>As Joe rightly said, 10 points off Champions League.
Kinnear has brought a togetherness to the squad. Gutierez’s exuberance after setting up the second goal along with the bench preparing to celebrate at the final whistle is a warming signal of intent. Even Owen looked pleased to be running on in injury time.
The game was very open in the first half. Villa undoubtedly created the better chances and maybe should have been ahead. But yet again, Kinnear’s team talk must have been an enthusiastic riot. We came out focussed, precise and pacey and smashed Villa. Martins showed his class again. Shola yet again was somehow worth his place in the team, if not the box and Barton and Butt looked solid. Duff seems a player reborn. He is actually beating people after 3 years. Coloccini still won everything in the air against 6ft-7 Carew. And Enrique looks integrated into the team finally.
The look on Barry’s face was fairly priceless too.