Writer: John Lerwill
Date:Sunday October 21 2007
I did not expect that this, that my second visit to see Villa play at VP in 20 years (the other was three seasons ago), was going to end in tears.
Up the motorway my Man U-supporting son and I travelled, and when Villa took that early lead, there was a look of desolation on his face and when Villa could have scored a second, he was preparing for the worst. But it would not be long before the appearances of our ‘fizzogs’ completely changed around. How our defence just melted away I cannot comprehend… But, I reasoned, MON would make a couple of telling substitutions, and there’d be every chance the second would be a storming half. My dad’s talk of that 1948 extravaganza when Villa came back from 1-4 down to be 4-5 behind (only to lose another late goal) came to mind. It was not to be.
The booking of Reo-Coker the first time was an appalling decision – and the second was not far better. And then Carson.
Even after Tayls saved that penalty, the Villa fans reacted badly. Where we were – up in the gods in the Trinity – they started drifting home. After cheering the save, the Holte seemed to go silent. It was the Man U fans that were splendorously in voice now. But – bless ‘em – it was not long before the Holte recovered its composure and were singing lustily right to the end. A spirit that I had thought had gone from the Holte-enders, and one that indicated firm hope for the future.
I have never seen a match like it. I had never before seen a Villa player sent off, even! Even with 9 players, Villa came within an ace of getting a consolation goal when Maloney was released. And, what is more, the moral ascendancy ended with the Villa, as it was United’s defenders that were showing childish tantrums towards the end – even being 4-1 up against 9 players; Gabby had upset ‘em. Villa, on the other hand, never lost their spirit – but it was a forlorn hope against such a team.
However, there does seem to be a weakness in Villa’s defence. That 4-4 come-back by Spurs a few weeks ago seemed to say something. And now this. But though Reo-Coker was playing manfully in the first half, the midfield also seemed to lack something. Barry was perhaps tired and jaded after his Russian experience, and for me did not do a lot this time, of a constructive nature.
But, as said so often of late, it’s still early days. Yesterday’s opponents may well be the season’s champions. There are many other sides in the Prem that would have wilted under Villa’s rapier-thrusting play in the first 30 minutes. The future is bright.
Up the Villa!
Date:Sunday October 21 2007
Lichaj Joins Forest (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Vital Villa Interviews 2013 - Thomas Wood (Wednesday June 19 2013)
The Villa Times - 19/06/2013 (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Vital Villa Interviews 2013 - SimonBigRon (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Aston Villa Season 2013/14 Fixtures. OUCH Start! (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Seville Confirm Luna Interest (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Bacuna Speaks Roncrete & Improvements (Tuesday June 18 2013)
The AVFC Summer Transfer Action So Far (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Giant Striker Joins Villa! (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Vital Villa Interviews 2013 - Villa67 (Tuesday June 18 2013)
|2.||Pride of Lions||406|
|2. Aston Villa||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|5. Crystal Palace||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|VMC's Man of the Season
» Man City : 20/06/2013 00:58:00
|Saints Season 2012/2013 Review - Right Back
» Southampton : 19/06/2013 22:15:00
|2013/14 Fixtures: Sunderland Welcome Fulham
» Sunderland : 19/06/2013 21:40:00
|Britton: All Players Hope Laudrup Stays
» Swansea : 19/06/2013 21:04:00
|Hull City to start 2013/14 season at Chelsea
» Hull City : 19/06/2013 20:45:00
|Pardew - 'I Am Staying!'
» Newcastle : 19/06/2013 19:09:00
|If You Pray Hard Enough………..
» Chelsea : 19/06/2013 17:45:00