Villa need to change their approach on the road
By Ian Robathan
Sunday 22 Nov 2009 22:08:00
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It is a strange time to be supporting Villa at the moment - one I struggle to understand.

Burnley away is a tough game and while I do not think in any way we underestimated them, the team selection of Stiliyan Petrov over NRC left many people questioning MON's tactics and his decisions.

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Overall we once again failed to perform on the road – and is it down formation of the players.

I have a simple answer for this and his name is John Carew. I may sound like a stuck broken record but away from home his style is far too lazy to be effective in a 4-4-2 and he often leaves us with just 10 effective players on the pitch and struggling to control games.

MON is a stubborn person and I just wish that away from home he would go to a 4-3-3 with NRC in the middle with Petrov and Steve Sidwell or, in the future, Stewart Downing.

At home, 4-4-2 seems to be working and Carew is far more effective as he will tend to get more space to do the things he is very good at.

One very good piece of news at Burnley was the surprise, sudden return of Downing. We knew he had played 90 minutes in a behind closed doors friendly but to come on as sub, play well and have a positive effect was excellent for him and the team.

Over the next few weeks, MON will have some tough choices on who to pick and I think those choices with a tough December could decide his future at Villa.

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