sambo Posted April 29, 2010 Share Posted April 29, 2010 Aston Villa. A team which Rovers have become all too familiar with this season, and one I am sure nobody will miss when this season is over. I remember after beating them 2-1 at Ewood, some posters exclaimed that Big Sam ‘knew how to nullify’ Villa, and we were accustomed to their counter attacking ways. How wrong were we? We got them in the Carling Cup semi. Fair enough. Then we drew them in the FA Cup. 10 goals conceded later, I think everyone just wants Villa to fu... er go away. The fact they wear Claret and Blue just adds to how tired I am of this bunch. This doesn’t tell the full story. 2500 Rovers fans braved the winter cold to make the journey to Birmingham for the Semi Final second leg. Nobody gave us a chance. 1-0 down, in poor form, fans on the manager’s back. Kalinic then seemed to have a realisation that hitting a post does not constitute a goal, and scored two quickfire goals to give us an unlikely lead. Pandemonium in the away end, as 2500 bodies clashed into each other, as shirts (including mine) were whizzed in the air. “Are you Burnley in disguise?” asked the now confident travelling faithful. Well, I effin’ wish they were! Five goals and a red card later, Rovers were getting trounced. The fans continued to sing heartily, but it was looking embarrassing. One scabby goal later, followed by a truly sublime goal by Martin Ollsson, made it a bit more interesting. Villa scored again, but it went down as one of those ‘classic’ days out. A night to tell the grandkids about – ‘I was there’. I remember sheepishly putting my top back on as Stephen Warnock slammed home Villa’s goal back. But what I remember more is the barrage of noise from the away end throughout the game, and the hope that maybe we could do it as we went 2-0 up. The FA Cup wasn’t a classic, as Rovers went down 3-1. Rigters even came on as a substitute, however certainly wasn’t given enough time to prove his ‘class’. The more knowledgeable fans will tell you that if Marceo had started, Rovers would have won. If he’s not good enough for Southend, he’s good enough for us. Why he played is beyond me. He was a distant memory, one of those players who you don’t know what the hell happened to them. That day I realised he was still a Rover. Not good. Diouf was also sent off that game for an old school tackle, to put it politely. Not content with almost snapping the Villa player, he made a desperate attempt to take the corner flag with it. Diooouuuuuuf! I won’t bore you with stats, but our visits to Villa Park have brought a topsy turvy set of results. Pessimists will point to this year’s shambles and 3-0 battering in 02/03 as reasons we will lose, whilst optimists will point out that we won 2-0 there in 2003/2004, a win which effectively kept us up, and battered them 4-1 in 2003, including a brace from Matt Jansen on his return from injury. Unfortunately, this proved to be one of a few false dawns, although I hazard a guess that no Rovers fan will forget the figure of a defiant Matt, pointing his finger at the travelling fans in joy. A few players have represented both teams. Two who will probably line up against Rovers are Brad Friedel and Stephen Warnock. Two honest professionals who served Rovers well, they should probably be a reason not to be annoyed by Villa as a football club. Brad gave us eight years of fantastic service, whilst Stephen Warnock gave 110% every week (bar the Ince days) and enjoyed a great rapport with the fans. There’s loads of examples, another famous one being Dwight Yorke. His celebration as we won 4-1 at Villa Park was priceless, smiling at an already disgruntled Holte End, resulting in a barrage of abuse. Plenty more players have played for both, which I am sure older posters will know far more about. Bring it on. Lets hope Rovers fans make the same noise we did in the Carling Cup, and lets hope with a party atmosphere from the Rovers faithful, we can cost Villa a place in the Champions League or whatever they are seeking come the final day. For once, lets upset the apple cart and get a win. Lets go into summer with a good win under our belt, and lots of optimism. Sorry if this isn't the quality people are used to, I tried my best! Tried uploading pics but it was a mess, wouldn't work, if anyone could help? Prediction you say? Aston Villa 1-3 Rovers. I feel it! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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