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  1. 5 points
    Lambert spent more than enough money in the preceding windows to have bought either player. He's been at the club a while now, and still not signed that number 10, so it can't be that much of a priority. In that time he's spent, give or take, 17m on players that are now not at the club any more, yet still no number 10. He's signed multiple left backs, a selection of central midfielders who all do the same thing, and still no number 10 If Lambert really wanted one, we'd have one. There's, cumulatively, been enough money there, and he's opted to use it elsewhere
  2. 5 points
    I think i've mentioned this before, but a few years ago I was watching a movie at the Showcase in Dudley and this utter word removed and his missus hadn't stopped talking (loud, not whispering) since they had sat down. About twenty minutes in, i'd had enough and made like I was getting up to go to the loo but instead just stood up and stayed where I was. Sure enough, after 10 seconds or so Mr.Chatty Bollox says 'can you sit down?' to which I turned and replied 'yeah of course mate, as soon as you shut the **** up'. After a brief grumble to his missus he shut up and I sat back down. Job done.
  3. 5 points
  4. 4 points
    FWIW, this is an excellent post and one which I (an apparent "Lambert supporter") completely agree with. The test was always this season. I've been saying for ages that, for me, he's got until this Christmas. He's had financial restrictions etc. etc. but this is now a squad that has been developed over 2 seasons - the crap (for the most part) has been rid of. We should be seeing at least some improvement, but we're currently not. I'm actually not fussed about losing 5 games in a row given the teams we've played, but the manner of the defeats have been poor. Similarly, in beating Stoke, we didn't play that well - just shut them out. Hull and Liverpool were good performances and the ball retention against Q.P.R. was good too. Outside of that, not much cheer. Lambert has been unlucky with injures, of course. We're a side that is massively reliant on Benteke and, whilst this is partly down to transfers etc., I don't particularly blame Lambert for that. However, the team should still be performing, with the ball, better than it has been. I don't want Lambert sacked right now and I'd like him to succeed at the club as he seems to be a pretty humble guy with the interests of the club at heart (which seems quite rare these days). Time is running out though. There simply has to be an improvement this season and it needs to start now. Edit: Although you do say "vastly improved", which is a bit of a stretch I think
  5. 4 points
    The argument that we are three points off 8th is just laughable. A few days ago we were only three points off 4th. Presumably in a few weeks we will only be three points off safety. We all need to be realistic and recognise that Lambert is out of his depth. We have a half decent squad which is more than capable of keeping us in the PL given proper organisation and management. All the empirical evidence shows that Lambert does not have the right skills. This needs to change as soon as possible. The utter failure to have any Plan B let alone a Plan A. The look of confusion on his face whenever the camera pans onto him. The shambolic incomprehensible post match interviews and by that I am not talking about his accent but his comments which evidence a complete disconnect with actual events. The failure to accept responsibility for the teams performance and the lack of recognition of any of the issues we face. The comment, post QPR, that Beneteke is 6-7 games of being fully fit totally missed the appalling overall team performance. It was all down to Beneteke apparently??? Spurs will batter us on Sunday as I just cannot see us either scoring a goal nor defending effectively for 90 minutes. Mark my words the fans will turn on Sunday and it will be ugly whatever the brave words on this forum. I hope if we lose the fans really do turn on Lambert as the club needs to understand that he is leading us to disaster. We need a change and we need it now. No amount of brave words on this forum can convince me otherwise.
