In this week’s pre-match press conference Aston Villa boss was full of praise for Villa’s home form this season.
“Our home form has stacked up over the season. We’ve been very, very pleased with that,” he said.
It’s a statement that MOMS found rather surprising, as we mentioned on the recent podcast (listen below), yes, it’s an improvement on last season, but Villa’s home form needs serious improvement if they are to threaten the promotion places next season.
Why? Because it’s only actually the 9th best in the Championship this season, as the up-to-date Championship home form table below shows:
Championship Home Form Table
(Update: after the Norwich win, Villa now have the 8th best home form)
While Villa have only lost twice this season, a feat only matched by Brighton and Reading, it’s their failure to turn one point into three points that has cost them dearly.
When you consider Sheffield Wednesday have lost three more games than Villa at home, yet have still gained four more points (although have played a game more), it clearly tells the story that, it’s not how many games you don’t lose, but how many you win that counts.
Considering Villa’s current poor away form (currently 18th best in the division), home comforts become even more important.
Interestingly Newcastle aren’t even in the top six for home form and actually are only one point better off than Villa. Their away form is on another level though with the Toon army registering an away record of W 13 D 4 L 3 – a total of 43 points. The next best away team in the Championship, Brighton, are nine points behind that total.
The key to proper home form, as we keep saying, is a drastic improvement in performances with more progressive tactics and attacking play (surely we have the players for that at this level?). Hopefully, a settled team can be found before the end of the season and with injuries seeming to clear up, this will certainly help Bruce.
There seems to be a lot of hype covering up the cracks of Villa’s season, but lets not exaggerate the truth. We have less points than we wanted from Villa Park this season, so the home form at this level is no great success.
However, in saying that, becoming hard to beat at Villa Park is a big step in the right direction that will hopefully be built on next season. It has to.
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