Frustrating game that yesterday.
When gerrard took the Rangers job, I took a natural interest in them and watched a lot of their games. I was always impressed with how they set up and played. Even when they came up against superior teams (especially in Europe), they’ve always had a go and played good stuff.
Yesterday really surprised me. I know we’re a lot better than Villa and they can’t exactly go toe to toe with us, but it was like watching a Burnley or a Sam allardyce type performance. They came to spoil the game. I don’t even remember them having a shot. Time wasting from the first minute and how that bellend goalie never got a yellow for them is a mystery. He should have been booked after ten mins.
Villa can play however they want and it’s up to us to find a way to beat them but it was anti-football from them yesterday and I thought the likes of stevie in particular would frown upon all that sh*te. I’ve never seen his side play like that up to now. I had the phone in on in the car on the way home and the praise gerrard got from fellow reds was baffling to me. It was like watching f**king Everton.
Anyway moving on to us. Despite Villa trying to spoil the game, I thought we did fairly well in the circumstances. We dominated the game but it was one of those matches where we couldn’t find our shooting boots so the crowd was getting a bit restless. We had the chances and on another day we would have won a lot more convincingly. Because we couldn’t convert them, that meant we had a nervous ten or fifteen minutes towards the end when Villa actually decided to move out of their half but we weathered the storm and got the win.
I thought everybody had a fairly decent game apart from Hendo and Thiago who couldn’t quite get going and play to their usual level for whatever reason. A bit tired maybe? It seemed that way to me.
Felt sorry for ox, he’s come in for a lot of stick but he’s never going to have the same impact as Jota does in that position and I thought he did alright personally. There’s a feller who sits behind me who really has it in for him and every time he makes a mistake he’s shouting & moaning his head off but when salah or somebody like that makes the same mistake 2 minutes later he says ‘unlucky Mo hard luck lad’. He’s a f**king divvy.
Only other thing to say is the ref was abysmal despite giving us a soft pen. I don’t like talking about officials because sometimes it comes across as petty to me, but he was shocking. He had a clear agenda against us and he didn’t even try and hide it, it was blatantly obvious. It’s on of the worst referee performances I’ve ever seen. I’d bet my right bollock he’s a manc, bluenose or a Chelsea fan. Terrible.