Aston Villa's fantastic win against title-chasing Chelsea was bigger than just three points to supporters of the Claret and Blue faithful; as it showed by the celebrations in the Holte End when Fabian Delph scored the only goal of the game.
March 20th, 2014
Even Match of the Day – who tend to side with the big clubs – noticed as the commentator said: “Look at the Holte End, LISTEN to the Holte End.”
It was the first time in 70 matches that Villa managed back-to-back home league wins and ended a top flight record that nobody wanted.
With Stoke City coming up this weekend it is a very real possibility that Paul Lambert’s team could make it three wins on the trot which would surely secure Villa’s 23-year stay in the Premiership.
Those of a Chelsea persuasion might feel hard done by, with many of them claiming that both their goal and the Willian sending off were harsh – but were they really?
The goal was clearly a handball; regardless of it being harsh or not – it’s handball. I could possibly see why they would see Willian’s red card as being harsh but it was a foul, and did it really have much of an impact on the game?
Jose’s men had a lot of the ball without ever really looking like scoring. I could be wrong but I don’t remember Brad Guzan having to make a single save.
Then came the goal – and a very magical one from a player who maybe should have been considered by Roy Hodgson for his England squads in the past.
As the game come to an unsavoury end following a disgusting challenge from Ramires, taunts of ‘You’re not special any more’ rang down from the Holte End.
Many Villa fans went back to local bars to enjoy the victory as it felt like something had lifted that evening inside Villa Park. There was a sense of relief as the players showed just what we all know they are capable of.
It is in fact only one victory (well two if you include the 4-1 win over Norwich the week before) but for the first time in a very long time we felt like Aston Villa Football Club again. Let’s just hope this is the beginning of a new positive era.