If ever there was a time for the players to stand up and be counted, and show they are worthy of wearing the famous Claret and Blue shirts, then this is it.

I would be lying to you if I said I felt confident going into tomorrows Midlands derby against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Lets face it – we have done ourselves no favours this season, with too many players happy to be part of the ride instead of making an input.

But at the same time, its not the time to play the blaming game. The simple fact of the matter is Aston Villa Football Club have three games to save their premiership future and we must do all we can to make that possible.

West Bromwich Albion and their supporters would love nothing more than to help us get relegated. Villa have been the top team in the Midlands for many a year now, and although the Baggies are currently the top team around here at the moment, they would love to well and truly stick the knife in.

All week I have thought about nothing but our club, and how I am desperate for us to do everything in our power to avoid the drop. Lets just hope the players feel the same way as I do.

Team News

West Bromwich Albion: Striker Marc-Antoine Fortune (hamstring) and midfielder Paul Scharner (wrist) should both be available for Roy Hodgson.

Zolton Gera, James Morrison (both knee) and right-back Steven Reid (foot) remain on the injury list.

Aston Villa: Richard Dunne has handed Alex McLeish a massive boost by declaring himself available after not being able to play since breaking his collarbone against his former club Manchester City.

James Collins (groin) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (shoulder) are also in contention for a return following there recent injuries.

Statistics

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Kick Off: 15.00 GMT
Tickets: Sold Out
Last Corresponding Fixture: West Brom 2 Aston Villa 1

3 COMMENTS

  1. I just read that Mcleish again is blaming ‘inexperienced kids’ for Villa’s downfall. It is absolutely shocking his man management skills. How do you think these kids feel Alex when you are blatantly saying to them “You’re not good enough at this level”. How is this motivating you’re team Alex? This does nothing further demoralizes they already depleted confidence. Also they are not kids most of them are established first team players from last season so you calling them kids is patronizing and dam right insulting to them. Why can’t you come out and say “this is Aston Villa it has a proud History, and with the best youth development in country and these players have won countless underage and reserve medals they have the quality to see Villa safe this year and they and Aston Villa have bright future ahead of us” That Mcliesh would motivate you’re team and inspire the fans. Enough with these excuses, take a look in the mirror alex, it is not that Villa’s kids are inexperienced that’s the problem it is you who is an experienced failure!

  2. @upthevilla, well written. These players have earned the right to be in the side. They can do us proud and fight for the shirt they have worn at all levels.

  3. For the first time this season I am going to a home game, said at start of the season until that blue nose twat was out of our club I would not go back, but all villa fans old and new are needed, I remember the pain of relagation, let the holtend sing, the bells are ringing!! Up the villa

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