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Villa Beat Bees..Sorry Tigers

Aston Villa
1 - 0
Hull City

Villa Park


Attendance: 39 307


Ok, that wasn't the worlds best game, in fact at times it was a bore fest BUT the main thing - at this stage of the season the ONLY thing (?) - is that we won.

Hopefully the three points and the fact that we actually rode out a late storm - something of late we've not been able to do - might just settle the nerves for the three tricky games we have coming up which could take us to a 5th place finish and another season of improvement not to mention automatic European qualification, the first for 11 years?

I know the arguments about the quality, one fan shouted something to MON late on in the second half about the game and he was told to 'shut your trap, just shut your mouth'. Ok, fair enough!

MON looked a man of many worries, he wasn't his usual bubbling and energetic self so I'm sure the pressure release of a win will do him as much good as the players and us fans. I do wish he'd ignore any dissenters, the majority of fans are supporting the team and if someone wants to express an opinion the boss doesn't agree with, I'd think ignoring it would be the best way, many others have over the years, David O'Leary being the notable exception and Graham Taylor being the example of good grace (under some very extreme and uncalled for abuse).

As for the game, Villa were by far the better team in the first half - although being better than Hull in their current form isn't really that difficult, they were nearly as bad as Stoke City who were awful (yes, I know they fought back and got a draw in the end but I don't remember seeing a worse performance from an away side for many years). I'm sure Hull are thankful for the early results which might just be enough to save them but they have a tough summer coming up and some re-thinking to do, they won't get away with playing like they did last night next season.

The one exception for Hull was Boaz Myhill who pulled off several outstanding saves, most notably from a great shot by the otherwise subdued Gareth Barry. Boaz used to be a Villan, on the strength of his performance last night, maybe he could/should be again?!

John Carew popped up again to score, he seems to be enjoying doing that again which is a great sign. Ok, ok, it might have been a 'little' offside but hey, luck works both ways and we've had some bad breaks as well recently. Poor Gabby looks short of confidence and energy at the moment, he had a few chances to go on runs only to pass the ball, a couple of times to Hull players, and did miss a very very good chance which Myhill parried away but should have been in the back of the net. He needs a break, we saw from his drought last season that one goal brought a few more straight after. The pressure is on but maybe he'll get something for us and himself v Fulham!

This will be an unusually short match ramble (can't call this a report really can I?!) as I'm packing to fly over to Cleveland... hurrah... but I must admit I'm relieved to be going with Villa still 5th, still pushing for our best season finish in years and with everything still very much in our hands. I'm also really looking forward to this season ending now, maybe we'll all relax in the summer, see some smashing arrivals ready for the assault on the top four next year and hopefully we'll have learnt that all cups are serious and will start to really challenge for silverware.

Stats, match reaction and video highlights available on the front page.

Star Player

Nickey Shorey so says my dad. Milner ran him a close second though!

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel 6

never know how to mark a keeper when they've had little to do!

Luke Young 7

think he has proved a great buy, looks much more comfortable in his rightful right-back place as well.

Nickey Shorey 8

my dads man of the match and who am I to argue?

Curtis Davies 7

a few slips etc but a clean sheet says it all.

Zat Knight 7

as above, a clean sheet says it all.

Ashley Young 7

looks tired out, lovely cross for the goal though!

Gareth Barry 6.5

not his usual self but still nearly scored a belter.

Stiliyan Petrov 6.5

got the sponsors man of the match, thought he did well but not one of his best by the standards he has set this season? Good cross to Gabby who missed a good chance.

James Milner 7.5

a belting game again I thought. I do like Milner!

John Carew 7.5

scored one, was inches away from another (early in the game)

Gabby Agbonlahor 6

short of confidence and not taking the few chances he is getting.

Heskey 85 (on for Carew)

Subs not on long enough to talk about.

Nigel Hokey Cokey (90 )

Subs not on long enough to talk about.

Craig Gardner (90)

Subs not on long enough to talk about.

Old Friends And New

Great to meet up with James06, Danvilla2, VoiceoftheNorth - the privilege I'm sure was all theirs...! Not to mention the second part of the VotN trilogy, young Lucas who was soon banging the boardings as if he'd sat with me for years. Top lad and a lovely new Villa cap to go home to Norway in!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday May 5 2009
Time: 4:38PM


Player ratings? Should I be in the firing line? Agree or disagree! :o)
The Fear
05/05/2009 16:56:00
defo agree with the shorey score. I think the lad has done very well in the past couple of games. He had some decisive, defense splitting passes which to be honest the forwards didn't think would come through - and didn't get onto... Lets make 5th our own...
05/05/2009 17:26:00
The only thing I'd say about MON's reaction to that fan, is that I (for once) agree with John Terry who said last week that fans who dish it out should be prepared to take some back - providing it stays within the bounds of public decency. Too many these days think they can simply take the p**s without any comeback. As my old man would have said, if you start something you should make sure you're up for what happens next. I wonder how many of these terrace heroes would have the ba**s to say what they do to any of these players' faces?
05/05/2009 18:12:00
P.S. Have a good trip to Cleveland!
05/05/2009 18:13:00
bobthebuilder - a man who talks sense! and not just cos of the JT reference!
05/05/2009 19:58:00
I was with the fan in question, after the game. He told me he had shouted for M'ON to make a substitution, because we were under a bit of pressure and to use up some time. M'ON as is correctly reported told himt to 'shut it', only to make two substitutions a minute later??? As for the game being a bore fest it probably seems that way if it was 'suffered' from the Trinity Road. My perception from the Holte where fans tend to generate and benefit from creating a match day experience was a reasonable game with several good chances for us, some great saves by a Villa old boy and a nerve jangling finale as we held on for our first win since Feb 7th. There were penalty appeals, a dubious goal and 3 points for the good guys.
05/05/2009 20:00:00
Mon needs to realise when the legs get tired the subs need to come on. I love MON but theres a definate stubborness about him. No wonder we throw games away. Hokey cokey should make more of an appearence towards the end of games. Gabby scored against manure didnt he? Is that not confidence boosting enough?!
05/05/2009 21:01:00
I'll send the bill for the "Bees" reference Mr Fear. I believe I own copyright on that one.
Villan Of The North
05/05/2009 22:39:00
Nice to get the win, now we can build on this and hopefully get 6-7 points from the final 9!!!! UTV
06/05/2009 08:09:00
Yong_jonah whats up you have been more positive in ur last few comments, not that im complaining, keep it up. UP THE VILLA
06/05/2009 13:25:00
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