It’s almost no surprise that Aston Villa under the management of Paul Lambert have yet again slumped out of a cup against a lower league team. Leyton Orient fans join the growing ranks of Bradford City, Sheffield United and Millwall fans who can take the mickey out of Villans when they see them. Thanks Lambert!
The way the latest debacle happened is worrying. Aston Villa managed just one solitary shot on target during the game. In Darren Bent and Joe Cole, Villa had two ex-England internationals in their forward line. Actually, make that three, since Kieran Richardson made eight appearances for England. They should have done better. Much better.
This was a team that also boasted an ex-Irish international regular in Shay Given and also the current international trio of Sanchez, Hutton and Senderos. So this was no weak line-up.
Players have off days and shocks happen, but that single shot is the latest stat in a very, VERY worrying trend.
In the last game against Newcastle, Villa actually failed to manage a single shot on target at all. So that’s one shot on target in the last 180 minutes at Villa Park.
Despite Villa’s away win at Stoke being the first away win in 10 games away from home, Villa’s counter-attacking ability is still praised. Wrongly so though. Against Stoke, Villa scored their only shot on target.
So, for the season so far, Villa have had two shots on target in the last 270 minutes.
In the last game of last season in the 3-0 defeat against Spurs, Villa again managed only one shot on target during the game. A few days before that, in the 4-0 loss against Manchester City, Villa failed to hit the target at all. So that’s three shots on target in the last five games. Three shots on target in the space of over 450 minutes.
It’s a disgrace and explains why there has only been one Villa goal in their last five games.
With little spark going forward Lambert is certainly under pressure to bring someone in to hopefully provide invention for when Villa’s potential savior Christian Benteke returns, hopefully sooner rather than later. UTV