I’m never normally critical of referees.
It’s a job where you have to make instant decisions and it’s easy to make mistakes.
Put it this way, would you fancy the job?
Indeed, I’m often told that I’m too biased towards the opposition.
Yet I feel it would be totally remiss of me to let today’s performance go and I have to call it out for what it is.
That was one of the worst performances by a referee that I can remember.
It wasn’t just Ramsey’s goal either. Incidentally, the rules on that one are basically that if the goalie has a hand on it, it’s in his control, EXCEPT IF A SAVE HAS BEEN MADE, which it was. The goal should have stood.
And then there was McGinn’s effort where he was deemed to have commited a foul on the right wing.
I saw nothing wrong with that at all.
And then it was fouls all over the place from Leicester that weren’t given, while we seemed to get punished every time.
It just didn’t smell right to me and again, I just never say that.
So while it felt like we were playing against 12 men and this result was ultimately superb, so I was fuming at how sloppy we were. It got to the stage where we really should have been five or six goals up, but couldn’t convert our chances and I just had the feeling that leicester at least getting the draw and probably the win just seemed inevitable.
Fortunately, we survived about twenty minutes of squeaky bum time, which was great, but really not good enough.
We should have had the game done and dusted.
I know what you’re thinking.
We won and I’m being way too harsh.
Except Gerrard said pretty much the same.
The first few minutes were really poor and the first half just wasn’t good enough, but Buendia headed toward goal and Konsa got the faintest touch on it before it went in.
I give that to Buendia, even though it was credited to Konsa and that’s about all the credit the Argentinian gets. He was the same old for me, brilliant in tiny bits, with one lovely touch on the left wing, but mostly useless.
Anyway, we sat back way too much and generally looked poor in defence. How Leicester never got more, I don’t know as at times it looked like a training session, with Villa representing the under 18’s.
I think everyone expected that Gerrard would read the riot act at the players at half time and so it seemed to be.
We were much more up for it and actually, I thought it was quite worrying how Leicester seemed to fold when given something to worry about. They’re really not that good, in my opinion.
Still, that’s not my problem and we were all over them for about the first 20 minutes of the second half.
The only major annoyance for me was that we hadn’t increased our lead on multiple occasions.
And then McGinn hit one deep from a corner and Konsa was there again with a back post header that was narrowly squeezed in.
And then it just seemed that where we should have won this with ease, we were under serious pressure and an equalizer seemed obvious.
We didn’t concede though and given how we looked so disorganised at the back I’m tempted to say that we owe that to Gerrard having instilled more confidence or even just a better mental attitude into the players.
Indeed Konsa himself has spoken of having a “they shall not pass” attitude.
You can’t knock that.
Ultimately it was a fully deserved win, but it should have been so much more convincing and even better, less stressful for us Villa fans. I’ll bet at least the neutrals loved it as a spectacle though.
So it’s three wins out of four, with only a loss against City blotting the copybook.
It’s all going swimmingly well isn’t it?
And to think that Gerrard has hinted that we’re still quite seriously flawed too.
If we can sort out some of those flaws, it’s not difficult to see that we still have time to become a force in this season’s league.
You can’t beat a few wins for instilling confidence, can you?
I’m one happy bunny 🙂