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Aston Villa 1 - Everton 0

Villa Park


Attendance: 34 725

Villa Beat Toffee Onslaught

I don't always know where to start with these match reports so I'll go right to the end instead.


With the current turmoil at the club and the press insisting we are in crisis, all that mattered today after 'that' performance against Newcastle United and the exit from Europe, was a win. It could have gone in off the backside of the ref in the 10th minute of injury time, I'd not have cared!

3 games, 2 wins, 6 points out of 9. Crisis, what crisis!?

Ahem... There is a however, Everton were all over us like a rash. They had 59% of the ball and 18 corners. Not our problem however that they missed their chances AND that our defenders all put in a 10 out of 10 display, including our keeper Friedel who people keep wanting to write off due to his age.

Moyes can bemoan the fact they should have left Villa Park with a win, let alone a share of the points... tough, you got neither! On another day things might have been different BUT then again, as they pushed forward, Villa did get some decent breaks and the one resulted in a lovely goal, set up by Ashley Young and taken unbelievably well by Luke Young. Smashing goal that!

Albrighton - who was tenacious and superb throughout, you almost forget he is just a 'kid' with no experience at this level - also should have had a penalty when he went to shoot in the box (well, naturally if I'm talking a pen it was in the box!) his legs were taken by the excellent Steven Pienaar. It wasn't given but then again, the ref was a Toffee. He was as far as I can remember, the most one sided ref we've had at Villa Park for ten seasons or more. He was truly woeful and those that read my match reports regularly will know I rarely go on about refs!

Anyway, not only were we one up and could have had a pen, there was also a double save ... Carew, who wasn't exactly in the game yesterday (is it the lack of service or....?) had a tame ish shot saved by Howard, it went to Ashley Young and Howard had to get up and make a double save. Later in the game Albrighton missed what looked like a sitter. Petrov (who gets slated by some no matter what he does but I think played well!) passed to Ashley Young, over to Albrighton and .... well, the ball is still coming down!

So, we did have chances.

Everton however, it has to be said, had the majority of forward momentum and kept coming at us. At times it was like the Battle of the Alamo but our defenders...well, actually, all our players, stood firm. Many a time Albrighton was getting in last gasp tackles so not just the renewed and strong central pairing of Collins and Dunne!

Most of us there (and the attendance was pathetic at just over 34 000... such a shame to see, the Villa need us as much as we need the Villa?) kept saying we'll never be able to hold on, the pressure was just too much.

So back to the start of the match report really. It might have been tough, it might have been backs against the wall but one things is 100% sure sure... IT WAS THREE POINTS.

Now for a manager before Stoke and Villa march on. I'd be happy with our position now... Villa are 4th, that'll do for a club in 'crisis'!

Right, now the match ratings. I could be harsh due to the possession conceded etc and if we'd lost they would have been different, however after the week we had, the fact we bounced back is superb and if we look at it for 3 points AND the massive defensive display put in, I reckon we can be a bit more cheerful. Feel free to put your own ratings in the article comments and / or forum.

Star Player

The fans who can be arsed to get down there during the 'bad' times not just when they think we'll win.

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel 10

soaked up so much pressure and pulled off a few great saves

Stephen Warnock 8

solid enough and tried to get forward

James Collins 10

great to see the man mountain back. Love it when he shot and it went wildly wide. He turned round laughing. I bet he was thinking 'and THAT is why I'm a defender!'

Richard Dunne 10

many a last gasp tackle to save us

Luke Young 10

great to see him back in the team and also a superb goal

Marc Albrighton 8

Tough tackling, should have had a penalty, was in the right position for a goal, just his finish wasn't quite there (generous!) but a real star pushing for a regular starting place

Nigel Reo-Coker 7

I thought he played quite well but lower marks in midfield because this is where the game broke down for us really?

Stiliyan Petrov 7

as NRC. Plenty of effort and endevour

Stewart Downing 5

not really in the game? Don't think I'm being over harsh, I like him but didn't see anything of note? Remind me if I missed something (and that isn't meant to be sarcasm by the way!)

Ashley Young 9

he isn't going anywhere. Set up the goal, was in all the attacking efforts (ok, not that many I concede) nearly set up another but Albrighton missed it, all round determined performance

John Carew 5


Gabby Agbonlahor (on for Carew 68)

He wants to stay at Villa for life, so we'll give him an 11 ! lol

Ratings Defined

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 Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 30 2010

Time: 9:07AM

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Good to win, think warnock was constantly dragged out of position, downing poor, but WE WON!
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30/08/2010 09:32:00

I've had a problem with toffee onslaught before.... took me ages to get the bloody stuff off my teeth :>
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30/08/2010 09:38:00

time to bring out 12mil pound downing, and bring in home grown bannan just for a try. just look at albrighty
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30/08/2010 09:42:00

Albrighton was brilliant,the guy never stops working.Collins was excellent also
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30/08/2010 09:59:00

Albrighton is a huge talent but I think he actually had a bad game. Baines had him dominated for much of the match. Lots count of the number of times Albrighton tried to skin baines and lost the ball. Put in a great shift but in comparison to his recent performances he was pretty average. Drop Downing, move ash back to the left wing and put ireland behind the striker. Then I can promise we will see goals!
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30/08/2010 10:07:00

