Aston Villa VS Southampton 1-1 Review

Before the game started, I was in the middle of writing a preview for the site which talked about how our best hope to take anything from this game was to keep a clean sheet and aim for the draw. This was followed by the more realistic approach that Southampton would score against us and we would not be able to outscore them. I topped it off by predicting that we would lose 0:1  and be relegated this season, but I was cowardly and couldn’t bring myself to post such negativity because it hurt me and i’m glad I never.

Last night, mainly in the first half of the game, Villa showed spirit. Maybe it was because of the record low attendance? Maybe it was because we were being broadcast live on MNF? Maybe it was the idea that we were playing a top team and in true Villa tradition, these are the games we tend to show up for? (Not the ones that should be won on paper). Whatever the reason, it gave me hope.

We were playing an inform Southampton, who I personally really admire and hope that they go on to get Champions League. They are the team that we thought we had become a few seasons back. They have done it right on every level. Stripped and pilgrimed of their best players over one summer, they stepped up, spent well and employed their youth system which vastly out strips ours. They have set a standard for English football and I admire that. With that said, we were facing a very strong and confident side and had nothing to offer in comparison. Our defence was injured, untried, untested. Our attack was non existent and our midfield could easily be described as unchallenging. Yet it was us who came out and took the game to them.

THE GOOD

Gabriel Agbonlahor became the player of old and it was exciting. No player wanted to be caught with the ball whilst this bull charged at them and it paid off when he scored a cracking goal. It was well deserved and this is why I love Gabby. He has a dying passion for the club and each game he plays with every ounce he can offer.

The defence was on form, there was an instant connection and it has been mentioned already on this site but Clark should get praise for stepping up. Call me fickle because I’ve hated on him for a long time, but credit where credit is due. He is playing real football and it looks like he is actually thinking about what he is doing. If anything, Okore was the worse of the two, but I’m stretching there as they both had a good game.
Hutton was a star and pressing force. Where has this player come from? He deserves every bit of credit because he has turned his career around. In many games, he has been the player taking shots and pressing forward and he is a right back!

THE BAD

We had chances and we countered a lot but we lacked real creativity.

  • Cissokho once again demonstrated his inability to go forward and make a decent cross.
  • N’zogbia attempted to take players on and failed the majority of the time. He also wasted a decent freekick.
  • The entire midfield seems to not want to get on the score sheet, or even forward.
  • Second half performance dropped considerably and substitutes where awful.

THE UGLY

Wiemann’s shot towards the end was an absolute disgrace. We are a team that needs every opportunity and should be scoring in these positions. Take a look at Clyne’s strike and he is a defender! To top things off, Wiemann should have tracked back to mark Clyne. I now think it is time that he gets benched and we, come Christmas, utilise the likes of Callum Robinson. I think he is ready for the step up and let’s be honest here, we could do no worse than not scoring already right? The youngster is having a cracking season out on loan, full of confidence and I’d like to see that converted into the senior squad.

PAUL LAMBERT

Lambert deserves his own section here. This was not his worst game, in fact, I actually agreed with his starting formation and was excited from the get go. My issue with Lambert was his choice of substitutes because putting Bent on does not exactly scream “GO FOR THE WIN”. This again cements my thoughts behind bringing Robinson through in the winter (but also looking to purchase another striker…or two). We do not have the team for a Bent set up because we can barely get the ball in the box as it is, let alone directly to his feet.
Richardson was another poor choice for me, maybe because I do not like him as a footballer. I think he lacks creativity, effort and isn’t the greatest at passing. I would have much rather seen Grealish get a run out.

VERDICT

Before this game started, I was in it for the draw at best but then I got greedy because I saw the lion inside of our squad and genuinely believed that we could take all 3 points from a shaken Southampton. As much as we really needed those points to distance us from our recent annual squatting position, the point is a very good result and I’m going to say something which is a bit out there now….

We will beat Burnley.
We will draw to Crystal Palace.
We will beat Leicester
We will beat the Albion and the lose to Man U.

This is not confidence in Lambert, I hope he still gets sacked. This is confidence in a team who showed something last night. I believe.

 

49 Comments

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  1. jvillan
    jvillan November 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm .

    i dont know how lambert can be doing lerner proud,to take bent a 20million pound player and turn him into a championship player at best and maybe same with zog in two and half years takes some doing,not to mention all the players he has signed cause bar benteke every one gets luckynot going to get much money back on rest of buys,4 out previous6 seasons where in top half of table it must be some nightmare

  2. Badger123
    Badger123 November 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm .

    “He’s gutted but he’s an Aston Villa player and we’re grateful to Villa for allowing us to have him on loan.”

    Read more: http://www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/Robinson-gutted-Villa-recall/story-24721642-detail/story.html#ixzz3KD8avZMB

    I’ll bet Robinson is gutted.
    Because he’s been recalled knowing he hasn’t a hope in hell of getting a run in the side.

    A total joke, imo.

    Lambert, you tool, either play the players you recall or leave them where they can get a game and gain decent experience, imo.

    As for the ethnicity of the residents around the ground, I brought this one up a good while back.
    It’s the same for many old time clubs, in that most older areas of any city are predominantly Asian or Afro-Carribean now.
    There’s a monster market to be had and I don’t believe we try to tap it enough.
    That’s not a criticism of the Villa though; it’s the same anywhere in the British game, although dare I say Arsenal seem to have a big monopoly on Muslim fans, with the black/ French connection?

