Despite results not going the way we would like them too, you could probably describe Aston Villa’s return to the Premier League as a honeymoon period. Players and fans alike have enjoyed being back amongst the elite.
From the 2-0 win over Everton and that amazing atmosphere to almost taking something from Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur on the opening game of the season. The emotions have been up and down and most Villa fans remain optimistic and rightly so.
Time to knuckle down
As much as we have enjoyed our return to the top league, it is time to knuckle down and grind out some results. Norwich City have tonight proved with their win over Champions Manchester City that things are getting serious. Villa’s honeymoon period is over.
Dean Smith will know that Villa needs to knuckle down and start putting some points on the board. We all like the way Villa play most of the time under Smith. But the style isn’t as important right now. All that matters is that we do enough to start putting points on the board.
Of course, if we can achieve victories while playing good football, who am I to complain? Smith has recently stated that he is still waiting for Villa to get to their best this season. But he doesn’t believe we are too far away either.
Come to the end of the season, regardless of the position we find ourselves in, we must not have any regrets. Yes, we should have got a decision against Crystal Palace before the international week but on the face of it, we didn’t deserve a single thing. We simply weren’t good enough on the day.
Had we performed as well as we know we can, then I have no doubt we could have come away from Selhurst Park with something. But we didn’t. And this takes me back to this honeymoon period. It felt like we were just happy to make up the numbers in the Premier League again. We can’t think that way.
Aston Villa should be in the Premier League but your name doesn’t guarantee you a place in the top league. We know this from the previous 3 seasons. You must earn it. We earned the right to get back into this division. Now we must step up and earn the right to stay here starting Monday night against West Ham.