The beauty of winning ugly

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Our recent run of form has been a breath of fresh air after a torrid 18 months for Villa fans. We’re top of the form table, playing our best football of the season and fans have been given hope that something special could be happening at our club. Whilst our recent winning ways have come annoyingly late, as the playoffs are all but out of sight, there are finally good things to be writing about as a Villa fan.

One of which, I believe, is that we are winning games by fine margins.

Our midweek win against QPR is a prime example of that. Anyone that saw our second half Sam Jonestone is part of the reason why Villa have picked up so many clean sheets recently.performance knows that we were our own worst enemy. We gave the ball away and missed chances. But, whilst everyone was waiting for us to inevitably concede, we didn’t. We were a side that loved nothing more than conceding in the 90th minute earlier this season and, in the end, we didn’t let QPR create anything.

This was a game won without conviction. We did not dominate or build on our lead, in fact, we only played well for the first ten minutes. Our recent run of wins haven’t come through comfortable wins but rather grabbing goals at the right time and defending well. This, in my opinion, is a sign of good things to come.

At the moment, having a striker like Jonothan Kodjia means that a clean sheet means a win. Kodjia looks as though he is going to score every time he plays and, because of this, such solid defensive performances are made even more important. Once Hogan finds his feet, and the pair starts clicking, we could cause real problems for Championship defences whilst also being difficult to break down.

Whilst it would be great to win by three or four goals and make it easy for ourselves, winning games that are scrappy and could go either way is an indication of a good side. To be one of the best sides in the division you need to dominate, and hopefully, that will come, but in the meantime – ugly wins are good wins.

This winning streak will come to an end but, all being well, Villa should keep to winning ways. We have the players and the manager to succeed in this league and recent results have suggested that it is all finally coming together. Villa fans can enjoy the rest of the campaign, and all of our ugly wins, going into next season.

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