  6. 4 points
    Things Ashley Westwood is good at: - Reading the game: seeing the opposition players, knowing where his teammates are to lay off a pass, thinking two or three moves ahead. We have almost no one else on our team who can do this. - Passing and ball retention. - First touch. - He is among the most comfortable on the ball in our current team. By that I mean he does not panic in possession. - Through balls. Things Ashley Westwood can improve at: - Tackling and general defending/ball-winning. - Set piece delivery (I'm seeing improvement here, hope it continues) - Taking more risks - Taking shots. We do not have enough goals from midfield in this team. - Pressing the opponent. Things Ashley Westwood will probably never be good at: - Dribbling - "Enforcer" role - while I think he can improve on his defensive play, he is not going to evolve into a Roy Keane style DM. - Pace - Unlocking a defense My feeling is that if we aspire to be a team that controls possession, we need a player like Westwood in the team. I think he's one of our more intelligent players, but I also think we don't really play to his strengths, since we rarely seem to attempt to control possession, and there are expectations on him to do the things he's not suited to. I think it's hard for fans to see the value in a midfielder who doesn't fit either the Enforcer or Playmaker role -- he can do bits of each job but can't fill either role completely. I think he could be an important player for the team, but if we're not going to bother trying to control possession anyway, then maybe going with a midfield two of Sanchez (Enforcer) and I guess Cole ?? (Playmaker) would make more sense. Delph is a big miss, obviously (although he is also neither Enforcer nor Playmaker). Frankly I also think we miss KEA more than we know, no one in our team hassles opponents the way he did. I think Westwood is wasted in a kick-and-rush style of play. I don't know if we intentionally play that style or if our players just panic and it becomes that style. And of course as well all know, we need a creative playmaker in the center of the park, have for years. Other than Cole, who for me the jury is still out on, we have no one to fill this role. N'Zogbia and Grealish both have creativity and flair to their games but I think both are better out wide.
  7. 3 points
    I don't get the feeling if he had more money, it would get better....unless it was backed by an oil field and the chances of failure are close to impossible. is Cleverley @ 8 mill any better than West wood @ 2mill ? you only have to listen to the after match interviews to know there is nothing in the tank....I'm not sure what some are waiting for.
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    I'd be interested to know which of our exciting megabucks signings you think Lambert isn't getting the best out of, and why. And there's also a possibility number... 3. He bought players into the club that are no better than what he already had because he is operating on a budget = we still don't know if he is a poor manager. You mean 3) he spent a very limited budget on players no better than he already had instead of improvements - poor manager No, he spent a very limited budget on players on vastly inferior wages than those they replaced, which was a policy enforced by our owner. But he's brought in better players for that inferior wage... Vlaar > Dunne Senderos > Collins (*for us, and at the moment) Okore > Cuellar Cissokho > Warnock Benteke > Heskey Lowton > Lichaj (*Lowton probably earning more) Westwood > Makoun Kozak > Delfouneso Richardson > Bannan Bacuna > Holman Cole > Carruthers Then we've had: El Ahmedi in and out Bowery in and out Luna in and out on loan Tonev in and out on loan Helenius in and out on loan Bennett in and out on loan Steer in and out on loan And loans of: Bertrand Cleverley Holt The only one who's left that we haven't improved on is Albrighton. The squad is vastly improved, for much less money (good performance there from Lambert), but he's assembled a group of better players that he's got playing worse than the ones that were in before them. Yes, he's done a great job getting cost down, BUT that doesn't excuse the fact that he's built a squad that's better than the one he inherited, but he still cannot get the best out of them. Maybe he'd be better as a scout or in a developmental role, because although he seems to be alright at spotting players for good prices it's becoming increasingly apparent he doesn't have the foggiest notion how to use them once they're signed
  10. 3 points
    New and rather splendid HMHB. I’ve just seen Vengloš in Rock Ferry buying energy drinks He’s deffo taking over God knows I’ve tried to put you into verse But unfortunately When it comes to things such as this It’s all me, me, me You’re so beige I bet you think this song’s about someone else
  11. 3 points
    If the opposition played without a goalkeeper, Gabby would know their was something different, but wouldnt quite work out what it was.
  12. 3 points
    Does her mum have to accompany her on set? I wiki'd her. She's my age. Oh yes, I would. And if her mum is a likeness, then probably her as well. Woof. Gets her looks from her father...
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
  15. 2 points
    But we know the players are not that bad. Most are internationals for one thing, but more relevantly we have seen some excellent individual and team performances. To me it is clear, the players are not as bad as our two and bit seasons results suggest. Also clearly, lambo can and has organised and motivated them perfectly sufficiently on occasions. For me the whole crux is therefore whether you consider he either has, or will, do that often enough. Sadly the answer to both of those has to be no, IMO.
