Woodcock Memories

I’m still shaking my head at the seemingly naïve approach to the game that saw Villa fold 5-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates. I seen some beatings at the hands of the Gunners in my time, but not even the time I remember as a kid in 1983 when Tony Woodcock fired in five to give Arsenal a 6-2 win against Villa, was as hapless as this.

If the only thing you’ve got going for your team is your defence, whose improvement has been down to the fullbacks finally offering some solidity, why swap Cissokho for Richardson? Also, do you really want to be playing such a highline against perhaps the most deadly counter-attacking force in the league?

Last season, admittedly Villa rode their luck in the game at the Emirates and could have been 3-0 down at half-time, before they hit Arsenal with three sucker punches. It’s horses for courses and perhaps Lambert should have gone for three centre-backs with more pace up top?

Anyway, I’m not the manager, that’s somebody else’s job who gets paid millions because he’s meant to know what is best for Aston Villa on the pitch.

Anyway, while he’s still in office at Villa Park, the worrying thing is it can’t actually get worse. After two wins in the last 19 games (that’s half a season), it’s destination relegation.

With that in mind, there is still time to change things. Remember when John Gregory came in for a fading Brian Little? Villa were potentially limping into a relegation spot, but with just 11 games to go with the same players, Gregory won nine of the remaining games to volt Villa into Europe.

Certainly the current squad is under-performing in a similar matter.

While you ponder that fact, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans…

 

1. AVFC Luxury Goods

Forget Gucci, Luis Vuitton or Prada, if you want real expensive luxury goods that are rarer than diamonds in the UK right now, look no further than AVFC league goals. If you’ve witnessed one you’ve probably paid a small fortune, as this table demonstrates Villa’s goals are worth more than any other team’s.

 

premier league cost goals

 

 2. Possession Kings

Pah. Last season Villa were mocked for their pathetic possession statistics in 90 minutes…

 

southampton possession

 

but this season Lambert certainly has shown those critics of his style of play. No one can call him a hoof merchant now, after Villa had more possession than Arsenal in their own backyard over the length of the game.

 

Villa Arsenal possession

 

Don’t worry about the fact Villa beat Southampton away 3-2 with only 22% of possession, yet lost 5-0 against Arsenal despite having more possession than them. It’s a minor detail.

 

3. FA Cup Hot Shot

While Villa are struggling for goals in the league at least they have a real hotshot who’s been proving himself in the FA Cup. It’ll be very useful to have him in the ranks for the 5th round game against Leicester, as he’s scored more goals in the FA Cup than all his Villa teammates combined.

Errrr…hang on a minute…

Callum Robinson FA Cup goals
Callum Robinson FA Cup hotshot

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I wrote in November 2014, its the worst team and tactics since Graham Turner, and we know what happened that season.

    Bring Big Ron back, and at least go down fighting and cheer the crowd up ( i will never forget the opening game at Hillsborough what a turn out, what a match) , not standing in front of the 18 yard line, and not even even marking people.

    People want a day out at Villa Park, after been at work all week, not go, and come back depressed……

    UTV from Sydney. Yep i will get up at 2am again and watch what unfolds …………………….

  2. jinksy, please give the source of your financial figures. Unless they appear in a set of accounts no one can quote them, and the club would simply deny them

    trevor fisher.

  3. Other interesting info I read this week is that from inheriting a reasonably value squad Lambert has a net spend of near 40m since take over 3 year ago. Just 4m income, which we have paid more in wages to our loaned players. Everton have a net spend of 58m since the premier league stated 1992!! What does that tell you? By next season he will have spent more in 4 years than Everton have in 26! God Learner is a wonderful finance man god help his Bank im sure his Dad is terrified. Oh and wheres Falkner now? How are Forest doing?

  4. We need to beat the relegation battlers. We have 3 coming up 3 wins and we’d be mid table. However 2 wins in 19 tells me well be lucky to get one. I believe this season we are doomed. Our only slim chance is a new manager that may be able to get a few wins against the others and guide us to safety. Lambert will surely take us down and lose against Leicester. God help us. With the current regime our only hope is that we can survive administration when we are relegated and we have to again pay other clubs to take our crap away.

  5. Chelsea is not the key game, I have already written it off. Unless it is a real hammering, which would damage confidence, that is not the game changer.

    The big one is the cup game against Leicester. Lost that and there will be a backlash

    trevor fisher

  6. Other than being 3-0 up with 2 minutes to go and offering Mourino a hand shake……..Lambert will hear the wrath of Villa Park louder than he has heard it before!
    We know they won’t sack him, but we can let him know he should man-up and walk!
    Still supporting our club and the players for 90 minutes though.

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