You may have noticed that it has been some time since my log blog entry. In fact we have played against Manchester City again since my last post. The reason for my lack of posts is purely down the negativity around the club. This negativity came for good reasons such as poor results, poor performances, lack of transfer activity, the board and sitting rock bottom of the Premier League to name but just a few. I decided against posting as I thought any posts would just fuel the fire against what is clearly the toughest times for the club in recent history.
That said, I sense change in the air and a glimmer of hope. Now I am not saying miracles will happen. What I am saying is that miracles can happen and I still believe our fantastic club can survive!
The club currently sits 8 points from safety, so what has changed to give me that bit of belief?
We’ve picked up 8 points the 15 available in our last 5 league games and dare I say it, if Jordan Ayew had not been sent off against West Ham, I have little doubt this would have been 11 points. To put that in context, Villa have won more league games in their last 5 games than in their first 20 games. Similarly the same points made in those same comparisons.
I think having an Aston Villa fan in Lord Mervyn King joining the board can only be a good thing. Sure, he is not the football head that some fans wanted but he does support the club through and through and like most of us wants what is best to build for the clubs future.
Beating Norwich last weekend was huge. Had we failed the gap to them would have been 13 points and we would have been 11 points from safety. It was not performance that impressed me but more the togetherness of the players. Despite being in the position the club are in, to see how close the players are is really good to see and can only bode well for the upcoming games.
Speaking of players, I think credit has to be given to a couple of players in particular. Mark Bunn has come in between the sticks, kept cleans sheets and saved a penalty. He is really showing why he should now be Villa’s first choice keeper. Aly Cissokho, after being loaned out to Porto, it really did not look good for Aly’s Villa career but injury to Jodan Amavi forced Villa to recall the Left-back and for me has been solid since his return. Lastly, Gabby Agbonlahor, I will be the first to admit that I thought his time at Villa was up, with very little first team action and no goals to his name I thought he would have been sold in the transfer widow. However, the suspension of Ayew and injuries to both Gestede and kozak, Gabby was given his chance the weekend against Norwich which he took with a man of the match performance and a goal too.
So Liverpool up next – a team who shipped 4 to Norwich and won only in injury time. They appear to be the draw specialist at the moment too but I think the points are there for the taking and given our position I think we should go all out to get them.
Up The Villa