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AT THE turn of the year I'm sure most Bluenoses thought the prospect of being in League One was looming on the horizon.

But now, we are looking up - not down. Just a couple more results, which could have gone our way, and we would have been up there in the play-offs.

But I'm glad we're not. We have a lot of young players in the team who would benefit from another year in the Championship to help with their development.

Everyone dreams of playing in the Premiership but at this moment in time I don't think it's the right time for those young players.

It would be far too much to ask of them. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel where Lee Clark is concerned.

I am looking forward to next season. Hopefully, with new owners and a few more additions, we certainly can be contenders for promotion.

JUNE, Weoley Castle SO Paul Lambert was taking Villa to Old Trafford win, was he? It's elementary, you don't go to the Mancs' back yard and gift them a goal within two minutes.

I seriously question Lambert's motivational skills (if he actually has any).

Yes, I know United were champions-elect but you don't go there and lie down.

We should have beaten Fulham as we controlled the game and Lambert needs to take a leaf out of Di Canio's book and attempt to get his second-raters and kids as fired up as the aforementioned Italian's team will be.

If we lose to Sunderland I think it's curtains for us and it will be a disaster for Villa and Birmingham/Midland football if we go down.

Come on Lambert, rally your troops and prove your doubters wrong.

We are a great club who deserve better.

Oh, and Randy Lerner, sell up before you destroy our great football club.

T HILL I THINK Villa can take a lot of positives from Monday's defeat at Old Trafford.

Le'ts be honest, it was a game we were never going to win and I don't blame Paul Lambert for saying we would take the game to United. That's what he had to say.

But even after going 3-0 down, we didn't let our heads drop like we have so many times before and we looked good in the second half, although I appreciate United had taken their foot off the pedal by then.

We battled away and it was class and experience that told in the end, something Villa are sadly lacking at the moment.

But if we play against Sunderland, Norwich and Wigan the way we did in the second half against United, I think we'll be safe.

M LANE, Solihull
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Date:Apr 24, 2013
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