My last article was entitled “Is this the beginning of the end?” Since then, we secured points against a weak Norwich side but we never looked as if we would go on to totally dominate the game. We needed a push in the second half that would show the fans real passion, added bite and more goals.
We are now heading into a run of fixtures that, to be honest, concerns me. Will we need our rivals to do us a favour?
In our last game we started poorly against what looked like a rejuvenated but still quite poor Norwich team. Yet fifteen minutes were all that were needed to turn the game on its head and turn the Holte End’s jeers into cheers.
Despite those fifteen excellent minutes, which put us ahead and in turn made the score line look much more comfortable than the game really seemed, we now need to look at Chelsea, a team which will be confident after defeating local rivals Tottenham. We will need to perform for the full ninety minutes and in many games, especially at home, we have good patches but also have some poor patches. The games such as those against West Ham and West Brom are just two of the games in which we have let the opposition score two goals in quick succession.
We are capable of getting something from the game if we play at our very best but beating Chelsea will be a tough ask. We were scheduled to play the two Manchester clubs, with both clubs displaying different kinds of form, but the Villans’ trip to the Etihad has been postponed. Manchester City just lost the chance of another piece of silverware, with a disappointing defeat against Wigan at the Etihad, which shows that the side can be beaten at home so it is perhaps a shame that we will have to wait to take the title contenders on.
However, if we can’t get the correct results from the next few games we will need help from other teams to ensure that we don’t dragged down towards the wrong end of the table.
Previously, when we have wanted results to go our way, they typically went against us. Yet this season teams below us still have to play each other in six pointers. For example, Sunderland will face Crystal Palace on the day we play Chelsea then on the day we play Manchester United at Old Trafford, another six pointer occurs when West Brom line up against Cardiff.
We do need a certain amount of luck to ensure that we don’t get dragged down the table but, more importantly, the Villa players also need to play their parts to ensure that we maintain our Premier League status/