Chelsea 2 – 1 Villa; good effort? ‘

I have to apologise from the off.
There was no way I was going to pay fifty quid to sit in with home fans even though I’m working in London.
So I struggled to get a stream until about 40 mins in.
I did get one though, early enough to see Benteke’s goal, in a way.

The result of the game I saw was just a stutter thogh and all in slo-mo.
So much for the mobile internet being good in the UK.

Whatever, from what I could make out, we did OK.

They didn’t thrash us.

Please enlighten me.


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    JACK GALLIMORE August 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm . Reply


    1. BillyWalkerShirt
      BillyWalkerShirt August 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm . Reply

      I second that motion.

  2. Colin
    Colin August 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm . Reply

    Why post something if you don’t know wat happened we were great tonight unlucky bad decisions great performance from delf and the team in general

  3. BillyWalkerShirt
    BillyWalkerShirt August 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm . Reply

    Robbed by some of the most shamelessly biased refereeing you ever did see, the lads played brilliantly and were worthy of a draw at the very least but alas there was to be no repeat of Saturdays performance by an impartial Ref and normal service was resumed.

  4. streetlyvillan
    streetlyvillan August 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm . Reply

    Only had commentary from AVFC. But it sounds like, in the second half at least, we carried on from where we left off at Arsenal. Only this time our defenders were much better. We hung in there in the first half and grabbed the equalizer before half time, in the second half we took the game to them and it was only Czech that stopped us taking the lead. Then we were hit by their goal, a hand ball not given and a sending off not given. We served at least a point, if not all three. Well played Villa. Repeat this on Saturday and it will be 6 from 9. Brilliant.

    1. BillyWalkerShirt
      BillyWalkerShirt August 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm . Reply

      The sting in the tail is the prick that should have been sent off for throwing elbows about scores the winner.

  5. billys boots
    billys boots August 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm . Reply

    these were decisions that we don’t normally get anyway you know terry can get away with murder against us and life is to short to try to understand what’s inside a refs head

  6. B6
    B6 August 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm . Reply

    I gave up going to football last season. Tonight’s refereeing descions are excatly the reason why. More and more people will stop going to football because it’s becoming more and more corrupt season after season. Fair play to the lads tonight, they gave everything and Lambert is building something really special. But football is far to corrupt to make it worthwhile going. £52 a ticket for tonight’s game, add on travel expenses, something to eat, drink, programme and it’s probably not far off £150. I’m sure there’s much better things to spend your money on other than corrupt referring decisions that are ruining the national game in this country. Sorry for the rant.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm . Reply

      Agree mate

  7. BillyWalkerShirt
    BillyWalkerShirt August 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm . Reply

    Paul Lambert
    “It’s a clear elbow on Christian, it’s a sending-off and I think the referee is in the vicinity to do it.

    “The penalty is a penalty. Everyone saw that. These are major decisions.

    “You’re asked to officiate and you miss two huge moments.”

  8. Foxy
    Foxy August 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm . Reply

    In a nutshell we were bloody brilliant. The midfield broke up play, the defence was superb, Guzan was in charge and in control, everyone took on every ball, we were most unlucky to not get at least a point and our squad of young, inexpensive and previously unheard of players took the game to Chelsea. I don’t care we lost because no one rolled over and took it, it was a proper performance. Everyone played well, not a single duff performance. Delph was MOTM for me.

  9. DMVillan
    DMVillan August 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm . Reply

    We were robbed of at least a point by two awful decisions. Absolute travesty.

  10. Foxy
    Foxy August 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm . Reply

    Benteke still top scorer this season and this year in the PL.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm . Reply

      Bet spurs are gutted. £25m starting to look very cheap now. At least £40m next season when we sell him to sky 4

  11. Villa29
    Villa29 August 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm . Reply

    I do not think we should complain like the Arse fans on the referee… We had chances we could have put to bed. Overall it was a really good game and we could have gotten something out of it if we would have had sharper finishes and some more luck more on our side (Lunas unlucky OG). The referee is part of the game, he is a human, he will make mistakes… If we play football and score goals, which we could have done (Weimanns and Gabbys chances) we would have won without the referee beeing able to affect…

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm . Reply

      That’s not the point penaltys are a huge part of the game and usually guarantee a goal. We created a good ball to get the pen and deprived a chance to equalise to get a point. Yes weimann should have took at least one of his chances but that still dosnt mean we Shoukd be cheated by ref

      1. Villa29
        Villa29 August 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm . Reply

        Ok, I see your point. Sure, it was a penalty, but could the referee have missed it or did he decide that it was unintentional and not affecting? Or was he bought? I would have liked a penalty but it was not given and its part of the game that decisions get wrong. Arsenal complained a lot on the penalties we where awarded last game… I mean should the game be corrupted, wouldn’t the referee at Emirates decided differently than he did?

