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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Villa 2 The Addicks 0

So what else could the man do? Plagued with injuries to key players purchased during the summer and against another team cruising at the moment his opinions were extremely limited.

He could have put the Herminator in defence instead of Fortune and chanced Ashton at left-back. In midfield he could have played Kish who was keen to compare himself against his fellow countryman Petrov in the Villa midfield and with hindsight, ( a wonderful thing that ), he could have kept Simon Walton instead of packing him off to Ipswich till January. But with our dynamic H & H duo in midfield it was a game that we were always likely to lose, especially with our strikeforce also having an apparent off day.

Perhaps Monica should watch his opponent and learn. When O'Neill took over Villa they were everyones favorite to go down and now after only 1 signing, Petrov, they remain unbeaten. So take a leaf out of O'Neill´s book and see what he´s done with Gabriel Agbonlahor. After making his Premiership debut in March the nineteen year old has played in every game since O'Neill took over, and yesterday played with a confidence that won him the Man of the Match award in the Observer.

Perhaps with so much missing in effort and confidence its time to try the same with some of our youngsters, for example striker James Walker, who had such a good pre-season up front, at least for the last 25 minutes when the game was lost anyway.

Charlton: Carson; Young, Hreidarsson, El Karkouri, Fortune; Rommedahl, Faye, Holland (Ambrose 66), Hughes; Hasselbaink (M Bent 66), D Bent.
Subs (not used): Myhre, Sankofa, Kishishev.
Booked: Faye 90 (foul on Petrov)

Aston Villa: Sorensen; Hughes, Barry, Mellberg, Ridgewell, Moore (Baros 82), Davis, Petrov, McCann, Agbonlahor; Angel.
Subs (not used): Taylor, Laursen, Whittingham, Berger.

Goals: Agbonlahor 34, Moore 62

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