Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday January 6 2008
Attendance: 33 630
Damn! I must admit with 10 minutes to go I thought that Villa were as likely - or with so few shots and no saves for either keeper to make should that be as unlikely - to score as Manchester United.
Then one minute of madness and it was game over. Wilfred Bouma was perfectly positioned to keep Ronaldo out after Giggs crossed the ball (through the otherwise solid all game Curtis Davies legs) only to ball watch and allow Ronaldo to nip in.
Damn, damn, damn. And especially damn the Man Utd fans who then celebrated by running on the pitch, pushing the cops and throwing a flair. With Brian Barwick of the FA there, I wonder if any action will be taken this time - as they've done this before. I bet there will be action, I bet Villa get fined for allowing it to happen!
The first 80 minutes both teams cancelled each other out, Villa didn't have a shot on target but to be fair, Carson had very little to do either although he is starting to concern me slightly the way he spills the ball. In the first half Ryan Giggs had an open goal only to scuff his shot and many started to wonder if that might have proved to be our get out of jail card, that one stroke of luck where we could go on and get a famous victory.
The answer is no.
In fact, I'll go further. Damn and blast!
So, Villa are now out of both cups, I must admit the defeat against Leicester City hurt far more but with just ten minutes to go, I couldn't help but wonder... but then DAMN.
Lets face it, the game was dull and as Villa didn't shoot on target, they were never going to score. Petrov did have a great effort - which I think would have just about beaten Van der Sar - go just over the bar. Now that would have been a screamer of a goal and it was good to see the Bulgarian back in the team, fit and playing far better than the whole of last season put together.
There weren't any shockingly bad performances today and the 2-0 score line certainly flattered United, a 1-0 either way would have been a fair result. I just can't quite understand why we looked to stifle the game so much and why we didn't show much - if any - attacking intent. That said, we all know if Villa had pushed forward in numbers that we'd have been caught on the break. It looked at times as if a draw would have suited us but frankly I'm happy we didn't get one as a replay doesn't help a small squad and we rarely get any change out of a visit to Old Trafford.
I also thought it was horrible to see the ground not full today, maybe the price of the tickets was wrong, maybe there have been too many games and some fans simply can't afford to go, maybe the stupid kick off time killed it and obviously the fact it was on tv did have an effect. Personally I'd have got the place packed out with kids for free if that was what it took to get Villa Park full. To be outsung at home is always sad, to be outsung by 'that lot' is even sadder.
Damn. Damn and blast. Damn, damnations and blast to smithereens.
Oh well, there is always next year.... if we spend some money and bring in new players obviously. If not, well, there is always time to dream.
Oh my lord, I nearly forgot to mention the ref. Who the hell was he and can he be sent back from whence he came? What a one sided pillock. I watched the match back when I got home to check some of the fouls on our players that he didn't give and they were unbelievable. I'm not blaming that for the result but come on, grow a pair of balls and give decisions against the 'big' teams.
And finally, whilst we are on a damnation roll, why the hell do some of our players wear gloves? Football is for men not fairies, take them off, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. If not, try the bloody ballet! ;-)
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Date:Sunday January 6 2008
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