'I don't like Mondays' - Aston Villa's wretched early-week record

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Aston Villa's 1-1 Premier League draw with Southampton saw their long wait for a victorious Monday continue.

Bob Geldof may currently be in the process of reminding the world that Christmas is upon us again, but back in the late 70s – while fronting the Boomtown Rats – he was more concerned about telling us how much he disliked Mondays.

He is by no means alone in that boat, with there are few life experiences to rival dragging yourself out of bed at the start of another working week.

Among those who are comfortably perched inside that particular vessel at present are Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and his tired band of Premier League troops.

It is safe to say that those at Villa Park do not like Mondays either, with a 1-1 draw with Southampton offering a painful reminder to all concerned of how tough it can be to open the week with a bang.

Villa’s struggles are not for a lack of effort, with Gabriel Agbonlahor having opened the scoring inside half-an-hour, only to see England full-back Nathaniel Clyne rescue a point for the Saints late on.

Remarkably, Lambert’s men have now toasted just one win in their last 14 games to have been staged on the first day of the week.

That solitary success came back in April 2013, when they hammered Sunderland 6-1 on home soil.

So when they do get it right, Villa come out all guns blazing.

Unfortunately, that result has been the exception rather than the norm – as pointed out by the Birmingham Mail.

A 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers has already been endured this season in front of the Monday Night Football cameras, while last term they were undone by Arsenal and held by local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Casting the mind back a little further, and prior to the mauling of the Black Cats, Villa lost to Manchester United, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool and took a point off Stoke City.

Lambert will be pleased to hear that there are no more Monday fixtures pencilled in for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign, but television coverage could soon wreck his plans.

How, though, do you explain such a bemusing trend?

Why should playing on a Monday be any different to games staged on any of the other six days of the week?

Perhaps pressure has something to do with it, with the weekend having been spent keeping a close eye on how others are faring and pondering what needs to be offered in response.

Maybe it is concentration issue, with players having gone too long between games – particularly this time around coming off the back of the international break.

Could the fixture computer be to blame, with a quick scan of the opponents listed above suggesting that Villa have faced some testing Monday encounters?

Whatever the reason, Villa be hoping for a reversal in fortune in the not too distant future as – having gone eight games without a Premier League win – they cannot afford to be too picky about what day they play on.

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