On a day when all Villan’s have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new manager the current staff and reserve team in particular, have been going about their business in an impressive manner. The game took place at Bodymoor Heath and resulted in a 4-0 victory to Villa’s second string with some impressive performances from some of the clubs young guns.
A brace from James Collins Jr. was accompanied by goals from Samir Carruthers and substitute Michael Drennan to embarrass a decent Blackpool reserve side on paper. New reserve team boss Gordon Cowans masterminded his first win of the new campaign following defeat to Manchester City reserves. The match saw starts given to first team hopeful’s Ciaran Clark and Steve Sidwell with the latter returning from injury in fine form.
It didn’t take long for the home side to take the lead netting through a Collins header in the opening two minutes. Villa scored their second shortly after the break when Carruthers cross from the right eluded everyone including the Blackpool goalkeeper. Collins then showed great strength before striking home his second and Villa’s third.
Michael Drennan was brought on for Bradley Johnson and scored just minutes after entering the fray with a deft chip over the keeper. Drennan almost had a second when his thunderous drive rattled the crossbar moments later before the Blackpool keeper denied Sidwell a goal on his comeback and the game ended at 4-0.
On a great day for James Collins Jr. there was also good news for his not so junior namesake. Welsh centre back James Collins was elbowed in the face during his country’s defeat to Montenegro and was rushed to hospital. It had been feared that the 27 year old may have fractured a cheekbone or broken a nose but luckily the damage was limited to a severe black eye. Collins has returned to Villa and the club will hope to have him back, as well as a manager in place, in time for Monday’s game against Stoke.
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