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Aston Villa 2 - Everton 0

Villa Park

23/09/2007

Attendance: 38 235

Poor Game, Great Result

Atrocious game, outstanding result.

Is that a bit too strong? Not sure, with still only being at half mast thanks to this continuing bug, maybe it was just me feeling lethargic, but as far as I could see Everton were poor and Villa strolled it without actually excelling themselves.

No doubt we'll get the usual line from the Everton camp that the European football left them tired but if I was a Blue scouse I'd be worried with that performance, or lack of performance as they really offered nothing and apart from a fairly quick start, offered little to no threat throughout the game.

Villa didn't exactly excel, I think we played better against Manchester City last week but this weekend our strikers had their shooting boots on and that is what made all the difference, John Carew - who later limped off with what could be a nasty knee injury - put pay to all the talk of being tired and got his first goal of the season and in the second half Gabby Agbonlahor was quick off the mark from a Scott Carson kick and left the Everton defenders for dead finishing with aplomb. That's a point, is the plum season over now? Moyes said that the Everton defence stopped playing as they thought Gabby was off side, oh well, how sad, never mind, he took the ball down well brilliant and didn't flinch when it came to putting it away.

Not sure there is a great deal more to say, not many totally stand out performances and Martin Laursen really let himself down as he missed one header out of about a hundred, tut tut!!!! What a player, he really is our rock. And Gareth Barry as usual got totally stuck in. I guess the game was so scrappy with much of it being played up in the air that it was difficult of our guys to really get the game by the scruff of the neck, that said we never really looked under threat from the Toffee's and that surprised me. If they have European hopes this season they'll have to improve ten fold on that showing - as if I care!

So all in all, Villa did all they had to do and got all three points, who can say fairer than that?

Oh and no doubt the media will blow up the incident at the end with Marlon Harewood (I can still not believe a player of that quality is in the Villa shirt) arguing with Gabby Agbonlahor. Gabby went on a run and instead of looking up and passing to Harewood (and I think the Hokey Cokey was also in the box) he shot himself. Well, at the end of the day, he is a striker who had already scored one great goal so whether he should have passed or not is questionable. Top goalscorers in their prime, like Shearer, Owen, Henry, Fowler etc rarely look to pass when is sight of goal, so not sure Gabby should have. Whatever Harewood said, it obviously upset Gabby but I'm sure all will be sweet again tomorrow, these things happen.

3 points, job done, Leicester City up next in the cup and then onto an easy three points at the stuttering Spurs down at White Hart Lane!

Can't see the point in player ratings today, especially as I've had no lunch and with the lack of a good women I've got to go and cook my own tea (scampi, rice and peas if you really want to know!

Star Player

For me man of the match could only be between Martin Laursen and Gareth Barry.

Manager Rating

O'Neill, here to get points not necessarily worry about entertaining. Job done.

Opponent Rating

David Moyes, I'd be worried with that performance if I was him but I'm not so phew, I'll just worry about my bills then!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 23 2007

