The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Aston Villa still doesn’t know how to lose

Posted by disappointmentzone on 3 December 2006

Back from his world adventures, Soccer Spot is here once again to provide us with all the latest happenings from that other Cleveland football team — you know, that one that’s actually good; the one Mr. Lerner might love a little bit more — Aston Villa. His words follow.

Aston Villa played third-place Portsmouth on Saturday and earned a respectable 2-2 draw, even if they left it late, needing an 82nd minute deflected shot by Juan Pablo Angel to earn them a point. That said, Villa were winning at halftime 1-0 through a Gareth Barry penalty (and the decision to make Barry the taker is definitely looking more and more solid as time goes on); giving up two second-half goals, one a penalty, is not thw way to win games, especially when Lomana Tresor LuaLua and Glen Johnson are both playing when not 100%. LuaLua was forced to be subbed on 34 minutes, but Villa weren’t able to take full advantage and wrap up 3 crucial points. Another notes is that Portsmouth were down to 10 men at the end of the game after Miguel Mendes was sent off for a second bookable offense, but that wasn’t until the 86th minute and it’s hard to take full advantage of numerical superiority in just 4 minutes of regulation. Villa sits in provisional 7th, awaiting the result of the Everton – West Ham game.


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