Villa’s 2-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest was ultimately a struggle and some Villa players weren’t firing on all cylinders, but with back-to-back wins, Villa now have a chance of sneaking into the play-off spots before the international break.
Finally, Villa are in the right half of the table looking up.
Conor Hourihane scoring a free kick has been a long time coming, but his winner against Forest doesn’t even make it into the five reasons to be cheerful.
That is surely a good sign that Villa are on the up!
1.Defining Three Points
Forest at home was a game that MOMS had down for a home win. If you want to be promotion contenders you’ve got to beat teams like Forest, who are still a few players away from threatening the promotion places themselves.
It wasn’t pretty and there were some nervous moments, but last season we let the three points slip in the final minutes.
We didn’t this time, so chalk it up to progress.
2. Adomah Love
In Albert Adomah, Villa actually have a player that supporters show constant love for on social media. Now, that is a rare thing.
Blame it on his smile, dancing, head stand and most of all, his goals.
The ‘win the next game or sack the manager’ social media crowd have quietened down. While Bruce isn’t the idea Villa manager, he should be able to get Villa out of this league at least. So, game-to-game ultimatums while the team were trying to get their sh*t together were a distraction.
While Villa haven’t exactly been convincing yet, they’re starting an unbeaten run in the league and more importantly learning how to win again.
At least most of MOMS readers clearly understood the bigger picture.
4. Sheffield Derbies
Villa normally go up the league table after the Second City derby, but the City of Steel derby seemed to have the same effect after Sheffield United’s 4-2 win away to Sheffield Wednesday.
Villa leapfrogged the Owls into 9th place due to a better goal difference.
5. The Hunt is On
Villa are two points off the play-offs and seven points off automatic promotion.
With Burton (a) and Bolton (h) to come before the international break and then a crunch tie away at Wolves afterwards, a home tie to struggling Fulham and the Blues derby to end October with, Villa should be entrenched in the top six as we approach the winter months.
Once in the top six places, I don’t expect Villa to drop out of them.