Villans Make Improvement At Last
Aston Villa have endured a torrid start to the season, this season with losing to Swansea, Spurs and Man City (this month). They have turned it around this month though other than the defeat to Man City and it is down to the return of Salomon Rondon from injury.
I don't think people realise just how important Rondon is for Aston Villa, it is like what Steven Garrard was for Liverpool and also the same way as what Sir Alex Furguson was for Manchester United.
This month was all about Rondon, but also the emergence of wide midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, Aston Villa's record signing. De Bruyne has looked assured on and off the ball this month also contributing with two goals and three assists.
We start in the Europa League with the away trip to Anderlecht. Villa were coming into this match with a five match unbeaten run and this was never in doubt of being undone as Villa ran out very comfortable 1-0 victors.
Then back to the Premier League for Villa as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City in which a 606 caller called the Villans crap
. It was also the match that influential captain Rondon was out injured for the one match. Jordan Rhodes was the player to get the consolation goal for Aston Villa.
After the extremely poor display, Villa manager Paul McGrath called upon his troops to make amends against the bottom club of the league Queens Park Rangers on the Saturday daytime.
And make amends they did, as Salomon Rondon came back from injury to set two goals up as Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones scored the goals. The revelations though came after the match as Q.P.R manager Gustavo Poyet was fired immediately after the match. The Uruguayan did not even last one year in the role and becomes the forth
casualty in just four years at Q.P.R.
Villa then went into the Europa League unbeaten, to play Czech side Jablonec, who are a shock second in the table so Villa were not expecting an easy ride, but with Salomon Rondon in the starting line up, you just know that Villa are going to perform.
It was Rondon who got Villa off to a brilliant start in just the forth
minute with a crisp left footed drive into the bottom left hand corner. Jablonec though caused Villa problems in the first half as eighteen year old
Aston Villa target Rene Klimek fired a couple of great shots in, in which Bernd Leno, who has looked good since signing for The Villans got down well to save. But De Bruyne got the second in the twentieth
minute against the run of play.
The second half though was a breeze for The Villans. Rondon scored.............. again, immediately after the restart. It was great play by the impressive Scotsman Ryan Gauld to send Alex Sandro down the left, who whipped in an amazing cross for Rondon to head home. Jablonec still probed though as Travnik, Hubschman and Novak went close but Villa had the Czech side under control. Villa defended well for the last fifteen minutes to make it three out of three
Villa then travelled to Stoke for a tricky away game but with Villa playing very, very well they shot out of the blocks and scored both the goals inside 20 minutes. The first was ofcourse by Salomon Rondon again, but this time was from a free kick from all of 25 yards out and it was an absolute stunner
Villa's second was from a corner and with Niklas Sule playing very well this season, he got the goal that he deserved to give Villa a 2-0 victory.
Alex Sandro has played well this month for Villa
Aston Villa then went to The Riverside Stadium
to play a Middlesbrough side that started the season in the Championship very, very well. Manager Paul McGrath made two changes naming right back Sam Yates
, just sixteen years old
and nineteen year old
Nadir Flippelli in the starting line up an Middlesbrough gave The Villans a good game. Villa took the lead on the eighth minute through a Jason Steele own goal.
Middlesbrough then equalised through Parsyzek but it only lasted two minutes of being level as Rondon scored a 18 yard strike to make it 2-1. Villa had bossed the game but a rare break away for Boro gave Kyle Lafferty a one on one chance and he dispatched it to make it 2-2.
There was then a lull in proceedings and it looked as though we were heading to extra time. McGrath bought on 19 year old defender Mike Liversedge
and Brazilian striker Evandro
, 17 years old but it was a new signing who produced a bit of magic to win the match for Aston Villa.
Ryan Gauld picked the ball up on the left wing and took on five
Boro players and then hit a screaming left footed low drive into the right corner to destroy Middlesbrough confidence and unlucky day for the team from the north east.
Premier League Table
Manchester United are top of the tree with Spurs a shock second. Swansea, Everton and Cardiff are doing well but Villa are still under performing in eigth place but they are improving and that will please there fans. Q.P.R, who lost there manager this month are bottom along with Southampton and Brentford, but Brentford have started well in the League.
Europa League Group G
Aston Villa are almost secure in qualification and Jablonec are having a great European adventure in second place and are easily the second best side in the group as things stand.
Player Of The Month
This was an easy desicion this month, Kevin De Bruyne has been an imposing player this month and with him scoring and setting up goals, Villa fans are finally starting to see the player they paid so much money for.