The time passed without a Villa goal has reached 531 minutes, another great stat to add to the ever-growing list of Paul Lambert’s achievements as Villa manager.
The Monday night game against QPR saw a change in the way Villa went about losing a game of football. They dominated long periods of the play and had more of the possession, yet were caught on the break a couple of times.
It was pleasing to see Villa keeping hold of the ball for longer than five passes. However, the lack of imagination in the final third was hugely alarming. Every attack was predictable and lacked any impetus. The lack of Fabian Delph as a driving force in the middle of the park was brutally obvious.
It seems like the ‘scare factor’, as Lambert put it this week, that Christian Benteke once bought to opposition has evaporated. The big Belgian used to bully defences into submission, but on Monday an ex-Villan in Richard Dunne had him in his back pocket the whole game. Yes, it was always going to take time for Benteke to be firing on all cylinders but the lack of threat he bought was worrying.
There was no excuse for the defeat or in fact the performance. The ‘tough fixtures’ have passed and the majority of injury problems have gone. Yet, the team looked so short of confidence at the moment, especially when trying to penetrate the QPR defence.
So Should Lambert Go?
I have seen many calls for Pulis to come in as manager. I know we have declined as a club in the past few years, but are we really that low now? Are we really that desperate that we have to call on the services of a manager that specialises in managing small relegation-battling clubs?
A month ago everyone was praising Lambert and Keane for providing the Villa with a great start to the season. The handing of another four-year contract was extremely premature but Lambert deserves the next five games against ‘easier’ teams to show if he has the capacity to take the team forward.
Would Lerner be willing to payout the money to sack him now anyway?
For those of you that endured the game on Monday you can imagine how difficult it was to pick three players for the top three performers. In light of this, we have had to think outside the box somewhat.
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