The points are welcome and the result was delightful and unexpected BUT ..........
Man City should have won at a canter. It was a freakish result. We will NOT have that kind of rub of the green again this season. We had no quality and in honesty, the performance was as bad as it was against Spurs - we just had the 'rub of the green'. We have a VERY long way to go. We are playing unattractive, long ball football too.
On the plus side, we DO have desire, drive and effort.
actually Lionbrad, Man City, while dominating possession, created very little.
The two goals they scored came from set pieces (something that you can criticise if you want, as Lambert NEEDS to fix this, it has been over a year now that he has been in charge and we are still crap at defending them).
Man City had 20 shots - about normal for City, but they only got 7 on target.
We had 4 shots on target, from 13 attempts. Yes we should expect more - but we were up against one of the best teams in the league.
Indeed our shot accuracy was higher than theirs - 57.1 percent compared to 46.7 percent, and this, without, arguably, our two best strikers.
We set up in a system - hoping to block out Man City - especially down the centre of the pitch - and it worked. Lambert should be applauded for that.
We won 87.5 percent of our attempted tackles, compared to City's 74.1 percent. Not bad defending in my opinion.
Yes, we road our luck, and yes, on another day it might have been different - but that is an if.
The reality is that we beat City - fair and square - and all this with our two most effective front players missing, as well as our most important passer of the ball, Westwood.
Also the long ball accusation is an interesting one.
Supposedly we played 273 passes, of which 17.6 percent were long.
City played 551 passes, of which 8.9 percent were long. That seems about right, no? I mean they are a good team.
Do we play more long ball than other teams in the league? The short answer is on this weekend evidence, we are one of the highest long ball merchants - but then again - look at who we were playing.
West Brom played 16.8 % long
Fulham played 17.1 % long
Hull played 16.6 % long
Crystal Place played 14.8 % long
Tottenham played 15.2 % long (!)
Chelsea played 13.4 % long (!)
but most interestingly of stats about long ball tactics. If you go back to the game when Cardiff beat Man City in Cardiff, surprisingly 3-2 as well. What were there long ball stats?
Cardiff played 18.2 % of their passes long.
Oh and also Lionbrad, i forgot to mention that we are the third highest scorers in the Premier League.
Only Arsenal and Man City have scored more than us. Not too shabby really is it?
We certainly have a vibrancy and desire about our play that we haven't seen for a long time. One thing Villa are not is a pushover.
I just wish we had more quality though and that the product was more attractive. I'd be happy with 10th-12th this season, with a bit more possession and a bit more quality of passing.
Lambert IS a good manager.
A fantastic result, full of desire and passion. Long Ball?
I don't care, Weimanns goal, route one, but if you watch closely it was no accident. Guzan had the ball and was looking to throw it out to a defender, but then he saw that Kozak and Weimann were pushed up on the 2 City defenders and calling for a long ball. The ball fell perfectly (probably good that Kozak missed it) and Weimann was onto it like a shot.
I'm not getting carried away, we will have good days and bad, but spirit and passion will do me every time. The players running over to the bench after each goal spoke volumes to me and the shot of Weimann saluting the Holte End.....priceless!!
We have played 4 of the top 6 and won 2. Now we need to win games that we are expected to win, dare I say like next week.
Fingers crossed UTV!!