Here are four positives we took out of the 0-0 draw at Villa Park yesterday, but we’d feel a whole lot better if we could have taken one of those chances and won this game.
Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew on the touchline yesterday
Here they are:
- Daryl Janmaat again looked a very good player, and he can get forward and could even get us some goals. The Dutch International had two excellent second half efforts on goal that went close. This lad is already almost as good as Mathieu Debuchy, and he will get better this season – he looks an excellent buy at just £5M – less than half of what we got from Arsenal for the French International right back.
- While our defense still needs strengthening, the back four played well yesterday with both Colo and Willo strong at the back – but with Williamson having been sent off in the last minute, Steven Taylor will get his chance next Saturday to show he can get the job done for Newcastle. It was our first clean sheet of the season.
- While we missed three or four good chances and really should have won this game – at least the lads are creating the chances and things would be a lot worse if we hadn’t created the chances – but the lack of a cutting edge up front should show the powers that be at the club we need another striker brought in over the last eight days of the transfer window.
- The Aston Villa fans joined in the one minute applause for John Alder and Liam Sweeney after 17 minutes – and that show of support – and they their own banner in honor of John and Liam – is football at its best.
Well done to the Aston Villa fans and that could happen in every game this season – that the opposing fans will join in the applause for our two fallen fans- we hope that’s what happens.
Bottom line yesterday was that it wasn’t as bad as some would have us believe, and one goal from the four missed chances and we’d all be a lot happier this Sunday morning.
Hang in there.
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