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Derby County 2-0 Aston Villa: Oh God We're Doooooomed

It wasn't a great outing for the Villa boys this evening as they dropped their friendly to Derby County 2-0. Both of Derby's goals came in the second half (one from a penalty) and Villa were unable to get on the board despite creating some decent chances. That Derby were able to score isn't all that surprising or worrying given Villa's youthful and inexperienced (or, in the case of Habib Beye, terrible) back line, especially considering one of the Rams goals came through a penalty awarded because of hand ball.

That a close to full-strength midfield and attack weren't able to get a goal or two against a team that barely escaped relegation from the Championship last season is a bit more worrying. Still, it sounded as though Villa were playing attacking football and gave Derby some difficulty at the back so it's not something worth losing a lot of sleep over. This team will look a lot different once Charles N'Zogbia is in the side as well.

On the plus side, it sounds as though Barry Bannan and Fabian Delph both performed well, and a lot of young players (many of whom will likely be called into action once the season gets under way) got a chance to play with the first team. It would appear as though no one got injured and some key players went a full 90 which says good things about the team's fitness levels. Not a great result, but it's a friendly. The games worth caring about start in just over a week.