It was an emotional afternoon at Villa Park yesterday afternoon following the news that broke late Friday afternoon that Stiliyan Petrov had been diagnosed of acute leukaemia.

All protests against the manager and the board were cancelled and rightly so but you couldn’t help but think Petrov’s illness has once again saved the manager from feeling the full brunt from angry fans.

Before someone jumps on my back – I have always been a big fan of Stan – since the first time I watched him play for Celtic

I won’t lie – I got very excited when he moved to us from the Glasgow giants and I have always praised his work rate and what he offers for the club. There have been times when Stan has made mistakes on the pitch – but you could never fault the man’s effort towards the Claret and Blue course.

Before I go onto yesterdays game, Once again I wish Stan and all his family the very best in his road to recovery and I am sure he knows that he will always have the backing of the Aston Villa faithful.

Now onto the game – Lets be honest if was never going to be an easy fixture. Chelsea are a different side under Roberto Di Matteo to the one we beat 3-1 at Stamford Bridge under Andreas Villas-Boas.

And it wasn’t long before the Blues got hold of the game when they took the advantage inside ten minutes.

Salomon Kalou cut inside from the left and found Juan Mata, who was denied by Shay Given. The rebound fell to Mata’s Spanish team-mate Fernando Torres, who was then denied by a last ditch tackle from full back Stephen Warnock, but former Aston Villa trainee Daniel Sturridge converted the loose ball.

Branislav Ivanovic doubled Chelsea’s lead 6 minutes after the break when he turned the ball past Shay Given from another set piece.

James Collins then gave Villa a lifeline when he pulled one back for Villa just as they looked dead and berried. Eric Lichaj sent in a long throw (Rory Delap style) and the Welsh defender headed home – as Petr Cech had no chance in the Chelsea goal.

A few minutes later Villa were then back on level terms (not that we deserved it), but in the spirit of the day, you couldn’t help but think the Gods were watching over all those in Claret and Blue.

Marc Albrighton crossed a dangerously low ball across the Chelsea six-yard box and Lichaj made no mistake at the far post.

But then a Chelsea side who never looked like they got out of 2nd gear all afternoon, turned up the gear and with 8 minutes left on the clock Ivanovic headed past Given from a Florent Malouda cross.

Villa did push to get back into the game, but it was to be there downfall when Chelsea caught them on the counter attack when Sturridge broke with the ball before finding Torres who put the ball into the back of the net in true Fernando Torres style.

Still Not Good Enough!

Despite coming back from two goals down yesterday, I couldn’t help but think that it covered up another very poor performance from us and if we are to be playing Premiership football next season, things need to improve.

Yes it was a inexperienced side, but these players have to step up and be counted if they want to have a future at this football club. A lot of these so called younger players are no longer young, and should of made an impact on the first time by now if they was going to.

Once again we defended poorly from set pieces, and in turn wasted our own chances. James Collins had at least 2 free headers from corners in the first half and put them over the bar – and he needs to really take these chances.

Alex McLeish, in my opinion made the wrong decision in not starting with Marc Albrighton, but credit were it is due to the manager – he sore that Chris Herd had no impact on the game, what so ever (once again in my opinion), and took him off for the winger witch did wake Villa up to at least have a go at Roberto Di Matteos side.

We have 8 games left and I have pinpointed the four games against Stoke, Bolton, West Brom and Norwich as games we need to be looking at taking something from.

I believe 6 points will keep us in the league – but it wont be easy as all four teams will want to pick up points against us, because lets be honest – we are the big team in this relegation fight and most clubs would love nothing more than to see Aston Villa’s name in the Championship next season.


  1. I agree with all your comments and i fear for our future in the premiership.
    With the negative comments by Mcleish after the Arsenal game i also have severe doubts over his ability to motivate and get the best out of the players.
    The game against Stoke on Easter Monday is now a must win game!

  2. Another defeat!! How long do we have to put up wiv this bullshit ! We have only won 7 games all season! Can’t see where the next win will come from? This is where we are always goin to be wiv that muppet in charge. Let’s all stand together and get him out. No more please get him out! It’s only goin to get worse next season

  3. Even with the ‘petrov’ factor, this was a result waiting to happen. In fact I predicted 2-0 chelsea with torres to score (he had to score against US, of course!). The fact we ‘came back’ was due to a long throw and a chelsea complacency at how easy it had been. The fact we then threw it away again anyway (great defending from corners…..almost as bad as our scoring record FROM them)was no surprise…. AT ALL. The ‘kids’ (with a couple of exceptions) are all 22/23 now….inexperienced yes….but HOW MANY of them will earn a living at top level? We have to find that out, and soon. Hate to say it but I think we are stuck with Mcleish unless we ‘do a’ blues’ and lose every match between now and the end of the season. We won’t….WILL WE???

  4. We don’t play good games this season and reality are that we are on 15 th position.But this season we sold some good players,have some key players injured.Also we lose some points on stupid way, like against WBA.This weekend we lose point or three on Terry diving.
    I think that why don’t be relagated this season.Are the bolton,blackburn,qpr,… play better than us? They are much worse than we.
    Every club can have a bad season.Villa are in time of reconstruction.Our young players will be our future,now they don’t have an experience, but with years they will be better.So don’t be negative in few years we will again have a big team.

  5. Teams below us are picking up points where we didn’t think they would, and that’s worrying for us. We HAVE to beat Stoke and Bolton at home now, with potential points against Sunderland at home and Norwich away. The sad thing is, although these are must win games, I really can’t see us winning another game. We’re not playing well and the kids aren’t good enough for a relegation battle. We’re missing key attacking players in Bent and N’Zogbia, and I can’t see us scoring again. Its not looking good at all sadly

  6. If us fans with any ounce of sense could see this would happen to us this season how can the so called people in charge not see it!! It beggars belief that he is our manager look at his CV the best bit being the one who took the shit down TWICE… Ask yourself this if he gets sacked do u think any team in top twelve of the prem would hire him? No chance at all!! So where is the ambition in having him? They who make the decisions at our club have no respect for us!! They couldn’t give a shit about us!! Thts why we must show our disguist at him at our club!!! No other clubs fans would put up with it? So why should we. It makes my skin crawl him coming out and clappin the holte end!! We must get him out! Because I’m already dreading next season. I’m calling on all fans stand as one and let’s get him out!! Holte Enders till we die


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