If we beat Arsenal I'll start to believe, but how is everyone else feeling?

I've had a hectic week which is why there hasn't been a post. I've been on two separate flights, three train journeys and three cities. That was by Wednesday and on Monday, just as I was leaving, the first signs of a stomach bug appeared with my son, that appeared with my daughter on Wednesday and have appeared with the wife this morning.

So in between, work, travel and looking after a sick house, now I have a little time for Aston Villa, but not much. And apologies for the personal memoir, but that really only describes about half of how hectic it really was.

To Aston Villa

So, how is everyone feeling? A win last weekend saw us leave the relegation zone. Fat Sam had a breakdown on national TV and while we haven't had the usual PR from the club after a win (or have we) we did have a mention of Rob Vlaar at the stadium on some advertising.

But what is the tone? Does the victory against West Ham mean we're going to beat Arsenal and catch Liverpool? I'm still not convinced, but that is just me.

And I really don't think one win should make us feel that confident as we're still in a horrible position, with Manchester City and Liverpool in March as well as QPR and Reading. But we know the games we must win and in the others, we're now a team that has to be happy with a point.

Just this season

But don't take my bleak outlook as something permanent. I'd happily take points against Manchester City and Liverpool now. Hell, I'd take defeat if we picked up six points against Reading and QPR, because they are the matches we must win. And it will get better.

If we stay up, there has to be more money. If we stay up, we will get the one or two players we need to kick on a little bit further and the players we have will have learnt a lot by this experience. Or you'd like to believe they will anyway.

And just because right now I think it comes down to May (Norwich, Chelsea and Wigan) doesn't mean it will or that it will be like this next season. In my head, we will need points from those three games, but as long as we get them, we'll be okay. We will sign a relief and I will wear the t-shirt.

Twelve games to go, 36 points to play for. Anything is possible and right now, I'm back to 60/40 we'll stay up, but those numbers are sitting on a pendulum and we can't get carried away by one win. There is a massive hill to climb and I don't buy into all the hype surrounding one victory.

If we beat Arsenal though, I'll start to believe. But it is still a pendulum.

Video of the week because I love this


Player map

And because I had a bit of time on my hands tonight, I thought I'd create this map. It shows all players since the start of the 1992/93 season that have represented Aston Villa in any competition, but only first team. It also shows their position and place of birth. A bit geeky, but I found it interesting.

View Aston Villa players from 1992/93 season onwards in a full screen map

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  • Guest - tearsonmyscarf

    Back to football and away from grammar lessons , I have a feeling we may get a:) point this weekend ;)
    ps EXPAT I'm not as intelligent as you obviously are but when correcting grammar for sjh (24400) would I be correct in thinking .......you're comments

  • Guest - tearsonmyscarf

    Should have read ..... your comments ? not the shortened version of.
    "you are ". ?

  • Perhaps we should have a contest for expast new name when he comes home. I will start with:-

    "Borm again Brummmah"

  • tearsonmyscarf,
    ive had a few days off, and come on to extended posts from expat.which one of you started him off.:p:p
    i fear an arsenal backlash this week.

  • Guest - tearsonmyscarf

    I'll go with. ..... EXPERT .

  • BLADE,
    how about the mad professor.:p

  • Guest - tearsobmyscarf

    :) jcv ... oi ony frew in a few bloomin pearly kings n gweens guvnor :p

  • TEARS,
    yes you did.your fault.;);););)

  • Expert

    please NO do not panda "eats shoots and leaves" to him

  • how about PAPA DOYLE,the french connection:p:p

  • Guest - yearsonmyscarf

    Noooo . I was ony avin a bloomin larf n all wen eee goes n takes me all serious n all that !! I mean, I ain't like that nor nuffink but eee bleedin finks I'm avin a pop !!! Wich I ain't see ! :D

  • is the the old bugger?

    https://twitter.com/expat007

  • It might be

    Thonon les Bains, France

  • god help us tomorrow,when expat comes back on.;);)

  • Guest - tearsonmyscarf

    Anyway .. night night . ktf

  • JCV, Tears

    One has consumed too much wine and needs to retire with nanny - I bid you adieu!

