Bugger. I suppose we didn’t really deserve much, but nevertheless, it’s always a shame to lose in injury time, and especially from a mistake. In this case Mark Schwarzer parried a drive from the edge of the area straight back towards the penalty spot, and Andreas Wiemann bundled home after two attempts (the first miraculously saved by Schwarzer). It was the sort of odd goal that you expect to see disallowed for some kind of infringement, offside perhaps, but the scoreboard flicked to 1-0 and that was all that.
A strange performance, in which nothing particularly happened. Pogrebnyak ended his goal run and really was a bit isolated, Clint Dempsey and Damien Duff not really supporting enough, Moussa Dembele failing to run the game as he has been lately. In short, our big players didn’t play up to recent standards, and frankly we needed them to.
Duff might have settled the match sooner, a left footed smash on the run flipping off the post and going wide. Rats. Near misses here and there, but Villa’s organisation was hard to break down. So….. I don’t know. Games like this happen, and especially at Villa Park, so let’s move on.