Xtratime Community banner

1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,961 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
We need to win!!! However we are in trouble in the defense area. Mills is forced to move to CB along Matteo so Kelly takes rb. Keane and Viduka up front maybe, and the regular mid we've been using the past games. It will be a tough game as the villans want to win just as badly. Tough game, 2-1 or possibly 1-0 for us.
 

·
XT Post Number King
Joined
·
111,120 Posts
Premiership Preview: Aston Villa V Leeds United
Aston Villa - Leeds United | News Archive

Graham Taylor has yet to spark Aston Villa into life (Allsport)
04/12/2002. AT STAKE

Both Aston Villa and Leeds had high hopes for the current season, with European qualification the very least that both surely hoped for. Things began going belly-up for Villa after they hit top spot in October, and it would appear that the InterToto seems the best bet for them. A slump in form, a change of manager, various injuries to key players and disgruntled supporters have all been in the mix for the club this season as they look to salvage something late on.

Currently lying in tenth place, they could rise up to eighth should they beat Leeds and other results go their way, although they'll not be helped by two of the clubs above them - Spurs and West Ham - playing each other. Whatever happens in the last four games, it's another season of underachieving from Villa.

Leeds topped the Premiership as recently as January 1st 2002, and then the problems began. A dramatic slump in form and failure to beat four of their main rivals in the title race, saw them drop down the table in spectacular style, effectively ending their Champions League hopes and putting a severe dent in their European dream overall.

The InterToto remains an option that they will take, however they will keeping hoping that they can overhaul Chelsea or Newcastle for a UEFA Cup place, or alternatively, should Arsenal & Chelsea reach the FA Cup Final, then sixth place in the league would be good enough for a UEFA Cup spot.

CURRENT FORM

Aston Villa (all comps - oldest results first): LLDLDL: Two points from six games is a pretty accurate indication as to why they are firmly in mid-table after an excellent start to the season, indeed they haven't won since beating West Ham at home early last month. Since then, defeats against Blackburn, Middlesbrough & Bolton have not been encouraging, whilst a home defeat against Arsenal is understandable.

Leeds United (all comps - oldest results first): WWWLLW: At least with Leeds lately, you tend to get a positive result one way or another, as they haven't drawn a game in their last six matches, although they did draw the three games immediately prior to that run. Successive wins against Ipswich, Blackburn and Leicester came to a juddering halt over Easter, when Spurs and Man United put six goals past Nigel Martyn. Victory against Sunderland last weekend put Leeds back onto the rails, but it is too late for the train into Europe?

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor is reporting no new injury problems and is likely to field an unchanged outfield line up, with new signing Peter Crouch getting the nod up front ahead of England hopeful Darius Vassell. Today's surprise news that Peter Schmeichel is being released opens the door for Peter Enckelman and boss Graham Taylor has confirmed that he will start.

Leeds will be without Jon Woodgate who is out for the remainder of the season with a broken jaw and with fellow central defender Rio Ferdinand also out, Leeds have severe problems when you consider that Lucas Radebe and Michael Duberry are also sidelined. Danny Mills is likely to switch to the heart of the defence with Dominic Matteo, leaving Gary Kelly to take the right back spot.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Aston Villa: Juan Pablo Angel. The Columbian has missed a few games through injury lately, however he was back in action against Middlesbrough last Saturday and found the net, so hopefully things are on the turn for him and his club.

Leeds United: Lee Bowyer. After his six game suspension came to an end, he could have been forgiven for being rusty, as indeed he was prior to his ban. However a good display against Man United was followed by a man of the match performance against Sunderland, making Leeds all the more determined to agree a new contract with him.

SA PREDICTION

Not the easiest game to call as both clubs still have a point to prove this season. Leeds need the three points more, however that will make little difference to the home side in the slightest. Goals look likely and a 2-2 draw looks a decent bet.

POSSIBLE STARTING XI's

Aston Villa: Enckelman, Delaney, Mellberg, Staunton, Barry, Hadji, Taylor, Boateng, Hitzlesperger, Angel, Crouch
Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Mills, Matteo, Harte, Bowyer, Batty, Bakke, Kewell, Viduka, Fowler

soccerage
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
This will be a very trying game for us. Allan Smith said if he need to he would play in the Defence!!! We may need him to do that if we loose any more players... It will come down to raw oppartunaties and our defensive tactics... We need to stay strong in the back line or else...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,555 Posts
Only about 15 minutes until the game, and I will watch it live :D

It's sad really, only 3 replies pre-game :(
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
And Carson is not even a Leeds fan...:depress:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,961 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Final: 1-0 for us!
We're still in line for either the Uefa cup or maybe the CL (high hopes there ;) ) Awesome to see tha Viduka is back on form, I knew that he had just dropped a bit. Bring on the next team! :ferocious:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
Match Report
MARK VIDUKA'S 16th goal of the season gave United a 1-0 win at Aston Villa to keep their European dream alive and pile more pressure on Newcastle and Chelsea ahead of them in the table.
The Leeds striker had missed a glorious chance a few minutes before he calmly put Leeds ahead midway through the first-half to give what proved to be a vital winning goal. points



Late Villa pressure had the nerve ends jangling in the United camp and a late booking for Danny Mils who was in great form in his unaccustomed role, means he will now be suspended for two games after reaching the ten yellow card mark for the campaign.

