Try as I might, I’m struggling to keep my interest in the FA cup alive at the moment, as much as I appreciate it for what it is.
The sad fact is it is of no real interest to me now, as even if we were to win it, it would pale into insignificance if we were to be relegated, so powerful is the pull of the Premier league these days.
And that’s a view that I somewhat despise myself for, as an eighth FA cup win has always been amongst my dreams as the only thing I’ve never seen the club win in my lifetime.
That’s what it’s down to though and as much as I admired the point against Leicester, a game where I thought we deserved all three points, I’m now seriously beginning to accept the fact that we’re down.
Similar to all season, we’ve had no luck whatsoever and all the relegation contenders aren’t losing in the way we would want.
It’s so sad to say, but I think we’re now beyond hope of surviving.
We just don’t have the time.
On a brighter note and sticking with the FA cup, then; as I hinted, I strongly believe in what it is and what it does.
Regardless of my somewhat bleak mood, it’s superb for the smaller clubs.
I’ll bet Gareth Ainsworth, the Wycombe manager, was well chuffed when his side managed to bring us back to Villa park.
They had a full house at their ground and couple that with a nice six figure sum from this fixture, hopefully they’re keeping the wolf from the door for another season at least.
Let’s not forget lads; as much as things are currently bleak for us, so they’re a lot worse for clubs lower down the leagues and anything that gives a club a serious injection of cash, has to be a good thing.
Onto an even brighter note, I now expect us to have enough about us to win this game, as long as Remi doesn’t mess it up by changing it about too much.
We can’t afford any complacency, but should be able to give Richards, Clark and perhaps a couple of others a run out.
I’d seriously expect Gabby to start from a purely footballing point of view and if he doesn’t, well, my guess is he’ll never wear the Claret and Blue again, regardless of if he gets a loan/transfer in what remains of the window or not.
Reading between the lines, I’m not convinced he’ll start.
Which will only back up what I’ve thought for a fair while; he’s got ideas above his station and being “Mr Aston Villa” isn’t going to save him.
So watch him start then.
Or maybe not, as Barry Norman (aimed at the old timers amongst us, sorry) would have said.
Prediction time and it’s a brief 2-1 to us.
No particular reason, apart from I just feel it in my water.
It’s a rubbish reason, I know, but let’s face it, I’m on a roll, where I actually predicted the Leicester game correctly; a first this season, I think.
Hey, there’s a big plus in that, in that I’m predicting we’ll score 2!!!!
I’ve been strapped for time, which slightly explains why I didn’t post a review of Saturday’s game, but I thought while I’ve got a chance, I might as well give my opinion of what’s going on in the transfer window.
Well, it doesn’t take much working out does it?
We’re not getting anyone in, is basically the simple way to say it.
I think we all knew it really and the stories about Garde supposedly demanding funds for players who might save us are simply total sphericals.
Yes, some sources might link us with supposed top players, but they’re not realistic are they?
I’d maybe expect the odd £5 mill or so for Remi to splash out with, but the big emphasis is now undoubtedly “take them off our hands, PLEASE!”
Who’d entertain Gabby at around £65k a week?
See, I knew I’d make you laugh at the end of this post.
You heard it here first, remember.