3PM GIRLS - EDITION IX
By Anna Jones and Sarah Gee
Wednesday 07 May 2008 11:43:00
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They think it's all over…

It could well be now…

Former Blues Boss and Villa rival Steve Bruce made a dent in Villa's European hopes at the weekend by clinching Wigan's second away win of the season at Villa Park on Saturday. 

Whilst Bruce's side may have ensured their survival in the Premiership by pinching a 2-0 away win at Villa Park. O'Neill's men will need to be on top from this Sunday when they travel to Upton Park to play their final game of the season against West Ham.

In a game which saw Villa have several chances to secure a win over a side sitting firmly in the second half of the table, O'Neill will be disappointed with Villa's failure to secure three points or even a draw against Wigan.

Villa looked promising as Agbonlahor had a chance only four minutes in, but Paul Scharner's sliding tackle on the young Villa star left Gabby frustrated and this was only set to continue when Zat Knight went up for a header from an Ashley Young free kick on 20 only to be met by Kirkland's gloves.

Wigan took the lead on 52 as a Valencia shot was deflected and things only got worse for Villa as he got the second as well and secured the game for Wigan.

Villa's loss on Saturday and Everton's loss to the Gunners means it all rests on the last game of the season as to who will go to Europe.

No pressure boys…

Sunday sees Villa take a trip to the Boleyn Ground for the final game of the 2007/2008 season and take on middle of the table, West Ham.

Overall the games played between the two teams are pretty even, but Villa have only won 6 of the 40 games played at West Ham.

But with the team on good form and West Ham suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Manchester United, let's hope that's stopped them in their tracks and Villa can go away with the win for the final game and hopefully take that 5th and final European place.

Oh and come on Newcastle!!!! 

Final farewell… 

Olof Mellberg played his last game at Villa park on Saturday and was touched by the reception he got from the fans.

The Swede, who has been at Villa for seven years, is heading to Italy for next season to play for Italian giants Juventus.

'Mellberg day' as it was known on Saturday, saw the fans turn out in yellow, dressed as Vikings and banners galore to show their appreciation for the star.

Olof told avfc.co.uk how he took pictures and filmed everything that happened after the game and said, 'I will look back at this with a lot of emotion'.

He thanks the fans for supporting him before, during and after the game, despite the loss and told how he will miss them.

Will he stay?...

Gareth Barry's Villa future is in question this week, after Liverpool announced a bid for the star on Friday.

After weeks of speculation surrounding Chelsea and Liverpool, it finally came out that Liverpool want the England international.

Martin O'Neill was furious about the announcement, as it came out the day before their crucial game against Wigan.

The players want him to stay, he has achieved so much for the club.  Striker John Carew, told avfc.co.uk 'Villa is in his heart, I just hope he stays.'

I'm sure we are all with you on that one John. 

England call up …

Gabby Agbonlahor has been called up and named in the squad for the England under 21 game against Wales next week.

The Villa whiz kid has obviously impressed Stuart Pearce with his outstanding performances with the club and has now been given the responsibility of International duty.  

Champions… 

Villa's youths showed the first team how to do it this week, by demolishing Man City in a 2-0 win to take the FA Premier Academy League title.

After a shaky start, Villa soon had the game and City right where they wanted them and the victory was certain.

It could have been 3-0 before the first goal actually came, but Collins opened the scoring on 23, after Mee slipped up for the rivals.

Herd got the second for Villa on 34 and although it could have been a lot more, this was enough to crown Villa Champions and the best Academy side in the country. 

Legends return…

This Saturday will see Mark Walters and Chris Nicholl return to the pitch for this years Football Aid match.

Mark Walters who played for the side 1981-1987 and Chris Nicholl, who played from 1972-1977, will grace football with their presence once again for a one off match.

The Aston Villa legends will join another 898 players to take part in Football Aid this year and Saturday will see them face twenty eight Villa supporters on their old home turf.  

And finally…

He shoots and he scores…

Comet the goldfish that is… Little known star Comet the goldfish proves there's much more to goldfish than meets eye, with the ability to play football, basketball and do the limbo. 

Comets Owner, Dr Dean Pomerleau, 41, from Los Angeles, taught Comet various tricks by using a training technique called positive reinforcement.

Comet has some stiff competition for top goal scorer of the season with Albert 'the fantail' Einstein hot on his fins.

Watch out L.A Galaxy, Comet could be shooting your way!

Until next time,

Adieu…

Your favorite footy females,

The 3PM Girls.

 

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