After yesterday’s game, I am looking at the Villa team and wondering how we lost to a West Ham side that was without one of its biggest players in Andy Carroll. After our spirited win against the Baggies, I thought we would fight on at home and beat West Ham, in my opinion a team we should be beating. It just goes to show that the Villa team is full of unpredictable performances.
The weather was dreadful, making the long ball difficult, causing Villa lots of problems as we often rely on a ball upfield. We had to revert to playing the ball on the floor, which led to slow build up, with West Ham putting all their men behind the ball in the first half. After the excitement against the Baggies at home, to see Villa back to often clueless football was disappointing.
If you were a betting man, I would urge you to stay clear of Villa matches as it is unclear whether we are likely to see the spirited, focused and determined team that all fans wish for week in, week out or the clueless, slow football we see more often than not.
As I highlighted in my article last week, I do believe the Villans are going to escape relegation but it could once again be a close call. Teams below us are picking up form while we are still struggling to find any consistency. Games against the likes of West Ham and Cardiff are vital and after losing yesterday it is essential the boys in claret and blue get a win away at Cardiff on Tuesday. If we fail to do this, I may have to reconsider my article from last week, as we will be in trouble and it could be a nail biting end to the season.
Yesterday, Bacuna looked poor in the first half yet Lambert still stuck with him in the second half when it was clear a change was needed. The tactical change of taking Lowton off and moving Bacuna to right back baffles me and was unpopular amongst the home crowd. Albrighton was a positive yesterday, trying to create and find an opening when he came on for Lowton late on. I worry, however, that if he were to start his performance would not be as good as if used as an impact sub.
It’s worrying to see a team that seems incapable of consistency, especially at home where many teams rely on creating a fortress. Villa Park creates a great atmosphere and when the team are performing it can be a really difficult place to come. This year the team have under-performed in most games and the crowd have got on the players’ backs. I believe teams no longer fear coming to Villa, seeing it as an opportunity to get three points against a team that very often has bad days.
Cardiff is key on Tuesday and without three points Villa will be in lots of trouble once more. It just goes to show how easily the table can change and a position you think is safe can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Let’s hope for a win on Tuesday!