Villa: From The Dumps To The Brink Of Greatness
Aston Villa had what can only be described as a shocking month in which they failed to win one single game. The first match was the killer for the Villans this month when Villa took on Spursat White Hart Lane, they set out defensively to soak up the pressure and hit Spurs on the break.
In the 37th minute Adama Traore shot clear to score a fantastic counter attack goal and make it 1-0. Now you would think that Spurs would throw everything at The Villans but this did not happen and Villa looked comfortable towards the end of the first half and beginning of the second half. Richards and Dendocker were immense at the back and Villa had it under control until the 4th added minute of the 3 minutes added on when midfielder Christian Erikssen went over very easily in the box and shockingly a penalty was given. The Villa defenders surrounded Jon Moss to remonstrate but the decision stood and Korean Son Heung-Min slotted away the penalty,which turned into the last kick of the match to give Spurs, what is a lucky 1-1 draw.
Erikssen went down way to easily
Then Villa, who must have had a hangover because of that result against Spurs because they then played a Sunderland side who were inept of any confidence but completely crumbled and on the stroke of half time an own goal from Micah Richards gave Sunderland the lead and it is understood that Steven Gerrard went mad in the changing room.
Things did not improve however and Sunderland, through Jermain Defoe peppered Hahn's goal and if it was not for him,Defoe would have had five goals. Seb Larssen got the winner for Sunderland to give Villa manager Steven Gerrard a big headache.
Next up was a Capital One Cup clash with Welsh side Cardiff City and this was a drab, dire match with little or no chances at all. Cardiff worked there socks off for there manager Russell Slade and only 9,045 people turned up as the match went to penalties.
Fabio missed the first penalty for Cardiff with Jordan Ayew scoring for Villa, then penalties from Malone, Manga, Dikgacoi, Mason and Gunnarson then scored for Cardiff with Carroll, Gil, Traore and Dendoncker with Richards missing his penalty. So up stepped Vertout, who smashed the ball home to put the pressure on Ameobi to keep Cardiff in the match, but he missed and Villa went sailing through.
Finally was the West Ham match this month, a match that Villa should have really won too. They started brightly enough but it was West Ham who struck first with Victor Moses striking a quite brilliant free kick. Aston Villa though did not crumble this time, and when Scott Sinclair found himself one on one he was took down and won a penalty in which he converted himself.
Villa though were only level for a grand total of seven minutes when a mistake from Veretout allowed Diafra Sakho to score West Ham's second goal of the game with a simple finish. Aston Villa and referee's got worseafter half time when Jack Grealish crossed into the box for Gayle to put away but the goal was deemed offside even though replays show he was at least 2 yards on side.
Moses grabbed a goal on the way to a 3-1 victory for West Ham
To compound Villa's misery, West Ham got a third in time added on to make it West Ham 3 - 1 Aston Villa and I for sure would not have wanted to be Gerrard's Villa side.
I am so pissed off with my team at the moment, it has been a disaster month for us but atleast we defeated Cardiff in the cup. There have been a few bright sparks this month, but not many and I have also read them all the riot act after each game this month. I feel that Jordan Veretout and Jordan Ayew have come out of this month with a lot of respect and credit. But the rest of my squad need to book there bloody ideas up before they get sold!
Man City are still top with United in second place, Bournemouth are the shock side early on this season, lying in 6th place with Southampton and Leicester just behind them. Stoke are still yet to score a point, with Palace and Swansea in the bottom three too. Then there are just two points covering 6th place to 17th place in the table.
Based on the poor performance this month there are no Villa player of the month awards.