New players often inspire the old players to give that little extra. It could also be that these new players we picked up on deadline day were part of a master plan. They could be the players needed to kick start our season.

Yes, I'm maybe getting overly optimistic, but what else do we have. I know, if it doesn't work today that we'll get the 'they need time to settle' and if they don't make an appearance that we'll have the 'the new players will be ready soon' line.

Either way, Everton are there for the taking today and just because Everton have only lost once at Goodison Park this season, doesn't mean that we cant make it twice. In ninety minutes, anything can happen.

And in fairness, we just need to keep the ball and keep the pressure on. If we go for this and go for it for the full ninety minutes, we could get something. Again; anything is possible in ninety minutes of football.

BBC stats

Not that I couldn't have figured these out myself, it was nice of the BBC to provide them. It makes for interesting reading.

  • Villa are winless in their last seven league matches, suffering five defeats and conceding 22 goals.
  • They have won five of their last 40 league matches.
  • Villa's overall tally of 20 points is their equal-lowest after 24 games of a top-flight season. In 1955-56, they had an identical record of four wins, eight draws and 12 defeats.
  • Paul Lambert's side have won just two points from losing positions this season, fewer than any other side.
  • The Villans have conceded a Premier League-high 46 goals.

Updates, prediction and team news

So, kick off is in three hours and when team news is out, it will get added and if you've got any interesting links please add them below, but I have an optimistic prediction for today and I think we'll get a point.

I also think it will be an interesting game. I think there will be goals and I wouldn't be surprised if there was more than one for each side, so I'm even predicting the final result today at 2-2. I know I'm getting carried away, but we've got to look for positives.

Damian
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Damian started The Villa Blog as a passion project quite a few years ago while he was living in South Africa. Now living in Sweden, it continues. He's originally from Chasetown and grew up when supporting Villa meant there was a real chance of silverware at the start of every season.
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  • Guest - Poppycock

    Taglor
    This is the 21st century so obviously some of us are modern day fans that's just the way t is. It not to say that we are wrong just different.

  • Taglor, I suggest u don't address me because after this post I refuse to acknowledge you.

  • Poppycock, the encouraging thing is that Clark learned. We'll see how he copes v West Ham

  • Thanks poppycock for your support, appreciate it.

  • Guest - fleet74

    I didn't expect to get anything from Everton away I'm happy with a point shame other results didn't go our way our luck has to change keep the faith !!!!

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Our players are not good enough to man-mark, so why do we persist with this. If we have enough tall players in the squad now, surely it would make more sense to switch to zonal marking - it can't be as bad as what we are on set pieces right now.

    Bahama,
    we are now starting to drift away - West Ham is a must win game just to stay in touch with the rest. The points are primary the performance is secondary...

  • We would of took a draw at the start of the game. Were we are left fustrated is we done better than expected and didn't know what to do with it. One goal lead I would understand the nerves but a two goal lead would and should relax you more. The only worry as jcv has said even if we stay up we might lose our best players and it might be even worse next season

  • MON, not sure we are being cut adrift. But yes, WH is a must win game. These are the teams we need to pick up points again. They're a poor mans Everton so crossed fingers.

    I've been a villa supporter all my life. Don't know what I'll do if we go down.

  • Guest - fleet74

    If we are going to let's go with a fight I thought we did o.k today only Chelsea have got a win at Everton that was a good result bring on west ham!

  • Guest - vancouvervillan

    Far more telling & shocking than Cypriot's "exclusive story" we are all still waiting for :)
    was the info i read earlier on here that this year the parachute payments for being relegated with the new TV deal go up, someone stated earlier that the payments are going up to 25 mil per season for 4 years, (up till now it was only 12 m per season for 4 years, so a 100% rise).

    If this turns out to be true ?
    Then as far as i am concerned the cat is out of the bag !, its disgusting, this is what is happening to our great club the owner wants us down, which is why he did not invest this window and clearly wants us in the championship.
    Again if this is true, when we go down Randy will be guaranteed 100 mil spread over 4 years, plus what he will receive for selling off our best/most promising players, think about it, as well as the wage savings this will mean he can recoup nearly all the money he has invested over the last 5 years without any further investment or associated risk. The alternative is to try to gain the extra 60 m for staying up, but that would require investment, he can be sure of the 100 mil " parachute" without any further investment at all, I was previously struggling to understand the business sense of us going down until i read this, now it seems to give a clearer reason what is happening.

    Regardless of what your think of the team or the current manager, if the parachute payment increase is true, this could well be the reason we are being sold down the river folks !
    :(:(:(

  • Guest - Bdk

    **** lambert n **** all u lambert lovers, he's **** n now u all know it but still find it hard to admit it, be careful what u wish for ( that's what they say right ) now u got what u wanted, and look what's happen , look where we are now!...... Happy!........ Yeah right!

  • Mon451
    the problem is we are playing better playing away then home, yes WH is a must win but so was Wigan, Southampton and necastle. Hopefuly going foward we can get something because the second half against necastle and today we really looked good going foward but only if can sort out the defending

  • vancouver, yes the parachute payments might go up. But each PL club gets £70 milion more next season. We'll be in big trouble if we go down.

