Despite being unbeaten at VP this season, mainly in part thanks to 877 draws, I’ve noticed many discussing the ‘toxic’ atmosphere at home the majority of games this season.
There certainly appeared to be boo’s throughout the game yesterday, which was understandable given the dross on display. I felt a bit sorry for Bruce, but I don’t think they were aimed at him in any way. I don’t agree with anyone booing a player coming on though, as some reported happened with Westwood, and hopefully that was a one off. Regardless of your views on the merits of a player, it shouldn’t come to this.
It’s tough really. Years and years of horrible football at one of the most famous grounds in Britain takes it toll, and we all know it’s not an inexpensive hobby. Do fans have the right to boo? Of course they do. Especially after what the Villa faithful have been through. I do think Bruce will fix things, and he’s already identified our main issue at the moment (lack of fitness). It all feels a bit catch 22 though. Players can’t perform at their best under such pressures, but the same players aren’t giving the fans anything to shout about.
In the end, it all comes down to results. I don’t think anyone wants to spend their day at VP setting out to be negative. It’s felt an age since VP was rocking, and hopefully we see it sooner rather than later. Here’s a selection of tweets regarding the atmosphere at home:
Seems to be a toxic atmosphere at VP. Fans seems to be on the players backs instead of actually getting behind them. Needs to change #avfc
— TVZ (@TheVillaZone) October 16, 2016
Can see us winning Tuesday away from the toxic atmosphere at VP. It's time some home fans just supported the team #avfc
— Harry (@HarryHazzaleach) October 16, 2016
#Avfc The young inexperienced players can't cope with the pressure and the tense atmosphere. We need to get behind our team and stop booing
— Sven Cooper (@SvenCooper99) October 16, 2016
Last tweet – Fans need to back them, Atmosphere was very poor and tense from minute 1 – Booing subs is counter productive #AVFC
— CB-82 (@CB_82) October 16, 2016
@TheVillaZone need the same atmosphere @ Villa Park as it is during the away days.The place could be rocking getting behind the team=12thman
— Mark (@modus777) October 16, 2016