A WEEK OR SO BACK I wrote a post suggesting that, given the damaged back line and the lack of inventive attack, that perhaps someone like Grant Holt could be used to fill the chasm that was Villa's attacking center midfield.
Leave it to the gaffer to make me look like a dunce with the impressive roll out in Liverpool. Instead of listening to me and using Gabby and Andi out wide in a 4-4-2, Lambert stuck to his guns with a nicely done 4-3-3. The formation amidfield looked to me more like a diamond with Andi at the top and Westy at the back and Delph and KEA gleefully tackling their way to more yellow cards in between them.
Placing Andi in the front three but working him just behind Bentekers allowed for very nice, free flowing stuff in the center of the park, maximizing Gabby and Andi's pace while allowing KEA to provide some link-up play higher up the pitch. And do not overlook the brilliant debut of Bertrand at left back... Talk about fixing a hole?
But in the big picture, to me, Andi Weimann is the answer. He settled, for a day, the glaring need for a creative attacking midfielder. His guile and work rate clearly rate him in the center of the park. I admit it. I'm an idiot. I was wrong. Lambo was right. Call off the dogs.
My favorite play of many on the day was the Weimann goal. While our eyes were glued to a patented Villa counter-attack and Gabby blazed down the left, what to our bleary eyes should appear but the Archer, steaming down the back side of the pitch with his N2O thrusters fully engaged!!! I praise the willing effort of Andi Weimann to put the beautiful cherry atop that roaring counter.
Can the same lineup serve in the upcoming derby? Here's hoping. Good lord it finally clicked for the full 90. If Villa wants to play like that, then make mine Claret & Blue!
A is for Andi.
A is for Attack!