OK, MOMS is getting a little tired of this not winning routine. It’s getting boring. Three wins in the last 45 games… come on now. Roberto Di Matteo’s team at the moment seems to be doing a pretty decent impersonation of an Alex McLeish team with its five draws in eight games this season.
A Villa win against Newcastle certainly isn’t exactly the safest of bets, but surely this under achieving can’t go on like this? If there was ever a win to kick start our season and hopefully our promotional push, then this surely would be it.
Here’s three ways of making sure it happens…
3. Don’t Get Deep
Against Brentford last week something that was concerning was how Villa defended corners without leaving any players outside their eighteen-yard box. Where was the option for the out ball? Where’s the counter-attack threat?
Also, without the potential threat of a Villa counter-attack, surely it just invites the opposition to commit more players forward?
Why not leave Jordan Ayew up, for example? He’s probably the perfect player for the task, as he’s able to occupy defenders (he frequently takes on three or four players on his own) to bide time for support.
Essentially this defending deep mindset that has manifested itself has constantly led to the team surrendering leads to the opposition, which has cost Villa nine points from winning positions. In the last five minutes of games especially, it just leads to more and more pressure, which the team has proven it can’t withstand.