Four Positives We Took Out Of The 0-0 Draw At Villa Park

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.

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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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27 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Worried about Saylor…..Would hope we have a new cb in by then


  • geordie157

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    f it’s true, I think the tenth signing will be

    Van dijk or coates ( loan)
    Wickham or welbeck.

    I think all four improve on what we have. Welbeck isn’t a Remy but playing week in week out he’d do well.

    I’m surprised we haven’t been in for Gouweleeuw, composed centre back who can cover at right back, prob 5 or 6 mill to get him.

    Also Seydou Doumbia, think he’s retired from international football too.

  • Bambams

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    I genuinely believe if the alleged new signing was a marquee signing….It would have been spilled out by now.

    Possibly a foreign player in a lower league ?

    I am only guessing and cannot back it up. Just think your more well known names have so many ‘hangers on’ one of them would have been to the bookies !

    Hope I am wrong.

    Great shout. … would have loved either of the Villa players Benteke or Vlaar….Maybe thats part of the secrecy. Could not announce until after we played them…I wish

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    de matteo

    no thanks

    very defence minded, played 6 MF and no strikers one or twice at Chelsea ,


    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    common stop with this positive sh## only positive will ever come out of this team will be when pardew gets sacked

  • Slank

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    My take on yesterday:

    Krul – Nothing to do.

    Janmaat – Good in defence and very good in attack.

    Williamson – Solid again. He will be missed. The second yellow was harsh as he stood his ground and never touched their player who charged into him.

    Colo – Totally untroubled.

    Dummett – Mixed bag. Good in parts, bad in others.

    Anita – Works very hard and is not afraid to get stuck in, despite his small size, but doesn’t appear to have that killer pass which Cabaye had.

    Colback – Again very impressive. Calm and composed. Will not be surprised if in the next England squad.

    Cabella – Finding it tough to adapt to the physical side of the Premiership but tries his hardest.

    Sissoko – I was impressed. Others weren’t. He has the ability to ride tackles and challengers and storm forward which no other player can do / does.

    Gouffran – Works hard. Will get his share of the goals.

    Riviere – Like Cabella finding it difficult to adapt to the demands of the Premiership. It’s made worse for him as there is no other players close enough to help him.


    STaylor – Did his job.

    De Jong – Looks a quality player and for the short time on the field he did a great defensive header and a powerful shot that was our best attempt and their best save. Once fully match fit will shine.

    Perez – I like this lad. He looks like he could be a natural goal scorer. For someone so young who hasn’t played at the highest level he is adapting to the Premiership very quickly. He could be the best money signing of the summer.

  • geordie157

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t see it being Rhodes, he’d cost about 12 mill.

    Wickham/ welbeck and Gouweleeuw would do. Then move on Taylor in Jan.

    Maybe the new signing is a slimline Ben arfa

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I think those 2 would be fantastic signings TS , trouble is I think between them , there worth 80 million this season , that’s who will keep them is this league, they won’t come cheap

  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Kostas Manolas was left out of the Olympiacos starting line up.Will he be the tenth signing?

  • HoboToon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #10


    So did germany and spain…

  • HoboToon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Wandering geordie

    I believe he is headed for arsenal

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12


    True, that’s what they are worth to villa but I bet you could get them both for 30mil….surely that is available when you consider how little spend the last couple season and what we have brought in…plus new tv money.

    I also agree on di matteo….not a good manager, he did well to win champions league but he ad a decent defensive team which he set up to not concede (fine in cup game) but over 38 league games that’s not good enough.

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #13


    They played with no strikers but in an attacking manner…Muller got up there as a striker and for spain they were at their best when david villa was playing up top, not where near as exciting when they played nobody up top.

    Also got to remember they did that as they had a very strong midfield each time, they just passed teams to death….we have good players but they aren’t xavi and iniesta in the middle.

  • murvar

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Is it not the case that Willo can serve his suspension for the Gillingham match?

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #15


    What I will say about yesterday, having only seen highlights (so can’t comment on general play)we made another few decent chances which we just didn’t take.

    So it does look like we can score.

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #16


    yeh he will….he will be back for palace

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Apparently Grenier is out injured for 2 month I think.
    lacazatte…wants to come as long as Lyon &, nu agree.but I feel the new lad is either welbeck or Richards,,,,not bad personally..

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Connor Wickham.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Any news about a possible signing? …a loan signing for sure


    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #20

    hope we sign a new manager

  • valle

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #21

    If we are serious about mounting a top 6 finish, we have to stop gifting opposition the ball with bad passing, and we have a few who does that to much. Williamson keeps hoofing it upfield, even when he aint under any pressure. Sissoko fails to hit teammates 10 feet away, although I guess he would be beyound our team if he actually had great passing with what else he brings to the team. Anita, Gouf and Dummett also makes bad passes to often. Isnt this something that we should be able to train the players in fairly easy? Playing pig in the middle allot in training and so on?. I can see that we try and play it in triangles with the way our players move off the ball, and we did have an ok possession percentage, but its always the same players who end up giving it away needlessly.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #22

    There’s a question for you all to answer

    Who would be happiest fan right now us or Everton.

    In the two matches everton have taken the lead four times yet drawing, yes they have scored but they didn’t win.

    The only time I will be concerned is when in a match we don’t create any chances.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #23

    15-20 a season forward is all that’s missing.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #24

    We should of won that game easily yesterday, but we did,nt.
    I predicted Villa to struggle this season yet we failed to even score against them.
    The next 2 games will tell us everything.
    Palace at home must be a win ,and a comfortable one.
    All this talk of a 19th signing is based one what Warnock has said.
    What makes him privvy to what goes on in our club?
    Seeing is believing, i wont hold my breath.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #25

    I meant a 10th signing.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Clutching at straws are we Ed?

  • Sav

    Aug 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #27

    After the second game against each team who prepares a banner acknowledging the 2 lads it wouls be good if the banners were presented to be all unfurled at our final match in April. And perhaps even at a Wembley cup final but that may be hoping for too much!


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