Saturday, September 30, 2006

Thoughts on Villa-Chelsea

Four obvious thoughts about Saturday's game:

1) Graham Poll should resign as a referee immediately. Terry clearly interfered with Sorenson on Chelsea's goal. Angel was clean through on goal on the 86th when Makelele clearly grabbed him around the torso. Poll called neither offense. The goal shouldn't have counted; Makelele should have been sent off.

2) Chelsea had a bad day in front of goal, but they really are a very, very good team in the air. In some ways, their aerial ability is really what gives them an advantage over a team like Arsenal. Drogba especially. Marvellous.

3) Agbonlahor. Agbonlahor. Agbonlahor. Where did Villa find this kid? He is the Premiership's revelation of the season so far. Quick, fluid, handy in front of goal and willing to fight in defence, too. Nice to see.

4) Villa still aren't pretty to watch. But in a remarkably short time, O'Neill has turned them into a good fighting force. Thinness on the bench will make it hard to keep up their current league position, but with an astute signing or two this could be a team for next year.


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