“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” – George Orwell, 1984
First of all, MOMS wants to clear something up…
Aston Villa won 1-0 away at Middlesbrough on Saturday 30th December 2017.
It was the first of Villa’s five wins on the trot. Remember it…this knowledge will come in useful during this Media Muppets column.
Fast-forward to 2018…
There’s a couple of things I’ve noticed about the year 2018, so far. One is Villa’s 100% winning record in the league, from the FOUR GAMES THEY HAVE PLAYED IN THE YEAR (the reason I’m shouting will become clear soon).
Then, there’s the other observation that the standard of people’s basic mathematics ability in 2018 seems to have dropped alarmingly.
Or… maybe I’m I going mad, because it seems everyone else counts differently from MOMS.
Exhibit Number One
‘Five Championship wins in a row in 2018!’ ???
Can the club now tweet from the future?
As of 1st February 2018, Villa have played four league games in 2018 (as I’ve already shouted) and won them all.
Jan 1st – Bristol City (H) 5-0
Jan 13th – Forest (A) 1-0
Jan 20th – Barnsley (H) 3-1
Jan 30th – Sheffield Utd (A) 1-0
So, where’s this fifth @SkyBetChamp ‘win in a row in 2018’?
Hopefully, it’s coming this weekend against Burton, but it’s not here just yet.
It gets worse…this in the Birmingham Mail:
‘It’s official: Aston Villa are the best-performing English team of 2018!’
Aston Villa’s run of five consecutive victories means they’re the feared force of the country.
Steve Bruce’s troops cruised through January winning every single game to take them to within a point of second-place.
And as we approach the February fixtures, the current standings make good reading for those in claret and blue.
No other club in the country has enjoyed such an impressive start to 2018.
And with Burton Albion next on the agenda, Villa will be confident of keeping the run going.
Promotion rivals Fulham are the next best Championship outfit with 13 points from a possible 15, the same as Gillingham and Mansfield.
Liverpool have won four of their last five games and are the best-performing Premier League team of the calendar year so far.
1.I’m a Villa supporter, so I don’t mind a bit of positive spin on a story after a defining away win at Sheffield United. However, I also know my mathematics.
As we’ve already established, there have only been four Villa league games played in 2018, the year that Villa are apparently officially “the best-performing English team of 2018”
Well, three other teams in the English leagues have also won all four of their league games – Gillingham (+5 goal difference), Wycombe (+5 gd) and also Fulham (+12 gd).
The thing is Villa’s goal difference is +9 over their four wins, so while you can say they have a better record than the lower league January 100% teams, it’s actually Fulham who are the ‘best-performing English team of 2018’, as the Championship form table for January below shows.
(January 2018 Championship Form Table)
2. ‘No other club in the country has enjoyed such an impressive start to 2018′
Er, wrong, I’ve just listed three other 100% teams for the year 2018, so far.
3. There’s a bit of sloppiness in the article because they have not actually stipulated they are talking about Villa’s league record. So, the claim of ‘Steve Bruce’s troops cruised through January winning every single game’, doesn’t cut the mustard, when you consider Peterborough showed them up in the FA Cup.
4. Liverpool have only played four league games in the calendar year of 2018 (not five, as stated in the Birmingham Mail) and are not the ‘best-performing Premier League team of the calendar year so far’, because Spurs and Manchester City are above them (see below).
(Premier League January 2018 form top 3)
5. This is an article about 2018 form, so this is not really relevant, but if they are trying to pass off an article based on current form, the standard quota for current form is the last six games (and not five). In terms of the last six games, Fulham would be top of the Championship form table on 16 points, with Villa following them in second on 15 points.
(Hopefully, they’ll be a switch around after the next fixture).
I’ve no idea what’s going on here in terms of the Villa universe’s maths? Is it me? Okay, I’m going to have to take solace in George Orwell’s words from 1984.
“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
Media Muppet Score: 9/10
Such elementary errors should chalk up a score of 10/10, but you have to forgive people for their giddiness over the fact Villa are actually winning EVERY week! It’s been a while.
Still, it’s a cautionary tale. As we’ve learnt over the years, be careful what you read and believe.
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