Better Month But Still A Lot To Do For McGrath
Thumbs up for Villa boss Paul McGrath
The month of ups, like beating Sunderland 6-2 and Arsenal 4-2. Then the downs like losing to Liverpool 4-3 and Manchester City 5-3 but most of all Roy Keane punching
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal game has already been reported on so lets look at the Sunderland match. This was a month where Jack Grealish came good and he had a part to play in EVERY
goal. Andi Weimann got the ball rolling for Villa after striking in a corner from wonderkid Grealish. Aston Villa looked like a side full of world beaters this time.
Grealish picked up the ball on the half way line and saw his chance, he cut inside and skinned 3 players then played a one-two with Agbonlahor and curled a fantastic shot into the top right hand corner and the Sunderland fans were absolutely shocked. There was time for a third goal before half time when Grealish, who was having a storming match crossed in and it unfortunately hit John O'Shea and bounced into the net.
Agbonlahor and Weimann celebrate Gabby's goal against Sunderland in the 6-2 thrashing
After half time Agbonlahor collected a fantastic through ball by Grealish and he made no mistake, Villa were having a laugh now at Sunderland's expense. Agbonlahor then went off for the unimpressive Sanogo, and you know its a good day when your least effective striker gets on the score-sheet. Sanogo, actually showed a great turn of foot after great interchange play by Weimann and Cole to play in Grealish, who unselfishly passed it across for Sanogo to just
get on the end of it because he was not expecting a pass but got there and made it 5-0.
Sunderland got a couple back but it was then Jack Grealish who hit a thunderbolt from around 30 yards out and hit the roof of the net. It was a fantastic result for the Villans.
Villa then were back at home and played Liverpool but this upturn in form soon came crashing back to earth, but they gave it there all. When Johnson, Sturridge and Henderson gave Liverpool a 3-0 lead at half time, you had to wonder if it was going to be a cricket score. How wrong would they be! Sturridge got the 4th for Liverpool and that seemed to kick Villa into life. Luc Castagnos then smashed the ball against the post in the 70th minute but had scored just seven minutes later with a bullet header. Then just two minutes after that he struck a fantastic half volley to make it 4-2.
Agbonlahor and Castaignos then hit the post and bar respectively again after great play by Delph and Grealish but Liverpool were on the back foot and when Charles N'Zogbia made it 4-3 in the 88th minute, it was getting tense but Liverpool held on for a memorable victory and this should be taped and shown to everyone.
This followed a Capital One Cup match against Manchester City and it was one sided but Villa took a 2-0 victory. Benteke and Agbonlahor looked to have set Villa on the way to a great victory but Man City five
goals through Aguero (2), Lampard, Navas and Jovetic and Villa hit a third goal through Benteke but it was not enough and Villa were out but had met there goal of getting to the 4th Round.
What a interesting month! The win against Arsenal stands out but it was marred by Roy punching Wenger. I can tell you that he has been charged with assault but he will come back here when he is out on bail. The Sunderland match was amazing! Jack was very, very impressive and although we lost against Liverpool and Manchester City, we gave it out all and I think we are going to go from strength to strength.
Nothing surprising at the top of the Premier League Table with Man City top, Man Utd second and Chelsea in third. QPR have had a good start lying in 4th and Arsenal are doing disappointing in11th place.
The bottom of the table sees Sunderland, who has shipped 27 goals this season are rock bottom, West Brom and West Ham are also being very poor this season. Crystal Palace and Hull are only just safe at the moment but there is a lot of the season left.
Villa Player Of The Month
Jack Grealish is a superstar and he has been a integral part of the side this month and we will need to be on our toes and make sure we keep hold of this superstar in January.
With fixtures such as Palace, Burnley and Southampton coming up in November Villa should move up the table a bit more, but then this is Villa and anything is possible.