Villa 0 – 1 Liverpool; Thoughts

What to say about this one?
I can probably sum it up in while I thought we were worth a draw, we were probably the cause of our own undoing.

The first half for me, was pretty poor and I have to confess to being a little bored.
We lacked the tenacity and tempo we showed in the Arsenal game, which is not surprising given we’ve had three difficult games inside a week.
But what disappointed me most was our incredible knack of giving the ball away far too easily, even when players weren’t under that much pressure.
That, combined with the fact that we gave Liverpool way too much respect and stood back too much for my liking. Yes, Pool have a decent attack, but they’re really not that good overall and the goal apart, I’m finding it difficult to recall any other chances they created, a ballooned shot over the bar apart.

So we were one down at half time and I was thinking “what do we do here?”
The obvious thing was to up the pace of the game and that’s pretty much what we did.
And it was much more like what I’d been expecting.
We started to get at them and started creating our own chances, where we could easily have had a couple of goals.
Gabby’s pace definitely worried them and Benteke was doing his usual winning nearly every ball in the air trick. Weimann had a decent shot, as did Gabby and Benteke had a storming shot well saved by Mignolet.

Part of me feels we were robbed though, as I think it was Benteke who seemed to be blatantly shoved in the back when a ball came in. It looked a definite penalty to me, but Mark Clattenburg wasn’t having any of it.

The second half was way better though and Delph stood out for me. He stopped them playing many a time and was involved in a lot of our creative play. I thought Bacuna did ok, but he was one of the worst offenders in giving the ball away early on, so him getting the MOTM award surprised me a little.
El Ahmedi looked very cool on the ball and his composure in the middle was like a breath of fresh air for me. Very accomplished.
On the definite plus side, I think Okore looks very solid. Even Vlaar wasn’t bad and I thought he marshalled the defence pretty well overall.

I just came away from the game feeling a little deflated, as I’m sure that if we’d have played the first half the same as we played the second, we’d have taken all the points.

Ah well, that’s our first three games out of the way. Many of us wouldn’t have been surprised if we were sat on one or even zero points today, so it’s not all bad.
If we keep taking it to teams, we will get results, no danger.

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  1. Lionheart August 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm . Reply

    Badger.. I agree BUT in Benteke we might have a mini bale on our hands..

    With the bomb squad gone by next summer.. The sky money and probably the sale of Benteke.. We could easily have 40M to spend on 4 players.. Which could push us on..

  2. B6 August 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm . Reply

    I’m glad I’ve made your Sunday evening more fun. 😉

    On a serious note I do get what you’re saying, yes we should be aiming higher but lets give these lads a chance. We’ve started the season really well. Not many of us expected any points from our first 3 games but we have 3 and being honest we really should of had 7, or certainly 5. We’ll win games this season that we won’t deserve to and we’ll lose games that we don’t deserve to lose but for the first time in a long long time I can actually see players playing for us that aren’t just here for there pay packets.

    I’m sure we will spend 10-15 million on a player(s) but at the moment Lambert, in my opinion, doesn’t see the need. To me he’s very astute in the transfer market.

    I’d like to see Delph and Sylla as holding midfielders and Tonev as the main link between defence and attack. Just my opinion. 🙂

  3. Jay Dee August 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm . Reply

    IMPO I don’t know whether any of ou agree but I think we gave Liverpool to much space,didnt close down and gave away possession to cheaply.We allowed them to play their way in the 1st half which eventually cost us the game…UTV 2nd half is how we have to play all season long UTV

  4. markdrapernumber8 August 26, 2013 at 8:54 am . Reply

    Been away for the weekend so haven’t been able to post my thoughts from Saturday, I watched the game.

    Honestly I’m a bit pissed off because I honestly believe Liverpool are a very very beatable side and are a top 10 team now and this was a great opportunity to claim another 3 points.

    Basically without and in depth rant for 10 paragraphs we blew it and played shit to be honest. Delph was excellent again however. First time in a long time I’m actually gutted with the lads and PL.

  5. streetlyvillan August 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm . Reply

    Considering all the shots we had , 17 ?, all we had to do was play 90 minutes the way we played the second half. And play the ball out from the back instead of long ball to Benteke on the left where we scrap to win the knock on. Easy solutions, hopefully Lambert has seen the same. UTV

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