Chelsea 3- 0 Villa; That was never a 3-0 game.

Well, I’m pretty gutted after that.
I thought we were excellent in the first half and were probably the better side overall.
Axel Tuanzebe failed to stand up against Lukaku and it cost us, as we had a few chances and couldn’t score.
I suppose that’s the difference when you sign a £90 odd million player, but I thought we looked the more creative, worked harder and generally did the brighter stuff.
It was enough to make Chelsea, in their extremely quiet stadium (and that’s not a dig, just pure fact) look the inferior side, even if they’d had the majority of the possession.

The second half started okay, but then Mings seemed to totally lose his edge and concentration to allow a ball through to Lukaku again for an easy second.
I’ve consistently made no secret about my dislike for Mings. For an England international some of the stuff he does is ridiculous in a bad way. I’d be happy to see him gone and rate Konsa, who, it’s noticeable just doesn’t make those sort of mistakes, much higher.
Whatever, you could see it totally deflated the team and just took the edge off the game, as it was blatantly obvious that the result had been decided.

What else? Ah the ref, Stuart Atwell.
Well, I thought he was a total disgrace today. His early booking of Ramsey was definitely deserved, but wow, some of the decisions against us were harsh, while many of theirs went in their favour.
I never call refs out, but I feel his performance today needs looking into. Not that it will make any difference.

Otherwise, I was very pleased with what I saw.
I said that I expected a decent performance and I think we definitely got that in the first half. We worked hard, playing intelligently with purpose and all that we missed was a goal or two. As late as the last five minutes, I thought we were playing nice, fast football to feet and didn’t look to be lacking sharpness/fitness even at the end.

This was never a 3-0 game and we’d have troubled many teams today. It’s no disgrace to lose to Chelsea and I’m not worried after today’s showing.
Keep that up and it’ll start to come together, in my opinion.


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  1. Bill Pearson..
    Bill Pearson.. September 13, 2021 at 7:58 am . Reply

    Mark summed it up for me on Ming and if Smith chooses to ignores the attitude of Ming and his mistakes then fans will think the way I do on our goal of being a big club again. He’s dragging us down and its plain to see, I’m at a stage now of not bothered about if we do or don’t improve.

  2. Holte
    Holte September 13, 2021 at 6:12 pm . Reply

    It’s like Badger said, there is no point in discussing whether Mings should be sold because Smith rates him highly enough to be captain. The biggest hope is he will eventually realise that you don’t get all the time in the world to dwell on the ball in the premier league. He did improve towards the end of last season, so hopefully the Chelsea game will be a wake up call although I’m not going to hold my breath.

    1. WARRIOR
      WARRIOR September 13, 2021 at 7:46 pm . Reply

      WARRIOR, here I wonder how many Villans actually rate MINGS it would be good to know UTV VTID. WARRIOR

  3. Holte
    Holte September 13, 2021 at 8:15 pm . Reply

    Warrior, I know quite a few Villa supporters who rate Mings highly. When he is on form he looks quality but he goes through spells of inconsistency where he gifts the opposition chances and it’s nearly always when he is complacent and lingers in possession. Personally if we could get £25m and sign another Mellberg or Laursen then I would let him go. If we are to move to the next level then I think we need improvements. I believe Cash and Konsa are good enough and hopefully Targett can recapture last season’s form. Mings will be one of Smith’s first names on the team sheet but his mistakes will prove costly and ultimately if we don’t improve on last season, then Smith might get his P45.

    1. WARRIOR
      WARRIOR September 13, 2021 at 8:45 pm . Reply

      Holte, you say the right words I try but it doesn’t sound right but I love my Villa WARRIOR

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