Aston Villa have, on the rare occasion this season, been hugely impressive. After all, they claimed an astonishing 3-1 win over Arsenal on the opening day of the season, as well as stunning 3-2 wins over Manchester City and Southampton. They have been able to achieve such results because of the way boss Paul Lambert has set his team up to play—and they’ve had a little bit of luck along the way, too.
Villa’s tactic this season has been to soak up pressure and attack on the counter, using the pace of wingers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann to feed the inconsistent Christian Benteke. And it has worked, for the most part. But the loss against Everton magnifies Villa’s lack of a plan B.
The Claret and Blues took a 1-0 lead into the break but returned for the second half applying the same tactic, which allowed for the Toffees to relentlessly attack. Naturally, it paid off for Roberto Martinez’s men, who enjoyed 73 percent possession during the match.
And yes, I appreciate that Villa were away from home. But their 27 percent possession during the clash at home to Swansea on December 28 just emphasises the point that a change in approach may benefit Lambert’s side.