  • goodnight lads,
    we will get expats responce tomorrow.:p:p
    think i will go out for the day.:p:p

  • Guest - Daveyboy

    JCV what is your basis for the following comment?

    rugby players would probably drink any football players under the table.

    through my experience most "egg chasers" are ex private school boys, who probably prefer a few glasses off the finest red tipple, as appose to 15 pints on a friday night.

    Much fitter than football players I'm not so sure stronger for sure, but for me rugby is much slower and more boring to watch

    Then again after watching 10 minutes of "superbowl" recently rugby in comparison is like formula 1.

    Not intended on being a dig JCV , just seems such a cliche that rugby players are much better than football players

  • After last nights result plus Blackburn on Saturday, if we can go 1 - 0 up against Arsenal the crowd will turn on em.

    Plus they have played 3 games in 7 days.
    Some may see it different.
    Best time to play em if you ask me.;)

  • daveyboy i would bet the fastest winger in world rugby is quicker than the quickest football winger and fitter and i would bet that rugby back rows have more stamina than say the hardest working midfielders for instance. i would put the house on it.

  • Guest - muz1

    jonnah,

    The last time we played a team that had played 3 games in 7 days i remember some saying they are there for the taking. That game ended in an 8-0 defeat.
    Not trying to be negative but, lets not get carried away.They are effectivly out of the champions league and have only a top 4 place to play for, so imo its not the best time to play them.
    Dont get me wrong 3 points or a draw would be a great result, but if people get their hope too high you just feel even more deflated if you lose..

  • Fastest rugby player might be a bit cheating tbh it's Carlin Isles who was a former American sprinter/athlete. He runs the 100m in 10.13s.

    Footballers are as follows:
    1: Theo Walcott 100m 10.3s

    2: Cristiano Ronaldo 100m 10.63s

    3: Gabriel Agbonlahor 100m 10.98

    Gabby in 3rd, shame he doesn't take the ball with him !

  • Bryan Habana S. Africa 10.2s
    Tonderei Chavhanga S. Africa 10.27s
    all quicker Next lol

  • jonnah/sjh

    Adam Gemili footballer/athlete 10.11 give me your house :):):):):)

  • sjh

    just looked again and Gemili's PB was 10.05 so I think that deserves your car as well:):):)

  • keithj

    I didn't make the bet. :)
    What I found out on the back of all the football v rugby talk.. ;);););)

    Rugby is for girls !

  • muz1

    I'm getting carried away with all the hype, I'm expecting Benteke to score 5 and Wenger to be sacked immediately afterwards !! ;);)

  • And then Wenger to become our manager immediately after that !;);)

  • Guest - Daveyboy

    SJH + Jonah i have been scouring google and APPARANTLEY the fastest 3 players in football are:

    1. Theo Walcott

    2. Jonathan Biabiany (parma)

    3. Joffre Guerron (beijing)

    Ronaldo is alledgedley only 14th

    The fastest rugby player I found is a chap called Carlin Isles

  • jonnah,

    I would be very pleased if Benteke got 5, as long as Arsenal dont get 6:):):)

  • SJH + Jonah i have been scouring google and APPARANTLEY the fastest 3 players in football are:

    1. Theo Walcott

    2. Jonathan Biabiany (parma)

    3. Joffre Guerron (beijing)

    Ronaldo is alledgedley only 14th

    The fastest rugby player I found is a chap called Carlin Isle


    Didnt Nike do an advert with lennon walcott and gabby and wasnt gabby the fastest of the lot, and lennon the fastest dribbler?

  • Guest - expat007

    For those interested:
    THEO WALCOTT is the Premier League’s answer to sprint superstar Usain Bolt.
    Manchester United fan Bolt hit a top speed of 24.04mph as he won two golds at the World Championships in Berlin.
    Arsenal’s Walcott clocked 22.72mph and Sol Campbell took a shock second place in the top-flight race with a 22.50mph top speed.
    The top speeds have been calculated by Castrol using data captured over two seasons.
    Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres would be in a photo finish for third with their joint top speed of 22.27mph.
    Football’s fliers hit incredible speeds and Walcott’s bursts mean he would run 9.9secs for 100m — if he could sustain his top speed of 10.1m per second.
    Double Olympic champ Bolt ran 9.58secs to break the 100m world record in Berlin.
    Campbell’s top speed could see him run 10.1secs for 100m — just a tenth of a second slower than Brit Dwain Chambers ran at the World Championships.
    Bolt admits his preparations ahead of his 19.19secs 200m record had been blighted by United’s loss to Burnley.
    But he said: “They will bounce back and there’ll be no worries.”

