3PM GIRLS - EDITION VIII
By Anna Jones and Sarah Gee
Wednesday 30 Apr 2008 17:27:05
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Two games to go but all is not lost…

Europe still remains firmly in Villa's sights as they took away a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.Villa came from behind twice to level the scoring and hold Everton to the end.

In a pretty even game Villa could have taken the lead on 30 but Young found the cross bar rather than the back of the net.

25 minutes later Neville opened the scoring for the hosts but that could easily have been cancelled out a minute later as the ball appeared to be handled in the area. However appeals did not sway the referee's decision.

It took until 10 minutes before the end of the game for Villa to break down Everton's defence, but they finally found the back of the net with a half volley from Agbonlahor on 80.

Four minutes later Yobo gave Everton the lead for the second time in the game, volleying from the six yard box.

While Everton's celebrations continued, Carew equalised from a Barry header a minute later on 85.

Carson saved the day when he fantastically saved a header from Yobo on 90, keeping the scores level at the final whistle.

Villa remain in 6th place going into their penultimate game on 59 points, 3 behind Everton. This weekend see's the boys host Wigan Athletic at Villa Park and a win would put them level on points with Everton, in that all important 5th place.

With Everton away to Arsenal, things look good for Villa taking the lead in the race for Europe.

Villa have only met Wigan 5 times before and the record isn't great, they have won 1 and drawn two, but with the form Young, Carew and Agbonlahor are in there, we are sure to see goals a plenty against the 14th place side.

Villa's spirit is the key according to Carew…

John Carew has expressed how he feels the team spirit between the boys at Villa Park is what is holding them together and aided their success this season.

Being Villas top scorer in his first full season in the Barclays Premier League, he told AVFC.co.uk 'this is the most competitive league, we depend on team spirit. We have to be 100% to get results and when we play like that it's a fantastic experience.'

 

The Norwegian is one of the older players in Martin O'Neill's squad at 28, but says he enjoys the responsibility and wants to help the young players at Villa.

Mum shares delight…

Ashley Young has been named as a player in the PFA Premier League Team of the year, but did not know he had until his mom told him.

Joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, Young would not take credit for himself and explained how it was a reward for the whole team and the strengths of the team.

He told AVFC.co.uk that 'this shows how far we have come this season and it's the latest in what's been a memorable season.'

Delfouneso defies Arsenal…

Nathan Delfouneso got the goal that has put Villa's U18s through to the Premier Academy Play off final and sent Arsenal home empty handed.

Thanks to the 1-0 win over the gunners, Villa now have a tough test against Manchester City to face on Sunday Afternoon for the final.

After a 4-2 win against Sunderland in the week, City are on form, but after the display against Arsenal, Villa have every chance to steal the title.

After a year on the sidelines could this be it?...

Moustapha Salifou joined Villa last August from Swiss FC Wil 1900 and since then has only made four substitute appearances in the Premier League.

But with Villa reserves being crowned Barclays Premier Reserve League champions for the south this week, things might begin to happen for Togolese international.

After playing regularly for the reserves, Kevin MacDonald has helped him adapt to the English game and he now feels ready for the challenge of the Premier League and to play along side Gareth Barry.

He wants to make an impression and stay at the club as long as possible, but accepts he has to be patient.

Who knows, after a great performance with the Reserves and helping them to victory, he just could have caught O'Neill's eye.

Villa executive brings smiles to Africa…

Ronan Clancy took time out from Aston to pay a visit to local tribes in Ethiopia.

The Villa partnerships activation executive, was visiting a friend from Oxfam, but was welcomed with open arms into the Arba Minh tribe.

With photos of the team, t-shirts and pens to give out, he put smiles on the faces of the children in the poorest regions of Africa.

Ronan now seems to have a following of his own and helped to secure some new fully fledged Villa fans.

And Finally…

We always thought David Beckham was a bit of a Muppet, but this just proves it.

The king of L.A could have had his pick of shows to appear on but he decided to go for Sesame Street.

Yes that's right he really did become a Muppet for the day.

Joining Elmo and the gang he was asked to introduce a new word to the children. Rather than going for what would be the obvious choice of 'erm', which seems to be a favourite of his, he instead opted for the more intellectual word 'persistence', explaining why it was important to him.

He now joins a line of stars on the hit children's TV show including, the Cookie Monster, Count von Count and (now don't get jealous Victoria) the ultimate Big Bird!

Until next time,

Adieu…

Your favourite footy females,

The 3PM Girls.



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