Most of us attacked the Christmas period with one last dose of optimism. Aston Villa were playing struggling teams, so it was one last chance to haul themselves up to create a platform for survival and launch an epic escape to safety in 2016.
Two points out of nine leave little in terms of hope. With the performances on show over Christmas, you’d be hard pressed to pick a team in the Premier League any more that Villa could beat. Lets be honest: WE. ARE. IN. THE. SH**.
Still, here’s five reasons to be kinda cheerful as Aston Villa fans… please sign-up to be an MOMS E-Member at the end of the 5th reason to be kept in the loop for changes for 2016. 😉
FIVE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
5Chance of a Win
In our recent seasons of relegation struggle when January comes around certain supporters always spout that very irritating nonsense of wanting to be knocked out of the cup to concentrate on the league. When I was a kid supporting Villa, you would never hear such tosh. A club was in-it-to-win-it whatever the competition.
It was only when players decided that despite being fitter and drinking less than players in previous years, they needed more rest and to sit out games to remain fresh.
Managers then started using this as an excuse to ‘concentrate on the league’ ala Martin O’Neill, when he suddenly started resting players in the UEFA Cup, despite having a first team that could have done well in the tournament. I still remember the great night when Ajax came to town and at the time, I was looking forward to more…but…
Unfortunately, when he rested players against CSKA Moscow in the second-leg of the knock-out stage it effectively handed the Russians the tie, and then Villa completely ballsed up the league afterwards to prove the theory of resting players for the league to be a deeply flawed one.
Anyway, I digress. The good news is now Villa can concentrate solely on the FA Cup, because there is no league to play for. They haven’t won in 18 league games, so lets not kid ourselves with false hope, the cup is the best and maybe ONLY chance of seeing Villa WIN A GAME!