If Gerard Houllier’s reign at Aston Villa amounts to trophies and great achievement, the moment it started might be recorded in an enforced substitution during an away game that we should have won.
Skipper Nigel Reo-Coker was forced off with injury and in his place came Ciaran Clark.
Not only was his consummate performance immediate in impact, he also joined fellow home grown players Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso in a team with attack inclinations.
In that moment, Houllier claimed a Class of 2010.
Whenever Villa had the ball, attack was on their mind. Ashley Young and Stewart Downing were always looking to break quickly and Villa should’ve wrapped the game long before Fulham claimed an undeserved equaliser.
The performance made mockery of our disappointing results on the road, and I’m convinced that will change over the coming away games.
Houllier’s on to something exciting