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Aston Villa Review: Episode 167 - Villa win again to move up the table

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Aston Villa haven't taken 11 points from 15 games since long before Aston Villa Review began, but that's exactly what new manager Steve Bruce has achieved since taking over. Okay, so it's in the Championship, but that's no guarantee of anything. Saturday's 2-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers was Villa's third under Bruce, and takes them up to 14th.

In this week's show Chris and Steve talk about Villa's latest win and the current state of play, and discuss their wishes for the Villa Park redevelopment that Tony Xia teased last week. Filled-in corners? Not for us, thanks. And, of course, we talk about the supporters' relationship - such as it is -with midfielder Ashley Westwood.

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    • What makes you think that all of a sudden Bruce would start learning from his mistakes now?  Would you like it better if everyone who wasn't happy with Bruce just left this thread so you and whoever's left can write lots of cute n cuddly things about him.....
    • Depending on the support he got from Hourihane and Onomah, he might do well.  But deciding to play him just because he cost a lot is daft.
    • He should have adjusted the formation accordingly to Wolves in the first place, which was an away game, against a technically good team. lol With all this "learning" every other game it's starting to seem like he is an apprentice. Anyway, let's all just see how it goes, could be a masterstroke....or...ya know.
    • The wolves match made something pretty clear:  When the opposition midfield is capable of passing the ball around nicely, Whelan and Hourihane cannot cope alone.  So, apparently, Bruce sees that and adds Onomah into the midfield.  I hope it works, I really do.  But it seems like the manager could have seen that pretty early in the match against Wolves and made a similar adjustment there.  (Rank amateurs that post here could see it.)  In this case, his "react 70-minutes-to-70-days-too-late style" may work today, because Wolves and Fulham play a similar kind of passing game.  Which brings up a related question.... What style of play is it that we do again?
    • Thought it was £18m?
    • Either that or he learned from the Wolves defeat and has adjusted the formation accordingly?  
    • Hogan is too much of a risk to be starting. Make him prove himself from the bench.  
    • i'm in the uk but with a vpn and it is also saying audio commentary. It gives me the option to subscribe to video though so the vpn is definitely working
    • I know he's a bit hit and miss but Hogan cost us £14m and really needs to be given the chance to find some form.
    • Can't believe he's going with one up front and it's not Hogan. Weird