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They Think it's All Over......Why?

They Think it's All Over......Why?

I write this article because I have been puzzled by the reaction of some fans after the first 2 games of the season. Let me say that again, slowly and clearly....the FIRST....TWO.....GAMES.....of the season.

While I understand that most supporters are on board with the new manager and his long-term plans for the club, we still have a following who Tweet/post before they think.

Okay, we`ve lost the first 2 games of the new season, humbled at home by an inspired Everton side and prior to that, beaten by a Sam Allardyce team which will always be renowned for its physical approach to the game. However, why some people are throwing in the towel already is beyond me.

Paul Lambert himself took full responsibility for the Everton result (a brave new direction compared to that taken by the previous manager) and will no doubt be working hard to ensure that we can put some points on the board sooner rather than later. Personally, I feel that Shay Given should take a look in the mirror and ask himself whether he has what it takes to be a keeper at the top level any more; mediocre last season, below-par at the Euros and has been at fault for goals a couple of times already. With Brad Guzan back to bash the door down for the no.1 spot, he must surely be in with a shout. But I digress.

So where do people feel that we are lacking? "We need more signings and experience" seems to be the main grumble among most supporters. The big question is, realistically, who is there available to us that will fit in with Lambert`s criteria? He has stated clearly that he wants players who want to play for Aston Villa for a reasonable wage, so when fans question why we haven`t gone in for Adam Johnson or Junior Hoilett, think about their pay-packets. Adam Johnson will be handsomely paid by MON for his services regardless of whether he performs or not, and Hoilett has jumped on a snowballing wage bandwagon called QPR which could soon spiral out of control and destroy a small village in London. There`s no doubt that we need more strength in depth, but lashing out £15m each on a handful of players shouldn`t be the answer, and it is frustrating to see that certain fans still haven`t grasped the concept that less is more. I`d rather see an underrated Bosman signing bleeding for the cause instead of a talented £15m charlie or trick pony who only turns up when he likes.

Media pressure also doesn`t help. When Sky Sports or Match of The Day report that we`ve made our worst ever start to a league campaign or that we`re bottom of the league AFTER 2 GAMES, logic should reign supreme and suggest that leagues are won and lost over a period of 38 games. Instead, these words creep into the hearts of most supporters and the trolling begins; what is PL thinking? Why didn`t this player start? Why didn`t we do this? Why didn`t we sign them? People swallow the journalist articles and believe the words as gospel, causing Villans across the city, the country, hell, even the world, to take on preconceptions that haven`t yet been proven and only serve to upset the applecart. The reality is that 2 games have passed, and in all likelihood Mr. Lambert has probably suggested that the shortlist for targets be reviewed after the first few games. Why the panic?

Finally, one last reality check; we will not be making huge progress this season. 16th and above will be an achievement. We will not be pushing for top 4 or Europa League places, even after 5 wins on the bounce. Equally, we will not be getting relegated if we lose the next 3 games in a row. The whole idea of Lambert`s appointment was that he is a hungry young manager who needs time and patience to build his own team and get the boys playing the Lambert way. This will happen in due time, but fans need to be patient. Like any good relationship, it takes a lot of hard work, perseverance and dedication to make it successful, through good times and bad. Let the media spin its wheel and sell its papers and headlines, Villa will always be a footnote to them until we are ready to rise again. Let Paul Merson slate us on live television and let Robbie Savage try to rile the supporters once represented by his arch-nemesis Sir Dion of Dublin. Let everyone question the prospects of Aston Villa for the coming season. In the meantime, let`s keep our heads up and remember that Rome wasn`t built after 2 games.

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Writer:Turkish Penguin
Date:Sunday August 26 2012
Time: 10:02PM


Yes the 1st half performance on Saturday was quite litterally Scary as Jonah points out. I mean the team was so un-organised in every department, with no fluidity. Holman actually changed the game in the 2nd half, and started to link midfield and attack with Zog & Al Hamadi. I arrived late and was outside the ground when the team was being announced and I thought it was the subs bench........
28/08/2012 16:02:00
TP. Agreed, anybody who doesn't think it will take time needs to take a reality pill. BUT that performance on Saturday was downright scarey. I can't remember a worse one in 25+ years TBH. VOTH. Also agreed about Given, I think he's lost it mate.
28/08/2012 12:53:00
Good article and I am not surprised that people are starting to see the weakness in between the sticks. Given makes some good saves and is a decent shot stopper. And the 2nd goal was one he would normally be comfortable with. My problem with him is his total lack of ability to come off his line. Fellani shouldn't have had the header. It was routine cross that the likes of Bosnich or David Kames would simply have plucked out of the air. However one of the arts of good management is to look at what went right as opposed to what went wrong. Nathan Baker was our best player when he went to centre half. Maybe a Vlaar Baker partnership would be better than Vlaar Clarke. This would enable Clarke to move back into midfield to add some strength. Lowton looks useful. Holman looks good, and whilst KEA and Vlaar are good players they need to step up to the demands of the Premier League quickly. DB9 is wasted as a target man. Nothing sticks and he doesn't bring others into the game. Bent plays on the shoulder of the last man and is most dangerous when you have wide men who get to the byeline and pull the ball back. He is a genius at finding space. Lambert needs to answer that conundrum before we will be able to move forward. Kevin Doyle might be the man that helps bring the best out of DB9, so that is an interesting link.
27/08/2012 18:26:00
Jonah - I caught the highlights and yes, it looks like we were well humbled. I'm not doubting that we'll struggle if we continue with the current squad, but the article is a reflection of the Tweets and posts of supporters who have taken the first 2 results and performances as the benchmark. As I said, most people are on board with the idea that things will take time, but it's frustrating to see that some fans lose faith just because we don't win immediately or sign players that they believe should be part of the team. It's the quick-fix mentality which gives people the wrong outlook, and it's something that has to change.
Turkish Penguin
27/08/2012 17:42:00
VWRA...Sorry mate, comment was aimed at Turkish Penguin, not you.
27/08/2012 14:12:00
@jonah. No, I don't live remotely near Brum so it's difficult to come up to VP. I'd rather go and watch the NextGen games than see the senior squad anyway. Why do you ask?
27/08/2012 13:44:00
Did you actually SEE that rout on Saturday?
27/08/2012 13:21:00
* Last two Villa managers not including Lambert. Lambert has inherited a fools gold generation. He isn't to blame for the current debacle.
27/08/2012 13:06:00
Good article, TP, btw.
27/08/2012 13:04:00
kb, agree with you about Benayoun and Ince although its the owner who really should be doing the 'considering'. Not sure that he is. Agree with PiperUK that given the investment since RL took charge Villa shouldn't been in this position. Can you imagine Daniel Levy, Stan Kroenke, Abramovich, Sheikh Mansour, John Henry or even the Glazers backing the majority of signings we saw during the MON era (and a few since)? Could you imagine them bringing in the last Villa two managers to run their clubs? Lerner and Faulkner either have no serious ambition or don't know what they're doing. Or both. The scouting sysytem is a good move but should've been there from the start. Don't want to see a sheikh or oligarch at Villa. It would destroy the identity of the club. Swansea or B. Dortmund would be good models for Lerner and Faulkner to mould Villa on. RL has a lot of good ideas but not -- apparently -- where it counts, on the pitch. The current players are -- mostly -- overpaid wasters. Villa deserve to go down and probably will.
27/08/2012 13:03:00
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