  • Like I said. Don't give into the hysteria of some on here. I'm staying here because I don't want this blog to descend into tyranny. I respect people's opinions. For example expat and jcv have always put their points across in a good manner, and I applaud that, even if that means I don't really agree with what they always say. But that's cool. I just find it very distasteful when people post on here and criticise the manager using all words sundry. This is not all Lambert's fault, it's Lerner's fault. Remember that. Stick together.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Lerner out.
    Get the bannners out

  • Guest - potts

    i think big sams game plan will be plenty of width ,and plant andy carroll in our box

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Bring back Doug Ellis.
    Thats how ridiculous things have got under this utter **** of an owner.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Bahama we are three points adrift of safety - effectively four with our goal difference. Our next three games are:
    West Ham -h;
    Arsenal - a;
    M.City - h;
    so we could well and truly be sitting bottom 5/6 points adrift if we don't win.

  • potts, it'll be exactly how Everton played us today. The test against West Ham won't be as stern. But they will be tough because of the threat from set pieces. We need to win it.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    West Ham will tear our **** defense apart

  • Bring back Doug, I've read stories where the coaches kept breaking down under Doug! All was not well.

  • Guest - vancouvervillan

    If my theory on parachute payments is correct, and we do end up going down this year, we will be in trouble for several years unless we get a new owner. It does explain why we did not invest which i think is what everyone cannot understand.
    Things are not looking good short or long term, even more reason to get behind the team and hope we can stay up.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    ive seen teams break down under this **** of an owner never mind coaches
    you do realise we actually had a better squad in 2005/6 than we actually do now!

  • MON, no doubt. We are 3 points off safety. But we aren't cut adrift yet. We need to win against West Ham. If we lose I think that'll be it.

    On another note, Mcleish might be resigning from Forest...

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Bahama,

    okay, so you say the manager should not be blamed. So, do you think it is not justified criticism of a manager that has broken all records under the sun for the wrong reasons, spent 25 million in a season and won only 4 games?

    For my benefit, please explain to me what I am missing and what he offers?

  • vancouver, but that's it. It doesn't make sense. If Lerner spent 20 million I think we'd be ok. We'd still be better off because the 70 million extra is huge. But he refused to do it. It doesn't make sense. I don't think they know what they are doing. Either that, or Lerner is broke. After a divorce and failed malls, he very well might be.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Mcleish might be resigning from Forest...


    Hes been badly let down by a sham of a board at Forrest over transfers....
    sounds eerily familiar?

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Yes McLeish, the manager so highly regarded by [Get Well Stan. Good to see he moved on to things much better to prove his pedigree...

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Get the banners out.

    LERNER OUT

  • MON, I said this before. He came to the club as an arrogant up-and-coming manager. He thought he could do a Norwich here. He can't. He met with Lerner and the remit was to cut the wage bill and sign cheaper players. He did that. It hasn't worked out. Yes, he is to blame somewhat. But how did we let a manager who only has 1 year experience in the PL completely gut the side and sign players with no PL experience? There should have been a DofF in there.

    Lets not forget, the rot has been there for 3 years. Started with Houllier, continued with Mcleish and now it looks like we are in trouble with Lambert. You don't give someone £20 million to rebuild a side.

  • LOL. Was Mcleish let down by transfers? All of his signings have been flops...Jenas, N'Zog, Hutton, Given, etc etc. He was part of the problem.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    was talking about Forrest not us.

  • MON, just to reiterate, I do see what you are saying. I just can't see how anyone else can do a better job and I do feel that Lambert could have had more help. You can see in his face he's doing everything he can. I do like the guy. Even if we go down, he'll be staying. Like it or not, he's here to stay.

  • Doug, 'eerily familiar'. Depends on what you mean by that..

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Lambert has take some blame but its our utter **** owner who is really to blame.
    Him not making any funds available in January was irresponsible , stupid and retarded.
    Lerner needs to **** off ASAP. Our board are beyond just stupid . They are dangerous.

  • Guest - dubvilla

    I reckon this whole season is some kinda sick bisness deal thatfat fk and randy came upwith. Were headn down no dought about it. Think about it. Learners a bisness man. Villas only a name to him. Fat boy has messed about the past 5 6 years. Lost **** loadsof money. Now he's come up with this new idea. Cuts out big money signing ' big wages' andy gets nearly alhis mmoney back fat boy keeps sucking and keeps his job.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    LERNER OUT.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Bahama, I agree he tried to do a Norwich, but the problem is it's far more difficult to do a Norwich when sitting in the top tier.
    He tried to do to much to soon.

    On top of that, I don't think he has had to deal with large a transfer budget in one season - he probably did not get this amount in all his time at Norwich. I also think he under estimated the job in hand.

    The previous rot is not an excuse for the debacle that has gone on this season. He had a whole summer and a tour to the US to evaluate. He has also spent 25 million, probably on of the highest spenders in the bottom half of the table, so again, am much as I can not stand Lerner and think he is useless owner - I can not blame him for not providing funds to Lambert.

    Yes the wage has to be cut, but we are in the same position as many teams in the premiership.

