West Bromwich Albion 0 - Aston Villa 3
Well that all felt a bit pointless and almost secondary to VAR which stole the show.
I even thought the penalty was ropey.
Not much to say about the match.
We looked like a load of tippy tappy footballers playing king ball for the first 30, defended quite well for the next 50 and then fell to pieces when we gambled to score in the last 10.
The goal after 5 was pathetic. Block the cross. Track the man. As good as SJ has been his massive Achilles Heel is balls like that on his 6 yard line. Come and get it and clear out anyone in your way. We need him to learn that, it’s cost us so many crucial goals already.
Can’t really blame Allardyce for his lineup or subs because he’ll need a few games to work out Grant is miles off it and Austin is finished, but we don’t really have a forward who can play his way. Until Gallagher dropped deep when Livermore was sent off our system and style made him anonymous to our cost, and Diangana physically couldn’t cope with what was being asked of him - at one point having a ball smashed at him in his face.
Not great but I couldn’t ever really envisage a bounce when the styles are so different. Oh Slav, why couldn’t you have been just a bit more pragmatic? Just played 4-5-1 and stayed in games because everything else was there. Style of play, passion, desire, honesty, attracting players, giving youth a chance, improving individuals. And now we’re left with an absent owner, a wideboy director of football with an ego even wider, an inexperienced and woefully under qualified CEO and a head coach whose own enormous ego and arrogance is the last vessel available for us to board that might still sail us away from the choppy waters that threaten our existence let alone premier league survival I’d happily live without.
Ah well. It’s not like we have anything else to worry about.
I think we were beaten by the better side tonight but our performance was abysmal. Even 11 v 11 we were second best. I think Livermore actually scooped the ball and barely touched Grealish but in this day and age it was always likely to get a red. The tackle on Diangana was far more damaging but of course that's not going to be looked at because it's WBA. After that it was just damage limitation.
I actually don't think our defence is the major problem, yes we've shipped a lot of goals but we've played a lot of minutes with 10 men. We can't keep the ball in the opponents half and have no goal threat consequently we are always defending.
We've had Pulis, Pardew now Allardyce all totally uninspiring. It's going to be a long season and looking at big Sam's game plan and substitutions I don't expect it to be very entertaining.
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