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12 Jun 2020 21:30:56
Ed, do you have any Idea if O`Hare, or Jacob Ramsey can play for Villa, during the run in.
I ask because, their loan club season is now over?

{Ed002's Note - No Dave, the season must be completed with the players registered for the second half of the season. There was also due to be a vote to see if players who were excluded because of injury at the start of the season could replace those injured now or those opting not to play, but for some reason that did not happen. There are still a couple of clubs looking to change this.}

1.) 13 Jun 2020 12:34:50
Thanks for that Ed, not ideal but rules are rules.



11 Jun 2020 20:54:08
Anyone know the 2 Leicester friendly results, King power, and Villa Park.

1.) 12 Jun 2020 09:32:19
3-0 to Villa at King Power.

2.) 12 Jun 2020 11:50:57
Thanks very much TT, stay safe mate.

3.) 12 Jun 2020 13:21:24
1.0 leicester at vp. And 4.1 villa at leicester. Why is a wolves fan always chatting on a villa site.

4.) 12 Jun 2020 16:31:59
Thanks very much walkies, not sure which one of you is correct, but at least I know, we won one, lost one.
Keep safe walkies.



29 Jan 2020 15:50:21
Looks like Periero is of to Cagliari in Italy.
Another one bites the dust.

1.) 29 Jan 2020 16:10:26
That's a pity, let's hope there's somebody at least as good being lined up then.



28 Jan 2020 17:02:52
Its looking like we are closing in on Gaston Periero.
He was absent from training today, believed to be in talks, not 100% but there is something in it.
Could be on lads.

1.) 28 Jan 2020 18:15:25
Hope so Dave.
We've discussed this possibility not so long ago.
I think 5 million was mentioned. For his age, strike rate and goal assists that would be a bargain. He's described as an attacking midfielder/ winger.
Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 ✍️.

2.) 29 Jan 2020 17:49:07
Very interesting player this Pereiro, no one seems to have picked up on the fact he’s very similar physically and technically to El Ghazi, hopefully an upgraded version though.

3.) 29 Jan 2020 20:59:50
Gone to Cagliari in Italy Shane.



26 Jan 2020 20:04:16
What's the betting Trez will make way for Samatta instead of El Ghazi?

1.) 26 Jan 2020 20:45:04
Think Trez’s work rate is second to none. Seem to miss him when he’s not in the side.

2.) 28 Jan 2020 08:55:37
Personally I like El Ghazi. I think he’s a constant thorn in the side of most teams we’ve played, his finishing is not good enough and he needs to help out more defensively but I do like how he is involved in almost everything.
But I do think Trez should start and be given a good run of games (5 atleast) to show what he’s got.

I’d be ditching the 3 CBs and play 4-3-3 with
Trez on the left and El Ghazi on the right with Samatta central.
Luiz and Drinkwater holding the midfield and Grealish just ahead of them with freedom to do what he does.

3.) 28 Jan 2020 16:15:11
Ditch the 3 cbs you are mad and el gazi is not a Thorn in anyone apart from him self terrible player.

4.) 28 Jan 2020 17:33:38
El Ghazi has 4 goals and 4 assists in 18 games. yes terrible player spot on you’re a genius in evaluating a players worthiness.

Let me just back up my opinion with a fact.
Only Grealish has better goal/ assist stats for us (7goals/ 6assists in 22games) .
And El Ghazi has played 400 mins less than Grealish so when I say he’s effective the stats back that up.

5.) 28 Jan 2020 18:59:40
firstly if you are going to say you are using facts he has played 21 games. Secondly I shall talk you through those goals.
Everton at home was one of the luckiest goals I have seen.
Burnley at home, half decent finish can’t take nothing away from that one
Newcastle at home tap in
Man City at home penalty
Now there are the goals if i was to go through all of the sitters he has missed they would be 10+++++++ I’ve seen him hit the bar from 2 yards, I can’t remember all of the assists but the one for jacks goal again United was a over hit cross I’m sure some of the others would be aswell?

