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The Referee Will Be Embarrassed

The Referee Will Be Embarrassed

Paul Lambert has talked about his immense frustration at today's result, following a much improved performance and a hugely dodgy decision from Mark Halsey again.

I know fans always look for decisions when it comes to a refereeing performance, an excuse, feeling cheated, wronged, but they do appear to be awfully noticeable at points when it comes to Mr Halsey, and Paul Lambert pulled no punches as he spoke to the Official Site following the game today.

'I have seen it loads of times and had a chat with Mark after the game. He was adamant he was 100% right and he's guessed. It's never a penalty that, never. Mark has got it wrong, he'll be embarrassed by it, totally embarrassed. He's telling me he's 100% right, it's nowhere near it. You have to get those right, there's no point guessing or surmising that something happened, you have to get it right. That's where the let down is. For Mark to say he's got it right, I am pretty sure he'll be embarrassed by it.'

However, despite that Lambert admits we created enough chances during the game to have taken the victory comfortably, but again we lacked that killer touch and it's cost us.

'Listen I can't fault them for that second half, they were relentless. We had loads of chances. There's a way to get beat and I couldn't fault them for the way they went about it in that second half. The crowd are right behind it. We couldn't do anymore than stick it in. You keep going, there's a long way to go, there will be loads of twists and turns in this whole thing.'

I'm not going to comment too much on the game as I didn't see it today, so I do reserve the right to disagree with what I'm about to put once I have seen whether the performance matched our stat domination.

All I can guess from the stats and listening to what people have said since the game is, at least the performance was somewhat there today and if we perform like we did in the second half more often - and Lambert does what is required this window so performances like today end with the maximum haul - we might/should have enough about us to stay up...just.

But if we keep performing for only 45 minutes, it's going to be nowhere near enough, because we afford anymore games when we finish this strongly, but still get nothing from it.

Questions have to be asked about why we have been so unbalanced in terms of experience, and Lambert needs to learn from his own errors. The youth direction is the way to go, but not when it means basically the whole team is inexperienced. You still need a core of experienced and motivated players amongst them to help them grow, to provide them with direction on the pitch and we have lacked that all too often.

That has to be sorted this month.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday January 12 2013
Time: 7:55PM


Benteke has missed two first-touch empty netters. It is hard to hit from volley but at least one had to be converted.
12/01/2013 20:20:00
I haven't even read the article yet but as a reply to headline: The villa fans will be embarrassed, yet again.
Avfc94 we do
12/01/2013 20:21:00
The ref had a guess today and got it wrong and it did cost us. It cost us a point and no more. Lambert has been guessing all season and cost us in plenty of games. His arrogance and belief in his scattergun lower league squad building approach is there for all to see, and his refusal to admit he has got it wrong will get us relegated. That is a lot more shameful than one penalty decision. Surely the idea is to bring in players who are better than what you have already? He persists with players who aren't good enough, never will be (Bannan - the 'saviour' he brought on at half time) and tactics that don't work just because they worked elsewhere. That borders on being lazy. We have been promised after every embarrassing performance that 'We'll go again and meet things head on' and they do. They go out making the same mistakes and keep getting beat. ADAPT FOR F***S SAKE! He talks about having a great relationship with Lerner and being in constant contact about the team. He might like to try being big enough to admit he got it wrong in August, and plead for the help to get it right in the last 18 days of January. He needs to spell out the seriousness of the situation because the silence and inactivity from above is deafening. Make no mistake a lot of looking inward, pride swallowing and reinforcements are needed ASAP!!!
heavy d
12/01/2013 20:21:00
Injuries are not the reason either. We weren't impressive when we did have a full compliment of fit players. Let's remember this was Southampton. I like them as a club but they were promoted last year and missing more key players than we were. They we desperately short at the back but all they had to day was hold firm - something we have failed to do all season. 2 relegation rivals have now come to Villa Park and taken maximum points. Meanwhile QPR have beaten Chelsea and drawn with Spurs. Why? Because the managers of these teams aren't on a 'my way or the highway' ego trip and keep persisting with an approach that plainly ISN'T working!!!!
heavy d
12/01/2013 20:29:00
I said to myself during the game if Lambert blames the ref for this tripe it will make my blood boil, guess what... It's boiling!! I agree the ref got it wrong, I also agree he had a terrible game BUT do not blame the ref for the way we played (yet again) we were once more absolutely poor and no body besides Lambert, his staff and his players can take blame for such utter crap. Mike we created more in the second half and should have scored but at the end of the day we were still extremely poor and Southampton more than deserved to win. I'm watching Swansea lately and thinking.... how the **** have they got such a good football team so quickly?? Then I heard their owner talking on the radio and everything fell into place. I have NEVER heard Randy's voice ever.
12/01/2013 20:45:00
AdzVilla, totally agree with you about Lambert blaming the ref. Not a good sign. As the Saints gaffer said afterwards those decisions tend to even themselves out over a season. Lambert blaming the ref is the sign of a bloke under immense pressure. Also agree with you about Swansea...they seem to have come out of nowhere and have survived losing Rodgers and that playmaker who went to L'pool. Laudrup and Michu would be welcome at VP as far as this fan is concerned. Would they come? Don't be silly. Swansea, Saints, The Baggies, Everton, norwich and others are all leaving Villa behind on and off the pitch. Think Villa were the only club in the bottom six who didn't pick up points today. It's not inconcievable that the club could finish bottom at the end of the season.
12/01/2013 20:53:00
The penalty is a convenient excuse. Unless we do something drastic in this window we are dead.
Bikini Inspector
12/01/2013 20:58:00
As for RL how can a couple of clowns like Al Fayed or Ashley do a better job. Maybe because -- unlike -- RL they are self-made men who take an interest in whatever it is they invest in. Only the mad Russian at Chelsea has done more damage to an EPL club.
12/01/2013 20:58:00
And that second half was only a bit crap as oppose to complete *****. Lambert has lost the plot like mcleish. These chaps cant handle the claret and blue hot seat.
Bikini Inspector
12/01/2013 20:59:00
ok the ref got a decision wrong. but we should be able to put at least 2 past a terrible team like southampton so the decision wouldnt of mattered. we are the worst team in the prem. by a mile.... and it hurts to admit but its truth
12/01/2013 21:02:00
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