Aston Villa drew 0-0 at home to Manchester City.
Stan Collymore praised Aston Villa’s defensive shape during their 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City but also pointed out on Twitter their lack of cutting edge in the final third.
Villa headed in to the clash propping up the Premier League table having lost nine of their first 11 games, a run which saw Tim Sherwood lose his job and Remi Garde instilled as his replacement.
Villa’s new boss has a huge job on his hands, yet he arrived at Villa Park with a pretty impressive CV and calm and assuring personality which could rub off well on his players.
Against City, he hosts were tactically spot on as they nullified the visitors to few clear-cut chances and their commitment to the cause was first-class throughout.
Writing on Twitter during the game, Collymore was impressed by his former club’s defensive shape though he still felt they could do more from an attacking perspective.
City twice struck the woodwork over the course of the 90 minutes and Manuel Pellegrini will probably feel his side deserved to win the game on chances created.
However, Villa’s resolve must be applauded and considering their defensive record coming in to the fixture, boss Remi Garde will be delighted they managed to hold out for a point.
Going forward, Garde will want his side to be more creative as they failed to register a single shot on target though it’s not every game they will be facing such a tough opposition.
The draw leaves Villa bottom with five points from 12 matches and five points adrift of safety.