6.) 29 Jan 2020 18:14:09
I stand corrected El Ghazi has started 18 prem games with 3 sub appearances but still 400 less mins than Grealish. El Ghazi’s goal against Everton was a good goal as far as I’m concerned smart to tap it past the defender and then a clinical finish. So what was lucky about it!? Lol. El Ghazi’s goal against Burnley was a terrific finish! And do I care if their tap ins? Or 30 yard screamers? Do I care if Grealish scores a tap in or do care if he scores a spectacular goal like he did against ManU? No I don’t care!

The facts still stand. El Ghazi is effective, you can try an take away the fact he scored a tap in or scored a pen go for it if that backs up your opinion somehow.
But his stats you can’t take away from him. They’re second best to Grealish and Smith isn’t stupid enough to drop him for anyone unless they’re clearly better.

7.) 30 Jan 2020 20:02:07
Right then the weekend I will skip through the games and tell you how many golden chances el gazi has missed, I’m talking 2 yards out sitters that any professional footballer should score, he is a striker / winger so he should have more goals than that imo, he’s not fast he hasn’t got a good work ethic (lazy), not a good crosser of the ball, all key quality’s a winger needs and he simply doesn’t have them.




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25 Jun 2020 12:55:11
This is an observation rather than a criticism.
On the last 3 outings, I think there has to be a very big question mark over the heads of Grealish and McGinn.
The former is never a captain, lacks motivation and consistency when things get tough.
He is never a leader, and continues to overplay the ball.
And McGinn is either not fit enough, or is not the player we thought he was.
Think back, some players flourish when things are going well, McGinn started to falter when he had a spell out with a slight niggle, he came back and was not his influential self, then he did his ankle.
He is now running around doing absolutely nothing.
Concerning to say the least.
Because if these two players do not start performing as they did, we are finished.

1.) 25 Jun 2020 18:13:20
I agree Dave, Grealish is not a leader, fantastic talent but not a leader. When things aren’t going well we need somebody to lead by example, Roy Keane mould, for example. Too often Jack has become almost disinterested when we’re up against it, and this is not the trait of a good captain.
We all had high hopes that McGinn would be our saviour but so far it’s just not happening is it.
Some players come back stronger than ever after a serious injury, others are never the same again.
The best example I can think of coming back stronger is Bryan Robson, who broke his leg not once but twice and went on to have a fabulous career with Man U and England.
Dean Ashton, à young West Ham striker, who had broken into the England set-up, is an example of somebody who was never the same again, after a bad injury. Let’s hope McGinn doesn’t fall into this category.
I know it’s still early days but so far he has just not performed.

2.) 25 Jun 2020 19:00:31
Thoughts echoed Mark, One player who has really impressed me has been Luiz, he has been very good, and although early days, he could turn out to be the seasons find.
I have to admit I was not a fan at first, but he has shut me up.

3.) 25 Jun 2020 19:39:50
Some players need the buzz of the crowd to raise their performance levels, I think Jack is one of them, but Luiz has performed to a much higher level with empty stadiums. There may be nothing in that, or maybe he is a player who struggles to deal with the high expectations of Villa supporters?

4.) 25 Jun 2020 19:49:26
Having watched the games to date it seems to me without wishing to state the bleeding obvious Norwich are dead and buried Bournemouth seem likely to join them based on there performances to date the run in they have and the fact that Fraser won’t play and Callum Wilson is out for the next two games. I think Watford have shown enough and have a goal scorer in Deeney and creativity with Delafeou and Doucoure to get out of the mess they are in I think it will be a straight fight between us and West Ham as to who occupies that last relegation place which could make the last day of the season interesting.

5.) 25 Jun 2020 19:54:42
Oh yeah, he is from Man city, 😂😂😂.

