Years of goading Newcastle fans came back to bite Villa on the arse after self-destructive tendencies led to another loss without scoring and an upsurge in fans genuinely talking about the “R” word – again. What can fans take from a pitiful display against our fellow Premiership evacuees?
MUGGED ON THE TYNE
Apologies for sounding like a stuck record, but Villa didn’t look too bad at all from the kick-off. Newcastle were the team looking lost and failing to get anything going and Villa were looking more adventurous emboldened by the division’s top scorer going off injured after just half an hour for United.
The wheels fell off when (here we go again) Villa’s opponents enjoyed a rare venture towards the Villa goal, won a corner which Villa couldn’t clear and after bouncing around the ball ended up in the back of the Villa net just before half time.
It’s that kind of luck… lack of discipline… inevitability… call it what you will – that has cost Villa points, wins, goals, self-esteem, dignity, not just this season but every season for years and years. It doesn’t matter who is manager – this kind of thing happens too often and the sinking feeling that happens every single time it does will not go away.
DOUBLED ON THE TYNE
Then there’s the second goal.
Lansbury was being booed on his every touch due to his “enthusiastic” performance against Newcastle when he was still a Forest player. So to see him bundle in an own goal under no pressure to hand the win to Newcastle after Villa’s response hadn’t been terrible in their efforts to fight back, was just the icing on the cake.
It just made the loss a farce (must remember to copy and paste that for next time).
SUBBED ON THE TYNE
Then there’s the substutions.
Adomah for Jedinak – fair enough. Jedinak was probably tired after his first game for a while and he had been working hard and been effective. Adomah has pace and a good cross and even chips in goals. He’s probably a keeper and as a bench option, he fits in nicely.
But whoever they are replacing, Gardner and Bacuna should be a lot further down the pecking order. With the game dead and buried if Bruce has any plan for them other than to eat up some time and run about bit, he’s misguided. Grealish aside, the lack of youth on the bench in a season which – at best – will be seen as consolidation at this point should be all about blooding the kids in the ways of the Championship.
Yes, Kodjia picked up a knock and Hogan rolled his ankle and was stretchered off (out for a month or so). But what are we as fans learning from watching Gardner and Bacuna? And what is Bruce learning?
CROCKED ON THE TYNE
It’s just been announced that Hogan will be out for “only a month” – so he’ll miss the next six games. By the time he’s expected back on the field on April 1, Villa could easily be in the bottom three.
While fans have yet to see quite why Hogan was signed at all, what with waiting for him still to score his first goal and all, for a team that doesn’t score it can’t bode well that one of the big panic January signings will be watching the team self-destruct from the seats like the rest of us.
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