Yesterday’s game was a bit of a disappointment, wasn’t it? We travelled up to Liverpool full of hope and maybe even feeling slightly confident. I maintained that we would at least see a good performance from the Villans. How wrong I was…
It was clear from the first minute that Lambert had set the team up to play for the draw, maybe stealing one on the break, which was very odd considering that we had Benteke back in the side and that the Blues haven’t exactly been shy of conceding goals this season. Nevertheless, there we were backing off, failing to close down and giving the ball away at every possible opportunity.
All three of the Toffees’ goals were poor. For the first, basic defending from a corner did not happen, for the second the goalkeeper was all over the place and I didn’t see the third, thanks to a tactically placed pillar! Well played, Goodison Park! I hear that goal number three was just as comical as the two that went before it.
I can’t get my head around Paul Lambert’s thinking at times. Why wasn’t Jack Grealish in the squad? Why didn’t he give Joe Cole a chance with twenty minutes to go? Why did Ciaran Clark replace Nathan Baker? For the love of God, please stop playing Clark! Jores Okore must have done something to upset Lambert because he’s fit now and, from the little I’ve seen of him, is a better player than either Clark or Baker yet he’s nowhere to be seen.
The Villans didn’t even look like they wanted to have a go yesterday. There was no cohesion and no team-work. It looked like we were happy to roll over and let Martinez’s men have their merry way with us.
A hopeful effort from Hutton was the closest we came to scoring in the first half and a disallowed goal from Benteke in the second half almost gave us something to shout about.
On the train home, there was a sense of it being the same old Villa, a different day. This team looked like the Villa of last season and was one we had not seen in the seven Premier League games played before yesterday afternoon. The lack of goals is becoming a major worry. Indeed, the lack of shots on target is even more worrying. I could go on – and on – about what the players need to do to improve but we are all too aware of what those things are. Sadly, the only one who seems oblivious to the fact that we need to improve tactically is Paul Lambert, whose new contract looks like an even crazier bit of business now.
Our next game is a massive one . The trip to Loftus Road will really show how far we have come and anything less than three points against QPR simply will not be good enough. No more excuses. No more “We go again”. Villans, it’s time to get the job done.