Two defeats since we last looked at Villa, both extremely demoralising in their own way. Losing 2-0 at QPR was the lowest point of the season so far (after Leyton Orient) but whereas that inspired anger, the way that Villa threw away what would have been an excellent and desperately-needed three points against Spurs was crushing. Here’s the latest attempt to sort the Good from the Bad from the Ugly of Villa’s latest two defeats.
Villa’s opening quarter of an hour both at Loftus Road and Villa Park was marked by attacking intent. Although things quickly went south against QPR, there were at least shots on target.
At Villa Park the home side had already caused Spurs problems with Christian Benteke, actually posing somewhat of a threat for the first time since his return from injury, missing with a diving header from a superb Matt Lowton cross and then hitting the post when gifted a ridiculous amount of time by the Spurs defence.
Then the moment came. The moment that will stand tall in Villa’s history, alongside the 1890s, 1957, 1981 and 1982. We scored. Charles N’Zogbia, actually looking interested for large portions of the game, crossed in from the right for Andi Weimann to sweep in Villa’s first goal in a month and a half. 547 minutes of hurt over, just like that.
It must have been tempting for all Villa fans to turn off then and there and live in blissful ignorance of what happened in the remaining 75 minutes of the match. I know I wish I had.
Weimann, although often slated by Villa fans (he drifts through games without any sort of positive involvement far too frequently for my liking), has been the club’s most valuable player so far this season. He undoubtedly has a raw predatory instinct, it just needs honing.
The Austrian has either scored or set up 80% of Villa’s goals so far this season (80% sounds more impressive than four out of five, let’s be honest) and has an impressive 50% chance conversion rate in the league in 2014-15, scoring three times from six attempts.
We were seen as the heavy underdogs with the bookies, but Villa’s general performance against Spurs was impressive for large periods. The lead should have been more than one long before Benteke severely damaged our chances of victory with his sending off, and neither the team nor Paul Lambert deserved it to end as it did, no matter how predictable it was after Villa lost their heads.
[Click ‘Next’ for the Bad & Ugly]