A few quick links to start your morning off right. Slaky will be by in a couple of hours with this week's Friday Feedback, so be sure to check for that.
Barry Bannan did a pretty wonderful team and apologized to the fans (on behalf of the team) for the terrible performance in Tuesday's Carling Cup loss against Bolton. I hate that anyone had to do this, but I love one of our young players showing the leadership and maturity to do it. Everything I see about Bazza impresses me, and I think he may be one of the best things to happen to this club.
- Alex McLeish held a long meeting with some of Villa's veteran players after Tuesday's match. Again, I don't like that this had to happen, but I am glad it did. Who knows if Big Eck can actually ever get a win, but it would sure be great if he said something to inspire the players. (As an aside: I saw someone on twitter [I don't remember who, so let me know if it was you] who mentioned that Alex McLeish could come in third in a two-horse race. I wanted to be irritated at overreaction, but then I thought about it and decided this person was probably right. I really hope he can give me some reason to be the optimist around here again.)
Carlos Cuellar looks ready to return to the pitch for Aston Villa soon, which is welcome news. There doesn't seem to be a timeline, but from what I read, I would guess two or three weeks. Imagine a Villa without the mothballed hull of Alan Hutton in the right back position. Neat, right?
- Finally, Darren Bent points out that the team are still struggling to get an offense going. He mentions that he isn't getting the service he'd like, and I guess he's right. Then again, we've seen what he's done with good service the past couple of weeks, and I wonder if the service he'd like is having the ball placed in the goal while he watches. Darren, please make me confident in you again. Please.