Writer: J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 15 2009
Attendance: 35 000 ish
First off, well done to Wigan, they deserved the points and played us off the pitch at times, nice game for their new manager who out thought the Messiah despite being new in ie not in his 4th season and not after 7 transfer windows
Ok, hands up, who feels sick? Who feels gutted? Who feels gob smacked? Who feels shell shocked?
No, not at all. This was the first game of a new season, it looked like the end of a long and painful campaign.
I'd struggle to think of a worse match, can't think of one worse for years and years, this goes back to the decimated squads we had under Doug Ellis, off the pitch the improvements are there for all to see, on the pitch and most especially today, we are a shambles.
Again, over reaction?
We aren't talking about one game, we are talking about games since last February. The performances barring a few have been relegation form. Still, we are too big to go down, that sort of thing doesn't happen to big clubs, just ask Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Over reaction? Well yes, on that point, maybe slightly, this was the first game and it was against the current champions.
Oh bugger, hang on, no it wasn't against Manchester United, it was against Wigan. They played us off the park at times today, they passed the ball better, they SHOT when they had a chance and they took their goals brilliantly.
Has Martin O'Neill lost the dressing room? Rumours (and they are only rumours, albeit from all sorts of different sources) say that players aren't happy, there are fall outs, even today we have the John Carew situation. An injury or an 'injury' ? The John Carew Situation If today was the performance of a happy team, then ladies and gents, we might be in big trouble this season.
I went down with lowish expectations, with the current squad I've said I think we'll be around 7-8th, I've given up pretending... Also my optimism level in one thread in our forum that asked was 5 - flat. I expect nothing, I'm not confident we will take the cups seriously so am not sure we are competing there and sorry to say squad wise, we aren't competing in the top five, on the performance today we aren't competing in the top 6 or 7.
In all my years of going, I've never known a team booed off at full time, let alone half time in the first game of the season. Take note MON, take note Villa. The attendance at 35 000 was poor, some don't have the faith now, the past 3 years have been average performance wise, results ok, but performance wise? There was never a honeymoon period for this massively rated and hyped (?) manager either, others have come in including John Gregory (slated by many) and David O'Leary (the most hated Villa manager in modern times?) and shot us right up the league in the first season, but MON took two seasons to get 6th and then was lauded as the messiah.
Well on today's performance, he was clueless and the players knew it.
The face of Nigel Reo-Coker when Marc Albrighton was brought on ahead of him was a picture... he was furious. If I was Randy, I'd be furious as well, £8.5m for a player and a kid is brought on ahead of him? Not only that but we put one of the stars of England v Holland - James Milner - to right-back.
The defence is ultra shaky, the midfield were simply out played and our strikers don't shoot. Ashley Young had a lovely free kick that was fantastically saved, our keeper - and I will check when I watch the highlights (highlights...? LOL) - was simply too slow. But then that is what you get when you buy star players right at the end of their careers.
Oh, I could ramble on. I'm gutted. I went with low expectations thinking I'd not have so far to fall if we don't do well this season, but I didn't expect to see that ... it was dire... If anyone has any positives, let me know.
You might well point at Fabian Delph, he was lively and into it, but then he was brought off...!!!!!!!!!
Worrying times, it might be the first game and I'm sure some will flame me for my passionate thoughts, fine, do so. I spent my money, I've spent it for years, and frankly I'm sick to death of Villa being also rans.
I'd like an apology from the manager.... in actual fact, I'd like something else from him but that won't happen... yet. I'd like to think the players could donate this weeks wages to Acorns as they sure as hell didn't earn their money today, they let us down almost to a man... and a statement of intent from the club would also be a great idea as there are many (and I have to say, me NOT included as I do have faith in one area) saying this is just like the Ellis days and that the money is clearly not there.
Never easy as a Villan is it? We had our expectations raised through the roof and now the roof looks like it could well be falling in again.
Oh well, Rapid Vienna, Liverpool and Fulham upcoming, we'll bounce back surely!?
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Date:Saturday August 15 2009
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