  16. 2 points
    - "We don't have quality players" is not valid when we fail at the basics. - "He was forced to ignore players and put them on the bomb squad" is a lie. Randy does not pick the squad. - "He is working under financial restrictions" applies to the majority of managers in the premier league. - "We have injuries" see above. - "We had a tough run of fixtures" doesn't explain abject defeats to 2 clubs struggling for points. - "They have a better squad than ours" is not always the case - but our opposition certainly play better football. - "He should get until Christmas" because somewhere between now and then he will stop doing what he has been doing for over 2 years....
  17. 2 points
    I actually think Lambert has been brilliant in the transfer window, unfortunately, motivating the players, coaching them and getting them to win games is his downfall. When you consider that we could have a first team of Guzan, Cissokho, Vlaar, Senderos, Lowton, Westwood, Sanchez, Richardson, Benteke, Cole & Bacuna, costing roughly £21m, that's a pittance for a Premier League eleven. I actually believe that a better manager could get that team to finish mid-table too, so we shouldn't just dismiss Lambert's good transfers because of our current plight.
  18. 2 points
    I think we should move Lambert on before Moyes gets a job elsewhere Moyes would be perfect for us IMO
  19. 2 points
    Fee agreed with United says the money was there and we were willing to use it
  20. 2 points
    Date went really well. Got a 2nd date next week. Currently on 3 pulls but no shags as of yet.
  21. 2 points
    We've got one: Joe Cole. The money spent elsewhere has gone on Cissokho and Sanchez (who fills the position of DM, which most of VT wanted more than an AM). Someone is going to say something about the LB position now. Really unforgiveable that the manager had signed two LB's for the monumental combined sum of nearly four and a half million pounds, and NEITHER of them was any good. Let us now focus on this instance of complete incompetence and not worry about whether a clear majority of Lambert's other signings were any good for the price paid. none of that changes what I'm saying, which is the manager thought that a number 10 was instrumental to his vision, we'd already have one at the club Apparently he persued Kiyotake and Hoolahan (possibly others!) but, for whatever reason, couldn't get them. Does that mean he's abandoned all hope? Or would you rather we bought just "any old" number 10 than one the manager feels will fit the mould? (i.e: Joe Cole) All this talk about a No10 seems to miss the fact we didn't play a system to accommodate one. And now we have Cole he prefers to play Gabby off the striker instead! Does anybody know what formation we played against QPR when Cole and Bent came on??
  22. 2 points
    FWIW, this is an excellent post and one which I (an apparent "Lambert supporter") completely agree with. The test was always this season. I've been saying for ages that, for me, he's got until this Christmas. He's had financial restrictions etc. etc. but this is now a squad that has been developed over 2 seasons - the crap (for the most part) has been rid of. We should be seeing at least some improvement, but we're currently not. I'm actually not fussed about losing 5 games in a row given the teams we've played, but the manner of the defeats have been poor. Similarly, in beating Stoke, we didn't play that well - just shut them out. Hull and Liverpool were good performances and the ball retention against Q.P.R. was good too. Outside of that, not much cheer. Lambert has been unlucky with injures, of course. We're a side that is massively reliant on Benteke and, whilst this is partly down to transfers etc., I don't particularly blame Lambert for that. However, the team should still be performing, with the ball, better than it has been. I don't want Lambert sacked right now and I'd like him to succeed at the club as he seems to be a pretty humble guy with the interests of the club at heart (which seems quite rare these days). Time is running out though. There simply has to be an improvement this season and it needs to start now. Edit: Although you do say "vastly improved", which is a bit of a stretch I think A fourth from bottom Everton and a bottom QPR! TBH I AM FUSSED about losing 5 in a row and even more FUSSED that we have failed to score in any of those games whilst letting in 13 and any Villa fan should be.
  23. 2 points
    Oh and McLeish? The guy who Lerner let spend £10-12m on star player N'Zogbia? Yea, he wasn't even under the same financial constraints as Lambert, invalid points/reasons.
  24. 2 points
    It's not that they weren't good enough per se, but they were costing the club too much. Do you not remember Lambert having to essentially change the whole squad due to the wage bill? McLeish under-performed because he almost relegated a squad that was on a top 6 wage bill and finished 9th the previous season (who also under-performed, but the 2 best players from that season left).
