Villa 4-1 West Ham; A different game

Some of you might be old enough and perhaps a bit zany, like me, in having been Python and particularly Eric Idle and Rutles fans.
In which case I’m going to quote George Harrison and say “I’m shocked and stunned. Stunned, very stunned.”

This is how good I thought we were.
It was all quite strange, really.
The first 20 minutes bored me witless and it was like both sides were checking each other out and I was moaning like mad that it was all too slow and lazy.
But then I began to see another side to our game.

On the face of it, all we do is pass backwards.
But then I began to realise that West Ham had absolutely no answer to the way we were playing.
Teams are geared to the opposition going forward and attacking. But we didn’t do that.

I expected Moyes to counter our game somehow at half time, but he didn’t, which I find intriguing, because he’s no mug.
I’m not convinced it’s a system that will win all the time, but we actually outdid Spam’s midfield in any metric you like put out there, regardless of anything that the likes of Sky might say.

I haven’t seen anyone else say this yet, but I will;
I was in a bar full of Spammers.
I told them they’d just been taught a footballing lesson by a really good manager, who’s managing a very good side, that’s only going to improve.

And not one of them disagreed.

Make no mistake about this.
West Ham were spanked today.

Maybe we’re not as bad as I think we are, after all.

Anyone else harping back to the Sir Ron days?


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  1. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 October 26, 2023 at 7:37 am . Reply

    Keith Leonard was a superbly athletic, physically strong, gifted centre forward who, as Ardent said, formed a great partnership with Brian Little. If memory serves correct he suffered an ACL type injury which, at the time, was irreparable to the extent of allowing Leonard to continue his career.

    Didn’t Little also have to retire early through a knee injury?

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum October 26, 2023 at 11:10 am . Reply

      I think it was Little’s knees that finally gave way. Wasn’t he just 28 when he retired?
      Looking forward to tonight’s game. KO at 5.45 don’t forget!!!

      1. Ardent Villain
        Ardent Villain October 26, 2023 at 11:41 am . Reply

        Yes, I also recall that BL suffered recurring knee problems leading to the early retirement. Good to see him still looking healthy and dapper at the recent Mostar game.

    2. The Ron Saunders Stand
      The Ron Saunders Stand October 26, 2023 at 4:35 pm . Reply

      Wasn’t this injury picked up during a routine transfer medical to our less than illustrious neighbours?

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