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Habib Beye accepts responsibility for Aston Villa's Europa League exit
Published : 27 Aug 2010 12:55:04
So it was on Thursday night, when the defender had to admit responsibility for two of Rapid Vienna's three goals which resulted in Villa's departure from the Europa League. Impartial observers would suggest that caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald ought to shoulder at least a portion of the blame (he selected Beye at left back instead of Stephen Warnock, after all), but the Senegal international stepped up this morning and admitted on the club's website that he had been at fault, firstly for trying to be clever outside his own area and allowing Vienna to score their first, and then being out of position when Vienna scored their third. Related ArticlesAgbonlahor injury scare adds to Villa woesPetrov voices fear over Aston Villa vacancyAston Villa 2 Rapid Vienna 3; agg 3-4Aston Villa v Everton: match previewMacDonald to make Villa decision on MondayMacDonald still favourite for Villa jobHe explained: 'What can I say? You just put your hands up and say you are responsible. But now I have to move on. It is in the past and I am really disappointed for everyone because I think everyone worked really hard. You just move on and try to work every day and be professional. That is what you have to do. 'I have been involved for two goals,' he said. 'But sometimes it is like that in football. You want to do your best and it doesn't work. I gave the ball away for the third goal and I left the first one when they equalised so I was responsible for two goals and I put my hands up. I am sorry for the boys because I think I was responsible for two goals.' Both Stiliyan Petrov, the club captain, and MacDonald said after the match that the players needed to face up to their mistakes and accept responsibility for the result, but intriguingly MacDonald was not willing to do likewise with his decision to picking Beye out of position at left-back. 'I picked senior players for tonight,' he said. 'You asked me yesterday if I would play experienced players or youngsters. I decided to pick seniors, and Habib has played many positions as a top international, so I felt that he was probably best to play in that position.' A mistake, as it turned out.