Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread - Van Persieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
The dark Villa were just too brave for us tonight. Lambert mugged us right off, Lowton and Lichaj as the wing backs were unplayable at times. Holman was also good, but was massively helped by the gaping hole exposed by our central midfielders (if you can call Howson that) infront of our centre halves. Villa were generally very good in possesion because of these short comings. Benteke was ace and Leon Barnett couldn't handle him at all. Having said that, there is a rumour that the words 'Leon Barnett' might be added into the next English thesauras as an alternative to 'useless cunt'. Dozy fucker that can't pass a football, how are you a professional?
The two young lads at centre half for Villa, Baker (suprised he's shit with a name like that) and Clark, were a bit poor I must say, but at least you can put that down to a lack of experience unlike some of our lot. The fact that a mostly static Morison consistently beat the offside trap says a lot anyway. Darren Bent was pathetic, summed up by his weak effort in a one one one with Bunn early on. Seriously, Villa improved immensely when Weimann came on and replaced him. Get rid of that disinterested ex-scummer Lambert, you don't need him.
As for us, only Bassong came off looking good from our defence. Tidy and calm in possesion and usually the one to mop up Tierney/Barnett's mistakes. I'm not sure whether he makes our other defenders look shit or if they make him look good. Come back to me later on that one. Bunn in goal was okay and made a few decent stops, but he's really hesitant and I can't help feel that we wouldn't be conceeding so many goals (7 in 2 games) if big John Ruddy was in goal.
Talking of conceeding goals, the absence of Alex Tettey has really weakened our defence. If you're going to play deep and compact then you need a quality CDM. Bradley Johnson is okay but can't do it by himself, Howson on the other hand is just simply playing in the wrong position, as previously alluded to. Snodgrass was excellent, he created our best chances and worked hard defensively. His end product has improved immensely over the last few games. Pilkington on the other flank was a waste of a shirt, he needs a rest by the look of things. Our midfield looked really unbalanced without little Wes out there, that should be no suprise to anybody who has seen much of us.
Up front Holt was typical 'fatty Holt', put himself about and put loads of pressure on the Villa centre halves and keeper (Given was shakey as fuck with his kicking) but failed to actually get in the box. Still waiting for Grant to recover from his annual pre season blow out, looks like that hefty new contract has afforded him a few more eating luxuries. Steve Morison was either international class or sunday league, something that was entirely based on whether he was interested or not at any particular moment, the sulky fucker. The goal he scored was reminiscent of his form last October - January before he decided that he couldn't be fucking bothered. He was also unlucky to have a good finish in the second half ruled out for offside. In between that he missed a couple of sitters and also displayed the control of a goth in raised platforms playing with a beach ball.
To be honest we were decent for the first hour and created just as many chances as the opposition in what was a highly entertaining match. After the second goal we just crumbled, something that wouldn't have happened with real characters and leaders present such as Ruddy, Tettey and Hoolahan. What's more gauling than anything is that fucking Bradford are through to the semi finals. You just know that Villa will somehow draw them. Fuckin warz!
TL;DR: Lambert's still a tactical genius, our reserves are shit, Leon Barnett is on the Iain Dowie vibe, Darren Bent resembles a teenager with depression and I fucking wish we had Benteke.
Oh...and I still love Lambert, just a little bit.