and Carew for us.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 7 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

3 for the price of 1 here fellas, not 1, not 2 but 3 answers from the villa lot here and well worth a ready... i agree with most - but not all... the right back is glen johnson! when he signed i would have said take him, since his return most of us are eating humble pie, the fella has been fantastic!
pompeyrug
I think Villa fans seem Very confident of the win, another boget ground for us, but so was St.James' until last month
paultsmouth
Pompey are now like a giant hanky, wiping away years of hard and soft and sticky bogies across the land. Of course the giant Stamford bogie is still proving to be crusty and immovable.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Is the Villa/Birmingham amalgamation still on the cards?
Et_tu_Pompeii
i like that way of putting it mate 'a giant hanky, wiping away years of hard and soft and sticky bogies across the land'...
pompeyrug
Iteresting that they called Birmingham 'scum'. I thought we had patented that.
storagematt
All seem like good guys but rather over-confident perhaps. Play Up Pompey!
NinjaTim
think that Fear bloke sounds really sensible but the other two appear to be really dodgy. :o) Good luck chaps, think we are in for a great game with two teams high on confidence.
The Fear
Whats this about Sol being 'slow as anything'?
tracyc
thats the one tracy, i knew there was something that got to me more than anything here - altho i do agree with most fellas - when i first read through them preparing them to be added to the site... sol is no slouch is he, not as quick as he was but can still move and his speed of thought adds a few yards. distin is lightening fast so altho the villa pace worries me he can cope and paramount and johnson can move too cant they... it'll be a good game, one im enjoying - but not the fact that i will be in the villa end, that will be a difficult thing to get round...
pompeyrug
Both teams are flying at the moment so it should be a good match! Are you going to have to keep quiet every time we score then Pompeyrug?
tracyc
i reckon, im going to be surrounded by villa fans - and my wednesday supporting mate! my worst fear is villa scoring - how can i celebrate a goal against my own side... ideally we will be 2 up by then with that being the last kick of the game with us winning 2-1 so i can then 'semi-celebrate' and still get out alive! either way, im wearing my pompey shirt!
pompeyrug
you just behave yourself Rug!
The Fear
i always do...
pompeyrug
Rug....That's devotion to the cause!
NinjaTim
That deanovilla bloke is a prize**** i wouldnt listen to him. Good luck guys, heres hoping for a great game!
DeanoVilla
Didn't Lenny Godber, Fletch's cell mate from Porridge, support the Villa?
The Rabbi
in all honesty when the ticket is up for grabs i will take it wherever and whenever i can NinjaTim... im not proud!
pompeyrug
Indeed he did, a wise lad he was too. You have to admit that compared to our gabby and ash campbell is slower than the keyboard I'm typing on now. Should be a good game. UTV
PTP
compared to agbonlahor and young he is slow, but still no slouch - i reckon that distin would give both a real run for their money tho, i didnt realise just how quick the fella was until he signed...
pompeyrug
Rug....you have my utmost respect, sir!
NinjaTim
quite an epic lads well done!
merlin
Gabby can run the 100metres in about 10 seconds.....thats athlete time - even Linford Christie would struggle at his best! just you watch!
KSarge1
If we are talking speed, Distin will have him, and Utaka can do the turbo stuff the other end
paultsmouth
just as well distin and co have paid linford a visit to get some of his 'special' training syrup :-)
pompeyrug
Gabby.. that's a 'girls' name .... No right to use the term SCUM either fellas... sorry Villa that's copyrighted to Pompey ....... Southampton Council Union Members ... the history goes back a long way fellas and it's a long an tedious story... but I'm willing to post it on your site if you wish.... Just shout....
Chix
 

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