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02 Mar 2020 14:08:22
Can anyone see any logic in Deano`s decision to take off Samatta and replace him with Davis.
To me, we were chasing the game, and yesterday was the ideal situation to throw Davis on, alongside Samatta.
Luiz was worse than poor yesterday,
Surely it would have been better taking him off for Davis.
Am I missing something or what?

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02 Mar 2020 14:47:00
Nope Dave again some of his decisions are baffling mate.

02 Mar 2020 15:58:17
Villadave, I'm getting worried as i'm agreeing with you far too much. Didn't make any sense to me with that decision. Could have taken quite a few off really aside from Luiz. Also thought that horahane and trez looked very lethargic when the came on.

02 Mar 2020 16:50:45
It would be so interesting to see how Davis and Samatta do together, I have a gut feeling that it would work really well. As you say Dave, it was the perfect time to try it out.
I can only assume Mr. Smith thought Samatta was spent, either that or he had taken a knock, otherwise yes, what a ludicrous decision.
Most of the time we were hoofing the ball from the back and bypassing the midfield, so all the more reason to play 2 up top. If playing 1 striker was paying dividends I could understand it, but it isn’t.
Whilst there was evidence of more effort within the team, I didn’t see anything different regarding the way we play.
I think Dean Smith needs to show a bit more imagination in that respect or I fear the worst.
At the very least try playing Davis and Samatta together, preferably from the start of the game.

02 Mar 2020 17:26:55
Do any of you guys think that people from Villa Park, or any club for that matter, actually read any of these forums?
It would be great to think they do.
Whats your take on it fella`s?

Its great to think we are all pushing in the same direction SV.

02 Mar 2020 18:20:06
If they are looking, they’re not taking any notice of what we’re saying Dave, that’s for sure.
Maybe well known Villa supporters, like Prince William for example. I bet he has a sneaky look when Kate’s not looking, lol.

02 Mar 2020 19:04:04
Hahaha, nice one Mark.

02 Mar 2020 19:55:15
We were discussing the Samata/ Davis substitution on our way back and will Buck the Trend here is asking who should Deano have taken off to get Davis into the fray? We did a brilliant job in restricting city to just 2:1 with 15 mins to go. If we had taken off a defender and dropped someone out of midfield then I am sure city would have had the power to obliterate us in the last minutes! If took a midfielder off then the same we would have been even more overalled! I thought Dean's substitutions gave them something more to think about and if that post didn't stop our equaliser (happened post Samata) no one would criticise! We respected across the land for how we made a competition of this final and a bit more praise for Deano and his staff should be sent their way! Get behind the whole AVFC team till May and see us survive VTID.

02 Mar 2020 20:41:57
The final aside though Nick, do you not think it’s worth trying 4-4-2 with Davis and Samatta up top. I just think it would give the opposition a lot more to think about.

03 Mar 2020 08:45:42
Would love to see this against our real competitors but perhaps not likes of Top teams?

03 Mar 2020 11:47:58
That depends if it worked really well, I would stick with it against all teams. They are both energetic type players so I think they could press defenders a lot more effectively than we have been doing. Opposing teams just seem to find it all too easy to play it out from the back against us. We need to be better with the ball but we need to be a lot better without it as well.
The thing is we will never know until we try it.

03 Mar 2020 12:26:48
I would stick with it as well Mark and Nick.
I am old school, always have been, One forward can not stop teams playing out from the back, whereas Two can close down easier.
Me personally would try Davis with Samatta, and I would also try Bojan and Samatta.
What is the point having them if you don`t use them.

03 Mar 2020 15:24:27
Concensus says 4-4-2 then, however never on deanos watch. He'll go 4-3-3 so hows this to finish the season with
Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett
Grealish, McGinn
Bojan, Samatta, Davis.

03 Mar 2020 16:14:44
I love it SV, looks great to me mate.
Who would your subs be?

Send this in again mate, people might miss it down here, it would start a new thread, and could be interesting.

03 Mar 2020 17:26:56
Villadave new thread started. subs Nyland Vasilev Luiz Konsa Barry El gazi.



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