Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Something For The Weekend (222)

Something For The Weekend (222)
The sound of one hand clapping.

When students of Zen enquire of their master, what it all means, they have been known to be told to go forth and meditate on the sound of one hand clapping. This might seem like dodging the question but its better than a poke in the ribs, with a pointed stick, which is the alternative method of choice, for those in the zazen business. I've no idea what its all about but my guess, and my guess is no worse than anyone else's, is that the meaning of everything can't always be put into words. Or, something like that.

Ann Widdecombe is certainly uneffable but the ways of the cosmos are mostly ineffable.

Well, I shall probably have to do a bit more work on my understanding of everything else but I am certain of one thing: I am lost for words to describe, account for, or otherwise explain, Villa's unfamiliar presence in the top four of the Premiership.

Students of Zen and the art of Mart, would possibly have to meditate on the ineffable mysteries, of why Steve Sidwell is considered such a good player, or something equally unfathomable but time is short.

The whole Villa thing is a mystery. Their best defender is injured. Their most creative player is suspended. Their centre-forward is injured. Their right-back is playing at left-back. Their defensive-midfielder is playing right-back, or even right-wing. Their England young-gun is playing, I am not sure where. Their England left-back can't get in the team. They don't look good and they still manage to win.

In their midweek victory over Portsmouth, the mysteries multiplied. Belhadj having committed GBH on Craig Gardner, and unjustly escaped with a yellow card, should by rights, have gone on to score, but no, he had another go at getting himself sent-off and succeeded. Peter Crouch, who as an ex-Villan should have been expected to score but it was alright on the Knight. Jermaine Pennant, as an ex-Blue-nose, should have been, by right, expected scored. All of which suggested that the great cosmic banana-skin was not in operation. When ex-Blue-nose Emile Heskey scored, a stunning debut winner, the mysteries began to multiply, confound and confuse. Strange things need strange explanations.

So, as Basho was possibly not a Villa fan, I've had to write my own haiku:

Men claret and blue
Belief commitment hard work
See job through - result

The performance at Portsmouth was nothing special but it was good enough.

Of course, when I say 'nothing special', I mean something a bit more cosmic than it might seem: genius is nothing special to itself. So, nothing special accounts for a not unremarkable goal for Emile Heskey, as he's scored plenty like that - remember his goal against Germany in the famous 5-1 Arschtreten? There was nothing special about Gabby's assist: I've seen him do that deft header before too. Nothing special about Zat Knight nullifying Crouch's threat: he's done that before for Fulham. Nothing special about Villa being pressed back in the final minutes and them seeing the game out. Nothing special: they do what needs to be done.

If its nothing special, then they can be confident they can do it again.

What was special, was my thrill at seeing Emile Heskey in a Villa shirt (claret and blue for an away game too). Except for a few fat heads, second-guessers and bar-room bullshitters, most people know that a fit and confident Heskey, is virtually unplayable and anyone who can think back long enough, to their playing days, can imagine what it would be like, playing against anyone, with his pace, power and size. He's a big fellah, of that there is no doubt and his habit of breaking ribs when he challenges and falling over when he's challenged, must be really annoying for defenders.

The questions we are all gagging to find out the answer to, are: can Heskey's mentor Martin, bring out a series of performances to match his excellent debut. And, who can benchpress the most? Emile, Marlon or big John Carew?

With Wigan visiting Villa Park on Saturday, it looks to be yet another stern challenge to Villa's credentials, with Steve Bruce's side sitting in the rather strange position of being ten points behind Arsenal and ten points above the drop-zone. With every result they must either dread the drop or dream of Europe.

Steve Bruce, after some rather ill-treatment from his previous employers, has proven what a good manager he is and if it wasn't for the fact that every time he discovers a decent player, they instantly want to move on, he looks capable of succeeding in the Premiership.

After frustrating Liverpool in midweek, Wigan must be presumed to be no pushovers, and with Mido on a temporary diet and with an appetite to revive his career, Villa will have to be on their guard and leave a message for Mr Cockup, to tell him they are not at home. After both Heskey and Mido scored on their debuts for their new clubs, bragging-rights are up for grabs for both players. Villa are going to miss Ashley Young but all eyes are bound to be on Emile, as he sets out to remind the England manager, what he offers and that the Villa churls no nothing.

With expectations raised and with a home fixture they might be expected to win, Villa fans are bound to be a bit tense, and some might even be expecting a romp, but I suspect it will not be an easy game for Villa and will certainly test the consistency of Martin's reserves.

If Villa lose, I suspect we will all be meditating on the meaning of the sound of no hands clapping, for the next few days.
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Steve Wade
Date:Friday January 30 2009
Time: 5:51PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Comments

0
I'm not sure what I have just read but it seemed positive and I'll go with a Villa win and plenty of hand clapping to boot!
holte ender 1969
30/01/2009 21:17:00
0
Too true but sometimes the luck comes to those who deserve it. I'm not sure if the following will format correctly in the post but here goes ... football in the net a spring of future success a new hope born here
randy
30/01/2009 22:38:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Colin Davies - Holteender In The Sky

Colin Davies... yet another Holteender In The Sky...

Stan Has Black Backing

With Stiliyan Petrov announcing that he'd love to return to professional football next season with Aston Villa, caretaker gaffer Eric Black would love...

Gabby Sacked As Skipper?

Aston Villa have confirmed that Gabby Agbonlahor is officially no longer club captain.

Pre Watford Injury Update For Villa

Caretaker manager Eric Black has now held his pre Watford press conference, and we have the usual injury update to open with.

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)

Southampton MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Guzan4%
Hutton4%
Richards1%
Lescott2%
Cissokho1%
Westwood63%
Gana1%
Sanchez1%
Bacuna1%
Ayew3%
Sinclair1%
Sub - Toner10%
Sub - Gestede2%
Sub - Grealish6%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
4 Arsenal 35 18 10 7 64 24
5 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
6 West Ham 34 14 14 6 56 14
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
10 Stoke 35 13 8 14 47 -14
11 Everton 34 9 14 11 41 5
12 Watford 34 11 8 15 41 -7
13 WBA 35 10 11 14 41 -11
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -19
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 39 -9
17 Sunderland 34 7 10 17 31 -18
18 Norwich 34 8 7 19 31 -25
19 Newcastle 35 7 9 19 30 -26
R Aston Villa 35 3 7 25 16 -44
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Horner praise for Renault
Latest Vital Boxing News
One More Fight And Iím Off
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2016 3:00PM : Newcastle United (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions1229
2.The Fear604
3.glensider467
4.sirdennis379
5.kefkat315
6.Fulford295
7.JuanPabloAngel253
8.Silhillvilla232
9.Bonker231
10.gator195
The Vital Football Members League