Aston Villa v West Ham live: More from Milner and nine goals please

It really couldn't have gone better for us yesterday. Okay, maybe it could have, maybe Pompey would have beaten Blues and Stoke could have got a very very late winner, but at the beginning of yesterday, it could have gone a lot worse than it actually did.

It is still mathematically possible that we go fourth today and while the chances of that happening are about as good as me not having a beer this afternoon, stranger things have happened, although not very often.


So, today is about doing a job. I'd love to see some passing football and I'd love to see Milner put in another performance which will have Fabio Capello thinking about leaving Gareth Barry in England next summer, but if at the end of the day we have seen one of the worst games of football this season and score through a freak own goal in the 93rd minute, I'll take it.

You see, it is all about the points. Yes, the football is important, but we also have to sort of accept that we need to spend a lot more money on quite a few more players before that happens and that with O'Neill, we know we will always get 100% from every single player and if a player isn't giving it, he has one or two on the bench that will.

So, this is the match post. We will drop a few links later, we will add team news as and when we have it and at the end of the day, we will have some nice statistics for you from the match, which even though we are going to start putting them down after every league game, they don't matter today - all that matters is three points, everything else would just be a bonus.

Elsewhere on the dub dub dub today

Team News

Brad Friedel, Ricardo Dunne, King Carlos, Stephen Warnock, James Collins, DJ Downing, Webcam Young, Jimmy Milner, Stan Petrov, Gabby Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey.

Substitutes: Guzan, Young, Beye, Sidwell, Delph, Carew and Delfouneso.