It has been a nervy couple of weeks with regards to fixtures against fellow strugglers Reading & QPR but the players & club have shown their true character.
It has been a while since I wrote an article, I apologise to any followers expecting me to be positive over this period.
I have to say, I have always been positive about Villa & our survival in the league since Paul Lambert came in as manager. Even when we went on that terrible run, I still backed Lambert & the young lads even though those around me wanted rid of the manager.
Since that amazing second half performance against Newcastle, Aston Villa have pushed on as a team. The young lads such as Westwood, Lowton, Benteke & Weimann have improved with every game.
I have to admit I am not the biggest Barry Bannan fan but over the last two games he has kept his gameplay simple. He is no longer looking for the Hollywood pass & arguing with players on the field of play.
Sylla has been dumped into the deep end since Delph was suspended for his 10th yellow card of the campaign, but the young Frenchman has performed very well & I feel Delph might find it difficult to get past what seems to be a promising inform midfield.
Massive credit has to go to Brad Guzan. The American was re-signed by Lambert in the summer & has been nothing short of breathtaking so far in this campaign. I will go on record saying this: if it wasn’t for Guzan’s amazing performances this season, we surely would be going down. Brad has to be fans’ player of the season for sure.
The players have improved because of one person, Paul Lambert. He went in with a vision, which has seen the old guard hardly see any playing time at all. A risky view to some but to others it was the right choice. Players such as Bent, Ireland & Given (just to name a few) should be looked upon by these young lads for guidance & leadership. Instead, their lacklustre performances have just frustrated Lambert & the fans.
Villa have conceded early goals in recent games, but fans cannot fault the effort of the lads to try & get a result .
Lambert has kept faith with his young lads & many feel six points in our last remaining games will be enough to see Villa in the Premier League & reek the benefits of the new television deal.
In these last remaining fixtures, we need every fan at Villa Park & at the away fixtures. We need to roar our lads to victory as we did at Reading & against QPR. As the title says, we’re Aston Villa & we will fight till the end!
Listen to me discuss Villa’s 3-2 victory over QPR with Talksport’s Stan Collymore: Call Collymore (16.3.13)