Writer: Dan Jones
Date:Thursday September 25 2008
Last night, I was witness to a poor performance from the mighty Villa.
Its hard to pick out any particular highlights, as The Fear's Match Report echoes. But I am going to try very hard to be positive (so this report is likely to be a short one).
Villa started off quite well and Ashley Young spent the first half looking for a freekick, weaving away unwilling to pass the ball, waiting for a tackle so that he could dive and appeal for a freekick. To be fair it did work a couple of times, it was just a shame that his freekicks throughout the night left alot to be desired.
Osbourne recoved from some early mistakes and like Reo-Coker before him soon found himself playing down the wing, a few cheeky step-overs as he attacked Damien Delaney had the Holte End cheered, which was to be about the only time the Villa fans would be heard during the game.
The second half kicked off and Ashley Young looked as though he had been told to pass, within the first five minutes he had completed his first three passes of the game. He played ball after ball into the area and Barry, Carew and Harewood all failed to get on the end of them.
The chance of the game fell to captain Gareth Barry (didnt think i would be saying that again!!) when he went through one on one with Radek Cerny, but for some unknown reason (perhaps arrogance?) he attempted to chip the keeper instead of slotting home the equaliser.
For me, last night showed us three things:-
1. How important Gabby is to the team. I am not a huge fan of Gabby, but he was sorely missed last night. And to those who think he should be dropped, i just hope that Harewood's performance proved that Gabby is the best we have at the moment.
2. How important Reo-Coker is the team. For those who love Petrov and Barry, i think it was obvious that they play better with Reo-Coker beside them. We also missed his attitude in the middle of the park.
3. Despite Laursen, Davies, O'Neill and countless others telling us that the cup is important to us, last night proved. It isn't.
Date:Thursday September 25 2008
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