Well, it was just one of those days. We didn't play for a draw but we never really threatened, but that isn't because of lack of effort. You could even say the final result was predictable.

But, we are trying to play football the right way and we look so much better playing four at the back and maybe with Vlaar in the team the result would have been different. Maybe not.

But we are back in the bottom three and there are only eleven games to go. Things are looking desperate and we're now starting to rely on results going our way as well as hoping we get lucky. Not a nice place to be.

But and I need to stress this, we do want to play the right way, it's just maybe the quality of player we have are not ready for it yet. I'm not saying they wont one day be ready but they're not all ready yet.

Bottom three

And this is going to become a theme over the next few weeks because the truth is we've dug this hole for ourselves and even decided to jump in and make it our home.

We also took a holiday during January when we could have strengthened and instead decided not to. If we dont get out of this mess we have nobody else to blame.

Manchester City up next. Who fancies our chances?

The players

Guzan, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lowton, N'Zogbia (Dawkins - 82' ), Westwood (El Ahmadi - 72' ), Delph, Gabby, Benteke and Weimann.

Author: Damian
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 - ftkv

    the bottom line - a few hundred will make no difference
    The modern day fan hsd no substance
    Lets hope we get under 10k season ticket holders next season
    the Yank will have 1000s of excuses blame everyone else

    but watch this fans relpy to season ticket renewal
    or this fans Rant

    No matter if you rant or can be poetic there is an option

  • Protesting will carry no weight with these people, however withhold money by not going then that may spark a response. He wont listen to songs and name calling.

  • Guest - ftkv

    it does look like our front line next season will be Gabby & bowery

  • I also think the media exposure of very low gates would carry more weight than a few anti Lerner songs.

  • Guest - ftkv

    He wont listen to songs and name calling

    If the circus song re randy echoed around the ground every week there would be a response
    No one No One likes insults and will react. An Egotistical prick like lerner buying the club due to us having a royal fan would be ripped apart
    Diminishing gates will just cause the cloth to be cut until its gone
    We are going to the wall bring it on we can rebuild something that cannot happen with Lerner

    Mike Ashley is a bushinessman that knows what he is doing a self made billionaire our clown is the exact opposite

  • Guest - potts


    i think you are right but christ are we in trouble gabby / bowrey would struggle in the blue square .unless thats what we are building for ,can you imagine it learner sells the stadium name so it would be aston villa v ebbsfleet united at the poundland park

  • If the circus song re randy echoed around the ground every week there would be a response

    That maybe the case if he was here at every game but not when he is always in the States. He does not care a stuff about fans, about what they think or about what they sing, neither does he care who they sing about.

  • Show him a balance sheet or some gate receipts and watch him sh*t his brick.

  • Guest - ftkv

    LOW Gates cannot really happen as most season ticket holders will attend
    if we can get them to support the team and rip into lerner at the end result
    He knows he cannot get fans back fans staying away does not help the club
    Mass exodus does

    We have to make him want to sell but keep our fans

  • Guest - ftkv

    But windy all i ask is for fans to do something
    You are doing that by not renewing so Great

  • Guest - Rocco

    Is it me or are we actually trying to destroy ourselves from the inside ??

    Everything this club could do to shoot themselves in the foot it would do, right from the top it's just been one cock up after another

  • (ftkv): I understand what you mean its just the scale of protest needs to be very high in order to get a response, these people are spin kings and PR experts they will make any negative look like a positive unless its beyond argument. I could see them calling anti -Lerner songs a term of endearment.

  • Guest - ftkv

    anyone watched the browns fan renewal
    i thought it was great possibly on here last year

  • jcv: will he not get more for us as a PL club than he will if we are relegated?

  • Guest - ftkv

    We know in the end not enough fans will either protest or stay away
    we can only dream and try
    He will not be able to take out 12m each year in management fees in the championship or force us to pay back the loan
    He will not be able to rebuild us
    strewth the prem is a huge meal ticket and it not that difficult to be a mid table side
    Miss management and gross negligence with his boom or bust $ has cripples us nothing else

  • (ftkv): he will have his £12m from the parachute payment the managers budget will suffer again.

