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Well That Wasn't Pretty But A Draw Is A Draw


My Maxim match summary.

We'll soon have the stats, MON reaction and then by tomorrow, the expert away match reports from Glensider.

Stoke 0-0 ASTON VILLA

Well if anyone expected that to be a pretty game, they'd have been very disappointed! Luckily I didn't, I expected a battle and that is exactly what we got.

There was plenty of effort from both sides and over the 90 minutes Stoke shaded the chances perhaps, but then we could have scored late on with a James Milner free kick beating Sorenson but also sadly beating the target and going just wide.

We need wins in the run up to the end of the season, so I wouldn't say I'd have taken a draw at the start of the game but with the bad weather conditions and the physical nature of Stoke (not a complaint against them, it is all part of the game and they also can at times pass the ball around!) we did well to hold on. The first half I'd say we were equal but the second half, as Villa so often do, apart from our defenders who were awesome throughout, we just didn't turn up, there was no outlet and apart from the occasional break, we piled way too much pressure on our defence. Luckily they held firm.

Hey ho, a draw for us away from home is a better result than a draw at home for Stoke I would guess but we really do need wins now until the end of the season, 1 point doesn't really cut mustard if we do want 4th. I'll not be banging my head against a brick wall though, I've not thought 4th was on for a while... then the opti slaps me in the face and says we can still do it.

Football? It's a funny old game.

Star Man: The whole of the defence, Carlos Cuellar was the most exposed but then he isn't a right back, Luke Young is a right back and yet MON insists on positioning him on the bench. MON is the boss.

Worst Performer: Difficult one, Emile Heskey if you are looking for shots (as he is a striker) is awful, if you look at him putting it about a bit, he isn't so bad. Still wouldn't make my team I'm afraid, no matter what people say, strikers should at least shoot, if not score.

Best Moment: Well, probably the final whistle, this game won't go down as a classic, it never was going to be a classic.

Chant of the game: The continued calls for Gabby Agbonlahor to come on, then when he was brought on, the chants for John Carew (following boo's for not bringing off Heskey) who was brought off.

Oppo Fans: Think I read somewhere they are the loudest at home in the Prem. Respect!




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 13 2010

Time: 5:08PM

Your Comments

I think we played terrifically well ! can I have the managers job now?
villan57
I think we played terrifically well ! can I have the managers job now?
villan57
Surely it was more of a delightful display this week
ant1ant1
Surely it was more of a delightful display this week
ant1ant1
What are you guys doing? That 4th place is up for grabs!
JT_daniel
remember Stoke is a diificult place to go and that Delilah song makes the hairs on the back of my neck stick up - don't know why though!
merlin
remember Stoke is a diificult place to go and that Delilah song makes the hairs on the back of my neck stick up - don't know why though!
merlin
I could totally understand people hankering for Luke Young to start if we were conceding goals, but we have the best defence in the league and Carlos has played a huge part in that. He obviously isnt the best going forward and his distribution is often horrendous, but defensively he is a huge part of what we do
pauled177
Stoke is a very hard place to go, i feel it was a good point and we are stil strong in the running for fourth, totteham have chelsea, aresnal and man utd to come in a row yet! and city have some hard games we have a chance to keep out 2010 unbeaten streak going for a good time and only chelsea can really stop us so i am confident.
p.villa
We need Cuellar at the back to defend when he gives the ball away......MON logic....
ASPINALL
How come when I got off the coach it was quite mild but when I got inside the ground it was feckin' freezing??? Good point at the end of the day but we need to play Luke Young at right back or play five across the back with three centre halves. We can't play 5-4-2 can we?
godzvilla
How come when I got off the coach it was quite mild but when I got inside the ground it was feckin' freezing??? Good point at the end of the day but we need to play Luke Young at right back or play five across the back with three centre halves. We can't play 5-4-2 can we?
godzvilla
No, it wasn't pretty, in fact its fair to say that all in all it was a pretty drab affair, but unlike other drab affairs this season, I'm thinking in particular of the likes of Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United, we still managed to return home with a more than useful point in the bag. The blustery, swirling wind wasn't conjusive to good football, and it was just one of those afternoon's when we had to graft out a result. Jimmy Milner could have won it at the end with his free-kick effort that flew just wide, but to balance things out, Robert Huth had a great chance right at the death, to steal the points for the home team.
glensider
No, it wasn't pretty, in fact its fair to say that all in all it was a pretty drab affair, but unlike other drab affairs this season, I'm thinking in particular of the likes of Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United, we still managed to return home with a more than useful point in the bag. The blustery, swirling wind wasn't conjusive to good football, and it was just one of those afternoon's when we had to graft out a result. Jimmy Milner could have won it at the end with his free-kick effort that flew just wide, but to balance things out, Robert Huth had a great chance right at the death, to steal the points for the home team.
glensider
 

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