    Why has he not included Ireland and played Bent more?

    I actually do think we may get better, especially if this new guy can actually play, but that is a big if, and frankly it may be to late.

  • Guest - B6 villa

    On anther note maybe we bought the wrong spurs player in that townsend look good for qpr today

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    i'll tell you why he hasn't played Bent more
    We sold Bent's supply in Ashley Young & Downing and never properly replaced them.
    and don't try and tell me N'Zogbia is any good at crossing !
    So Bent unless is having service provided on a plate for him to finish he is next to useless as we have seen in the games where he has started under Lambert.
    Hence Bent doesn't start many games.

    As for Stephen Ireland he epitomises all thats **** about football. Utter ****** who laughs when are we are losing in games on the bench , ridiculously inconsistent dickhead who no actual manager signed or wanted. Faulkner signed him NOT O'Neill btw.

    Why on earth should Lambert be starting him again?

  • Guest - potts

    billybob and the fat contoller will not get a( d of f.) they have no interest in football ,av is a business and we are the customers, plus a (d fo f) may question there decisions. they only want yes men

  • MON,

    No, I do agree with you. He did try too much too soon. He probs goes to bed at night regretting that. But, he didn't spend £25 million. Think it was £23 million, plus the £3 million recouped from the Collins sale.

    Ireland hasn't played because he is useless. I don't want to see him on the pitch. I feel Ahmadi and Westwood are better! I honestly do. Bent just doesn't fit in the side. He never looks like he can be arsed. I love the Benteke signing. And I like Weimann's work rate too.

    On the new guy - Sylla - he did look out of his depth today. Not expecting big things.

    What we do know - Lambert has said he doesn't have big money to spend. I think he's frustrated. When you have a young manager, he'll make mistakes and you need to help him out. Spending £1.75 million on a player is a joke. We should have spent at least £10 million. So it is all Randy's fault.

    I'm backing the manager and players because otherwise we are down. We as fans need to back them. I'm actually really worried by our current predicament. But we have to believe. It's painful for all of us.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Bahama,
    if we go down and he stays, it says a lot about our club and Lerner and where our future ambitions.

    Everyone talks about doing a Newcastle, but look at Wolves. They lost their key players and have struggled.

    It's not guaranteed that we will come back up, for every Newcastle their is a Wolves, Blackburn, Forrest, Clowns...

    For me, if we get relegated then he needs to go - simple as that, he has failed. I'm sure he will stay on, because he be grateful that he could not get a chairman and ceo as dumb as Lerner and Faulkner and has bought into the idea and got a job for life...

  • MON, Hmmmm.

    Not sure we can get much better and I can see what he's trying to do. He's got no support. Look at Benteke. He's been a great signing. We should be signing players for £5-7 million, rather than £2-3 million.

    I'll stand by it. I like Lambert. I think we can get out of this mess. People will criticise me for saying this. But my thinking is we have to back the team otherwise we are buggered. And I agree, if we go down, we are screwed. No one knows what will happen then.

    At the end of the day, we are all disillusioned by Lerner. But we have to back the players in the games.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Bahama,

    it was quoted 23 million before the Winter transfer window. If you now include the new purchase of 2 million, then that pushes the figure to 25 million for the season.

    As for Bent, sure he does not fit into the team style, but surely he should have utilized him and sold him in this transfer window if he is not going to play him?

    How much do you think he will be worth when we are in the championship and he has not played him?

    It's all about getting a good return on the clubs investment. I mean not playing Bent or Ireland has not exactly turned our results around right?

    Like I said the other day - A good manager makes a good team; a bad team does not make a bad manager...

  • MON,

    Lambert tried to sell him. Stoke were interested. THe fact is no one wants to buy him because of his stupid wages. It's a stupid situation and all Faulkner's fault for sanctioning the wages.

    Ok, so £24.75 million minus £3 million. SO £21.75 million?

    Like I said, I agree with much of what you have to say. All I'm suggesting is we back the manager and team for the rest of the season, otherwise we'll go down. I'll be the first one to admit I'll be distraught if we go down. And I do think that's a very real possibility. If we stay up, it's a miracle.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Can anyone please try to rationally explain or excuse why we did nothing about our defense in January window??

  • Guest - potts

    re relegation ithink most teams who go down have to cut cost and have a fire sale but i think newcastle pretty much kept ther squad intacked and came back up

  • potts, and that's what we need to do aswell. We got Benteke for 5 yrs. Don't sell him. The PL is worth so much more.

    Ugh. This is such a bad situation. I've never contemplated us going down. Makes me feel so down.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    Bahama,

    when Lambert became our manager - not my first choice and I was not happy - but learned to live with it and give him my support. In return I would have expected some return back.

    I also said when he was buying these players that a manager will live or die by his signings. Lambert has up to now clearly been exposed by his signings because most are simply not good enough.

    At the end of the day, 25 million in transfer funds ifor a season is a reasonable by Lerners standards, and more than any of our relegation rivals have spent.

    Their wage bill is on lower and at the best on par with ours..

    Nope, if we go down you can only really point the finger at the manager and the players who were given a chance...

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