  3. Adam
    Adam November 27, 2014 at 9:25 am .

    Exactly, players grow and improve by actually getting on the pitch week in week out. All the hard work by Nott’s County and Grealish last season is practically wasted now as it will take him quite a few games to find his feet, if he actually starts playing. I could go on all day about this as it really really frustrates me. Look at players like Sterling, Barkley, Rooney, Fabregas etc. etc. Started playing regularly at the ages of 16,17,18 and look how good they are and how quickly they became quality players. Robinson and Grealish in my eyes and if I was the boss would be playing 70 minutes every game. It’s clear to see they have natural ability.

  4. nath
    nath November 27, 2014 at 9:30 am .

    robinson will get game time, he was playing towards end of last season. he offers much more than bent outside the box, which is were hes likely to spend most of his time. also reports from PNE is he was improving game by game.

    when you have benteke upfront, players around him weimann gabby and cleverley all will relish his return. it will improve their games, also i think grealish and robinson will now slowly be introduced they have the quality to supply benteke,

    the next three games are massive no mistakes will be accepted, its nine points or doom, villa face 15 teams that are superior football teams, but the next 3, are just as good or bad as us, this is a chance to reach 20 odds points and halfway to safety.

    is this good enough for villa hell no, but if we get relegated it will be far harder to attract players and managers of quality.

    1. Adam
      Adam November 27, 2014 at 9:47 am .

      If it’s 15-20 minutes at the end of the game when we are already losing 2-0, then that wont really help! – If he is to get game time he HAS to start, not to mention how immense the crowd were when he made his debut it would give the fans a boost before the game seeing new names on the team sheet and Robinson the confidence that he hasn’t got to make an immediate impact he can settle in to the game. Not to mention that even if we are winning or drawing when he comes on with 15 minutes to go, he wont get a touch because all we do is hoof it and get everyone camped in to our own half. So he has to start imo.

    2. Lamberk
      Lamberk November 27, 2014 at 9:53 am .

      Burnley are finding form now, back-to-back wins which is something Lambert has hardly ever managed.
      Crystal Palace away on a wet Tuesday evening is not something to relish either.
      Burnley LOSE
      Crystal Palace LOSE
      Leicester DRAW = Lambert sacked.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath November 28, 2014 at 12:18 am .

        Disagree I think we will beat burnley 1.0 will be similar to stoke game, a draw at palace and defeat by Leicester. The lamberk apologists will be creaming themselves over those results

  5. Adam
    Adam November 27, 2014 at 9:31 am .

    Not to mention the likes of Daniel Johnson, Khalid abdo, Janoi Donacien, Graham Burke, all yet to be given a chance. Waste of talent and resources.

  6. nath
    nath November 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm .

    i am too hasty,,,, benteke is still banned, how costly is this spuds cheating fookers.they did same at hull, losing one nil down, not in game . get a man sent off and come back to win.
    without benteke we are poor. can’t hold on to the ball long enough, to bring in the midfield.

    1. Mr_cheese
      Mr_cheese November 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm .

      That is even worse as it means we are a one man team and no team should rely solely on a individual. We need team confidence, team skill and team effort.

      1. nath
        nath November 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm .

        yes cheese your spot on 🙁 we are a one man team and without him, we haven’t shown very much, to suggest we will be able to break down burnley.

  7. jvillan
    jvillan November 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm .

    any body see lambert on sky sports,when asked about bent he said bent looking to go a month ago,then he said his lambert style of football doesnt suit bent especially when lambert has gabby and wiemen playing brilliant

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm .

    The guys on coke, Lambert said that?

  9. Mr_cheese
    Mr_cheese November 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm .

    La,vert sky sports interview

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11677/9582140/premier-league-villa-boss-lambert-defends-decision-to-loan-bent

    It is embarrassing, he really doesn’t know what to say and genuinely appears struggled when attempting to defend himself.

    1. Simon James Mills
      Simon James Mills November 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm .

      We’re crap were boring were going down without a fight Aston villa Aston villa

    2. GIDDYVILLAN
      GIDDYVILLAN November 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm .

      Exactly the blokes fucking clueless from start to finish.

    3. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain November 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm .

      Thinks we’re getting carried away a bit here…Bent has hardly been any use for the last couple of seasons; he wasn’t exactly a success for Fulham last season, and watching him come on as sub this term has reminded me of when MON used to bring Heskey off the bench – complete waste of a shirt.

      Darren Bent’s time is up – however good he may have been in his earlier days – and if someone else wants to pay his wages, then good luck to them.

      1. Mr_cheese
        Mr_cheese November 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm .

        My comment is not in regards to bent, Cheerio to him. With him gone it means there will be no wasting of a shirt (as you nicely put it). Bring in fresh and energised talent.

        My comment is about him in general. Clueless. Terrible with the media.

        1. Ardent Villain
          Ardent Villain November 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm .

          Agree that Lambert is almost unintelligible when he’s interviewed – not his fault, he’s Glaswegian, and how many of those have you ever heard speak clear English?

          I just wonder why he doesn’t delegate some media stuff to RK? That would at least produce some entertaining press conferences!

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath November 28, 2014 at 12:21 am .

            Because captain Birdseye is as much of a waste of space as Lamberk

  10. Badger123
    Badger123 November 27, 2014 at 11:22 pm .

    Good grief, what a poor interview that was.
    Lambert has the air of a beaten man if you ask me.
    No edge, spark, wit or anything positive in his replies..
    He surely has to be on borrowed time.

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