I can’t believe we lost that game, but we did, somehow.
We started so well and the main talking point about the first half is that we looked very comfortable and dominated overall, in my opinion.
We controlled the midfield, with Sanchez who was already marked as my man of the match, pulling all the strings and looking the real class that I believe he is.
And Grealish and Gil were linking well, particularly down the left, where even Gabby got involved with some nice play early on.
It was all looking good and ultimately, Jack Grealish went on to score a nice left-footed curler, his first for Villa. He’d had another chance earlier, where he should have scored.
We could easily have been two up at half time, although Leicester did have the odd chance.
Half time, we were one up then, only for Leicester to come out looking a totally different side.
Something that seems is becoming a regular theme in my reviews, I must add.
Either we got worse, or Leicester got much better and I suspect it’s more the former, given that I’ve noticed it as what seems a trait.
Whatever, Leicester proceeded to batter us and the game turned totally on it’s head.
Whereas we were so dominant in the middle (and even the defence looked really good) in the first half, so the midfield just disappeared, which left the defence with way too much to do.
When it’s looking like “shots in” you know you’re going to concede, but to my amazement and delight, we hit Leicester with a good counter, where (I think it was Gabby) pulled the ball back for Gil to hit a lovely right-footed
curler, even better than young Jack’s.
2-0 it was.
It was in the bag then, but Leicester’s heads didn’t drop and they continued what was basically an onslaught.
I’m still not quite sure what happened, but the long and short is they got three goals.
The first two, I can’t really moan about, but the third, I really have to question what Guzan was doing.
If you’re going to come out, you simply have to get the ball, don’t you?
That said, Guzan didn’t cost us this game; It was the midfield.
It was so obvious, it was practically poking my eyes out.
Something needed changing and my opinion says ideally we’d have taken Westwood off and maybe put Gana in his place.
although the latter would probably have started if he was fit.
Instead, Sherwood chose to take Gil off and put Ayew on.
I totally failed to see the point in that, as we weren’t getting the ball up there enough, for my money.
Hutton replaced Bacuna, who was poor, but it was way too late.
Even though we lost this one, I thought there were a few plus points.
The biggest was that the defence actually looked very solid in the first half, when they were playing with a midfield in front of them.
Sanchez is beginning to look real class, as he really did anchor the team in the first half.
And we look like the Grealish, Gil, Sinclair axis might be beginning to work, as they played some cracking stuff at times.
There are serious doubts about their stamina, after having watched that game though.
But at least it was a very decent game to watch, even if we didn’t get the result.
Think back to the tripe we were watching a year ago.