Leicester 1 – 0 Villa; Total rubbish

Well, that was about as poor as it gets for me.
Yet again, we kept possession, passed it around a lot and basically created next to nothing.
A measly one shot on goal sums us up and says all we need to know.

The really disappointing thing is we weren’t playing one of the top teams. This was Leicester City, who while they’re on a decent run at the moment are still bottom of the table.
Still, Leicester should be feeling pretty good after this game, as they’re only 5 points behind us and the way we’re playing lately, we look eminently catchable.
Looking at that same table, we’re only 3 points above the relegation places.
Are those of you who think we’re going to end up mid-table still feeling comfortable? I’m not.

And then look at the current form table. We’re bottom with 3 draws and 3 defeats and when you consider who we’ve played in the last 4 games, that makes me even more uncomfortable.

It occurred to me during the game that Paul Faulkner said that Randy Lerner watches every Villa game and I found myself wondering if that was really true. If it is, what on earth must he be thinking?
If I, as a rabid Villa fan for far too many years find us incredibly hard to watch, surely he must be bored witless?

You’ll probably notice that I’ve hardly mentioned the game.
That’s because there’s very little to talk about, yet another red card apart and the scary fact that Leicester fully deserved their win.

When will this tedium end? is the question I keep asking myself.

Please Lerner, just do something. Anything: as it surely can’t be worse than the utter rubbish that we’re having to endure at the moment.
I’m beginning to think it might be better for us to actually go down attacking, as opposed to this death of a thousand misplaced passes, which I suspect will see us struggling anyway. And I don’t recall ever thinking that before.

I won’t even mention that even a lowly club like Leicester can afford a £9 million striker and the wages that entails. Yet we apparently can’t?.
Open your wallet Lerner and get us some quality before it’s too late.
Fat chance, I suppose.


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  1. Wishiwasguzan
    Wishiwasguzan January 10, 2015 at 9:47 pm . Reply

    The only thing for me is we r 13th . 22 points , 11 goals . When we decide to score goals and play players who care then I can c a light at the end of the tunnel . Too many big time Charlie’s think they r great but ain’t . I ain’t no messi but I would break my go nads to play for aston villa . Onwards and upwards

  2. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion January 10, 2015 at 9:49 pm . Reply

    “We need to do better in the final third”. (Lambert)

    Basil Fawlty’s jibe to his wife “You should be on Mastermind – specialist subject The Bleeding Obvious” comes to mind.

    He has shown no sign so far that he understands why Villa are so poor there.
    1/ Benteke does not like Gabby or Weimann and vice versa, and I am not sure Gabby and Weimann have a striker’s relationship. Benteke goes out of his way to give those two flicked on balls they cannot reach, the only decent passes he gives are to Hutton.
    2/ Nobody makes diagonal runs off the ball to lose their markers – perhaps the result of 1.
    3/ it is said the crosses into the box are bad, but they are bound to be! The strikers are hiding amongst their markers at a near stand-still – not sprinting into gaps to give the crosser a target.
    4/ None of the midfielders runs through the line of strikers and the oppos back four to offer an alternative.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain January 11, 2015 at 1:51 am . Reply

      Lambert is now basically clueless, and looks more detached from reality with every game.

      Like a rabbit caught in the headlights he’s seems completely paralysed and it’s hard to see him changing anything at all because he doesn’t know what to do next.

      Having given him the new contract, if Lerner won’t fire him now, then the only alternative is to bring in a Nr2 who can actually sort out the mess – quickly.

    2. bencey83
      bencey83 January 11, 2015 at 9:49 am . Reply

      I also noticed that Benteke’s body language to Weimann in particular is very cold. He often rants and raves at the other forwards. He clearly is furstrated by them. And he does seem to click more with Hutton. It’s also true that there is no intelligent movement by our forwards or midfielders into space or to create space. This is the sort of stuff that they should be working on in training.

    #HELENIUS January 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm . Reply

    Liverpool ITK’s claiming Delph is Liverpool bound.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm . Reply

      They must be mad if true. I think they’d rather have Downing back

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 11, 2015 at 12:12 am . Reply
      1. Andrew
        Andrew January 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm . Reply

        It’s scary if they think that, he’s nothing like Gerrard. Maybe other than when Gerrard had Torres he was a hard working player, and that’s about all Delph has is his work rate.

  4. fastjet81
    fastjet81 January 11, 2015 at 12:11 am . Reply

    Leicester definitely opened us up today and if Nugent had his scoring boots on, would have been far worse. Even Albrighton raised his game and had our back 4 on toast. The next 3 games look ominous :S

    The next 3 weeks could be the defining moment of Lambert’s Villa career. Get some attacking quality in the final third in this window or face the dreaded R word.

    1. OriginalLondonLion
      OriginalLondonLion January 11, 2015 at 1:05 am . Reply

      Actually we did not play with a back 4. Through arrogance we faced a team who are decent going forward but slack at the back, with only 2 committed defenders, both Hutton and Cissoko played as wingers. That is why Leicester outnumbered us on every break.

      There is no point in our pressing teams back because we lack the tactics to wriggle through a packed defence and our midfield couldn’t hit an empty net with a shot from 20 yards. What works for us is catching teams on the break, and despite this being our most successful ploy, when it is used against us we get caught by it.

