The game was appalling. It never looked like being anything other than a 0-0, after a very conservative Newcastle team devoid of ideas didn’t seem to care too much about the prospect of ‘going down with the Villa’.
Villa looked content with keeping it tight and not allowing Newcastle any room in the Villa half, at times they should have pressed a little higher to win the ball in better positions, but going forward never really looked like an on-going concern of the Villa team. If one man typified this it was Ashley Westwood. Is the direction ‘forward’ an alien concept to him, or what?
Rather than pass it forward it goes slide ways or back. If a Villa player is on the counter, instead of running alongside him or overlapping, Westwood always drops back and calls for the ball. He offers no invention or possibilities in breaking down an opponent’s backline and in conclusion, is too much of a limited player.
Carlos Sanchez was tidy as a defensive midfielder today and Idrissa Gueye added his usual hustle and bustle, so with both of them playing as DM’s, perhaps a more forward-thinking midfielder would have helped Villa unlock a few more chances on their own turf, instead of Westwood. Especially, when you consider how poor the visitors were today.
Anyway, enough of the players on the pitch, yet again this season, they were secondary to the great performance in the stands from the Villa supporters. They pretty much provided most of the five reasons to be cheerful as Villa fans.
5. March On, March Strong
The pre-match march was pretty impressive stuff with thousands making their way down Trinity Road from the Holte Pub.
Banners, flags, pyro, balloons, songs, the lot, before a sing-song at the William McGregor statue facing the Trinity Road reception entrance.
There were a few more novel banners as well, and by the looks of this picture below, it looks like Randy Lerner is turning up for the U21 Promotion play-off final at the Emirates on Tuesday night!
After the Wembley trips and the last couple of weeks, Villa supporters have really taken it up a level. It’s really something great to build on as supporters, lets hope the rest of the club catch us up!