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Villa Beat Hull At A Canter

Aston Villa
3 - 0

Villa Park


Attendance: 39 748


Villa won at a canter, Hull look deep deep in trouble, they have little fight, spirit of attacking guile... ho hum for them, great for us!

On another day this really could have been a cricket score, Luke Young nearly scored within 30 seconds and Emile Heskey when through on goal scuffed his shot, such a shame, another goal for him really could have boosted his confidence as well as his chances of making the plane to South Africa next year. As a striker you really HAVE to bury those chances.

However, even with those misses I still didn't think - as often is the case - that this was going to be 'one of those games' when the chances go begging and we end up with a dull draw, mainly because we were simply battering them AND playing some lovely passing football which is SO much better than some of the hoof ball we resort to, when you have players of the quality that we have there is no need at all to do route one all the time and as said, in the first half especially, the Villa were playing nice cultured, fast flowing and attacking football. More of that please!

What Heskey as an international striker couldn't do Villa defender Richard Dunne did with aplomb, shot and scored. 1-0 and to be fair, that was game over, Hull hardly threatened. Still, you never feel totally safe with a 1 goal lead and when the 2nd went in the job was done! The goal was a great one as well, their keeper came out of his box for some unknown reason, the ball went out for a throw, sub Steve Sidwell who was warming up at the time picked the ball up and gave it to - damn, can't remember who took the throw in - who got it to Milner very quickly and Milner just lobbed it with superb skill.

The second half was duller, I don't think our boys like the rain much... but we got a 3rd, all helps with the goal difference after all, from a penalty. At the time I thought it might have been a little bit of a dive from Ashley Young but having seen the replay, it was a stone wall pen and John Carew banged it in the back of the net. Nice to see a striker taking a penalty, I've never understood why more don't take them, surely they are the easiest chances a striker can ask for ?!?!

Anyway, the Hull fans no doubt went home very miserable knowing they are on a hiding to nothing this season and even worse, poor Jimmy Bullard picked up another nasty looking injury. Good to see him getting a standing ovation from the Villa faithful but awful to see him walk passed where I sit totally distraught and fighting back the tears.

So Villa march on, we've some tough games coming up so - as Downing rightly said in the week - this really was a must win game and Villa did it with seeming ease. Happy days, bring on Manchester United, they only won by 4 goals v West Ham so .....!

Star Player

Well, I must declare I think I'm in love with James Milner! Wow, that player could become a Villa legend. He is also, I'm told, totally dedicated to football, he isn't out on the drink all the time like some choose to be, he is just focus, focus, focus. Shoe in for the World Cup next year on this form.

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel 7

can't recall him having to do that much to be honest

Richard Dunne 8

super defender, solid at the back and now on 3 goals for us this season

Carlos Cuellar 7

looks so much better in the centre, lets hope he stays there, I think we are all starting to see why we paid so much to Rangers for this guy now!

Stephen Warnock 7

solid at the back and great going forward

Luke Young 7

looks like he is back to full fitness and good form, a real good member of this team, such a shame he didn't put his chance away, would have been a lovely and no doubt for him surprising goal!

Ashley Young 6.5

not firing on all cylinders yet but still putting in the work and earnt us our penalty and think he had a hand in the passing leading to Dunne's goal

James Milner 10

hey, why not?! I've not given a 10 for ages but he was all over the pitch yesterday, he just never stops.

Stiliyan Petrov 7

a good solid display

Stewart Downing 8

Happy with that for a debut, nearly scored as well. Looks good, he swapped a while with Ash and that didn't look quite right but hey, he is going to be another very useful player for us and another reason why we can and should leave the hoof ball well alone in future.

Emile Heskey 6

he did put in the work but you just can't miss chances like he did - football cliché coming - early doors!

Gabriel Agbonlahor 6

not his day chances wise and no one really got the ball to him where he can be dangerous but he does give defenders something to worry about with his pace and energy

John Carew (on for Heskey 78 mins)

Took the penalty, scored the goal, enough said!

