I’ll level with you – I didn’t expect anything from this match.
However, as the clock ticks past 11:30 and the teams are announced… Wow is that two up top? Is my reaction. With the position Villa are in, we need to win games, to win games we need to score goals, so I was pleased with the option of two strikers.
It’s been a long season (exceptionally so with the COVID-19 enforced break), and it’s certainly been a testing one for Villa throughout. With games quickly running out and just one point separating four teams in the relegation battle, it’s more important than ever for Villa to get back to winning ways.
We’re entering a hugely difficult period of playing 3 of the top 6 sides in quick succession and given our poor record against the top 6 sides this season it’s a worry. We knew it would be a tough season when we were promoted though and either way, now would be the ideal time to rectify that record, starting with the local derby against Wolves.
Sometimes, after watching an Aston Villa game, fans can feel hard done by. You can feel as if we gave it our all, played well on the day, and were unfortunate in the end. No such feeling is running through my head after today’s disappointing 2-1 loss at Molineux to Wolves.
This Sunday sees the first Premier League derby between Wolves and Villa for nearly 8 years, and a first league meeting since our 4-1 victory at Villa Park in 2018. Glossing over the recent Carabao Cup victory in what was a glorified reserves clash, this has been the fixture both sets of fans have been anticipating.