6.) 25 Jun 2020 20:18:57
That would be very interesting John, and a bum clencher for sure mate.

7.) 25 Jun 2020 20:26:58
Let’s hope we don’t get hammered 😁.

8.) 25 Jun 2020 22:28:35
Here here to that and let’s hope Bowen doesn’t come back to bite us in the ass 😫.



21 Jun 2020 19:00:34
We need to go down, and on that showing we will go down, that should of been another drubbing, if Tammy was playing it would of been trust me.
The owners should throw away whatever scrip they have, and draw up another.
I have stuck with Deano from day one, but that`s it, I am finished with defending our leaders.

1.) 21 Jun 2020 20:03:00
Agree dave it's like we're going backwards again.

2.) 21 Jun 2020 20:35:55
I think we are down mate, I hope not, but if we are, changes should be made quickly.

3.) 21 Jun 2020 20:55:09
Sack him an bring in who tho?

4.) 22 Jun 2020 16:57:06
My old Mom.
She would sort out this lot!



14 Jun 2020 20:38:35
Has anyone seen Deano`s interview with Michelle owen.
It seems Deano was against any alteration to the amount of substitutes, a team can make and use.
I am not sure, but my interpretation of that suggests to me, that he will continue with his ideas until the end of the season.
I do worry about Deano`s methods at times, his behaviour and tactics indicate to me, he is very much a creature of habit.

1.) 14 Jun 2020 20:55:31
Dave, says to me that he thinks other teams back ups are much stronger than ours and the new 5 subs and 9 on the bench will only strengthen the opposition. Bearing in mind we don't have strength in depth Deano sees this as a real problem confirmed by his comments in the interview your refer to.

2.) 14 Jun 2020 21:10:38
He will have to use his substitute options to the max whether he likes the idea or not Dave, because you can be sure all the teams we play will do so.
I can’t understand his thinking on it, with 2 games a week surely it makes sense to be able to rotate players as much as possible, to avoid fatigue and injuries.
I really hope he’s not planning on using the same tactics as before the stoppage, they weren’t working before so they’re hardly likely to work now.

3.) 14 Jun 2020 21:13:28
Hi Scotty, hope you are well mate.
Yeah, I appreciate we are a bit thin on the ground as far as quality is concerned.
But the problem I have with this Scotty, is the reluctance to welcome a chance to introduce young players, from a bench that will have all we have got anyway.

4.) 14 Jun 2020 21:22:04
You can bet your bloody life he will do Mark, it all sounded a bit ominous to me mate.
I will back Villa to the end, but if we adopt the same approach I fear for us.

5.) 14 Jun 2020 22:06:02
Guys we have nothing to lose, now is the opportunity to give the young players a chance, five subs from nine on the bench should be a positive position for any manager ( except ours it seems) hope Deano is not preparing the way for excuses.

6.) 14 Jun 2020 22:44:25
Exactly Scotty, Mark, myself, and others on here have been saying it for some time now, also with previous Managers.
But when we have mentioned using a more youthful bench, it was always met with doubt and to be fair, some negativity.
We have to evolve as a club, and we should all realise that means making changes, sometimes controversial changes.

7.) 15 Jun 2020 06:08:28
If Deano gives opportunities to our youngsters and we go down it won’t be because he gave them the opportunities, it will be because we simply weren’t good enough as a squad. The more players he can involve will surely help, with 10 matches crammed into a short timeframe, to keep things fresh, and a bit different. Keeping them all competing against each other, will I think help maintain an intensity.
The other advantage of giving the youngsters game time for me is that it will give them invaluable experience for next season especially if we do go down as some of them will be required to step up from the off.
So which youngsters then? For me Louie Barry, Mungo Bridge and Aaron Ramsey should definitely be in the frame.

8.) 15 Jun 2020 12:15:51
Yeah, I would go with that group Marke, I also think Jack Clark is worth a shout mate.
Introduction to first team surroundings would also be invaluable to Cameron Archer and Dimitri Sea, he came from Athletic Club Boulogne-Billancourt, you might know a bit about them Mark.

