irish-villa submitted this fantastic article in which he overlooks the entire seasons so far and analysis’s every result.
Now I am not keen on being negative but going by our recent set of results I have no other choice. This season could barely even be described as a rollercoaster, unless of course it is an underground rollercoaster! The only real ups of our season as I see it is the brilliant 3-1 win at Anfield and our League Cup run. I want to do a game-by-game analysis of our season in the PL so far under Paul Lambert, which will incorporate tactics, how we performed etc. You may all remember Lambert at the start of the season saying he will have Villa creating chances from the off compared to McLeish’s season of waiting for 30mins for a shot on goal, but we’re pretty similar to last season in many cases if you ask me.
Game 1 (West Ham A) 1-0. Now this was our first game with many new players but there was a pre season wasn’t there? West ham easily dispatched of us, cannot recall a shot on goal. Shocking start. Worrying times.
Game 2 (Everton H) 1-3. A demolition at Villa Park, seemed at this stage that VP would not be a fortress if Everton (albeit a very good side) could so easily dispatch of us.
Game 3 (Newcastle A) 1-1. Finally a point on the board; didn’t play too bad but as usual with Villa we go into panic mode coming towards the end of games rather than trying to win the game ourselves. When you look now pretty much anyone can take points off these lot at St.JP.
Game 4 (Swansea H) 2-0. And we’ve got our first win. Vlaar and Benteke both shining stars. Great attacking win against a decent side, limited Swansea to scraps. Encouraging signs.
Game 5 (Southampton A) 4-1. Could we build on the good Swansea result against the struggling men from the coast…NO! Typical inconsistent Villa. Went ahead, second half was as bad as Chelsea (8-0) away. Very poor result.
Game 6 (WBA H) 1-1. The rival arrive. Big atmosphere. Not met with big performance on the pitch, WBA seemed to be the home team. Only for late Bent goal it would have been a bitter pill to swallow. No real signs of encouragement.
Game 7 (Spurs A) 2-0. Although no problems with the result, Shocking performance, pretty similar to last season’s loss. Not able to keep possession at all. Enough said!
Game 8 (Fulham A) 1-0. 6 goals in 8 games after this one. You sort of just knew we’d concede a late goal too. Baird with the 84th minute strike to sicken us. Fulham bossed the possession and chances. Still no signs of improvement. Negativity sets in.
Game 9 (Norwich H) 1-1. Personally I was very disappointed with this result. We should be beating Norwich at home. And we didn’t dominate the game either. Struggling to win games. Benteke on form but another late goal costs us. Not enough experience to hold onto leads!
Game 10 (Sunderland A) 0-1. The start of our best run in the league this season. Sunderland are a decent side and most were thrilled with this win. Major positive was the performance of Ashley Westwood. All in all a great away performance. Villa on the up?
Game 11 (Man Utd H) 2-3. The big boys are in town. Villa fans right behind our team. It was looking so good but Utd done what they do best, the comeback kings you may be saying to yourself. Yes I was disappointed but extremely pleased with out performance too. Benteke and Weimann were immense. Also a mention for young Stevens who kept Valencia very quiet. Why can’t we play like this all the time?
Game 12 (Man City A) 5-0. Away to the league champs, no real hope was there. Didn’t expect a 5-0 walkover though. Lino ruined the game. Won’t say any more.
Game 13 (Arsenal H) 0-0. Great result, probably could have won it too. Holman was superb! Just still lacking that goal scoring ability. Why is Bent not getting games?!! Kept Arsenal quiet. Stevens played well again.
Game 14 (Reading H) 1-0. Big result for us (especially when you look back at it now)! But the performance in fairness wasn’t the best. Reading could have won the game themselves only for the tiny fact that Jason Roberts is s****! Benteke again, becoming a hero. Villa fans alike relieves with the big 3 points and a bonus clean sheet.
Game 15 (QPR A) 1-1. Away to the side in last place. QPR were better than there position suggested however. Took the lead with super Holman strike but conceded shortly after and we were very lucky to get out with a point. Severely lacking experience and a bit of bite in CM to hold onto leads. Same old Villa going ahead then dropping points?
Game 16 (Stoke H) 0-0. Villa park IS NOT a fortress. No ways or ideas to break down Stoke. Blame definitely falls on Lambert. Everyone knows what Stoke are like, where were the tactics to create chances. Bore. That’s what Stoke do though.
Game 17 (Liverpool A) 1-3. OH YES! After getting through a torrid first 20mins Villa went on to record a famous 3-1 win. Benteke looked world class and Weimann was excellent alongside him. Baker…a revelation at the back. Everyone (pundits included) conceded Villa were coming good.
Game 18 (Chelsea A) 8-0 The worst performance I’ve seen by a Villa side and I’m sure many would agree. We went in to this one confident as we are regularly Chelsea’s ”bogey team” and we were on a high after the Liverpool win. Shocking stuff, horrendous defensive display! Youthful Villa will be shellshocked. Where’s the experienced heads to help them Lambert?!
Game 19 (Spurs H) 0-4. Horrific display. (I’m running out of words to describe these performances!) Spurs are good yes but to be totally overrun and conceding 15 corners to 1 by half time is quite simply unacceptable. Very, very worrying times. But alas, we’ll beat Wigan next week won’t we?
Game 20 (Wigan H) 0-3. It is unacceptable to lose to Wigan 3-0 no matter where the game is played. What was worse than the score line was the fact they absolutely bossed the game. Everything going wrong. Villa is now officially the laughing stock of the league all over the social networking sites. (Tough times to be a Villain)
Game 21 (Swansea A) 2-2. I was very pleased with our performance but extremely disappointed by the way we conceded yet another late goal to lose points. Where is the experience/quality to hold onto these leads Lambert? How many times have I said that in this article? (Quite a few!) At least we ended our horrendous set of results.
Game 22 (Southampton H) 0-1. Bossed around the park for periods by what on paper looks like a championship team, but who am I to say that a league 2 side done the same to us! In all fairness though it WAS a dive for the peno and we definitely deserved something from the game. In the relegation zone again. Odds on to be relegated with many bookies. Where is the silver lining? The January window to save us once more? We shall see.
So upon reading back over my analysis of the games it would appear clear to most minds that Villa are a relegation threatened club. Lambert came in with promises of free-flowing attacking football. This did not fall on deaf ears and we can all note that it has not been the case. His lower league signings for the most part have been a let down. the only real major positive of Lambert’s reign to date for me is the signing of our brilliant Belgian Benteke. There are only 16 games to go with no imminent signs of improvement. I myself am extremely worried. Lambert at the start of the season said we won’t be relegated and what not. I’m sure he wouldn’t have envisaged this mess we currently find ourselves in. Is Lambert still the man to lead us out of the mess he has put us in? Or would you even say this season is to be blamed on Lerner? Lambert wasn’t forced to sign young lower league players, it was his choice and this is how he works….take Norwich for example. So for me, the blame is surely with Lambert. I still have hope we can turn things around pretty soon provided we spend in the proper areas this month. New defender, new tough tackling CM, possibly a new striker.
I put up this post to provide an insight into our season under Lambert so far. I hope to have done this. Please feel free to comment and give opinions, arguments etc.