Villa: From The Dumps To The Brink Of Greatness
Great Month For The Villans
Aston Villa had quite a up and down month in January, losing twice but winning three times in the month. Villa with new signings a plenty were always going to have to gel quickly but at times it didn't happen until suddenly it clicked in the matches against Manchester United and Charlton in the F.A Cup Forth Round.
So the first match in January was against a Watford side who were playing well but then so were Villa, hitting 15 goals in there last four matches, but the tide was turned this time as Watford ran out comfortable winners.
Troy Deeney got things under way in the 11th minute after great work on the left by Jose Holebas, who whipped in a cross of the highest quality for Deeney to beat Clark in the air and head a bullet header to make it 1-0 that Hahn had no chance with.
Troy Deeney was the match winner for Watford
If you think Watford's first was gret, there second was spectacular and Holebas was key to the move again as he played a wonderful 40 yard cross field ball to Deeney, who then with two touches laid the ball off to Cathcart, who smacked it first time into the net for a Real Madridesque move to make it 2-0 to Watford. They found it very comfortable for the whole match and Villa had a poor day at the office.
Aston Villa then needed to bounce back straight away in the F.A Cup 3rd Round against Swansea, a match that Niklas Bendtner started his first match for his new side and was actually the match winner, bagging a brace to defeat the Swans 3-1. It was Swansea who took the lead in the 33rd minute after Jack Cork ran onto a lovely weighted ball from Sigurossen and rounded Hahn to slot home and make it 1-0. Swansea should have made it two just minutes later after a sloppy back-pass by Ron Vlaar but Ayew couldn't capitalise.
Bendtner scored two goals in the 3-1 win and worked hard!
Just before half time however, Villa got an equaliser through Bendtner, on his debut and this goal was all about Veretout, who took on two players before he nutmeg Fernandez for the run of Bendtner (yes I said run!) and he slid it under the body of the on rushing Hahn to make it 1-1 just before half time.
Villa started the second half a lot more brighter than Swansea with Dembele going close after some good play by Bendtner again, and he got his reward in the 64th minute with a crisp headed goal to make it 2-1 and put Villa in control and they also controlled the match after that with shot after shot and were actually very wasteful so when Deeney broke the offside trap int he 80th minute it looked like Watford would salvage a point but his shot was very tame.
Then 8 minutes later it was game over as Sinclair drifted a cross over from the right and Gestede headed the third goal to give Villa a 4th round tie against Charlton.
On the back of there F.A Cup win, Villa traveled to Chelsea full of confidence but manager Steven Gerrard made a fatal mistake of trying to be too conservative and Chelsea took full advantage and within 8 minutes they were 2-0 up as Oscar and Pedro hit free kicks to give Chelsea an early 2-0 lead.
Villa did not learn though and Chelsea carried on threatening with Hazard and Costa going close as Villa continued to just efend too much. Diego Costa actually got his reward in the 31st minute when he broke the offside trap and chipped Hahn in the Villa goal to make it 3-0 and Villa were lucky to hold on until half time.
Dwight Gayle did get a consolation goal in the second but it was not enough and Villa will have to go and have a think about what they did wrong.
Aston Villa then smashed Manchester United, which was reported on before, then Villa played Charlton, which was a bit of a non game as Villa smashed four past The Addicks with Sinclair, Traore(x2) and Gayle hitting the goals to hand Villa a fifth round tie.
Wow, the result against Man Utd was absolutely amazing. We had a bad result against Chelsea and bounced back with the 5-0 victory against United. We hit a couple of road bumps but it all came right and we are still up there with a shot at the title. We have hit the 40 point barrier and that was the main aim first, now we can look up rather than worry about the relegation zone.
Premier League Table
Man City are still top by three points, with Chelsea trying to hunt them down in second and Spurs and Villa just behind.
Watford and Bournemouth are still having solid seasons along with Norwich with all three in mid table.
Stoke, Leicester and Everton are still in the relegation zone but Stoke look like there on there way down to the Championship.
Villa Player Of The Month
Jordan Amavi was the man this month! The left back bombed up and down the wing, making key interceptions and awesome crosses to assist with four goals this month but it is his work rate that stands out for us and we are sure it is going to continue.