And so we bid farewell to Aston Villa, her story is one of riches to rags. Once a confident beauty of the Premier League that flirted with the division’s most handsome members, Villa now drunkenly staggers from game to game with smudged eyeliner and purple bruises staining her face.
Stamped on, slapped and smacked around by its owners, Aston Villa face life in the Championship next season. Mathematics have not yet confirmed this – Villa still have 27 points left to play for – but a continuation of the lack of desire shown by Rémi Garde’s side on Saturday afternoon will soon seal their fate. They conceded their 55th goal of the campaign in a 4-0 loss to Manchester City and their players seem to have packed it in already.
It’s difficult not to feel a little sympathy for this historic top-flight club, but when your team is in desperate need of points too, commiseration can do one. So that’s all I’ve got for Villa this evening. Cheers for the three points and good luck in the Championship. Just make sure you take care of Micah.
The three points were somewhat guaranteed even before kick off. After all, Villa have collected just six points away from home all season and haven’t beaten us in the league at our place since 2007. Nevertheless, Wilfried Bony did his best to pile more misery on top of what’s been an incredibly naff week with a series of poor touches and missed sitters in the first half. One of those unconverted chances involved a terrific ball from Clichy that put Bony within four yards of Guzan’s net, but the Ivorian could only fire wide (good try, mate). It was a predictably bumbling display from the striker who I was so eager to see join and am now so eager to see leave this squad and it’s obvious that only his fee, his age and his wage are keeping him above Kelechi Iheanacho in the pecking order.