Goodness me what a poor and lacklustre performance. Brentford will be kicking themselves for not taking away all three points against a Villa team that lack energy and spark, and were clueless going forward.
The Bees had two or three excellent chances, but were denied by Sam Johnstone, who perhaps had his best game for Villa.
There’s absolutely no way Villa will get promoted playing like this and they’ll be facing another pointless season in mid-table limbo unless Bruce comes up with a solution fast.
The Villa boss has the tools for the job, so it’s time to get to work.
In meantime, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Villa Fans.
1. Sam’s the Main Man
If there was no Sam Johnstone there would have been no clean sheet or point today. It’s that simple. He saved the blushes of a defence that were easily carved opened several times.
After a few early doubters, Johnstone has so far proved to be one of Steve Bruce’s most astute transfer dealings.
2. Different Sheets
While some Villa supporters (at least those on Twitter) start to contemplate bringing bed sheets to Villa Park, Villa gained their first clean sheet of the season.
On paper, James Chester and John Terry look like the best centre-back pairing in the division, but it hasn’t played out that way on the pitch this season.
While Johnstone was to thank for getting them out of jail against Brentford, hopefully the clean sheet is a step in the right direction.
3. Bench Fit
With the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Mile Jedinak, Scott Hogan, Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason on the bench, and Jonathan Kodjia training and playing in an U-23 game this coming week, there are no excuses in terms of available personal.
But does it really matter who is injured or not?
Some fans think the return of Kodjia will lead Villa to the promotion promise land. What? Like he did last season? Kodjia scored 19 goals and Villa still finished in the bottom half of the league.
It’s not the individual players, it’s the team. Bruce still hasn’t found one even after over 40 games.
4. Bluebirds Fell
At least Cardiff City didn’t win, which meant their 100% record this season ended.
After six games, Villa would have been 12 points off the top of a division they were the bookies favourites to win.
OK, we are still currently 10 points off the Bluebirds, so it’s no time for champagne just yet!
5. Boro Battle x2
Cast your mind back to the 2014/15 season. Villa were on the ropes and in the sh*t, when a double home header with WBA presented itself.
WBA had a chance to knock Villa out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage and also pretty much confine us to relegation.
Villa rallied and won both games and transformed their season, booking a double trip to Wembley and rising away from the relegation places.
Currently Middlesbrough sit in the last play-off place, four points above Villa. A Villa win and we’re within a point of one of the favourites for promotion.
Then next week it’s the League Cup, beat Boro there and we’re in the last 16 of the League Cup, which will be a boost to morale.
If Spurs get through the next round of the League Cup, then who knows, we could also be off to Wembley sooner than we expected!
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