Isn’t it strange how a single result can change your perspective?
Or in other words, consider that we have now played Newcastle, Liverpool and Chelsea away and still sit 6th in the league. Given the manner of our two defeats, that’s pretty impressive and puts me in a much better frame of mind as a supporter.
Keeping things in perspective, although I saw this as a major banana skin of a game that we’d always be possible of losing, purely because if you’re in terrible form you can’t have anybody better to play than the Villa, I’ve watched Chelsea a few times and I think they’re frankly awful.
So colour me totally not surprised that we won today.
They proved yet again that they just lack goals, as much as they do seem able to create chances.
Then again, which goalie made the better saves?
Clue, it wasn’t Martinez, as much as he demonstrated his abilities on more than one occasion.
There were a few notable points. That pitch was a disgrace and reminded me of days of old. I know it’s been very warm over the summer in London, but there was no excuse for the pitch to be in that state. Villa park is mostly like a snooker table so I see no reason why the Bridge shouldn’t be at least near on a par. Perhaps the Chelsea fans ought to be singing sack the head gardener before they start on Poch, as they surely have too many skilled players to actually want the pitch to be in that state?
We continued to play the high line.
Which was fine, as Chelsea offered very little in trying to beat it with a long ball out wide.
Yes, they tried to go outside us, with Chilwell and Sterling doing their best, but they preferred to try and run around. It basically didn’t work.
So there was no need for Emery to change it up and his tactics worked today.
Luiz looked very refined and I don’t think it will be long before he has very serious suitors eyeing him up. He is one Rolls-Royce of a player, who just does the simple stuff incredibly well, while making it look so, so easy. Likewise Kamara, who sprayed some lovely balls around.
Watkins continued to do what he’s done for a few weeks, in looking very ineffective.
Hence it was typical of him that just as I again thought that, so he goes on to score. I think I need to call him out every game in the hope he can continually make me look a mug.
So for once, we got the result I was actually expecting, while being very concerned about it and it’s all good. It’s just the typical Villa fan experience, isn’t it?
Now consider our next six games and it’s this I find incredibly intriguing;
West Ham Home
I can realistically see 12 points out of a possible 18 there (and it could be more), with the usual proviso that we’re talking about the Villa, of course.
But where would that leave us in the league?
I find the next few weeks a mouth-watering prospect.
As long as we don’t mess things up in our usual Aston Villa fashion.
Happy days then and beat Everton in the League cup or whatever it’s called this season on Wednesday and I’m sure my confidence will return.