What seemed like a very short close-season came to an end yesterday as Villa hosted relegated Hull City in the first game of a crucial campaign. It all started off well enough with Gabby Agbonlahor putting Villa up 1-0 on seven minutes, and it seemed as though Villa were going to score for fun. Alas, Villa don’t score for fun, Hull found their feet, and 30,000-some home supporters left Villa Park deflated by the final 1-1 scoreline.
Aston Villa snatched a point as a second half comeback saved the club’s blushes following a poor first half.
Given the international break, Graham O’Gara takes time to reflect back on the progress made by Aston Villa so far this season.
With Manchester City at home on Saturday, things could go from bad to worse. Jason Chalifour asks if things are as bad as they seem.
Writer Jason Chalifour finishes his three-part “key players of the season” series, with his conclusion about the Aston Villa forwards.