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07 Jul 2020 17:11:15
Watford at home to Norwich.
If ever we want Norwich to win a game, this is it for sure.
A Watford win tonight, would definitely put untold pressure on us, and stamp heavily on the fingers that are holding us up.
I see tonight`s game, as Norwich`s last chance at staying in this division, if they lose, they will need maximum points to stand any chance, 10 points behind with 12 available.
So for that reason I am going to say, football over brawn and a win for Norwich, keeping their hopes alive.

1.) 07 Jul 2020 18:12:16
Dave I sure as hell hope you are right I think reality is that it will be between us and Watford as to who stays up as I think Norwich and Bournemouth are gone and West Ham appear to have developed some fight over the last few games if only we had a player or two like Antonio not the most gifted player you have ever seen but you can’t question his work ethic gives 110 percent every game then we would be in a better position than we are now. Whilst as I say I hope you are right I fear they won’t do us a favour as they are more inept in front of goal than we are.

2.) 07 Jul 2020 20:13:24
That`s it John, I think its all over bar the shouting mate.



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.




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10 Jul 2020 19:31:14
The penalty is a poor excuse for the result last night, I have no doubt the game would have ended in a loss, penalty or no penalty.
Our setup and approach is habitual, we appear to have four periods in our game, 1. full of promise, 2. mediocrity, 3. loss direction,4. capitulation, and that is the same every time we play.
When we lose the search begins for the reason why, there is an inquest into what went wrong, I will tell you what went wrong, we are not good enough to compete in this league, nowhere near.
At times we are woeful, inept, gutless, and we are a shambles, you can dress it up anyway you like, and your answer will always be the same.
Its very hard to admit to our deficiencies, but facts are facts, our future has to start now.

1.) 11 Jul 2020 07:34:17
The full of promise period shows that this team can compete when they apply themselves. Rarely though do they show the level of intensity and passion required for the full 90 minutes, in order to get the results to survive in this league.
I wouldn’t say they are incapable of doing so though.
Cast your mind back to the League Cup tie against Leicester. A top 4 side, and Villa won over the 2 legs. Why? because the commitment and passion required was maintained for the full lengths of the games.
For me, the problem stems from poor leadership on the pitch. When things go wrong, such as the penalty incident Thursday night, the team needs a figurehead to lift the side to greater heights. Instead heads drop and before you know it we’re 2-0 down and the match is virtually irretrievable.
Jack Grealish spent the 90 minutes aimlessly wondering around the pitch, looking as if he couldn’t really care less, when he should have been rallying the troops to get back into the game.
We need a chest beater, someone with fire in their belly to lift the side, and turn poor decisions like the one we all witnessed into an advantageous situation, not a disadvantageous one.
We need a Roy Keane or Andy Townsend type figure.
Grealish may be a talented individual but there’s no way on this Earth he should be Captain of this side.

2.) 11 Jul 2020 13:05:46
Dave just like me they have knocked every bit of optomism out of you, the only difference I think I bkinked a lot earlier, like six games in for me and if you recall I was pilloried on here when I said we wouldn't get our money back on our purchases. I'm not a nelly I am just an average fan with some idea of quality footballers and the duffers that we purchased, the writing on the wall was obvious to me.

3.) 11 Jul 2020 16:36:51
To be fair Scotty I think the biggest percentage of fans can recognize quality mate, Heaton is quality, Reina is not.
The period this season I think you are refering to Scotty, is when the team were finding its feet, or trying to, and people were lambasting Deano and the players.
I felt as others did, that we were being very harsh and hasty in our assessment, given the time they had been together, and that I felt time should be given to all concerned.
Everyone needs to be given time mate, that applies to everything.
Unfortunately you were right mate, and I hold my hand up, but what I will say is that, I was correct about Gollini, Veretout, and Gueye, so I am not entirely a nelly.



09 Jul 2020 22:23:32
I would remove Deano tomorrow, and let Mark Delaney see the season out.
Start the search now and get it right.

1.) 09 Jul 2020 22:31:00
Agreed, Smith should be gone and we should look towards next season. Jokanovic would be an interesting choice for the Championship.

2.) 09 Jul 2020 22:40:28
Hi Dave I mentioned this a few weeks ago, at least he might just give some of the kids a go with the passion they might bring in the remaining matches and next season in the Championship.

I also wondered why Konza wasnt booked for letting Fernandez stand on his leg, very poor from jon Moss.

3.) 09 Jul 2020 23:05:16
Yes I think I remember it Pluffy, great minds and all that.
Just to get us over the line while we search for a good manager.
Never a penalty mate, don`t know what else to say on it, shocking.
I still think we would have lost the game to be fair.

4.) 09 Jul 2020 23:40:17
Yes Dave we would have still lost.
Three matches tonight and VAR admit they got 3 important decisions wrong, how when you have access to umpteen camera angles.
They should either scrap VAR or have ex pro players sitting with the refs at the VAR headquarters.

5.) 10 Jul 2020 09:02:33
Dave, Pluffy. Deano has to go I agree. I'm not one who wants to keep changing managers but he's really out of his depth. It might be ironic that the team who replaces us in the prem may be Brentford. With regards to VAR the answer I think is very simple. VAR should only be used if the referee asks for it. That way he controls the game and gets the back up if he's not sure, just like in Rugby. Get Harry in for 4 games at least it would be a bit of fun.



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.




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08 Jul 2020 16:38:57
Excellent point 82, and nothing wrong with your suggestion mate.



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08 Jul 2020 14:16:39
Very true IV, over the last few weeks we have pretty much touched on everything you have said, and I totally agree, we are a shambles again.
I would have to disagree on Sherwood being manager again, not enough experience for me, and his record is not good enough if we are to progress at all.



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07 Jul 2020 20:13:24
That`s it John, I think its all over bar the shouting mate.



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07 Jul 2020 17:21:46
I think you make some very good points IrishV, well done.
We have missed you mate, hope you are well.



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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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11 Jul 2020 20:18:21
People used to say that about Gollini NV, hindsight and all that. 🤐.



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11 Jul 2020 16:36:51
To be fair Scotty I think the biggest percentage of fans can recognize quality mate, Heaton is quality, Reina is not.
The period this season I think you are refering to Scotty, is when the team were finding its feet, or trying to, and people were lambasting Deano and the players.
I felt as others did, that we were being very harsh and hasty in our assessment, given the time they had been together, and that I felt time should be given to all concerned.
Everyone needs to be given time mate, that applies to everything.
Unfortunately you were right mate, and I hold my hand up, but what I will say is that, I was correct about Gollini, Veretout, and Gueye, so I am not entirely a nelly.



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11 Jul 2020 16:01:54
Yes Daz, RIP Jack Charton, a warrior and a never say die C/ half.



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10 Jul 2020 18:37:04
When its put like that, how can you disagree, well said John.



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10 Jul 2020 15:45:03
You got out of that well NV, spot on mate.