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Fans Reaction To Southampton Thrashing

Saints are a decent outfit. No shame in losing to them. Villa are probably -- more or less -- on the same level as Saints and Swansea. Hopefully, the fans will keep their nerve. This is a disappointment but the club is moving in the right direction. There might be new faces in January and short of a sheikh or oligarch coming in -- a terrible thought -- this is reality for the time being.
VillaWillRiseAgain

Absolutely dreadful. I can only assume that they were playing to instructions. If so those instructions have to change. 80% of the time when Guzan or a defender had the ball it was kick it as far as he could up the pitch. Completely aimless. What's the point of having a midfield if the ball consistently sails over their heads? Why the change from last Saturday when we played some decent football? This time it was all kick and hope. Come on Mr Lambert. Norwich didn't play like this this last season. We didn't play like it last week. If we play some football then we have a chance. If not then we will be turned over week after week.
chocolate teapot

westwood was absolutely awful!!!
avfcwills10

I'm not worried. We are a better side already than last season, and despite this result we will be okay. It'll be up and down this year.
MASON_PARKER

Reminder today that were in the *****e and this will be a long old season. Starting 11 is just not strong enough and we will need to fight hard to get our 40 points
Tylervilla2012

Villawillriseagain, I like your positivity but it's not acceptable to lose 4-1 to anytime never mind Southampton...I don't know where this team is yet, first we are good, next it's like this.
P.Avfc

Now convinced that Baker should start CB. I find it hard to understand why he is not even on the bench (not injured afaik). Guzan not at fault for a single goal which is unusual in 1-4 game - he did trip their guy though, as you would expect a professional to consider doing in that scenario. Saw it on Fox HD not 175Kb so take my word for it :) And he almost saved it. And one more thing - what on earth was Gabby's sub role supposed to be ? I wasn't expecting that sub unless you took Benteke off which I didn't think would happen
malacaxeta

as chocolate said, dreadful today, but I think the midfield just aren't premiership standard and there isn't one of the 4 midfielders who would get into a prem team - not strong enough, not big enough, not hungry enough, tackling and passing poor, no creativity or urgency when they do get it, and no vision I think we'll stay up, and it's a lot better than last season but he needs to buy a midfield in January!
griffgriff

I don't think Swansea were that good a yardstick as they got stuffed at home by Everton 3-0! So what does that say about us? A real rollercoaster, but this has ruined my weekend!!!!!!!
Pride of Lions

Very poor second half, Gaston Ramirez had far too much time and ran the game once they scored but i feel that the lads heads dropped after they equalised. Benteke played a wonderful ball through to Bent at one nil that he couldn't finish on his left and then he smashed a header just wide from a corner that left the keeper helpless... If either of those chances hit the net its a totally different game. But the approach play was useless in the second half, all hoofs for Benteke and him and Bent were too close to each other. But Benteke looks like he's got quite a bit in his locker and will be a real player once he settles. Lichaj was terrible. Ireland provided a link to the strikers that was sorely missed second half. All in all a day to forget but its a young team and confidence will play a big part all season - not just going into games bit during them too.
wizard21

We are a work in progress,chill everybody
kenner

Agreed kenner, we threw it away yes but it's a team full of young lads, lessons will be learned now we move on and belt Brom next week.
AdzVilla11

Stayed up again not so pleased this week. Can't fault the effort in the first half but execution wasn't there. Seemed strange to change it at half time but seems Ireland was injured so can't help that. Not sure Westwood is good enough ATM so would've preferred Delph. That's the poorest I've seen vlaar and lowton but it's a work in progress so going to have ups and downs. Bennett didn't look great but was in a no win situation really and gabby was played out of position, again. Can still see the fight in the players even though the quality wasn't there
Aussie Villain

I 100% support Lambert, I hope we can man up away from home though. We will. Easy to forget this turbulence is normal with a new manager, system and side.
thekentvillan

We are going to struggle big time. The signings have been very very poor.
We're Not Fickle

A lamentable performance and a shameful result.
OnMeHeadFred

STOP chatting ***** Lambert and grow a pair and confront the penny pinching *****er on the board! Lerner OUT!
Green Villan

