Magic Day - Villa v Hammers!
Attendance: 36 604
Well us front seat sitters got saturated today from rain and hail and did we care? Not one jot.
That was magic, best game I've seen down Villa Park in years. We played crisp, clean, passing football. We attacked, we didn't worry about sideways and backwards, we ... I say we, I didn't actually have to do anything, maybe I should say they? Nah, sod it, WE... the 12th man was in fine voice after all....
where was I before I so rudely interrupted myself? (Imagine having to live with a scatty brain like this? Drives me mad, so no idea how anyone else feels...)
Oh yes, we certainly didn't have to resort to long ball at all. It was lovely football. Some might say that West Ham were 'that' bad, I'd argue you can only play who are in front of you and if we'd not been on our guard, West Ham would have made us pay.
We could have been five up by half time, John Carew had a couple of chances that he - unusually for him I must say - missed and it also looked like he was brought down and that we could have had a penalty. I've not seen the replay, it was close whether the foul was in or just outside the box, no matter the ref didn't give anything at all ...! Will watch that with interest.
The atmosphere seemed good down there today, the players and caretaker manager I'm sure didn't know what to expect reception wise, nor did Randy Lerner I'd suspect. What we needed to do was to get off to a flyer and off to a flyer we got off to! So much different to our first home game last season that is for sure.
The Villa fans, as usual, showed their class, they backed the team and Kevin MacDonald to the hilt and even had a chorus of 'one Randy Lerner' which must have been music to his ears. Long way to go this season as we all know and big decisions still to be made but taking a game at a time, today was a joy to watch.
The first goal was by Downing after the very lively Marc Albrighton had a shot saved. Next up none other than Stiliyan Petrov who appeared to have a bit more license to get forward and attack today? Then came the third, this one in the second half, and from a very surprise inclusion. Yup, none other than James Milner. Must say, whether he becomes James Mi£ner or stays at 'our Milner' he didn't let us down today and if you've not seen the goal, stay in and watch match of the day. It was very well taken. Oh come on James, don't go to City and sit on the bench, stay at Villa and be a hero!
All in all... and I apologise I don't have the match patter with he did this and he did that, I have sort of given up on those types of match reports as you can get them anywhere.. this was a superb day all round. The fans were magnificent, the players looked like they were enjoying themselves on the pitch and Kevin MacDonald could not have dreamt of a better response from his players.
His players? For how long? If he keeps them playing like this and we keep winning... well, who knows?!
Brad Friedel 8
Stephen Warnock 8
Richard Dunne 8
Ciaran Clarke 8
Luke Young 8
Marc Albrighton 9
Stiliyan Petrov 8
James Milner 9
Ashley Young 8
Stewart Downing 8
John Carew - you tell me
Reo-Coker (85) on for Milner
Weimann (87) on for Ashley Young
Bannan (89) on for Albrighton
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