The club recently posted on social media about trying to keep the unbeaten run going – ‘Unbeaten in 6 games in all competitions, let’s make it 7’. An impressive statistic to those fans who saw it although one that glossed over a painful truth so is it just a false dawn?
Ignoring the cup games, we have managed just two wins in the last 5 games with 3 uninspiring draws. Yes, we are unbeaten and accumulated 9 points in the process but the glaring lack of wins since the season has started is a little concerning.
Last season started in similar fashion. We weren’t losing games regularly but we were drawing them more often than not. These dropped points ultimately cost Roberto Di Matteo his job. When we win a game, it’s now crucial that we build on this and get another win as quickly as possible, ideally the next game. Otherwise, you get the feeling that it’s one step forward and two steps back. We’ve experienced this failure to build on good performances twice already this season.
The promising start we made on the first day of the season against Hull, where we threatened to blow them off the park by half time. The second half saw the same old problems where we became cagey, invited pressure onto ourselves and became far too negative. There were genuine positives to take from this game though. However, the next two fixtures saw us lose disappointingly to Cardiff City and Reading. A false dawn.
We thought the tide had turned in the Norwich game. Andre Green scored his first goal for the club and Keinan Davis put in an excellent performance as we scored 4 goals in a league game for the first time in recent memory! This would surely be the game which really started our season but this was swiftly followed by three consecutive draws where we only mustered one goal. Another false dawn.
The game against Barnsley saw a good win for Villa, a convincing result, and a decent performance. We have to remind ourselves that this was only our second win of the season. The second win in 8 championship games. Yes, we are unbeaten in 6 games, in all competitions. However, we all know that promotion is the key target this season.
The next game against Nottingham Forest is massive. Forest sit above us by 3 places in the table and have already won twice as many games as Villa. It’s vital that we put in a worthy performance and come away with the three points. We’ve had two false dawns, let’s hope that the team can start the season now and start climbing the table. We saw what happened last season with too many draws. We need to start going for it and trying to earn the victory. Come on the Villans!