We need to remember The Saints were 1 down at half time at home and looking at no points from 5 games. They came out and played like they had nothing to lose and most teams would have struggled to keep the door closed. 4-1 flattered The Saints, we will have days like this but the vision must not change. Give youth a chance no knee jerk reactions and smiles will be back when we chin the Baggies next Sunday.
Guinnessvilla

Obvious it's a bad result lads but calm down this season it's a major rebuilding season and was always going to be like this. Lets see you all cheer when we beat Brom next week. Saints were winning against City and United they have a solid team and play good football. We threw it away but it was more their second half fight back than our collapse. The young lads will learn from this. Forget this one and look forward
AdzVilla11

I'm bitterly disappointed, but I'll get over it in a couple of days.... it's what us Villa fans do you know. We beat Swansea, look what Everton did to them. Look what Arsenal did to Southampton and look what they did to us..... Yardsticks and comparisons....
Pride of Lions

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Date:Sunday September 23 2012

Time: 10:35AM

Your Comments

Saints will stay up because they know how to score goals. Our performance was really poor, and we were only winning at half time because the Saints were so poor. That said, it's still early doors and we're still above Liverpool, so it's not all bad :-D
Lee282
Saints will stay up because they know how to score goals. Our performance was really poor, and we were only winning at half time because the Saints were so poor. That said, it's still early doors and we're still above Liverpool, so it's not all bad :-D
Lee282
You cant really consider Southampton based on their early results as they have only played games they would be expected to lose. As for Villa, i think that Lambert inherited a very thin an inexperienced squad and has to be given time
oxfordspur
With Man U, City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham etc. still to come. We are in trouble! Hope we can pull it out because I am a fan of Lambert. Wasn't given enough backing in the transfer market. Crossing fingers already for us to stay up!
Astriel
Villa will get better in time and we will shut up the pundits (savage) and other fans...Southampton are not that bad but will be relegation candidates, any newly promoted team with a bad start will give it their all and we unfortunately had to face it...4-1 still not good enough but when we get going, I'm confident we will be floating around the top half.
P.Avfc
It was always going to be tough going to there place after the hiding at the Emirates and also with them having no plans after 4 games. We aren't going to go through the season unbeaten. Seen a few comments about "negative" fans and would like to reiterate that I'm not negative I merely called the game how I saw it. I'm behind Lambert and his philosophy 100% and I'm excited about the future... at least they should have come good by the time my son is old enough to attend his first game!!
wizard21
I think it is quite easy to be negative after this game. Yes, the defending wasn't great, but then again it wasn't last season! However, we did create some good opportunities, and looked like we could be a danger at set pieces, something that was definitely missing last year. Also, if you look at Lambert's record with Norwich last year, he had some games where they were brilliant and a few where they took a right pasting. I optimistic that we won't be fighting relegation come May
Francobaresi13
As I said on here recently, I am expecting 5 goals a game in Villa matches. We can score, but we are always likely to concede. I think we will have a few similar results this season. Sometimes in our favour and sometimes against. It will make for an interesting season and I think actually will make matchdays even more exciting because we are never going to be sure which Villa will be turning up. Against Saints we were average in the first half. Poor second. Move on. Looking forward to my trip upto Manchester on Tuesday, and hopefully the 'other' Villa will turn up.
voiceoftheholte
Keep Calm - We're Aston Villa
malacaxeta
As poor or average as we were, Southampton were at nothing until Lambert scored, which as you'd expect, lifted the place, then there was just poor defending which gave them a 3-1 lead. At that point I just accepted a bad day at the office, which will happen with a young team and a learning manager. Their penalty in stoppage time just added the gloss making it 4-1 which all of a sudden is a thrashing (3-1 is just well beaten), which I hardly think it was. It's all new, new players, new striker starting for the first time, Lambert will learn from his mistakes and rectify them, it's all about the long term. We've already seen what we're capable of against Swansea, it's not going to be brilliant every week, otherwise we'd win the league.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
There is light at the end of the tunnel!! That is enough for me!! Yesterday was bad....but its over now...done, forgotten about. The aim is to stay up this season. I think we will! Like you say SJH just a bad day at the office!!! utv!!!
king villa
I'm not voting MotM because there wasn't one.........
Pride of Lions
 

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