Time: 5:58PM

Your Comments

The Everton report pretty much agrees with all that. They must be REALLY miserable heading up the M6 in the rain.
AC
6 games without a win? believe me im worried
EvertonMike
Solid, professional perfomance - I'd have taken 2-0 beforehand though I thought Everton were there for the taking after the 2nd goal. We're still clearly very much a work in progress and it's more than a slight concern that we're simply not getting nearly enough shots on or off target. Everton close down space very well though and made it hard for us to create chances. Having said that, there was more evidence that Ashley Young is shaping up to be the most exciting attacking player we've had since Dwight Yorke was at his best and the touch Gabby showed to control that high ball before slotting home was absolutely top drawer and significant in my mind as it demonstrates that he is working on and improving the technical side of his game that has often been his shortfall. However, one major disappointment today was the thousands (no exaggeration) of empty seats for virtually the last 10 mins of the game. It may not have been the most exciting spectacle, but its gotta be a fairly soul-destroying sight for the players to see so many packing up and going home early. Some matches you win with free-flowing football, some require you to battle and scrap for every inch. Today was the latter and the effort was there for all to see. Is there something so special that requires such an urgent exit from the ground? I hope so because it makes for an appalling sight. Just as our players need our support when they're losing and chasing for an equaliser, equally they need our support to validate their efforts when they win. We've played 4 matches at Villa Park now this season and won three of them. Without playing to our full potential, there's a real confidence starting to emerge about the way we play, particularly at home, so we could genuinely turn the stadium into something of a fortress now this season and believe me, it'll be a helluva lot more impressive when the supporters actually stay in the ground until the end.
Alec
It wasn't the lack of a win, it was the lack of any spirit that surprised me for you Everton Mike. We always have a good record v you at home but you usually at least battle. Another yo-yo season? Seems to be one season up one season right down for you guys?
The Fear
Agree Alec, to try to up the tempo and improve the quality of the game against opponents such as today would be nearly impossible, but they did the job, got the points and that is all that matters. Nice to see us in the top half as well, lets stay there!
The Fear
I had hoped we would be able to at least finish in the UEFA cup places this year, maybe i was being too optimistic asking for a cup aswell? i worry for us now untill we get cahill or arteta back, or at the very least gravesen! Our midfield has no depth and that is being tested
EvertonMike
A win is a win no matter how bad/well we as fans think we played. I felt that at 25mins we kinda feel asleep for 5mins and that let AJ get close twice it was only then that our midfield started to move around again. We realy need to sort out that down time after we score, when we score..... Good win though and into the 8 spot . UTV
Mutt_Man
We never really got out of 3rd gear.You could say it was a professional containing performance.We scored, they would have to come at us, and we could counter.We were a little to stagnant at times, but heh. 2 goals from 2 chances, and a clean sheet against Everton.Onwards and upwards..
OneloveVilla
i guess harewood makes up for the lack of ability with his passion and enthusiasm. theres nothing wrong with that
fullygrownman
Should point out that Everton were without their two best players - Arteta and Cahill and their first choice goalie. Must have made a difference. But we can only play the team put in front of us.
Saurat
Agreed Saurat. Come January, February, in the middle of winter, and we look back on this game, it will show us-2, Everton-0, and that's all I care about. Not interested in who they had missing. The injury to Big John is a huge blow though, more than his detractors can imagine. A superb target man, he will be very hard to replace over a lengthy spell. Good job we've got Marlon raring to go. He deserves the opportunity, and hopefully he'll grasp it with both hands. Good crowd, great atmosphere, but why the rush to the exits with ten minutes left to play?
glensider
Leicester City will no doubt prove stiffer opposition. But three points is three points, the score is currently 70/70 Villa won 70 matches and so have Everton. Another match of the day factiod.
col8
My first game at VP since the Inter Milan friendly due to other commitments. Went up on my own as I quite often have over the years (as I'm a billy no mates/ my villa fan friends are flakey) and had a great day. I thought the performance was more than acceptable and the atmosphere was good - clearly not quite what you guys experienced against Chelski but still good. BUT WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE LEAVE 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE END!?!?!?!? UN F'KIN BELIEVABLE. Would they do that at the cinema/theatre/music concert/etc/etc. I just DO NOT GET IT. So what if you have to sit in a bit of traffic for 15 mins. You've paid to watch 90 minutes of football. Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y O Y does this happen?
Adam Deuce
everton missing arteta seem to be a different side. they were just lumping balls into johnson and osman who were never gonna win anything in the air against laursen and knight.
Stig
i have to say i am very impressed with knight so far, playing along side such quality defenders as bouma, mellberg and laursen has clearly helped him already. reo went missing again tho.
Stig
I think the fact that Reo wasn't that visible just goes to show what a poor effort Everton put in. RC didn't have to do as much box-to-box as he normally does, and there was less need for those crucial tackles to win the ball back, as we had lions share of possession anyway. When we broke forward, we generally broke forward very quickly, and if it didn't go down the flanks it was generally Barry that was spraying the ball around. Just not too much for RC to do in my opinion. Did look like he got a bit frustrated though a couple of times and flew in when he didn't need to - probably trying to get a bit more involved. I thought Mellberg had a very good game at RB yesterday - he looks like he is growing into that role really well.
YatesyVillain
Poor performance, great result. but i aint complaining. 3 points 10 points so far, 1 point behind Chelsea, and still with a game in hand. top 6 or 7 has to be believed. look at who we have got to fight against for 5th, 6th 7th! Spurs, still under performing but will come good, Man City..... *****e, their bubble will soon burst. Everton looked average on Saturday. Bolton no more. Middlesvilla crap, Newcastle inconsistant. there is only one team that looks unbeatable, and thats Arsenal, and we aint going to be competing with them for a few years yet. 6th place is for the taking this season. if we keep winning our home games and picking up points away we'll have a great season. UTV
*Holte*End*Star*
No doubt about it, we'll play a lot better and yet lose this season, but three points is very definitely three points.
glensider
 

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