THE 3PM GIRLS - EDITION IV
By Anna Jones and Sarah Gee
Wednesday 02 Apr 2008 12:57:01
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For the third week running, Villa have failed to pick up any points from their matches, with this week being the toughest of them all against current Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United. 

In a game that could have ended 11-0 to United. Villa did well to hold the Leaders to four and were unlucky not to get on the score sheet themselves.  

United should of took the lead on 3 minutes, but Reo-Coker was on form in a not so familiar position to block Ronaldo’s cross.

Villa responded well with a drive from Young, but Brown managed to deflect the shot over the bar.

Villa could only hold the champs for 17 minutes and after that it was all over for the lads in Claret and Blue, as Tevez connected with a spectacular Ronaldo cross and made it 2 only 16 minutes later. 

Villa had a few more opportunities before the interval, but nothing came of them and were outplayed in the second half after Rooney added two more to the score sheet and left Villa deflated.

Losing at Old Trafford has meant that Villa remain on 49 points but have dropped to 8th place in the league.

It has to be said, Europe is slipping further and further away from Martin O’ Neill’s midsts.  

Things did not get any better for Villa this week … 

After midfielder Craig Gardner sustained an injury that is sure to see him out of action for 2 to 3 weeks.

Gardner returned from his England under 21 call up after suffering a thigh strain against Poland and is set to miss Saturday’s game against Bolton and probably Derby as well.  

Hoping to see light at the end of the tunnel… 

With only a few months to go before Olof Mellberg ends his seven year career at Villa Park with a move to Italian Giants Juventus, he is hoping to end on a high with the club. 

After arriving at Aston Villa from Racing Santander, Mellberg will be sad to see his time at Villa Park come to an end and admits they have been the best years of his career so far, but is looking forward to a new challenge. 

Speaking to AVFC, he expressed his feelings on the move and said “It will be hard to leave, I feel a lot for the club and for the fans. It’s been a great time. I thought it was the right time to move.” 

The Swedish International would love to see Villa make it to Europe and wants to help them achieve this and believes they can, with seven games to go. 

Mellberg told AVFC, that he thinks the future is bright for the team with players such as Young and Agbonlahor in the side.  

Elsewhere this week, the under 17’s hopes were short lived… 

Nathan Delfouneso and Harry Forrester did their bit for England this week after taking part in the Elite Round Tournament in Tel Aviv. But despite outstanding performances from the Villa duo, they were beaten 3-2 by the Russians.  

Delfouneso found the back of the net for England, but on this occasion it was not enough to save the Young Lions.

He managed to restore some pride for the team against Israel, as he got the goal to see them draw 2-2 with the hosts, but it wasn’t enough to keep England in the competition and see them progress to the European Championships.  

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game… 

The odds are looking pretty even for Villas home clash against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday with only two games difference in their playing record.

But Villa seem to have the Edge over their next opponents, having won 35 out of their 65 meetings at Villa Park.

The win would see them move back into 7th place in the Barclays Premier League and hopes for Europe would be back in position. 

Villa needs you… 

Plans to honour the Godfather of Football, William McGregor, with a Statue, have been put in place. However, Villa needs your support and is looking for Volunteers to back the campaign with the Aston Villa Supporters Trust. 

The Scot moved to Birmingham in 1870 and became the brains behind the beautiful game and introduced the first football league in 1888.  

Money has already been raised at the club, but more is needed for the honorary statue to go ahead.

A collection will be held at Saturdays meeting with Bolton, but you can also donate by sending a cheque to –

The Aston Villa Supporters Trust

2 Coton Road
DE12 8NL 
  

And finally…  

April Fools day got the better of numerous football fans after a respected Tabloid newspaper printed a story about bonus points for teams if they win games starting next season.

Fans were outraged by this story and a Birmingham man showed his frustration by replying to the online story, comparing football to a circus. 

It was also suggested elsewhere that Fabio Capello was to make all his England stars learn Italian in order to communicate with them as he has given up trying to learn English. 
 

Until next time, 

Adieu… 

Your favourite footy females, 

The 3PM Girls



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