Is this the biggest run of luck in Premier League history?

Aston Villa’s fortuitous streak continues against Sunderland

While The Spoiler are big Martin O’Neill fans and acknowledge that Aston Villa’s performance has been one of many factors that have made this season so exciting, it would be wrong not to highlight one of the most remarkable runs of luck in recent memory:

Everton 2-3 Aston Villa
Villa were outplayed but snatched victory with a goal scored after the alotted amount of injury time had been played.

Aston Villa 4-2 Bolton
This was one game where O’Neill’s men fully deserved victory after coming from behind.

West Ham 0-1 Aston Villa
Villa’s late winner comes courtesy of the flukiest of own goals by Lucas Neill.

Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal
Admittedly Villa were the better team overall but needed a penalty and injury-time equaliser to overcome a 2-0 deficit.

Hull 0-1 Aston Villa
Another late own goal handed Villa an away win and further luck came when the referee reversed his decision to wrongly award Hull a last-gasp penalty.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom
The Baggies were denied an injury-time penalty by Steve Bennett, who was also in charge of the Hull game.

Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa
It looked like James Milner handled home Villa’s first while the winner came from a penalty awarded for a foul outside the box.

Chelsea and Manchester United both scored late winners today to prevent Villa from climbing to third and within a point of the champions. Alongside the fact Ashley Young picked up a three match suspension, could it be a sign that the purple patch is coming to a close?

Can you recall any other remarkable runs of good fortune in recent years? Liverpool’s sequence of late wins earlier this season deserves a mention but let us know of any others with a comment below.

19 responses so far
  • chico // January 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    It’s called playig up to the whistle and putting the opposition under such extreme presure that they make mistakes and panic. It’s what great footballing sides do.

  • the blue half off brum // January 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Boring!! why is it people moan and moan about the top 4 allways being the same and as soon as team break it everyones so quick to shoot them down?! and this is a birmingham fan by the way.

  • Atko villa // January 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Thanx chico and (bizzarly the blue nose) you have saved me from writing an essay! Agree with you both. Do people get paid to write this drivel?

  • Everton Fan // January 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    You Villa fans are deluded if you don’t think you’ve had a ridiculous amount of luck recently. It’s not as if this site is really criticising you- moreso pointing out how incredible a run it is!

  • LESCOTT'S CYBORG HEAD // January 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Well we had no luck against your shower love. We let you have the majority of the game and you still couldn’t finish us off. What were we supposed to do ?. Class always shows in the end

  • Robin // January 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    In the West Brom game there was another own goal. And in the FA Cup game they got a penalty game winner after an Ashley Young dive. They remind me of the Mancs in the way they get decisions and force defenses to make mistakes.

  • Drop of Claret // January 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Let’s be honest, we have had some fantastic luck and conceivably we could have only taken 7 points from the 19 we have won in these games, perhaps less. However, fortune favours the brave and we epitomise that. In recent years we would have folded in these games and probably lost them. With the pace of Gabby and Young we do force errors from players. Premiership defenders rarely make unforced errors. I fear our luck may not last the season, but I was fearful approaching December and look what happened. It is the spirit that is winning matches and deservedly so I say.

    Lady luck may turn her attentions elsewhere soon; but I genuinely feel though that Villa haven’t shown their full potential yet – and when we play to it we probably wont need her!

  • fourstar // January 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Drop Of Claret speaks the truth.

    And what goes around, comes around – enjoy it while it lasts, for when you are conceding last minute penalties and having men sent off for next-to-nothing, look back and enjoy.

    Still think you’ll nick 4th spot though. Bastardos.

  • Old Astonian // January 17, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    The pace of Agbonlahor frightens defenders thats why they foul him when there is a 1-on-1. Villa then gets a decision either free-kick, penalty or own goal then you call it luck. You make your own luck.
    Villa are now the grasp of Chelsea. I would be suprised if the don’t nick at least 3rd.

  • yoooonayted =D // January 18, 2009 at 9:44 am

    against sunderland.
    2 handballs in the box. NOT GIVEN.
    a handball goal. GIVEN.
    a penalty outside the area. GIVEN.
    and the 2 handballs were positioned at the start and at the end of the match. so its ridiculous.
    still want villa to smash the top four and even beat chelsea off.

