‘Alex, You’re a T***’ was the chant raining down from the Holte End yesterday after yet another inept performance by the boys in Claret and Blue.
The media built the game up to be the ‘Return of Martin O’Neill’, but to most down to earth Villa fans it was just another game – and one we needed to win.
With four home wins all season, Alex McLeish is in very real danger of getting the record for our worst EVER home form and following our draw against Sunderland, Tuesdays fixture against Bolton has become a must win one at that.
A victory for either side would have been a generous result, in a game that saw former Villa midfielder and brother of Gary, Craig Gardner see red in injury time.
The home side could have taken the lead just 60 seconds in when stand in captain Gabriel Agbonlahor charged down Simon Mignolet’s clearance.
Andreas Weimann was first to react but Mignolet was able to get back and turn aside the Austrians chip.
Weimann was soon brought down by Michael Turner, and could of easily seen red but on an afternoon of strange decisions from the officials it wasn’t to be.
Villa lost both Agbonlahor and James Collins to injury and the ever growing casualty list gets longer and longer at Villa Park.
O’Neill’s Sunderland side did manage to put the ball in the net courtesy of Nicolas Bentdner but the linesman had judged it to be offside – something which was prooven to be wrong by television replays.
As I already said, a draw was probably the fairest of results but at a period of the season that Aston Villa need a victory – there just didn’t seem to be enough urgency.
I believe that Stephen Ireland should be used more as he looks the most likely to produce that killer pace but his calls for the ball seem to go on deaf ears as we prefer to try and get down the wings – only to be disappointed by the end ball.
We now take on Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday in a must win game. You may be missing the Barcelona v Chelsea game if you do take the trip to Villa Park – but they need the fans more than ever right now so get yourself down there!