Remi Garde was appointed before a tough run of games for Villa. The matches against Manchester City and to a lesser extent, Everton were bygones really. THIS was the game that mattered, the time to turn our season around. And we failed miserably.
Villa actually started okay, but even without Joleon Lescott, our defence was still terrible. Brad Guzan made a decent save, but no one had the conviction to hammer the ball awayy. It fell to Ben Watson who's shot deflected into Ighalo's path, who was standing unmarked right in front of the goal. No Villa player was near him. 1-0.
Micah Richards, one of the few Villa players with fight in him got Villa level just before the break but it was the missed chances that we'll remember. Villa dominated possession, but couldn't capitalise as Jordan Ayew and Ciaran Clark both missed GOLDEN opportunities.
Watford's defence wasn't even that good, which is partly why this one hurt so much. Gomes was awful under the high ball, until he went off injured.* His replacement, some Lithuanian guy was EVEN WORSE. Three times they dropped the ball between them, and no Villa player came close to capitalising. Quite simply, none of the Villa attackers looked interested.
*I hope Gomes is okay, his injury looked rather serious.
Defensive suicide again cost us in the second half. Alan Hutton, a guy that looks like he is trying, scored a calamitous own goal to put Watford back ahead. To be fair, if he hadn't made contact, Ighalo would've scored anyways, so it's difficult to blame him for that one. His poor clearance however, led to the third goal. Once Watford put the ball back in, Ciaran Clark watched the Bluenose bastard Troy Deeney head home. Sickening.
Yeah Jordan Ayew pulled one back, but in TEN minutes of stoppage time, Villa recorded NO shots, and Watford came close to adding another on multiple occasions. Jeers, quite rightly echoed around Villa Park at full time.
Carlos Sanchez played his worst game EVER for Villa. He was awful. Cieran Clark, awful. Carles Gil, awful.
But it is Alan Hutton where the problem is. And it is absolutely not his fault. Technically, he is the worst player in the Villa side (apart from maybe Richardson), but this season, he has been one of our best performers. That means he tries his damn best, but is being held back by his lack of ability. But it highlights the problem in the Villa side. There is no fight. None. Villa attacks are just motionless until Alan Hutton or Jordan Ayew try something. Sure, they get singled out when it inevitably doesn't work out. BUT NO ONE ELSE IS TRYING.
And that my friends, is why Aston Villa are doomed.