However Villa never killed the game off. Surprise, surprise.
In awfully predictable fashion, the game wore on and the conceding of a late corner invited the inevitable melt-down.
With some dubious goalkeeping from Italian youngster Pierluigi Gollini (yes…again) the hosts drew level in the 89th minute.
It’s a tiresome, recurring tale of woe that really needs to be ended.
For all of the talk of the team gelling, allowing time and sitting idly by whilst another season slips away, seems to reflect how apathetic we have become.
This may be a transitional season, but it is not an excuse to flirt with the lower reaches of The Championship. Especially when the errors are both glaring and correctable.
Whilst nobody expected Villa to be world-beaters this term, there was justified expectation following the injection of much needed funds in new faces. Those faces included proven leaders and firepower to reinvigorate the team.
However, tactically, we are an absolute shambles.
A potent and dangerous strike-force is nullified by a lack of settled creativity in the side. We have no clear plan to unleash our strikers to the best effect.
Our midfield looks unfit, either physically or for purpose. The covering squad depth of Westwood and Gardner is also a farce.
Defensively we look decidedly ropey. Bacuna a makeshift right back and a goalkeeper who makes errors as a matter of routine. Our new Captain, committed as he may be, also looks frighteningly inconsistent.
Roberto Di Matteo’s tenure at Villa remains in its infancy, but he could be in for a shock if all three points aren’t secured against Preston this coming weekend.
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