Villa 2-1 Bournemouth; Que sera, sera?’s strike
(click the link to view, it’s worth it!).

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 dropped rested.

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.


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  1. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum January 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm .

    I’ve just had some Christmas pudding to celebrate! Yum!

  2. Dave67
    Dave67 January 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm .

    Just after hearing the result happy with the win. Going to watch it on MOTD and gives Lambert a bit more breathing space the prick .

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath January 25, 2015 at 10:36 pm .

      It’s a Amazing it takes villa fans 5 losses on a trot without a goal to put even the slightest bit of pressure on lamberk and he flukes one game in a virtually worthless cup competion v Bournemouth reserves and that takes the pressure of. Complete joke

      1. Colonius81
        Colonius81 January 26, 2015 at 12:34 am .

        haha easy ooh ahh, you had some pretty valid points the last view weeks and your abject negativity was for once perfectly aligned to to Villas plight in the real world, but don’t undo it by saying the win today was meaningless and a fluke, we beat what i think are a better team than some in the top tier based on their performance today alone.
        know when to hold them, know when to fold them ooh ahh! or you will be the boy who cried wolf!

  3. Jaymo83
    Jaymo83 January 25, 2015 at 9:42 pm .

    Good second half performance today and Gill looks a good acquisition.

    One major point though to think on gents…. Earlier in the window we were led to believe money would be available, Gill came in for around £3 million and there was clearly a lot of interest from us in Sinclair and Lambert hoped 2 more (after Gill) would come in – roll on a week or so and Lambert says the Sinclair deal is dead due to finances and we wouldn’t be bringing anyone else in, then, Delph suddenly signs a new 4.5 year deal presumably on better wages.

    Am I putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5 by assuming that Lerner is so tight that the only way to keep Delph was to use any remaining transfer kitty towards his wages? It seems pretty clear to me.

  4. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 January 25, 2015 at 9:44 pm .

    The one consistent on this blog is the ability to turn a positive into a negative. Delph’s on a loser whatever he does. If he moves he’s a money grabbing traitor that doesn’t understand loyalty and if he stays it’s because no one else is stupid enough to take him for nothing (which he could have moved for in the summer). Really I know things are bad but some if you need to get a grip. Let the abuse commence!

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain January 25, 2015 at 10:09 pm .

      Well said that man!

    2. Andrew
      Andrew January 25, 2015 at 11:40 pm .

      While I didn’t want him and still don’t, you’re quite right. Well on here anyways, a lot of Villa fans seem quite happy with it. Of immense proportions actually, they think it’s some saving grace. But on here if he actually came on here and read anything, which of course he doesn’t, he couldn’t win with fans.

    3. Mr_cheese
      Mr_cheese January 26, 2015 at 10:53 am .

      I personally have always thought Delph was over rated and bigged up way too much by the media, but having said that, he is still a strong player and I am glad that loyalty is still around and he has committed to the club.

  5. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion January 26, 2015 at 12:23 am .

    If this weekend has proved anything it is that there is substantial talent in the Championship and in Div 1. It was said, and we all probably believed, ‘they only look good at their level – put them up against premiership opponents and they will not get a kick.’

    This is good news both for the England manager who never seems to look at the lower level – and for Paul Lambert if he has a low budget and under-performing players on big wages.

    It proves one more thing, there are tactically astute managers in the FL who can set up a team to bridge the quality gap.

    1. Mr_cheese
      Mr_cheese January 26, 2015 at 10:50 am .

      Completely agree with everything you just said. It’s good to see talented English players coming through, but more top flight teams need to take a punt on them, us included! Bournemouth have some brilliant players.

  6. kerryvillan
    kerryvillan January 26, 2015 at 1:04 am .

    It just goes to show what a good manager who trains his players to play and move as a team and that it’s also possible to move when you don’t have the ball! We beat their Reserves not because of good tactics or game play but because we had better quality players simple as that, for me it just shows how inept lambert really is! Good news on delph though with gil now in the team I tink delph will shine more and if we get another winger to replace gabby/weimann I think we would hav a decent mid table team, with a new manager of coarse!

  7. Mr_cheese
    Mr_cheese January 26, 2015 at 10:49 am .

    Although I agree with Cleverly, I thought Richardson had a good game especially since he seemed to be the only player in midfield that would track back to defense; he even kicked the ball off the line in the first half!

    Confidence is lacking in certain areas, I honestly think Wiemann looked a lot closer to that of previous season which is a very good thing, but Benteke on the other hand, where has his confidence gone? Rather than shooting, he would keep dragging the ball wider and wider until any sort of opportunity had disappeared. Personally, I felt that he only really started to try and move around the pitch to create space once we had gone 1 up. He seemed to feed of this, but this shouldn’t be the case, he should be doing this from the get go.

    Carlos Gil has the potential to be something special for this club, and it really does look like we are building a solid team for the future. We just need to get the confidence installed up front because we all know how devastating the beast can be once his form is in order.

    Summer should be interesting, would like to see another CB brought in for cover, a potential left back that can also cross. another attacking midfielder, a right mid and another striker.

    Lambert is retaining the players *DELPH* brining in what looks to be fresh and reliable talent, Sanchez, Gil. I can only wonder what players we would be bringing in if we had a bigger budget.

    GIDDYVILLAN January 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm .

    KING KENNY RELEGATED CUP WINNERS ESPN mate fuck knows how you link articles Google the above maybe I’m reading it wrong bit busy atm

      GIDDYVILLAN January 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm .

      Don’t know why the above post landed there REPLY TO BWS

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