All you really need to know about Saturday’s fixture against Norwich City is that Aston Villa won. Winning 2-0, we bagged the three points. This is obviously a huge positive, but just how happy should we be?
My opinion is that the match itself had very little of interest. Even to the most interested football fans in the stands, the game was, all in all, fairly boring. It was a simple scrap between two very poor sides, with the Villa boys proving that they were less bad than Alex Neil’s Canaries as opposed to better than them.
On top of this, we are still eight points away from safety with thirteen games to go. All it takes is a look at our fixture list to realise that eight points is a killer mountain to climb. I hardly think a win against a below average relegation rival is reason for unbridled optimism or a result that has sparked survival hopes.
What’s going on off the pitch is equally terrible. The way Aston Villa Football Club is being run is a complete disgrace: adding people to the board will only work if they are the right people. Tom Fox and Randy Lerner have run this once-great club into the ground. They need to go.
You may have noticed temporary agency stewards walking around the stadium during Saturday’s match. Essentially, this is our board’s misguided way of saving money, potentially shaving tiny amounts off the expenditure column by replacing the staff the club is built on, the type of people who have worked at Villa Park for decades, with temporary staff who don’t know what they’re doing. This is happening when we have underperforming players and players who don’t actually play earning tens of thousands of pounds a week.
Perhaps the only other positive came off the field when Gabby Agbonlahor’s ill-advised comment about journalists in his post-match interview caused mild amusement. In fairness to the player, his comment was at least truthful and, considering I don’t rate him as a great goal-scorer, his finish was actually reasonably good.
What do you think? Are you feeling positive or negative? Have Saturday’s points given us a fighting chance of retaining our Premier League status or are they, as I believe, simply a bonus on the road to relegation?