Sunday’s clash with Liverpool up at Anfield was even more frustrating for Aston Villa fans as we predictably fell to a 2-0 defeat.
The hosts barely made it into second gear and whilst our own performance was far from perfect, it was improved, we had greater chances to take the lead – and there certainly fans out there who feel it should’ve been three points in our direction.
But it wasn’t to be and we still only have two points to show for our efforts since the football fudge restarted, but we do remarkably continue to sit only one point from safety.
Speaking to the Official Site following the game, midfielder John McGinn was trying to remain positive.
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“Gutted about it, really. When you come here, you’re not going to dominate the ball – you’re going to sit off, take the pressure and try to create chances on the counter-attack. We did that, unfortunately we didn’t take the chances and we were punished in the end. The overall feeling is disappointment, but we can take the positives.”
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With Manchester United up next in Thursday clash, before we then head into what absolutely has to be a ‘must win’ game against Crystal Palace at the weekend, Meatball added.
“It doesn’t get easier, but we’re at home and the games get bigger and bigger. It’s up to us to puff our chest out and put in a similar performance but get three points. If we show the character, desire and grit in the final five games, then I’m sure we’ll be fine.”
The Birmingham Mail also have some interesting additional comments from him when it comes to the rule changes for the restart – and it seems he subtly agrees with most fans who think it does nothing more than favour and help protect the Sky top six.
“We can’t thank the guy who invented the five sub rule. It’s affected us twice. It’s up to us now to get the goals and create chances. It was similar against Chelsea, where we worked so hard to get in a winning position. We’ve got to be stronger obviously, but it does make the task harder. You’re coming to the champions, which is already an uphill task. But it does get tougher with that rule. It does make it a lot more difficult, but it’s the same for everyone.”
So much for ‘sporting integrity’ – but we knew that already.