Away at Everton, It’s not a fixture I had ticked and had us down to get three points from, at the beginning of the season. In fairness, It’s been that way for years. Most of us will remember Ashley Young’s injury-time winner there, back in 2008. Well, that’s the last time we won up at Goodison Park.
Henley Villain who is a regular contributor on avfcvillablog.com said to me. What’s happened in the past up at Everton will have no bearing on tonight’s result. It was quite refreshing to hear, given my own thoughts, plus I also found it amusing. But only because every time we play Manchester United, I say the same thing to myself. Maybe he was just trying to stay positive and make us both feel better about Villa’s chances. I’m not sure, but I do not fancy our chances. But Henley does have a valid point it makes no difference what side or tactics Paul Lambert, Remi Garde or Tim Sherwood put out, or what the result was back then.
It’s The Here And Now Villa
Tonight result up at Everton will solely depend on Dean Smith’s tactics and team selection, and of course, the players fighting for every ball like there premier league status depends on it. Anything less, and the Toffees will be victorious, and Villa will not be sticking around the premier league next season.
So tonight, it must happen for Villa on the pitch, there are no more second chances or room for error. We must repeat what those players of 2008 achieved, and come away from Goodison Park victorious, So the fans dream of a great escape can remain a possibility.
The Mathematicians among us will already know there are permutations where a draw or loss tonight will not immediately end Villa’s season. That scenario really would be clutching at straws, so lets not kid ourselves. In terms of carrying some momentum forward, and ultimately achieving survival via our last two games, Villa must surely rack up our second win in 4 days or the dream is over.