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The Shape Of Things To Come For Villa?

The Shape Of Things To Come For Villa?

Just two Villa press guys impressions of Paul Lambert and maybe a hint of what is to come for the Villa this season?

Yup, it is only a friendly, but it is a nice 'early doors' glimpse into what Lambert is looking to bring to Villa and the fans...

James Nursey said before the friendly v Burton Albion:

James Nursey ‏@JamesNursey
Hughton wasn't afraid to rollock ‪#NCFC‬ players over any slacking but generally v positive - he liked Elliott Bennett's 'feet' or touch


James Nursey ‏@JamesNursey
Gather life at ‪#NCFC‬ much more relaxed post-Lambert! But tbf a strict regime is just what Norwich needed when he took over & ‪#AVFC‬need now

Today at the game both James and also Mat Kendrick tweeted throughout the game. You can go to the twitter accounts to see the full stuff and also see some fans reactions in our Match Thread >>>Click Here

But here are a few tweets from the guys on Lambert himself:

Matt started off re: the fans... makes for great reading:

Mat Kendrick ‏@MatKendrick
Loads of noise from the packed away end at the Pirelli. Villa fans have got their belief back. Great to hear

and the chants, poor old 'he who shall not be named` got none of this:

Mat Kendrick ‏@MatKendrick
'Paul Lambert, My Lord' chant the Villa fans, mixing seamlessly into 'Paul Lambert's claret and blue army'

Then onto Lambert watch:

Mat Kendrick ‏@MatKendrick
Game has started off at quite a tempo for a friendly, with the new boss already frantically orchestrating things from the touchline

Hope Paul Lambert's Villa contract included a comfy pair of shoes - don't think he's sat in the dugout once yet

Lambert setting his standards high already. Audible blasts of frustration if his players fail to pick out the right option quickly enough

Lambert has finally sat down, but the Villa players can't rest easy. His right hand man Culverhouse is patrolling the touchline now

quickly followed by:

And Lambert is back on his feet again...

Villa had all the play in the past 10 or 15 minutes. Lambert encouraging his players to keep the ball moving to probe for openings

Most of the second period being played in Burton's half, but Villa lacking the killer pass or cross, which is slightly annoying the new boss

Lambert tuts loudly at a slight Lichaj lapse, but follows it with warm praise when the American defender makes a good interception

James Nursey ‏@JamesNursey added:

Watching Lambert on touchline seems to be v keen #AVFC get it wide. At #NCFC he had good wingers (& in Cship attacking full-backs too)


So......... the shape of things to come?

Villa fans back in fine voice and with some belief restored?

Attacking football? Lambert quick to berate but also quick to praise?

The use of wingers to supply the forwards?

Happy days!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday July 14 2012
Time: 5:08PM


I've already said it, but I'm chuffed to bits! Yes it was only a friendly against a lower division team, butthe manner that we approached the game and the way we play the game was impressive for me. The team, the support, it's all quite positive. So much better than the nightmare of 12 months ago.
Pride of Lions
14/07/2012 17:29:00
Went to the game. No excuse not to as I live less than a mile from the ground. The second half team seemed to play with more urgency, although the final ball was often disappointing. There was a lovely comedy moment when Baker went down at the half way line, clutching his thigh after an attempted tackle, with the ball breaking to a Burton player. The ever alert Warnock (more comedy), immediately gave chase from an advanced position, only to be brought down by the prone Baker who was still on the ground. Had to be seen to be believed. Fortunately nothing came of the incident and both Baker and Warnock were able to continue. El Ahmedi looked neat and tidy, passed well and hit a couple of long range shots. Holman started nervously, worrying passing the ball back to the half way line when on the edge of the opposition penalty area. However he settled quite well and looks a busy and industrious wide player. Took his goal well with an excellent finish. Gabby was lively, and Bannan played well. Overall a good workout. The result was not important, and we should not get too carried away as we playing a Division Two side which was packed with trialists. Burton also changed almost their entire team at half time also. On a nostalgic note it was great to stand on terracing. As I was in the home enclosure, I was able to change ends at half-time so I could be at the end Villa were attacking for the whole game. Just like the old Paddock terraced areas used to be, in the good old days. Yes I am going back to the 60s/70s, and yes I am an old fart. It was great though. Happy Days.....
14/07/2012 19:39:00
Looks like we played the way we knew we would under Lambert, keeping the ball is ke, on ITV during the Euro's they said 90% of teams that have the most possesion win the most games not rocket science but it proves Lambert knows what he is doing and will get this team back sorted out and firing UTV!
14/07/2012 20:06:00
Absolutely positively extremely massively pumped for the new season!! Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa UTV!!
15/07/2012 09:34:00
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