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Always look on the bright side of (Villa) life, do-do, do-do do-do do-do.

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Take it into the league please lads

After Tuesday night's impressive and perhaps slightly unexpected League Cup romp in Norwich, Villa rather annoyingly dropped another place in the league owing to one of the teams below us beating one of the teams below us. That's twice this weekend that has happened *grrr*. I think most can agree that we are playing better than results or league position would suggest. Indeed our trouncing of one of the form sides in the league in their own back yard would point at that fact. Yes they were ful

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Is Norwich a must-win?

I hate the term 'must-win'. Apart from being over-used, it is more often than not mis-used too. Saturday's early kick off (12:45BST) against Norwich City in isolation is probably not must-win for our prospects of staying in the league, any more than say a match against any likely-struggler like Norwich would be. After all, it is only game number 9 of a 38 game season and we're not currently in the bottom 3. So technically it's not must-win. Now in saying all of that, having not won in 4 mat

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Villa - A car that won't start

The metaphor I would use to describe Villa at the moment is that of a car that is stuttering to start. But once it does it will be fine. I don't mind that our start has been poor. Most would not have expected an easy transition from a McLeish side. Granted we probably didn't expect the worst start in a generation, but that's what we have. We still need to look at it objectively and not start self-harming over statistics though. We are going through a phase where it appears that we can't

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Where we are and why I'm positive

First off, let me say that just because this blog is called 'The Optimist' it doesn't automatically follow that I will fly in the face of criticising things that need to be criticised. Believe me, if I want to moan I will moan. But if I don't then I won't. I called it 'The Optimist' because in my years on VillaTalk I have come around to the realisation that on average I do tend to see the positive side of things more than most. So it seemed an apt name. Anyway, on to Villa. As a fir

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    • Wasn't it after that run that they gave Lambert a new 4 year contract? 😱😱
    • Yeah you seem a bit like a child here now cause it's clear that was not what was said.  You said something dumb and incorrect. I pointed it out.  Deal with it. 
    • Ah ok, so you being able to " pull off moves and goals against semi - professional football players" is comparable to a professional player doing it for years at the pro level against pro opposition (regardless of what you think the level), and proves your point. Got it, i'm just not adult enough to comprehend it.
    • It's no fun now he is actually winning games. The selfish bastard.
    • High, low or in the middle, when there is no one in the middle to receive them it really matters little. Fwiw I'm not trying to claim that everything is working ace and Wesley is the only thing holding us back from finishing top 10. I have no illusions of this and we have more issues. But Wesley is not good enough currently IMO.
    • As a team our movement is very poor and should be worked on every day in training. If Dean isn't doing this I would be very disappointed. But as I said you can't just complain that wesley doesn't do it when no one else does as well. I also think that our highball crosses are very silly considering we no longer have Abraham and we should instead cross with low bouncing balls which are much harder to defend as it is very easy to deflect them into your own net. Low crosses are almost always better which is why targett is so dangerous because he plays low ball across the face of goal. 
    • He might very well have been given a free role by Smith (I doubt it thou) but i can 100% guarantee that he is still supposed to occupy the space in the central attacking goal area more often than he is. No way is our tactic to have no one in the the box when we cross. Just compare to how Abraham played in a similar tactic for us last season. He's playing way too deep and too wide far too often.  The "fact" that McGinn for example seem to have run out of steam and doesn't put up as often in the box obviously also doesn't help.  
    • Alright despair away. Let me know when you are adult enough to discuss it.  And the point was simply pointing out the obvious flawed thinking in the idea you presented that you either are capable of something or you aren't. Which I've just shown you is a lot of twaddle. 
    • We don't know where he is supposed to be. He is likely following Smith's instructions about his positioning on the pitch. He needs to do better in the box but as I have said for the 6th or 7th time everyone else needs to do better as well. I think we should use him like a centre in basketball do a pick and roll. Just have him stand up straight and strong and let players run into him either we win a free kick opposition ran into him or whoever is on the ball is free. It won't create mismatches like in basketball but we saw how effective it is on Sunday with soyuncu screening elmo and letting Evans get free. 
    • Remember some Villa fans didnt want him or Rafa one summer. Think we ended wirh McLeish



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