Writer: J P Fear
Date:Saturday December 16 2006
Attendance: 27 450
How did that happen? Villa battered Bolton and came out the losers? And are Bolton really wanting to be the new Wimbledon? I thought football had moved on, dirty buggers!
As Martin O'Neill said in his post match reaction, the fact Bolton's keeper was given man of the match speaks volumes and indeed, if not for 3 superb saves by
Jussi Jaaskelainen, Villa would have come out of the game worthy winners.
This afternoon I lost all respect for Big Sam Allardyce and his Bolton team. They spent the first half trying to take out our players and if that is what they think football is all about, then they can stick it. Dirty, cheating, nasty players trying to injure fellow professionals. The ref should have been far harsher than the four yellow cards he gave out but Clatengburg never takes control of a game and this was no exception.
The first twenty minutes Bolton didn't see the ball, maybe that is why they continually felled our players instead but as has been the case for Villa for many a long season, we had all the possession but no penetration - bit like me really, then again, I don't have the possession either! Bolton got in our box threateningly once, got a penalty thanks to a stupid challenge by Stiliyan Petrov, and took the chance. IF that was a penalty, and it was, then Villa should have had two. One was clear as day when Angel was brought down by Side Show Bob or is it Ivo Campo, I get confused, the dirty midfielder who chops players and has girly hair, you know who I mean and Baros was also pushed over in the box by one of their defenders, although to be fair I only saw that whilst having a quick look at the highlights.
Villa had all sorts of chances, goal line scrambles and peppered shots, Gary Cahill made a wonder strike only to be tipped over by Jaaskelainen - shame the strikers don't watch what Cahill does when shooting, they might get some ideas and try it, you never know, they might score if they did? Then later Craig Gardner had a gilt edged chance only to shoot just wide.
I could go on but I've a beer waiting for me and it is going flat, much like our crowd today with only just over 27 000 in attendance. What ever happened to men being men, most would have been down the match in years gone by, nowadays they are dragged to the shops by their trouser wearing wives!!!!! That said, I'm surrounded by ladies by me, four to be exact, so maybe the roles are being reversed!? Nice to see the Bolton fans all clubbed together and came in the same car though, hopefully they all chipped in for the petrol. Bet they are all going home with smiles on their faces, must admit if my team played like that, I'd not be happy at all, tough tackling and a competitive spirit is a must but being hatchet men in the modern game is just not on.
All in all, a good performance and a terrible result and with the tough games we've got coming up this Christmas starting with Man Utd next Saturday, we might regret the missed points today.
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Date:Saturday December 16 2006
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