Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 2 2007
Attendance: 41 006
I think I must be allergic to Chelsea, this is a second season in a row that my brain ache decided to play up and prevented me from going, I wouldn't mind, but as a season ticket holder, I've already paid for that seat and want full value out of it. Ho hum, I could moan but no bugger would listen, these brain diseases are very over rated I must say, only time I ever get the benefit is on Halloween when I can scare the kids with my scars! On the bright side, I've not got the energy for a long ramble, so this will no doubt be my shortest ever match report!
So, an armchair view was all I got tonight, saw my mates sitting by the dug out on the camera's, at least they got a rest from me rattling on and the steward in front won't have been deafened by me rattling the hoardings, not that there would have been much to rattle about in the first half, probably least said soonest mended, apart from a Didier Drogba miss, there really was little to report, Chelsea dominated but didn't penetrate, sounds like me when I used to go the school disco's actually. :(
The second half Villa came out with more purpose and made a fight of it and certainly blunted Chelsea far more as the Russian moneybags caught the Villa disease and tried to pass the ball into the net, there were very few shots on target by them and apart from a great chance for Lampard to take all three points in the 90th minute, a chance he happily spurned, there was little to separate the teams.
This was a well deserved draw and judging by the fact their sub Shevchenko cost nearly as much as our whole squad is worth, we didn't do badly, but you do have to wonder, especially with their depleted defence and a third choice keeper between the posts, why we couldn't at least muster one shot?
A draw will do handsomely judging by our recent run, but lets hope and pray that next season we aren't having to just settle and lets also hope we find a player who can unlock defences and get the ball to the strikers, I still say in the right team Baros would score a shed load, at the moment Villa isn't the right team, we don't give the strikers supply and the strikers don't get many chances to shoot. That has to change, simple really! You put Baros in Man Utd or even Chelsea's starting eleven and he'd get 20 a season, some of you will no doubt disagree strongly about that, but look at his record for the Czech Republic before writing off a quality player like him, he should be our jewel in the crown, not a bench warmer.
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Date:Tuesday January 2 2007
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|West Ham||0||-||0||Aston Villa|
|Aston Villa||0||-||2||Man City|
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|16. Aston Villa||12||3||3||6||-11||12|
|17. Hull City||12||2||5||5||-3||11|
|18. Leicester City||12||2||4||6||-7||10|
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