Southampton Review: Frustratingly good enough but tactically naive & a trip to North London

Classic Villa, eh! Win our first four games including a 7-2 thrashing of the reigning champions Liverpool, only to capitulate and quite embarrassingly so to Leeds United and Southampton. Without a win at Villa Park since 2004 against the Saints, the result shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise but let’s be honest, frustratingly, Villa don’t tend to do things the easy way.

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One point gained or two points too little?

Going into Wednesday nights fixture away to Steve ‘potato’ Bruce’s Newcastle side, Villa Twitter was pretty unanimous in the necessity of a win. Accompanying this, was an outcry for a better performance, after the two games since restart had been as dull as they were disappointing. We got the latter of these, without securing the far more important former objective and the 3 points that would have carried us out of the dreaded drop zone.

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