This Is Villa Park

This Is Villa Park

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa started the first twenty minutes on top, not necessarily with our passing, with our movement and definitely not with our possession but with one clear-cut chance, a tight defence and formation; Manchester City were kept at bay.

City like to play through holes and holes were of few until Mario Balotelli’s overhead kick went into the back of the net. Up until that point Villa had held their shape, defended fiercely and attacked smartly when allowed to break.

 Stephen Warnock picked up the ball, feed Gabby Agbonlahor down the left as he raced away, skipping past Jolen Lescott into a one-on-one situation with England goalkeeper Joe Hart. As Gabby hit the ball sweetly it bounced straight into Hart’s body, as he made himself big, to fall to Warncok who struck the ball. A crucial block from captain Vincent Kompany made sure that it was not bound for the top corner of the Sky Blues’ net. That chance would have resulted in a one nil lead and a completely different game. It didn’t happen.

As Manchester City found their feet, their rhythm pulsated through every claret shirt sending them into a trance as they fell asleep when Adam Johnson swung in a corner. Darren Bent flicked on the ball to perfectly fall for Balotelli who had already riled the travelling Villa fans. The Italian took one touch on his chest to bring it down. Robotically maneuvering into a position to strike the ball past Shay Given.

Villa hung on till half time to keep it at one nil however they couldn’t have been less prepared for what was left to come. A minute and a and a half into the second half Adam Jonhson picked up a ball for a deflected shot and rolled the ball into the bottom left hand corner to give City a two nil lead.

The claret and blue’s found their tempo here and there as they tried to get back into the game, yet nothing came of their efforts. In the whole of the game we created ten chances on goal which shows we were no cryers in the war.

The waves of the blue moon crashed in. Time and time again. The third came from yet another set piece. The ball was swung in again from the corner post for Darren Bent once more be out muscled in the air by Kompany. The sweetest of headers you’ll see found it’s way, wormingly past former City player Given.

Finding the breakthrough, after Barry Bannan was brought on, he sweeped one of those Charlie Adam type passes to the wing, where a ball was put across the box to eventually find it’s way to Warncock who thrashed the ball past a helpless Hart. It was a mirror image of his first goal for Aston Villa agaisnt former club Blackburn Rovers two seasons ago.

City weren’t done yet though as they scored another. Who would score it? Money-grabbing, bench warming James Milner? Innocent, sweet, loving James Milner? Well, yes, James Milner. You can either love him or hate him, just like Marmite, but that was one curling strike!

De ja vu maybe? For Villa, or for Milner.

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