  • VILLA FAN // January 18, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Everton Fan we’re the 2nd highest scoreres in the Prem you create your own luck we are an exciting counter attacking team unlike boring Everton.

  • Richard // January 18, 2009 at 10:17 am

    You can make arguments either way. Have you forgot the blatant penalty not given against ManUtd; the last minute goal conceded against Stoke: the fact that we murdered Arsenal : there would have been no need for Ashley Young’s late goal if Lescott hadn’t equalised in the last minute and that all TV replays have shown that that Young clearly took the ball against West Brom.

  • Luke M // January 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Some people sound very bitter! I could write an essay about how many times we’ve been robbed by bad luck.

    Milner was fouled which is why he didn’t kick the ball into the net against Sunderland. If a goal wasn’t given it would’ve been a penalty and a red card. We had loads of luck with Young being sent off too. Loads.

  • happyvillan // January 18, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Wow there are some bitter people around.Villa are a team of solid pros who dont give up at the end of games like some teams.We are getting the run of things at present but it is more down to the “never ssay die” spirit this team shows.Long may it last and with a bit of “luck” maybe we can smash this big 4 closed shop.

  • Aaron-Fulham-Fan // January 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Not nearly all of them games were down to luck!

    Arsenal: Villa completely out played Arsenal! hit the bar three times and had one cleared off the line in the first half. If anything i would consider Villa unlucky not to have slaughtered Arsenal in that game!

    Everton: it would have been just as lucky for Everton to have got the extra time draw as it was for Villa to get the extra time win!

    For the rest of the games: ever hear of a “never say die attitude”??? thats what Villa have and should be complimented for it, not called “lucky” and “flukey”. I wish my team had it!

  • Irish Villan // January 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Ridiculous. There is no such thing as a “run of luck”, everybody should see that by now.
    A lot of dubious things have happened in our games recently, but on a second look, they have been cleared up, and the right decisons have been made.
    We beat Everton, late goals are not “luck”, the game is 90 minutes, we won with the last kick, big deal.
    West Ham – we could have 3 goals in the first half, Young hit the post, where was all the luck there? We finished stronger than them, and we won. Big deal again.
    We were unlucky not to beat Arsenal by a cricket score, again late goals are not luck.
    Against Hull, another “late goal” in the 87th minute (the game lasts 90+ remember), Gabby would have scored anyway had Zayatte not. The “penalty” wasn’t, obvious to anyone with eyes, and that whole incident should not have happened. So no “luck” there either.
    West Brom? Comfortable enough win, it wasn’t a penalty at the end as TV replays showed, what are you on about?
    Sunderland yesterday- bad first half performance, fully deserved in the second half, by miles the better team, Milners goal looked as much his head as his arm, should have been a penalty anyway, fair goal. The penalty was a penalty, Gabby may have been kicked in the head slightly outside the box, but the fouling continued into the box, and he was brought down in the box by a combo if two defenders. Once agan, fair decision.

    I have a feeling this sort of crap will continue, no matter how we score or play, and everyone will look at everything we do from now on as “lucky” because humans are stupid by design.

    When this happens to Man Utd or Chelsea, it’s not “luck” it’s “the sign of a great team” or “Title winning form”.

    You can keep shooting us down and over-analysing everything we do, and making a mockery of us, but really, we’re laughing at you all, and laughing bloody hard.

    up the Villa

  • fourstar // January 18, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Heh, nothing like a bit of mid-season paranoia :) but as a Gooner, if you take 4th (or even 3rd) at the end of the season I shall be the first to applaud you, you’ll deserve it.

    That said, Martin O’Neill should have been England manager by now. Your gain is the national side’s loss.

  • KY // January 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    If it’s Man.Utd, Chelsea or Liverpol then everyone would say they ‘ground out another good result’. I’m a gooner and reckon Villa will pip us to 4th spot or even better.

  • JB // January 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Please give us some credit.I’m hearing the same
    press again and again slagging our brilliant climb into the TOP FOUR.
    Ok this is how we Villa fans see it, if we finish 5th
    we will be doing the conga all the way onto the Uefa cup plane bound for Europe if we finish 4th we spend the whole of the close season doing the conga along with most fans of the OTHER NON BIG 4 TEAMS, then we get on a plane bound for The Champs league.I’ve spoken to loads of footie fans and they all agree we need the BIG4 beaten for once and it doesn’t matter who does it.

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