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath August 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm . Reply

          The ref at arsenal hadn’t read the script. I watched game live in pub and even blue noses watching shouted pen, the players all appealed, the ref was standing in a great position to see it no way could he have missed it. He deliberately didn’t give it end of

    2. muzzvill
      muzzvill August 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm . Reply

      im afraid villla29 those 2 major decisions he made tonight were something more than human error he had a clear view of the elbow in the face he was stood 4 or five yards away and could see head on red card offence letter of the law end of and the penalty was also obvious to everyone except for the ref where the fuck was the twats on the sideline there is something rotten in the game when it comes to the top versus the rest

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath August 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm . Reply

        Hi muzzvill sorry mate I deleted one of your comments by accident I meant to reply and pressed delete. Not sure how to get it back but was not deliberate.

        1. muzzvill
          muzzvill August 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm . Reply

          no sweat i was only ranting anyway well pissed off and that cheeky bastard murhino sorry about spelling said he thought our style of play wasnt nice he insinuated that we humped it all night up to benteke what a fuckin twat

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath August 22, 2013 at 1:02 am . Reply


  12. Benno
    Benno August 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm . Reply

    Apart from the horrendous officiating, it was a very good game, end to end stuff. First half, Chelsea largely dominated, in fact dont think we had a shot until Benteke popped up.

    Second half was completely different, we had more possession, closed them down really well and for the first 20 mins or so, were by far the better team. Weimann really unlucky not to have scored twice.

    No weak links in the team at all, everyone battled hard and gave 100%. Was especially impressed with the fullbacks going forward and defending…esp as they were up against Mata and Hazard. Okore also looks a great prospect and did not look out of place. Delph though was MOTM again, great engine and constantly carried the ball upfield and past Chelsea players.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm . Reply

      Agree mate my only concern is why do we play better in second half. This was a problem last season where seem to play well one half only. It has to be playing well for both halves. Having said that very unlucky in the end not to get a point

  13. B6
    B6 August 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm . Reply

    The penalty was 50/50 for me. Having said that had it of been at the other end I have no doubt what-so-ever it would if been given. What pisses me off is there’s an elbow, the bloke gets a yellow card, then could and should of been booked again on at least 3 separate occasions after he’s already been booked. Had that been one of our players I’d bet my life they would of seen a red card. That to me is wrong and not worth spending money on when it’s blatantly obvious the “top 4” get special treatment. It’s pointless competing if it’s one rule for them and one for every other team.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm . Reply

      That’s how it is now B6 the sky 4 have a completely different rule book to the rest of us. Sky and rest of media would be gutted if a team like villa win the league they still havnt forgiven us for winning the EC.

    2. Villa29
      Villa29 August 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm . Reply

      Lambert will get them with football! 🙂 They cannot stop the Lions! UTV!!

    3. muzzvill
      muzzvill August 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm . Reply

      stonewall penalty B6 unless you think maybe he waving to someone he spotted in the crowd

      1. B6
        B6 August 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm . Reply

        Any idea who he could of been waving to?

        1. muzzvill
          muzzvill August 22, 2013 at 12:13 am . Reply

          not to sure B6 think i saw Wayne Bridge in the crowd though

  14. billys boots
    billys boots August 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm . Reply

    refereeing decisions aside i don’t think we are going to have any of the issues that have plagued this team for to long now i am starting to enjoy watching the villa again and have real hope for the future all we need now is for the media to get on our side,to be fair talksport have been singing our praises of late

    1. Villa29
      Villa29 August 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm . Reply

      Positive comments also on Guardian football pod and ESPN! Barry on Guardian said Villa “would be the dark horse” this season… silence in the studio… “What, Villa winning the league?”. Joke continuing rest of the pod on Villa being the the league winners though the “dark horse” comment more was aimed at top 6-8. I think eye browse are starting to get up. Let’s crush Liverpool now and we really are in the focus! UTV!

  15. Andrew
    Andrew August 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm . Reply,,10265~3420938,00.html

    Gotta say those stats look great for Vlaar and Delph. Other than Lowton being out of position for Hazard on the first goal, our defensive line was extremely strong and Lowton while being beaten by pace from Hazard, thought he did pretty good actually.

  16. Lionheart
    Lionheart August 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm . Reply

    Okore will be a real player!!

