Well I was vindicated tonight, I walked away from Villa Park with hope and not doom and gloom.
Yes we lost but playing the home grown players, those who want to play for the shirt and the fans responded. We saw a team wanting to get stuck in, one not willing to let better players play around us. It was clearly the best performance of the season and in the Holte for the first time this season I and many others sung, GREAT TO SEE.
I thought until the injury Ireland showed he wanted to play for this and was on course for MOTM. Cuellar at the back showed the foolishness of not starting and Clark cool in midfield and I know he conceded the pen but he showed quality. Petrov was all over the place and Albrighton putting quality crosses in that Bent would have loved to swallow up. Even N’Zog showed he has the quality. This was a performance that many players can not allow to go below that level.
MOTM is dead easy and that was Albrighton by a distance, a Villa fan living the dream, playing in the right position with the ability to put in fantastic crosses. How cool and brilliant was his finish ?
The negatives were Hutton, total idiot and hope Chris Herd is fit and takes that place for the season. Unfortunately the other one was Gabby, his body language was so poor, something was up and he got shown up by the effort of others. Was his mind elsewhere is my real worry.
So for the season some easy lessons for Mcleish
- positive football AT ALL TIMES
- Bannan to START
- Albrighton to START (fantastic finish and celebration)
- Cuellar to START and do NOT SELL HIM
For the fans on easy lesson, GET BEHIND the team, no banners, no negativity during the game, stick with them even when times are hard. We are THAT vital, show it to all.
(will not mention corners tonight)