Aston Villa 4 – 3 WBA; Great game and result!

After our very encouraging showing against Liverpool, I set a lot of store in the fact that we had to keep up the same kind of performance, if we were to show any signs of improvement over the previous few weeks.
I’d have been happy with a draw in what I was expecting to be a typically dour derby, to be honest and although that might make it seem that my expectations have been massively lowered, it wasn’t the case here. I just know how many derbies tend to go.
It was always more about the performance for me, as long as we didn’t lose, of course.

Well, we certainly didn’t disappoint today, did we?
It was quite simply one of the best derbies I can recall (a certain nose thrashing apart) and it had pretty much everything from early goals, own goals, flukey goals and penalty calls.
Just the way I like it.

Albion helped matters in playing a high line, but it was also the case that (and it gives me great pleasure in saying it again) Lambert went for it.
My attitude has always been that if you’re going to lose, at least go down trying to win.

So after us going 2-0 down to a frankly very good first goal and an unlucky one from Delph, I must admit I panicked a bit and wondered if we were going to bottle it. There was no need though, as the lads were resolute today and I applaud them.

I’ve constantly beaten the drum that we should take advantage of our biggest asset, which is our youth and use it to outwork the opposition. We did that in spades tonight, just as we did against Pool and it caught Albion out, in my opinion.
We pressured them and never allowed them time to play, with many second balls dropping to us, which is always a good sign.

Of course, with both sides being somewhat gung-ho, there were always going to be goals and it was no major surprise when we pulled two back, although it could have easily gone the other way, with a very open game being played.

I really thought it would be a different game in the second half, but it wasn’t. It was still very open and I was thinking after about an hour that Albion might actually have enough to deserve to edge the game, but who cares? We got the result, simple.
Not that we didn’t deserve it; we did.
The truth is, I forgot what the score was and was just enjoying a game that could have gone either way, depending on luck. Again, just the way I like it.

It probably wasn’t one for the purists, as there was some shocking defending on both sides, but that doesn’t bother me.
Entertainment value = 10 out of 10
A big win against the Albion = 10 out of 10

What more could you want?

Big shouts for Vlaar, Benteke and Delph, who edged MOTM for me.

158 Comments

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  1. #HELENIUS
    #HELENIUS January 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm . Reply

    My posts are being submitted way up the feed…..Are you having issues?

    1. markdrapernumber8
      markdrapernumber8 January 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm . Reply

      Mine too Helenius

    2. Bill Pearson.
      Bill Pearson. January 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm . Reply

      If you both read back I’ve told him at 8.30 this morning he thinks he solved it, he’s probably at work and won’t read till tonight.

      1. markdrapernumber8
        markdrapernumber8 January 31, 2014 at 12:48 pm . Reply

        nice one Bill

        1. Bill Pearson.
          Bill Pearson. January 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm . Reply

          MDN8 I bet its a foreign player from Belgium and last minute.

          1. nath
            nath January 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm . Reply

            i heard a loan from italy attacking midfielder i think inter milan ~ can someone confirm this ~ i think hoolahan is staying at norwich

          2. Bill Pearson.
            Bill Pearson. January 31, 2014 at 1:23 pm . Reply

            Nath. Would that be Fabio Quagliarella I cannot see that coming I know he wants away and an English club but he’s a striker Abonglahor type player, I know that Hoolahan is off according to Sky.

          3. nath
            nath January 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm . Reply

            post please if u hear anything bill ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers
            ur rite that was the guy, was on radio

          4. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath January 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm . Reply

            Probably resign heskey and Dawkins

          5. Bill Pearson.
            Bill Pearson. January 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm . Reply

            Will do, I’m up on the web regular if I hear will post.

  2. markdrapernumber8
    markdrapernumber8 January 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm . Reply

    Any transfer news gents?!

    Just seen Hoolahans comments about Norwich haha, trying to force a move but it looks like it’s gonna go to the wire if we do.

