Blues WIN battle of the stands....
Sun 13th Sept 09
...but no prizes for that
In a comparatively bright performance from Blues, they took home nothing. About Gabby 'Your-Mums-A-*****' scored a late winner to take all the points back to Aston with them.
Blues remained solid and Villa had almost nothing, the term 'what's 0% of 0?' comes to mind. Credit where credit is due, Richard Dunne looks a solid signing for them but Gary O'Connor did not provide an amicable test.
Villa had no quality on the ball, Young was handled by our new Finish lad in at right back today, Gabby had his usual poor performance. I have a feeling blues only looked as good as Villa allowed us to.
Howard had a poor game bossing things, refusing to let the game run in the early stages and booking people for complaining. I think he doesn't understand the word Derby match. The prices stayed high and with that the fans stayed home, but what did turn up were fantastic. The Villa fans were kept quiet and the Blues fans and team ran all over them.
The game was a much better advert for Birmingham City than for Aston Villa, Martin O'Neal would tell you that.
With one shot on target in an amount of minutes I will always fail to amount on my fingers, Villa fans have little to run in a poor performance gets three points from one moment of lapse which I would blame on nothing, these things happen.
McLeish's tactics I agree with, going 4-4-2 would have seen Villa control the game with power and pace, we had to match them man for man, and Benitez was saved due to internationals he had to play, this happens with big money players unfortunately, so subs didn't come early because there wasn't much to bring on apart from him.
McFadden was lost at half time, which was the deal breaker for me, his intelligent play was Blue's only outlet and Villa stayed tight to him. His scan will happen tomorrow and we find out if we are in for a few tough weeks without him or if he will be back for next Saturday. Quedrue is also set for a scan following his break down in the last minute, VitalBrum will update you on those two tomorrow.
My blues prediction on that game, GOALS GOALS GOALS do you know where they are going to come from? I do not
My Villa prediction, assuming they sharpen up a good solid mount for 5th finishing in a disappointing 6th.
Keep Right On and Remember they are a top 6 team, they were bounded to rob us despite their appalling quality.
Alex McLeish said.....
'I don't think we allowed them to play at all today. We nullified the threat of Agbonlahor and Young.
'The difference between us and Villa, in financial clout and quality, is a big gulf but it didn't look like it today.
'Their goal was a free header and we have just got to deal with those balls.
'Roger Johnson was fantastic today but Carew slipped his grasp. But then we have to defend the second ball and that's often the one that kills you.
'Players switch off and turn and watch the ball. Agbonlahor turned and slipped his man. We have still got to defend it whether it was a free-kick or not.
'We have got to be really vigilant in these situations. The Premier League is about concentration, pace and quality and concentration undid us a little bit.
'We need to pick up points. We are creating chances but we are not putting them in the back of the net. That is costly. But overall I am pleased with the quality we have shown.'
Martin O'Neill said....
'It was a terrific goal for us and we tried to go for the win with John coming on and I'm just delighted to have won the game. We had a couple of chances after that but I accept the fact at that stage Birmingham were chasing the game.
'It was not just his (Carew) presence but his contribution. Obviously we're delighted to win the game.
'It was a hard-fought match. We spoke beforehand of being one of relief more than anything else but obviously for our supporters I'm delighted.'