By Liam Scahill
“We had a poor performance on Saturday but there’s no need for the hysteria that goes with it.” – Steve bruce
Everyone’s a Critic… and a Doctor
In the aftermath of yet another lacklustre Villa performance where Villa drew 0-0 with a visiting Boro side who played for an hour with a numerical disadvantage, the Villa faithful have found themselves being diagnosed with a widespread affliction.
Hmmm, what could it be?
Despondency, apathy combined with overriding sense of foreboding and boredom perhaps?
None of the aforementioned, astonishingly Doctor Steve Bruce’s pronouncement directed at the Villa collective in his post-match interview concluded that we’ve become hysterical.
“We had a poor performance on Saturday but there’s no need for the hysteria that goes with it. We understand we’ve had a bad start in terms of points but not in terms of some of the performances we’ve put in.”
“In times like this you have to stay strong, fight the flak and pull together,” Bruce said. “I think we should have beaten them.”
Wow, there you have it, sprinkled with a seasoning of condescendence and/or delusion to salivate the Holte End taste buds.
Deflecting the Issue
The harsh reality is simple, the team is underperforming severely, principally in the attacking third of the field.
The cohort of the side is now comprised of mainly highly paid underperforming personages, most of whom have been signed during Bruce’s tenure.
Meanwhile, the wagons are clearly beginning to circle around Bruce, as the cloud of criticism accumulates above him.
Neil Moxely from The Sunday People, today in a series of tweets launched a defence of Villa’s current incumbent as manager:
“Saw Villa as a one-off last night. Seen the ‘hysteria’ too. Change now, again, would make it seven managers in seven years.”
“Kodjia is back which should make a difference. I would resist change until this one plays out. Players are still having a go for the manager.”
“Makes no sense to back manager in his recruitment two weeks ago, then to bin him a fortnight later.”
“Having said that, I wonder if Henri Lansbury saved him a lot more ‘hysteria’. A point following 86 minutes against ten men…..”
Logical or more condescendence, solely dependent on each Villains’ individual point of view.
However, if Mr Bruce and Mr Moxely are merchants of logic, surely then they must consider the ever so relevant poignant fact which is essentially the core to this ‘hysteria’.
34 points from 29 games in 2017.
Is that a reasonable return considering Doctor Tony Xia’s Club’s financial outlay?
For all of Bruce’s canny footballing knowledge and experience, he has been unable to wean the club off a symbiotic-like over dependence on Jonathan Kodjia’s goals (and even they last season failed to get Villa into the top half of the table).
Now that ‘King Kodjia’ is back, Bruce and his media cohorts may envisage the tide turning and some much needed goals and points coming Villa’s way.
The only diagnosis that truly counts, perhaps unfortunately for Steve Bruce, is the one which comes from Doctor Tony Xia.
And on Twitter, his current emoji status is one of disappointment and anger.
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