I couldn’t write this immediately after the game. I’m sure you can understand why, What a travesty. It was a game we did not deserve to lose and could so easily have won if we had put away just a couple of the myriad of chances that came our way.
As you may have come to realise I am not a huge Lucas Neill fan, but we cannot blame him for their fluke of a goal. There’s nothing he or Robert Green could have done.
We mustn’t get downhearted. We were better than the team which now sits in third place in the league. How did we get nothing out of this game? Easy. We just can’t score. Bellamy put in his best performance of the season and created havoc in the Villa defence, but his strike partner had several excellent chances, each of which he contrived to spurn.
Defensively they never really troubled us. Even on the odd occasion they got through, we survived. Davenport was immense, in particular.
But I still think that it is in midfield where we have the problem. Al four players are good players, but essentially they all play in the same position. None of them are natural wide players and none of them are playmakers.
Scott Parker had his worst ever 45 minutes for us and he was rightfully subbed. But instead of bringing on a wide player (there weren’t any on the bench) Zola replaced him with Mullins – and then Bowyer came on later for the ever busy Behrami.
Tristan came on too late to really do any damage and Freddie Sears wasn’t even in the squad. I hope Cole is rested against Portsmouth and that Tristan starts.