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Aston Villa Review: Episode 164 - Steve Bruce is the new Villa manager

After an eventful international break, Aston Villa returned to Football League Championship action with a new manager in the dugout. Steve Bruce, formerly of Manchester United as a player and a whole bunch of clubs as a manager, has embraced the challenge of turning around a team that has taken to Championship life like a duck to a wood chipper. Bruce's first game at Villa Park was a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and brought about one of the worst performances of the season. A penal

ChrisVillan

ChrisVillan

Player Match Ratings: Villa cling to a fortunate point!

This was a point gained rather than a point lost because Wolves were by far the better side on the day and had the chances to have run out clear winners had they taken them. They just seemed to want it more than we did. We had hoped for a win, an early new manager “bounce” and for the players to want to pull out all of the stops to impress the new boss but old habits are hard to break. Although there have been significant changes in our starting line-up since last season this season’s displ

John

John

Win a prize, cos I have a cold

I've an awful flu-like chest infection right now, so there are two boxes waiting to be unboxed. I'm frustrated. So for now I am giving away a prize, which is great if you love Star Wars! Subscribe to my channel to be in with a chance of winning! www.youtube.com/c/denjamediauk

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avfcDJ

Aston Villa Review: Episode 163 - Roberto Di Matteo sacked

124 days. We've had colds that lasted longer. But 124 days was the total length of Roberto Di Matteo's managerial tenure at Aston Villa, by whom he was sacked this week after Villa's latest games against Barnsley (another draw, another late concession) and Preston North End (rubbish) didn't go his way. Even after five minutes in the job, few seem surprised or upset. In this week's Aston Villa Review we stick the boot in. Chris and Steve talk about Di Matteo's performance, weaknesses and sacking

ChrisVillan

ChrisVillan

Aston Villa Review: Episode 162 - Villa snatch draw with Newcastle United

Aston Villa made a meal out of taking a point from the game against Newcastle United on Saturday, but take a point they did. After going behind to a Tommy Elphick own goal, Villa battled back with a rousing last half hour. And, for once, it was Villa who grabbed a goal at the death. Aaron Tshibola's header gave us something to cheer about. In this week's Aston Villa Review we examine the myriad questions posed by Saturday's match, discuss Roberto Di Matteo's tactical choices and ask whether the

ChrisVillan

ChrisVillan

Player Match Ratings: We score our own late goal!

We have grown frustratingly accustomed to conceding goals and dropping valuable points during the last 5 minutes of games this season but this time we scored rather than conceded one late in a game.  We were really abysmal in the first half. Playing three central defenders did not work for us and our defence was shaky at best in the first 45 minutes. Our midfield was none existent and we posed a minimal threat up front. Newcastle will have been disappointed to have only been one up at the b

John

John

Aston Villa Review: Episode 161 - Villa endure a tricky start

Chris and Steve have been unable to record a show for a while for various reasons that ain't none o' ya biznizz, but we're back in action this week to catch up on the latest happenings at Aston Villa. Roberto Di Matteo's side has hardly impressed since last we spoke, and our conversation about Villa's recent matches against Brentford and Ipswich Town is a case study in brave-facery. As well as assessing the two freshest games, we talk about the apparent pressure on Di Matteo, his performance to

ChrisVillan

ChrisVillan

Player Match Ratings: Bees leave it late to sting Villa!

A Villa team that seem incapable of seeing out even the last 5 minutes of a game seemed to decide last night to try to see out the entire second half. We left it to the visitors to take the game to us rather than take the game to them in the second half having gone ahead on 19 minutes. As we know a one goal advantage is not enough for us and so it proved again last night. We have now dropped seven points due to conceding goals during the last 5 minutes of games this season. Had we seen thes

John

John

Player Match Ratings: Another very costly late goal!

Aston Villa have now dropped five points due to conceding goals during the last 5 minutes of games this season. Had we seen these games out rather than conceded goals in the 85th minute against Sheffield Wednesday, in the 86th minute against Huddersfield and now in the 87th minute against Forest we would now have had 11 points rather than 6 and would have been in 5th rather than 17th place.   We are currently just 2 points clear of the relegation places and 10 points behind the early league

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John

2011 Away Match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but probably never will.   Sunday, August 28, 2011 The retrenchment of expenses plan and the future of the club

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2010 Away Match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but probably never will.   Thursday, September 09, 2010 New star in the sky (chanson pour Villa)

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blandy

2009 Away Match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but probably never will.   Sunday, December 13, 2009 Jiggery Pokery - Man Utd away report   I imagine

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blandy

2008 Away Match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but don't, yet.   Monday, December 08, 2008 hold on, hold on - Everton Away Report   A late report th

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blandy

2007 Away match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but don't, yet.   Saturday, December 29, 2007 I'll take the Rain - Wigan Away report   In

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blandy

2006 Away Match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but don't, yet.   Wednesday, December 27, 2006 Turn On the Bright Lights - Spurs away report  

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blandy

2005 Away match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but don't, yet.   Sunday, December 11, 2005 A Means To An End - A Trip to The Reebok   We

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blandy

2004 Away Match Reports

Lytham Villa Tales and Away match reports from a Villa fan in the rainy north west. Owls should feature more prominently, but don't, yet.   Saturday, December 18, 2004 Waiting for the great leap forwards - Middlesborough match report  

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blandy

Aston Villa Review: Episode 160 - Villa beaten by Bristol City

As the international break takes Aston Villa briefly out of the firing line, three parting shots from Bristol City ensured that our temporary departure wouldn't be a happy one. In this week's Aston Villa Review we talk about the team's second loss of the Championship season and ask some of the questions so starkly asked by the performance that inspired it. There's also yet another chat about Dr Xia, his input so far and his ongoing Twitter exploits, as well a quick update on transfer comings an

ChrisVillan

ChrisVillan

Aston Villa Review: Episode 159 - Dalian Atkinson tribute and Villa's start reviewed

If relegation to the Championship has one effect, it's that a single week out of the podcasting racket leaves a backlog of too many matches to review at once. Since we last spoke, Aston Villa have lost at Luton Town, beaten Rotherham United, and drawn against Huddersfield Town and Derby County. There have been new signings, injuries and some horrendous goals conceded, and we talk about them all this week. But the truth is that the football was overshadowed last week. Former Villa striker Dalian

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ChrisVillan



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