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Aston Villa 0 - Chelsea 3

FA Cup Semi Final

Wembley

10/4/10 - 5pm

Attendance:

Referee: Howard 'I'm Competent' Webb

Aston Villa
0 - 3
Chelsea
 
Drogba (67), Malouda (88), Lampard (95)
 
Venue: Wembley
 
Attendance:
The Teams
Friedel
 
 
 
Cech
 
 
Cuellar
 
 
 
Ferreira
 
 
Dunne
 
 
 
Terry
 
 
Collins
 
 
 
Alex
 
 
Warnock
 
 
 
Lampard
 
 
Downing
 
 
 
Cole
 
 
65
Petrov
 
 
 
Mikel
 
 
Milner
 
 
 
Malouda
 
 
A. Young
 
 
 
Zhirkov
 
 
Carew
 
 
82
 
Deco
 
 
76
Agbonlahor
 
 
 
Drogba
 
 
80
Substitutes
Guzan
 
 
 
Hilario
 
 
L. Young
 
 
 
Ivanovic
 
 
Beye
 
 
 
Belletti
 
 
Sidwell
 
 
 
Ballack
 
 
76
Delph
 
 
 
Kalou
 
 
65
Delfouneso
 
 
 
Sturridge
 
 
Heskey
 
 
82
 
Anelka
 
 
80
Game Statistics
7
Goal Attempts
17
3
On Target
11
6
Corners
7
11
Fouls
20
0
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
52
%
48
Comments...
It was ours to lose it and it was ours to tire just as Terry said. Sadly we did both without much of a whimper unless you class Heskey on again as anything more than a whimper?

Ok caste iron penalty and at least two red cards again we can blame as proof we should've been 1-0 up and playing 10 men for most of the match, and 9 for the period we shall now call 'the final Villa flop' which could've made a difference but truth be told, just like Man U we could've been playing 8 men and I'm not convinced we'd have won.

1 decent cross in every 10 attempts is not good enough. 3 shots on target all match is thoroughly pathetic. I could go on and on but I won't.

All that is brilliant about the Villa was on show in the first half, all that is wrong with us - players and manager - was on show all match. Effort, commitment was fantastic...dare I say terrific. They gave their all, but when their all runs out substitutes don't. They stay sat on the bench, just like different ideas stay sat in the brains of other managers.

Chelsea knew exactly how we'd set up, how we'd play and what we'd do. When we had them on the ropes we needed to do something different, something to confuse them, something to shake them up. We didn't, so it was only a matter of time and Chelsea were worthy of their 3 goals...it could've been more and even the most blinkered Villan can only claim a penalty and a red card. Not much in the grand scheme of things is it?

It's easy to be angry over our failings again, the lack of subs, lack of plan B etc etc etc but it's also very easy to be proud of the lads today. The first half was magnificent and all you could ask for. Even the second half when tiredness hit, yes it took it's toll but they didn't give up running, they kept going the best they could even if it wasn't good enough. We were playing Chelsea afterall.

Good mix of emotions at the moment and I promised to do a match report but I'm not sure I can after that, I'm not sure what I'd put. It's easy rambling, I don't have to make sense.

We have hit our level though, our failings, and those of the manager mean we'll get no further. That doesn't mean we haven't done well though. We're in the hunt for Top 6 again this season, we've bagged a final and a semi final in the domestic cups (we'll ignore the Europa feckups) so all in we haven't done too badly...I just go to sleep every night wondering how much better we could be doing and that's what sticks with me.

I said at halftime to much giggle bring on Delph and Delboy and take off Downing and Ash. Go 433 because Chelsea would never see it coming, they'd have a hell's game organising marking because nowhere in their week would they have planned for that. It would've been both a brave decision, but also ridiculous, lunatic and mental. The alternative was what we do every game, which rarely works. Heskey on, I'm surprised we didn't see Sidwell - but the outcome was what everybody could expect and saw coming. Great managers do things nobody expects, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We do what everyone expects, namely because it's what we've done for months. That's what is stopping me from truly enjoying today, second half we knew we'd lose, our legs were going, Chelsea were coming back into and we did the same we always do. Had Monny done something mental at halftime and we'd still lost I'd be a hell of a lot happier at the moment. At least it would've been an effort.

It takes no intelligence or effort to simply do the same thing we do every match that invariably brings the same bloody result.

Where's that head banging smilie gone?




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