Date: 9th April 2006 at 5:22pm
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We drew, the one point will do us much more use than the Baggies and that is basically that! You’ve got to say in the defence of the manager that we had a very inexperienced side out there with our central defence decimated – although you would never think that Gary Cahill was making his full debut (start) as he put Liam Ridgewell to shame. The lack of experience wasn’t helped by Lee Hendrie hobbling off after 30 odd minutes after he failed to recover from a horror tackle by Robinson.

So three years on from the departure of Graham Taylor and Villa find themselves in the same position – oh, by the way, if you want a sensible match report, go to the Vital Baggies site, Click Here! Where was I? Oh yes, three years on. Got to thank Ellis for bringing us to our knees, the squad is paper thin and that is testament to Ellis, as was the fact we were nearly 10 000 down on capacity for a local derby. You’ve got to doff your cap in the direction of O’Leary as well, he’s spent so much time misleading and moaning about the fans, that the fans have departed in greater numbers than usual. Basically the frustration is at boiling point and unless something happens in the summer, things aren’t going to get better.

If DOL stays, he needs to take lessons in pr and have some media training, if Ellis stays……..well, that is too depressing to even consider. The way O’Leary is talking, you can only assume he knows something and if he knows something and is speaking as he is (bear with me, there is a point here somewhere, just taking me some time to think what it is, I know it isn’t relating to the price of eggs, or sugarbags for that matter) then my guess is a new group might be coming and they have made some assurances to the current boss. The way the press, pundits and fans have turned, I’d suggest that would be a major mistake, but then again, I’m just a tate and lyle, so what do I know!?

As for the game, most people appear to consider WBA unlucky for not winning. I certainly think they shaded the first have and dominated the second but if they can’t put their chances away, they will find themselves in the Championship next season. It certainly seemed harsh that the ref – the ever useless Halsey – was on the side of Villa. I don’t know if replays will show otherwise, but if their first claim for a handball and penalty was frail, the second was a cast in iron pen. Sitting right by the benches our lot were laughing and Bryan Robson was going mad. I know who I felt the sorrier for. Maybe O’Leary IS a lucky manager after all, and lets face it, if we put in another tired display next week – especially if some of our injured players don’t return – then we have a very tall order to get something out of the more aggressive Small Heath derby.

As I said, most people thought the Baggies were unlucky, the fans I was with thought West Brom deserved the win, Ian Taylor/Tom Ross/Bomber Brown thought they deserved it, Bryan Robson certainly did. Only person who thought totally different that I’ve heard so far was David O’Leary. He said ‘anyone who thought Villa were fortunate is kidding themselves’. So, sugarbags one and all?

This is a mess, it needs to be sorted and for me the end of the season can’t come quick enough. I’d like two departures in the summer, Ellis and O’Leary, but would settle very nicely for the one – as long as it is the old man who is soooo over the hill it isn’t funny. He needs to see out his days at his lovely apartment in Majorca and leave Villa to people who are capable of doing more with it than letting it drift into mediocrity. DOL? He might get a stay of execution, although there was some scaffolding above the Holte End today, the people around me wondered if it was the gallows poll or whether the manager was going to be made to walk the plank. Can planks walk?

Player Ratings

average – flapped.

average – isn’t fully fit, hopefully a pre-season will help.

average – hasn’t come on at all.

great – didn’t look fazed and cleared off the line

average – looks tired.

good – looked up for it, then was up in the air, then he was injured. A season he’ll want to forget.

average – the lad looks shattered, great prospect still, could be a legend.

average – distribution awful, looked short of pace and tired.

good – this lad could be the real deal, just needs the confidence of a bit more experience, then he’ll take on the opposition defenders and run them ragged. Exciting prospect.

average – no supply.

average – no supply.

Gardner (on for Hendrie)
ok – needs time to settle.

Moore (on for Phillips)
ok – no supply.

Manager Rating
Got some work to do to win the fans, press and pundits around. From what people seem to be saying, it might be too late. If he stays, I hope he rams the words down the critics throats and does something impression. Hmmm.

Opponent Rating
Felt sorry for Bryan Robson. Not sure what else he can do, although I did agree with one caller to the Tom Ross show, who wondered why Kanu only came on with 10 mins to go when Campbell was so obviously knackered.

Random Feareo Thoughts!
No Angel on the bench, not sure if he was injured.

Funny moment: Jonathan Greening (he looks like the second coming) came over by me. I stood up and shouted ‘Jesus, it’s a miracle, I can walk’. You had to be there! 😉

One good thing about the football being so bad this season is that I’ve been able to take my knitting down and really get on with some work. So, awful football, but I’ve got a lovely scarf and a wonderful pom-pom hat.

All in all, I had a laugh today, more down to the people around me and the great people I talk to (I say talk to, I think they call it stalking) at half time. The football was average but the point did us far more good than the Baggies and another next week will mean we are safe. We are probably safe already, but football is a funny old game.


12 Replies to “WBA Bad Luck = Our Safety”

  • The only player i feel could have changed the match was Super Kev but he was so wasteful in front of goal it was unbelivable.

  • West Bromwich Albion moved to third from bottom in the Premiership table after a frustrating goalless draw at Aston Villa.

    The Baggies were by far the better side throughout the noon-hour Midlands derby clash, but the lack of a cutting edge meant a sh

  • Of course, it shouldn’t be forgotten how daft it is to have a kick-off at noon on a Sunday. Oh for the good old days…

  • Looks lik you lot are safe. I fear that birmingham and or west brom could still catch one of though (me being fulham). both sides need a win to kill of their hopes.

  • Ninety minutes that just about summed up the season. I left the ground thinking, Well we didnt lose, and then realised that that simple thought summed up what we’re all about right now.

  • We’ve scored in 3 and only 2 goals in our last 6 games. How are we going to win if we don’t score? The strikers do all of the running but get no supply to work on. May be this is a defenders version of attacking football? But then I’m probably a sugarbag.

  • The worrying bit is its difficult to tell whether its the supply, or if its the finishing.

    So many times Baros had the ball in a position where a true world class striker would have worked himself a chance.

  • We are more than fortunate to “have some points in the bag” I rewally wouldn’t fancy us in a real battle to be honest. Another point or two should be enough as Saturdays results went our way.

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