Chelsea 2-0 Villa; Stupid mistakes and unlucky

Oh Guzan, yet again.
You’d have thought he’d have learned his lesson, but no, he passes it out again to a defender who’s not in a safe position.
I do have some sympathy with those who thought that Lescott should have controlled it better, but there’s no denying it was basically Guzan’s fault.
It was a setback, but I felt we were still well in the game.
We hadn’t been troubled much at the back, the midfield were holding their own and we were basically doing ok.
Indeed, we probably looked the better side, although we never really threatened.

The second goal though was just downright unlucky.
Costa put the ball across the goal and it hit Hutton’s rear ankle and ballooned in, leaving Guzan no chance of saving it.
Costa didn’t even celebrate, which says a lot.
Them’s the breaks though and we just aren’t getting any, it seems.

Once it was 2-0, it was game over, although I totally expected Mourhino to park the bus.
He didn’t, which only backs up my thoughts that we carry no threat whatsoever.

The main point about today is that we set up reasonably well, which is where Tim Sherwood has been criticized most lately.
I could question why Gestede started, as I don’t think it was his sort of game today, a point that you could say was proved. Yes, he had a chance in the first half, where a better striker would have scored, but that apart, I felt he was mostly ineffective.

Richardson for Amavi was one that surprised me though, but fair’s fair he didn’t do much wrong. Just the same as he didn’t do much at all.

The problem about today is that we created no serious threat.
We never seriously looked like scoring, but neither did Chelsea, their gifts apart.

Grealish played well, but ultimately achieved little and that probably sums the game up.

But I really can’t criticize Sherwood today at all.
It’ll be interesting to see how the press see things, as in my opinion Chelsea were as average as us and a fair result would have been 0-0.

Oh well, at least it wasn’t the whupping many of us thought it might be.


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  1. Turv32
    Turv32 October 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm . Reply

    I have to 100% agree with oohah on this.
    I don’t like the sack the manager culture but we need a change asap

  2. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 October 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm . Reply

    Really – sack the manager AGAIN and that’s bound to solve all the problems!?

    I would only support that approach if, say, someone with Moyes experience of the PL was lined up with a guaranteed 5 year contract come what may! We desperately need continuity and if that includes relegation so be it as, let’s face it, Lerner is not suddenly going to invest £50 – £60m to buy our way out of trouble. Overall, I think the club is soundly financed and we could financially survive relegation.

    Obviously I would prefer to rebuild using the within the PL – next four games are crucial and will determine our future.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm . Reply

      No more Scottish managers please that’s al, we need.

  3. Im Ronny Pickering
    Im Ronny Pickering October 17, 2015 at 8:06 pm . Reply

    I was quite enjoying the Badger Oohah show., OK talk about the game ?we was unlucky? I didn’t see the game but will tonight . at this point in time I’m in Oohah camp ,he still changed the game with the disapproval of one player and the keeping on of another, Badger this is not acceptable for a club like us and excuses will not help.Cuzan has had his chances, get him off, Hutton today unlucky but still not good enough as right bloody long is this torment going on for us Villa fans?,no other club would stand it, getting pissing worse, Sherwood out.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm . Reply

      Agree Ronny Pickering me and Badger could be the next Fletch and Sav,of Saint and Greavsie or Morcome and Wise lol

  4. Adam
    Adam October 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm . Reply

    We signed that young keeper from anderlecht why not throw him in? Could he be any worse??.. also we need to stop having two defensive mids on the pitch from the off. Its so restrictive, Gana can do the work himself, get Gary Gardner in the middle he has the brain to attack but will put the shift in to get back too. Westwood I seriously hope breaks his leg in training. Come on Clark do us a favour!!

