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23 Jun 2017 11:27:01
I think we need a reality check here regarding the up coming season. if you take away the dreadful start 10 points from 11 games and the poor February (combined we got 12 points from 16 games = .75 points per game) . and we got 62 points from 46 games.

take away the 16 games and 12 points from the 46 games and 62 points then we have 30 games got us 50 points = 1.7 points per game. now ad that average into the total season 16 x 1.7 = additional 27 points which would have given us 77 points and that would have put us 7th.

yes we have to improve on last year but we are not far off who knows how many additional points we would have picked up without these 2 periods of low confidence. yes we need to sort out quickly the keeper situation. assuming JT comes the defense is sorted.

we need cover for Jedinak. and a creative player on the left (Jack Grealish not consistent enough and runs into too many blind alleys. be optimistic not pessimistic we are in a much better place than 12 months ago.


1.) 23 Jun 2017 13:21:36
I agree mate we was great at home and to be honest it was nice to win at home again that hasn't happend for about 10 years so welldone Bruce. But we need to win away and this is where Strve Bruces tactics let us down he plays the same way as at home where away i belive we should be more counter attack. Iam looking forward to this season but it will be a lot harder than last year. Fulham Reading Leeds not to mention boro an sunderland are all going to be going for automatic this what i said many times Brighton and Newcastle hardly lost a game we have to be like that and that means wining every week no excuses. Great post mate.



20 Apr 2017 15:59:48
Sunday I think will be tighter than people think due to the fact that we cannot score without Kodjia, but predict Birmingham will not finish with 11 men and Villa to scrape a result 1-0.

looking forward to summer deadwood sale - Bunn, Kozac, Richards, Flabby Gabby, Gardner, Tisbola, Sanchez, McKormac, Vertout, Gil. Amavi. should raise £15 million. who should SB get in? assuming he keeps the rest of the squad including the kids, i think we need a centre half, left back, back up defensive midfielder, Keeper, wide right / winger.


1.) 20 Apr 2017 20:40:09
Apart from gardner every one else on that list is spot on. let's get rid of the lot of them. also agree with what we need coming in. for far to long we have held on to players who don't deserve to wear the shirt.

2.) 20 Apr 2017 22:43:07
You got some figures behind that mate? We signed Veretout for 12 million, and he's had a stormer of a season in the French league, shouldn't be making a loss on him.

Gil in today's market is about 10 mil surely, what with having a decent season for deportivo. Sell 12 players and bring in 5, leaves us ridiculously short when injuries come (look at the injury list from January / Christmas) and then a transfer window like that leaves the team not knowing where they stand with wholesale changes not what we need again. 3 or 4 will do fine, quality additions who Bruce wants early in the window so a full preseason, sell a few who won't be involved at all as Bruce sees fit.

Next season is one of the biggest in the clubs history in my eyes, last season we can flex our muscles in the transfer windows before FFP really starts to play a role in our dealings, should we fail to go up next year I can't see it happening for another 4-5 seasons. We get one chance at it, we can't afford to feck it up in the summer at the first hurdle!

3.) 21 Apr 2017 13:18:40
Agree with what you said about next season chris, ffp and the need to put it all together in our push to go up. As you say we can, t afford to cock it up. Like yourself mate just want the best for our great club, I thought when we went down that it would take us three to four years to get back where we belong. Hoping of course that we would do it in two or three, Its such a tough league to get out of. Next season is so critical .



31 Jan 2017 15:21:05
The land crab Westwood has passed medical at Burnley





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22 May 2018 11:57:34
my final team assuming all fit.
Jimmy Danger



1.) 22 May 2018 12:57:58
That would be my team apart from jimmy danger I'd play grabben as he's on better form.

2.) 22 May 2018 13:52:18
Same here Holtenders, is definitely start with Grabban. Even coming on as a sub Kodjia has looked lazy and a shadow of the player we saw last year, did anyone else see his argument with Hourihane at the end of the Borough first leg? They had to be separated by Terry, Hourihane was fuming at his work rate and effort when he came on. I can see why to be fair, he plays as though he’s just finished a marathon, and the lack of effort sticks out like a saw thumb when everyone else is running round like blue arsed flies. If Grabban is being subbed I’d bring on Hogan, if Adomah is being subbed that’s the only time I’d consider Kodjia, but even then you can put Grabban left and Hogan up top. Hogan might not have the ability of Kodjia but his attitude and effort is infectious, what we need when trying to see a game out.

3.) 22 May 2018 14:57:53
I would leave kodiaj on bench
Grabban must start but needs the midfield to be closer to him.
He often gets isolated.

