Villa 0 – 0 Crystal Palace; A total disgrace, Sanchez the only good player and Lambert out.

I said at half time in the previous thread that the headline of this post would be the same, regardless of the result.
It would have needed a miraculous change in performance in the second half to have changed my opinion, but it wasn’t forthcoming.

I struggle to recall such a poor performance from the Villa, I really do.

I’m struggling to find any positives whatsoever.
We created nothing, as per usual, but this is par for the course.

The difference today is we were playing Palace, that mighty side that are always difficult to play against.
The fact that they’re at the bottom of the league just proves that (sarcasm).

Total and utter rubbish, with no movement whatsoever up front, which is so, so poor.
Maybe, but it must have been the same for Palace, unless you think they have a better squad.

End of the day, we never looked like scoring, did we?

Anyone who thinks Lambert is the man for us is surely deluded, judging by that performance, in my opinion.
I quite simply want him gone.

I really don’t think that I have much more to say, apart from if Sanchez doesn’t get the MOTM award with a 95% vote, you must have been watching a different game to me.

The over-riding thought is LAMBERT OUT, as we don’t deserve to be watching the utter rubbish that we witnessed today, especially at home.


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  1. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee January 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm . Reply

    Is there any reason why Pardew was at Villa.The norm would be to watch Palace as he has no job and Palace have no manager.Why would Pardew go to a struggling palace.?As for Lambert Villa are now toothless and the lowest scoring team in the league.We are crying out for creativity on the pitch and also from our manager……utv

    1. Jay Dee
      Jay Dee January 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm . Reply

      Also our chairman can be lynched as he doesn’t represent the club with funding that represents are large club like Villa.

    2. Andrew
      Andrew January 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm . Reply

      Pardew had a club, he willingly left because of his love for Crystal Palace. lol

    3. Bencey83
      Bencey83 January 2, 2015 at 11:10 am . Reply

      Pardew was lined up as new Palace boss. He’s not the most popular at Newcastle, so he left before he was pushed. He used to play for Palace.

    GIDDYVILLAN January 1, 2015 at 5:24 pm . Reply

    Utter tripe that’s the performance badger not your article.I can see the mighty Blackpool turning us over simply because they manage to score goals.

  3. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 January 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm . Reply

    Yes the last 2 games are the worse I have seen Villa play and that includes many bad ‘uns over the years.
    How come we can all see a pass on if its done quickly but these are so negative its embarrassing.
    How can Benteke ever get to make chances if he never sees the damn ball and Grealish needs to get some studs fitted to his boots.

    This is on a BBC site of FB…….” Birmingham Mail reporter Mat Kendrick: Cunning plan by Villa to be so late on Match of the Day that their ‘highlights’ end up being shown first on next week’s show..”… I say embarrassing.

  4. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion January 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm . Reply

    It is difficult to think of one aspect of this game that was not totally predictable. Palace came set up not to lose with the back 8 and the keeper immediately on defence behind the ball the moment Palace lost the ball, which they did quickly, so Villa had over 60% possession.

    Villa were set up 4-3-3 but with the amount of possession they had the formation morphed into 3-1-6 for several minutes. After Grealish came on they had all the best available players on the pitch, but they still had no clue how to break down a massed defence. Nobody except Grealish was prepared to take players on and beat them. But Grealish was doing this wide left – and to none of his crosses, or Cissoko’s, were Villa’s front three first to the ball.

    Typical play therefore was 50% sideways amongst the back four. 20% forwards to a Villan with his back to goal and a marker right behind him, 20% lay offs from said forward back to the player who passed to him. 5% running with the ball 5% giving it away.

    Instances of Benteke, Weimann and Agbonlahor combining in attack – Nil.

  5. Ardent Villain
    Ardent Villain January 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm . Reply

    When VP crowds for PL matches drop to below 25k [any time now…] because of displays and results like this, even Lerner will have to sit up and change something.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm . Reply

      Dosnt matter if crowds drop below 25k Ardent season ticket target has been hit plus it’s all about sky money. What fans pay now is peanuts compared to sky money. Even if 5k turned up lerner wouldn’t care im afraid.

      1. Ardent Villain
        Ardent Villain January 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm . Reply

        Sadly, I suspect that you’re right – especially given that Lambert has that new contract from earlier in the season.

  6. Dave67
    Dave67 January 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm . Reply

    Any calls for Lambert head at the game watching it on streaming couldn’t here any. Its been 3 years now and he is still getting away . People power can get him out. Anybody with a football brain would do a better job. So fxxking pissed of with this prick.

  7. Benno
    Benno January 1, 2015 at 6:31 pm . Reply

    As much as I am fed up with how useless Lambert is, I am more pissed off at the fact that we gave him a contract four games into the season. Given his terrible track record and the fact fans were demanding his head at the end of last season, why oh why did we give him another deal?? Yes, we had won a couple of games, but it wasnt like we were playing well or showing real potential.