9.) 15 Jun 2020 14:57:11
Guys I agree with the point about the youngsters however I was listening to Talksport yesterday afternoon and for once there was an interesting discussion involving Ray Houghton and Danny Mills re the use of 5 substitutes as the feeling was that I using all 5 substitutes in the same game would in most cases be counter productive as so many changes would almost certainly disturb the balance of the side. Thoughts?

10.) 15 Jun 2020 17:28:55
Having seen the odd bit of bundesliga the second halves do seem extremely disjointed with so many subs.
RE: The youngsters won't be the ones to send us down. Some people may take that view but others could equally argue that experience could have done enough to keep us there.
Advantage for the kids is there are no fans at the game being knobheads but if it doesn't go perfectly they are going to see it all over social media and they're likely to suffer confidence issues more.

11.) 15 Jun 2020 19:01:36
Experience has got us 19th in the table rk, are you not even slightly curious to see how the likes of Barry, Bridge etc. might do?
I think McGinn’s presence will make a difference, but will it be enough on its own? We weren’t exactly flying high before he got injured.
How many times this season have we faded in the last 1/ 2 hour of games. I can’t help thinking 3 or 4 fresh pairs of young legs would help prevent that.
I personally don’t think their confidence will be effected if they don’t hit the ground running, why should it? even the most experienced of players have bad games, god knows our lot have had more than their fair share. It’s all part of the learning curve, granted it’s a steep one, but I would imagine the young players I mentioned would relish the opportunity.
It’s been said many times but it’s true, “ if you’re good enough you’re old enough ” but we won’t know if they’re not given the chance.

12.) 15 Jun 2020 20:46:34
rk mate, if we are going to worry what the media and others say about youngsters performances its a waste of time having them.
And again if a complaint about a personal performance affects a player that much they are in the wrong game mate.
Playing in front of a paying audience will always be open to scrutiny, please don`t come this mental health issue again, sick of hearing it, man up.

13.) 15 Jun 2020 21:12:40
We're 19th but a game in hand away from safety. Beat Sheff Utd and we only have to equal the points gain of those below us.
I'm not in a camp that would moan either way with the youngsters being played or not. If we go down fighting then so be it, as long as I see 100% effort and nothing ridiculously stupid on the pitch whoever plays.

Liverpool proved that throwing too many inexperienced youngsters in doesn't work when we smashed them with our second string of players nobody rates on here.
Regarding my backlash comment I made no referral to mental health and have never raised that as a major issue.

You cannot deny though that some of our fans take it too far, especially if it has been more than one subpar performance. Some comments I've seen on here regarding Taylor for instance have been purely offensive rather than constructively critical of performance.

14.) 15 Jun 2020 21:59:08
Ok, you said confidence issues.
I hold my hands up, but you can see my point, every problem we experience in life now becomes a mental health issue.
With due respect, Liverpool threw their whole U23 team out, and completely outplayed us, baring the goals obviously, and the result could easily have gone the other way.
Surely you know from all of my posts, that I am very tolerant to our performances, and Management.
So my recent comments are more of a plea, for changes that might improve our fortunes, because we are going to slide further down the ladder if we don`t do something soon.

15.) 15 Jun 2020 22:02:17
Come off it rk that Liverpool team was entirely made up of youngsters, I don’t think anybody on here is advocating anything that extreme. We’re mainly talking about 2 or 3 of them coming off the bench to inject a bit of energy and freshness towards the end of games.

That Liverpool youth team actually gave us the runaround for the first 20 minutes or so I seem to remember.
The point you make about people being offensive towards our players rarely applies to our youngsters. By contrast I would say the vast majority of Villa supporters get behind our young home produced players even if they are struggling. UTV.

