Playing for contracts, February respite and Prozac deals
If Chelsea found it impossible to break down West Ham at Stamford Bridge, the chances were Aston Villa were going to struggle at Villa Park. The biggest question was, would the centre-back duo of Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark hold out at the other end? Unfortunately, we all know the answer to that. As Paul McGrath said, the home form is now ‘beyond a joke’. So what were the reasons to be cheerful as Villa fans after this frustrating 2-0 loss to the Hammers?
1. Aston Villa supporters are safe from anymore trips to Villa Park during February. The next game at the cursed stadium is against Norwich on March 2nd, and you already know that’s going to come with the billing of a ‘must win’ game.
2. The next game is Tuesday and it’s away. I don’t think anybody wanted to go another week thinking about this West Ham game. A win at Cardiff and the rest of the week won’t be ruined.
3. Marc Albrighton came on and inspired an attempt at a fightback. He’s one of the rare Villa players whose future has been in doubt, that has actually rolled his sleeves up and made a fight of it. I wish Gary Gardner would get a chance too, but maybe he hasn’t got the confidence or the heart for the fight? You’d think if he was any good, he’d have walked into Villa’s current midfield. It seems a lost opportunity. Anyway, I hope Albrighton gets to stay on at Villa, as at least he tried to make things happen. He really should have been on at the start to help try to get around the Hammer’s parked bus.
4. Villa fans were not insane for crying out for months for a creative midfielder. This performance yet again proved we know at least something about football.
5. If we all club together we can save some money. Just in case the rest of the season takes a turn for the worse and we need a way to get through it, we can bulk buy a ton of Prozac and get a cheaper price.
The alternative final point was going to be: Joe Bennettt came on the pitch and Villa didn’t concede. Well, it’s baby steps in the direction of improvement for the lad, but it’s not good to hear that some Villa fans booed him, when he came on. Please, stay classy Villans.
Fingers crossed for REAL reasons to be cheerful as Villa fans on Tuesday night in Cardiff. UTV.