    The decision making at Villa Park is just dreadful from the top down. This is why we are in the mess we are in today.

    Looking ahead to the next game though, I would start both Grealish and Robinson.
    We might even score.

  8. Adam
    Adam January 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm . Reply

    Pile of shit again. Grealish and Sanchez highlights. Agree, Can’t be any worse starting robinson and grealish also Cole as well next game.

  9. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 January 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm . Reply

    Where the hell will a goal or point be had in these games…….
    Leicester,Liverpool,Arsenal,Chelsea……..and even Blackpool will be a struggle (remember Orient).

    1. DSVilla
      DSVilla January 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm . Reply

      Oh dear. Much as I think Lambert needs to go Tim Sherwood would not be what i wanted. We have missed the boat with Pulis. There’s not much out there with the usual suspects. It would have to be a gamble/foreign appointment to give me any hope. i just don’t believe we are anywhere close to seeing that happen.

      1. Ardent Villain
        Ardent Villain January 1, 2015 at 10:02 pm . Reply

        Anyone know whether Villa have formally appointed a “nr2” to replace Keane yet?

        1. Andrew
          Andrew January 1, 2015 at 10:12 pm . Reply

          Nope, we haven’t. Lambert claimed a week ago or so he didn’t need one yet. So maybe he’s thinking Sherwood as number 2?

          I agree DSVilla that Sherwood would be an awful choice if Lambert was to be replaced.

  10. Dave67
    Dave67 January 1, 2015 at 9:36 pm . Reply

    I would take anybody at this stage.

  11. Benno
    Benno January 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm . Reply

    Lambert thinks that we are doing so well that we dont need one! I also just watched his post-match interview, I think he lives in a different reality to all of us!

  12. Ifiruledtheworld
    Ifiruledtheworld January 2, 2015 at 2:13 am . Reply

    Christensen and Sanogo are doing the rounds on Twitter, really like the look of Christensen and Benteke up front with Sanogo could be very formidable, it wasn’t that long ago he scored against Dortmund after all..

  13. Andrew
    Andrew January 2, 2015 at 4:41 am . Reply

    Sanogo’s mediocre. Everyone’s scoring against Dortmund this season, they’ve been terrible with a crap load of injuries. But that is his only goal this season, actually his only goal for Arsenal in any competition bar the Emirates cup. Nowhere near good enough and we’d be much better off keeping Robinson on the bench than bringing in someone who’s no better than the youth player we have who can’t get time.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew January 2, 2015 at 4:43 am . Reply

      As for Christensen, seems similar to Bacuna in the fact he can play central or out right, but isn’t a forward/attacking midfielder type. He’d definitely be Delph’s replacement.

    2. Ifiruledtheworld
      Ifiruledtheworld January 2, 2015 at 11:05 am . Reply

      He has a goal in the Champions League, which is something we can’t say about any of our other strikers, and Dortmund have been far from terrible in the Champions League this season.

      1. Andrew
        Andrew January 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm . Reply

        They were terrible against Arsenal, who were comfortable, and shouldn’t be with the squad they have. 1 goal in the CL doesn’t make him near good enough to come to Villa though.

        1. Ifiruledtheworld
          Ifiruledtheworld January 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm . Reply

          Someone who has scored in the Champions League isn’t good enough for Villa? That’s a little odd, he certainly can’t be worse than Gabby and Weimann..

          1. GIDDYVILLAN
            GIDDYVILLAN January 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm . Reply

            He scored a goal at least I’ll settle for that atm,none of our lot can’t even manage that whatever the competition is.

  14. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 January 2, 2015 at 9:40 am . Reply

    After 50+ years a Villa fan I fear that I have completely lost interest – what a sad start to a New Year

  15. Bencey83
    Bencey83 January 2, 2015 at 11:19 am . Reply

    Someone tell Lambert that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result! “We go again!”

  16. gerry
    gerry January 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm . Reply

    Telling Lambert that he is useless and must go must therefore be an example of insanity.

    Whatever Lambert does or does not do means nothing if the players do not show the most basic of skills. I read that we have a completed pass rate of 58% so who completes and who does not. We witness week after week the back 4/goalie/Sanchez playing one touch passing for no apparent reason and they must be showing a completion of maybe 90%. That suggests, roughly, less than 6% completed in front of them. To me that is the real problem and whats with Benteke. He is playing like a sportsman going on holiday. Happy to join in but going to risk an injury. This is a guy I once called a sponge because of the way he took a pass and with sheer power held the ball until he got support. The last 2 games he has treated it as a hot potato with first touch passes back to the people who passed it to him, mainly putting them under pressure. Hutton, who has been so good, has lost the use of his right eye and cuts left till he loses it. Even Grealish (I am a fan) has become predictable and easy to read. Sanchez is being made to look poor at times because our guys don’t move for him. I said last week that we couldn’t cross and we can’t, I just watched Stoke and how good to they make Crouch look. A new manager will make no difference until he has players who play to their ability. Bring in any manager you like, give him these players in their current moods, limit him to the resources Lambert has and nothing will change. Rant over and a Happy New Year to you all, yes even you.

