Aston Villa are dull. Other than the Villa fans themselves, does anyone give a flying toss in a high breeze what happens to them? Other teams you can have a soft spot for, perhaps they have one of your ex-players or a good manager, or some good flair players.
Villa have none of these things.
Their manager is a soulless, talentless ex-centre half one trick pony with one excuse (team is young and ergo inexperienced).
Their team is full of the players that induce a coma just by seeing their names. Gavin McCann. Gareth Barry. Ulises de la Cruz. Olaf Mellberg. Liam Ridgwell. Steven Davis. Eric Djemba-Djemba. Not an ounce of flair or talent amongst them.
Their style of play yesterday was awful. As increasing numbers of teams do, they set up their team to secure a 0-0 draw, and to be fair to them, they nearly got one. Four defenders, string five cloggers across the midfield and leaving Angel up front on his own. He hardly had a kick.
Like I say, it's not just Villa. I do think that the fear of relegation, the sack and the money in the game has turned the whole emphasis once more from "winning" to "not losing", hence the few 0-0's and 1-0's we have had already this season. Villa might finish sixth. They might finish sixteenth. But I don't care a jot either way. In fact I;d quite like them relegated for a laugh, along with other "big-time" dull outfits like perhaps Arsenal. or Fulham. or Boro. or Everton.
FC United of Manchester beat Padiham 3-2 in front of 2,500 at Gigg Lane, yesterday, by the way. They're top of the league on goal difference, you know....