So the dog took me for a really long walk last night and after a long day, I was frankly too shattered to post and just went straight to bed.
I do like walking around Witton lakes at night time though, especially when I can contemplate a good Villa win and the walk was well worth it.
And it was an excellent win; probably the best performance we’ve had under Steve Bruce.
Of course (and no disrespect meant), it was only Burton Albion, but this was a side that recently beat Fulham and held QPR, hence they’re not quite the whipping boys we might expect they’d be.
I know that many of us think we ought to be beating a club the size of Burton easily, every time we play them,
but as we saw last season, it’s not quite that straightforward.
But we didn’t only beat them, we whupped them soundly.
The difference in quality was massive and when we scored the second, I’d got in my head that we could have got a boatload of goals. I even posted on here at the time, “we want six!”.
And I reckon we probably could have got them, if we’d really kept at it.
I’ve seen comments where some thought Whelan was poor, but I can’t say I noticed it myself and the whole team just looked a class apart. Could we really have performed so well all round while carrying a poor player in a crucial position?
I’m not convinced and even if he was poor, he’ll get in a 4-0 winning side any day, for me.
Whatever, the point is that we’ve won our last two away games, having scored seven and conceded none.
There’s just no way you can knock that, especially when the big criticism has been that we can’t win away.
We have some tougher games coming up, but even Wolves suddenly doesn’t look quite so scary, given that I’ve just seen that they’ve lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.
No doubt some of the comments will revolve around the fact that we’ve only beaten the poorer teams, but for me it’s at least a start and you can only beat what’s put in front of you.
Most importantly, we’re winning and building momentum, which is massively important, as we saw in the way we were relegated. Confidence seems to be growing too and it’s demonstrated in the way we’ve played.
Put it this way; I don’t recall the last time we looked this decent.
Of course, this is the Villa we’re talking about and things could easily change, just as they have in the last couple of weeks.
But as it stands at the moment, I think we’re looking pretty good.
One final note.
A workmate of mine, who supports Liverpool, attended the game and was well impressed with the Villa following, who he said sang from start to finish.
Which just backs up what we already knew really. Our away support is truly excellent.