  5. Warren Such
    Warren Such January 11, 2015 at 12:34 am . Reply

    Can we send cleverly back now he’s said he prefers Everton well I prefer the tea lady,total crap.
    What a mistake giving Agbonlahor new contract he might as well be giving the dog a walk around the pitch at least the dog might get a decent chance.
    Nzogbia should never play again, even Walsall would turn him down at the moment.
    And finally at every post interview by Lambert the clown, does he just switch on the same message from his tape machine,”we had possession, we controlled the game” etc etc etc pity the message doesn’t self destruct after 5 seconds blowing him to the conference where he might just get a job, if he’s lucky.
    Bring back Josef Venglos now he was class compared to Lambert the clown.

  6. Andrew
    Andrew January 11, 2015 at 1:39 am . Reply

    Currently at the moment on track to break Derby’s lowest ever goals in a Premier League season. We average .52 goals a game and Derby averaged .53…

    If this was the EPL 5 years ago, we’d be well and truly screwed… Fortunately the EPL is in such a disaster state that we still could possibly turn it around. Of course not under the worst manager in Premier League history, but someone of any intelligence surely can get a few more wins.

  7. nath
    nath January 11, 2015 at 9:45 am . Reply

    that shocked most of you, but i halfheartedly expected it, leicester raped pool at anfield week before fa cup, they were 2 nil down and were very unlucky, because they created the chances, wasn’t a shock when they came back to a 2 all draw and pool manager was relieved.

    the style we are trying is beyond this group of players, we need new players which won’t come because were we are. oh and the owner being a tight ass twat. villa have committed professional suicide, this change of style plus the players capabilities or lack off will relegate us without a whimper.

    the quality of cleverely is alarming hard to see hows hes made it, i av seen better on a sunday morning pub match, i can’t see us surviving this one, qpr, hull and villa will go for sure and of them hull have the best chance of escaping.

    for us to survive they need to revert back, to a team defending deep and hitting on the break, benteke probably the best player in the villa squad is a mere statue, hardly getting involved, surely you play to your strengths, we aven’t got many, but benteke is one, team chat before game or during h,t ~ give it 2 benteke~ guzan what do you do with the ball ~ give it to benteke~ easy to play, hard to defend against and you can achieve this in any pub matche, so i don’t don’t the villa players can manage this,

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 11, 2015 at 9:58 am . Reply

    Well again Nath I have to agree in what you’ve said, just sat and watch the game 3 times and came out with exactly that same conclusion, our team have no idea of each players intention when going forward, its got to a stage now no thought for each other and don’t seem to care, the players we have cannot control midfield, the strikers don’t look for spaces, all in all not a clue. A massive change is needed to pull opposition out like wide players at the minute teams know we are weak.

    1. nath
      nath January 11, 2015 at 10:12 am . Reply

      the villa fans need to act now and together, no point targeting the players or manager this is the owner. hes failed to properly invest, hes created the debts, by hiring the wrong managers. every appointment every decision points at him wanker.

      your right they had no control at any stage. before the game, i knew foxes wouldn’t allow villa to play pass the ball aimlessly around. they did the same at anfield, so i knew it would be a different game, to the other teams we played using this style. villa were a team with relegation written all over um. hard to see a way out of this mess. better sides than leicester will rack up a cricket score against us.

      its nothing but lerners doing, hes got to act now, 1 sack manager and hire and fund another manager, 2 back present manager 3 do nothing say nothing and hide behind the fall guy hes hired


      my guess he will take option 3 and sell benteke on deadline day

  9. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 11, 2015 at 10:41 am . Reply

    No two ways about it a cricket score is coming lay odds on that, as for colours never hide that even at away games, been in a few scrap situations in the past but to old now, you can now see what Lerner up to, he’s grabbing back what he can at the expense of fans, a yank through and through, no thought for the club, I still think Ellis knew this when he sold us off, I know Doug and his ways, he still has interest at the club like rooms ,offices and full row of seats in the box area, I still think feet will tell the club enough is enough, that’s my contributions to my loved club.

    1. nath
      nath January 11, 2015 at 11:01 am . Reply

      190 million in debt last time i heard, this was 3 seasons ago lamberts first year. meantime sky tv money increased our playing staff wages decreased massively. money spent on transfers decreased massively. last summer after a narrow escape the year before, we were the 2nd lowest spenders. lerners gonna sell the club and best players to make up the lower price of sale. nothing us fans can do is there or we would do it. protest against the manager or players, is playing into lerners hands, deflects the attention off him

  10. steve
    steve January 11, 2015 at 11:11 am . Reply

    Sadly we are witnessing the death of our great club.
    the owner doesn”t give a shit
    the players don”t give a shit with a number already looking for the exit door.
    and the manager is shit.
    lambert said you either sink or swim. He drowned a long time ago and lerner should grow a pair and tell him.
    An article yesterday said this villa team is the most boring in prem history with an average goals in a game of 1.6 beating Leeds with 1.7 in 1996.
    Another unwanted record.

  11. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson January 11, 2015 at 11:19 am . Reply

    I hear eleven arrested yesterday at Leicester showing anger now, next home game should through up major problems , bet he brings one player in on loan? that will be to quiet the fans.

  12. steve
    steve January 11, 2015 at 11:24 am . Reply

    The rumour is we are trying to bring in a promising young winger from united on loan to give him game time. We already have a promising young winger who if this deal happens won’t get a look in.

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