McGrath: We Look Unbeatable!
Aston Villa have always been the club this season who have flattered to deceive. They have the players who can perform to the standard needed to be a top club but this season they have been iffy
to say the least.
That changed this month as the young side, captained by the old guy Ron Vlaar rolled over two big sides and almost got a result against Spurs. We improved so much this month and in Jack (Grealish), Kevin (Volland), Mason (Bennett) and Dorin (Rotariu) I believe that we have the most exciting youngsters in the Premier League. It has took a change in formation for us, switching to three at the back, but we now have competition all over the pitch and although I will be looking to offload upto 6 players in the summer, I will only be looking to replace them with 3 players. Two youngsters and a marque signing.
The month started off with a bang against Manchester City. City's manager Unai Emery stated that a deal had been done to transfer Fernando to Villa at the end of the season, something McGrath completely denied. Villa though wanted the win so much more than Manchester City. Captain Ron Vlaar got the Villans off to an amazing start with a pile-driver of a free kick to make it 1-0. It was nothing more than Villa deserved, playing on the counter attack with Agbonlahor pulling the strings up top and Grealish and Volland looking unstoppable they went into the interval 2-0 up when Grealish connect with a through ball by Agbonlahor.
Gabby Agbonlahor has been unlucky to miss out on England caps this season but has been knocking on the door of Roy Hodgson's preliminary squad for the European Championships being played all over Europe. in the second half Man City got a lucky goal and Grealish finished them off for a mighty impressive 3-1 victory with a goal from behind the half way line as Hart had come up for the corner and Villa broke fast.
Now in other months a fantastic result against Man city would mean a awful result in the next game but this did not happen this time despite Villa shaking a little. Delph got Villa rocking on the 25th minute with a 25 yard cracker of a goal, But in the second half Austin hit two goals in 8 minutes to put the hosts 2-1 up but this Villa side has a new found belief and Volland who come on for Rotariu equalisered in the 65th minute with a goal of the highest of quality. He round 3 defenders, played a 1-2 with Benteleb and drilled it into the bottom left hand corner. Villa were completely on top and Q.P.R got deeper and deeper until it backfired in the 80th minute as Grealish taking a rare free kick bent it around the wall and in off the post. Villa had 2 wins in a row for the first time since they defeated Wigan and Stoke 3 months ago.
They made it 3 in a row though with a 2-0 demolition of Liverpool. Liverpool, who are either great or absolutely awful were the latter one here as they allowed Vlaar to score a flying headed goal from a Volland corner and Bennett got his first goal for the club in the second half of the match with a sublime give and go with Castaignos and the chip over Mignolet was exquisite.
Vlaar scores vs Liverpool
Bennett, who is a new signing at Villa also picked up the man of the match award and he was all over the pitch in this one, given free reign to go and cause carnage and is already becoming a big hit with the fans.
Aston Villa had the chance to go a month totally unbeaten, all that was standing in there way were Tottenham and in this match they were fantastic again. Jack Grealish was rested for Dorin Rotariu much to the dismay of Villa fans but it proved to be a brilliant decision along with Mason Bennett starting again. It was Tottenham however that had the first chance with Icardi firing into the chest of Marek Rodek.
At half time it was 0-0, but a good game for 0-0 but it needed a goal and just after the hour Villa fans got what they wanted through Romanian wonderkid Dorin Rotariu. It was great play by Delph and Cleverley, who have a great understanding in the middle of the park. With Yohann Cabaye out injured they have made him not be missed at all. It was Cleverley who spotted Rotariu storming past the defence and with a lofted ball perfectly into his feet he rounded the keeper and slotted it into the net.
Then Bennett missed when it was easier to score and Cleverley hit the bar while Icardi was proving to be a threat for Spurs and the fact Villa could not close out the game proved to haunt them in the 89th minute when the tireless Icardi got his reward for a fine game with a solo effort to save Spurs' blushes.
It is Chelsea's title to throw away now as they are 6 goals clear of United and 3 points ahead, so they only now have to draw to win the title. Man Utd are confirmed atleast 2nd place with Everton and Man City getting the champions league places.
Arsenal will have to reflect on a awful season in the end because they were top at Christmas but only end up 5th but 11 points behind Chelsea which for fans of The Gunners is unacceptable.
Aston Villa, with a game in hand are looking to finish 10th and that would be a great season for The Villans. They should be able to overhaul Newcastle and if Stoke and Q.P.R falter they could 8th or 9th.
The relegation scrap is also enthralling, with Southampton now amazingly close to the great escape, with Charlton slipping into the zone and Hull are almost certainly doomed. Forest are now safe so it will either be Leicester, Southampton, Charlton or Hull to go down this season.
Villa Player Of The Month
Grealish celebrated the Villa Player Of The Month by signing a 5 year £41,000 a week deal
This was simple because Jack Grealish could also become the Premier League Young Player Of The Year and will also be favourite for Villa Player Of The Year. What a month he has had, he scored the winner on a couple of occasions but the fact he is a local boy, coming through the ranks at Villa and is now a Irish international, he will be one of the important players as Villa move on up throughout the seasons.