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I'm Allergic To Chelsea

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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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Star Player

More a team effort, but Cahill was outstanding.

Player Ratings

Kirally 4

nearly cost us the game dropping a simple ball from a corner, come back Sorensen AND SOON.

Mellberg 6

back on the right and never as comfortable, but well involved in the game, lets face it, we got a clean sheet.

Cahill 7.5

young, good prospect, clean sheet, say no more!

Ridgewell 7

nearly scored, clean sheet, one slip up that could have cost a goal, but it didn't so no worries this time!

Bouma 5.5

worked hard to get the ball but often gave it away. Samuel must be getting closer.

McCann 7

breaks up so much of our opponents play and does the scruffy stuff well.

Davis 5

awful, couldn't have passed wind tonight I'm afraid, one for the future but in an ideal world would be getting a rest now.

Gardner 6

was doing ok but pulled his groin and had to come off on the 27th minute.

Petrov 5

hopefully he'll soon be back from injury, or was he playing? Dire free kick was his main contribution.

Agbonlahor 6

brighter, used a bit of pace, but end ball isn't good.

Angel 5

so sloppy passing it was unbelievable but then, the idea of a striker is to get the supply to them to shoot so he is never going to look great in these sort of games.

Osbourne (on for Gardner on 27)

Can't see that Hendrie wouldn't have been a better option short term, it is a massive ask for a player this young and inexperienced, but did his bit.

Baros - (on for Davis 75)

the whole team seemed to perk up when he came on, please play him, Angel and Gabby v Manure.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 2 2007
Time: 11:22PM


Bouma 5.5?
02/01/2007 23:26:00
yeah, Murph 3.2 !! Go on then Murph, give us your match ratings matey!
The Fear
02/01/2007 23:29:00
Might as well go for the hattrick, the reason was he fought hard to get the ball back throughout but gave it away as soon as he got it.
The Fear
02/01/2007 23:30:00
5.5 is just above the 5) average, least expected as below. Have I been grumpy then??!!
The Fear
02/01/2007 23:30:00
bouma was class kept wright-phillips in his pocket
02/01/2007 23:35:00
Davis was ok too, works real hard what game were you watching!!
02/01/2007 23:38:00
Kiraly 4? Fear what game were you watching.. ...actually thats a fair one!
02/01/2007 23:51:00
Good battling display..still lacking that cutting edge and why Angel feels the need to run towards a player in possesion instead of looking for space baffles me.Petrov needs like minded one touch players to complement him and I believe Hendry is capable in the short term.Agree 100% on the Baros front he needs games and I see no reason why he can't play the Luke Moore role in a 433.
03/01/2007 00:02:00
Mr Fear, what rubbish you spout. Bouma was a revelation tonight. First time I've seen the guy really put it in. If he could play like that on a regular basis (when fit) then Mr Barry could be free to play where he should wide in midfield. McCann was superb and all round it was a great battling second half. Why do you score players individually when it is so obvious that you either missed the game or, want to get a reaction from the people reading your rating.
03/01/2007 00:12:00
Thouht Bouma played better and looked fitter than he has in ages and kept our future signing quiet, Angels touch was letting him down tonight as was Osbournes, the annoying thing was it was always in areas where we could have gone on to a shooting chance, agree that Baros changed the game, should have come on earlier, good display a happy Villan.
03/01/2007 00:20:00
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