All good things must come to an end, and based on their recent run, it looks like the end could be near to Aston Villa’s run up the ranks. Whilst they do have a six point cushion over Arsenal for the fourth spot, they have been playing some poor football of late. After their draw on Sunday against Stoke that could have seen them go eight points clear, Martin O’Neill said he was dealing with a “devastated” dressing room.
“We are more than disappointed in the dressing room, pretty devastated,” reflected the Villa manager, whose side had doubled their lead with 11 minutes remaining when John Carew converted a spectacular volley. “We were in total control of the game. We’re two-nil up with four or five minutes to go. If we don’t see the first goal out we should be able to see the second one through. It didn’t materialise and we have dropped two points.” (The Guardian)
This isn’t the first mistake on O’Neill’s watch. The decision to leave eight of the first-team players home for the match against CSKA Moscow had a lot of people questioning his decision making at a critical stage in the season. The point was to leave them at home and go for the three points against Stoke. That never happened.
With Villa’s run of late, are supporters nervous about their form going forward? Do you think O’Neill’s squad will finish the season ahead of Arsenal?