There’s no doubt the best was saved until last in terms of excitement on Villa’s USA tour. With the curtain closer clash against Portland Timbers featuring goals, penalties, Timber Joey and his chainsaw, and also a cameo appearance by Tom Hanks (and actor son Colin Hanks)…and bigger than Hanks, a Villa goal from a corner!
Villa are starting to look unrecognisable from last season, with their new possession and pass-orientated football. While, movement and creativity in the final third needs to be worked out, it’s a step in the right direction. The likes of Barry Bannan, Fabian Delph and Stephen Ireland will definitely be welcoming Lambert’s approach
With the game finishing 2-2 (Clark, Lowton) and Villa taking it 5-4 on penalties, it also provided good value for the Timbers crowd who got to see Timber Joey chainsaw the log a couple of times in celebration.
A Timber View
For a different view of the highlights of the game, a glimpse of Hanks, and to see Timber Joey in action against the Villa, check the short video below:
Onwards and Upwards
While preseason is preseason, the result see’s Lambert’s winning record roll on, although the first real test before the season kicks-off, will be away at Werder Bremen. With additional signings needed, especially creatively in the final third and a midfielder good enough to boss a game, the important thing at this stage is the frame of mind seems to have lifted, and the player’s confidence is slowly returning.
Lambert’s Villa are a work-in-progress, but they’re heading in the right direction.