Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

'The Boys Done Good'

'The Boys Done Good'

By Steve Wade

Superb result for Villa and a very professional job done.

For most of the 90 minutes the game was locked into a tactical stalemate, with Villa showing the bits and pieces of quality on view and had to find a bit of heart when the goal, their best bit of quality created, was wrongly adjudged to be off-side - cruel luck for Villa's Angel. The luck balanced itself out moments later however, when Hull's very decent penalty appeal was
turned down but a goal for Hull at that stage would have been nothing short of diabolical.

Hull must have been very pleased to reach half-time level, while Villa must have been frustrated by the poor quality they had produced in the last third, as they failed to convert good approach work into goals, after they flashed several shots well wide or put them straight down the throat of goalkeeper Myhill, which he dealt with routinely. Villa might have wished at this stage that the number of corners could be taken into account, as they had notched up double-figures over the first half.

Villa's disciplined but undynamic tactics were severely tested in the first ten minutes of the second half, as Hull came back from the interval with a spring in their step and a lot more determination and adventure but despite some rather desperate defending from Villa's back four, when they were unable to clear their lines, Hull's moment consisted of a header which was easily cleared off the line and another header which whizzed past, wide of the post. Hull's moment was over and now it was up to Villa to try and create something, once they had reasserted control.

Villa's midfield seems to consist of too many players of the same sort, all capable of covering large areas of the pitch on their day but only Hendrie ever seemed to get his head up to see where his team-mates were and so Villa seemed terribly wasteful with possession and always lacking with the final ball. James Milner gives the team long periods of possession, which is a
tremendous advantage, but his end-product was mostly lacking. Villa's front two didn't produce the sort of movement, which might have caused real problems for Hull's defenders and Villa's habit of sending in hopeful
flighted crosses, negated the technical edge Villa seemed to demonstrate when they played it along the ground.

It was a superb mazy run from Barry for his goal but his shot was actually going straight at the goalkeeper before it took the vital deflection into the top corner. Hull were a bit unlucky and on another day, could have
scraped a draw but having lost several of their more effective players to injury, found that it just wasn't their time. Villa looked less than brilliant but were at least tactically cohesive and defensively disciplined
enough for them to negotiate the BBC's banana-skin and delay their cup exit for at least another round or two.

Hull were very gracious in their defeat and I thought Villa's Delaney was the man of the match. James Milner needs to produce a bit more of an end product before he will enjoy promotion into the full England squad but he
got through a mountain of work.

From this evidence, O'Leary is doing a decent job with a very unspectacular bunch of players and bearing this in mind, the boys done good.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday January 7 2006
Time: 6:48PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Stats: Blackburn v Aston Villa

All the stats from Blackburn (1) vs (0) Aston Villa, Ewood Park, 29/4/17 Att: 21,884

Follow Live On Twitter - Blackburn v Aston Villa

Aston Villa go to Ewood Park as the visitors to Blackburn today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

Something For The Weekend (573)

I just love it when a much-scorned player answers his critics, especially when that critic is myself.

Bruce Confirms Four Summer Targets Max

Manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that this summer he will be after four 'players of real quality' as we look for a real promotion challenge in 2017/18.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Blackburn MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Johnstone9%
Hutton50%
Chester8%
Baker8%
Taylor25%
Bacuna0%
Hourihane0%
Gardner0%
Lansbury0%
Kodjia0%
Hogan0%
Sub - Agbonlahor0%
Sub - Adomah0%
Sub - Grealish0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 45 28 8 9 92 34
P Newcastle 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Reading 45 25 7 13 82 2
4 Sheff Wed 45 24 9 12 81 16
5 Huddersfield 45 25 6 14 81 1
6 Fulham 45 21 14 10 77 27
7 Leeds Utd 45 22 8 15 74 14
8 Norwich 45 19 10 16 67 12
9 Derby County 45 18 12 15 66 4
10 Brentford 45 18 10 17 64 12
11 Preston 45 16 14 15 62 2
12 Aston Villa 45 16 13 16 61 -1
13 Cardiff 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 45 15 13 17 58 0
15 Wolves 45 15 10 20 55 -5
16 Ipswich 45 13 16 16 55 -7
17 Bristol City 45 15 9 21 54 -5
18 Q.P.R. 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Burton 45 13 13 19 52 -12
20 Birmingham 45 12 14 19 50 -20
21 Forest 45 13 9 23 48 -13
22 Blackburn 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Wigan 45 10 11 24 41 -17
R Rotherham 45 5 7 33 22 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Blog: Sochi Qualifying
Latest Vital Boxing News
Klitschko Wants Joshua Re-Match
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2017 12:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.JuanPabloAngel416
2.Pride of Lions373
3.The Fear303
4.sirdennis294
5.Silhillvilla222
6.Melon Donkey189
7.HeathfieldRoad1874186
8.kefkat165
9.Fulford156
10.Sasquatch148
The Vital Football Members League