Villa failed to muster up a single shot at Arsenal… that's shameful
10:12 GMT, 30 March 2012
The official statistics, provided by the Press Association, show Aston Villa had two direct shots on target at the Emirates last week.
A friend of mine who attended that game – backed up by Birmingham media men who were also present – contradicted that and have reported back that there was not an effort on the Gunners' goal that was worthy of the name.
Under the kosh: Villa were soundly beaten by Arsenal at the Emirates
I could go into a lengthy diatribe. But I'm not going to because on this occasion brevity will have the same impact.
At this point, I don't care whose fault it is. Owner Randy Lerner, manager Alex McLeish or his players.
Leading the line: Villa didn't muster up a shot of note
An Aston Villa side not having a worthwhile shot on target That is shameful.
It will be the end of an era this weekend at Molineux – and I'm not necessarily talking about the impact that a defeat will have on Wolves' Premier League status.
No, after 23 years and 158 issues, a Wolves institution, the fanzine, 'A load of bull' is being printed for the final time.
The rise of internet message-boards and the proliferation of the media has brought an end to a few publications and it is with sadness that Charles Ross and his team of contributors will pen their final few words this weekend.
However, in one final gesture the club will benefit from the magazine's closure.
The fanzine has closed with a couple of editions still owed to the annual subscribers.
End of an era: After 23 years 'A load of bull' is being printed for the final time
But instead of returning the cash, Ross has asked what his readers want to do with the excess money.
To their credit not one single supporter out of almost 500 has demanded the money back.
Instead, it has been voted that they should forward the money to a good cause. A cheque, which has been boosted by the fanzine's fighting fund, will be sent to the club's charity, the Wolves' Community Trust, for just shy of 2,300. The money has been earmarked for the Disability Sports' Programme.
So, there is a silver lining in a very dark cloud. Well done to all concerned.
Encouraging signs at Leicester and Forest
One simple point to make after Tuesday night's goalless draw at the King Power Stadium. It has been a while since I've watched either Leicester City or Nottingham Forest. But both have certainly improved.
Leicester look more energetic in midfield and more solid at the back. While the Forest side of two months ago would have been beaten. It was a far more resilient performance.
Finally, 'well done' too to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. It was his birthday this week and he over-ordered on the Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Needless to say, they didn't go to waste ahead of Terry Connor's press conference…..