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Downer: It's a trusim that you generally play to the level of your competition. And when you play Aston Villa, that's not very high.
Slowpoke: It's hard to break down a team that plays 11 behind the ball, especially when they defend as well as Villa did on the outside wings, denying cross after cross and largely negating an ineffective Ashley Young and a double teamed Antonio Valencia throughout the first half.
Determination: Christian Benteke steamrolled Chris Smalling for the first Villa goal, and Andreas Weiman smashed two past David De Gea to let the Reds know they were in for something serious at Villa Park on Saturday. Paul Lambet had his young team well motivated and determined.
Awry: Paul Scholes offered up several dramatic give aways, the second of which indirectly led to the Villans' second goal of the afternoon? What are the odds on that?
Lifeline: Chicharito's third of the season offered the Reds a way back into the match. The Little Pea is coming up big this season, and his speed has the ability to completely unnerve opposition defenses.
Lifeline, Part II: Chicharito redux. He's not bad with his feet, either.
Spaniard: Big Dave's point reflexive denial of Weimann's hat trick was a turning point in the contest. Ten minutes afterward, and Weimann was still seen rubbing his hands through his hair wondering what happened....
Crossbar: Aston Villa's best defender wore white around the 70 minute mark.
Anderson: Brought in for Wazza with ten minutes to play: What the what?!
Lifeline, Part III:Have we mentioned the Little Pea's headers?
Routine: Was the outcome ever in doubt after Weimann smashed home his second? Three consecutive goals from Chicharito -- dubious goals be damned -- and it's all good at the top of the English table.
This is farlieonfootie for November 11.