Mixed Month For Villa As New Owner Visit's Villa Park
Aston Villa had a very slow start this season. The one spark from the start of the season, however is Luc Castaignos who has flown out of the blocks scoring 7 times in the first 6 matches making him one of the top scorers this season so far, although it is very early on.
Manager Paul McGrath was very confident when at the first match of the season against Newcastle but it all went wrong because of some dodgy officiating, giving Newcastle two doubious penalties, which allowed them to win the match 4-2. Rickie Lambert, a new signing from Liverpool scored a hat-trick to cancel out Castaignos's 2 goals.
Then Swindon Town embarrassed Villa by basically thrashing them 3-2 at Villa Park. We were absolutely terrible and I really and there will be some changes going to happen around here
said McGrath after the match.
But after those two matches, Villa's youngsters started to find there feet and the match against Nottingham Forest proved to be the breakthrough this season when a Gabby Agbonlahor brace, coupled with Luc Castaignos and Delph's goal downed Nottingham Forest in a much, much better peformance. Well that was better, wasn't it! We played like a team and it showed. We have a bunch of new young players but we are doing well and going in the right direction
said captain Ron Vlaar.
Callum Robinson was amazing against Leicester
Then followed the impressive debut from Callum Robinson in the match against Leicester. Captain Vlaar headed in a bullet header on the 37th minute but the first half was full of the 20 year old attacker, Robinson who was all over place but he had to wait until the 88th minute for his reward in the way of a goal and the play of the match award. His manager was thrilled for him He was immense today, I considered putting him in last season but felt the loan option was the best option for then, now he is going nowhere!
Next was the Southampton slaughtering, but the match after against Manchester United was amazing for the wrong reasons for Villa, Castaignos and Eto'o continued there fine partnership with each other by scoring 3 between them but unfortunately for Villa Manchester United scored 5! Villa player Samuel Eto'o was very impressed with his new club and afterwards he said I am very happy with the way the club is going, unfortunately though Manchester United were unstoppable.
Premier League Table
Everton are the early leaders with 13 points, 1 point ahead of Stoke City with Chelsea and Man City just behind. Aston Villa are the league's top scorers with 19 goals and are currently in 5th place. This is a big improvement for Aston Villa and they will hope not to lose ground.
Player Of The Month
has really impressed this month, scoring 7 goals in 6 matches and showing every that his partnership with Ato'o and Agbonlahor playing the wing is going to scare teams every time Villa go forward. It was a pretty simple decision really.
Lerner Sells Up
Mario Plattner has bought Aston Villa
The long running takeover saga at Aston Villa is finally over. Randy Lerner has sold to an Austrian Scientist Tycoon called Mario Plattner. The Austrian who has made millions finding out really important equations has bought the Birmingham club completely out, they will not be on the stock market or nothing. It is also said that when he went infront of the media for the first time he will stop at nothing to bring the glory days back to Villa Park. I have bought this club to win things. Manager Paul McGrath will stay, I have to understand that Villa fans love Paul and I will not be letting him go and also he will get a warchest to buy with in January. I had been looking for a club for a while now, so when Aston Villa came along I HAD to invest.
It is thought that Plattner paid upwards of £124m for the club and he is hoping to remain in charge for a very long time.