16.) 15 Jun 2020 22:31:03
That Liverpool team did a lot of running and had one reasonable chance of scoring. If it went in who knows how we may have reacted.
The experienced players did their job cleverly, soaked up the early pressure and allowed the opposition naivety to set in. A few tricks here and there does not mean they outplayed us.
If they are good enough right now they should get a chance but having not really been used then there's clearly not enough the coaching staff have seen.
Vassilev has worked hard but has looked lost out there. Probably hasn't helped that he's come on when we're defensive but not seen him get into good positions or hold onto the ball. Archer looked good but against very poor cup opposition.
We obviously need to blood one or two like we have in the past with Cahill, Ridgewell, Barry, Clark, Baker, Gabby. Ironically we're decent at producing defensive players when we could do with a handy winger or 2.

17.) 15 Jun 2020 22:49:36
Look at the stats mate, they were very good on the night, and did Liverpool proud, I thought technically that were better than us, and our side was not second string.
In my opinion, Vassilev has never been on the ball long enough to look lost.
And position wise, if players around you can`t get into positions, how can you.
That is why we need to freshen things up, do something different.

18.) 16 Jun 2020 06:22:05
Douglas Luiz was the only player close to being a regular starter in that lineup, Konsa close but not quite. How is that not second string?
I'll repeat, fancy football only gave them 1 clear cut chance and maybe a couple of half chances. Yes, they looked good technically and have decent futures but we created better chances and scored them which is the ultimate aim in any match.

19.) 16 Jun 2020 11:18:21
Elmohahady, Kodjia, Hourihane, Taylor, Wesley, Trezeguet, Lansbury, all are seasoned professionals.
Most are internationals mate.

20.) 16 Jun 2020 13:48:43
But they aren't first 11. Wesley came on well after we won the game.
Back up players are your second string regardless of their level.
John Stones is Man City's second string despite being an England international.

21.) 16 Jun 2020 15:28:48
Rk, you seem very reluctant to accept Villa played a far more experienced side than Liverpool on the night.
And whether you like it or not, most of the players Villa put on the pitch that night, at some had experienced extended runs in the first team.
To be fair we are not talking about Stones, or any other Premiership player, we are talking Villa players.

22.) 16 Jun 2020 18:00:50
As usual it's my problem rather than the fact the point seems to be getting lost on people focusing on something completely different.
The point is that the majority of those players who played that match are not deemed good enough to play in the premier League by our manager so why would our youngsters who on the whole are even less fancied than half of that Liverpool team?
Our main struggles have been naivety in keeping the ball and giving away cheap goals especially late on, I really don't see how ending a match with 3 youngsters solves that.
We need to provide chances but in the right way. By all means ease one, maybe 2 in depending on the scoreline around 80 minutes in the first few games and see how it goes but with only 3 chances to sub we have to be careful.
Most of them need more first team exposure elsewhere. Suliman is the only one available (I think) who has really had that and you never hear of him now.
Let's be honest though, the 5 subs are almost guaranteed to be Elmo, Davis, El Ghazi/ Trez, Hourihane, Luiz/ Nakamba with the slashes depending which one started.



08 Jun 2020 20:42:38
If you take a look at football, there is not a game on the planet, that has been changed and restructured anywhere near like football has.
It has been changed to generate huge amounts of money, and advertise a brand all over the world, fact.

As fans we are brainwashed into believing the game is outside of our mindset.
Managers today, spend hours trying to counter, anything the other team might throw at them.

The fact is, all teams at some point in any game, will have their moments, and chances.
My point is, with that being the case why worry, formulate your own strategies stick to them and let the other team worry about you.

Be offensive, whenever we have had a successful side, we have been quick on the break and attack minded.
Examples of this strategy are written in history, with teams managed by greats.
PAISLEY, WENGER, and our very own SAUNDERS.
I remember Saunders saying to a reporter, "do you want to bet against us", legendary quote.
All good sides usually have two players hitting the net regularly.

