Tommy Gunner a crock as we drop points at Villa

We needed Lady Luck to smile on us last night at Villa Park but all we got was a grimace from the old bird. Woodwork cost us the three points in the end and we lost Tommy V and Eduardo to boot. Then we had to put up with the charmless goblin that is Martin O’Neill talking hogwash and doing his best with inanimate facial expressions to prove he is in fact a waxwork dummy.
Anyway on to a delve into this morning’s papers for their take on proceedings and the Daily Mail tells us that Vermaelen suffered a suspected broken leg as a ‘furious war of words between AW and O’Neill soured an engrossing game.
The paper says TV5 will go to hospital this morning with AW fearing he has cracked his fibula. And no sooner had AW confirmed the probable prognosis is either a broken leg or damaged nerve than, claims the Mail, a slanging match broke out between himself and O’Neill.
Wenger said: ‘It was a very difficult game because they stopped us playing when we had the ball. They played a very long-ball game. So we couldn’t find our passing game. You know when you come here what you get and we were not disappointed.
‘We got a very English game, very physical, counter-attacking with their fast forwards. They want the ball and they are quick. That’s why it was always us creating chances and then them trying to get Agbonlahor or Heskey away with a long ball.’
The paper adds that ‘O’Neill did not take kindly to the perceived slur and hit back with a barb of his own as the heat rose after the final whistle’.  He said: ‘If that’s what he saw tonight, that’s as ridiculous a statement as I’ve heard. He’s made a few ridiculous statements in his time here and that’s probably as good as any.”
Maybe he is coming round to the idea that despite being in the final of the Carling Cup he is in fact not in charge of a ‘big’ club as the rows of empty seats proved last night along with our chant of ‘Your ground’s too big for you.’
The Sun reminds us that Eduardo tweaked a hamstring badly enough to rule him out of the United clash – and maybe games against leaders Chelsea and Liverpool in the following 10 days.
AW added: “Vermaelen is on crutches. We do not know if it is a nerve or the bone but we should find out in the morning.”
The redtop adds that we stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games but they still dropped to third in the table, two points behind Chelsea – who have a game in hand – and one adrift of the Mancs.
He added: “We are on a very strong run and it maintains the positive vibes.  But any game you have to win at the moment, compared to Chelsea. They won and so we have dropped two points.”
O’Neill has another bleat in the Mirror, saying: “Anyone who saw the game won’t take that viewpoint. Ashley Young didn’t have the time to do long ball when he was taking their left-back to the cleaners. It is an appalling insult.”The paper says Young was the Man of the Match, creating two gilt-edged opportunities either side of half time which were both missed by Stewart Downing.
So the Mancs at home on Sunday and with Shrek in reasonable form, it has to be said, Sol Campbell will certainly have his work cut out in the absence of Tommy V. Come on you rip-roaring Reds.

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