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I'm fearing the worst for Villa; Your Shout.

HERE we go again, a woeful performance from Villa in the 5-0 hammering by Manchester City and the manager comes out with "we'll get it right" and blames the referee for some awful decisions.

Sounds like last season to me. Unless Villa splash out and buy a couple of good defenders and a midfield playmaker, along with a proven Premier League goalscorer when the transfer window opens, then Paul Lambert will take us down.

Our once great club is light years behind moneybags City and the like but I see little Norwich managed to beat that other Manchester club whereas Villa, who were 2-0 up against them, failed to deal with one player who came on at half-time to replace Young.

The writing is on the wall and I think the answer is for Randy Lerner to dispense with his English toy and disappear into the Cleveland sunset.

We want our club back - and back as a force.

T HILL VILLA fans who were so keen to see the back of chairman Doug Ellis must be regretting his departure in view of the club's current struggles.

It's so sad when a great club like Villa slides into the Premiership relegation zone and with Blues in trouble as well in the Championship, the city of Birmingham is looking second rate in the top soccer world.

Villa and Blues have foreign owners which may explain why they are following the trend that is threatening the very existence of Portsmouth.

Come back 'Deadly'.

T BARNETT, Streetly YET again another largely self-inflicted defeat for the Blues on Saturday. It's becoming all too commonplace this season and surely enough is enough now.

With just over a third of the season gone there are only six teams in this division who have conceded more goals than Blues and there lies the main problem: sloppy, lazy ball retention coupled with ponderous, carthorse defending that summed up Hull City's second and third goals.

If Lee Clark has to bring the players back for extra training every day then so be it because he must install more discipline, mobility and organisation in the way we defend.

The blunt truth is that teams do not have to play well to beat us due to our fragile, gullible defensive failings making it too easy for teams to score against us.

If Clark does not possess the qualities and know-how to accomplish this then maybe the time is rapidly approaching to get somebody in who can.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Nov 20, 2012
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