At times this season it has been a trying experience being a Villa fan. We have had to endure some pretty poor performances but last night for me was the most embarrassing. Yes worse than Chelsea because at least with that match we had the excuse we were up against the millionaires. With Bradford we weren’t afforded that.
We actually started of pretty positive although for me, I felt that N’Zogbia had been wasteful/selfish with some of his shots. I felt that we were creating a lot of chances and sooner or later we would score. However as the game progressed I felt that Bradford might grab something and I felt that their first goal had a certain element of luck to it. I think instead of our defence stopping and holding its hands up, they should have played to the whistle.
Going into the second half we attacked and attacked but were either wasteful or to give Bradford credit, there goalkeeper made some great saves. In the end the second goal was inevitable. Let there be no doubt, our defence needs to be sorted out quickly. Time and time again we have been embarrassed at the back and if we do that against Southampton, then they have already stuffed us once this season.
The fact that we scored is the saving grace for me, despite Bradford going on to score a third goal. Having to a chase a 2-0 goal lead at home is going to be very tough. They only thing I can say, is that I remember when we had a similar problem with Tranmere and we all know how that ended up.
Do I blame Lambert? Well part of this does fall on his head, but it is also systematic of the wider problems at the club which is a lack of experience. I know Stan sometimes had his detractors, but he was the putty that held the team together and I think we need to find a replacement. Someone who isn’t just a good player, but is also a great captain. We need the Captain to pick up the team, stop the heads from dropping and make sure we stay on target.
I always said this month was going to be make or break for us. Southampton is now a critical game. If we suffer another loss against them, unfortunately I can’t see us getting the result at home to Bradford. The team really does need to make amends and we really need to invest in the team this Jan and do it sooner rather than later.
The quicker we get the players in, the more time they have to gel. It is another dark day for the club. We are not dead in the water yet, but the sharks are beginning to circle. We need a bigger boat!