4.) 22 May 2018 20:09:04
Do you think that Kodjia wants out?
When he was performing well, lots of stories came out of prem clubs interested. Has this affected his attitude?
I have always regarded him, and posted, that he is a show pony that works for effect to look good, the star.
Now when they are all working hard and he is still recovering he does look a few yards away from the article we saw last season.
If an offer were to be set at our door, should we consider selling?
He probably has one game to win my vote.

5.) 22 May 2018 23:04:58
I think the injury has ruined him, either that or his not fit. He’s so hesitant now and looks scared to try things that previously came seamless to him, I think he’s worried about over doing it and getting injured. Remember we paid about 12 million for him, if someone came in with 15 plus I’d snap their hand off.



18 May 2018 16:06:11
So Lambert gone from Stoke he says he is looking forward to a new challenge. Given his record I think his biggest challenge will be getting a new job.


1.) 18 May 2018 16:26:42
Never seen so manager's getting the boot!
And still more I reckon to add,
And mostly the same manager's to boot as usual,

2.) 19 May 2018 08:47:11
I feel for Lambert.
At Norwich he was their messiah.
We pinched him, gave him limited funds then no funds and he was on his way.
Since then he has had dead end managers roles as at Stoke.
They were ready for the drop when he went there, having got rid of Hughes the players resigned themselves for relegation.
Lambert will never get a top managers job but will possibly end up in champs or lower.
However he has been paid well and received several healthy pay outs when leaving and now is a wealthy man.
Not all a failure.
Doesn't need a job anymore.



15 May 2018 11:37:57
Not entirely confident tonight but Boro have to come at us and will leave space in behind for Jack and snoddy to exploit. Just have to keep the clean sheets going. prsonnaly I think Bree should come in for almo and otherwise keep the same team be prepared to change any tired legs at any time with subs. Hopefully Green will be on the bench to give us an alternative up front. I think Jimmy Danger owes us a goal.
As for next season I hope the Villa have planned for both eventualities as we may loose half the squad - Snoddy, Onomha, Tanuzebe, Johnstone, Terry, Grabban, Samba, McCormygatesstuck, Steer/ bunn.


1.) 15 May 2018 12:36:21
I would say Jimmy danger owns us a performance as well as a goal,
Just don't see any desire from the kid,
His body language speaks volumes!
As for tonight a far harder game than Saturday,
But hopefully we get to final against Fulham,
I have seem villa to many times in this situation to foul up,
So no prediction from me
Will be gutted if we fail and heartbroken,
So come on you lions!



09 May 2018 15:38:52
Not confident about the play offs been a Villa fan since 1960 and am used to being frustrated and let down and get the same feeling at present. Really hope I am wrong, consistency not good enough.


1.) 09 May 2018 16:02:24
My biggest concern is playing against pace, we can't play a open game like we do quite a lot,
But hoping for a positive result Saturday.

2.) 09 May 2018 16:23:39
That's right lads keep ya peckers up.

3.) 09 May 2018 17:15:02
I have to agree mort, I have posted many times about false dawns with Villa.
We have a tendency to fall short when the door of opportunity knocks, like you I hope I am wrong.
I am not being pessimistic on this, more cautious and realistic.
We have a great chance that is true, but I have learned over the years to keep it shut until the deed is done.
Fingers crossed everyone. UTV.

4.) 09 May 2018 18:50:53
If SB picks our best side I believe we will progress to play Derby for the prom spot.
Hutton must be there not Taylor.
Hourihane can be an essential in the middle.
I prefer Whelan to Jedi.
Snoddy, Grabban, Adomah and Kodjia.
Jack must hit the ground running, be at his very best.
Poss draw first leg then a solid second leg to take us to Wembley.
AVFC have everything there. Light the blue touch paper and make the most of the chances that will come our way.
Believe, believe the future is ASTON VILLA.
Are you with us?

5.) 09 May 2018 19:07:54
Are we switching to a three at the back old villain? With all them names we’ve got 3 places left and no right back centre halves or keeper.

6.) 09 May 2018 20:03:47
These are the essential players.
We only have one GK, one RB and then Terry and Chester.
I posted I prefer Whelan to Jedi, not saying to play either.
However I personally prefer 3 at the back and two wingback that makes 5, then 3 across and two in front.
This was popular till Ramsey went 4,4,2 and won in 1966.

7.) 09 May 2018 21:50:35
So you have said to play
On gk
On rb

Now either that’s 12 players or I can’t count.

8.) 10 May 2018 18:45:35
Chris, read carefully.
I did not say to play either Whelan or Jedi only I prefer one to the other.
Stop being argumentive, just hope that it all goes well and we get back in the prem for next season.

