After resisting an opening onslaught at St Mary’s, Joleon Lescott’s first goal for the club he supported as a kid, got some Villa fans dreaming of a huge three points. While it was disappointing to concede an equaliser from a corner, a point was a seemingly satisfactory result.
An away point at St. Mary’s is normally a decent result under normal circumstances, but when you see fellow relegation strugglers Bournemouth and Newcastle beat Chelsea and Liverpool respectively, it gives you the context of what Villa are going to have to do to survive. Next week’s home game against Arsenal is as ‘must win’ as any other game.
While we wait for that, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Villa fans…
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5. OKORE KEY
Jores Okore getting 90 minutes was a big plus. A fit Okore, after a run of games, could be vital in strengthening the Villa back-line. Either alongside Richards, or providing the option to play Richards at right-back and having the two shore up the right-hand side of the Villa backline.
Certainly having Richards, Okore and even Lescott all start at the back would provide Villa with a big threat on Villa’s corners too. Changes have to be made in defence, because at the moment Villa are just repeating the same mistakes week-in and week-out.