  25. 2 points
    Not really, no. Mainly because ~£58m (if we included the £8m he will blow on Cleverley in January) isn't a pittance. It is when you're trying to rebuild an entire squad almost from scratch. It's easy to just look at the numbers and come to conclusions, but even so $58M over 3 seasons (5 transfer windows so far) is nowhere near enough to be 10th-12th. The teams that are there, West Ham for example have spent half of that each window. Counting how much is spent is a bad idea, he had the constraint of not being able to offer wages to attract the vast majority of players he could afford. Which means he went for youth abroad last summer and the 2 best signings from that crop got injured for the season. He's been backed pretty well this summer, looks like he'll be after a winger in the January window too. We should see progress this season, 6 more points and 4 less losses would be good enough for me.
  26. 2 points
    Plus two of our best performing players Senderos and Hutton are out for Sunday and probably and could be out a while. So once all injuries taken into account we are left with Guzan - still pretty solid Given - could still do a job if asked Lowton - who didn't look great v QPR and now argueing with fans Vlaar - who looks way off in terms of match sharpness and fitness Clark - who just can't defend well full stop Baker - who can defend but usually he and Vlaar are not a good combo, that is if he doesn't go off with a head injury in the meantime Okore - sounds like the injury has really taken it's toll and won't feature for a good while if at all Cissokho - his defending has been pretty average - not as bad as Clark or Lowton but still questionable, his threat going fwd seems to have been identified by other teams and easily snuffed out. Sanchez - who mistakes aside looked good v QPR Cleverly - Westwood mark 2 - tidy but rarely affective Westwood - Cleverly mark 1 - both players aren't bad but do the same job? Bacuna - out of favour and sh*te at right back if he does play there Gabby - good for about 5 minutes per game, which is great if that involves a shot on goal or assist in that time Weimann - see above Benteke - Not fit, would rather he came of the bench rather than we carry him Cole - limited by age and injury, but even if he is fit i can't see how he would fit into Lambert's style of play Grealish - not considered to be ready
  27. 2 points
    He's got to start changing it up after 5 games with no goal. I would rather see us go for it against Spurs than slump to another pathetic defeat. 4-2-3-1 -----------------------Guzan----------------------- Hutton-------Vlaar-------Senderos--------Cissokho --------------Sanchez-----Cleverley------------- Agbonlahor----------Grealish---------------Nzogbia --------------------------Benteke-------------------- We have to sacrifice Westwood or Cleverley for a more attacking midfielder and I don't mean Richardson. However I fully expect to see Sanchez dropped and Richardson back in. Christ Lambert depresses me
  28. 2 points
    I voted PBGHTJ fwiw. Most of the reasons why we are still crap are still there: No creativity, no money to buy it with, bad luck with injuries. But we are really, REALLY crap, aren't we? Seeing as we might have to play with Ciaran Clark and without Fabian Delph, I can't see a miracle turnaround happening no matter who the manager is. But at this rate we're going to get to the point where we've got nothing to lose by trying someone else. Anyway, RL has to at least give him until January by all the laws of professional and human decency. Those who blame PL for it all are going to have to accept this. Lerner isn't the sort of bloke to sack someone he works closely with less than six months after giving him a new contract (could be wrong about this, but I doubt it).
  29. 2 points
    Not that I don't want to see him in the team, because I do. But, he's never looked "likely to do something everytime he touches the ball" for the first team. He's got huge potential but I think people are jumping the gun if they're expecting him to be ready at this stage. He might be, but I'm worried we're all expecting too much.
