Malcolm Dawson writes…..we don’t have a great record in recent times against Villa so a point is welcome even if it does mean we go back to the bottom of the table – thanks to Stoke City shooting themselves in their metaphorical feet, against their former cult hero manager Tony Pulis. But for the second away game in a row our own cult legend Lee Cattermole shot us in the foot as well by again giving away a needless penalty. Just like at Leicester Dick took him off at the half way point. We know Catts can be an asset to the side but he can equally be a liability. Interestingly the Boss has commented several time on Ola Toivonen’s physical qualities so it will be interesting to see how Catts fits into his overall plans in the coming months – assuming he’s still with us after the daftness of Tuesday’s closure of the transfer window. Anyway Dick tells Colin and the rest of us that he is satisfied overall but that he knows what to work on before the next game.
It was a difficult game but the boys worked really hard to get the point. We started well and Yann scored a great goal, but after the penalty Aston Villa controlled things.
Following the changes at half time we were the better side for 20 minutes and scored another good goal. After that it was Aston Villa again. Overall, I am very happy with a point.
Ola Toivonen is a good player who has a great touch and is a bit nasty. He needs a little more sharpness. He played as an attacking midfielder for me at PSV and he has that good touch and vision. I think we did well to take him.
It’s important to score goals from different areas of the pitch. We still have to get games under control and I have to discuss with the players how we do that.
Thanks for your support,