The Day

So all good. We had the Vital Villa get together - thanks as always to Alison Plant for getting us some space in the Holte - and met many users new and old.

Nice steak and kidney pie as well. Hmmm, I could just eat one of those now come to think of it!

The only dampener on the day and to be fair it was a major dampener, is some mindless bully boy thug in the Trinity head butting a good friend of mine (a real nice guy, a true gent and a total undeserving recipient of such vile thuggery) just so he could jump the queue. Where do these people come from and why can't they go back to wherever it is? I wish nothing but badness and hatred to that thug - to attack anyone is bad enough but a fellow fan and one who has been a dedicated follower for close to 40 years - baffling. Fingers crossed he gets a life time ban, if he doesn't then maybe it is time for the normal, good honest fans to call it a day, these things should just not happen, simple as that.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday December 6 2009
Time: 11:28AM


Agree with the ratings? Disagree? Do tell!
The Fear
06/12/2009 11:31:00
You finally found a use for Steve Sidwell then?
Little Dutch
06/12/2009 12:16:00
Sorry to hear about your mate, it's idiots like that thug who give fans a bad rep. A headbutt all for the sake of getting somewhere a few seconds earlier is pathetic. Anyway, your ratings seem about right, although because of my dislike for Dick Dunne it would pain me to give him that 8. But hey, if he gives 100% & cuts out the silly handballs, fouls & OG's there's no problem ... well Dunne Dick! Good finish (even though it technically wasn't on target) & I was confused who it was at 1st. As for Milner, what can you say? Loved him during his 1st spell, gutted the transfer collapsed on deadline day, then was chuffed when we signed him for a bargain £12m+. On my only dampener of the day - no Craig Gardner, even on the bench. Hopefully he had a knock or something, otherwise it doesn't look good for him. Shame really after helping MO'N through his tricky spell without a RB.
06/12/2009 12:37:00
It was Gabby who gave the quick throw-in, btw.
Oulu Villan (Fin)
06/12/2009 12:40:00
Ah right, thanks. I did watch the highlights earlier but it slipped my mind straight away! Cheers Oulu!
The Fear
06/12/2009 13:09:00
Shame isn't it Stu, no matter your beef there is no way you need to resort to that sort of thing, especially not amongst your own. He must be a total coward though, he was apparently over 6 feet and my mate is about 5'7" Always the same with these bully's though, wonder how brave they'd be if shipped off to Iraq or Afghanistan!?
The Fear
06/12/2009 13:10:00
I think, Gabby, Sidwell and 39,000 fans screaming "SHOOT!!" deserve the assist for Jimmy's goal. I loved the fact they went over and celebrated with Sidwell. Enjoyable aftrernoon despite being 10 minutes late for kick off and walking for miles in that horrible rain after the game. Just gutted Man City beat Chelsea. They seem to be hitting their stride. :(
Adam Deuce
06/12/2009 13:11:00
I just hope that the incident with your mate is on film somewhere JF so this mindless T**t does get a lifetime ban. Absolutely disgraceful. As for the game, the pre meet in the pub and my brief visit to the Holte thoroughly enjoyable day out. her is to my next time
06/12/2009 14:04:00
Ash should've got a 7 really, Fear. And Heskey wasn't that bad either, nor Gabby, I think you're a bit harsh Fear.
06/12/2009 14:11:00
Didn't say Emile was bad to be fair, 6 is a decent enough rating (not that it matters I admit! lol) My ratings defined: 1) Totally awful, had a mare, should be taken out and shot, 2) Awful, but not usual standard, 3) Very poor, needs to improve quickly 4) Poor, below the standard expected, 5) Average, the least expected, 6) Better than average, but in patches only, 7) Good, generally decent performance, 8) Very good, above the standard, standing out at times, 9) Excellent, stood out all match, 10) Outstanding (aka Paul McGrath!). Truly commanded the match, stunning.
The Fear
06/12/2009 15:04:00
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