Astriel, agree with the latter half of your comment re Ash win Ireland in the hole. But Marc Albrighton had a wonderful game, he didnt have as much luck going forward as he has in the past but it was really his defensive determination which impressed yesterday, he showed us all hes not a 1 trick pony the guy actually reminds me of a Milner on speed he didnt stop working yesterday. Same can be said for Ashley Young. Great report , fully agree that the only thing that mattered was 3 points. There was a lot of emphasis on putting in a solid defensive performance after shipping 9 goals in 2 games, and by gum (Underused phrase) we where absolutely solid.
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30/08/2010 10:34:00

Downing wasn't in the game because he was marked for the most of it. They exposed Albrighton (MA) for what he is... inexperienced. MA was great on the attack but a little sloppy on defence. The game plan nearly worked for Everton if it wasn't for the sensational back four. If entire back four were at that newcastle match it would have been a completely different score. My hat off also to Luke and Nigel for their first team efforts. you guys proved MON wrong. You guys we're exceptional. L. Young is a def 10 but Nigel deserved better. I think he should have an 8 - 9.
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30/08/2010 10:37:00

I actually found myself agreeing with Andy Gray yesterday about Albrighton,he would never have been tested
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30/08/2010 10:55:00

like he was yesterday and the same against Newcastle where he was murdered but never stopped working to get the ball back.(accidentaly pressed enter while typing there) vodka and corn flakes are a winner!
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30/08/2010 10:58:00

Note to all. When Villa are leading 1-0 at VP, the opposition are bound to have the lions share of both possession and attacking pressure because they need to try to equalize. That is why Spurz last season and BlueScouse yesterday 'appeared' to be murdering Villa. Villa always play a hold what we've got and hope for a breakaway second goal.
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30/08/2010 11:34:00

Think you are a tad harsh re. the attendance JF. You have to remember it is a Bank Holiday weekend and a traditional holiday in Brum. Also, since when has CRAP been spelt TAME re. Carew!
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30/08/2010 12:30:00

Did you not think that the ref looked a lot like a younger version of David Moyes? Explains everything!
chocolate teapot
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30/08/2010 13:01:00

I dont think he has been harsh on the attendance, It was very poor, It seems to be getting worse too me, I see a hell of a lot of empty seats. Wolves pack there stadium every game no matter what. We should get behind the team.
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30/08/2010 13:08:00

Don't wish to labour the point, but that was Villa's third league game, and still no striker on the scoresheet. You can't get into the CL with that kind of record (currently-2 goal difference).
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30/08/2010 13:21:00

The thing that impressed me most about Albrighton yesterday was that he never let his head drop. Baines did have a lot of success against him, yet he carried on playing his own game, not being afraid of trying to take him on. Not too many English players who are that happy to run with the ball. Like to see him look for the pass a bit more at times, but that'll no doubt come with experience. The game was a typical MON Villa performaance, and guess what, we won!!! Defence was superb, and its a shame NRC has no technical ability whatsoever, as his energy and positioning yesterday (both offensively and defensively) was great. His touch...not so good.
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30/08/2010 13:22:00

Watching on tv i though albrighton didnt do that well. Am i wrong? His going forward was good but failed to track back on defence leaving the wings open quite a few times, and if it wasnt for the best centre back partnership in the prem we would have been severely punished. Having said that you could not lack his effort or the fact he will be a great player. Perhaps a little more experience needed which he is currently getting. I'm not always his biggest fan but Nigel Reo-Coke had a great game. Nothing came through our middle, it was all the wings. Came into the game very well i thought and will hopefully be a great squad/first team player
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30/08/2010 13:29:00

you know me Q, I'm a very naughty boy! Nah, people bang on about the players they want and how much money they want to see Villa spend, we were nearly 10 000 short of a full house yesterday, horrible to see. Don't believe there aren't enough out there to attend. NOT talking about those who are struggling job wise and certainly not health wise, but some of the floaters who gob off against the Villa but then don't put their money where their mouths are. Still, I had a nice day Q and that is all that counts really isnt' it! LOL :O) .... Oh and where have all our songs gone? Awful... we need a bloody drum (and I never thought I would say that) up in the Holte and someone to start the singing off (and not ***** on the city all the time!)
The Fear
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30/08/2010 13:32:00

remember overlooked, he is young and learning, nowhere near the finished article. But yeah, I'd say you were wrong, thought he had a really good game and will just get better and better. He was all over the pitch.
The Fear
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30/08/2010 13:33:00

We wont play like that in many games, I do reckon that it was a confidence booster and we will get playing like we did against west ham.
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30/08/2010 13:33:00

Fear good idea, We need to take blackpools style, Need to be much louder.
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30/08/2010 13:48:00

Citeh lost yesterday. Mancini is probably toast if the trend continues. (To be fair he has an impossible job). Imagine if MON takes Picture him trying to keep that big squad of egoes happy. He'd have the same 11 'favourites' each week playing route one football. Milner and Barry might have the Karma Monster track them down sooner rather than later after all.
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30/08/2010 13:51:00

The above post is relevant in that Villa need Citeh to fail. Otherwise they'll come sniffing around Albrighton, Delph and who- knows-who-else. Reminds me of those tabloid headlines after that down under PM touched the Queen. 'The lizard of Oz', 'Hands Off'.
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30/08/2010 13:54:00

Albie tracked back far more than Ash or Downing.
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30/08/2010 16:51:00

Everton had a lot of luck down our left flank. For me, Move ash back onto the wing replacing downing, ireland in the hole and gabby up front alone. In my opinion, that is our strongest team. Then we have the option of Carew, Downing, Sidwell, Heskey coming off the bench. Make Downing, Ash Young, Albrighton fight for 2 places in the team.
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30/08/2010 17:28:00


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