Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
Paul Lambert and Aston Villa must be wondering what they did wrong in a past life to be treated so badly over the Christmas period. Just two games in to the busy festive football schedule, The Villains have shipped 12 goals without reply in what can only be described as a ‘Christmas curse’.
Following a demoralising 8-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea last weekend, It was Tottenham’s turn to try their luck; They duly obliged with a 4-0 pounding, Gareth Bale also netting a 2nd half hatrick to compound Villa’s doom.
The corner count in the first half told a huge story, even though they went into half time all square. Tottenham led 15-1, an alarming number of corner concessions in 45 minutes when playing anywhere, let alone at home.
Following the defeat, Villa boss Paul Lambert said he was “unsurprised’ by the loss.
“I’m not surprised by anything in football,” said Lambert. “Things can happen. You know it can happen, especially when you are playing one of the top sides.
“We rode our luck massively in the first half – Spurs were very good in the first half. I thought we started the second half really well and were in the ascendancy, and I think with the first goal, there is a foul on Fabian in the first place – I think a free-kick should have been given.
“With the second goal we had a good chance to make it 1-1, but they go up the other end of the park and score again. That is what can happen when you are playing against these types of players.”
Aston Villa prepare for a home clash against 18th placed Wigan on Saturday; a game that Paul Lambert must be expecting maximum points from.