Monday, December 31, 2012

Swansea Match Critical

After reaching a confidence "high" following the win at Anfield, the Villa has reached a new low.  I wouldn't call the Swansea game a must win, but a result would certainly help the lads regain some traction.  Confidence is subtle, but very powerful.  I get this funny feeling that we may have been a little too confident following Liverpool (incl. all of the supporters).  When the going gets tough - players begin to press, which can easily turn into an accelerated fall.  The free-flowing confident play has turned tentative, but I know that this can be turned around.  The lads need the supporters more than ever - lets stay behind them no matter what.  We need the 12th man effect like they have in Seattle for the Seahawks.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Villa 1-3 Win at Anfield

OMG! That was the best Villa performance in the League this year.  A complete team effort.  The defense remained solid despite being pummeled with shot after shot from Liverpool.  Brad Guzan made some great saves.  Christian Beneteke...what can you say?  HE IS MASSIVE!  The entire midfield played amazingly.

First Benteke goal from range
Goal #2 Andreas Weimann
 (above) Weimann on the break
 (above) Weimann finds Benteke on the wing
 (above) Benteke back heels it ... return to Weimann
(above) Weimann SCORES

Goal #3 Benteke
(above) Benteke battles thru 2 Liverpool players to score an unassisted goal

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fuel TV

Our informed California Lion's membership told me today that tomorrow's match vs. Liverpool will be broadcast "live" in the U.S. on the Fuel Channel.  I had never heard of this channel before (it is available through Direct TV and ATTUverse).  It is an affiliate of Fox and focuses on what they call "adrenaline" sports, but I guess drops in a Premier League match into their schedule too.  You learn new things everyday.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

On to the Semifinals of the League Cup!

What a match vs. Norwich City this past week.  Villa played the their best game of the season and took the League Cup match victory 1-4 at Carrow Road.  Goals from Brett Holman, Christian Benteke, and Andreas Weimann (2x).