Stephen Ireland began this season with great expectations as a new player at Aston Villa, but things are not going well so far. Coach Gerard Houllier has demanded him to improve his game or he might not get more chances to play.
As we know, the talented midfielder was left out of the team that Houllier used against Birmingham City last weekend. And the coach has a strong reason: "Ireland needs to work harder. In fact, Stephen played against Chelsea and did well, he played against Sunderland and was not good enough to me, simple as that. He needs to work harder. The skill is one thing but you need to compete".
The game between Villa and Birmingham finished 0-0 and Houllier was disappointed in most of his players. Therefore, there's an urgency to improve the level of the whole team.