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Reserves Fall Short

Despite Dominick Hofbauer opening the scoring on 38 minutes, Spurs won 2-1 thanks to two penalties on 41 and 59 minutes.

Nathan Delfounso had a goal ruled out for offside half-way through the first half, and Elliot Parish actually saved the second penalty only for the ref to decide it needed to be taken again.

While there is no guarantee, it is still extremely likely that we will win this title, and it may happen in the next game, which is at home to Fulham on April 20th.

The best news of all is that Wilfred Bouma started and played 84 minutes. I for one can’t wait to see him back in a Villa shirt, although I would imagine he may not be back to his best until next season.

I am not available for updating tomorrow but will be back on Wednesday. If this site grows and gets big enough, I will add at least more writer so we can keep it updated on a constant basis.

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March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Match Review, News, Reserves/Academy, Summary, Tottenham Hotspur | Leave a comment

Liverpool Review

Five bloody Nil.

That was harsh. Not saying we necessarily deserved to not get beat, but 5-0 was VERY harsh. Speaking of harsh, the Brad Friedel sending off was unnecessary in my opinion. That said, I am a fan of Brad Guzan and I think he will do fine.

As for the game; well I have been telling anyone that is willing to listen – and many people that are not willing to listen! – that we should not play 4-4-2. As soon as I saw the team, my heart sank. The thing is, it is not like we played badly, but the point is that tactically we were asking for trouble.

I love MO’N, I would struggle to name someone we could get that I would rather have. But tactically he can be very frustrating and his transfer policy, although not as bad as come people make out, definitely has a negative side.

Gerrard had a free reign, as I predicted he would. Barry and Petrov were given an uphill task. At times we were too deep which left far too much ground to cover for the midfield. Overall, the manager lost this game for us as much as any of the players. Knowing MON, he will of course take responsibility and rightly so. I just fear that he will not take the appropriate steps to rectify things.

With Manchester United to come, we can consider that a write-off and anything is a bonus. From there though, we have seven difficult-but-winnable games. Hopefully, Arsenal will get beat by United and Liverpool as they battle it out for the title, and they still have Chelsea to come.

So if we can get out the rut and pick up get somewhere between 17-21 points between now and the end of the season, we have a fighting chance. Anything less and we can kiss 4th goodbye and will have to start looking behind our shoulders.

We hope the rot stops at Old Trafford, but we know it HAS to against Everton.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Match Review | 1 Comment