WE LOOK A good team again in the first half against Aston Villa at the weekend. We gave away one or two chances and that is something you don't want but, on the other hand, we created a number of opportunities.
We should have been ahead before being very unfortunate - injury-wise - in the second half along with the sending off of Calum. It didn't make it easy for us, we had to play Pascal and Didier in central defence, while Paul came in for the first time this season.
We had to reorganise, Aaron came in for the first time since his knee injury, so I have to be content with the draw, but I feel we could have got more out of it.
We still haven't found the formula to play at 100 per cent, without Aaron we were playing with four central midfielders across the middle, but I think Danny has done well lately. He is getting his fitness back, it is not easy if you don't play for six months then play three or four games in a short space of time. Danny is getting more influential with his free-kicks and is becoming an effective player for us.
On the right side, with Aaron back we will have more width and more pace - that is something you need and we have lacked that a bit in our last few games. Pace is a vital ingredient in modern football and with Aaron we have got that, also with Pascal coming forward and Benoit looking good.
We were a bit unlucky with Ledley King again because we him their you feel very confident but, having said that, Michael is doing well and Calum played on with a broken nose and I have to compliment him.
It is not all about gelling together as a team, if you play away against Bolton, Manchester United and Liverpool and don't put away your chances, it is unlikely you will get the results you want. Lately we have picked up and are doing better, but we are still not 100 per cent.
Coming together on a Friday after an international break is never ideal, but a lot of teams have the same problem and I feel we will have a similar problem, hopefully, for the rest of the season if we stay in Europe.
"Calum played on with a broken nose and I have to compliment him."
Martin Jol offers his final thought on the weekend point secured on an eventful afternoon at Villa Park...