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Aston Villa 0 - Chelsea 0

Villa Park

02/01/2007

Attendance: 41 006

I'm Allergic To Chelsea

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.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 2 2007

Time: 11:22PM

Your Comments

Bouma 5.5?
murph
yeah, Murph 3.2 !! Go on then Murph, give us your match ratings matey!
The Fear
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
5.5 is just above the 5) average, least expected as below. Have I been grumpy then??!!
The Fear
bouma was class kept wright-phillips in his pocket
samtozer
Davis was ok too, works real hard what game were you watching!!
samtozer
Kiraly 4? Fear what game were you watching.. ...actually thats a fair one!
murph
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.
OneloveVilla
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.
Mace
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.
steff_the_villan
I would have to say that was Bouma's best game for Villa. I am still not convinced by Baros but think we need to play 2 up front as Angel was too isolated, so it was impossible to mount any decent attacks. Credit to the lads for the effort though! UTV SOTC
Rickymeister
Surely Baros is worth a starting place? He upped the tempo when he arrived, pity he wasn't introduced a good twenty minutes or so earlier at least. Freddie Bouma and Gavin McCann were I thought our best performers on the night. Deserved a point, would have been three if we had offered any sort of threat up front.
glensider
Get well soon Mr Fear!
merlin
thought villa did a good job 'containing' chelsea as it was put. quite a dull game, but neither team seemed to be consistently good. chelsea just couldnt get through villa, they done a good job putting up walls of player when chelsea wanted to shoot.
link201
Thought Bouma was class last night too. Time to move Barry back to left wing for a bit of creativity.
DeanoVilla
a great battling display overall..........
ernshaw
Angel was outstanding, yes some of his passes went astray but his work rate was immense. I would have given him 8
jonah
know what its like to miss games through being ill, i have a stinky cold and cough so missed arsenal last night , and had Barry also not have missed last night you might have had all 3pts by my reckoning.
PUREGOLD
Jonah - Please tell me you are not being serious!!
mackaavfc
Have to disagree about Wilf! He was outstanding last night, really got stuck in. McCann was back to his awful self IMO. His tackling was second rate and passing was terrible. To be fair though none of them could pass the ball last night. Agbonlahor needs to learn how to control the ball. Yes he can run but good lord his ball control is crap!
nottinghamvillain
Deadly serious Mack. He was often isolated up front, having to hold the ball up waiting for support. I know some of his passing wasn't good, but his work rate was immense, coming back to help out in midfield/defence as well. We all have different opinions mate, and in mine he worked his nuts off last night.
jonah
On a different note..did anyone else see Mourinho 'flick off' the Holte end after they gave him a few rousing choruses of '***** off Mourinho'? Classic!!
jonah
Good post Merlin. You are not all bad after all. Fear I think watching the game on TV must give you a totally different perspective to being at the game. I believe that if you sit in one of the top tiers of the ground you see a different game to if watching from near the touchline or on tv. In my opinion from my seat near the front of the top of the Holte, Chelsea should have leading at half time but apart from Lampards last minute chance, the second half was a physical battle and all the Villa players stood up to be counted. Man of the match was a ***** up between Bouma and McCann. Cahill has a lot to learn but he was up against a very strong player (Drogba has improved immensley and looks a really good centre forward). Mellberg is out of position but coped well. Ridgewell made a couple of errors in the first half, both of which should have led to goals but battled well afterwards. Pertrov, Davis and Osbourne all battled tremendously but were lacking in options of where to play the ball. This then tended to make their passes look wayward. In truth it was lack of options rather than bad passing (although there was also some poor passing as well). Angel worked his socks off but again like the midfielders some of his passing, even over short distances left a lot to be desired. Agbonlahor worked tirelessly but is only average when playing with his back to goal. He is frightening when the ball is played behind defenders for him to run on to. Baros made a difference when he came on but still has a tendency to go to ground to easily. Kiraly made one error but otherwise commanded his box and kicked well. It was a good crowd with ticket offices closed well before kick off. The only empty seats were those unsold by Chelsea. The crowd noise mirrored the teams performance. Subdued in the first half but got considerably more vocal the longer the game went on. Good to see majority of fans stay to the end for a change despite the late kick off time. Puts an end to the previous excuses such as 'I have to leave to miss the traffic or to to catch the last train'. On another night we could have lost but we earned the draw. I ask no more than players do their very best. So whilst some players actual performance was not up to scratch it was not down to lack of effort. That is why they were applauded off the pitch.
voiceoftheholte
Mace, I rate players because I saw the game, sorry it doesn't agree with you that I wasn't well enough to attend. I don't need to get a reaction, although rating players is subjective I agree. I often read ones in the paper or on other sites and wonder what game they were watching.

This site is however open to all to express their opinions and you can all submit articles should you wish, and I wish you would, more opinions the better, apart from ones like yours when you question the individual instead of talk football.
The Fear
A great many seem to be saying Bouma was outstanding last night, BUT how can a defender be outstanding when he worked so hard to get the ball back, and no doubt he did that part of the job well, only to give the ball straight back to Chelsea players? I'll have to concede I must have been being grumpy, and after being gutted about not being able to go down, maybe I was. BUT a defender working like that to stop attacks and then giving the ball back so another attack came forward is not my idea of a top class player.
The Fear
voiceoftheholte, TOTALLY agree it isn't the same on tv + it is a different game depending on where you sit. I don't think I've slated the team in all honesty, a point was good and next season we can hope for more. However the passes didn't 'look' wayward, they were wayward from Davis, and that again kept giving Chelsea the advantage. I hate watching a game on tv when I could be there but I guess the one advantage is you get the replays and close ups, Davis is a far better player than he showed last night and virtually every pass he made went to a Chelsea player, on another night we could have been severly punished because of that.
The Fear
Right, just to clear things up it appears the Fear was actually watching Arsenal V Charlton on Aljazeera ;-)
mackaavfc
Great channel - Al Jazeera. Especially like the half time entertainment ....... the hangings, beheadings and stoneings, so much better than cheerleaders.
voiceoftheholte
Lol, No Jonah, missed that one, nice to know the fans are having a possitive affect
steff_the_villan
How about a mention for Ollie? he played out of position again last night and is still a better right-back then Hughes ever will be.
jonah
Bouma was immense (8/10), he looked great and SWP couldnt get any change out of him for the full 90. As for the keeper (who i dont like), he had one cock up but his handling for the game in general was fantastic. Every time the ball came into the box he was catching balls he had no right to get to and releived a lot of pressure for the back 4 - great performance (4 out of 10 is a shocking rating)
MACCA UTV
Jonah, some people just get overlooked due to their dependability, Ollie is a class act, where ever he is played. wish we had a few more of him
steff_the_villan
I think bouma was great also.
chris the villan
Too right Steff
jonah
Kiraly should have been given a 10 for the way he jumped to his feet after going down like he had been shot in the head, pure comedy genius!!
mackaavfc
 

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