I only managed to listen to most of the first half on the way home from work and managed to part watch the second half while I was finishing work at home.
So while I can’t really say I watched it properly, I saw/heard enough to give me a fair idea of the game.
And I ultimately felt incredibly frustrated.
I think we had something like 26 chances and to only score 2 goals is frankly annoying, especially when Forest scored 2 from their 3 chances.
But even though that’s been a familiar story this far into the season and our lack of conversion is seriously costing us points, so I’m pretty sanguine after being fuming angry immediately after the whistle.
I’ve had time to re-think, in other words.
I know a lot of you might think I’m talking out of my proverbial, but on reflection, I’m encouraged, as we frankly outplayed Forest and deserved to win easily. RDM thought so, as did Philippe Montanier;
“It was a tough game for us because Villa started very strongly,’ he said.
It was better from us in the end of the first half but we conceded a lot of opportunities to score. Villa deserved the victory but sometimes you can win a point when you are a little lucky. We showed good character.”
And that for me, sums it up.
They were lucky.
McCormack missed when it seemed easier to score and Ayew hit such a storming shot, that I don’t know how it didn’t snap the crossbar when it hit.
But that’s the difference. Millimetres.
And things just aren’t going for us at the moment.
But we WILL start converting those chances and make possession pay in my opinion. The law of averages says so.
As I see things, we’re not only dominating teams, but we’re overall battering them.
And while I’ll concede that it’s all useless if we don’t get the result, I’m utterly convinced it will come together sooner rather than later.
And we’re going to batter a team to such an extent that the scoreline will reflect it.
The only thing that worried me today was the part where Forest scored 2 from their 3 chances.
Their first goal was a cracking strike, but I just felt Bunn should have done better. Pereira did brilliantly for their second goal, but our defence made it look incredibly easy and I believe Bunn should have done better there too.
That’s all we need, two dodgy goalies, but that’s easy to say.
Sometimes a good strike deserves a goal more than we deserve to save it.
So 2-2 it ended and it’s another 2 points dropped, ultimately.
If we were playing poorly and not creating, I’d be seriously worried.
But we aren’t.
And we should remember that.