9.) 10 May 2018 18:59:42
I’m not mate, I was just trying to work out the team you was suggesting to play but came out with 12 names, that’s all.



12 Mar 2018 09:34:57
Well did not see that coming. one of the best team performances I have seen at Villa Park for many years, could not say anyone had a bad game. I was not a big fan of Grealish before this season I thought he was talented but ran into blind alleys. since is injury he has matured into a player and he reminds me of Gazza, and that can't be bad. Hope he continues to develope and if he does we will have some player on our hands. JT for me has been the signing of the season not only on the pitch but in the dressing room as well. Snoddy has impressed me with not only his skill, but his desire and work rate. Grabban looks like he can poach goals, and Thor what an improvement - for me has to start against QPR.





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03 Nov 2017 09:53:57
To me Grealish is good on the ball but lacks an end product and work rate. Snoddy works his socks off and his delivery into the box gives the forwards a chance - how many times have we seen Jack the lad run into blind alleys? too many, that means the pace of the game slows down and we lose possession. Grealish would also be behind Green for me.




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28 Jun 2017 11:15:53
John Terry yes please - what do we get - the best defender there has been in the premiership, with a previous season where he had a rest and was fully able to recover from injury and niggles, a born leader who hates loosing, the best defense organiser in the premiership player who contributes with goals from central defense. A player who has won everything (except the Championship) .

A player who although will not play every game can come off the bench when he is not in the starting 11 to manage the game to a conclusion and hopefully prevent games that we were leading in becoming draws. A defensive coach for Baker and Chester and the up and coming kids, and hope he will change the club mentality to a winning mentality. If he does that worth every penny.




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03 Feb 2017 15:22:05
RHM signed and Grabby injured Has he played his last game? now surely behind kodjia, Hogan, RHM, Davies, Adohma, Bjarnason. Fingers crossed.




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31 Jan 2017 11:34:59
Would prefer Hogan to Rhodes - he has more pace ( which we are short of), and is selfless in running the channels and is 2 footed, but would not so no to Rhodes if Hogan falls through.




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24 Jan 2017 11:04:56
in the blink of an eye





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22 May 2018 11:52:03
no chance of Rashford i think -
Neil Taylor - SELL
Christopher Samba - RELEASE
James Chester - KEEP
James Bree - KEEP
Micah Richards - pay him up
Alan Hutton - KEEP
John Terry - KEEP
Axel Tuanzebe - BUY
Mitchell Clark - LOAN

Henri Lansbury - SELL
Glenn Whelan - SELL
Robert Snodgrass - BUY
Jack Grealish - KEEP
Conor Hourihane - KEEP
Joshua Onomah - RELEASE
Andre Green - KEEP
Birkir Bjarnason - KEEP
Mile Jedinak - KEEP
Ahmed Elmohamady - SELL
Jake Doyle-Hayes - LOAN
callum O'Hare - KEEP
Albert Adomah - KEEP
Jordan Lyden - LOAN
Keinan Davis - LOAN
Corey TayloR - LOAN

Scott Hogan - SELL
Gabriel Agbonlahor - RELEASE
Jonathan Kodjia - KEEP
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy - Keep
Ross McCormack - Sell
Lewis Grabban - RELEASE
Gil - Sell
Elphick - Sell
De Leate - sell

The sales could raise 20-25 mil.




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06 Mar 2018 12:41:50
my thoughts exactly.




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12 Feb 2018 14:22:31
Mainbob - could not agree more. Just need to stay focused and injury free.




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01 Feb 2018 15:51:51
the squad will be too old for the premiership and as huttons contract is up in the summer i can understand the decision. he would probably get a longer contract elsewhere as we would possibly only offer 12 months. we need to ship out wheelan, jedi, grabby, richards, Samba, Hutton will go, as will Terry, as he will not play against Chelsea + Elphick. so that is 8 players less than now - hopefully some of the kids will step up let's say 3 so we need 5 more to stand still in terms of numbers. critically we will be very short of centre halves. we also would need to retain Johnstone, & Snoddy. I think Taylor will be OK if he wins his place back as he is reliable so the team could look like

adomah/ green
O hare
new CH
New creative midfield player
new keeper
new forward

the following loans will go i think
Tommy Elphick
Ritchie De Laet
Ross McCormack
Gary Gardner
Kevin Toner
Jordan Amavi
Aaron Tshibola
Pierluigi Gollini
Carles Gil

so there is a lot of work for the club to do for next year even if we do not go up alexa and wyness look as thought they will have their work cut out.




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11 Jan 2018 11:51:55
1st went to villa in 1959 aged 5 and remember Nigel Sims from then - i looked massive and was a good keeper RIP.