With Aston Villa’s eyes on tonight’s EFL Cup fourth round tie with Stoke City and a possible reunion with former skipper James Chester, Monday’s Premier League clash with Fulham is still a nice memory to reflect upon.
A far better performance with plenty of control saw Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings get on the scoresheet in the 3-0 victory and given many of us had highlighted it as a benchmark to last season – we passed with flying colours.
It bodes well for the future but the season won’t be a walk in the park, it is, however, nice to see BBC pundit Garth Crooks change his tune a little when it comes to a few of our players – let it start with Jack and Mings and he might notice a few others as well.
“Last week it was Tyrone Mings who was creating opportunities for his team-mates to score. This week he’s among the goalscorers himself. What Mings and Villa will value from their victory over Fulham is their second consecutive clean sheet. The defender has come a long way since his days at Ipswich and Bournemouth, and his signing is proving to be an inspired decision.”
“Jack is back. I said at the end of last season, when Villa achieved what seemed at one stage to be the impossible and stay in the Premier League, that he should move on. Well, he ignored my advice and remained at his boyhood club doing what he does best – helping his team win matches. The England international was instrumental in Villa’s victory over a Fulham side devoid of any defensive knowhow. The Cottagers cannot survive in this league if they continue to defend like this. What is more worrying, neither can Fulham boss Scotty Parker.”
It seems we might no longer be the easy pundit whipping boys!