Another point towards safety!

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Despite the lowest crowd of the season, I always felt that yesterdays fixture with Stoke City was a massive game for Aston Villa. I didn’t necessary believe it was a must win but I felt it could shape the way the rest of the season went.

It did, however, have a bore draw written all over it. Villa have only won 4 games at Villa Park this season, while Tony Pulis’s Stoke side have won as many on the road.

Alex McLeish was quick to praise Austrian striker Andreas Weimann following his goal in the 1-1 draw but then stated that every game was a cup final for the boys in Claret and Blue.

We are 7 points clear of the bottom three now and I firmly believe 1 more win between now and the end of the season (the earlier the better) will be enough to secure our Premiership future.

The home side took the lead just after the half hour mark with exchanged passes with former Man City midfielder Stephen Ireland before unleashing a stunning strike past Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic who had no chance.

Stoke City tend to have a never die attitude and they showed this yesterday as they fought to get themselves back into this fixture.

Jermaine Pennant swung the ball over from the right wing were big German Robert Huth climbed all over James Collins to head past Shay Given.

Replays later proved that Huth actually held Collins down and it could of so easily be given as a foul but it wasn’t to be. I suppose that’s the kind of luck you get when you are down towards the bottom of the table.

Nathan Baker picked up the man of the match award with another stunning performance as the England U-21 international continues to impress at the top level.

I felt there was plenty of time were Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth had their hands all over our players, but the referee seemed to let this go. Alan Hanson last night stated on ‘Manchester of the Day’ that this is something you have to expect when you play the Potters, but this should not be the case. But at the same time they are hardly going to change their approach when they constantly get away with it are they?

Villa have an easy trip to Old Trafford this weekend, on a day that could see Sir Alex Ferguson’s men pick up the title – Yay!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Stoke bully teams we know that but that’s no excuse some of their physical play was foul play to be honest and Mike Dean turned a blind eye a terrible refee’s performance. Ok we should not have been content with one goal as one goal is not enough at this level, but we had some decision’s go against us big style yesterday.

  2. Well nine other teams have managed to beat Stoke on their travels, despite their,er, physicality.
    But this had ‘bore draw’ written all over it and apart from Weimann’s goal (it didn’t belong in a game so sterile)thats the way it turned out. Despite the ‘Brucie’ bonus point at Liverpool, only 30,000 hardy souls turned out to watch it. As Tommy Docherty once said, thirty thousand Villa fans would turn out to watch the Villa shirts drying on a clothes line. More entertaining, to be honest!! 5 out of ten.

  3. Biggest load ov shit I’ve watched in years!! Get this clown out ov town! It makes my skin crawl when I c him clapping the holte !! I will not b returning like the thousands others till that blue nose twat has gone!!

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