  • Guest - ftkv

    I think Given Bent Ireland ......... with swallow up the parachute CB AW will help pay for last seasons transfers
    He will be sweating how his trust will be repaid no prem payments, no players worth anything what a loser its like brewsters millions Yet he still has millions to loose

    oh well fed up of signing in and out still on naughty list i think

  • Guest - ftkv

    JCV What we dont want is too loose fans
    They will find better things to do
    We need fans to be there and fight for our club
    Get that frustration out is like scoring a goal it emotion passion something seriously missing all be it the wrong sort but it can unite

  • Everyone who is calling for protests, I completely agree with, but wait until we are mathematically down/or safe. Then boycott a game, stay outside, inform the press, call for Lerner to sell up, but don't do it until then. It would serve no purpose. Just because the majority of fans are still trying to encourage the team, why "shame on you" we all want what's best for AVFC.
    Look at the press ATM trying to turn the heads of players like Weimann/Benteke. Do you think their minds are on their jobs . They need to hear encouragement from the fans, not booing or shouting for Lambert /Lerner out. They need to know we are behind them.
    I am a STH of 4 seats. I protested about the McCleish appt by not going after the Xmas break, but my 4seats were still counted in the attendance numbers, as is every STH whether they attend or not. Give it a rest, getting on other fans backs, just because they are not protesting at this moment. It will happen when the times right.

  • Protesting is a personal thing , people spend hard earned cash on season tickets and dont want to throw them down the drain matchday ticket purchasers though will I am sure stay away. I think RL is very thick skinned he has probably faced this and more when he owned the Cleveland Browns I dont personally think anything will faze him, poor ST sales for next season though just might.

  • Guest - Rocco


    Your so right about him pulling the plug,
    isn't it ironic that 125 years ago on saturday we or to be specific William Mcgregor wrote a letter to 12 clubs asking them to form the league which years later became the richest of all the leagues in the world, I said earlier that we are doing our best to destroy ourselves from the inside, piss poor decisions from piss poor management who clearly have lost their villa mojo,

    I wish Lerner and his spineless side kick could take a leaf out of mcgregor s book and lead from the front

  • jcv
    Apart from the last few seasons when we've been in the sh1t, when have you known fans to clap when we've lost apart from when they played fantastic and didn't deserve to lose.
    I just don't sit there like a fu***ng muppet and yes I agree something has gone wrong with football, but its not the normal fan, it's money, and corporate hospitality, sky.
    Footballs too expensive now for the ordinary man but I bet if we are relegated you won't see much corporate entertaining done down there.

  • poppycock: a lot of the neauvous rich in football only want to see Man U, Man City etc, they are not really interested in Villa its just a way of getting to see the perceived "big teams", the ordinary working man is now pretty much priced out of football. I was in Berkshire this last weekend I was going to take my Wife to see Reading and Wigan (spy on the enemy) but the cheapest tickets were £37 each. There are already empty seats at many grounds is it any wonder why?

  • Problem is all the money that comes into the clubs goes into the players pockets, they now have to try to re-coup more from fans, I hope one day that a club goes under (as long it is not us) it may be a wake up call to all of football, this poncing around with Portsmouth gets on my nerves, just let them go, greed has got them in the sh*te they are in, it serves them right.

  • Guest - Mihesh (Newcastle fan)

    hey guys, I've been posting on here every now and then because of my best friend who is a Villa fan. It's sickening that Lerner wasn't more pro-active in January and for me he is the problem. Lambert is a decent manager as his record at Norwich would suggest; he's been let down by the board who didn't allow him to bring in some much needed quality. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Villa boast a strike force that most teams would love;I hope and reckon you guys will survive. An attacking trio of Benteke, Weimann and Gabby along with Ireland and N'zogbia to provide the ammunition is full of goals.

  • Guest - ftkv

    clap when we even lose.something has gone wrong with football.

    JCV Poppy you are so correct
    Its great that family's come to games
    But my other hobby horse kin seats have killed the game, yes seats for us older farts but standing singing jupping around made the atmosphere and it breaks my heart never to have it a again i have memories but a goldfish has a better memoryspan the me

    I hope one day that a club goes under

    you dont get much bigger than rangers fkin FA SKY Bosman & Agents

  • Guest - ftkv

    Good luck you have a bright future
    Great fans & City, Clever owner and some purchases how do you pull them off
    You made a mess of the summer after letting players go and not strengthening but your club has a winner in charge what a difference to our clown randy
    I wish loopy loo had not let him out of the box

  • Guest - Mihesh (Newcastle fan)

    jcv, a fair few toon fans are bitter about that day but as far as I'm concerned, we were a shambles on and off the pitch and deserved to go down. Relegation really could go either way and there are no guarantees whatsoever; we were lucky in the sense that we kept most of the team who were ashamed and wanted to atone. It would be unthinkable for Villa just like it was for us.

  • jcv
    No offence taken mate. I think you're right about Sky wanting a Super Euro league with the top teams from each country and I still think it might happen eventually.
    I think Lerner is committing suicide with this strategy of his. If we are relegated how many seats will be empty? Corporate will disappear. Will he still get Sky money?. OK he'll save a lot on wages from the poor sods that will lose their jobs, but that must be peanuts in the overall scale of things. Does anyone know what he stands to lose if we drop out of the PL?

