O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United 2 Aston Villa 0

West Ham tore down 10-man Villa, after Ayew’s idiotic dismissal. Villa, having had their already low confidence further deflated by a transfer window devoid of signings, were determined to prove their wroth in the opening stages of this match. West Ham, who have been so complacent against lower sides this term, allowed Villa to dominate […]

Arsenal 4 – 0 Aston Villa – FA Cup Final Player Ratings

Well, that was very un-Arsenal. Even last season, when Arsene Wenger’s band of merry tip-toers won the FA Cup, they did so after going 2-0 down after 20 minutes. And this year’s… a 4-0 victory? Yes, very unlike them indeed. Satisfyingly so, for all those involved wearing red and white. So, who were the star […]

Why can’t Aston Villa score?

The situation at Villa is becoming nearly unbearable. With every soul-destroying display of attacking incompetence, with every passing goalless minute, the fans’ souls wither, cough and keel over just a little more. It is now well over a month (46 days, actually, at the time of writing) since Paul Lambert’s team scored a Premier League […]

Can Football Manager really unearth a superstar?

Earlier in the year it was revealed that the Prozone Recruiter, a tool for scouting prospective young talent, would be basing it’s database on the immaculately compiled reservoir belonging to Sports Interactive, the company responsible for the Football Manager video game series. Miles Jacobson, SI’s studio director: For years we’ve heard stories of real-life managers […]

Key Player Focus: Ramsay v Aston Villa

With Sanchez a late withdrawal from the starting XI and Mesut Ozil in ho-hum form and under fire, Aaron Ramsay arguably stands as Arsenal’s most important attacking player. This isn’t really saying much, he generally is crucial to the success of Arsene Wenger’s team, providing sensible passing, elusive touches, turns and dribbling, and garnishing it […]