UK time is: 09:13:46
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

It's All The Ref's Fault - The Verdict

Martin O'Neill has said on the official site that he is furious that we were denied a late penalty, and the chance of taking all 3 points today.

Funnily enough I thought we had 90 minutes to take all 3 points myself, considering we scored so early I don't think it was a lack of a penalty that lost us the game it was our inability to put the match beyond them and as usual comical defending in the final 10 minutes that we can thank for that.

Anyway, O'Neill focused on the stoppage time event where it seems James Tomkins 'punched' the ball away whilst under pressure from John Carew.

'It was so clear. You have to be bale to see those. Their player clearly punched the ball away. It is not even as if it brushed up against him.

'But that's the way it's going for us at the moment.'

Going for us - are we again reliant on freaky own goals and penalties in order to win matches?

O'Neill described the way we attacked today as 'exhilarating'. Must be honest, I thought it was anything other than that.

We had plenty of attacks and plenty of chances but again we didn't really look dangerous. One of those days where we'd keep huffing and puffing and you'd have put more money on players being in the 6 yard box and putting it wide.

Kind of how we've looked all season to be honest, it's been a long time since you really thought we would attack and score, we've lost that edge.

'Going forward we were exhilarating - really brilliant - but we were unable to see it through.

'Brad made a good save early on and then we played very strongly after that. We broke forward and had countless chances - with Ashley and Gareth going very close.

'To be honest, with 25 minutes gone, we could have scored five. We were unable to get that second goal, which would probably have seen us through.

'We are just out of the habit of winning. I think we have been absolutely brilliant in the last three games but we have taken just two points. Winning, like losing, becomes a habit. But I think we deserved more this afternoon.

'The performance was absolutely outstanding going forward and we are highly entertaining, probably because we are unable to close the games down. It would be great if we could.'

The last few games have been entertaining, but we haven't been all season despite our PR. And yes we need desperately to close games out, take our chances and secure points. We haven't been doing that and we've been lacking in that department all season.

We can talk about tranfers until our hearts content, but we don't have players on the bench who can change games. The closest we get are players who are out of form or who simply haven't performed when they have started.

We can attack for 90 minutes but if we miss guilt edged chances, and fail in the final ball it counts for nothing. That is what we are suffering from at the moment, we are too wasteful.

But O'Neill is right 'Winning, like losing, becomes a habit.'

I know I'll get shot down again but hey ho - that habit was broken against CSKA and we still haven't recovered.

Coincidences are often just that, but there's no denying we lost our way after the UEFA capitulation and the question on many fans lips at the moment.

If we are challenging the Top 4 again next season, we will throw the Europa? O'Neill already said in the circumstances he'd do exactly the same thing, so could we be in for another season where we lose our spark and the players potentially rebound against a decision to not challenge for silverware.

Especially when it had been built up into such an event all season?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 18 2009

Time: 8:17PM

Your Comments

You have to be bale? Gareth?
Saul1
Conceding a late goal should have been irrelevant today. Failing to convert chances is what really cost Villa.
JimmyG
Was 'thinking fair play MON' when i read the 2nd paragraph, but then i realised he hadnt said it.
Mickey_Villa
I listened to the radio commentary, and it sounded like the usual Villa performance. We had alot of the game, looked the better side, but didn't convert superiority in general play into clear cut chances. And as VitalVillan says, the defending at the end was typically comical. Obviously our defensive nervousness has something to do with being out of form, but even earlier this season, when Laursen was playing, we'd often utilise the tactic of hanging in the last 10 to 15 minutes of games. I guess with Laursen in the team we were better equipped to do just that, but that doesn't justify the tactic. The bottom line as far as today's game goes is that West Ham well deserved their point, and actually had more efforts on goal, and more on target than us. O'Neill's comments are those of a man who is under serious pressure, and the pressure comes from knowing that he has messed things up in a major way.
Albarnista
We could have been 3 up at HT but so could West Ham ! It was a perfectly fair result . I wish he'd wake up and smell the coffee he's starting to ramble on like O'Deary . Friedel had far more to do than Green . I thought it was played like a pre season friendly to be honest
Villan57
We have plenty of guile fitness team spirit and desire,But im afraid up front we lack any real class,And it has cost us quite a few times again this season when we have dominated games.
lerneravfc
albarnista shut up oneill is not under pressure for gods sake. think where we were when he joined villa to where we are now. have a bit of perspective.
ric112
Ric have some respect. And for perspective, we are in no different a position to where DOL had us. Debate the points, not the poster.
mike_field
Sure, DOL 'had' us in this position, but he didn't consistently keep us there like MON has. Ridiculous to suggest this mike_field, with respect...
olofthegreat
Offering a fact before more fans turn on each other Olof. DOL had us around here, it's a fact. He didn't carry it on the second season, MON has managed that BUT when DOL had us here he didn't spend as much, he used a squad most seem to think was relegation material and he was working under the contraints of Ellis.

