Sheriff Kimbo At The Reserves (vs Blues)
10 March 19:00
Last night, a game of football happened. The home side won 4-0 and it really was very enterta... what? What have Man U got to do with anything? What the chuffing hell are you talking about David Beckham for? I am referring to, of course, Aston Villa v Small Heath in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South!
A comfortable win where we not only won 4-0 but had three goals disallowed, and I would like to see replays of all of them in all honesty - the scoreline probably should have been higher.
I won't waste too much time talking about that shower, all I will say is that the goalkeeper Colin Doyle is very genuinely amongst the worst I have ever seen and the only player they had in the side that showed any sort of attacking threat was Akwasi Asante on the right hand side - they had better hope that their new owners really do have some cash to splash, because they wont get anything from that bunch.
Now, onto us. Sure the opposition were woeful but you can only beat what is put in front of you, and beat them we did.
At half-time, the Blosers were lucky to be only goal down; a mighty fine goal it was too. The impressive Marc Albrighton on his return from injury, danced his way around David Murphy before cutting in on his weaker left foot and curling a great shot past the useless Doyle.
Before that, we had a goal disallowed that was 'scored' by Andreas Weimann. The decision was offside, but it was very marginal indeed and I would like to have seen it again because I am fairly certain he was coming from behind the ball. It was tight though, in all fairness.
Weimann had also come close earlier in the first half, after a lovely dink over the defender almost in the style of Gazza in Euro 96 set himself up for a volley (in his defence, at a more difficult angle than Gazza!) that he sent wide.
The rest of the first half was generally a drab affair; SHA tried to force us back with some long ball tactics early on, but as the defence dealt with that pretty comfortably and the attacking players started to get a foothold of the game, the final outcome looked quite obvious.
In fact the only real threat we had on our goal came from a Bouma backpass as David Bevan let the ball roll under his foot in true Peter Enckleman style, but as he was further out on this occasion he was able to scramble back and just about knock it wide.
The ending of the first half was very frustrating, as we were through with Weimann getting in down the left and his strike partner Delfouneso waiting, but the ref decided it was time to blow up. Players, coaching staff and fans alike were less than impressed.
So as the second half kicked off, we did mention that our local rivals probably would't be that bad in the second half; yet if anything, they were worse.
They started the same way they did in the first half, by trying to push us back but again we dealt with it comfortably. Around ten minutes into the second half we had disallowed goal number two.
Doyle threw the ball out of his hands straight to the nearby Weimann who knocked the ball into the net but the ref deemed it as ungentlemanly conduct. I am not convinced as it is not like he kicked the ball out of his hands, but these decisions rarely go the way of the attacker. Put it this way though, if it had been the other way around I would have been very angry at our keeper even if the goal was disallowed!
Delfouneso and Weimann are obviously benefiting from playing together a fair bit. Often at reserve level players don't really get enough time to strike up understandings but these two have had most of the season together and it showed in the way they combined for the second goal, which was smashed home from the edge of the area by Weimann. Lovely move and a really terrific finish.
The third goal soon followed, with Albrighton putting Delfouneso through. He ran a good 20/30 yards or so before taking a shot that (just about) went underneath Doyle to put the already likely outcome in no doubt whatsoever.
He then grabbed his second with a few minutes remaining after being set up by some good work down the right wing from Albrighton, whose ever-accurate crossing was put to good use with a Delfouneso finish.
The Delfouneso-Weimann partnership worked nicely again as Weimann pulled the ball back for Delfouneso to finish well and seemingly get his hat-trick, but the goal was disallowed for offside. This one, I definitely didn't need to see a replay of - it was probably five or six yards from behind the ball, so how it was given offside is beyond me. I know it was the reserves and not the first team, and I know that the game was well won by this point but I will still angry, because it was genuinely one of the worst decisions I have ever seen at Villa Park!
David Bevan - 5
Eric Lichaj - 8
Wilfred Bouma - 6
Jonathan Hogg - 7
Ciaran Clark - 8
Curtis Davies - 7
Marc Albrighton - 8
Moustapha Salifou - 8
Nathan Delfouneso - 8
Andreas Weimann - 8
Barry Bannan - 7
That Showers Line-up: