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Villa Boss Criticises His Team After Defeat

Villa Boss Criticises His Team After Defeat

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish criticised his team's performance in their 2-0 defeat at home against Swansea City.

McLeish said his side 'shot themselves in the foot' after an excellent 3-1 win at Chelsea on New Year's Eve. While the Villa boss was looking for his team to get some consistency, they produced a shockingly poor display as the Swans got their first away win of the season.

Poor errors from individual players helped give Swansea City the two goals to win the game, but they still performed well and could and should have scored 2 or 3 more.

McLeish said:

'It was unbelievable, frightening.

'After such a good performance the confidence and morale was really high and we went and shot ourselves in the foot.

'We knew it was important to start fast but there were too many passes back without getting at them early.

'I thought we started quite bright but then we started the passes to the side and back - and it was a pass back which cost us.

'It was so disappointing to see us take three positive steps forward and then to take steps back, it's that consistency thing.

'You can't give goals like that away. That's first and foremost. But we never really had the inspiration in the forward areas.'


McLeish also defended his decision to not make too many changes after playing two games in three days, while the Swans made 7 changes to their starting line-up.

'I did contemplate changes, but we don't have too many options to change the team.

'I really did feel the morale and feel-good factor from the weekend would be enough to get through.

'I have done that before and gone on fantastic runs, you think you need to rest players but they keep going.

'I don't think it was a mistake. Making the errors we did and not finding too many claret and blue jerseys with passes was the problem for us.

'We are better than that. I am looking for consistency, not two, three, four good games and a bad one. We're looking for 10 or 15 good games from everyone, top games, without any real mistakes.

'Stevie is an injury risk at the moment, that was his first 90 at the weekend. He had only 43 minutes against Arsenal. He nearly got through the whole game tonight but we wanted to go 4-4-2 and have a go but keep it solid in midfield with Ciaran and Stan.

'You can't fault the fans emotions and enthusiasm. They just want to see their team winning. To lose at home is another kick in teeth and it is for me as well. I am proud of my home records in my management career. Tonight was a huge disappointment.'


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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Monday January 2 2012
Time: 7:20PM

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What a prat McLeish is--no praise at all for what was a brilliant performance by the Swans. If I was Villa I'd ditch the idiot as soon as they can---What a stupid man!!
Philto
02/01/2012 19:44:00
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Philto you are right, he is a clueless prat, we are stuck with him, you playerd us off the park in my opinion, well played i like your teams style of play wish we played like that, you swans should be fine this season as for us i really just don't now anymore bad days ahead for us no money this prat as manager, good luck for the rest of season!
clivethevillan
02/01/2012 20:45:00
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Spurs's my favourite team, swans's my second
Singspurs
03/01/2012 00:50:00
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