“There’s a good belief that they can win games” – Paul Lambert
With David Michael
Normally a 0-0 draw at Villa Park wouldn’t be much to cheer about for a Villa fan, but the goalless stalemate against Arsenal was one of the most important results of the season so far, a potential platform for things to come. Some reasons to look on the bright side of life…
1. Paul Lambert’s touchline ban worked out nicely for him, as he was probably the only person at Villa Park who didn’t get drenched in the down pour. Contrast that with Arsene Wenger, who was soaked through despite wearing his trademark bulletproof puffer coat. It was also good to see Lambert fired-up despite being confined to the stand. He was seen elbowing and then punching a wall in frustration, when Villa went close to a winner. Passion!
2. No matter who the visitors are, they now know they can’t just turn-up at Villa Park and pick up the points. United and Arsenal had to seriously fight to get result on their recent trips, and Villa could have easily have had all six points from the two games.
3. There’s definitely a believe, spirit and togetherness in the team. How many Villa fans thought we were heading for defeat against Arsenal once Vlaar went off injured? The young back-line pulled together and managed to record a clean sheet against a talented Arsenal forward line. “You look at the average age of the back four. In terms of the future of it, it’s great,” said Lambert, after the game. If proof was needed, Guzan was so well protected he hardly had a save to make.
4. The fixtures will now get easier. Halleluiah!
5. The quality of the Premiership on the whole is not that good. Any team that can get their act together, can make progress up the table. Even the Baggies! Villa are not far off from clicking and when they do, the climb up the table will begin.
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