United stole a crucial three points in the 93rd minute against an organised but limited Villa side. Villa’s decent away record was based on pace and ability to counter attack quickly and we saw this side of their game in abundance for the first 45 minutes before they seemed to settle for a draw and tire badly. Apart from Cisse’s howler (which bobbled badly for the poor lad), United created nothing of note for the first 80 minutes as the match was played out in front of a silent St James’. The last ten minutes finally brought a late surge from United and a poor performance overall was forgotten as we searched for a winner.
How good are Loic Remy and Colo? it’s scary how much we rely on them.
Considering Pardew’s message to the press (about the bullshit written about his job), I’ve been looking forwards to reading the reaction. Pardew at least changed his tactics early enough when it was clear 4 in midfield wasn’t working (again) compared to Spurs where he failed to change it until it was too late.
With Hull, Palace, Fulham, Southampton and Stoke all coming up in the next 7 games – there’s a chance to make up ground on the teams above.
The Journal – Stuart Rayner
Rayner’s analysis is sound that the elation of the late winner doesn’t mask a United side who struggle to create clear cut chances. 23 shots and you could only say we had three great chances. Rayner thinks the manager is looking to the future with the safety of mid table secured. Personally I don’t know what Haidara has to do to get a game but I thought Dummet played OK and his corners are decent!
The Northern Echo – Scott Wilson
Wilson’s match analysis is close to spot on and he talks about the difference a goal can make. It’s likely that 7th in the league could qualify for Europe and the goal gives United a chance of reaching that mark. He singles out Williamson as the man who found his best form. No surprise to me that came in the absence of Steven Taylor and Colo coming back.
The Telegraph – Luke Edwards
Edwards believes United’s win was a triumph for effort and persistence and I can’t disagree with him. The shite served up against SAFC and Spurs was in stark contrast to this laboured but hard working win. This is a good match report with a fine balance between how the game went, analysis and opinion.
Louise Taylor the Guardian:
The local media have stayed clear of Pardew’s post match ‘smile’ at the press box but Taylor has penned a post match piece here. It’s essentially a report on a Pardew interview and some words from Paul Lambert. Classic WKL.
United feature in the Guardian’s ’10 talking points’ blog. Coming in at point 9, Louise Taylor reckons luck played a huge part in Villa’s defeat as Ashley Westwood went off injured and that swung the game. I just think Villa are a bit shitter than us at the moment.
The Aston Villa Perspective – avillafan.com
A pretty formulaic match report without any analysis or opinion. I don’t recal United being booed off at half time but maybe I’m wrong on that one (Ed: they were a little bit).
The Villa Blog
A bit of a strange website. This site doesn’t believe Villa were that unlucky and once again bemoaning the lack of attacking threat with Villa only having 2 shots on target in 90 minutes.
This week I visited the impressively designed www.toonarmyblog.co.uk
The site is simplistic with the design (not unlike true faith) which allows for a site easy to navigate and find your way around. The site has the motto ‘get it off your chest, have your say’ which is a nice little idea as it demonstrates that the writers of the blog aren’t using the site as a way of getting their own voices head, but developing a debate between supporters.
There’s a detailed archive of all previous posts and I really like how well written and east the site is to use.
Their analysis of the Villa game is excellent and like a few of the better sports writers, the lad who has written the match report recognises United’s limited quality in the match but increased effort. They also recognise the Cabaye departure only being one of many factors behind our poor form since January, most notably the absence of our captain. He analysis Williamson’s crucial interception as the moment game switched and praises Anita’s second half showing.
I couldn’t agree more with the report and it’s nice to see some positivity for the rest of the season being recognised or at least hoped for.
You can follow the toon army blog on twitter https://twitter.com/toonarmyblog and they only have 19 followers to date so get following to help a well-run NUFC blog out with some more followers.
So overall it’s been nice to write about the press reaction to a win. It’s incredible what a goal can do. Pardew’s had a few late winners in the last year or so to relive the pressure. 6 points at Hull and Fulham are expected. I’m looking forwards to the rest of the season.