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Targett On Target Has Villa Record Back To Back Wins

Matt Targett gave Villa the lead in what was a superb first half performance and late into the second half John McGinn hit the target to make sure that all 3 points were coming back to the Midlands. Palace did get a consolation goal late in added time but it was too little too late for the Eagles.. 

Villa Dazzle At The Palace

Steven Gerrard’s perfect start in the Aston Villa hot seat continues. For the second consecutive week Villa showed real grittiness, resilience and determination throughout the match. We looked organised and put in a solid performance. For all Palace’s possession they never mustered up a shot on target until the 80th minute. That was mainly because of how well organised we were, and some resolute defending. Oh and yet another outstanding performance from Marvelous Nakamba in midfield.

In both his starts under Steven Gerrard Nakamba has excelled. Today he was once again a dominant figure in Villa’s midfield.  He was fully committed in the tackle, and was breaking up play consistently, particularly in the first half. At times you could have been forgiven for thinking N’golo Kanta was now playing in Claret in Blue such was Nakamba’s presence In midfield. Alright admittingly that’s me taking it to the extreme and being OTT but he deserved a special mention.

It was such a strong first half of football from Villa, that the only negative was finding ourselves only one goal to the good at the break. Given the impressive recent form of Palace, and our record at Selhurst Park. Silly me, had concerns going into today’s game. I thought we would do well to come away with a point. I would’ve never thought ketchup and fizzy drinks were the root of the Aston Villa problems.

Glimpses Of Hope Appearing

No joking aside, whatever Steven Gerrard and his staff are doing at the training ground, the players seem to be buying into it. We’re already seeing glimpses of what’s to come, even at this early stage of his reign. It was a hard earned win today. He’s already got us being far more disciplined in and out of possession. Our shape is better and the speed at which we win the ball back is improving. At times today we played some nice quick tempo one touch football, and we won a lot more second balls. Our movement off the ball is improving and It’s giving us options. 

There were certainly similarities to last week’s win over Brighton. We had to defend at times but we were clinical and hit the target when it mattered. Anyway the focus now shifts to Wednesday and Manchester City. Lets dream for now.