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The Villa Times - 30/12/2013

Unoial Villa News...

Not a great deal of news at the moment, just a great deal of depression, so here is a little round up:

I have a polite request to the board of Aston Villa and the manager. Can you PLEASE let us all know when we can take Aston Villa seriously again? We keep being told there is a vision, we keep being told there is re-building going on. Some might see that, many of us don`t. Why didn`t you warn us that we`d be a joke for, what is it now, four seasons (only a season and a half is down to Lambert) and why didn`t you reduce our ticket prices, you know, just tell us we`d be half the team we expect to see? Or maybe these guys could all get the vision that we have. ie. We are ASTON VILLA... not some half arsed project that see`s us in the bottom half of the table and looking at the trap door. See: Dear AVFC - When Can We Take You Seriously Again?

Ticket news: The Latest AVFC Ticket News..Home & Away

Lambert not a fan of statistics... not surprised really: Villa, after 17 games of the season, sit 13th in the Premier League, one point and one place better off than they were at the same stage last year. Villa have lost five of their eight league fixtures this season and been dreadful over the past two and a half years, winning only 11 of 46 matches and averaging less than a point per game. According to Opta, Villa's average possession this season stands at 42.18%, which is lower than last season (44.23%) and less than every Premier League club with the exception of Crystal Palace. They have made 6,013 passes and their passing accuracy is 73.92% - lower than last season in both cases (6,141 and 76.08% respectively) - and in both categories only Palace have a worse record. From open play Villa have delivered 200 crosses, which is 12 fewer than in 2012-13 and the joint lowest in the league along with Palace. As for the number of long balls, Villa have played a higher percentage (16.38%) than they did last season and more than any other team in the league. For those fans searching for some positives in all of this number-crunching Villa have registered five more shots on target this term. See: www.theguardian.com

Man of the match v Palace: Click Here

Villa_Grizzly match report: Pre-Match: It's Boxing Day: the day when People, who have spent the best part of a month shopping, go out and do more shopping. Unless you're a football fan, of course. If so, you won't be moving from your sofa or your big screen boozer. Alternately, if your a complete nut-case, you might be going to Villa Park, like me and the Mrs here: off to support the boys. God knows, they need it. Christmas is a time for good deeds; for giving. At Aston Villa we certainly do our bit, particularly on the Villa Park pitch, so much so that we can't help but hand out three points to visiting teams. Indeed, Paul Lambert has become the Premier League's very own Santa Claus. Under Lambert we have not scored a first-half goal at B6 all season, scoring only 6 goals at Villa Park in 8 outings. No surprise then that we have the lowest home scoring ratio in the entire top flight. At the other end of the pitch we have shipped 9 goals in our last 4 games, 7 of those since Roncrete Vlaar hit the injury list. In short: we are an away day, dream come true for a team trying to fight its way out of trouble. See: Villa_Grizzly Report: Villa v Crystal Palace

Inane ramblings: We Will Meet The Challenges Ahead

As the title says, looking ahead to the next game: No Swansea Return For Injured Duo

Match: We start brightly. The team are keen to offer a response and show that they can fight and take the game to the Swans. We press high up the pitch, racing at the ball wherever it may be found. Weimann surges forward from midfield. The Swan defenders go to early and he finds Agbonlahor with a perfectly timed ball. The Villa captain shows composure as he darts into the penalty area..... GOAL. My word. A first-half goal. I am rubbing my eyes here. A clean strike across the keeper has gone into the net at the Holte End. We are all jumping here in L8. About time as well. Agbonlahor runs straight over to the Villa bench to celebrate with the players. You cannot doubt their ethic or their team spirit. On 7' minutes it's Aston Villa 1-0 Swansea City. See: Villa_Grizzly Match Report - Villa v Swansea

Errr, ahem, the managers reaction: Effort & Application Pleased Lambert

And.... Errm, Vital Villa Man Of The Match (?) v Swansea

Previous Villa Times: The Villa Times - 24/12/2013

Thought for the day: 'Did you hear about the drunk dung beetle who fell off his stool?`

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Date:Monday December 30 2013

Time: 3:00PM

 

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