Paul McGrath tells it like it is on Twitter, while the Villa board seem a tad deluded.
MOMS doesn’t do straight-up match reports, mainly because it’s pointless to add to what is already out there. We prefer to leave it to the folk who get paid to do it and get into Villa Park for free. At the moment, getting into Villa Park for free is probably the only way you could live with yourself on the back of yet another abject performance by the team, as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham.
What most reports of the game should be telling you now that it is increasingly apparent that Paul Lambert lacks the necessary tactics and plan to deal with his team’s home blues. His only recent win at Villa Park was when the form book and tactics went out of the window in a local derby. The club looked in January for a midfield remedy for the lack of dimension to Villa’s home play, and not capturing such a player has to be deemed a failure. Villa’s home form is rubber-stamped relegation form, only Fulham have picked up less points, and three of them were typically against Villa. We can only hope the team continue to pick up points away from home to save their season.
Anyway, few words are needed to sum up the current curse of Villa Park, and ex-Villan Paul McGrath summed it up very well in his distinct post-match tweet, which is worth sharing here:
Not only is the home form beyond funny, but so if the squad’s lack of depth. We already know we’re limited in midfield, but what about the defence? Yes, Villa got unlucky with Jores Okore’s injury, but as soon as Ron Vlaar is unfit, Villa look second best against most teams due to the inexperience of their two centre-backs. It may have escaped Lambert’s notice, but Vlaar seems to go missing due to injuries for a considerable amount of games and cannot be relied on (especially around winter).
Meanwhile, the board should quieten the talk of an early new contract for the Villa boss. You don’t make a public declarations of rewarding a manager who has only won three games out of 13 at Villa Park this season. To borrow the words of God, it’s ‘beyond a joke’. UTV