There's really not much to say about today's match between Hull City and Aston Villa. After the shocking win over Manchester City last weekend, we all hoped that Villa would come out playing to make it three straight victories. Unfortunately, even though the claret and blue dominated possession, they didn't seem to want to make much of it. In the first half, the club had nine shots, but only one of them was on target. The second half saw nine more, three of which were on target.
But realistically, none of them were threats. Nor were any of Hull's six shots. The Tigers, also winners of their last two, were every bit as ineffective as Villa in pushing the attack. Curtis Davies looked good for Hull City, and Tom Huddlestone wasn't bad. In case you can't tell, I am really struggling here. It's hard to find much to say about such an astonishingly mediocre performance from two teams who seemed to have agreed before the came out that they'd split the points today. Leandro Bacuna looked to be Villa's best player on the day, and Libor Kozak - and later Aleksandar Tonev - were likely the worst. Kozak, in particular, had a terrible day in aerial battles, where he didn't win a single one.
It's easy to be disappointed after two consecutive league wins, but if we step back a bit things become a bit better. If we're willing to count the Norwich City match as one played without Benteke (a slight fudging of the truth), then Villa have 7 points from three matches without their star. They've also kept two clean sheets in that span, and taken down one of the best clubs in Europe. They've now got 10 points after only 7 matches. It took them 13 to get to that point last year, and it didn't happen until November 24. Villa have a three-match unbeaten streak in the league, something they only did once last season (the 5-match streak that ended with the trouncing of Liverpool). Today was a bore, but it's nice to head into the international break with Villa already being so much better than last year.
Heck, if a few things break right, Villa will head into the break in the top half of the table. Things could certainly be much worse.
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