Villa lose despite a rally late on. But it was too little to late. It was definitely not the ending us Villa fans had dreamed of when the new fixtures came out. So much for expecting maximum points. We could have no real complaints on the final whistle. We got what we rightly deserved, Sweet nothing.
Throughout we looked devoid of ideas, off the pace, and we we’re lacking any creativity or cutting edge. Well that was until the introduction of Bertrand Traore and debutant Leon Bailey. They changed the dynamic of the game. They gave us some impetus but the damage had longed been done.
Who Was The Promoted Team
Let’s put this performance into some perspective. Ok Villa lose but we only had 2 shots on target in 90 minutes, and we’ve just spent 95 million on our attacking force. It was reminiscent of our first season back in the top flight. It looked like we were the newly promoted team on the receiving end of a rude awakening to an established team in the Premier league.
It’s Only One Game
I suppose we shouldn’t get too down after one loss. But it’s such a bitter pill to swallow when it comes against a newly promoted team in game one. With all losses you get a mixture of reactions, and yesterday was no different. Does the result raise doubts about what we can realistically achieve this season ? No not in my opinion. Especially given that we have spent big again, and have lofty expectations. No doubt a loss would be easier to accept had it been against a top 4 team. But this is the Premier League. If your not at it, you get punished. I am not sure Liverpool fans were calling for Klopps head when they lost to us 7-2.
How can you not be up for the first game of the season. It’s the performance what hurts the most. When your record signing gets substituted, instead of getting you off your seat. You know the writings on the wall. To many individuals were abysmal for large periods of the game. It pains me to say it because I want us to be able to adapt when key players are not available. But we missed Ollie Watkins’ energy, and his press, big time. That said, we had Danny Ings leading the line, no disrespect to Wesley or Keinan Davis. But he’s an England international, but the poor fella was starved of service.
It was obvious very early on, Matt Targett was having a torrid time, he was being exposed by the pace of Sarr. We were neither creating or controlling the game, but had to wait till half time before Dean Smith reacted to the situation. Soon after Watford got their third and it was game over.
I did say on the old thread I could see Smith needing to tinker & tweak things for a few weeks. But I never thought we would go down at Watford. Anyway if your looking to take a positive from yesterday. Just be grateful we wont need to wait for Dean Smith to stumble on a winning formula.