Date: 2nd September 2007 at 7:40pm
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Heroic performance, don’t care about the possession that the London play boys had, they were shut out where it mattered and only managed two shots on target the whole game.

I thought there were some very special performances today, not least by the Villa crowd who were awesome throughout and mostly forgot about that local team just up the road instead supporting the mighty claret and blue vocally all game. Even the commentator said how fantastic this old stadium of ours is when it is full (not sold out though which is mystifying) and rocking with noise.

I must be allergic to Chelsea, this is the third game in as many years I’ve missed due to ill health and I virtually never miss a game. Totally gutted not to have been amongst the noise today but I still kicked every ball and sung every song from my sofa!

What more do you have to say? Some truly outstanding performances, an attacking formation from the start and with Nigel Hokey Cokey and Gareth Barry in the centre of midfield, with Stiliyan Petrov confined to the bench, we looked far more solid. Ashley Young on the left and Gabby on the right worked out well and Luke Moore quite rightly got the start he deserved. All this and we still have seen very little from big John Carew, once he starts to get rocking as well, this team could be very dangerous indeed. As Big Dion Dublin, a guest of Sky today said, JC plays too deep and doesn’t terrorise defenders the way the old fashioned centre forwards like him, Shearer, Ferguson and Sutton used to. Maybe one for Carew to note? That said, John Terry really should be buying Carew some flowers or chocolates as he obviously took quite a shine to the striker the amount of times he tried to take his top off.

Chelsea, before today, had only lost 1 game in 32. ONE in 32.

The confidence this win will give our young players will be a major shot in the arm, now we can look forward to playing the likes of Manchester City, Everton, Spurs and West Ham without a shadow of doubt that we can beat them.

Ok, this was just one game, so was the Fulham match before it, but these games are what last season we were drawing, we weren’t that far off Europe if not for the draws last year, so this year – as long as injuries are kind to us (as we still do have far too small a squad – as we all know!) – we could push on and then attract even higher quality to Villa Park next summer (noooooo, don’t start talking about another transfer window I hear you cry!)

Today is simply for enjoying and savouring. Villa showed battle, bottle and some class today, something we haven’t seen at Villa Park for many a long season. Could we just be starting to believe?

Match stats: Click Here

And yes, I know I might be getting a bit carried away with the ratings!

Player Ratings

Scott Carson 7
Barely had to do anything, but should be England No1, far better than Fatty Robinson at can’t hold on to a lead Spurs.

Wilfred Bouma 8

Olof Mellberg 8
Solid but not pleased about the lack of a beard! What right-back problem! ;-p

Martin Laursen 10
World class, got beaten a couple of times by the pace of Wright-Phillips but who wouldn’t be? First to every header and tackle.

Zat Knight 8
Solid, what a debut, what a goal, bet he won’t come down from cloud nine for weeks, mind you, at 6’5′ maybe he always has his head in the clouds.

Gabby Agbonlahor 8
So close to scoring in the first half with a lovely turn and volley and lovely goal in the second half. Looked better on the wing today than he did last season.

Ashley Young 9
Given the choice between him and SWP, I’d take Young. That said, given the choice, I’d take both!

Gareth Barry 10
A real captains performance, think some people miss the quality of his passing, was involved everywhere it mattered.

Nigel Hokey Cokey 8
hard in the tackles, up and down the pitch, leading by example and vocally. Top signing who will only get better with time.

Luke Moore 7
Deserved to start and got well stuck in.

John Carew 5.5
Really not threatening and although John Terry wanted his shirt all afternoon, he is big enough and strong enough to shrug him off. Needs to play higher up the pitch to get some chances. Needs a goal anyway he can get one to boost the confidence and hopefully set him off. I don’t think he has a Prem goal yet does he? It’ll come.

Petrov (on for John Carew)
nearly cost a goal giving the ball away but not on long enough to really rate, did try to get forward.
Doug Ellis 10. Played a blinder. Roman Abramovich stormed off before the final whistle like a sulky toddler, who was there to greet him as he stropped off? Doug with a big smile on his face, sticking his hand out to shake Romans. If only at the last minute he’d pulled his hand away it would have been a great moment!!!

