Great Month Again For The Villans
When you looked at Palace, Burnley, Leicester and Southampton you think there would be 3 wins there and probably a defeat to Southampton but Aston Villa, on the back of a Manager, Player and Young Player of the month award last month were coming into the month buoyed with confidence.
It was a shock player who decided to shine this month! Charles N'Zogbia has had a torrid time since moving from Wigan for £9,500,000 but this month he scored three as Villa helped themselves to 7 points out of 12.
Charles N'Zogbia scoring against Palace
Crystal Palace though faced an onslaught from a hungry, vibrant Aston Villa side but they held out of shot after shot until in the 85th minute N'Zogbia picked the ball up and thrashed home a scorching 20 yard fizzler to hand Villa a deserved victory. McGrath was full of praise for his young side, We were fantastic today and the goal was deserved. Charles has faced a barrage of abuse from Villa fans but now he has turned the corner and they were chanting his name at the end of the match!
Villa then travelled to Turf Moor and embarrassed Burnley 4-0! A Tom Heaton own goal set Villa off in style from good work by Jordan Graham who was also provider for the second goal. He worked hard on the left all half and when he fizzed in a low cross to the near post, Andi Weimann got there first and toe poked it home. It was a great goal but the second half was all Burnley.
The problem they had was they have no end product and only hit 2 shots all match so when Charles N'Zogbia took over in the 80th minute the writing was on the wall. The first of his brace was from a unusual headed goal and then he thundered home a 25 yard free kick to give Villa a 4-0 win.
Andi Weimann has also been scoring this season
Then it was a midlands derby with Leicester. The game started really brightly with both sides testing each other. Ulloa was first to test Guzan with a fizzing low drive and that was followed up with Cleverly hitting just over the bar.
In the 14th minute Ron Vlaar made it 1-0 from a corner and a unstoppable header. Villa started to dominate and Agbonlahor, N'Zogbia and Weimann all went close but half time was amazingly only 1-0. In the second half, the match continued at 150mph and Knockeart and Ulloa went close again but in the 77th minute Jamie Vardy found himself through on goal after a Okore mistake and Vardy made no mistake at all in making it 1-1.
This match was a joy to watch and the draw was warrented.
Villa then played Southampton and Agbonlahor got them on the way but it was going to be short lived as Wanyama, Pelle and Schneiderlain made sure that Villa's good form would end here.
Premier League Table
So Villa improve into 10th place with a game in hand and Swansea make the biggest step up the table this month but lets all feel sorry for Sunderland, TWELVE
games played and TWELVE
games lost. A -19 goal difference and surely they are going to be relegated this season because they really are rubbish.
Tottenham have got rid of the manager and one of the favourites for the job is Paul Lambert and Mark Hughes.
Villa Player Of The Month
Charles N'Zogbia has been outstanding
this month scoring 3 goals and creating 2 just to back it up. N'Zogbia is now finding his feet and can not wait to see him this month!