  • good morning,
    DAVEBOY,mate i only used that piece about rugby players drinking,in answer to a post that indicated that rugby players were more proffessional than footballers.
    i was pointing out that that isnt so.;);)

  • who said anything about fastest over 100m though? ;);););) Rugby Union athletes are far superior to footballers,they trained at the footballers complex the other week and had to take their own equipment because the footballers training gear wasnt up to scratch! :):):)

  • EXPAT,
    mate,a few of us were discussing wether you will change your name,when you come home.or are you going to stick with this one.
    i suggested papa doyle,the french connection.:p:p

  • Guest - expat007

    jcv
    Good morning,
    Had a good laugh at the postings.
    Cant reply to them all, but here’s one for you when you believed that all footballers have the brains between their legs.
    That only goes to prove the point I was trying to make and that is that footballers are no different to most men, including me when I was younger;);)

  • Guest - expat007

    jcv

    mate,a few of us were discussing wether you will change your name,when you come home.or are you going to stick with this one. i suggested papa doyle,the french connection.

    Seeing that there are postings on here, how about the French Letter;);)

  • EXPAT,
    nice one;);)

    well im off out now.roll on the weekend.:p

  • Sorry to be off topic - this is about the Villa ;)

    Benteke may well be moving on during the summer, but at what price?

    We have heard £15m+, but that is on the basis of the old TV money - the new TV money would mean £60m just for Villa

    What price the Beast now?

  • Guest - expat007

    sjhi

    I would bet the fastest winger in world rugby is quicker than the quickest football winger
    The problem with you young man is you have a very convenient memory or possibly the early signs of Alzheimer's. So if you did not mean quicker as in running, what did you mean fu*king tiddlywinks?

    In another posting you said you were proud to be a Brummie, yet in a posting you made in September you said in reply to me saying that I thought Birmingham was a great City, ‘that it was a sh*t hole and you were very glad when you moved from Birmingham.’
    Were you lying then or now?

  • exprat you would know that quickness cant just be measured in 100m straight sprints.Theres turns of direction,sprinting from a standing start,sprinting out of a jog etc and although i am proud to be a Brummie it is still a ****hole,im a fierce patriotic English man but hate the royal family,are you gonna pull me up on that too? And even though im not classed as living in Brum it is still a Birmingham postcode.Now good day Sir and go and get pissed,youve been a right know it all snob the past couple of days and need to chill a bit!!

  • Guest - expat007

    sjh

    Rugby Union athletes are far superior to footballers,they trained at the footballers complex the other week and had to take their own equipment because the footballers training gear wasnt up to scratch!
    When you make a statement like this would you enlighten me and possibly others to the source of this report.
    Where was this footballers complex?
    Who were the Rugby Union athletes?
    What equipment was not up to scratch?

    Lets hope it wasn’t Moseley players. When in Brum I sometimes go Kings Heath and have a drink with an ex Rugby Union player in their Club House, nice Bar as you would expect for Rugby Players.
    I have seen the facilities and for a Second Division Union League team is pretty deficient in most components, particularly in the gym compared to say Wallsall FC.
    I love the following rules.
    ALL WEATHER PITCH
    Our brand new All Weather Pitch is a state of the art "third generation rubber crumb" full sized, floodlit pitch which will provide over 32,000 people-hours of usage every year for the local community. The pitch was handed over by the constructors in January 2007 and is now in frequent use.
    Our Community team of Dan Protherough, assisted by Tom McIntosh, in charge of all activities on the AWP, are ready to help users and must be consulted prior to use. Please therefore confirm your requirements with them via e-mail awp@ or on 0121-443-3631
    To keep this excellent facility in first class condition the following "Rules of Use" have been drawn up.
    It is the responsibility of every coach/manager to ensure that all their users are properly briefed on these rules and abide by them.
    It is extremely important that these rules are followed to ensure the surface is not abused especially the need to have clean boots when entering the facility,
    The All Weather Sports surface has been designed to exacting standards. The following Rules MUST BE OBSERVED:
    - Please clean all footwear before entering and using the surface
    - Please don't wear spiked footwear (studs and blades are OK)
    - Please move equipment (e.g. posts etc) without dragging
    - Please ensure equipment is safely secured before use
    - Please don't consume food or drink upon the surface
    - Please don't deposit chewing gum

