Villa Park home form reaches a whole new level
The 2-1 loss against Fulham, yet another home defeat against a team that were bottom of the league before kick-off, sees Villa notch up their 10th home league defeat of the season. Villa have never gone into double figures before, so it’s the most home league defeats in the history of Aston Villa Football Club.
Lets not forget Villa recorded nine home losses last season, so the current Villa boss already held the record.
Add to the league defeats of this season, two further home losses in both of the cups – to Spurs and Sheffield United – and you’ve got 12 home defeats for the season, so far. Not exactly a statistic that puts joy in the heart of Villa season ticket holders.
‘Long-term projects’, ‘transitional periods’, ‘rebuilding’, however you want to dress it up, it’s no excuse for such poor home form and 10 home losses. Villa have been relegated and lost less at home. Villa have had Alex McLeish in charge and lost less at home. It’s not good.
If Villa had not gained unexpected victories against the current top four, which contributed to a 10 point haul against them, then they’d be in the bottom three now and without a fit Benteke in serious trouble in terms of staying in the Premier League.
This is not a negative spin, but a realisation of the dangerous tightrope Paul Lambert has Villa walking with such poor home form.
For a club like Aston Villa, it is blatantly unacceptable.
Is Lambert’s youth overhaul of Villa’s team, ultimately like Icarus trying to fly too close to the sun?
That’s a debate for another time. In the meantime, supporters need their respect back at Villa Park, as at the moment, we are like lions distinctly lacking in any pride.