Date: 6th April 2014 at 1:01pm
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Pre-match:

I’ve been saying it all week. Fulham have a -27GD on the road overall and -42GD overall. If we can’t beat these then Lambert should be fired by cannon into a primordial swamp. He should then be bombarded with solar radiation until he mutates into an actual manager capable of setting up a team to beat a Fulham side with a -27GD on the road and a -42GD overall.

I don’t have any fears of relegation given the dreadful fixtures awaiting both Sunderland and Norwich. I think the final relegation place will be between Fulham and Norwich, who play each other next week. Still, this season has been a disaster both on and off the field at Villa Park, hasn’t it? Added to the continuing absence of the much lauded Jores Okore 7m rated Libor Kozak and long lost friend Charles N’Zogbia, is the talismanic Christian Benteke, now out with a torn Achilles heel, one of thee worst injuries in modern football. A clean break of the ankle would have been better. Just ask N’Zogbia, who has been out for 9 months with the same injury. If he’s back before Christmas we will be lucky. It’s awful news for Christian and the club. We wish him all the best in his recovery.

That is not the end of this afternoons doom roster. Local boy Agbonlahor is out with a bug, along with engine house El Ahmadi who has not recovered from the thigh strain he picked up against Stoke. Delph is also out. The bare bones then.

Into this mix step Fulham with their away sell out and their much rated demon headmaster, Felix Magath. Fulham played very well against Everton last week and do not look like a team at the bottom of the table. Let’s hope that Lambert counters this with the hunger of academy youth, giving Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson game time. If ever there was a time for youth promotion it is now.

When team news comes in on Twatter we are on the train to Aston. Collective sighs around the carriage. Holt is in, as is Bennett, Albrighton and Baker. The formation is hard to guess. It looks like a 4-4-2 or is it 4-3-3? Bennett at LB with Bertrand at LM with Albrighton at RM and Lowton at RB. Bacuna at CM with Westwood?When we take out seats and the teams set up it’s hard to work out. There’s a gulf of space between Baker and Vlaar. Could be 2 at the back or is it 3 at the back with Bennet pushing up? Either way it’s a mess with players out of their natural position. This begs a question: are our champions League winning U21’s, part of our award winning top rated academy, not good enough to fill in for a game? Really Paul. What message does this send to Daniel Johnson and Callum Robinson who have only made the bench?

Man in the middle Michael Oliver checks his watch and we are under way. Come on you Villa boys!

Match:

Words almost fail me so this will be short. Awful defending for the second goal. For the umpteenth game in a row the ball is in the air for aeons, there is no touch tight marking in the box, no headed clearance, allowing Holtby to knock it across for Rodallega. The same mistake again and again, with players confused and in unnatural positions. How many times must we do this? Where is the corrective work at Bodymoor Heath? Lambert can complain all he wants but it is his responsibility to ensure that we at least do the basic things right. Can you imagine a Tony Pulis team doing this – failing to clear an aerial ball that has spent ten years sailing through the football clouds?

Grant Holt, pilloried by Villa fans prior to his start was, along with Albrighton, excellent. Not bad a for an on loan championship pie man. A completely professional, committed display from an experienced pro. Sign him up.

Weimann ran round like a headless chicken and Nathan Baker was confused as to what team he was playing for. Best goal line clearance ever from Matthew Lowton. Lambert then did his best to muck it up further with some woeful substitutions. The cheap additions of Tonev and Bowery are apparently better than any of our academy players. At full time, Aston Villa 1-2 Team with a now -41GD.

Post Match:

I can’t even console myself with a pint anymore. It’s soda water for me. And what a sad, miserable glass of soda water it is. Their is an air of disbelief in here, with myself and Button checking the upcoming fixtures of the bottom four clubs. We think we’re pretty much safe but still, what an awful end to a difficult, injury ravaged season. No progress here. In fact, looking worse than last year at the moment with Paul Lambert having taken the record for the most defeats in a season. A look up on the big screen tells me that Palace have thumped trap-door bound Cardiff 3-0.

Boy, am I going to need all my energy for our trip next week; all my heart and song yet at the moment I’m close to a tear or two, soppy dieting bugger that I am. You win Paul, we are truly dreadful.

See you all at Palace. UTV

 

16 Replies to “Grizzly: Fulham Home”

  • ‘Touch tight marking’? That was Lamberts explanation in interview for Fulham’s second – don’t go there Grizzley. And no I would not sign up Holt, as he would be picked ahead of the academy players you were suggesting (quite rightly imho) should be getti

  • As always a great report Grizzly but there is an error:

    The attendance was 33,532 and not 35,532

    But fully agree with the despairing tone,we have the 7th highest wage bill but constantly concerned with relegation. We do not owe Lambert anything,six

  • When things get difficult good managers adapt their tactics to suit the players available. Lambert picked 11 seemingly at random and then tried to force them into a 433. Bertrand in central midfield? Madness. The man has lost the plot and I can only assum

  • Lambert want be sacked he will still be are manger come the start of next season! God help us.

  • When and where are you doing the shooting from the cannon Grizzly so we can all help?

  • Thank you Grizzly. As Pride notes, you deserve a medal: having to witness that match in person and then still have to write about it. It was all I could take just listening to it.

  • I’ve seen some inept performances this year but this sadly topped them all. Fulham are/were bottom for a reason and yet we continue to look like school kids at the simple basics. Most of these players aren’t fit to lace the boots of some of the players

  • Just watched the match, loads of chances created but as usual our defence
    was terrible. I don’t see anyone in defence that is PL standard and that
    includes Vlaar. Relegation is now a serious worry and if that happens the
    chance of getting back up wil

  • As I said in the forum been searching for that cannon everywhere Grizz. Cant see anything ahead but more reports like this and more pain for you in writing them.

  • When I saw the line up I just sat there shaking my head thinking that anyone brave enough to attend this game should be allowed in for free. Fulham were bad but were even worse. Where in hell did Lambert think we were going to have the supply and finishin

  • Reiterating the comments above me – Grizzly: you deserve an award for your continued support and loyalty in these very bad times, if I had a supporter of a year award I’d hand it over! This result was probably one of the lowest points I’ve had as a suppor

  • Lamberk back to Norwich, Sid to step up last few games. Couldn’t be any worse…

  • I will tell you now: no matter how much the fans huff and puff, I very much doubt that Lambert will be going anywhere for now. Torrid display yet again at Villa Park and while I am not making excuses, it has to be said that we had 4 first team players mis

  • I agree Tekkers, for all of PL’s ineptness, we’ve had it horrible as far as injuries are concerned, our 2 biggest summer signings Okore and Kozak didn’t even manage 20 appearances between them. Okore looked great in the small amount of time we saw him and

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