I don’t for one minute think my view is the only one that counts.
Hence Hiphop thought my view on today’s game was a bit negative and wanted to offer a more positive version.
I asked him to contribute and he’s duly obliged.
Nice one, Hiphop, it’s all about opinions;
Aston villa have gained three crucial points against a mediocre West Ham, with the help of two on form exhilarating players in N’zogbia and Benteke. N’zogbia’s form of recent times has certainly engrained much needed steel into the once non-existent midfield region.
His link up play today with Benteke and particularly Delph seemed very rewarding and then he scores a blinder from 20 yards!
He seems to finally be repaying his 10 million pounds price-tag with world-class performances of late.
Benteke had a relatively quiet game, but when he was needed, he performed.
However, for me Jordan Bowery hasn’t received enough credit for his performance today. His role today was an amalgamation of defending and going forward too, which in my opinion, worked in glimpses for the youngster. His agility and strength aided our defenders against the potent threat of Caroll and Joe Cole. He is not the finished product by far, but we can see he is a prospect for sure.
The most obvious thing today was that our defence has finally got its act together. Baker and Clark particularly worked admirably hard and for the cause and by half time Baker looked as if he had been in a war and come out victorious. The tightness and correspondence with one another and the occasional flamboyant passing together paid off which is always a positive.
The two new signings (Dawkins and Sylla ) added creativity and linked up well with the attackers in (Benteke, N’zogbia, and Bent even) which shall establish a midfield region at last– one reason for this may be that Barry Bannan wasn’t playing.
The most important positives are of course, that we have gained three points and are above the unthinkable relegation line.
I feel that something has changed since the performance against west brom (even though we lost against newcastle) and I find that this one win is exactly what we needed! We can now now push up the table and take every ounce of confidence into the struggling gunners game.