Villa – Pool; revisited.

So I’m home now and just as I said I would, I thought I’d offer my thoughts on the performance yesterday after having had a bit of a cooling off period.
And there’s not much of a change to report, I’m afraid.

In fact my attitude to that performance is probably worse, now that the numbness has worn off a tiny bit.

First off, I’ll mention that I think Garde got this one wrong, in showing Liverpool way too much respect.
Yes, we started quite brightly, but at the same time, I thought we were playing too deep, which left the midfield stretched and Gabby, totally isolated, which meant he was behind the halfway line ridiculously early on.

You can argue that we had to be careful in not getting countered and I understand that, but you have to attack Liverpool, if you’ve to have any hope of beating them.
Anyway, my point is that after just a few minutes, I actually said to the missus that I didn’t like the way things were going.
And Garde should have seen it.
Of course, it’s fair to ask what he could have done, but my opinion says you don’t let an attack like Liverpool’s walk around in our final third and you have to give them something to worry about.
As I’ve said before, I have serious doubts about Garde, because he’s too pragmatic and cautious.

But that’s by the by, although I’d love to hear thoughts about that point.

And so the first goal came and I just couldn’t believe how poor the defending was.
And then it was the total capitulation that shocked me.

And each goal just seemed to be worse, defending-wise, with I think the fourth, where the Pool player didn’t even have to jump to nod in, frankly nearly making me feel sick.
There were a few Arsenal fans in the bar and I had a half eye on their reactions, throughout the game.
I think they were shocked at how poor we were too, but they never said much, as there was nothing to be said.
It was that embarrassing and we were all open-mouthed.

How the hell can any Aston Villa side let the opposition walk around our pitch like they own it as an extension of Melwood?
The thought of it is a bloody disgrace and that’s the part that boils my piss.
But we all know where the problem lies and it’s perhaps unfair to blame the team.
The proverbial rolls down, as we all know.

I don’t know why I’m ranting to be honest, as we all know we’re doomed.
But it’s the dream that keeps us alive.
And that totally disappeared down the plug-hole yesterday, didn’t it?

Until Stoke, I suppose.
There’s always the next game, after all.

It’s hard to look forward after that performance though.


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  1. pat57
    pat57 February 15, 2016 at 11:43 pm . Reply

    Reluctantly coming to the conclusion that Remi might not be the man for the Championship anyway. It’s a dog fight down there and you need a manager who can get his players to scrap. At the moment Remi couldn’t get this load of shite to fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

    Gary Rowett anyone?

  2. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 February 15, 2016 at 11:52 pm . Reply

    I saw reference to a Tweat from Lescotte in the middle of Sunday night where he was supposed to have said he was totally he was brassed of with all the shit comments about no desire and for everyone to remember that he would be the one going home to his mansion with his model wife in his limo……then wake up to the fact he “only” put a pic of a car….

  3. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum February 16, 2016 at 9:35 am . Reply

    One thing I don’t get is loads of clubs are foe sale yet aren’t collapsing like us. Look at Everton, they’ve been on the market for over a decade.
    It’s just Lerner doesn’t give the slightest shit, and that attitude has infiltrated every pore of the club, and staff.
    Craig – it doesn’t matter which manager comes in next, it’ll be exactly the same, he’ll be ground down by the apathy in a few short months.
    I still wager, if we took eleven of our best players and stuck them at Palace for instance, they’d shine. Our club is just an infection.

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 February 16, 2016 at 10:22 am . Reply

      Agreed Bum Bum. There is something fundamentally wrong at Villa and best guess would be the lack of leadership from the top coupled with a toxic working environment which again comes from poor management which is what happens when you appoint the wrong people.

      It’s not just lack of appropriate investment from Lerner it’s his absence, lack of interest and poor decision making which destroys any sense of purpose or direction. A repeat of what happened to the Browns.

      To be fair McLeish and Lambert warned the fans and we didn’t take enough notice. Read carefully what is being said now by Lambert and Garde – there is something very fundamentally wrong which means any manager will struggle. Of course there will be those that think they can change things who will be fed a line at interview and then shat upon from a great height.

      It’s not just Lerner that needs to go but the whole board – reminds me if the 60’s all over again.

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson February 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm . Reply

    Hitch, that’s why I advocate for all to walk away, its no good protesting, he’s sitting in Yankee land taking the money, I feel if money not going in he will sell. Posters, interviews , they won’t do a thing ,why? Because we to the media are the club that tried to change players money, upset agents, bartering with advertisement, we are a joke to football and Lerner did that. Walk away it will hurt him.

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum February 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm . Reply

      Sherwood said it like it was…and he was gone the next day…

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