UK time is: 04:24:27
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Ridgewell to overcome Villa abuse

Former Blues captain Ian Atkins has backed Liam Ridgewell to deal with whatever abuse Aston Villa fans throw at him during the Birmingham derby tomorrow - but admitted he may have problems if Martin O'Neill recalls Norwegian striker John Carew to his starting line-up.

Atkins, like many fans and pundits, has been impressed with 23-year-old Ridgewell since the defender moved from Villa Park, and away from long-ball tactics, for around 2million in the summer.

However, despite all of the hard work and effort Ridgewell put in for Villa during his six years with the club, there is little doubt the visiting fans will give him the sort of abuse that should be reserved for mass murderers - not professional players who made a career move in order to earn a wage.

Atkins was quoted in the Birmingham Mail as saying: "He's won them over because of his performances. He's just knuckled down and getting the captaincy has made him more aware of his duties. Sometimes that can keep you on top of your game.

"What's always been levelled is that he's got a mistake in him. But so has Rio Ferdinand, and he plays for England, one of the best club sides in the world and cost 30million.

"Olof Mellberg has got a mistake in him, a lot of players have. Yes, there might be lapses of concentration, but he's no different to any centre-half."

Atkins also had a dig at one of Martin O'Neill's more questionable transfer moves (and there isn't a shortage of questionable O'Neill transfers!) by asking whether 3million Zat Knight is any better than Ridgewell (note: he's clearly not!).

However, the suggestion that Ridgewell may struggle against the tall and physical John Carew may or may not be a fair point. While Carew does have the physical presence to put the Birmingham defence under pressure, the fact of the matter is he is not a very good striker.

In fact, Villa are currently suffering from a shortage of goals - and whether bringing the injury-prone Carew, who has yet to show he is any better than Milan Baros, the man he replaced, would be a good move for O'Neill is something the former Northern Ireland international will have to decide.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: Jasper's Parrot Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 10 2007

Time: 1:01PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Deserve all our support and I don't think whatever rubbish he gets hurled at him will worry him. Time for Ridgewell to stand up and show the club that held his career back that he has moved on.
The Blues Brother
Report Abuse
10/11/2007 15:11:00

The club that held his career back? More like the club who made his career, nobhead. Was he in our academy? Did our coaches bring him up from the academy? Did O'Leary, Did O'Neill. All answers, yes. Held him back. Dont make me laugh. Your captain is your arch rivals reject who couldn't get on our bench. Laughable really.
randy.stand
Report Abuse
10/11/2007 17:51:00

I cannot see Ridgewell getting more abuse thean the other ten out on the pitch. I am sure Brum and Villa fans will give it in equal amounts!!
dazza71
Report Abuse
11/11/2007 10:24:00

haha ridgewells got a mistake in him
smiggyswfc
Report Abuse
12/11/2007 01:56:00

Ridgewells a Villa fan! Ridgewells a Villa fan! Ridgewells a Villa fan! Ridgewells a Villa fan!
DeanoVilla
Report Abuse
12/11/2007 10:12:00

Hahaha! Great article.
IanSymes
Report Abuse
12/11/2007 11:55:00

This article is hilarious! All of the attempted slights at the villa and O'Neil are thinly vailed jealousy. I wish i'd read this before the match. Ridgewell is not a premiership standard player. He is left standing by anyone that can run at all, he has zero pace and (As sunday shows) makes more than the occassional crucial mistake. Our reject became your captain! PMSL
The Usual Suspect
Report Abuse
12/11/2007 13:02:00

What a stinker that was, but very very funny!!! :)
will it ever happen
Report Abuse
13/11/2007 12:10:00

gotta be said that scoring an own goal is probably not the best way to get past the abuse!!
SMOKIEJACK
Report Abuse
13/11/2007 14:35:00

whatever happens its a local derby and there will be a lot of abuse anyway as is the nature of such a thing................
ernshaw
Report Abuse
20/11/2007 15:52:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Preview: Birmingham City v Brentford (Saturday February 28 2015)

Defender Won't Make Brentford Game (Friday February 27 2015)

Reactions to Ipswich v Birmingham (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Davis: Result Matters the Most (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Rowett: Individual Errors Problem (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Stats: Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Wednesday February 25 2015)

That Day in 2011 (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Preview: Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Tuesday February 24 2015)

Stats: Brighton v Birmingham City (Sunday February 22 2015)

Archived Birmingham City Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Sheff Wed 34 11 13 10 -2 46
11. Blackburn 34 11 12 11 -1 45
12. Charlton 34 9 15 10 -6 42
13. Birmingham 34 10 12 12 -11 42
14. Huddersfield 34 11 9 14 -12 42
15. Cardiff 34 10 11 13 -6 41
16. Leeds Utd 34 11 8 15 -9 41

Breaking League News

Rotherham : 28/02/2015 23:16:00
That was worse - Karanka
Middlesbrough : 28/02/2015 21:53:00
Bournemouth hit wall of Steele
Bournemouth : 28/02/2015 21:09:00
Tindall: It will turn for us
Bournemouth : 28/02/2015 21:06:00
Bournemouth : 28/02/2015 20:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham City v Brentford (Championship
Suggested By:  
Home win 25%
Draw 50%
Away win 25%