Shane Long apologised to manager Ronald Koeman after the 4-2 win over Aston Villa – because he only scored one goal.
“The captain has been called “selfish” and “insensitive”, two respected board members have walked out following a row with the owner and their longest-serving player has been suspended for the second time this month”.
From a very early stage this season, there was little doubting Aston Villa’s fate as a squad with varying levels of experience has looked well below the standard required to compete in the Premier League. We are professional people, professional footballers, and it’s not always rosy in the garden. “We have to keep winning to keep the pressure on those above”.
“That is my soul reason, my raison d’etre, if you like, to try to get a competitive, cohesive unit out there on a Saturday to play against a lot of good teams”.
“We created more chances”, he told BBC Sport.
Black faces the unenviable task of trying to end a run of nine straight defeats when Southampton arrive on Saturday for a match where the Aston Villa Protest Group are urging fans to carry on with the “Banners out on 74” campaign.
Southampton is eighth in the league with 51 points having won 14 games, drawn 9 and lost 11.
Should Lerner succeed in selling the club, those visions of a baby-faced Ashley Young breaching Everton’s goal will have to nourish him romantically for the rest of time.
After defeats in their previous two games, Chelsea were in danger of being caught by Bournemouth in the EPL table, but Hazard’s double either side of a Willian goal proved enough to clinch victory despite Tommy Elphick pulling one back for the Cherries.
The second-half had been underway for a good ten minutes, yet my brother and I, along with a good load of other fans, were still enjoying a pint; “F*** the Premier League” was the chant.
Year after year, Villa escaped to stumble home 16th, 15th, 15th and 17th the past four seasons in the 20-team league.
The powerful centre back joined Aston Villa from Fenerbahce back in the year 2000.
The only light at the end of the tunnel for Villa supporters is the prospect of a takeover, with several interested consortia believed to be in negotiations to buy the club from US-based owner Randy Lerner.