Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 9 2006
1) Where did it all go right?
I don't think it was a case of where did it all go right. It was more of a case of Chelsea playing to their potential allied with some very poor Villa defending that opened the game up for us. Losing two of your influential players, through injury helped us as it weakened your defence. We had to put on a show after losing to Sp*rs on Sunday, if we're going to make an impact in all four competitions we're going to have to put in some impressive performances and last night was one of them. I don't think you'll find a stronger midfield four in the Premiership, possibly Europe, than Makelele, Lampard, Ballack and Essien.
2) Can Villa take any positives from last night?
Yes! If anything Martin O'Neill was right to suggest that it shows just how far Villa have to go to be on a par with the top teams. The unbeaten start to the season perhaps camouflaged some of the old inadequacies that he inherited form David O'Leary. With the January transfer window approaching you can use Lerner's money to purchase two or three players that will give you some additional class whilst also improving your squad depth.
3) What did you make of the atmosphere and why wasn't Stamford Bridge a sell out, we brought our full allocation, where were the Chelsea fans?
It was advertised as a sell out although the attendance was only 41,516. We're plagued by corporate types who buy tickets and don't show and also touts who try to make a quick gain. Knowing that if you're caught with a touted ticket you'll get a life ban from Stamford Bridge is helping to drive them out. As for the atmosphere, nowhere near as good as a European night (Barcelona) but a lot better than normal.
4) Best Villa player on the night?
How much do you want for him? Agbonlahor! A unique talent who has the pace to trouble the best. Shame he didn't get much support.
5) Will you now go on and win the competition, always better to be knocked out by the team who win the cup, or should that be bought the cup!?
My money is on a semi-final with Liverpool, we haven't played them for a few weeks. Personally, I'd prefer Sp*rs - time to resume normal service after
Sundays hiccup. As for winning it, I'll wait and see. Cup football is strange, one bad decision and it can be all over.
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