1.) 08 Jun 2020 23:04:59
I get what your saying Dave but take Newcastle this season crap players but bruce done an amazing job 4 5 1 made them hard to beat. Your right tho simple stuff 1st is a must but we can't keep playing so open in the championship yes that works because teams aren't as good but the premier league is a differnt level.

If you 1st come up you keep it tight most teams play 1 upfront I loved 4 4 2 but that gone now teams don't play that way its not about runing down the wing anymore cross head goal you get out numbered in midfield. Now days there trained don't give the ball away side ways backwards till there's a opening.

Footballs changed mate my view an iam not saying its right but 4 5 1 keep the ball an they can't score then try nick 1! We are not good enough to take on the big boys playing 4 4 2 offensive! With Mgcinn back play nakmba an connor you have graft craft an a goalscorer. Love your thinking tho mate but we have to be a bit more dare i say it because i hate the guy brucey on this 1!

2.) 09 Jun 2020 14:06:38
Walkies, you have just told me that football has changed.
Read my post mate, that is what I have said in my post mate.
You are also telling me that most teams play 4-5-1.
Read my post mate, that is why I am saying we should not just try and counter, playing like for like.
You also say we are not good enough to play 4-4-2, why not, how do you know, how will we ever know if we don`t try it.
Team tactics, team structure, team effort, team mentality, and team guidance, have all got to change or we will go down.

And what has Bruce got to do with this, the bloke never entered my mind, he was another who never tried anything new, stuck in his ways.
I have said all this before to you walkies, read the post you are answering mate, if you are reading it, you don`t understand it.
I am not being rude, but read and understand the posts.

3.) 10 Jun 2020 08:53:03
We don't have any of the midfield now to take a midfielder out is madness they will run all over us. Why do you think 4 4 2 got dropped by near enough every team in the world. You might get away with it with boateng an taylor in midfield because they never stopped working but our midfield is poor.

Plus where would you put Jack surely not back on the wing his not fast enough! An as for bruce I was saying despite having 1 of the worst teams in the league his kept them up by being tough to beat when your side is as poor as villa brighton newcastle norwich etc you gota be hard to beat if he went 4 4 2 and attacking we get smashed!

4.) 10 Jun 2020 15:20:33
I wouln.

5.) 10 Jun 2020 15:35:33
I would not leave a midfield player out mate, and I never said I would, I just wouldn`t play wingers, half the time the wingers we have, are not doing their job anyway.
Across the middle it would be, Mcginn, Lansbury, Hourihane, Grealish.
Hourihane and Lansbury have both covered as Defensive Mids, so either can drop back as cover if need be.
This game is a must win game for us, no half measures, a must win game.

6.) 10 Jun 2020 16:35:32
I agree Dave, if you’ve got quality wingers then fair enough, but neither of them are better than championship standard and neither of them are doing enough defensively when they are required to do so, which makes our back 4 vulnerable.
My midfield quartet would be Nakamba in the deeper role with McGinn and a Grealish playing in front of him left and right respectively, with Hourihane making up the diamond in the attacking midfield role.
Whenever Hourihane has played in this role with Davis up top he has benefited from Davis’ holding the ball up abilities and I think Samatta would too, and leave the creativity bits to our best 2 players Grealish and McGinn.

7.) 10 Jun 2020 19:31:43
Hi Mark. I can see your point with Nakamba, the reason I have gone the other way, is I am not sure Marvelous is up too the pressures of survival just yet.
Mind you, he would be on my bench anyway and can be introduced at any point, if things are not going well.
I feel we have to reduce silly errors, keep things very simple, take less chances, and get rid when in trouble, Mings, and our defenders are susceptible to all these stupid mistakes.

8.) 11 Jun 2020 04:53:41
Exactly Dave, Tyrone has got to stop thinking he’s Franz Beckenbauer and stick to what he’s good at, no nonsense defending. There’s nothing wrong with going route 1 as well if you’ve got 2 up top. Both Davis and Samatta are good in the air and as I said before Davis is a strong lad and he’s got a terrific ability to hold the ball up for the likes of Hourihane, Grealish and McGinn. UTV.



