Neil Warnock was fired after one win in 12, yet Paul Lambert enjoys the board’s full backing after only two wins in 15 games. Again, Villa fell victim to a dubious refereeing decision, but ultimately it was impotence in front of goal that let them down. Still a point is a decent point after playing half the game with ten men. The need for three points in the other home fixture this week against Palace is a must though with another sequence of difficult fixtures on the horizon.
In the meantime, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans…
1. 10 is better than 11
Practise makes perfect and Villa are certainly better with 10 players than they are 11. For the second home game on the trot the sending off seemed to galvanise Villa and actually spark them into life going forward. With 11 men Villa seemed clueless when it came to the final third, but with 10 they actually looked more likely to win it at the death.
2. Bacuna Role
As an impact sub Leandro Bacuna has proved himself in the games against United and Sunderland, to be one of Villa’s better players going forward when introduced when the team went down to 10 men. He certainly offers a versatile addition to any Villa bench. If Lambert wanted to play a more attacking version of five at the back, then maybe Bacuna would make a more dangerous wing-back than Hutton (who is better defensively)?
3. More Jack Evidence
He lifts the crowd, which in turn lifts the rest of the team. He creates more chances in 10-15 minute spells than the rest of the team seem to foster in 80 odd minutes. Surely it’s time for Lambert to give Grealish a start?
There are not many Villa players who deserve to start in front of him, if the truth be told. Don’t wait until the Blackpool game Mr Lambert, start him against Palace. Lets see what he can actually do. If he’s good enough, he’s old enough.
Even before the game, the 0-0 scoreline was predictable. Sunderland had previously kept three consecutive clean sheets on their travels and Villa can’t score for toffee. So, if you’re a betting person, you should have cleaned up here. I had a dabble on under 1.5 goals. Easy pickings!
5. FA or FA Cup
It’s unlikely Villa will be battling for the European spots this season, so Villa’s season is effectively only alive while they’re still in the FA Cup. It kicks off on Saturday versus Blackpool. Please, oh please, let’s have a proper cup run this season and none of this pathetic being victims of giant killers again (the Lambert trademark).
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