As the sun set on that glorious day at Wembley and the weeks passed by, I admit that like many fellow Villa fans I allowed myself to dream of what we might be able to achieve as signing after signing was coming through the front door at Bodymoor Heath, and the optimism swirled around Villa Park.
Finally the last day of the season has arrived and it’s not for the faint hearted nor for any fan who who can’t tolerate the chaotic and frantic tension that will surely be increasing all of our heart rates.
It’s been exactly 100 days since our last Premier League fixture and the miserable capitulation to Leicester City. It’s fair to say that a lot has changed in that time and the World is a significantly different place now. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic every possible machination was considered for the resumption of football as soon as it was safe enough to do so.
After last weekend’s gut punch of a defeat at home to Spurs, and the increasingly tenuous nature by which we hold on to our spot in 17th, this weekend’s trip to the South Coast to take on Southampton takes on greater significance – although at this stage of the season every game is of significance.
There were notable improvements in a few aspects of our game against Spurs; we were assertive, wanted to play on the front foot and attack, and yet some all too familiar weaknesses and defensive lapses showcased themselves again and we were once again, left ruing another game with no points that perhaps deserved better.