yeah, whats with the ITV Spuds channel this year, instead of ITV4. wtf.
I don't think we will win today, but then I was sure we would lose to Man City, so there you go.
I hope Benteke gets a hat trick to show the spuds what they are missing. UTV
Line up:Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Kozak. Subs: Steer, Helenius, Sylla, Benteke, Bowery, Tonev, Lowton.
jammy goal, but we are playing with a big target man and not really giving him any crosses so we haven't threatened.
expect benteke on in the 2nd half, but I hope he isn't too rusty
Not great. We never do well on TV. And we never do well after internationals, breaks up the momentum. Hope we're up for the Everton match.
I do hope that for Everton, Westwood is dropped for Sylla.
Westwood seems to have be a similar boat to Lowton in that he is suffering from second season syndrome. He was at fault for bouth goals yesterday.
He should have closed down Townsend faster for the first, and should have dealt defensively with the second, either by putting the ball out of play when he had the chance, or by properly tracking Soldado when the danger was imminent.
I felt sorry for KEA, who was brought off, when Westwood was not playing well at all, and KEA i thought was actually teh one driving us on in midfield, along with a few sparks from Delph.
To be honest Umma I think that KEA and Westwood are too lightweight, for the few minutes after Benteke came on we looked as if we could do something, otherwise our midfield was poor without creation for the front men.
Having said that, did spuds really spend £100 m on that lot? If they did they have been done.
Although I was wet and fed up I still believe in what PL is doing but its all a bit slow, I would also like to see Sylia start
Some words from the Guardian
So Aston Villa's search for successive home Premier League wins in the same season goes on. August 2010 was the last time it happened. On the face of it there is no crime in being unable to beat Manchester City and Spurs back-to-back. But it was not so much the result against Spurs as the performance. Paul Lambert, the Villa manager, said: "I didn't think there was much in that." A personal view would be that Spurs were playing within themselves while Villa, until Christian Benteke came on, looked toothless and devoid of ideas. Look at the stats: Villa had 31% possession in the first half, a figure that increased to 37% come the end. In total Villa made 309 passes, Spurs made 532. Villa were the home team. It is hard to know what Villa's game plan is at times at Villa Park, where they so often struggle to impose themselves on opponents (we've debated the need for a 'No10' before). From the midfield trio through to the three up front, only Fabian Delph emerged with any credit against Spurs. There is no doubt that Lambert will not be impressed that André Villas-Boas, the Spurs manager, talked for the second time this season about Villa playing "long balls". Villa are not a team that bangs it aimlessly from back to front (not that AVB said they were). And there is no doubt they carry a real threat on the counter-attack. But is there another way of playing, that involves keeping the ball more, especially at home? Stuart James
Sylla ought to start. He'd give that bit more bite to midfield. Midfield is where the problem is, as it has been for the previous two seasons at least. We're better there than last year, but we need the strength to be able to play further up the field. Weimann and Benteke weren't too far off scoring; it was a game of few chances for either side and the conditions didn't help. But Spurs were the better side, if only because they put in a more balanced performance.
Weimann is f ing woeful. I have huge issues with him. I think Tonev deserves a run in that position.
I was seeing last night that Weimann's scoring ratio is 10 in 52 games. Some think that Gabby's is bad at 62 in 249, but Weimann's is worse....
I agree Weimann is not playing well but is it something to do with service? I think it probably is. If we fix the midfield then the front men have no excuse but you have to give them chances and sometimes a lot of chances to win a game.