Start of a Comeback
Aston Villa have finally gotten their first win in 11 Premier League matches, courtesy of a Wellington Nem
strike that saw them triumph over Queens Park Rangers 1-0.
Both sides played well but it was up to David Beckham
to rally his side at the half-time whistle. Villa players returned to the pitch, seemingly inspired by their manager's team talk at the halfway point. They played brilliantly, outclassing the opponents, and it was up to Nem to put away a shot after Darren Bent
played a perfect pass to the Brazilian.
It was thanks to QPR's Julio Cesar
that the London club conceded only a single goal, with the Rangers keeper saving shots from Bent, Gabby Agbonlahor
, Karim El Ahmadi
as well as a close range header from captain Ron Vlaar
It is a pleasing relief for Villa fans, as the the Lions move from 19th to 18th place in the table, just 1 point below 17th-placed Reading.
"I knew we could do it eventually," says Beckham. "We were perfect and played brilliantly in both attack and defense. I feel we could have scored more but I am content to settle for three points at the moment. Hopefully we can build on this win and keep it up."
The young manager specifically commended Ciaran Clark, who won the Man of the Match, on his performance.
"Ciaran was superb at the back and he is building up a formidable partnership with Ron (Vlaar). He is very important for Villa and he'll be much, much more important for us in the future."