“I thought we played excellent, I really did”
After providing updates on the game last night, I was pleased come the end of the game to get the victory against a team that has been playing competitive football for a decent period now. Having checked the Union website, I was also pleased to see that in the past few years, Philadelphia have a very good record in these ‘international friendlies’ and have beaten Celtic, Everton and Schalke 04 amongst others. So all in all a pretty decent result.
It seems they played a number of their younger players alongside more established players, so much like ourselves really. I listened to the game on AVTV and we seemed really good in the first half, going close on a number of occasions before the Fonz scored a few minutes before half time. The second half was a lot more disjointed with all the subs, as you’d expect and the Union came back into it but we held on.
All in all a very encouraging outing, and another worthwhile exercise. Lambert and Delfouneso have shared their thoughts on the Union website, and here is a little bit of what they had to say:
“The fans are very vocal. They’re behind their team. I thought we played excellent, I really did, considering that we’ve only played two games. It was an excellent match between the two teams, a great place to play football.”
“You can tell they’re a good side. The crowd gets right behind them. It certainly helps them. It’s a tight football pitch, which is tough for us. But it was a really tough game for us because we’re only two weeks into the preseason. And Philadelphia have played a lot of games. From that aspect, they might have been viewed to win the game. But it was some really good football from us.”
“It was a really good atmosphere, I think we fully enjoyed it. There was a nice bit of banter, the cheers and whatnot. I was impressed with the turnout, and with the Villa fans’ turnout as well. We’ve got to be thankful for that as well. I enjoyed it, it was a good experience and we’ve got two more games to experience more of it.”
So overall a very good workout. From what I gather Lambert was back prowling the touchline and barking orders and this is exactly what I want to see. It’s hard to pick standouts from listening to commentary, but it seems the Fonz was the pick of the strikers, and by all accounts scored a very good goal. Ian Taylor picked out El Ahmadi, Holman and Ireland as doing well, and this is once again encouraging.
Again without seeing it it’s hard to comment on shape etc, but from what I gathered we were quite narrow, especially first half with lots of interchanging, a common occurrence for Lambert sides. Our next game is fast approaching, so let’s hope we continue our promising start to the Lambert reign.