With Jonathan Woodgate ruled out for the season and facing a hefty club fine after his midweek midweek misdemeanour, skipper Rio Ferdinand, Michael Duberry and Lucas Radebe all still injured, Mills was forced to play alongside Dom Matteo in the centre of the United defence, with Gary Kelly at right back.

But the big surprise was the selection of Robbie Keane ahead of Robbie Fowler who reverted to the bench, the Irish striker winning the nod after his goal against Sunderland last weekend.

Leeds were obviously wary of the aerial threat of 6'6" striker Peter Crouch but it was Villa's German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger who posed the early threat when his 20 yard shot was blocked.

In the sixth minute a slip by Gareth Barry allowed Alan Smith time and room to deliver a perfect ball in from the right side of the area but Keane had strayed offside as he put the ball into the net and the goal ruled out.



The Republic of Ireland international had the Villa defence in a panic moments later but somehow the ball was nudged behind for a corner with Mark Viduka waiting in the centre.

Nigel Martyn comfortably saved a 25 yard shot by Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel who was then booked by referee Barry Knight when he made fell theatrically inside the area under a challenge from Dominic Matteo.

It was only a mater of time before the beanpole like Crouch would get an opportunity but he wasted a great opening when he headed wide from Barry's cross.

The England U-21 international's miss was nothing compared to Viduka, who capitalised on a slip by Hitzlsperger, advanced into the area but sidefooted wide from ten yards out with only new Villa keeper Peter Enckelman to beat.

On 28 minutes the Aussie striker made amends in clinical fashion. A driving run by David Batty took United up to the edge of the Villa area, the ball was slipped via Keane to Viduka whose clever backheel deceived the home defenders and he slipped the ball into the corner of the net to give Leeds a deserved lead.

Martyn had to make a couple of smart saves with Villa pushing forward looking for an equaliser, but Had Lee Bowyer not let the ball run away from him when he latched onto Smith's quick ball forward, United could have headed into half-time two goals to the good.



Hitzlsperger forced Martyn into an early save in the second-half while a quick Leeds break was halted when Lee Bowyer fell under pressure from a Villa defender at the far post as he tried to connect with a deep cross from the left by Keane.

Enckelman saved from the United midfielder as he tried to poke the ball over the Villa keeper but United had Danny Mills to thank om 55 minutes when he reacted quickly to divert Mark Delaney's cross over the bar.

The home side had posed the bigger questions since the interval but Leeds looked content to play on the break and on 65 minutes Villa boss Graham Taylor made a double substitution sending on Darius Vassell and Steve Stone.

Stone it was who missed a good chance at the far post when Crouch got a flick on to a cross from the left and Martyn did well to get down low to save at the feet of the Villa midfielder.



Lee Bowyer's dynamic runs caused problems all afternoon but won little reward apart a yellow card as he was twice sent tumbling inside the area.

Inside the last ten minutes, with United defending a little too deep, Martyn mage two brilliant stops first tipping over a powerful drive by Samuel and then a double save from Hitzlsperger's 20 yard free-kick, although hearts were in mouths when he nearly dropped a high cross into his net inside the last minute.

With Taylor also slicing Stone's ball into the area narrowly wide, Leeds had survived and a vital three points were in the bag, although Newcastle's late winner at Derby and Mills' booking took the gloss of the afternoon.

www.leedsunited.com Man of the Match - David Batty

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Not a bad game, the final 10 minutes were so tense... They pushed everything forward and we had 10 men behind the ball the whole time. There were a few cautions and sad to see Mills got another. Bowyer was fouled in the box and a penelty was indeed asured but the ref waved play on. :mad: Martyn made a couple of good saves and there was one close call as the ball was heading towards goal he went up for it and almost took the ball into his own goal but just pushed it out for a corner. VERY CLOSE!!! They just keept attacking and our defence, well every player :tongue: held well... All in all a good game that we deserved to win...

:tongue: :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,555 Posts
Great goal by Viduka, turning the Villa defence upside down, and making up for his miss a couple of minutes earlier which he really should have put away. If Leeds sell Viduka (probably not) they will have some difficulty replacing him.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
I don't think they would. :tongue: Ok, I'm being a bit hard on Duke's. Maybe he is comming back into form, maybe he don't need to leave...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
432 Posts
The only issue Viduka has in the EPL, being consistent.

I'm a huge fan of his, however, If you look back since he has started it's been 2-3 months spells of good and bad.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
Yeah, ur right. He is very inconsistent and only sometimes scores when we need it. I just hope he can keep up with what he is onto now...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
98 Posts
The trouble with Duke is that he has no motivation, as such, he has already admitted himself that he needs a good kick up the backside before a match to get worked up - even Dom stands there and swears at him to try and get him ready... DOL states that he is pretty much the first name on the team sheet week in week out and so he hasn't any need to fight for his position. If he didn't start every game then it may give him more determination to fight for his position and play the way we know he can..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
Exactly! We all know how Mark can play but he just don't seem to be into that form that we saw against Arsenal at the start of the season and Liverpool the season b4. He played really well after he returned from Olympic duty and when he was at Celtic. He can do it, I think he just needs more time. But I don't know how much more there is...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
98 Posts
I think that perhaps we ought to send him home more often, he seems to go on a bit of a goal frenzy after a return trip to Oz.. Must be something in the water...... :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
Or Leeds can become the new Canberra team! :tongue: Please Please Please!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,225 Posts
Good Question Footy Chick. We were going to part own Brisbane Strikers but it fell through. There not too bad...
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top