Villa boss wants ‘ruthless’ performance against Norwich

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Friday, November 4th, 2011

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has called on his side to be more ruthless in front of goal this weekend when they take on a confident Norwich City.

Those looking at bookmaker free bets note how Villa have had an up and down campaign so far. They have only lost twice, but they find themselves down in 9th position having drawn six of their ten games so far.

McLeish is confident that his team are getting there though, highlighting the performance against Sunderland last time out as the best since he arrived at the club, despite being held to a 2-2 draw.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s match, the Scotsman said: “I am a bit frustrated. I think we should be four points better off, at least.”

That’s down to that ruthlessness and mental toughness to see things through and get that strength to go over the line in certain moments.

“I think there have been a lot of good performances collectively and individually. Last weekend was as good as I have seen us this season.

“I am pleased with the improvement in the squad and the group. But I do believe some can improve even further. I want the guys to have a real winning mentality. I want them to go to the end every game, every week.

“We also want to attack teams but it’s not a compromise between attack and defend. There has been a 50-50 measure. We want to be equally good defensively.

“Teams that don’t lose goals are normally the teams that triumph in the end.”

McLeish will certainly be hoping that his team can triumph tomorrow afternoon against a Norwich side that has started superbly well following their promotion from the Championship last season.

Paul Lambert’s men have proved some Premiership predictions wrong to sit in 8th at the moment, a relatively comfortable seven points clear of the relegation zone.

They will know that things can change very quickly though and tomorrow afternoon’s trip to Villa is a difficult challenge for them.

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  • Matt Quinn

    McLeish is so negative. I was prepared to give him a chance but i simply cant watch a team with Heskey in central midfield for much longer. We have creative players (Ireland, Bannan, Albrighton) but McLeish will never play them together. Its painful to watch at the moment and, i’m afraid, we’ll only get worse judging by McLeish’s constant comments about “not conceding” and the importance of defending. He doesnt seem to realise that packing the midfield with Heskey and other battlers only means we get dominated in terms of possession and come under increasing pressure in games- leading to goals and chances for the opposition.

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