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Player Match Ratings: Woah, we’re half way there!

Its only half time, despite Bon Jovi’s confidence, but if we can hold on to what we’ve got at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night, then we’ll make it to Wembley on 27th May. We take a one goal lead with us on Tuesday night and that didn’t really look very likely at half time, did it? Albion arrived yesterday, with avoiding defeat as their primary objective. Is Pulis providing Jimmy Shan with tactical advice as well as Michael Appleton? The first half looked like a carbon copy of the game th

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Player Match Ratings: We’ll play our first XI next time!

It has been 3 months and we have gone 12 games since we last tasted defeat. It is still disagreeable to see visiting fans celebrating a win at Villa Park and it is even worse for their team to be picking up the Championship trophy afterwards, as was the case yesterday. The last time we ended a game pointless, was against the team that we next face over two legs for a place in the playoff final. Our clear objective is now to ensure that we remain unbeaten in our next three games. Six of the

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Player Match Ratings: The History Boys make it 10/10!

We witnessed history being made yesterday. In years to come the question will be asked, do you remember when our great club broke their record of consecutive league wins in 2019? That record had remained unbroken since 1910. That’s beyond living memory, so we had to refer to the record books to read about that winning run and that grand old team. In the years to come, you will be able to say that you were there and that you witnessed this incredible run. You can tell your children, you

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Player Match Ratings: That’s 8 great consecutive wins

We were missing three of our biggest hitters for this game, but the absence of Jack, Tyrone and Kortney could not derail our fast finishing promotion train. These three players had played crucial roles in extending our run of successive league wins to 7 before yesterday’s game. Their absence was a real cause for concern before Saturday’s kick-off, but we proved that we are not quite a one-man team after all, despite rumours to the contrary. It has been 44 years since Aston Villa last r

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Player Match Ratings: Too close for comfort!

A fifth successive league win has taken us above Middlesbrough and into fifth place.    We played some scintillating football in the first half and were the better team by some distance, but we ended it just one goal to the good. A two or a three-goal lead would have better reflected our first half dominance and it would have put the game beyond our visitors. We were unable to play with quite the same panache that we had produced in the first half during the second. We almost appeared

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Player Match Ratings: Catch us if you can!

We now have our place in the top six. The battle is to stay there. Derby and Bristol City may have a game and two games in hand of us respectively, but we have the points on the board. City must also visit Villa Park and neither of these teams are currently winning games for fun, are they? The likes of Preston, Forest and Wednesday are behind us, so they would need to have a better finish than we do to the season, in order to overhaul us. As Ron Saunders once said at the business end of a very s

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Player Match Ratings: Rams to the slaughter!

Jack’s back and so were the Villa yesterday! Alan Durban, Kevin Hector, Roy McFarland, Alan Hinton, Archie Gemmill, Roger Davies and Francis Lee. Your boys took one hell of a beating! Captain Jack invigorated the team on his return and led by example. We have not looked nearly as good as we did yesterday, in the 13 league games that we have played without him, since injury deprived us of our talisman. One player does not make a team, but one player can help a team to play like one! Thr

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Player Match Ratings: Our season ends in February!

Two defeats within a week have consigned us to a fourth season outside of the top flight. Fans bought half season tickets a couple of months ago in the hope of witnessing a strong second half of the season. They will now be resigning themselves to the fact that half of the games that they paid for have now become meaningless end of season fixtures for our football club.     We started well but we just don’t make good starts into goals and half time leads, do we? Instead we concede goals fre

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Player Match Ratings: Sharp Blades stunned by Villa!

This was an unbelievable, outstanding, incredible, amazing, astonishing, sensational, surprising, unexpected, remarkable, dramatic and thrilling comeback! With eight minutes of normal time remaining Sheffield United were temporarily on top of the league and were a seemingly comfortable three goals ahead. By the end of the game that lead had disappeared before their very eyes, their promotion hopes had been blunted, and they found themselves shell shocked and sitting back in third place wher

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Player Match Ratings: We win again (but only just!)

This should have been a more comfortable win. We had the chances to have put the game out of sight before our penalty gave us a two-goal cushion. As we all know a two-goal lead can more than occasionally not prove enough for us. This so nearly proved to be the case again yesterday.    Our visitors who had for 75 minutes looked like a team that were on the bottom of the table and destined to give us a rare routine victory were injected with belief by a goal out of nothing by Sears. Afte

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Player Match Ratings: Two down but we get one point

We gained a point from a losing position rather than lost points from a winning one for a change yesterday.   We were nothing short of appalling in the first half and made it all too easy for Hull. Given our form of late, more than a few of us could see this one coming. Chester’s timely goal came just before half time and it gave us some grounds for hope where there had previously been none. If there was anything positive to be taken from this game, it was that we awoke in the second h

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Player Match Ratings: Another embarrassing cup exit

