I’m sighing as I think what to write.
What the hell was that?
To my mind, the result has been totally outdone by some of the scenes we saw.
I really wouldn’t be surprised if both clubs are charged with bringing the game into disrepute and get fined.
I think Brentford were mostly to blame, with some shocking tackling and diving.
Ben Mee demonstrated yet again what a disgusting player he is and his red card was 100% correct.
You just can’t tackle with your foot square on to an opponent’s leg. I might give him the benefit if he led with his toes, but it was nothing like and just looked totally reckless.
When the commentator said that’s the first time he’d been sent off in ten years, I was just stunned. The man is just an utter thug.
I’m not blaming our lads, because Brentford generally were doing everything to try and get decisions and I found that disappointing in itself, because I think they were the better side for about the first hour of the game.
The truth is Ramsey, Diaby and Cash were all poor and apart from Martinez, who had made a couple of great saves, nobody had come out of the game well. Again the subs worked wonders and we upped our levels. Not that I thought they weren’t already good enough. I think the workrate was adequate, but the achievement was just lacking.
I couldn’t see us getting anything out of the game, for a long time.
That tackle by Mee took a lot of their advantage away and the game began to come back towards us.
And then Moreno, who had already had chances, snuck in at the back post to score, leaving me to feel much more confident.
I still felt it was a close game though until Watkins got his goal.
Which, for me was one of the worst parts. I don’t know if Brentford’s fans had been abusing him, but why did he adopt that stance in front of their fans?
I thought it was just totally disrespectful. Imagine if Barry or Grealish had done that in front of us. We’d rightly have been fuming.
From then on, the whole atmosphere deteriorated and it got worse.
The game was littered with niggly tackles, again, mostly by Brentford, but we resorted to getting our own back.
Then Maupay deliberately ran into Martinez and that was quite simply a straight red too, in my opinion, yet nothing was given, which amazed me. Since when has blatant fouling and ungentlemanly conduct been permissable?
And then it got worse, with a melee occurring late on, which resulted in Emery being shown a yellow for acting as a pecemaker, but more likely for encroaching on the pitch and Kamara saw red for grabbing a player round the throat. Martinez didn’t help when he pulled Maupay’s shirt over his head, trying to get him up. It was all just ridiculous.
Perhaps I’m being a bit old fashioned about it all, because everyone I’ve spoken too doesn’t seem very bothered and are just glad that we got the win.
I’m ecstatic about the win too; of course I am. Brentford away is always a tough gig.
Perhaps I’m getting old, but Aston Villa has always been seen as an honourable club that does things in the right way. It’s something I want to see us upholding.
I know it’s a bit of a one-off thing and you could probably give me a very good argument that it’s actually what we need because “nice” clubs don’t win things.
I just felt disappointed, as I said.
Which is a shame, because this is yet another fantastic victory.
Any win is good, but when they’re coming on the back of generally poor performances, it demonstrates that we’ve moved up at least a notch.
Because that’s what good sides do isn’t it? Win against the odds and just somehow get the victory.
Does it mean we were lucky?