It took long enough but eventually Aston Villa managed to overcome Wycombe Wanderers at the second time of asking (although most of us asked them to do it the first time). As with most things down at Villa Park these days the value of this result will divide fan opinion. The mood among fans returning home from the stadium, or watching snippets of highlights after following the game online, will depend very much on whether they have a glass half full or glass half empty outlook.
The Glass is half full
All in all Villa got the job done on a chilly night at a half-empty Villa Park (Att: 20,706). We are through to the next round of the cup, unbeaten in four games, and we scored twice! In addition to that, several players returning from injury got much needed game time, youngster Jordan Lydon got a start, and this cup win is a nice escape from the gloom of the Premier League.
Garde also had the luxury to rest some key players meaning that come Saturday the squad should be at a good level of both fitness and freshness. Speaking of Garde his win percentage has taken a boost too after a slow start.
In terms of goals, it’s good to see the rest of the team easing the burden of goalscoring on the strikers by chipping in, with one goal from a defender and one from a midfielder in this game. Gana’s first goal for the club will hopefully spur him on to get on the score sheet more often in future. All of the above factors mean that Villa’s momentum is still intact and is building nicely ahead of the clash with West Brom this weekend.
Villa won and that’s all we want every week right?
The Glass is half empty
Aston Villa have little to no chance of getting past Manchester City in the next round, let alone going all the way in the cup. Progression in the competition is simple another unneeded distraction from the already enormous task of surviving the drop. Our already limited squad can’t afford to be further stretched.
Villa’s complacency, lack of desire for the majority of this game, and the amount of time that it took to actually get the goals needed to win are very worrying to see and served only to remind fans of past two game struggles against lower league opposition (Bradford anyone?) and highlight how ill-equipped this team is for a bottom of the table fight to the death.
The fact that Villa seem to be relying on defenders to score at the moment is a pretty damning indictment of the attacking players at our disposal. Our best chance at winning games, even against League Two opponents seems to be to lull them to sleep and hope that we don’t concede before we do that. We simply are not clinical and had spurned all of our chances before Wycombe’s late collapse. If we can’t take our chances what hope do we have in the top flight?
As nice as a cup run is it’s back to business this Saturday when we take on the Baggies. A win and we might just manage to gain some ground on those above us, a loss and any other results that go against us may be the final nails in the coffin.
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