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Attendance: 35,802

Referee: Swarbrick

SpursAston Villa
Caulker (58), Lennon (67)
Lloris     Guzan    
Vertonghen     Lowton    
Gallas     Vlaar    
Walker     Clark    
Caulker     Bennett    
Dempsey     82 El Ahmadi    
Lennon     86 Delph     66
Bale     Albrighton     66
Sandro     Holman     73
Defoe     68 Agbonlahor    
Dembele     Benteke    
Friedel     Given    
Dawson     Lichaj    
Huddlestone     Bannan     73
Sigurdsson     82 Bent     66
Falque     Weimann    
Townsend     86 N'Zogbia     66
Adebayor     68 Westwood    
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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday October 7 2012
Time: 5:00PM


Turning point was when Benteke missed the sitter. Bent would have put that chance away. Good performance up till that point.
07/10/2012 17:05:00
Yup taking our chances was again the biggest problem. If we'd have taken the chance to shock them, the game was close enough for us to have seen it through, but we didn't.
07/10/2012 17:06:00
The two issues we have is not taking our chances when we are playing well and the utter shock that comes over the team when we concede... In the end we were unlucky and quality showed through...
07/10/2012 17:08:00
Benteke, is he the new Heskey, I hope not but at the moment he certainly has Emules goalscoring touch. Very worried and hard to see how we are going to get out of danger. A long hard winter awaits us. Mr Lerner you have a lot to answer for. Top 6 to bottom 6 in 3 seasons. A team of players from the lower leagues and it shows in our play, lots of enthusiasm but little class.
07/10/2012 17:12:00
Thought we did well for an hour, both teams had a go and had chances. I don't understand bent not starting, he would have scored the chance benteke had. Benteke is only young but he has missed some sitters for us so far. Bent must play, if we feed him he will score goals. Midfield worries me, just isn't strong enough.
Lion Heart
07/10/2012 17:19:00
This week I will mostly be blaming the manager. 1) SELECTION: apart from the inexplicable continuation of the Clark-Vlaar pairing, seriously, what does Bent have to do to start ? If you thought he was *****ed off last week, wonder how he feels now. And Bennett is NOT up to starting PL every week. I sincerely hope he is not badly injured, but Lihaj had one bad game (Soton) and suddenly he's out. There are others who did equally badly vs Soton but are still starting (begins with C, for example). At this point Bennett is a squad player/cover. Lihaj earnt his colours during the war of 2011-12. Benteke has missed too many chances before today to be starting. He had the TWO BEST CHANCES IN THE WHOLE GAME put on a plate for him (not like he missed his own chances, so to speak). Unless he is going to start in a formation with a different role in it to that of Bent, he is a squad player/impact substitute. What ******** point is Lambert trying to prove. 2) SUBSTITUTIONS: today I saw perhaps the worst set of decisions since DOL days. First of all you wait until they have scored the jammiest goal ever to put Bent place of Benteke, surely ? No - I am going to take off the two players who can provide service to Bent and/or Gabby (Holman and Albrighton) and then by taking off Delph as well I basically hand them the midfield for the rest of the game. So now I have Bent, Benteke and Gabby WITH NO ******** SERVICE WHATSOEVER. Nzogbia I have no words really - can we retire the No 10 shirt please, for ever ? After this set of brilliant choices, we never had a dream of getting a goal back.Then to top it all I have made my third substitution way too early....given that Spurs seem to have a strip of ******** concrete a yard and a half behind the touchlines. 3) TACTICS: 4-5-1 (which is the way it was lined up on TV) is a difficult formation to play at the best of times. And if you believe we should play Gabby (as opposed to not play him) then 4-5-1 is probably only going to work if Gabby is the 1. Otherwise has to be 4-4-2.....which is apparently what worked at City of Manc the other night. I could see 4-5-1 working with Gabby upfront if Ireland was playing. Everyone should be aware that we had a relatively easy entry phase to this season - and we have not capitalised on it. We needed to get 7-9 points ou t of these games, so we are now badly behind the curve. And as Jonathan has pointed out the Nov-Dec fixture list is pretty tough. Serious money will probably have to be spent in January to avert disaster.
07/10/2012 17:26:00
As I said before a ball was kicked this season - witht he manager and players at the club, the target is to finish above three other teams. Are Villa becoming the new Coventry City? (* slightly tongue in cheek *).
07/10/2012 17:34:00
Agree with malacaxeta RE: the midfielders. Nzogbia was the best player when he came on though. Bent had 3 touches and they were all within 5 secs when he trapped it and passed back. Benteke puts himself about and goes to get the ball. Bent just waits on the last man's shoulder. Without an amazing pass (which was lacking today), and the defender or 2 that's marking him making a slip or error of judgement, he is useless.
07/10/2012 17:37:00
Bennett has to get some experience from somewhere and that's from playing. Lennon did him but he's been in this div for years now.
07/10/2012 17:40:00
Didn't see the match, didn't get the comments during the matc due to internet, but reading malacaxeta's post Ican fully understand the frustration. I've been all the way behind Lambert, but this does not mean he is above criticism. He got it all wrong today again!
Pride of Lions
07/10/2012 17:48:00
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