  • Guest - ftkv

    bloody hell JCV
    i had not seen your posts SKY then mihesh im gone

  • Guest - Mihesh (Newcastle fan)

    Thanks fktv, same goes for Birmingham; a proper football city with passionate fans. I'm stunned as to how we've attracted some of the players we have done but my concern is we can't offer European football. Chances are we'll be used as a stepping stone to bigger and better things and to be honest; who can blame them?

  • Guest - Mihesh

    Benteke has surely been one of the finds of the season? How much did Villa pay for him again? He would easily be first choice striker for most premier league teams. I like the look of Weimann, also what's happened to Albrighton these days? He looked like a good prospect

  • Guest - Mihesh

    haha jcv, you know what I'm getting at. Am I right in thinking that most inner city people are Birmingham fans and people on the outskirts are Villa fans?

  • Guest - beamo

    Chanting 'Lerner Out' /'Faulkner Out' or whatever won't make a jot of difference. Randolph doesn't even bother to attend nowadays, so whats the point. I also wonder what the overall point of AVFC as an entity is, we don't aim to compete, we don't have any ambition, we have no leadership or direction, the chairman is silent and so on.
    Look at it this way, fans are leaving, attendances are dropping, young fans are not being attracted, any decent players wants out, sponsors are leaving. It is like everyone is deserting the sinking ship. The club is dying infront of our eyes yet still NO communication from the board.

  • Guest - Villain1

    Here's another LIE from Lerner, the two faced twat, a direct quote from him when his reign of terror began:
    "There have been plenty of custodians of Aston Villa since 1874 and if I can’t make it work, I will do what the others did, move on and let someone else try".
    Well all I can say is we are waiting Randy. Time for you to **** off, remove your tattoo and never, ever associate yourself with this club ever again. Oh and take the your bumbling oaf of a CEO with you.

  • Guest - Villain1

    jcv- really hope you are right. Would feel like winning a trophy is Lerner sold up, Browns fans were jubilant when he left.
    We can all accept defeats and bad seasons, but having ZERO strategy, ZERO ambition, ZERO communication is simply unacceptable. It would be best for all parties if by 2014 Lerner cut all ties with our once proud club.

  • Guest - tearsonmyscarf

    I'll put all I can afford towards that ! as I have a true deep love for that club and it saddens me deeply to see/hear what's happening to it !!! night all :(:(:(

  • Serious question from me.

    Villa are winning 2 -1 against whoever we are playing with 10 - 15 minutes to go from now on.

    Would anyone think about putting Benteke into Central Midfield for the final 10 - 15 minutes?

  • Guest - Ftkv

    Getting late finished my JD after watching 1st episode of stagate Atlantans so out with the stars
    What we need is our cat a stars to come out
    The prince need to talk to Tom hanks and the guy with the fiddle his mate becks to get some a listers to buy out randy to get us back in the prem


  • Guest - Ftkv

    Jcv I think he had robin at Cambridge and fatty used to give him a bj in the back

  • Jonnah

    Dunno about that, I don't know if he has the mentality to properly play back there. I know he can play creatively and hold up the ball very well which would help but then we still take the edge off of our attacks and open up the opposition a bit more.

    It's the same mistake as bringing another defender on, packing the defence isn't always the best option, didn't Lambert do that once this season already?

  • Guest - tearsonmyscarf

    I can see your point but I think the defense just need to stop thinking they're going to let a late one in ! believe in themselves and get bloody organized !
    just my opinion but our defenders shouldn't need our best strikers to see a game out .

  • The players never look to be playing for the manager to me. There seems no organisation from the bench and in those last few minutes of games where we are holding on they look like lost souls, they need guidance but do not appear to be getting any, no one seems to know their role, its truly shambolic, this has to be the responsibility of the manager and his staff.

  • bob

    I could see us going 3 - 0 up at Wigan and then it would be panic stations for the final half an hour...

  • It depends if Wigan are out of it, either safe or down by then.

  • bobvillian: as SAF once said: squeaky bum time.

  • bobvillian: one consolation or at least something to cling to, even when "full" there are only ever around 12000 at the DW we would surely make up more than half the crowd, and with our away support that would surely give us an advantage.

  • Wigan have Liverpool at home and Man City away in the next couple of games.
    They will be lucky to get a point.

  • We have Man City, Liverpool, Chelski (who may have a new manager even Jose by then if Madrid go out of the CL) and Man U to play, cant see where a point is coming from out of that lot, then QPR, Reading and Wigan all scrapping for their lives - do we have a scrap in us.? Plus, Stoke, Fulham, Sunderland and Norwich it sadly could be all over before we get to Wigan.

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