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
5 Chance 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!
4 Beast Minutes
Now, he plays with his head down and thinks football is a one man game at the moment, but hey who can blame him when you consider the calibre of his team mates, but finally Adama Traore is getting some minutes on the pitch. Rudy Gestede perhaps should have been brought on at the same time against Norwich to give him Adama a target, as there was little hope of Villa profiting from Traore crazy runs with the players on the pitch.
When Adama’s been given a chance he’s tended to make things happen. There’s no Villa player in the current squad i care about seeing in the first XI anymore, but at least this kid presents some entertainment and an unpredictable threat for the opposition to deal with.
Of course, he’s no saviour and you have to question Villa’s recruitment team’s judgement in paying top dollar for such a wild card. Still, playing a wild card is better than playing a hand of jokers at the moment.
3 The End is Declared
No more bull! There’s nothing like false hope to string supporters along, but now the club have to come clean and be realistic, because even their club ambassador has spoken out with heartfelt emotion about the current sorry state of affairs, and good on him for doing so.
Now the Villa HQ could sack him like they did the ex-player who had a programme column (more of him in a second), but I dare them to. They should try to silence him and see what happens this time. I predict a riot!
2 Venglos Mainstreaming
For a few years now ‘A Venglos View’ column has built a strong cult following giving many Villa fans a laugh. Extra fun has come from the social media comments of the 20% of MOMS readers, who stated in a poll that they just didn’t get the column!
Now Venglos has got some mainstream attention with an image we had made for the last A Venglos View column doing the rounds on Twitter after Villa’s latest poor showing vs Norwich. With Stan Collymore using the photoshopped pic to voice his ‘Out! Out! Out!’ discontentment with the Villa board.
The image was then used by the Birmingham Mail, who still seem to think that some people’s Twitter opinions are worthy of being made into stories.
5 points from the last 54 available takes a very special effort. Not many clubs could manage that. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s confirmation that you still support a very special club in Aston Villa. It’s just a shame that the actual meaning of ‘special’ has changed some what.
Are there any Chinese calendar experts out there? What’s 2016 the year of?
I’m guessing it’s either the ‘Year of the Pig’ or the ‘Year of the Donkey’, as far as Villa is concerned. Is there an animal that symbolises a miracle? If there is, I hope it’s their year beginning in a few days time.
In the meantime, many thanks for reading MOMS and your support during 2015, it’s certainly been emotional. See you in 2016. UTV
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