The 29 man CM Vipers squad had 4 weeks to check in for what was arguably their toughest match yet against Premiership side Aston Villa in the FA Cup. The Gaffer was left disappointed though that only 20 of them opted to make an appearance in training which meant that 9 were missing. Fortunately, those that had turned up was enough for him to field a decent looking team although he was forced to start with Baz at left-back despite 92% fitness who gets the nod over 89% fit trunky who joins Dermotron on the sidelines as the Vipers skipper misses out due to suspension after 5 yellow cards.
Aston Villa meanwhile, name a strong team containing Christian Benteke, Joe Allen, Fabian Delph and Carles Gil.
As the game got underway, the two teams seemed equally matched as both sides had chances to go ahead. It was the Vipers who drew first blood though as Bevchenko struck his 5th goal of the season. The lead last only four minutes though as the Villains pulled one back and then took the lead themselves a few minutes later. Far from throwing in the towel though, the Vipers had a clear penalty denied when Jesus was clipped inside the area that surely would have been red for Brad Guzan. Fresh legs were put on the pitch in the second half but the team just couldn't get that elusive goal as Aston Villa went on to score a third and go through to the next round. Perhaps the Vipers aren't quite ready yet to take on the Premiership elite!
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That's a shame
Coming back with a vengance in our next game then
Balls - cup glory gone
Vila a tough team though and we gave them a good game
Focus on promotion run now!
Was always going to be a tall order vs. Villa
great effort lads, shos how far we have come
Great jumping Vinj
5? Pffft. Sorry lads.
*thinks the gaffer should invest in new defenders*
A good effort especially considering the team we played. Plus their goalie got a 9!
No idea what Baz was doing but a 5 is awful! Bring back the other left back...
If the ref gives the penalty for the clip on Jesus by Guzan....it's a different game!
We gave a good account of ourselves as well.
Good to see me assisting for Bev's goal (as per match report) but do I get the credit for it? Do I f*ck? Stitched!
Should of played me from the start
Good effort lads, just let down by the right centre half
Concentrating on the league.
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unlucky boys, quality told in the end
*Gutted to lose.
*pretty sure Prem teams will try to sign him.
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