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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3. DEFENSIVE GOALS
Following Micah Richards goal against Watford, Joleon Lescott threatened to make Villa centre-back goals a trend, with the opener against the Saints.
It was Lescott’s first goal for the club he supported as a kid, so no doubt a special moment for him. With Villa’s strikers not exactly setting the world on fire, it would be great if Lescott reached his 1-in-8 goal-scoring ratio he had while at Everton.
Lescott has scored the odd goal against Villa, so it was good to see him doing the reverse at the weekend. While he may have lost his pace at the back, it shouldn’t be forgotten he’s always been a goal threat as a centre-back throughout his career.