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Monday, 3 November 2014

Inconsistent Villa

Four games into the season Paul Lambert and his side saw themselves on 10 points on the back of a superb 2-1 victory at Anfield, six games later Aston Villa lie two places above the relegation zone still on 10 points having lost six games on the bounce scoring only one goal in those six games.

To be fair to Lambert’s side the last six games have included trips to Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park, while champions Manchester City and Arsenal have both paid visits to Villa Park and come away with wins.

Looking past these games Villa would have expected to go to struggling QPR and gain at very least a draw, instead they succumbed to a very poor 2-0 defeat, yesterdays performance against Spurs was of stark contrast however, Benteke and Weimann looked lively and was it not for a moment of petulance from main man Benteke, Villa would probably have been celebrating a victory instead they are looking at six straight defeats.

The most frustrating thing for Paul Lambert and his assistant Roy Keane must be the teams ability to play so well for long periods of a game and lose or playing so well at places like Anfield and then going to less intimidating grounds such as Loftus Road and completely flopping.

As with previous seasons the excuse will once again be the inexperience and naivety of the squad but surely at this stage that is no longer valid, is it? Andi Weimann, Matthew Lowton, Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood have been touted as the up and coming batch within Villa for a while and surely it is coming of age time for these few. All of these have become regulars in the first team but their inconsistency is a major problem.

Paul Lambert certainly has a job on his hands trying to get these players to perform on a regular basis but should he get them to perform as they did in the first four games of the season every game they will comfortably steer clear of the relegation zone and will be competing for a top-half finish.

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