Actually, the draws are not that painful, but how today's match went vs. QPR, watching a win slip away because of an own-goal equalizer in extra time. Probably the worst way to end the game. QPR outplayed Villa in the first half, but a penalty kick taken by Barry Bannan helped Villa forge ahead 1-nil.
Considering how lackluster our play was today, I'll accept the draw.
The Villa has drawn Bolton for our next Carling Cup match - scheduled for tomorrow (20 Sep 2011) 11:45 a.m. kickoff (Pacific Time) @ Villa Park. There is no scheduled U.S. television broadcast, so you'll need to scour the internet for a live streaming feed somewhere. Up the Villa!
Gabby scored a sweet first half goal, but Shay Given was the man of the match - making brilliant save after brilliant save to allow Villa to maintain a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at the final whistle. The 15-20 minute, Villa looked sharp. But after taking the 1-nil lead, the energy level dropped significantly.
Villa had to come back 2x today. Down nil-1, Petrov drove a shot from outside the box and into the lower right hand corner of the goal to get Villa to 1-1. After dropping a second goal to Everton (1-2), Gabby scored a header 80+' to bring Villa back again 2-2.
It was a nice 2nd half effort, but the first half looked a bit uninspiring. We need a win.