Contrary to the odd suggestion that this was an easy home tie, I always thought this was going to be a difficult game.
I did manage to predict the score, but fortunately, I got it the wrong way round.
I believe Bournemouth made six changes for today’s game, but I’m not exactly sure what that says about them. Was this a weakened side?
If so, they put up a very good performance.
As for us, Carles Gil started and Westwood was
I have to say, Bournemouth looked easily the better side in the first half.
They attacked us and made our defence look decidedly dodgy, something that a few Prem clubs have been unable to achieve.
The defence wasn’t helped much by the midfield though, as Bournemouth’s five made our midfield look poor.
I’ll keep saying it, but Lambert obviously disagrees;
Richardson and Cleverley offer nothing that we don’t have elsewhere in our squad.
They’re both totally ineffective and offer nothing but apparent work rate, in my opinion.
No wonder our midfield doesn’t score or create anything.
Get rid of both.
So, half time then and Bournemouth looked by far the better side and I was worried that we’d lose.
And then came Gil’s strike early on in the second half, which was a beauty.
The first shot on target and a goal.
This totally eased the pressure on us and we looked a different side after that.
Was this down to the pressure being eased or was it because Bournemouth’s plan had been ruined though?
I personally suspect it was more the latter and to me, the opposition looked like they’d had the wind knocked out of their sails.
With the pressure eased, Villa started to knock the ball around quite well and we started to look the better side. Just like a Prem side against a championship side is supposed to.
While it was always a pretty open game, it opened up even more when Andi Weimann finished sharply for our second.
The game was won then, but Bournemouth resolutely came back to get a goal in return in the last minute or so..
If we hadn’t got that first goal and Bournemouth had, we’d have lost today. It really does seem that we’re short on confidence.
Still, you can’t knock the result.
We’re in the hat for the next round and that’s all that matters.
Que sera, sera????
With a few of the big guns already knocked out, you just never know.
It’s a funny old game after all.