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Have Villa Turned The Corner?

Have Villa Turned The Corner?

Have Villa turned the corner? Looking over recent results I noted that since the miserable away defeat to Fulham, the Villans have lost only two of their last seven Premier League fixtures. Moreover, those two losses came at the hands of the two Manchester clubs - first and second in the league.

This suggests that, despite our inexperience, the players are working hard for the manager and that we have become difficult to beat. We remain woefully short of goals, which beg more questions about the Bent issue, but we can perhaps view the upcoming fixture list with slightly less trepidation. A victory against in form Stoke would be a real shot in the arm although a draw seems more likely.

Statistics make interesting reading. Our current points-per-game tally leaves us on course for around 36 points and likely relegation. However, in the last seven games we earned 1.28 points per game. If this were to continue for the remaining twenty three we would finish on a more healthy 44. In eight matches against teams in the top ten we have secured only five points. In the seven outings against teams in the bottom ten we have secured nine points.

Statistics can be presented to make any argument, but all this suggests that we have enough to beat the drop. A couple of astute signings in January can only improve our chances.

Disappointingly, most match-day threads still include a few 'Lambert out` posts. Our club needs consistency. We do not have a bottomless pit of money to burn. A decision has been made and a course set.

Let`s get behind the manager and his young lions. VTID!!

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Writer:Staffs Villan
Date:Monday December 3 2012
Time: 11:26AM


well, got more points that I'd expected in November, I'd have taken that at the start of the month, but obviously the PRem is relentless, so they have to get more this month! Jan is an interesting one, 4 very winnable games, (the oppo will be thinking the same v us though)
The Fear
03/12/2012 11:32:00
Naturally pleased we got 4 points against Reading and QPR. We are starting to close the gap on the teams above and if we put a run of 2/3 wins together we will be right up there again. Looks really close this season, QPR look destined for the drop but anyone in the bottom half can be dragged into it.
03/12/2012 11:40:00
we re at the corner - and I believe we are justified in pointing out decisions by - The Management - that are mystifying, especially when they did not have the desired result. Hes done a lot right so far - great signings, couple that werent - but the Dazza situation is still out of control. Should have had the guts to sell him in the summer if that was part of his marching orders in July.
03/12/2012 11:44:00
I'm not looking forward to either the Stoke or Norwich (away - eek) games as we've not done well against the former and the latter are going to be fired up for the return of Paul Lambert. After that it's Liverpool and Chelsea. December is a tough month; if we can get through it with 6 points we'll have done well and should be in a good position for January. Fingers crossed. UTV
03/12/2012 11:56:00
and play Benty. Perhaps we may have beaten QPR and United if the case. However I agree, we are playing better. But we need to score more..... we have an £18m striker on the bench being laughed at!
03/12/2012 12:01:00
Paul Lambert was the right choice, he has nearly sorted out the mess left by O'Neill. We are paying more exciting football than uner Mc Leish (no very difficult to do that), our young team will get better and the Villa will be going back towards Europe from next season. COTVABU
irish villa
03/12/2012 12:04:00
Good points analogy, but last season our points difference may well of saved us. I don't think w could sa that this sason as our goals scored is sooo painfully woeful. Our goal difference is almost as many as we've scored.... I don't want Lambert out, I wanted him IN in the summer, but he has to do something in January to address the shocking goals scored situation and midfield as we are NOT providing the quality or quatity of chances we need to have an earthly of scoring sufficient.
Pride of Lions
03/12/2012 12:05:00
Rumours that McLeish is being lined up for Wolves :-D
03/12/2012 12:06:00
Villa were second best against the worst team in the Premiership and were grateful to grab a point. So some way to go yet it would seem.
03/12/2012 12:08:00
Struggling to a point against the bottom of the league team (sod the new manager factor because we never seem to get a lift when a new manager is appointed at Villa - just talk of transition and excuses) hardly suggests a corner being turned. People keep labouring the point about the players improving as the season goes on and they settle as if Villa were the only side to sign anyone in the summer. The other teams around us also have the capacity to improve when their players have settled too. QPR bullied us in the 2nd half and we were saved by the post twice! Admittedly getting points from bad performances is a slight improvement on Eck, but is hardly foundation to suggest we are safe. The lack of composure was evident on saturday and backs to the wall 'alamo' style defending, Let me remind you, this was aginst QPR for eff's sake, is not encouraging to me.
heavy d
03/12/2012 12:28:00
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