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The opposition view ... Aston Villa

Filed: Sunday, 9th November 2014
By: Staff Writer

It's all doom and gloom down at the Villa - despit Paul Lambert's men earning what could prove to be an important point come next May. Here's this week's OV..

"Saw Lambert scribbling some notes during the match. Let me fill in the bits you missed, Paul. West Ham played exactly the way we want for a "counter-attacking" side. They committed men forward, they turned over ball cheaply and they have Collins in their defensive line. During the second half West Ham had very few opportunities - if any - until the 80th minute when they had two decent attempts (both poor headers) and a corner in the space of 60 seconds. Can you see it coming? Can you smell it, Paul? Perhaps a substitution for some tired legs? N'Zogbia is walking and turning any ball straight over. Perhaps Joe Cole in his place? Perhaps Bent? Perhaps Senderos to help you hold that 0-0 lead? Anything? Hello?"
- ozvillafan

"Good result. Pathetic performance, pathetic setup, pathetic management. The whole club is a shambles. Our identity is defending for 90 per cent of the game, this is not something a Premier League club does. Today a point is good, but long term we are only heading one way. Baker, and Guzan were brilliant today well done to them both. Get Lambert out now, not that I trust we'll bring in a suitable replacement."
- VillaAlex

"Defensively solid, but despite having a few shots on target we still didn't look like actually scoring. Great saves from Guzman but his distribution is still poor. Baker impressed me, especially if he had a niggly injury for most of the match. We should have lost, but West ham weren't clinical enough. We still look better than last season, but we still don't look like a team that's likely to do anything other than scrap to avoid relegation."
- Villanun

"We battled well, had a good percentage of the ball, created some decent chances and looked dangerous on the break. We had some luck and for once we got a few breaks which is what we needed to end our horrible run and to get a result against the form team in the league. We have played some good stuff in our last three games and have been really hard done by to have taken only one point from them."
- Bunnski

"Seriously, we're seeing a 0-0 at west ham as a result?"
- Fowlersrs

"I suppose the absolute most important thing today was to not lose. As sad as that is I think we did "OK" by that remit. West Ham have been playing very well and maybe overlooked us a bit, despite dominating for large portions of the game. Just everyone be thankful Nolan didn't come on and do his usual! Also, big thanks to Brad for his wonderful 'keeping, looked almost unbeatable today. Special shout out to big bearded Baker putting his body on the line again as well, coming a long nicely this season. But a manager needs to be getting performances week in week out and I think that more than anything is why Lambert will probably be seen as a failure here. It is incredibly frustrating how low on confidence and short of ideas we look."
- KitKat

"No plan and no leader on the pitch to calm us down, the defense [sic] just got deeper and deeper and the players just seemed to get drawn to the ball like six-year-old kids. At set pieces we seem to have no clue at all. We did match West Ham though for large periods of the game. They are still, IMO, a route one team."
- tinker

Disgusting is certainly one way to describe that performance. Awful display, two shambolic teams going at each other as if they were playing any game but football. Lambert bringing on two defenders at the end to hold on for a 0-0 with West Ham? I'm so glad I made the trip down, worth every penny (actually some truth in that but only because of the company)."
- Neil

"For the most part it was a game that either team could have taken. I saw their changes as being more aggressive in that they wanted to make the most out of the situation and try and win it. I think our changes, when they finally came, were more reactionary to the rising pressure they were putting us under and that Baker got hurt. Basically we allowed them to steer the game in their favour and we were lucky to get a point out of it. Had the game gone on for five more minutes, I suspect they would have finally netted due to the sheer amount of chances we allowed them to create."
- osmark86

"From what i saw we battled very hard to get a result. No mean feat getting something at West Ham this season. Not many teams will come away with a point there. Plenty of positves to come out of the game."
- PaulC

*Comments originally posted at avillafan.com and villatalk.com.

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