Oh gawd, these columns get harder and harder to do. It’s a miracle this column has run for around four years considering how useless Villa have tended to be. How can you spin anything positive from an inept 4-0 defeat at the Etihad? Well, the fact of the matter is you can’t.

Manchester City paraded the League Cup around the stadium as if reminding Aston Villa fans what their club used to be about. Just when you thought failing to beat a second division Bradford City in a League Cup semi-final over two legs in the competition was as low as you could go as a Villa fan, this season has reached a whole new other level.

While we wait for the relegation axe to drop, here’s five reasons to be cheerful (kind of…not really) as an Aston Villa supporter…

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5. Only Four

Coming into the game many supporters were predicting a cricket score even considering Manchester City’s unconvincing form of late. To be at 0-0 at half-time was something of a minor miracle considering City had close to 80% of the possession.

Unfortunately, the team who has made a habit out of only playing 45 minutes had nothing to offer in the second half and they were 4-0 down with a quarter of the game to go.



The only good news to come was Sergio Aguero failing to grab a hat-trick after he missed a penalty and City deciding that four was enough.