    - Please don't smoke
    - Please don't allow pets, animals including the team to SH1T upon the surface
    - Please don't use cycles, skateboards or rollerblades upon the surface
    - Please report any dirt, debris or damage found to staff, either in person or to info@moseleyrugby.co.uk or on 0121-443-3631
    Failure to abide by any of the above could lead to your exclusion!
    FinallyRugby Union athletes are far superior to footballers,they trained at the footballers complex the other week and had to take their own equipment because the footballers training gear wasnt up to scratch!

  • St Georges park training facilities in Burton.The state of the art training ground didnt have weights heavy enough!!! lol And i coach a local under 14 rugby union side myself and have trips to Mosely,Burton,Tamworth,Solihull Bees etc regularly so know about the rugby set up.This has gone too far now just admit that Union players are better athletes and the game is far superior to football from top to bottom!

  • Arsenal away brings back some of the best memories I have following Villa away, and the sweetest defeat I had ever or will ever witness. May 1981 last game of the season at Highbury really needing a win and seeing Pele paraded around the ground before the match wearing an Arsenal scarf. Having little hope that 'Boro would do us any favours against Ipswich hoping but not expecting, losing the game hearing that 'Boro had indeed beat Ipswich and we were champions!!!!!! Stopping the coach on the way home in an unsuspecting village in Buckinghamshire a coach load of exstatic Villa fans running across a village cricket pitch (whilst a game was in progress) into the village pub - whose takings must have been a daily high - back on the coach home for 10ish got changed went to a local nightspot till God knows when woke up in a field my velvet jacket soaked in the early morning dew, home, changed showered into Brum to see the victory parade in the City centre - memories aye? sadly I suspect never to be repeated - at least not in my lifetime - still we live in hope!!!!

  • Guest - expat007

    sjh

    you would know that quickness cant just be measured in 100m straight sprints.Theres turns of direction,sprinting from a standing start,sprinting out of a jog etc and although i am proud to be a Brummie it is still a ****hole,im a fierce patriotic English man but hate the royal family,are you gonna pull me up on that too? And even though im not classed as living in Brum it is still a Birmingham postcode.Now good day Sir and go and get pissed,youve been a right know it all snob the past couple of days and need to chill a bit!!
    Nice try, but pretty pitiable.
    Strange that you want to be closely associated with a SH1T HOLE, is that the one your are still digging. I have told you before when in a hole stop digging.
    As to Postal Codes, from Tamworth in the North to Alcester in the South, Solihull in the East and Bromsgrove in the West all have the B Postcode. Knowing people who live in those areas, non that I can remember want to be associated with Birmingham, so again you have to be different.
    As to the so called ‘Chilling out’ it sounds to me that it would be more appropriated for you:o:o:o

  • Guest - expat007

    WITH REGARD TO THE POSTINGS AS TO THE MERITS OF RUGBY UNION AND ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL.

    The number of adults in England playing rugby union at least once a week has declined from 230,000 at the start of the funding period, in 2009, to 177,900 at the latest calculation.

    Sport England reports those playing regular football fell from 2,144,700 in 2007 to 2,090,000 by last year.

    There are 265,000,000 male and female players in addition to 5 million referees and officials make a grand total of 270 million people – or 4% of the world’s population – who are actively involved in the game of football.

    International Rugby Board states that the number of World Registered players is 4,671,024

    The number of those playing Rugby Union (4,671,024) compared with those playing the beautiful game of Association Football (265,000,000) in the world as a percentage is insignificant or in footballers terms, fu*kall.
    There appears to be more referees and officials (5,000,000) for football than all those that play and officiate Rugby Union.
    Make of this what you like.

  • Guest - Talkoftheterrace.net

    We have beaten them before, and we can do it again. IMO iys the best time to play them, they're having a poor season like ourselves, they're there for the taking..

  • Guest - siya

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