Rabbits Caught In Headlights…

Villa Away Aug 2010

Optimistic Times - Before Kick-off!

…That was our defence yesterday. We had no answer to the pace of Villa’s wingers. Winston Reid looked completely out of his depth at right back, but to be fair it isn’t his natural position and was his debut for us. It didn’t help him that he had Fauxbert in front of him and Tomkins alongside. Tomkins was also very poor and I’m beginning to think that he won’t make it at this level. Upson looked the same listless player that turned out for most of last season, and is far from his commanding best.

The rest of the team weren’t much better either. Our passing was poor in the first half particularly and Cole, Boa Morte and Faubert offered little threat up front. When we did get in to the Villa box, we seemed scared to shoot. We were very lucky to be only 2 goals down at half time.

The half time introduction of Piquionne and Barrera saw a distinct improvement as at last we began to string things together. Piquionne looked very lively and could perhaps teach Cole a thing or two about moving into space. Piq helped set up a great chance for Fauxbert, but he pulled it wide. A goal then could have changed the complexion of the game, but it was Villa who scored next. This caused us to revert back to our first half form and we could have conceded another 3 goals after that.

On the good side, not a lot but at least the travelling fans were in good voice for most of the afternoon, even though there was nothing on the pitch for us to sing about. Support for Green was excellent in view of his error in the World Cup, for which the Villa fans (and no doubt everyone else this season) were giving him plenty of abuse.

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