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A Crappy New Year From All At Aston Villa

Well 2012 wasn`t a great one for Aston Villa, was it? We went into it with a hugely unpopular manager and with not many wins. Our club captain was then diagnosed with Leukaemia, a three points became more difficult to achieve than a lottery win and then the 'new dawn` presented to us in the summer turned out to be nothing more than an acceptable face on the same body as before.

What on earth can 2013 bring to top that?

Well lets look at the positives or at least try, and once that thirty seconds has passed we can go back to the sandwich board and declare that the end of the world is nigh.
The semi-final is at least something to look forward to. The players have worked extremely hard to get their and by beating Manchester City in extra time and scoring four past Norwich at Carrow Road they deserve the place in it. With a draw against Bradford - normally you`d be absolutely delighted at drawing them if your own team wasn`t so ridiculously poor.

Instead of looking forward to the game I find myself pondering whether it`d be better to be humiliated by losing a semi final against a League Two side, or humiliated by having ten put past us in a cup final at Wembley.

Even if by some miracle the team wins the trophy it`s a hollow victory if they get relegated - it means nothing. Other than it being a huge distraction and financial burden to compete in the Europa League whilst trying to scrap our way out of the Championship - which isn`t an easy thing to do - look at all the clubs that have been relegated recently - I don`t see too many of them bouncing straight back up.

It really has been amazing to see how successful the club has been at managing to create a bit of positive atmosphere and buzz about the place and then spectacularly blow it to pieces like some giant demolition ball with it`s performance on the pitch.

After Lambert`s appointment in came a number of unknown, unproven players mainly from the lower leagues. Now personally, I wasn`t too enamoured with this. It`s always been my personal opinion that to be a good team you need the better players - so all these signings from divisions below us didn`t exactly excite me and just led me to believe we`d struggle to stay in the division for the third year running.

Some come first home game of the season - and all that good will is drained away by being 3-0 down at half time. The wake up occurs. Yeah, we`re still rubbish.

But we battle away, and maybe turn the corner with a great cup win against Norwich and a win at Anfield. Perhaps things are improving? Nah. In true Villa style all the good will and positive thoughts are well and truly blown out the water by conceding in three games the same amount of goals that we have scored all season.

You see - you need to have Premier League standard players in your team to play in the Premier League and win games - and we simply don`t have that. That`s why I can`t get angry with the players - they just aren`t good enough. Lichaj, Bennett, Clark, Baker, Herd, Holman, Ireland, Bowery, El Ahamadi - they are just not good enough to play in the top division of England.

So the playing squad isn`t good enough - but a number of those not good enough are players that Lambert has brought in himself. He`s also not helped himself by making a number of incredibly odd decisions - the aforementioned defeat against Everton saw Barry Bannan, a lightweight part-time actor in 'The Borrowers` up against the giant Fellani.
Or after the Chelsea and Tottenham game, deciding to stick with a failing system to go into the most important game of the season.

Villa don`t just concede one goal anymore. They let in goals two at a time - the first goes in and heads drop. Wigan, Spurs and Chelsea may be recent examples but it`s been happening throughout the season even as far back as the Southampton thrashing at the beginning of the season.

Last year we stayed up because of our results against the teams around us. This season, we`ve been thrashed by both Wigan and Southampton. It`s not looking like 2013 will be much better.

But when you look at how the club has been run in the past three years - the question is does it deserve to be in England`s top flight anyway? I`d suggest not.




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Date:Monday December 31 2012

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Ouch. But can't disagree, been a horrible 2012, let's hope for better things in 13, survival would be a nice start!
The Fear
I have to say, last season I was worried what we may get relegated, this year I'm getting a 'we've already gone' feeling. It's all very well, the fans coming on this page and saying 'be positive, get behind the team'...yeah okay, we still love 'em...but they are utterly useless....and if we're honest if you were looking at a team with our form, but it wasn't Villa, you'd be laughing at them. I noticed the Spurs team laughing their way through our recent game , and you get the feeling they couldn't believe how useless Villa were. I'm sick of hearing 'they're just kids'...that's cr%p...if you're good enough it doesn't matter how old you are...Villa players aren't 'too young', they're 'too cr%p'...and that's plain to see. Even in games we've won, the possession statistics are woeful. Liverpool were by far the better side against us in hindsight and on any other day they would have lamped us. And while I'm having a good old moan....please Villa fans, stop spelling DEFENCE as DEFENSE...it's driving me mad !
MASON_PARKER
that is my argument Mason, we can worry, we can post on here our doubts and fears AND still be behind the team come match day. Hate it when some say 'stay away'... or call other posters blue noses etc. How the hell dare they!
The Fear
Totally agree Fear, If there's one thing I've learned, it's that Villa always let me down...but I still love them, but that doesn't change the fact that we are , for the first time in my memory, the laughing stock of the division. We can just hope that Swansea have stuffed theirselves with New Year Turkey and have a bad day when we play, 'em...unlikely though. UTV.
MASON_PARKER
On a brighter note I've just taken Villa from bottom after 5 games to 5th after 21 in fifa 13, with only 1 purchase in August, so it can be done ;) on a more important note, unless our leader (cough) starts to lead, which I don't hold much hope for I don't see any change.
eltoro
Agree with it all apart from Holman not being good enough. He's been a stand-out player for us and with decent players around him, could be very good indeed.
olofthegreat
I agree with you Olof. We need Holman... his engine is needed. With some decent midfielders with him, he could concentrate his efforts more into supporting the striker(s)
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