Villa must respond – McLeish

Villa are away to Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday. McLeish

confirmed he will alter his line-up after Monday’s 2-0 reversal at

White Hart Lane after what he described as “a half-hearted

performance”. Villa have still to win away this season and,

although currently lying in eighth spot, face a daunting month

ahead in which they play most of the leading clubs. McLeish said:

“It’s not a performance I want to see repeated. We were

half-hearted in the head-to-head battles in the game itself. “You

could lose to Spurs anytime but that is probably the poorest

performance of any of my teams at White Hart Lane. “We never really

got close to Spurs, we watched them play their beautiful trademark

football. I don’t want to see my teams do that. I’m looking for a

big reaction. “There were a few individual performances which were

so unlike these guys and we will see what the reaction is on

Sunday.” McLeish added: “We have to atone for the other night. We

have to apologise to the fans in the best way possible and that’s

with a rousing performance at Swansea. “I know the players are

capable of that. The other thing I know is, when they have had a

setback before, they have bounced back. But I will look to make

some changes.” McLeish insists there is not a drinking culture at

Villa after midfielder Barry Bannan was banned from driving for 18

months after admitting four motoring offences including

drink-driving. But the Villa boss does believes it is an English

trait although he is reluctant to debate the matter at this

juncture. He said: “Barry has to get on with his life now. He’s

been punished, deservedly punished. He’s made a huge mistake. It’s

a warning to all the other players, especially the young ones at

this club, that we won’t tolerate the drinking culture at this

football club. “I don’t think there is a drinking culture here,

definitely not. But I do think there is a drinking culture in

England. “It’s an English thing and it’s different from Europeans.

But that’s another debate for another time.” McLeish has plenty of

respect for Swansea boss Brendan Rogers and their passing style of

football. He said: “Swansea have been playing that way for three or

four years. When Birmingham were in the Championship, and I was the

manager, Swansea played the same way with Roberto Martinez in

charge. “Brendan has inherited a bunch of guys who like to pass the

ball but he is a coach who also likes to play in that style, having

come through the Chelsea system, and having done the academy

there.” Villa’s on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is back

in contention after being ineligible to face his parent club. Jenas

made his debut as a substitute in the home win over Norwich a

fortnight ago after various injury problems since his temporary

switch from White Hart Lane in August.