Villa Still In The Hunt
It has been a very hectic December but for the fans of Aston Villa they will probably find it has been a very enjoyable fastive month. There only defeat came at the hands of league leaders Chelsea and also included a win of Manchester United in which star striker Salomon Rondon ripped The Reds apart.
It did also however include draws against West Ham and Wigan, where in both matches how The Villans did not score is completely beyond us. The first match was the Manchester United match and after Juan Mata scored in the first half and combined with the fact that Villa were anonymous, you would never have thought that Villa would completely overwhelm United and in Rondon, Villa have a player that will pump in the goals and he struck with two headed goals to give Villa the most unlikely of wins. The most wierd part of the match was seeing former Villan keeper Jed Steer was named in the United lineup and made atleast 7 errors in the match.
The next match against Liverpool was one of three draws this month and again Villa got something out of a game that they played badly in. This is a good sign for Villa fans because all the best teams that have graced the Premer League in the past have known how to win by not being at there best.
Hugo Lloris' error allowed Villa midfielder Delph to score
Then a defeat to Chelsea was followed up by the most impressive performance of the season against a very strong and dangerous Spurs side where Villa's defence had there best match under Paul McGrath. It all started in the 15th minute when John Stones found himself down the left and he launched a 35 yard ball into the box to which Fabian Delph was trying to get too. Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris completely flapped at it and the midfielder got to the loose ball to make it 1-0. In the second half Spurs were non-existent but when Vlaar made a appalling back-pass Paulinho helped himself to the most unlikely of equalisers and that was the only lapse in a solid defensive match. Villa, however were not going to be beaten and just 4 minutes later Stones connected with a corner to make it 2-1 to Villa and against made sure that the regular top 6 new that Villa are here to stay.
Villa then followed that up with two very poor draws. The West Ham game again was a game Villa should have won but after the 4th minute when Noble scored for The Hammers, Villa were always chasing the game. There pressure paid off eventually and Grealish got the equaliser to give Villa one point.
So all in all Aston Villa had a good month but it could have been better, however they are still in the top 4 and now they might just be taken seriously.
Well it looks like Chelsea are going to win the league being already on 52 points but with 7 points covering Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Man Utd and Stoke from 2nd to 6th, there is still a lot of action to go this season. No one expected Villa or Stoke to cause problems for the top 4 but they are and it looks like they are here to stay this season as both chase an unlikely Champions League spot.
Villa Player Of The Month
John Stones has been fantastic this month and gets the award. He works extremely hard every match and never lets his head drop. When you have skipper Ron Vlaar saying he is the best central defender that he has ever played with, you know you have a good player!
The Month Ahead
make a statement this month with matches against the lower end of the table sides in Forest, Huddersfield and Southampton, who they beat 8-0 last season and the F.A Cup against Fulham too this could well be an amazing month for the Midlands club.