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The Week In Villa (17)

The Week In Villa (17)

Wednesday, 21st November

Paul Lambert is suspended for the Arsenal game for stating fact about the ridiculousness of the penalty decisions given against us at Man City. No, seriously.

Brett Holman wins Aussie player of the for 2012. Well done that man.

Thursday, 22nd November

Alan Hutton joins Forest on loan. WOO-HOO!

Friday, 23rd November

All talk is of tomorrow's game against Arsenal. No-one seems to fancy us.

Saturday, 24th November

A pretty boring 0-0 is about the only way to describe it. We weren't great, we were up against a talented side but the fact is they brought very little themselves. Brett Holman hitting the bar was as close as anyone came to scoring, and ultimately, it was a result that didn't do a lot for either side but wasn't a bad result by any stretch of the imagination either. It also sets us up nicely for the upcoming run of 'more winnable' games.

Positives include a clean sheet, Brett Holman looking very lively when he come on and grabbing a point against a side who many thought would beat us.

Negatives include a poor performance from Karim El Ahamadi (who I was very impressed with at first but he has definitely gone off the boil; as I suggested on Saturday night, I think we may have dragged him down to our level!), our lack of looking dangerous when attacking and the way that towards the end of the game it was clear that Arsenal believed they could win it and we just wanted to cling on; understanding, but disappointing nonetheless.

In other news, the U-18's won 2-1 away at Spurs. A goal from Umit Eminoglu (who, despite the vague similarities in the name, looks nothing like Ugo Ehiogu) and an own goal sealed the win.

Sunday, 25th November

As with most weeks, the Sunday news revolves around the match from the day before and Darren Bent leaving.

The ladies fixture against the Baggies was called off.

Monday, 26th November

With barely any time to breathe, attentions turn to the Reading game tomorrow, and all the usual pre-match balderdash.

Still, it is safe to say we need a win tomorrow...

Tuesday, 27th November

...and we got it. Bad game, poor performance, but all forgotten. We won, we needed to win, sorted.

Are there complaints? Of course. We don't keep the ball well enough, we don't make the most of our chances and some individual moments left me gobsmacked. Typical example would be Barry Bannan giving an excuse of 'there was nothing on' when cheaply giving the ball away in the middle of the park that honestly, I would get annoyed at if I was watching a 12 year old play. Other examples were numerous occasions of Weimann giving the ball away or taking the wrong option (I have seen Gabby called a headless chicken on many occasions but Weimann is definitely worse) and, while I can forgive it as it was a young team, we certainly started dropping deep and inviting pressure too early and too easily.

That said, are there positives? Again, of course. Benteke is looking better all the time and his goal was a cracker. Another clean sheet was kept. As well as being a good shot-stopper, I have more faith in Brad Guzan than most keepers in recent memory when set-pieces come in. Of course most of all, when we really needed a win, we got it.

Plenty of talk before and after the game is about Darren Bent. I genuinely don't know what to say. I can see why Benteke is ahead of him, but I don't see how we can't be on the bench when fit because we struggle with goals and he is a goal machine. It's difficult, but for the first time I am probably expecting him to leave in January, despite comments from Paul Lambert suggesting that's not going to happen.

Writer:Sheriff Kimbo
Date:Wednesday November 28 2012
Time: 4:00PM


Haha, the Thursday was a particular highlight of mine too!
28/11/2012 16:06:00
Barry Bannan is a waste of space IMO he's had a couple of performances which should not be considered good its the bare minimum one would expect... Last night the chap was a disaster...
28/11/2012 16:10:00
Bannan gave the ball away just as much as Westwood did. I just watched the match again on Sky, Baker hoofed the ball everytime he had it. I don't see how Bannan can get the blame, but then Westwood gets the praise. Am I blind? Or is it you guys.. We got the result on a bad night, great stuff. Judge the team after QPR. Just be happy, we hardly win.
28/11/2012 16:40:00
Westwood did give the ball away but nowhere near as much as bannan. Plus he's only playing his 3rd or 4th game but is adapting well. Bannans had to many chances & only produced a anything decent a handful of times... It's simply not good enough. Why no Ireland he was quality again when he came on??
28/11/2012 16:46:00
28/11/2012 17:08:00
Heres my favourite PL quote from the transcript of the post-match Bent spoutathon now being run by Mail, Guardian etc - "I'm trying to give you an honest answer. If I was going to lie to you, honestly, I would. It's my decision. Is that all right?" Its fair to say that Big Chris saved his bacon last night Also fair to say that "The Mailman" is going to be replaced soon by a Polish person who doesnt really speak English yet
28/11/2012 17:14:00
I like the number 17 Sheriff, felt it important that I shared that with you!
The Fear
28/11/2012 17:18:00
I was sorry that the ladies' game was called off but when the pitch is so waterlogged there is always the danger of mud-wrestling breaking out and that attracts the wrong sort of spectator.
28/11/2012 17:22:00
Blitz its not about giving the ball away its simple decision making Westwood didn get caught in possession like Bannan did... Theres also a massive difference between westwood losing possession by trying to play an attacking pass and Bannan giving it away because he cant pass to the man beside him... Thats how I see it I mean Swansea tried to sign Westwood and not Bannan... Bannan is too flash and for all of Albrightons effort he has no composure... I find it funny that people give out PL signed lower league guys and I do understand that but what you have to understand is we had a team of overrated guys to begin with... When our young guys first came on the seen I thought they were good and maybe they will be good... The thing is the youngsters PL has got from the lower levels have more about them than our youngsters they want it more... Look at how Weimann plays when he is in the team compared to Albrighton... Albrighton and Bannan are bottlers play well in the big games but cant deal with the pressure in your average game... Id prefer we signed more lower league guys and got rid of or loaned some of the young players we have seen time and time again fail to take a chance... And is Carruthers injured? He is someone that has something about I think he is the guy people think Bannan and Albie both had...
28/11/2012 20:03:00
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