Aston Villa v Cardiff City Preview, written by Chris Austin
I didn’t watch much of the West Ham game due to other commitments on the day but what I was able to catch was, quite frankly, awful. All the encouraging signs from the game against Everton swept away over the course of a very dull match in which Villa just didn’t seem to ever get out of first gear.
The match stats tell the damning story, as Villa mustered a mere two attempts on target (albeit one against the bar). Fortunately, on the day, West Ham were largely just as dire and I’m sure anyone who bought a ticket for that match is still bemoaning the other things they could have done instead like paint the bedroom, sort through their old collection of Fangoria or watch that Kasparov vs Short chess match from 1988.
As we have to say though, onwards and upwards. We’re at home this weekend to newly promoted Cardiff City – a team that arguably should have been promoted years ago but kept underperforming when it mattered (sounds familiar) – who are coming off the back of a massive victory over Swansea City in the first ever Premier League confrontation between two Welsh clubs; suffice to say, confidence and spirits will be high in the Bluebirds camp (even though they wear red now… yeah, I dunno either…).
In the Villa camp, probably not so much; not after our performance against West Ham and our previous home match ending in a 2-0 defeat despite us actually dominating a decent amount of the game. At this point, you have to wonder where it is that Villa can go?
I’m sure we all have our own opinions about why Villa are currently so inconsistent whether it be Lambert’s tactics, too many youngsters and not enough experience, the players simply not being up to the task or a combination of all of the above plus other things like interference caused by the Lunar pull on the Earth. The truth of the matter is that we have shown that we are better than this. We’re not the best club in the league, that much is obvious, but we have shown that we can compete with them; so why are we so damn frustratingly confusing?
What we can be certain of is that we need to start scoring goals. It has been over six hours since Villa last scored in the Premier League. We also need to start winning games and with our dire record at home a win over Cardiff could be just the tonic but I don’t foresee this being an easy task.
Cardiff will be on a high and have a decent squad whereas with Villa it seems to depend which team turns up on the day; let’s hope it is the good one because we cannot afford to drop points. The run through to Christmas is vital for us not to be heading into the new year casting a wary glance at the price of pies at the Riverside Stadium.
We need more, AVFC; please give it to us.