Are You A Villa Realist?
Having read the fall out following Leicester City unceremoniously dumping us out of the Carling Cup I have been wondering what the motives are for some of the reactions on the threads. I don’t mean the reactions from fans venting their frustration and disappointment, which is totally understandable given we were playing a bottom 4 side in the Championship and were unable to muster up a goal. No I mean the reactions from certain sections that seem unable to accept the criticism that has been rightly aimed at the manager and players following this dismal result.
I for one have a balanced view and will criticise when things go wrong and will aim praise at the Club when I am satisfied, after all I pay my money so I’m surely entitled to my opinion? However, some seem to think that because you have an opinion which questions what went wrong then this is indeed a negative and you should shut up and get on with it. “Move on,” “get over it,” “get a grip,” “a win is the same as a loss” are some of the common things we are told.
Unfortunately football isn’t that simple. Supporters don’t go to stadiums watch games and then go home with no emotion. It is all about debate, questioning decisions and living the experience. I paid my money on Wednesday and sat, freezing my nads off, watching one of the worst performances in years. It was disjointed and directionless and until we went a goal down, passionless. I think that alone gives me a good reason to have my say, good or bad.
Some may say we had no chance of wining the competition but now we’ll never know because we threw away the chance to progress to the next round and compete for silverware without giving up much of a fight. I don’t run with the idea that it’ll be a top 4 team that wins it as I have faith in my team and always believe they can win each game. Maybe that is a failing on my part but as a supporter of a football club when you give up believing you can win games it is time you should give up supporting your club.
I’ve heard muting that MON isn’t the man for the job and that he should be sacked. I think that is utter rubbish but unfortunately there are people out there that think because you are disappointed over a result and question why so many changes were made to a winning team and players played out of position that you are anti O’Neill. Why people should think this is beyond me. I know there are eternal optimists out there but I didn’t realise they would go to the extent of trying to gloss over this defeat when even the manager and players have admitted this was a bad day at the office and mistakes were made by all so lets not try and make excuses for them.
Maybe these are the same liberal minded people who want to wrap everyone up in cotton wool so they don’t get hurt wiping their own arses or have campaigned to stopped school sports days because they can’t see children lose as it will mentally unbalance them for life. Unfortunately life isn’t like that. Life is a battle and one of the best ways to move on and get on in life is to take on board criticism and learn from your mistakes. Hopefully O’Neill and the players have now learnt from this mistake and can go on and push us further up the table. For O’Neill he has self confessed to making this mistake before so let’s hope for our Club it is the last time, but with all humans it won’t be because believe it or not O’Neill is human too!!
I’m sure, as we’ve all been told to do, we will move on in time and come 20.00 on Monday we’ll all be sat at White Hart Lane (or in front of our sky TV’s) cheering on the lads again, willing a win and whatever the result fans from both sides will spend the next week debating the outcome, the decisions, the highs and the lows. We don’t want to lose that from our lives so let’s accept it and enjoy it, not try and stop it. As the great Shankly said “Some may think that football is more important than life and death but we all know it’s more important than that.” Sums it up nicely for me, so let’s not lose that passion amongst us or try and suppress it. So let’s all sit down, have our say, and respect each others opinions.