  3. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm . Reply

    Not alot of transfer movement at the villa,unless someone out there knows otherwise??

  4. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm . Reply

    Waste of time posting whilst all my new posts are getting placed anywhere.

  5. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm . Reply

    Testing

    1. nath
      nath January 31, 2014 at 1:51 pm . Reply

      testing
      rodgor out

  6. Lionheart
    Lionheart January 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm . Reply

    Whats wrong with the posts..??

  7. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm . Reply

    Lionheart it’s gone pearshaped mate the only way is to reply to the last post.

    1. #HELENIUS
      #HELENIUS January 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm . Reply

      Quagliarella is apparently on his was to Monaco so I doubt he’ll be heading anywhere near B6 – Think it’s safe to say we are done until the summer. May have been different if we had been shite the last couple of games. UP THE VILLA

      1. Bill Pearson.
        Bill Pearson. January 31, 2014 at 3:44 pm . Reply

        Your right Helenius that’s it ,

        1. Foxy
          Foxy January 31, 2014 at 3:51 pm . Reply

          I heard there was a very promising striker called Helenius and a box to box midfielder called Gardner coming to B6, hopefully they’ll get some game time…

        2. nath
          nath January 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm . Reply

          WBA av made a move for hoolahan

  8. Naughtius Maximus
    Naughtius Maximus January 31, 2014 at 3:50 pm . Reply

    lots of teams in the lower half signing players and loaning players in, zero news from villa anywhere to be found ๐Ÿ™
    Fulham have landed holtby :/

    1. turv32
      turv32 January 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm . Reply

      were getting no one…

    2. #HELENIUS
      #HELENIUS January 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm . Reply

      Hoolihan to West Brom is the latest……Couldn’t make it up….!!!!

      1. GIDDYVILLAN
        GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 4:44 pm . Reply

        I think that’s gossip mongerers stirring it up,i think it’ll be villa or nowhere for him.if they did allow him to go to another club that’s just down to pure spitefullness.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath January 31, 2014 at 4:51 pm . Reply

          who gives a shit we dont need him we are safe now

  9. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm . Reply

    Who’s come to the conclusion we’re safe now you?lol

    1. nath
      nath January 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm . Reply

      how are u managing 2 post ur posts where u want ?? mine are landing anywhere

      1. Bill Pearson.
        Bill Pearson. January 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm . Reply

        Nath hit the pen when you post.

        1. nath
          nath January 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm . Reply

          i av been but some are landing and others aren’t ~ hope this hits the rite post

          could norwich or agents be making a imaginary approach for hoolahan 2 make villa improve their offer ???

          1. nath
            nath January 31, 2014 at 5:23 pm . Reply

            fulham and cardiff are busy bees

            com’on lambert hijack some1

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 31, 2014 at 6:18 pm . Reply

      Giddy there is no way we will go down. We are effectively 7 points clear if you take I to account gd. There are 10 teams below us who are rubbish. Even if we lost 3 games in a row we’d be ok. Plus bent eke is banging them in and we Shoukd get at least a point tomorrow v a weakened Everton team whose wheels are coming off

  10. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 5:26 pm . Reply

    Nath im gaugeing where my last post went so this should land below you.

    1. nath
      nath January 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm . Reply

      u must drink strongbow theres the arrows

      1. GIDDYVILLAN
        GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 5:32 pm . Reply

        Fucking pisswater.bollox to that shite.

        1. nath
          nath January 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm . Reply

          special brew with strongbow arrows snake bite

          1. GIDDYVILLAN
            GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm . Reply

            Sounds absolutely vile,i bet your having an intimate conversation with the bog in the morning mate.ffs

          2. nath
            nath January 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm . Reply

            lmao
            no iam a lager lout

  11. steve
    steve January 31, 2014 at 5:28 pm . Reply

    If Vlaar gets injured we are stuffed.

  12. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN January 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm . Reply

    Nath if you post something quickly 4get the reply icon you should be below this post.

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