Everton Vs Aston Villa Review – Today we were a disgrace

10 minutes into the second half I sent this to Badger,

I'm not going to be able to write the review today. I'm livid, absolutely livid. 

Making me angry watching this shambles. Everything that can go wrong, is going wrong.

The only reason I have now come to write my review is because I just watched Albion slot one past United and it brought back all the anger from Saturday. That should set the mood for this post.

Our past 4 fixtures have seen Villa lose 11:0.

This is the longest running fixture in top flight football and we did that feat no justice. We are becoming a disgusting disgrace.

I spouted in the preview about how this was going to be an attacking team and we should win 2:1, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Our attack, our holy grail Benteke was MIA. He just was not in the game at all. The only good that can be taken from this game is that the away support was fantastic, completely out singing the home support (Not that Everton ever make any racket. They have one of the quietest supporting base I have ever witnessed “3 nil up and you still don’t sing”), if only the players played with as much passion.

Where to start then?


The mighty Vlaar was back, but not back on form. It wasn’t just the defence, because the entire team looked shook by the constant bombardment that Everton threw upon us. Weak points would be Clark and Cissokho. Clark is scrappy, unmatured and needs to leave the club immediately.

Clark was not supposed to be on the pitch but was brought on early in the first half when Baker suffered an injury. This adds to the curse of the Villa CB’s and hopefully we will find him back in the team very soon as he started well and I believe he really has come of age.

Cissokho is awful going forward, we have talked about this in previous weeks. He comes across as rushed and sloppy with his passing being off and balls being well wide.

Hutton has been brilliant and spot on all season. He had a great game but was let down by the majority of the team (who would have said that a season or two ago?)


With the absence of Delph, we needed players to step up and that didn’t really happen with the exception of Cleverly.

Cleverly played his socks off. He passed well, he got into space and ran himself ragged getting the ball back. Again, it is a shame that the rest of the team was not on form or even on the pitch.

Where was the rest of midfield?


Did we have any on the pitch? Are we seriously the only team in the Premier league that doesn’t have a decent strike force? We all put too much faith into Benteke and too be honest with you, I think he will find it hard to replicate his first season for us, very hard indeed and since i’m saying that, what chance does that leave Gabby and Wiemann? I’ve said it before, I have no faith in either of them as goal scorers.

Honestly from the minute we started the game to the minute we ended it, we only looked decent for roughly 3 minutes of play. Our team is just not up to the standard the premier league is expecting, it’s becoming a harder competition and you either have to swim or sink. We are a sinking and doing so without so much as a fight.

We need players. After the game I counted and named the players on current form who I would keep in a team if I had to pick.


I would only consider taking 6 of the players from the team that started and I honestly believe that we need at least 6 new players in order to sort this mess out. 2 strikers, 2 wingers, 1 left back, 1 centre back. If we don’t spend in this winter window, we may run the risk of going down and it really saddens me to say that.

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  1. nath
    nath October 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm .

    watch chelsea now on telly now the formation and set up is the same as aston villa are TRYING to play, hazzard and william aren’t wingers they are inside right and inside left and its the ivanovic azipillcueta that are the width and oscar is the guy in behind the striker

    the only difference is aston villa aven’t got the quality but nzog and gabby are playing the hazzard and william and clevery is doing the deeper oscar role but much deeper

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson October 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm .

      Yes seeing that Nath, when it kicked off I could see that the two backs are the wingers, and Oscar and Hazard William central midfield, as you said they have the know how we don’t.

      1. nath
        nath October 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm .

        thanxs bill

        but you watch there 3 supporting william oscar and hazzard they swap but always track back they basically play the system much better than gabby and nzog and clever who don’t swap but aren’t as affective but our left back is poor 2 play this system 🙁

    2. BWS
      BWS October 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm .

      So if Lambert was the Chelsea manager with those players at his disposal he’d be the dogs?
      You could well be right and all us punters at VP are underestimating the the guys genius and tactical nous but somehow I doubt it mate.

      1. nath
        nath October 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm .

        what iam saying is the system isn’t wrong but the players in the system aren’t playing it correctly, this system is played by most of the top teams maybe a slight different but wot we are trying to play is no diffferent than this only we are ballsing it up

        1. BWS
          BWS October 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm .

          Or (a) They aint good enough to execute it.
          Or (b) He’s to incompetent to get the message through.
          Or (c) Both of the above.