    1. nath
      nath January 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm . Reply

      totally agree movement was yesterday problem or lack of it, sanchez passes and moves, but the rest of the villa players pass and return to being a statue, this system you all need to be comfortable with the ball, sadly most lacked this, movement is also a big part because palace didn’t do anything extra ordinary, they just blocked the avenues to the goal with bodies, movement was needed to pull them out of their shape and sadly weimann and gabby and benteke all lacked basic movements, cleverley and bacuna lacked ability to pass the ball progressively and move.

  17. nath
    nath January 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm . Reply

    i really don’t understand most of us, before game most expected a tough match, including me, just seen most posts and Bencey83 has stated villa don’t have the players for this current system,that’s so true. but most wanted to stop the whack it up field av it style to benteke, play a more passing game, regardless of the fact we don’t have the players for this, we have speed so this is why, not only current manager but previous ones all played countering footy.

    changing the style is great, if we have the players to play the system, or if they can recruit some. of the game yesterday its what i expected, palace were allowing us no space to work in which is allowed, villa had no guile to break um, crowd got on the backs at times which made villa players more nervous, but had we taken two chances, which fell to hutton and benteke it could have been different.

    if we continue this system, it would only take a few new additions, some goals and the confidence will flow into their game, the way we play you need confidence and you can’t afford players hiding, all must want the ball and all need to be comfortable on it

    cheers dave again for the link

    p.s any news on vlaars injury this could fook up his exit

    1. GarethVilla
      GarethVilla January 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm . Reply

      Listening to you is like listening to Lambert.
      All if’s and but’s with you.
      This club will NEVER progress with Lambert as manager despite whatever “systems” he convinces himself we are playing.

    2. Dave67
      Dave67 January 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm . Reply

      No problem Nath

      1. nath
        nath January 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm . Reply

        was a good link, but our team didn’t play that well there lmao.

        gareth by listening you must mean reading my remarks, i am so sorry i make you feel you can’t escape from lambert, after hes gone ,how will you fill your days. what will you write about. its all so tempting to join the motley crew brigade to see what would gareths life would be like without lambert, its like wonderful life starring paul lambert

        the bells are ringing (another angel gareth gets his wings) for claret and blue

        1. GarethVilla
          GarethVilla January 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm . Reply

          Nath, a Lambert free Villa Park sounds as blissful as not having to READ your comments!!

          1. nath
            nath January 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm . Reply

            unfortunately i can’t bless you that wish, you see now i know my bulshit is hard for you to swallow i will post it more frequently just cos i can, power to the ppl and all

            so whats on the lambert out agenda today, making protest banners, chaining urself to a gate in protest or perhaps same old writing nothing but bulshit, your not that same idiot that goes by the name dinish on fb you sound like him, he could well be your sole mate worth checking it out

          2. GarethVilla
            GarethVilla January 2, 2015 at 3:19 pm . Reply

            As uppose to you who seems to think that there will be some sort of improvement under this fool.
            Your as dilusional as Lambert if you think that.
            These nearly 3 years of this idiot have brought nothing but misery.
            Everything he trys – fails.
            His tactics, his player selection and his buys.
            Simply awful.
            I think your the only one left on here now that thinks any different. Except Jaydee, who changes his opinion at the drop of a hat.

          3. nath
            nath January 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm . Reply

            oh i didn’t know i was the last person to change his /her mind on lambert. damn i stand out, i am not in the flock. my goal in life, was to stay safe in that flock . i guess i should too change my mind and think like the rest of you. is their a book on how too think and act as a villa fan. i need redemption iam glad my friend gareths here to point me in the right direction st andrews that way. jaydee knows football, i have to say there’s loads of ppl on this site that actually do. too many to name but jaydee does

            i have to go now, if you continue forgive me i will get right back as soon as i can

  18. nath
    nath January 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm . Reply

    jaydee does write some decent posts i agree, the guy really knows his stuff, got to run you win everything you said it all makes sense now, you should be knighted for your efforts in guiding a lost sheep back into the flock, so what now we just bleat on here all day, my glass is half empty, lmao ltrs don’t worry same as for me much ltrs

  19. gerry
    gerry January 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm . Reply

    “I think your the only one left on here now that thinks any different.”

    In the true spirit of this time of the year..

    Oh No He Is Not

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