The news that had spread around Villa Park before yesterday’s game that Abraham may well have played his last game for Aston Villa deflated our spirits and the game that followed did nothing to lift the gloom. Dean Smith tasted his second defeat at Villa Park yesterday. Swansea recorded their first ever cup win against us. We produced the sort of shambolic performance that was reminiscent of those that we had grown accustomed to witnessing during our relegation season. We were knocked out o

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Player Match Ratings: Flame but Jack’s spark missed

There were flames and a pre-match firework display yesterday but we missed the spark of invention around the box that Jack had until his injury at WBA been providing us with, during the game itself. Dean Smith indicated after the match that he anticipated being without Jack for the rest of this month. His two-month absence will deal a potentially lethal body blow to our promotion hopes. It has already badly dented them, with us having taken only 6 points from a possible 15 from the games he

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Player Match Ratings: Adieu to automatic promotion?

Leeds stretched their lead over us to 15 points with their late, late winner yesterday. I can’t really see us closing that gap during the second half of the season. That would leave us with just one automatic promotion place to aim for namely the one currently occupied by Norwich who are currently 14 points ahead of us. To claim that place we must rely on Norwich not being this season’s Cardiff and, on our ability, to overtake them along with the likes of WBA and Derby. It might just come down t

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Player Match Ratings: Villa battle back for a Desmond

We extended our unbeaten run to 7 games yesterday and Stoke’s own unbeaten run now stands at 9. The deluge in which the game was played was not conducive to flowing football and both teams cancelled each other out in the first half. The goals like the weather were not going to dry up though and the second half rained goals. I had feared that the visitors might extend their run of victories at Villa Park to 4 each time they went ahead but we are made of sterner stuff than we once were,

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Player Match Ratings: A ten goal thriller at the Villa!

What a game that was! It’s not very often that Villa draw a game 5-5. The last time we did so was way back in 1966 when we came back from 5-1 down to draw 5-5 at White Hart Lane. Tony Hateley scored 4 of our goals against Spurs on that day. On this occasion it was Tammy Abraham that did the same.        When the dust has settled, we can reflect on the positives and negatives to be taken from this game. We scored 5 goals but conceded 5 as well. We pulled goals back to equalize on three occas

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Player Match Ratings: 4-2 on the Noses big day out!

Joe Gallagher, Trevor Francis, Kenny Burns, Kevin Dillon, Mark Dennis, Pat Van den Hauwe, Julian Dicks, Noel Blake, Tom Ross, Jasper Carrot your boys took a hell of a beating!     This game turned on the 35th minute when Gardner’s cross flew past Chester and Adams got a foot to it only for the ball to thud against the post rather than give the knuckle draggers a two-goal cushion. What could possibly go wrong for them after that? We could go straight up the other end and hit an equalizer whi

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Player Match Ratings: Chester secures the win

James Chester was back to his best last night firstly preventing a Bolton equalizer and then scoring our decisive second goal to send us temporarily to the top of the bottom half of the table and just 4 points behind the top six.          We had the perfect start last night with a 4th minute goal that it might have been hoped would lead to a confidence inspiring goal glut against a Bolton side that are currently on the crest of a slump. The visitors instead threatened to draw level and we s

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Player Match Ratings: Our season starts here!

We tried placing round pegs in round holes rather than in square ones yesterday and it worked!     It was nice to hear applause at half time and again at full time from a packed Villa Park on Saturday as the team left the field. It is very early in Dean Smith’s tenure at Villa Park and he has only had a couple of training sessions at best with some of his new players but there were still some early encouraging signs.         We pressed our opponents in their own half and showed a willi

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Player Match Ratings: Another two points surrendered

At half time it was a question of how many goals that we would win by rather than whether we would win. They appeared to be just what we had needed to face last night namely a team that had less confidence and were in worse form than ourselves. At the end we proved to be just the team for a club at the bottom of the league to have faced. At half time it was Alex Neil’s managerial future that looked likely to be under more threat than Steve Bruce’s at the end of the game. What a difference a refe

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Player Match Ratings: Villa frustrate and disappoint

One moment of magic from John McGinn could only temporarily dispel the gloom from Villa Park yesterday. The beat team won, and we were a long way off being the best team. Our visitors gave what will be one of their best performances of the season whereas we produced one of our worst in what is fast becoming a season to forget.    Sheffield Wednesday inflicted our first home league defeat of the season upon us for a second successive season yesterday. They started brightly and found it

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Player Match Ratings: Loan stars goals win it!

Goals from Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie on their home debuts gave us a much-needed win last night. This was not a scintillating performance from us. Our visitors rarely threatened our brittle defence and we eased to a routine victory without looking particularly good.    The win was comfortable enough and it was achieved without us having to hit our stride. We didn’t look fluent last night, and we have a team of individuals that have yet to become a team but when that does happen

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Player Match Ratings: 2 valuable points thrown away!