02 Jun 2020 22:19:08
Just popped in, hope you guys are all safe and well.
Looking forward to our fist game.

1.) 03 Jun 2020 16:29:04
Villadave let the magic begin, we hope. Just like to say hope all you in the midlands are staying safe and well.

2.) 04 Jun 2020 16:56:45
Dave great to hear you and the others back on the site mate I have sorely missed your insightful comments and input. I did try to log into the alternative site but for some reason I couldn’t get access I would like to put it down to IT failings but sadly with me and IT more likely user error🤣🤣.

I hope with that the break will have done us some good and McGinn being available is good news but if we continue to play one up top I do worry about where the goals are going to come from, and to get out of this mess we are going to need to win games not just draw them.

3.) 04 Jun 2020 18:21:38
Hi John, hope you’re keeping well mate, I agree with you, Deano needs to be positive and go with 2 up top, either Samatta and Davis, and May I suggest trying Louie Barry with Samatta, give the kid an opportunity, you never know he might just prove to be our Michael Owen.

Having McGinn in midfield should be almost like having 2 midfielders, given the ground he covers, so with that in mind why not go with 2 up top?

4.) 04 Jun 2020 18:54:53
High John mate.
Just got in, but thank you very much for that, I will drop a post in later on, bloody famished mate.

5.) 04 Jun 2020 19:04:37
We're the 12th highest scorers in the league and have scored more than Sheffield United who have at chance of Europa League and an outside sniff of CL. I'm still confused why so many people worry about where the goals are coming from when they're already there.
It's the fact we're averaging 2 a game at the other end that's the issue.

6.) 04 Jun 2020 21:21:53
Yes agree rk, we can and do score goals, and yes we have some disturbing issues at the back.
But surely we would protect the back line more, if the ball did not come back so quickly, one up to looks too thin for me, we need to play more of our football in the final third mate.

7.) 04 Jun 2020 21:31:27
Defensively we have been a nightmare rk, I wouldn’t blame the back 4 entirely for that though. Our DM’s haven’t protected them well enough in fact a lot of the time they have put them under pressure with sloppy passing and being caught in possession in dangerous areas. Also, the likes of El Ghazi haven’t tracked back enough when required to do so.

I also think there has to be serious question marks on John Terry’s influence. You would have thought that one of the best central defenders England have ever had could have transmitted some of his knowledge of defending down to the players. The zonal marking strategy they used for the games before the lockdown made us look even more susceptible at the back.
Personally, I would like to see a true Villain as assistant manager such as Mellberg or Laursen not someone who clearly wishes he was somewhere else.

8.) 04 Jun 2020 21:49:41
Not saying we shouldn't be trying to press teams back, the response was to "I can't see where the goals are going to come from". Hasn't been a problem, they get shared around well enough.
Our only problem is protecting our centre backs when it does come at us. Defensively we are lacking both out wide and in midfield. Unfortunately that leaves us either going 90s Newcastle level of gung hi or emulate what we did to Leicester in the cup with a fluid 3 counter attack.

9.) 04 Jun 2020 22:15:09
Agree Dave, attack is the best form of defense.
Let’s give our opponents more to think about.
Let’s press there defenders more to stop them playing it out from the back so easily.
Let’s force their defenders into making mistakes.

10.) 05 Jun 2020 08:31:53
Guys lots of common ground here on this one. So heres a line up for Sheff Utd see what you think. Pepe, Guilbert, Engels Mings, Hause. Targett, Mcginn, Nakamba, Elmo, Jack, Samatta. My thinking is target and elmo wide in mid are good going forward but better defenders than trez and el gazi. This would give us a bit more protection at the back but not lose too much going forward.

