Five Reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans wasn’t exactly an easy column to write this week, although saying that it hasn’t been easy to write for the past four years!
Villa showed some promise that they would get a result at Stamford Bridge with decent application and the positive approach of taking the game to Chelsea, but then enter Brad Guzan performing like a clown to officially open the Villa defensive circus once again.
Potential relegation won’t be here until May…so in the meantime, here’s some reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans, while the club work out how to get us out of this sorry mess.
- Face the Music
To his credit, Tim Sherwood is taking the current dire predicament that Aston Villa find themselves in, head-on. There’s no delusion in his post-match interviews like his predecessor. Whatever your views on Sherwood, after he sorted out the survival business last season and gave supporters a great Wembley FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool, we owe him our support for the immediate future. At least give him a chance.
The problem though is soon there will be no room for sentiment or casual thoughts like ‘Well, at least give him to Christmas’, because Villa in the next few weeks could be in serious sh**.
The threat of relegation is serious and this season the team haven’t got a get-out-of-jail card like Christian Benteke. More worryingly, the current squad doesn’t look like they’re cut out to survive and the manager has no experience or track record in such situations.
The line between should Sherwood stay or good is a thin one, but it becomes less so with every loss he notches up. He knows the score and needs to improve fortunes fast.
2. Keep Ball
To be fair to Villa they looked ok in the early phases of the game at Stamford Bridge. Jack Grealish and Carles Gil showed that our midfield could keep the ball and probe for openings. Sherwood perhaps will now give them a run to hopefully build up an understanding and play Villa out of trouble. The team shouldn’t be relying on such young players, but at the moment, it’s as good as it gets in terms of hope.
3. Defensive Reinforcements
Don’t get me started on what those at the club thought they were doing with the goalkeeping position (both No.1 and No.2), which is much weaker than last season, but at least Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark are tipped to return soon. As I’ve said before, i would put them both in at centre-back and switch Richards to right-back. With Amavi on the other side, that’s about as solid a defence that Villa could put out.
Stop the leaking of stupid goals and we have a chance to drag ourselves out the mire.
4. No Messing
Villa captain Micah Richards sorted out that dirty weasel Diego Costa.
5. Welsh Luck
Surely Welsh luck has dried up? Well, at least for the near future. Their defeat in the rugby must be a turning point. Villa are going to win on Saturday and the three-points will kick-start a rival up the league. You heard it here first…but don’t quote me on it.
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