Yes I know the penalties made a difference and yes I know Lambert has a ready made excuse but lets not cloud what we saw.
It was clear from the start we wanted to play the role again of a plucky loser. Maybe if Benteke had scored with his header (yes a cracking save but he should have buried it) maybe we might have hung on. However from the time they scored a total farce of a goal (shall I rant about defending set pieces, is it worth it ?) the game was over.
Whilst the penalties may have dropped our heads a lot more than they should have, Man City were always in control and we were bereft of ideas. Yes of course we are playing the billionaires of Man City and yes I never expected a win but the manner of the performance showed us for what we are.
That is a team of limited ideas, a club of limited ambition to do anything but survive. We never have had ambitions above that, the role of being a plucky loser suits us well, we play well to it.
Yes fans and Lambert will rave about the penalties, I can understand that but that is only a small piece in a greater picture. A picture I personally think many Villa fans are deluded about and sleep walking into. The faith in Lambert may not be misplaced but he has such a limited amount to work with, is he a miracle worker ?
Bottom Three in November should not be brushed aside, yes easier games after Arsenal, Like Southampton was ‘easy’ ?