Football: COMMENT: The Bottom Line; Fear of Relegation Adds Further Spice to Tomorrow's Derby, Writes Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad

The Birmingham Post (England), December 13, 2003 | Go to article overview

Football: COMMENT: The Bottom Line; Fear of Relegation Adds Further Spice to Tomorrow's Derby, Writes Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad


Byline: Hyder Jawad

Eleven goals in 15 matches --Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers have that much in common. No two teams in the Premiership have proved to be so inept in front of goal this season and yet, when they meet at Villa Park tomorrow, can we expect fireworks?

Derbies are notoriously impossible to predict. They are either overhyped only to end in anticlimax, or they are treated as normal Premiership matches and end up exceeding all expectations.

This is one match, surely, when those who have underachieved will rise to the challenge and make us wonder why there was ever this much concern.

Villa cannot score, while Wolves can neither scorer nor defend. Logically, it should finish 0-0, but we all know better than that, don't we?

It is inconceivable that Wolves could secure the 6-0 victory that would see them jump two places and send Villa to the bottom of the table, yet we know to expect the unexpected.

Will this be the occasion when Darius Vassell, the England international striker, finally looks as though he is on top of it all again? Not since the World Cup has he given any indication of fulfilling his potential. With no Premiership goals this season for Villa, he needs to deliver and he knows it.

David O'Leary, the Villa manager, is still searching for his preferred striking partnership. Individually, Vassell, Marcus Allback, and Juan Pablo Angel are fine. Yet put any of the two together and the consequences are usually uninspiring.

Here are three strikers who have performed well at international level yet seem to suffer mental blocks in a Villa shirt.

More in keeping with his reputation is Gavin McCann, whose role in midfield tomorrow will be pivotal for Villa. If he and Gareth Barry dominate, Villa should create enough chances from which they will score at least once.

Holding the midfield for Wolves are likely to be Paul Ince and Alex Rae, two of the toughest, most enthusiastic players of their kind in the Premiership.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Football: COMMENT: The Bottom Line; Fear of Relegation Adds Further Spice to Tomorrow's Derby, Writes Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.