If Media Muppets has taught you anything, it’s that the press like to get excited, they built up a big protest from what was always likely to be a few hundred fans do a demo. Still, it acted like the perfect Trojan Horse to get the extent of Villa’s problems into the press and to a wider audience.
On the field, it was business as usual. Another three points dropped and another 90 goalless minutes for the claret and blue. Fans are now talking about the possibility of relegation and it’s hardly surprising.
In the meantime, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans…
1. The Alarm is Sounded
For the past week Aston Villa’s current plight has been the talking point of the nation’s sports press. Three Villa sites (including this one) helped break the club’s sorry plight to the nation at large and the press coverage in the national press, TV and radio has been phenomenal. It’s a big wake-up call to help stop the club sleepwalking into the Championship. Hopefully, it will push the board to go the extra mile in the current transfer window.
2. Brave Hearts
The 300-400 supporters around the ground (one fan counted 286 in upper Holte) who made their stand and had the courage of their convictions to do the demo at the Liverpool game. We salute you. Others wanted to, but couldn’t resist the temptation of the build-up and kick-off, which is totally understandable.
Did the club really have to be such shysters to turn off the TV screens on the concourse or shoo people out the Holte Suite? If people have paid their money, they should be able to do what they want.
The Villa fans who didn’t agree with the idea of the demo, but supported the sentiment of the action, fair play to them, as they realise the full extent of the problems the club are facing. Other fans said they didn’t agree with the demo, but suggested other ideas to get our views across. Fair play to them too.
To the fans that booed the supporters making a stand, then booed the team off at half-time and full-time, what are you going to do to help the AVFC cause?
3. Bright Spark
On the field Carles Gil (Gile de Pareja Vicent) was perhaps as exciting as it got without really doing anything out of the ordinary. He did spark a 15-minute period when he came on, where Villa created several chances through the increased dimension he offered to Villa going forward.
Speaking of dimension, it’s hard to think what exactly Tom Cleverley is bringing to the Villa team beyond industry. I doubt he’ll be around after the end of the season.
4. Interview Delight
If you want humour you only have to watch Paul Lambert’s post-match interviews. After the Liverpool game he said: “I thought we were excellent”, “the second half was relentless pressure from us” and “their goalkeeper has probably kept them in it with the save the he had from Christian”. If we need to get rid of him as Villa boss, surely we have enough evidence now to get him committed?
5. Have the Cherries have popped?
I’m sure Bournemouth wouldn’t have fancied the extra midweek fixture and a trip to Leeds before their FA Cup duty at Villa Park. A struggling Leeds team managed to beat them 1-0 to suggest a little tiredness setting in for the south coasters. The FA Cup fixture will be the Cherries third away trip in a week, a taxing schedule for any team.
Anything to dampen Villa’s free-scoring FA Cup opponents will be most welcome. While Villa have managed just 7 goals in 12 games in Birmingham, Bournemouth have manage to score 8 goals in just 1 game in the second city (they whacked the Blues 8-0 at St Andrews).