11.) 05 Jun 2020 13:11:18
See your thinking SV, but personally I’m not a fan of Hause, too error prone for me, however he is possibly better in the left back role rather than in the centre of defense. I do wonder if Konsa could play left back, I feel he is far more talented than Hause. If not what about giving Mungo Bridge an opportunity there.

12.) 05 Jun 2020 17:16:39
No to Hause from me. Mings is slated for showboating but Hause is so laboured on the ball that it's impossible to play out.

13.) 05 Jun 2020 20:44:11
Rk some good points there. What about Taylor at lb although not one of my favourites. Did well in the play off final when things were presurised.

14.) 05 Jun 2020 20:14:11
Same here rk, he offers nothing in my opinion, maybe in Championship.
In our position, the ball has to be dispatched out of defense ASAP.

15.) 06 Jun 2020 11:10:59
Southern, I'm actually one of the few who thinks Taylor has something to offer, at least defensively.
He's severely lacking going forwards but if you need someone to stop crossfield balls and prevent crosses then his defensive positions give him the edge over Targett.
If you need a left back to join the attack then Targett is the preference.

16.) 06 Jun 2020 13:19:23
Rk hence my team selection with target left mf. Same with elmo on the right with guilbert.

17.) 06 Jun 2020 14:28:51
I agree, giving Jack, mcginn and Samatta freedom could work. Elmo's quality crossing from deep means he doesn't need to cover as much ground to help in forward areas also.
While we need better cover defensively we need to be brave in leaving a second person up there to challenge for clearances, save jack's energy by keeping him in the middle third when defending.

18.) 06 Jun 2020 17:22:27
Rk maybe deano might read this and go with it.




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05 Jul 2020 13:49:10
Plenty of people disagree with me walkies, its not a problem mate.
Its when you make statements, like what you have said that we need a special Manager at Villa Park.
Tell us why that is then walkies, we are like most clubs mate, the club is only special to it supporters, nothing special about our club only to us.



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04 Jul 2020 18:52:08
Good post chris, common sense mate, and a realization of someone doing a a very job.
If that was Mourinho or Fergusson it would be listed as a stroke of genius.



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04 Jul 2020 15:43:12
A special Manager, total rubbish.



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03 Jul 2020 22:07:19
That`s the big Q John mate.
I would love it to work out for Deano, its difficult to know for sure whether he had any say, if any, about the players we brought in.
If he did its not good enough, if he didn`t he should be given the chance to get us out of the situation we are in.



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03 Jul 2020 21:23:59
Sure would, time will tell.




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05 Jul 2020 23:06:31
Ok Mark, fingers crossed mate, a point would of been nice today.



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05 Jul 2020 22:31:37
I see your thinking Mark, the problem with that is teams don`t let you win just because they have nothing to play for.
So you honestly think we are going to win 4 games out of the five.
Ok hope you are right, now is that your head or heart Mark.
We have been banging on about Barry for a few weeks now, its not going to happen until all is lost mate.



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05 Jul 2020 21:52:42
Hi Mark, I like your optimism mate, and 17th would be brilliant.
Today granted was a far better overall performance, and yet we failed to score again, we have to be realistic Mark, try this.
Out of our remaining 5 fixtures who do you really see us beating, don`t` let your heart rule your judgement.
Nobody has answered this question yet.



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05 Jul 2020 20:58:13
Sorry chris, not being pedantic mate, but we have failed to take the chance to close the gap, when other teams have lost.
That`s the truth is it not?
That`s what I am saying, its not an opinion, it happened.



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05 Jul 2020 20:03:08
Chris, I will support my team through thick and thin mate, and self loathing is a dislike of oneself, so that`s off the mark a bit mate.
With all the chances of putting points between us, and failing to take them is not good enough, and that is my reason for saying we don`t deserve to stay up.
I like to say things as I honestly see them, that does not make you a bad supporter, I tell the truth, I was brought up that way.