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McGrath in a Topsy-Turvy month
In a somewhat interesting month for Aston Villa there were some great results and some absolutely shocking results so lets get to the reporting.
West Ham were first up at Villa Park and with The Villans losing 3-1 to Southampton the game before this was a big match so when West Ham's Mouro Zarate scored in the 43rd minute to make it 2-0 to the Hammers, Villa looked down and out but Jack Grealish who was harshly relegated to the bench was to come on at half time. The first West Ham goal was scored by Enner Valencia with a crisp drive from about 10 yards.
The second half though was like a different game! It took just 3 minutes for Grealish to deliver a cross for Luc Castaignos to head home and suddenly the Villa Fans were sensing they could get something here. Benteke then went close after Jordan Graham and Tom Cleverley interacted well but they did not have to wait for long for the equaliser.
Jack Grealish played a neat one-two with Gino Peruzzi and he then skinned 3 players and smashed it home into the roff of the net with Adrian standing no chance! and Villa had salvaged a decent draw.
Next up was Man City, who had beat Villa earlier on this season in the Capital One Cup 5-3 and who woul dhave though it would have happened again but this time Villa made the brighter start.
Weimann, in for Benteke and Agbonlahor, who had been quiet of late combined to win a corner. From the resulting corner it hit Steven Jovetic and bounced in for an own goal and Villa were leading. Then Tom Cleverley, Manchester United man doubled the lead for the Villans with a stunning 25 yard smacker that Hart stood there and admired as it hit the net and surely a shock was on the cards now!
Well it wasn't because 3 minutes later Andriy Yarmolenko got one back and then Jovetic struck 3 minutes after that to make it back at 2-2 and Villa were at 6's and 7's again. They could not even catch there breath and they were 3-2 down! As in the 37th minute Sergio Aguero piled on the misery for Paul McGrath and his boys by heading home to make it 3-2. If you thought it was over for the half well Man City had other ideas as on the 43rd minute Aguero got his second and Man City's forth goal to send a dejected Villa into the changing room wonder what had hit them.
In the second half Agbonlahor got one back for 4-3 and Villa were throwing the kitchen sink at City but then as you attack more the counter attack becomes important and when City broke it was 6 against 2 including the keeper so there was only going to be one outcome and Jovetic got his second and City won 5-3 again.
Then Villa went to White hart lane and in a word got spanked
. It was 3-0 and Harry Kane was the Hat-trick hero and to be quite honest if it was not for Guzan who was winning his 100th Villa appearance it should have been more.
Then followed a fantastic 5-4 victory against Q.P.R and the performance of Weimann and Grealish was incredible. They covered literally every single blade of grass and worked tirelessly, they scored two between them and set up the other three for Castaignos (2) and N'Zogbia (1). Yes Q.P.R scored 4 but this was the most comfortable 5-4 you will ever see and Rangers played there part but this was all about Weimann and Grealish!
It is a shame the next performance was utterly rubbish. Hull totally romped away to a very comfortable 2-0 victory so we move onto the Newcastle match and this was also a absolute classic!
Benteke got the game off to a flying start with a slying header but Newcastle, who have been scoring for fun hit back through Siem De Jong and then took the lead when Gouffran headed home a Jack Colbeck free kick. Libor Kozak, selected from the start for the first time this season got through on goal and made it 2-2 just before half time in what was already a stunning match.
Then in the second half it was like Newcastle had forgot to come out because Villa were pushing forward and dominating and there domination paid off when Jordan Graham struck immediately after the break with a corking volley after good work by the ever reliable Tom Cleverley. Newcastle made it 3-3 through De Jong again. Then Villa did not look back, they made it 4-3 in the 55th minute when Castaignos, bought on for the impressive Kozak scored with a low shot and then one minute later made it 5-3 with a header and Villa were coasting.
Newcastle got themselves back in it when De Jong grabbed a hat-trick to make it 5-4 and even if they lost would take the match ball at least but Benteke installed the 6-4 lead with a bullet header and Newcastle scored on the death for a massive 6-5 result and one that Villa desperately needed.
Samuel Eto'o then destroyed Villa in the last game of the month by bagging the only two goals in the game for the mightily impressive Toffees.
Player Of The Month
Jack Grealish is sweeping up all these monthly awards and was not only Villa's player of the month but also the Premier League's Young Player Of The Month. He has looked good on the ball and off it and is always finding that space and also interchanges well with Agbonlahor, Weimann or Graham but is definitely a first team starter now.
Premier League Table
At the top Chelsea now have a 5 point gap over Man Utd and a 12 point gap over Man City. Mark Hughes and Stoke are up to the dizzy heights of 4th.
Aston Villa are in 13th and that is where you would expect them and they are 14 points clear of Burnley in 18th place. they are joined in the relegation zone by Crystal Palace and Sunderland who have been been awful this season.
The takeover has NOT
happened and the offer has been withdrew but Lerner said there is a chance that the group of business men will come back in with a better offer but said that Paul McGrath will have no funds to strengthen this January.
World Golden Ball
Cristiano Ronaldo has beat Lionel Messi to the World Golden Ball award. The Portugese midfielder got 443 voting points compared to Messi's 306 with Thomas Muller a long way off in third place.
It means that Ronaldo has now won the award for two years running and will look to try and make it three next year.