Absolutely no complaints today. We wanted this more than Bolton did from the start and that showed from the moment we kicked off.
The only thing that I will say that is slightly negative is there was a great opportunity at 4-1 up to bring on some subs, to rest some of the tired players and an even better opportunity at 5-1, but the manager didn´t take it.
He did finally with 10 minutes to go when he replaced Milner with Nathan Delfouneso and the balance was restored as Milner didn´t look 100%, although I´d say he had one of the best games I´ve seen from him in a Villa shirt today.
With five minutes to go Delph and Gardner also replaced Sidwell and Reo-Coker. A quick teaser question for you; when was the last time O´Neill used all three subs?
So, we won and we also had five goal scorers. Another question for you; when was the last time we had five different goal scorers in the same game?
Young scored the first when he followed up a Carew header that was saved, from a Milner cross. Gabby was also involved, dropping deep to pass the ball to Milner.
The second was Gabby, the third was Carew, the fifth was Cueller with his first for the club, but the fourth was the best. Well, maybe not best but most interesting.
We were awarded a penalty for a push on Carew. Up steps Milner, who I had every confidence in. He shoots and it is saved. Fortunately it rolls out to Sidwell who only has to get it on target.
Sidwell shoots and it hits the post. Fortunately again, it comes out to Milner who smashes it home and while that was the most interesting, it was fantastic to see Cueller score, the smile on his face was immense.
Anyway, this is just a news post as I´ve got dinner waiting for me and a cold beer but I will say this; if we can take that performance and mirror it every week, we will win more and while Bolton were poor today, we should take the positives. It isn´t often you score five.
My man of the match; James Milner. Now for beer.