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Pardew Loses The Tactical Battle

A game of two halves is an old football cliche but entirely fitting for tonight's game.

First half Villa were terrible and we punished them. Sissoko looks a complete machine, has control, touch, pace, strength and a beautifully weighted pass. Another thing he has is bottle, he was cajoling those around him and ordering them here and there. This is the type of player that makes those around him better.

He's a special player. A general.His signing is daylight robbery.

Debuchy is no surprise to those that have seen him previously, class act, strong, no nonsense, good reader of play but susceptible to pace when defending. Better going forward. Still a bargain.

Gouffran is different he was in and out of the game in the first half but still showed pace, good control and worked hard.

M'biwa was thrown on in midfield but tended to drift to his more natural position in defence, produced an outstanding last ditch block late on.

This was almost a carbon copy of the Fulham away game of last season.
Lambert changed things at half time, as Martin Jol did in that game.
Agbonlahor and Weimann came on and pushed right up on Debuchy and Santon, forcing them back, Debuchy couldn't match Agbonlahor for pace and was roasted a few times.

Pardew was again slow to read these changes and counter them, a more confident Villa could have put away 3 or 4 early on before Pardew decided to defend the penalty box and go for the shut out.
Hold on to your parts gents, it could be a dicey ride until May.




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The Journalist

Writer: Steekiebrown Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 30 2013

Time: 7:43AM

Your Comments

Funnily enough (Well, not very funny at all) there is a lot of complaining on VAV as well from fed up fans watching games of two halves all the time as well and it's hard to find a way to be enthusiastic about the rest of the season in which some have already accepted relegation. Either manager looks like they can't seem to find a way to make them competitive for 90 mins and it's showing in both our league positions. And stuff it..........Good luck for the rest of the season.
Grasshopper_AV
I thought a draw may have ben a fair result but you won it so not much more to say. Except for I just want to say that you Geordies who went to the game were absolute class in the 19th Minute for Stan Petrov and vast vast majority acknowledged this as did Pardew himself. I sit right by the away fans and always check to see who does acknowledge and clap. Newcastle fans easily one of the best (Man Ure far the worst- shock horror gasp). Maximum respect to you all Read more: http://www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk/matchrep.asp?a=7514424#ixzz2JSlDmCZc
VillaBob
Good to hear that VillaBob, although I too was quite vocal in the 19th minute due to our first goal. Joking aside, we're a fair bunch and considering the mocking that a small minority did to the fans on our relegation day, it's more respectful.
Toon_NoMatterWot
At least Pardew anticipated a whole lot sooner than Lambert did. Bit frustrated he waited untill half time to change our shape, which was absent in the first half. Even with the players on, he could have made a couple of changes, which, obviously, he didn't. Seeing the poll on the right here, I'd stick with Pardew. January shopping has been good for Newcastle. Some mouthwatering midfield you guys have now! Sissoko looks a real bargain. Once the new lads get used to one another, you should climb the table steadily. In the end, we only really played well for the first fifteen minutes of the second. After that, you got yourselves organised a bit better and we didn't create that many real chances, besides putting balls into the area. All the best for the rest of the season!
The Ghent Villan
Credit where credit is due Toon. I remember that last game of the season, I came out shaking hands with your boys and saying good luck in coming back up. Someone will be doing this to us in a couple of months mate! You will be fine Boys, no relegation for your lot.
VillaBob
It's what football is all about. if it happens it happens. there's nowt we can do about it apart from suffer the lows and the highs. probably wouldn't change a thing if offered the chance neither.
Toon_NoMatterWot
 

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