Date: 1st February 2013 at 11:46am
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villa2stoke1 says: ‘The record is there to be beaten’

This is my first post. I have followed the forum for a long time but have never been tempted to join in the happy banter until these last few weeks.

But I can no longer remain silent in the face of the appalling negativity of the comments I am reading from my fellow Villa fans. It’s time to bring some balance to the forum by pointing out that our club is on the threshold of a remarkable achievement.

First the bad news: even if we can extend our current winless streak to the end of the season – a feat not beyond us – we cannot beat Derby County’s superb lowest ever Premier League points total of 11 (2007-8). Nor can we set the lowest total for goals scored as we’ve already matched Derby’s total of 20, and Benteke and Andi do have an annoying habit of popping one in from time to time (so to speak).

But where we have a great chance is the highest number of goals conceded. This record is currently held by Swindon, at 100, but this was for a 42 game season. The best tally since the league was reduced in size is held by, yes, you’ve guessed it, Derby County at a mere 89.

My calculator tells me that we need only exceed an average of 3.14 goals conceded per game in the remainder of the season and we will set a new record. A tough target but one I think we can all agree is within the lads’ capability. We are much helped by Lerner’s and Lambert’s shrewdness in confining transfer-window activity to the purchase of an unknown 22 year old playing for the French equivalent of Barnsley.

It won’t be easy but, as Lambert says, the side must fight like hell. Fame is just around the corner. By the way, in case you’re wondering how Derby did in the Championship the year after their catastrophic Premier League season, they finished 18th. I don’t know whether we can take that as an indication of our prospects for next season .