  17. Mark
    Mark August 22, 2013 at 12:24 am . Reply

    Let’s put this in to some sort of perspective.After last year’s thrashing,alot of us would have looked at a 2-1 defeat as acceptable. The fact that we deserved at least a point makes it a little less easy to take. Firstly, I don’t go with the “corrupt referee” theory. That sort of thing only happens in other parts of the world. I do believe, however, that some referees give decisions in favour of the home side because they are fearful of the deafening noise of disapproval from the majority of supporters in the stadium.I also believe that there are some who are the opposite and delight in upsetting the locals. Only referee Kevin Friend can explain why he saw the deliberate elbow by Ivanovic on Benteke, yet decided it only warranted a yellow card. He drew his arm back for god’s sake. How much more of an intentional act of violence do you need to see ? I knew he would go on to score the winner. I just flaming well knew it. As for his high kick on Benteke after his goal, a Fenerbahce player was booked for the exact same thing tonight on Lauren Koscielny for Arsenal.
    With regard the penalty. What is the rule ? Can someone tell me please ?
    Does it have to be intentional ? If the answer is Yes then I don’t believe that Terry did it deliberately but what is his arm doing up in the air in any event ? So many positives from the first two games. Let’s not give opposing fans the satisfaction of accusing us of sour grapes.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew August 22, 2013 at 12:49 am . Reply

      I don’t think the word intent is anywhere in the rules for anything, including a foul and including red cards. The fact he had his arm in an awkward position is enough to call it. If it was intentional, most refs would send him off as well.

      I had that feeling as well. The fact he was offside and should have been sent off is the least surprising thing ever.

      1. Andrew
        Andrew August 22, 2013 at 8:17 am . Reply

        Found this extremely funny though.

        “Firstly, I don’t go with the “corrupt referee” theory. That sort of thing only happens in other parts of the world.”

        It’d be more you hope it only happens in other parts of the world.

    2. muzzvill
      muzzvill August 22, 2013 at 12:55 am . Reply

      agree with nearly all you say Mark spot on. But i dont think anyone is saying the referee was corruopt more that there is something rotten within the corridors of the premier league you are aware that the referee at the arse villa match on saturday was demoted for playing it by the book but he obviously upset a few people at the top so he was wrapped on the knuckles and the message was sent out to other referees that might want to ref in the letter of the law dont even think about it if any of the sky four are involved or woe betide you hence that will now have an effect on all other referees and how they manage the top games sad really when you think about it and yes corrupt

    3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 22, 2013 at 1:04 am . Reply

      Probably not corrupt refs but they don’t want to upset sky 4 teams for fear of being dropped from reffing them

      1. muzzvill
        muzzvill August 22, 2013 at 1:08 am . Reply

        agreed and they know now because of the scandalous repercussions that happened to the ref of the villa match

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath August 22, 2013 at 1:14 am . Reply

          So true it’s not right something should be done

  18. KentuckyVillan
    KentuckyVillan August 22, 2013 at 1:26 am . Reply

    In the United States, the majority of sports fans have stopped watching the NBA because of the favoritism shown by referees to big teams. People spoke with their money. Premier League wants to cash in on American consumers, they may think about cleaning that shit up. Its much worse than NBA

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am . Reply

      Didn’t know that. I think if most people in this country stopped subscribing to sky the prem will die on its arse. Iv taken a stance a couple of years and refuse to pay Murdoch money to put into their sky 4 publicity machine

  19. muzzvill
    muzzvill August 22, 2013 at 1:38 am . Reply

    very hard though Kentucky when so many of the bastards have there grrubby little hands in the pot. sadly the top 3 or four clubs generate a lot of revenue and wealth i remember when man U first won the premiership they consequently went onto the world club championship but the fixtures here didnt meet with fergusons approval he wanted them all change and fuck the other smaller clubs that it might have upset low and behold it was done now i know its only a minor point but the point is the bigger clubs mostly always have the decisions in there favour including the big ones and that is the status quo it wont change unless mindsats change and that aint gonna happen RANT OVER

  20. Villan1
    Villan1 August 22, 2013 at 7:58 am . Reply

    Sums up modern day football and why I decided I won’t be spending much money following it any more. I still love the Villa and always will but I truly hate the PL and the FA.
    No matter how hard you try and what you do, Sky and their precious top 4 will always get the decisions. The bias and corruption is so bleeding obvious, yet nothing is done. Neither the PL and FA want the status quo to change.
    I wish Sky would just f off and take their top 4 and form their own European super league, so the rest of us can get back to watching a fair game with reasonable ticket prices. No chance of that though. Why bother paying money and investing time when you know you don’t have a fair crack?

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 22, 2013 at 8:51 am . Reply

      Agree mate I wish they would fuck of then we would have a level playing field where any team could win the league

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