Improvement or just Blind Faith?
Following wins over West Ham United, Reading and Queens Park Rangers, the Aston Villa faithful have found some new hope and belief that, not only can we stay in the Premiership this season, but we can improve next season with a few additions in the summer - but is this all just blind faith?
March 27th, 2013
Sam Alladyce and his West Ham side have had a decent first season back in the Premiership but their away record has been nothing short of woeful. A 2-1 victory was enough for the Villans to give them their first victory in 10 Premier League games. A 2-1 defeat away at Arsenal and then a 1-0 defeat to Champions Manchester City followed but the signs were there that improvement was starting to be made.
Two crucial ‘six-pointers’ beckoned against both Queens Park Rangers and Reading, with Villa supporters knowing that defeat to either could leave us in serious trouble. Paul Lambert’s men emerged victorious in both fixtures following a 2-1 win at Reading, before a 3-2 victory at Villa Park against Harry Redknapp’s team.
Not only are we picking up results against those around us, we are also playing some really good football – with certain players starting to really shine.
Christian Benteke was a £7.5million signing from Belguim outfit Genk and has gone on to score 17 goals this campaign – with 10 of them coming since the turn of the year.
Ashley Westwood was another signing – this time from lower league Crewe – but his passing accuracy is something that even the very best players are admiring. He walked away from the victory over Queens Park Rangers with 97% pass accuracy – eat your heart out Barcelona.
The question is though: will these players, these stats and even these results keep Aston Villa in the Premiership? As a Villa fan I sure hope so but I wont take anything for granted until we are mathematically safe from the drop. We all know that teams around us have the ability to string a few results together.
Lambert and his lions take on Liverpool this weekend as we look to pick up our first double victory of the season following the 3-1 victory at Anfield earlier in the summer. Despite the new found optimism, we must keep our feet firmly on the ground and realise that anything against Liverpool this weekend would be nothing more than a bonus.
It is the games against Sunderland, Fulham, Stoke and Wigan that will decide the fate of this famous club, and I just hope all Villa supporters realize this and stick firmly behind our team.