Manager Rating
Martin O’Neill. Taken the moans and knocks about the transfer window and rammed the words back down fans throats, which is exactly what every fan wanted him to do. Great attacking formation, long may it last. Maybe in January he’ll get the right-back he wants and hopefully we’ll attract a top class striker, then we really could be in business. Oh, and great to see the long ball tactics consigned to the dustbin.

Opponent Rating
Jose Mourinho. Used to really like this bloke but once again after the game he proved himself without any class or sportsmanship just moaning that they deserved something out of the game. Tough luck Mourwhingio. Nice suit though!


55 Replies to “Villa Beat Chelsea 2-0”

  • Mr Fear – i hope you weren’t suffering from a migraine! Our shirts would certainly not have helped you 🙂

  • Carew has not done it for me this season and we look far better without Petrov in Centre Midfield,Martin Laursen is a legend remember it looked like his carrer might have been finished after his injury against Chelsea in the WC now he gets man of the match against them.

  • when your honours can match ours we may consider achieving something again, however we will have a long wait for you to catch us up… good luck for the rest of the season 🙂

  • merlin perenial under-achievers 2-0 club falling apart at the seams.
    Please be gracious enough to allow us to have our moment in the limelight, I know it hurts but please just this once stand back and keep quiet. Great Result, everyone will be quick to point out its only one game, got to start from somewhere.

  • Laursen was absolutely awesome this afternoon. A special mention should go to us holteenders as well. The place was rocking.

  • Have to say as much as I love GB thought he had one of his quieter games. Swap his 10 for NRC’s 8 and I’ll agree with yer ratings!

  • nah, shut up col 8 take a compliment when it comes out way. Cheers merlin. And to be fair to morinho he could have come out and said “WE PLAYED TERRIBLY AND VILLA WERE LUCKY” but what he actually said was “WE played well yet Villa still beat us.” So basically lads, we just beat Chelsea at their best. Off to get more drunk…

  • Sorry, I only read the player ratings, have just read the whole article and you do mention the crowd. Nice one, it was awesome to be at Villa Park today.

  • It?s ok Merlin, an eye for an eye and all that… talking of which did Drogba find his eye after it was ruthlessly stabbed out by the physio? I hope so, otherwise he may not be able to see those long balls drop out of the sky in the future.

  • Right up there with one of the best games I have been to today.There are 8 of us and we were practically giving piggy backs when Gabby scored.Here, here for Laursen.OUTSTANDING.When he wrestled Drogba, when he got through and still managed to get the ball clear after he went to the floor.That guy should be knighted…no wait a minute..hold the McGregor statue fund, I have a new man that needs to be cast in Bronze! have at last a man who could equal your god like status.Absolutely that is why I have a season ticket…who’s next?

  • Superb win and one I doubt few of us expected.

    A huge improvement over last season, its the sort of game we would have conceded late on.

    Just the performance and result to set us up for the rest of the season, lets keep praying the injuries stay away

  • Im on such a high, what a fantastic game, every single player gave it their all. Im happily celebrating the win, got my villa shirt on, and my massive villa flag wrapped around my shoulders! So proud of the boys, crowd were great, holte enders in the sky……. UP THE VILLA!!

  • Had to wear sunglasses Merlin, made me feel queazy (is that how you spell that?!) Got to be amongst the worst shirts in the Prem? Behind that horrible navy blue rubbish at Man Utd mind you. See, I am in touch with my feminine side…! Must admit today might give our lot the confidence they need to at least aim for Europe and go on a good cup run.

  • i think you are being harsh on carew. he held the ball up well and rarely gave it away. cant say he had a great game but he was decent. he’s done well at villa – apart from the important element, scoring goals, but i feel his game helps that of agbonlahor and young

  • what a performance!!! must say i completely disagree deano 4 a change thought barry was absolutely immense hardly losing a ball whole match with such classy passing and ball control alongside reo coker who covered every blade,put the other 9 alongside them and finally we can say we have a team 2 be proud of!! where are all the doom and gloom merchants now im wondering??? also what was that about zat knight during the week??? bit bemusing and silly now to look back on i wouldve said,some supporters will never change!!! so proud of my team today it is just beyond words! UTV

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