Villa Dominate Reading
Attendance: 23 889
No doubt we'll have a live match report from our roving reporter Glensider later.
Must say from my armchair position that looked a very professional performance from Villa and will hopefully put to bed their no show against Fulham.
47 points, equal with Liverpool and Everton, surely we can't start to really believe 4th is in our grasp? Well, who knows, the run in for us doesn't look that bad and if we carry on in the manner we played today.... No, I'll not say it! Top six and Europe is very much in our hands though.
From start to finish, and backed up by the stats (61% possession) Villa were in command. There were a fair few chances which went begging and a missed penalty and although Reading at times threatened, the defence were up to the challenge, which is just as well as Scott Carson, from an early shot which he spilled onward, looked a wee bit (copyright MON) shakey.
I must admit I didn't think that Marlon Harewood deserved to be dropped back to the bench when we were all discussing starting line ups in the forum and I thought bringing Gabby straight back in sent him and the others the wrong message. Well, he proved me wrong as that was one of his best performances of the season and although he didn't score, he certainly terrorised the Reading defence.
Ashley Young took his chance with aplomb and the mighty (who'd have thought?) Marlon Harewood took his chance equally well, in fact he took it bloody brilliantly!
Very few complaints at all at the performance today, although it would have been nice to have seen us score the game out of Reading's reach far earlier!
Roll on Arsenal next week, with our spirit who knows what we can get at the Emirates, I'd not be betting against 3 points, that is for sure.
Agree or disagree? Have your say in our man of the match poll.
Mr Shakey 5.5
Craig Gardener 7
Martin Laursen 10
Curtis Davies 8
Shaun Maloney 5.5
Wilfred Bouma 8
Gareth Barry 7
Nigel Hokey-Cokey 7
Ashley Young 7.5
Gabby Agbonlahor 8
John Carew 6
Harewood (on for Maloney 73 minute)
Osbourne (on for NRC 86th minute)