Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor watched his old club fail to break down 10-man West Ham at Villa Park last night.
The upshot for Villa is that they are just about out of the relegation zone and kept a clean sheet in front of their own fans again.
But they did also labour badly once Arthur Masuaku was sent off, when the Hammers actually looked more likely to score even with a man less.
And Taylor’s Twitter verdict on the game was: “Not the result we wanted but a point is a point. With the sending off we should have capitalised but didn’t get to grips with the game. We need to improve and another big one at the Arsenal next week. Great atmosphere though.”
Not the result we wanted but a point is a point. With the sending off we should have capitalised but didn’t get to grips with the game. We need to improve and another big one at the Arsenal next week. Great atmosphere though. 💜💙 #UTV pic.twitter.com/vU2A1jP0zn
— Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) September 17, 2019
TBR’s View – Last night offered a harsh lesson
Villa had an exciting summer but last night’s match offered another reality check on what it takes to break teams down in the Premier League.
With a man advantage, Villa should have been able to take control of the match but they weren’t able to get a foothold at all, instead leaving the space behind on the counter attack for West Ham.
Dean Smith needs to find a better blend in terms of his attacking players, and hope that the fans keep providing an atmosphere like they did last night.