Post-mortem: Three points against Chelsea, another happy day

Good result that yesterday wasn't it? If we also win our game in hand we could also go third, so all in all not so bad. There is nothing bad to report about yesterday and there is nothing bad to write, so instead, a quick look at the papers and a little bit of something else.

Before the papers, a little bit of a general link drop. We Twitter here, we've set up a Facebook group here and we have our Feedburner links here. I just wanted to get them out of the way as I have meant to mention them the last few days.

Now, to the papers and what a few select few have to say.

What The Papers Say

Andy Dunn, News of the World
The loss at the DW Stadium was startling but this Villa team looks to have top-five credentials.
Paul Wilson,
If Villa's defending was the reason for their win, Chelsea's defending was squarely to blame for their second defeat – a second successive away lapse. There were similarities with their unexpected collapse at Wigan and Carlo Ancelotti was not slow to point them out.
Patrick Collins, Mail Online
Yet O'Neill was irked by the implication that his team had somehow won on a technicality. He thought that did Villa a disservice. And again he was right. They won because they worked harder, thought more clearly and seized the chances when they arose.

I have to apologise for the short comment from the News of the World. It was pretty much all about Chelsea and that was the one bit about Villa that was worth using.

The Manager

Martin O'Neill
Chelsea came at us after the break but we saw it through in the end. They had a 15 minute period - it was tough for us. But my overall view is that we were splendid.

The Players and Some Stats

Brad Friedel, Carlos Cuellar, James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Richard Dunne, Ashley Young, Steve Sidwell, James Milner, Stiliyan Petrov, John Carew (Emile Heskey, 82) and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

39,047 at Villa Park saw Chelsea have 21 goal attempts and thirteen on target. They also saw Aston Villa have seven goal attempts and five on target. They also saw us make 242 passes of which 170 were successful. Chelsea on the other hand made 463 passes and 404 were successful.

Cry baby John Terry

Man of the Match

Clear as day this and it goes to James Collins who picked up 55.9% of the vote. Click here for the full results.


I'm not going to bring it down after that result, but I will say, let's not get carried away with one result. Yes, a fantastic result and a good game and the lads worked hard but it was only one result and statistically, we were lucky and had we had any other keeper we could have lost by a few.

But, three points is the best possible result and we got it and we would have all been happy with a point. So, on that, I'm off to get some breakfast - I'm thinking baked beans, bacon, scrambled egg, fried bread and some good strong coffee.