One goal is often not enough and so it proved yesterday. Up until Reading’s late equalizer it had looked like we had done just enough to get a win and “just enough” appeared to be all that we had thought that we would need to do. Our defence is however porous, and we were not capable of closing out yesterday’s game. We have not managed to keep a clean sheet in the league so far this season. That is a feat that we achieved 16 times last season. Our defence, which was so well organised back t

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    • I don’t think much has changed, people were complaining when we were ‘4th in the championship’ and people are complaining now.
    • Had to break the rules to do it though.
    • Four top targets if we go down. Eze (Grealish replacement). Saw QPR last night and there was move in second half where Eze glided from halfway line and then passed straight to the striker who fired home the winner, was Grealish lite. I'd be find signing him if we stayed up tbh. Joe Lolley. Maybe not quite as good as last season but still scored 7 from out wide (11 the season before). We know his history obviously. Forest may well cash in if they don't go up. Dwight Gayle. Not quite as long term as those two but Tammy type striker you know will get 20 goals no problem if you get the crosses in. Chester type signing at the back. Was looking at some of the out of favour CBs at prem clubs and had completely forgotten about Ben Gibson. Been out of favour at Burnley and even been training at Boro recently so he'll certainly be available for at least a loan move. You add those four to the ones who'll remain like Heaton, Hourihane, El Ghazi and McGinn and I'd say that would be very strong bet for top 2.
    • Boro going down I reckon. They had a bit of a revival over xmas but been awful since. Hull probably thought they had enough points in the bank when they sold those two but Wigan, Barnsley and Luton all picked up well in last few weeks.
    • He advanced to the U23s, so far it's looking like he's clearly ready to advance beyond the u23s, the lad should be aloud to float like a butterfly, sting like a few. You can't hold back talent, you hold it back and put a safety at over talent it ends up being boxed in. We do not know what level he or some of the others are at. Fact is we go so wrong about it compared to top prem clubs who just let them play first team football and that's why they end up with more super kids breaking through than we do, they take the training wheels off and say go do your business for us. We need to just let there talent breath, not choke it to death.
    • Yeah he's certainly good enough, everyone pretty much was trying to sign home up, we were lucky to nab him. If the kid earned a start compared to our under performer's THEN get him in, I bet he would relish the chance to start against city. or anyone else in the league. I think our players should be dropped even for youth if need be, they feel way to safe and do not feel threatened because they are way to comfortable with there place knowing for the time being that no one is going to threaten there place even if tbey do the minimum at game time. Much needs to change and youths need to be given more of a way in, I want to see them given there chance if first eleven players fail to impress.
    • We lost loads of games in the championship unless I missed something.Perhaps if Premier league became 46 game season that would convert you again.😉 At this point in 16/17 we'd only won 8 games so only one more than this season. Even last season we'd only won 10 league games up to 2nd March which is incredible since we went up in the end. To stay up we need to win 10 games. To get promoted last season we won 20 games in the regular season so factor in the extra 8 games and our winning percentage is still well below 50% in each season.
    • For ever? To me we haven't learnt our lessons from our last season in the premier league but if we could scramble to survive then I'd like to think we'd take some more pragmatic decisions in the summer and at least get in 3-4 experienced international players from decent national teams even if they're only going to play for 1-2 years. That would improve us far more quickly than taking more punts on players from mid table Turkish teams. Probably need a more experienced top level manager aswell but that's another debate. I assume you weren't around in the 90s when we were one of the best teams in the country. Even a decade ago we were one of the top teams even if there was still a sense of underachievement at the end of the O'Neill tenure. It was still a team that home and away took on and sometimes beat the best teams (remember prem clubs were very strong in europe at that point) and we also competed for domestic trophies. We simply need to stop messing around signing players who's level is miles away from top half of the premier league. Wolves and Sheffield United sign good players and they're both comfortably in the top half of the league, there really is no great secret to football sometimes.  
    • Yeah nothing good comes from relegation, nothing. We need to stay up. if we dont then I am with you, sadly I just cant watch the games any more as AVTV is a failure and iFollow is mediocre at best. Also god knows what kind of squad we would have if we went down. It wont have Grealish or Mings in it thats for sure.
    • There is no way 16/17 was better than this. Just to remind people we spent that year spunking nearly 30m on Hogan and McCormack, played decent portion of that year with Bacuna-Westwood-Gardner as some sort of dynamic midfield and we also had long winless runs just like this season. One win from first day to 18th October (1 win in 13) and one win from Boxing day to Feb 25th (ironically similar to this season) We only had a winning run once the play offs were out of reach. Now the next two seasons were obviously better even if we largely were turgid to watch in 17/18 bar the odd game like Wolves at home. Still no decent cup runs in those three seasons which at least this one has had and in any case while winning the play offs is an incredibly exciting way to go up I'd rather have a season in the championship where we pretty much sweep aside all teams and go up as champions with 90 + points as Newcastle, Wolves and probably West Brom will all do this season.



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