          1. nath
            nath October 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm .

            i av to tick (A) BUT ~ hes responsible so its a trick question, it could be (C )

        2. Lambert's laughing at us
          Lambert's laughing at us October 22, 2014 at 6:19 am .

          The problem is not systems at all, its the players that aren’t good enough.

          1. Mr_cheese
            Mr_cheese October 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm .

            Too be honest, I am putting most of the blame.on the players. I won’t let lambert of of the hook though because it is him buying.these.players and not picking up on when they go wrong.

            The players have been somewhat awful, not all of them but let’s take cissokho and Richardson as an example. Both players.miss.passes consistently and cissokho screws up crosses. How are we supposed to make scoring opportunities if the ball can’t even find its way to the right players feet or head.

            These are things that need to be sorted out. Play the passing game, don’t hit the ball up front in hope. These players need to be told. If you can’t get the ball where you want it, pass and move to make space. This is where.lambert comes in. If the players don’t do what you want them to do, you warn them, you work then harder until they get it. The team has to start think, reacting and playing like a team.with football heads.

          2. Lionheart
            Lionheart October 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm .

            Mr Cheese… but who brought Chissoko and Richardson..

            Plus Chissoko first job is to DEFEND.. the fact he has to try and create is due to us having rubbish on the wings.. now again.. why hasn’t the manager rectified this.. the guy is a clown.. full stop.

          3. nath
            nath October 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm .

            chelsea played as a team lion, defended as 1 and attacked as 1, the 3 behind the striker rotated, Willian ended up in full back position and Hazard also tracked back and did his covering in the full back area. VICE VERSA Ivanovic and Filipe Luis both were in wot you regards as winger territory, now you telling us this is a big no no . you wanna watch more football and study your formations if you go for your badges.

            cissokho needs to be able to pass the ball and cross it, cresswell is crossing some beauties for the hammers wasn’t he a lambert target but we couldn’t prize him away, being the big attraction

            anyone think cissokho is a earl barrett mark II he was a good defender at times and dead awful once he passed halfway

  2. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 October 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm .

    Multiple answers to a single question – why are we so poor? Single answer – because we are! Freud anyone?

    1. BWS
      BWS October 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm .

      Prefer mine poached, anyway what you doing on here? I thought you were off to Woh the sunny Caribbean sea.

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson October 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm .

        BWS he’s gone, looking at the time he posted and the time you did I’d think he’s pretty pissed by now, if not then he should be, 🙂 getting a bit fed up now people that think they know as to why we are where we are now, its bloody obvious to me after giving the last two years saying give him time.Once and for all you Lambert lovers from Bill, he’s pissing useless, no more time from me. Get him out of Villa park, full STOP.

  3. Lionheart
    Lionheart October 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm .

    Its B by a country mile..

    He chose to play this system and get these players in.. no wingers.. creativity.. goals from midfield..

    I can’t believe people are blind to this..

    We can simplify everything.. last night did you see Chelsea Barca Bayern played with 11 players.. a GK like we do.. a midfield and striker(s).. so everyone plays the same it’s just our players are not good enough.. the manager isn’t to blame 😀

  4. Lionheart
    Lionheart October 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm .

    PL has 8 MILLION sitting there to invest and his answer to our lack of creativity and goals from midfield was Tom Cleverley lol

    Now TC is a decent player IMO.. so is Kozak as back up to a degree.. BUT when you have gaping holes in your team that need attending too.. they are NOT the answer i am afraid..

    PL is a buffoon..

    1. nath
      nath October 22, 2014 at 6:17 pm .

      you wanna get over it buddy, and get yourself the badges, show them how it’s done. simply just buy the chelsea team. oh and iam sure they would play for villa on randy’s wages

      tom cleverley won’t be signing for villa, unless their is no other better offer, that’s the job attracting players, compete with other teams, smaller teams offering more money like HULL TIGERS, the jobs yours

      sarcasm is the lowest form of wit by the way, the chelsea team last nite i wonder how many of them cost 8 mill or play for wages less than villas top earner. answers on back of a stamp please

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