  5. Karl
    Karl October 17, 2015 at 9:26 pm . Reply

    Another game lost by errors. Time after time I’ve watched Guzan put defenders under pressure. He’s obviously been told to pass rather than punt up the pitch. (If in doubt clout it)
    We were under no pressure today until we gave the goal away and unlucky with the second.
    However, as we have nothing to lose where was the passion, the will to win and go at Chelsea. After conceding we never looked like scoring and would not score if we were still playing now. I would drop Guzan also Westwood who disappoints me. Rudy is not strong enough and we should have paid for a proven goal scorer pre season.
    It’s all to messy and needs sorting.
    What’s Wilkins doing!! I thought he would be a good asset and help tactically.
    I’m starting to get very concerned that we will get relegated this early in the season. I keep telling myself things will improve, the players we have will start performing and that at least 3 other teams are worse than us.
    I suppose we have not won at Chelsea for a long time but really need a win next week.
    Hopefully a more attacking formation – 4,4,2. I’m keeping the faith with Sherwood at the moment but if we don’t get a result against SWansea I fear the worst for him.

  6. Karl
    Karl October 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm . Reply


    In glad you agree with me, and like you I don’t think replacing Sherwood is the answer.
    The players need to start taking responsibility and performing !!!

  7. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion October 18, 2015 at 12:20 am . Reply

    Badger, the 7500 to Holte site that pairs with this had Klinsmann (USA manager) saying following his spell as #1 Guzan would now take turns with Howard. And not having seen that game I don’t know, but someone on it blamed Guzan for Mexico’s last goal. As for today, I was there, and Iooked specifically at the Villa players as Chelsea scored the first and nobody made a move towards Guzan to cheer him up. Richards as captain should at least do that – but he, Lescott and Westwood all exchanged glances and looked at the dugout.

  8. DSVilla
    DSVilla October 18, 2015 at 12:46 am . Reply

    Funny how the master tactician and spotter of players/managers Andrew isn’t on here defending Guzan’s latest cock up. he seems to be his No 1 fan.

  9. jvillan
    jvillan October 18, 2015 at 12:52 am . Reply

    excellant comments spot on about andrew

  10. Holtender
    Holtender October 18, 2015 at 1:03 am . Reply

    I thought we looked decent, until Guzan Guzaned (again)!

    If Gana keeps up his first half performance for 90 minutes he’ll win matches by himself, looked very good. Westwood takes a lot of, mainly undeserved, stick but I thought he was poor today and could do with a couple of games on the bench. Gestede looked far more committed and lively, got very little service, but at least we stopped hoofing it to him all the time. Ayew looked more comfortable and Richards was very good.

    In the main as Badger says we were unlucky but again created our own problems, if we had more incisive possession around the box we might benefit from some luck of our own. How many deflected goals have we conceded this season, four?!

    At least we looked a bit more settled tactically and for once Sherwood didn’t negatively affect the game with ill judged substitutions. Progress?

  11. Adam
    Adam October 18, 2015 at 8:52 am . Reply

    Do Leicester have better players than us? Maybe, maybe not. All I I can say is their tactics, confidence are better and I honestly believe that’s the only differnece between us and them. Apart from 13 points!!.. I really pray Swansea is a turning point for us it has to be.

  12. Im Ronny Pickering
    Im Ronny Pickering October 18, 2015 at 9:27 am . Reply

    I have sat a looked at MOTD 3 times, Westwood first long pass intercepted and nearly caused a goal, Lescott is unsafe to say the least, Cuzan words fail me on him please replace as soon as possible, as for our performance there’s something there in time, Hutton, bad luck on him wondering if he’s better in a forward position? Don’t think Gestede is working not doing enough, other than that what can we do to get out of the shit, Sherwood’s worried you can see that, only the big boys know what’s going to happen at Villa for us fans terrible Christmas coming.

  13. Im Ronny Pickering
    Im Ronny Pickering October 18, 2015 at 11:04 am . Reply

    Badger , don’t get me wrong I fully understand where your coming from on Cuzan, i think Sherwood holding back on players far to long, you’ve said that it maybe he knows and we don’t, but let’s face it up till now he’s been suspect on decision’s for a long time, Gil, Cozak, Grealish, and a few more, now to me its showing a weakness in knowing what to do, he hasn’t the know how in my book, and sorry if it something some fans don’t agree, I spend money at Villa and like a prat did it again this year.

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