With David Michael
It was a familiar story to Villa’s season, decent first half, not so good second half. With Benteke bossing QPR’s defense and Villa taking the lead with a Holman torpedo, it was looking good. The home team were always going to be buoyed by the Harry factor, but it certainly seemed through Lambert’s second-half substitutes that the Villa manager was consolidating a point rather than trying to turn the tide and go for the three points. Still, there were more things to be cheerful about…
1. Mental toughness. The brittle nature of Villa in 2012 seems to be fading. Arsenal, Reading and now QPR, all needed mental resolve for the young lions to etch out results. Pretty impressive for a team with an average age just over 23.
2. Nathan Baker again impressed. He’s certainly proved himself and can be considered one of the four centrebacks a decent squad should have. Just one more needed since Richard Dunne has gone AWOL with a ‘mysterious injury’.
3. Bent made the bench. While he was there just to keep it warm against QPR, his presence strengthens the team, and since Villa are one of the lowest scoring teams in the Premiership, you know he might prove useful.
4. Are West Brom doing the lead balloon routine that at least one team does a season? While we shouldn’t be bothered too much about other teams, I’d rather focus on the Baggies than the Blues. Slagging off the Blues keeps Villa fans in a safe comfort zone; shouldn’t we sets our aim slightly higher than just competing with a lower-half Championship team? Lets catch the Baggies!
5. Villa are still in the League Cup for at least nine days and today saw Villa enter the FA Cup with a home draw against Ipswich. In it to win it.