Southampton 6 – 1 Villa; Guaranteed safe, but back down to earth with a bump

This was another game that I didn’t get to watch because of work, so I can’t comment on the match, but by the sounds of it, it was probably a good one to miss.
Having had a very quick glance around, it seems that the defensive part of the side had a total shocker and this wasn’t helped by some very gung-ho tactics that didn’t get changed, at least in the first half.

I had a quick look for the score after about twenty minutes of the game and was stunned to see that we’d conceded a hat-trick in just three minutes. At any level you care to mention, that is absolutely awful and I find myself wondering what on earth happened?
Roll on Match of the day.

Still, with me not having seen the game, I’m not in a position to comment, so I won’t.
Hence this one is about the positive side of things.
While it’s easy to rant and rave after a bad performance, we have to bear in mind that the players who lost today have done pretty well over the last few weeks.
Whether today was a result of a side that was over-confident, I really can’t say, but I was talking to a workmate earlier today and his opinion was that Southampton were about due to give someone a thrashing. He certainly called that one right.

So what’s the good news?
As we all know we’re safe, which at the moment is the main thing.
And Benteke scored again, albeit an absolute token gesture goal. It could have been worse, in that we might have got none at all, is the point. I suspect I’m perhaps clutching at straws there, to be honest.

Ok, it’s scant consolation and doesn’t bode particularly well for the run-up to the cup final, especially when we face a tough Burnley side, who although relegated, will not lay down and die for us.
But Sherwood said we’d win some and lose some. The problem is I didn’t see a 6-1 whupping being part of that.

While today is very disappointing, there may be something good to come out of it.
There’s no way we will be complacent against Arsenal in the final, after this result.


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  1. Colonius81
    Colonius81 May 17, 2015 at 6:50 pm .

    I actually don’t know about Vorm he is like a younger Given, I don’t think he would be a massive step up. he is an excellent shot stopper but he has weaknesses to his game too.
    I remember seeing him have outstanding displays for swansea, but still remember thinking he could have done better for some simpler saves.

    I think if we want to upgrade the keeper, we should pick an up and comer like some mentioned here, or give Steer a chance no? he hasn’t really got a proper go yet in my opinion.

  2. little8
    little8 May 18, 2015 at 12:01 am .

    Playing a high line against a team with southamptons pace was suicide ,the positive being tim will know hes made that mistake and will not do it against arsenal.After the hull away game i could not see us scoring another goal never mind get another point tim has done wonders and i so dream of us winning the fa cup imagine the homecoming, starved of success for years then coming home with the F A CUP the city would be bouncing .

  3. Andrew
    Andrew May 18, 2015 at 12:33 am .

    My word I do love people’s arguments on here. “Oh people are in denial, we lost 6-1 how can you be happy about the result”. I swear reading comprehension for some has gone out the window to make their made up arguments just to be negative. No one once said they were happy about it, it was a good result, etc. People claimed it didn’t matter, because we are safe, and that’s all that matters. No one’s claiming we shouldn’t have ambition, but we’re safe, so the 6-1 loss does not matter as we can no longer go down. I can honestly say not a single fan is happy about the result. Good grief the neg heads love making up things on here just to make an awful argument that’s 99% of the time baseless.

  4. bencey83
    bencey83 May 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm .

    Just wanted to say how relieved I am that this season is over and we somehow managed to scrape survival! It’s been one of the worst seasons I can remember as a Villa fan. This brief spell under Sherwood has at least added a rare bit of excitement. However, the Southampton game was as bad as anything under Lambert. It was embarrasing!

  5. bencey83
    bencey83 May 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm .

    But well done to Tim for keeping us up, as Lambert would have had no chance.

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