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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


I'm say we shouldn't judge Villa on two games...but apparently we should judge Given on two games ?
26/08/2012 22:06:00
and...while I'm at it...If Given should be dropped for his two performances...then so should the other ten !
26/08/2012 22:08:00
To be fair hes judging Given on last season, the Euros and those two games!
26/08/2012 22:14:00
My opinion, Mason Parker, is that Given's performances last season, at the Euros and after the first couple of games might warrant a change between the sticks and perhaps a new understudy to the number one Jersey. I'm sure people will disagree with me, but that's why we're here!
Turkish Penguin
26/08/2012 22:15:00
If no signings come in of quaility all I can say is that i'm glad Lambert knows how to get a team promoted !!
villa 4 ever
26/08/2012 22:16:00
A bit more evidence than just our two games is that Swansea destroyed West Ham, things do not look good
26/08/2012 22:17:00
We've only won 2 premier league games in the whole of 2012, so the problem is more deep-rooted than simply losing the first 2 games of the season. We need a couple of 'special' players who can turn a game, and unless we buy 2-3 very good players this week, it's going to be a long, hard season.
26/08/2012 22:30:00
Fickle fans? Surely not. Yes I went to Forest and West Ham and yes we did not look good. We were also woeful against Everton in the first half at least. Second half they had little to play for. But throw in the towel after 2 games? What utter nonsense by those who are starting to talk of going down. Its time some manned up.
26/08/2012 22:38:00
I admire your rallying cry mate and am one of those in the not panicking yet corner, but concerned...This is not just because of 2 games although they are 2 games we can not just ignore as the manager himself will know and will be working hard to address, but this is deeper than that as we have been in slow decline these past couple of years...Shay concerns me for as much as I was raving about him early doors, his form has dropped off quite alarmingly and whilst I am not to worried about Clarke and Baker, they need to play in rightful positions and need help to settle, we definately need a left back...We are not creating chances to miss and Nzogbia is giving no reason to suggest he will turn the corner and we lacked on the opposite side where Herd is not going to be the answer, Lambert will rectify this, meanwhile the fullbacks did not get fwd at all...The midfield is weak unless we play 3 in their and Bent is useless unless we start laying chances on a plate for him, therefore we also need strengthening with a couple of additions...We will get Gabby and Albrighton back and regardless of arguments they will aid the cause, in fact if Gabby had been playing as a 2 on Saturday I think he would of made a difference...However I do feel Lambert will pull it round in time but will also need a hand with a few new arrivals this week...I do not mean people with huge transfer fees and wages, but some more like the current few he has made like Vlaar and KAE who will be good buisness for us...Holman will be a decent acquisition and he cost nothing...Keep the faith fellow Villans a week is long time in football and as much as yesterday hurt it does only matter after 38 games, but yes we will need additions and will have to improve, see you all Tuesday...Paul Lamberts Claret Blue Army, AVFC!!!!!!
26/08/2012 22:57:00
The players need to man up more like Gordon, We've been in a relegation fight for the last two seasons and we've survived by the skin of our teeth, even when nearly going down we had no fight or passion to stay up we were lucky, Now because you have the likes of Wigan, Norwich, Southampton, Reading, QPR, West Brom, and West Ham they all know how to dog it out, they all know how to scrap and fight, We don't and all it takes is for Bent to get injured and the goals will dry up more than a 70 year old virgin.
villa 4 ever
26/08/2012 23:01:00
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