As a Villa Fan all my life, from the days of Ron Atkinson when villa rubbed shoulders with the biggest names in European football, to the worst days when your team gets thumped 8-0 at Chelsea, you begin to see where it all went right and wonder how and where it all went wrong for the mighty villa since those great nights of years gone by. But in spite of last seasons failures, it all seemed eerily too correct. The team, its all about the unity the players have and the ability they have to be better on the day than their opponents. Skill, attitude, experience its all in the mix. To be thumped 8-0 could of been the last game in charge of villa for Paul Lambert. But something was always in the air, did you hear it?. It was on all the TV stations and in the majority of news reports, "Villa's young lions need to come of age and fast" like a skipping compact disk, just waiting to be given a tap to correct itself. Its not a lack of talent to compete, its belief in youth cause you can see it and put it on the right track. Its what other teams did not want to afford to do last season, rely on youth to compete in a league where you could get thumped 8-0 in 90 minutes. Thankfully for us villa fans, Villa's young lions did come of age when it mattered most. The honesty of Paul Lamberts belief in those players, provided volume to the real air about villa from the big names on Super Sunday and Monday Night Football, who themselves had doubts about villas ability to stay in the top flight, but remembered the words of Paul Lambert, "Were getting better, I could not of asked for more from my players".
" A corner to villa, a bit of breathing space from this relentless stoke pressure. The corner comes in, its cleared, the ball is sliced high in the air by stoke, it falls to Matty Lowton, controls it, bang, what a goal by Matty Lowton, take a bow son, a stunning goal by the villa full back."
That moment is what was always in the air surrounding villa last season even before that goal was scored. We even gave Liverpool a right wallop at Anfield, that deserves respect for any team to achieve such. The belief that something special could always happen was what made villa a better unified team. Their does in my book seem to be something of excellence about Paul Lambert. He has gained the very best of respect from every villa fan, who believe that their is a strategy at villa, he feels at home to be the boss and has the support behind him to achieve success, the resources to build a team at body moor heath, players around the club are buzzing and believe in him, in return. Villa fans see change and see a club for the community, built around the community, attracting players who are hungry for better times for the Holte-Enders around the world. If last season was the beginning of a chapter to a story that does not have an ending yet, it has everything to get you hooked from the start. Paul Lambert has breathed life into Villa again, and we salute you Mr Lambert for your Footballing talents and skills. If last season was as emotional filled with every feeling imaginable, the second chapter can take on a different, whole new meaning.