With respect the parellel is as objective as you can get. The cynic says DOL's side in this position didn't capitulate like we have either. It's not a ridiculous comparison, it does provide perspective.

But for the record do I need to state DOL was a lying disgrace of a manager and personally I think he should never darken football's doorstep again?
mike_field
We've used 21 players this season in total and before we get to 'we won the league in '80-'81 with 14', we've played a lot more games. Much of the time the current first 11 never got taken off in the early and middle part of the season and this is beginning to show now. Petrov and Barry were magnificent for 70 minutes, then tailed off. Carew, who has had a bit of a rest due to injury played until the whistle. This is the problem we have now and it is because we haven't rotated like other teams. You could say in the long run Arsenal's injuries have been beneficial in that Fabregas and Adebayor are coming back fresh and up for it.
Rawlie
Everyone could see that we were getting over run in midfield,i was screaming to replace Heskey with a midfielder but he brought on the Fonz meaning we needed another goal to win it and we played crap 2nd half.
ASPINALL
Disappointing result, and we have major problems in central defence BUT I have to agree with MON I thought we played some great football going forward. The last three games we have been a joy to watch going forward. IMO one of the reasons for this is Nicky Shorey. Now we have our full backs playing in their natural positions the distribution from those areas has been excellent and given us a much better balance. Heskey held the ball up very well yesterday and could/should have scored a hat-trick. I didn;t think he and Carew could play up front together, but they were impressive yesterday. Let's also give WetSpam some credit. They are playing very well under Zola. Despite a disappointing result I thought it was a really good game of football.
krfeskivilla
Theres only one solution, new faces with real quality. I knew after we missed all the earlier chances we'd let it slip. IT happens all too often and it just has to stop. Its a joke. Good attacking football but shocking central "Defence"
medzy
JimmyG; Scoring goals isn't a problem, conceding them is!!!!
gappy65
Martin O'Neill = FAIL
evoflash
I think that everyone is overcomplicating things gents. Heskey is in and Laursen is out at the moment. The 2 games against Manure and Everton didn't feature Heskey and we would've got good results apart from the defending. MON's stubborness and pathetic use of his old cronies from previous jobs is really p155ing me off now. Petrov is the only one that has actually come up with the goods AND it took him 2.5 years and a change of position.
Villan444
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Stats: Aston Villa v Arsenal (Saturday September 20 2014)

Keane's Too Good For TV (Saturday September 20 2014)

Something For The Weekend (466) (Friday September 19 2014)

Lambert - We Have To Build On This (Friday September 19 2014)

Loan Spell Will Do Robinson Good (Friday September 19 2014)

Lawro Tips Arsenal For Victory (Friday September 19 2014)

Lambert - Ron Remains A Doubt (Thursday September 18 2014)

Guzan - Villa Park Will Be Rocking (Thursday September 18 2014)

Lambert Speaks Following Contract Extension (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 586
2. ClivetheVillan 571
3. The Fear 512
4. mike_field 265
5. kefkat 240
6. Villan Of The North 221
7. DeanoVilla 206
8. sirdennis 185
9. lewis1980 137
10. Juan Mourep 129

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 5 4 1 0 +9 13
2. Southampton 5 3 1 1 +6 10
3. Aston Villa 5 3 1 1 +0 10
4. Arsenal 5 2 3 0 +4 9
5. Swansea 5 3 0 2 +2 9
6. Man City 5 2 2 1 +3 8
7. Leicester City 5 2 2 1 +1 8

Breaking League News

Everton 2-3 Palace
Crystal Palace : 22/09/2014 09:02:00
Nothing Has Changed!
Spurs : 22/09/2014 08:34:00
Another poor defensive display haunts Everton
Everton : 22/09/2014 07:48:00
Now That`s a Fact!
Chelsea : 22/09/2014 07:39:00
1st in 11 Attempts!
Chelsea : 22/09/2014 07:33:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Arsenal MotM
Suggested By:  MF
Guzan 4%
Hutton 10%
Cissokho 0%
Clark 7%
Senderos 3%
Delph 0%
Sanchez 0%
Richardson 3%
Cleverley 60%
Agbonlahor 3%
Weimann 3%
Sub - Grealish 7%
Sub - N'Zogbia 0%
Sub - Bacuna 0%