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Aston Villa Review: Episode 166 - Villa take a point from derby

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This week's Aston Villa Review focuses squarely on Sunday's Second City Derby, in which Aston Villa battled manfully but had to overcome a sub-par performance to hold on to a draw against Birmingham City. Our misfit hosts came on strong in the second half to level a game that Villa led at the break thanks to Gary Gardner's header.

Chris and Steve pick apart the whys and wherefores of the match, talk a lot about shape and systems, and ask which Villa players came out of the fray with the most credit. We also briefly look ahead to the next game in the Football League Championship, which brings Blackburn Rovers to Villa Park next Saturday afternoon.

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    • I've got a lot more stamina though, and I'm not just on about hill climbing stamina 
    • Agreed.  He has been good but I can't think of many games where I feel like he got us the points. He has been part of a solid defence but not someone who can't be replaced. 
    • Rubbish post - ignore
    • It all hinges on who the manager is. Bruce will fight to keep many of the old heads, but those who weren't really part of his plans like Lansbury, Hogan and Bjarnasson will probably be sold. Whether or not Jack leaves I think will be left up to him, but his currency is as high as it has ever been. I suspect he would not be enthralled at joining the likes of Brighton or Crystal Palace, but would jump at the chance to join a higher mid-table club like Arsenal or Chelsea (see what I did there).  If we bring in a new manager with a modern football system then we may find the likes of Hogan and Bjarnasson staying. Hogan especially has shown he can score when he gets a run in the team and we play to his strengths, but he has spent most of his time here chasing down long balls over the top. And Bjarnasson, when played in his proper position, was consistently very good. These guys are by no means bad footballers, they are just not well suited to Bruce's style of play - which makes their recruitment in the first place something of a mystery.
    • As I understood it Bruce resigned from Hull when he was told he would not be getting much money to spend. I suspect that a similar scenario is developing at Villa. We will struggle to compete without the likes of Grealish and Chester, yet we will struggle to rebuild the squad without selling them. I am not sure Bruce will want to stick around for that.  
    • He's been good, but he's hardly irreplaceable. There's surely another PL team with a decent young goalkeeper to loan out, or a free transfer or something. You don't need Manuel Neuer in the Championship; Wolves got promoted with nearly a hundred points with John Ruddy in goal. The best teams score more than their opponents and limit their chances with possession. 
    • I think this is exactly wrong. What are Remi Garde and Tim Sherwood, if not risks? Even just limited to the new ownership, Di Matteo was a pretty risky appointment. 
    • Keeping my fingers crossed this is true. Please, Please.
    • Although this team has his faults, I've grown to really like this group of players this season. Real shame that it's looking like it'll have to be ripped apart without achieving our goal
    • I can vouch for the poster on H&V 100%.  I know nothing about the Lions club chairman though, or how where he heard the news/rumour.