What a bad evening – a 4-0 Carling Cup defeat by Spurs and confirmation that Christian Benteke is out for a month.
Terrible performance. Terrible game. Terrible result. Tottenham have spent the money, so even their second-string is decent, but Villa’s early season optimism took a hit tonight with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Spurs. Could it get any worse? Hell yes. In the post-match press conference, Paul Lambert confirmed that Benteke will be out for a month due to his injury. Below is an attempt to find five reasons to still be cheerful. UTV
1. Benteke out for a month
At least Villa’s Belgian beast didn’t do an Okore. November will be a key month in terms of winnable games, so at least he’ll be back for them. Lambert has labeled Benteke a ‘quick healer’, so lets hope he can shave a week off his proposed month out.
2. Callum Robinson made his competitive first team debut for a few minutes
That’s big news.
3. Aleksandar Tonev got a shot on target
We’re classing that as progress after the Norwich game. Also, Marc Albrighton had an okay game. Funny how he played tonight when some ITK twitter accounts confirmed he’d gone on loan to Derby County.
4. Jed Steer knows how to pick the ball out of the net
A skill that could come in useful if Brad Guzan gets injured and the Villa team put in more performances like they did against Spurs.
5. The weather is a lot more milder this week from what I was expecting
Maybe there’s a chance of an Indian summer?