Another Game another Loss…. Same old story?
There was huge reaction to Villa’s loss to Newcastle on Twitter, for the first time too the Media have sat up and noticed that Villa are going to struggle to lift themselves out the bottom 3. Danny Mills the latest to come out and confess his confusion of Aston Villa’s predicament.
If he’d have watched Villa this season, like we all have, he would have realised by now where the issues are. We’re just to0 nice, I can’t see a nasty streak anywhere in the team, no single person in that team with the personality to bring them together and drive the team forward.
I did see improvements from Villa yesterday, we did pose more of a threat going forward, but it wasn’t enough by far.
As far as I can see there are a few very simple things that would make a massive change to this Villa team.
There are obvious weaknesses in or team, the lack of creativity coming from the the central midfield areas, our inability to consistently deliver from dead balls, the lack of clever movement ahead of the ball which is all leading to the impotence in front of goal.
I thought the team picked for Newcastle was a strange one again. It wasn’t Lowton coming at at Left Back that concerned me. It was more the fact that Gil, the one player who had shown anything prior to Sherwoods time at Villa being once again left on the bench. Not even being put on for the last 20mins to stretch the game.
Gabby starting though was (to me at least) a mistake, its no good being able to run fast if you lose the ball every time its gets to you. Delph has not performed since signing a contract and coming back from injury, yet Sanchez hasn’t been given a chance?
Zoggy was an odd one, but I suppose TS wanted to show the squad that everyone has a second chance and to fight for a place in the team.
It would seem that Sherwood has come in and fallen for the same traps as previous managers… I can’t for the life of me see why we are not able to send out a balanced team.
For me now its time to take some caution out of the team. We only have one striker worth his salt in the Premier League, Benteke, but we now have 3 players who can pose an attacking threat behind him, namely Bacuna, Sinclair and Gil. So lets see if they can get in and around him in and have threats running from deep.
Benteke won everything in the air on Saturday and not once did Gabby or Weimann (when he came on) have the most basic of ideas to get around the big man to win the second ball.
Hutton Okore Clark Cissoko
Sinclair Gil Bacuna
I think this has got the right balance of flair and bite. Cleverly used to take Corners at United, Sinclair took corners at Swansea, Bacuna can deliver a decent ball, even N’Zogbia has a wicked free kick on him… Why oh why are we persisting with Westwood who invariably hits the first man. I can’t remember how many corners or free kicks around the box we had on Saturday, I do remember how many missed the first man, two. Its poor, its amateurish and it needs sorting out.
The Championship is calling if we continue the way we are, do we go down with a fight or limp out like we are now? Sound bites about single performance are all well and good, but overall the team hasn’t performed as a complete unit for the best part of 5 months, and I can’t remember the last time I thought we played well or looked like we wanted to take the game to a team with any real confidence.
I want to be positive but it’s just so hard when the only thing I see is this Aston Villa team and all it’s failings.