With an absolutely amazing showing on the opening day of the season against West Ham it showed the best that Aston Villa have to offer. One week later and we see the exact opposite and the worst that Villa have to offer.
The claret and blue outfit dominated the opening game with sublime football, silky moves and some outstanding performances from the likes of Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark where the icing to an already tasty cake.
The chant of ‘Martin Who?’ rang out as Villa romped to a comfortable 3-0 victory over The Hammers. Even want-away James Milner managed to put in the type of performance that made him such a wanted man over the summer transfer window.
Celebrating with a goal it was the best way the now Manchester City player could have said goodbye.
The end of the game saw three substitutions with Ashley Young getting a huge round of applause after committing himself to the club, thus reassuring several thousands of people in the process.
James Milner too received very grateful applause as he left Villa Park for the last time as an Aston Villa player, but stand out player of the day, Marc Albrighton received a huge ovation from the Villa faithful when he was taken off with minutes to go.
Even though Stuart Downing put in one of his best Villa performances the fans did not agree with him being announced as man of the match, and they voiced their opinion by singing loud and proud for ‘Super Marc Albrighton’.
Who would have thought with such a brilliant start to the season that merely days later Aston Villa would be decimated by a team freshly promoted from the Championship.
Villa started off very well at St James Park and won an early penalty appeal.
The shocking miss from John Carew clearly had an effect on the big Norwegian because he never seemed to mentally recover from it, and once Ashley Young's goal was disallowed for a controversial hand ball it was all downhill from there.
The players struggled to cope with Newcastle who really on the day did not play as well as the score line would suggest.
Some confusing substitution choices had some of the faithful in the upper tiers of St James Park angry and confused, yet still till the end at 6-0 down they still out sung the Geordies and showed their support.
The Aston Villa players have asked for the fans to place the blame on them and not caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald.
It's nice to see in this day and age players actually standing up and taking responsibilities for their mistakes. They have vowed to step up their game this week and prove that the hammering from the Magpies was just a fluke.
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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