  30. 2 points
    The thing about playing like that, too, means that one of Benteke and Andi could drop back a little when needed for the easy ball from Jack or another midfielder. If all 3 of them are more fluid than the usual static approach we take, you'd potentially cause problems for the defence. Of course, for them to become fluid like that, they need to play together, a lot, so initially you'd run into the issue of nobody knowing really what the other is doing, and we'd have people on their back pretty fast, but for my money, and if I was involved in coaching Villa, those 3 would be training together, very specifically, every single day working on their movement, creating a repertoire of runs and and learning to know where the other 2 are at any given time, in any given area of the pitch. Will that happen, though? Unlikely. Also, I have no coaching qualifications, so, in fairness, I have no actual idea of the ins and outs of making it happen, or the reasons why it possibly shouldn't. But like seems to be a regular theme in threads here lately, the adage that "it can't be any worse than what we're seeing right now" rings true 4 at the back (ideally Cissokho, Senderos, Vlaar, Hutton). 3 in a flat midfield (given Delph's injury, probably Sanchez, Cleverley, Westwood - you'd be looking at something that'd be solid and functional more than attacking or creative, and that's pretty much what those 3 guys offer). jack linking up play. andi and christian up top. On paper, and in my head, it's very straightforward
  31. 2 points
    That's what I'm worried about, especially because I'm going on halloween. I'd pay extra for cinema tickets if it funded a big bouncer to stand at the back of each screen and punch anyone who makes unnecessary noise during films.
  32. 2 points
    The only reason I can find for taking that negatively is if the poster has been reading too many tabloids and decided to spin it in a red top manner like "Tom Cleverley only wants to turn things around for LOYAL Villa fans, but he hates all the other ones" or some such ridiculousness. He wasn't splitting the Villa support into loyal and non-loyal, he was calling Aston Villa fans, all of them, loyal fans that the team wants to turn things around for
  33. 2 points
    I'm often baffled by some of the names that are served up when people discuss managers, Sherwood? I'd rather just keep Lambert.
  34. 2 points
    I quite like the blond with the glasses who doesn't speak or do much. Nice eye candy.
  35. 2 points
    Sweet Jesus. If there was an open goal do you not think the variety of shots would be different??
  36. 2 points
    He was on broad street watching villa play shit so it must have been a raincheck I reckon he's knuckle deep in Polski clunge now though. Thank god you didn't mix up your Ps & Fs.
  37. 2 points
    Don't talk nonsense. You don't need to go that over the top to emphasise the fact that we are struggling to score goals.
  38. 2 points
    Yep. He said it'd be the closest he'd get to getting off with Shakira but really he just wanted to get Pep's phone number.
  39. 2 points
    Why are so many people so obsessed with pointing out stuff that show how far we've fallen? Yes, we've fallen very far. Nobody is happy about it but its the reality. Very sad. Much crying. Maybe its time to stop wallowing in self pity and get over it. Sacking the manager won't put more money in the transfer fund. I was going to write out a point by point rebuttal but reading through it seems like you've attributed every success he's ever had to blind luck. I've already done that dance, its shit. The rest is just the same nebulous, cookie cutter complaints some fans of every team in history have had. I wouldn't call his time here successful but his transfer activity has been relatively successful and he's finished within shouting distance of mid table both seasons despite having to shop in the bargain bin. I wouldn't mind if he was replaced by a new owner but the mindset of "he needs to go" in our current state without a specific, coherent plan for an alternative is what gets teams into shit. No decent manager is going to want to take a job where the fans expect a lot more than the owner is prepared to fund.
  40. 2 points
    Me to it is a well known thing at work that if a bird has her toes on display I will find a reason to fiddle with the plugs under her desk...well the ones who have nice feet anyway. I upset two of the girls I work with cuz I told one she has monster munch toes and the other that she has hoofs like a mountain goat
  41. 2 points
  42. 2 points
    For hot runny egg chat? Called it. Now engaged to a Welsh bird called Gwen. We're honeymooning in Hereford.
  43. 2 points
    that's quite a specific fetish you have old man.
  44. 2 points
    Finally realised who the Delph reminds me of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson Uncanny
  45. 2 points
    To be fair though, when has the midfield ever offered creativity in the last few years?
  46. 2 points
    Chelmsley Wood is Solihull not Birmingham.
  47. 2 points
    Brilliant game! After the opening scene, I spotted a captain and decided to test my luck without knowing his weaknesses and strengths. Mid-battle, ended up getting ambushed by three other captains! Died, and all captains increased in battle. Also love the way they remember you from previous battles or if you've killed them, and them having the scars to prove it. Also love that if you're on your way to a main mission, you get distracted by the side missions or just killing in general. Having a blast so far.
  48. 2 points
    How a player who looks likely to do something everytime he touches the ball is not able to get into, at the very least, a matchday squad of a team who fail to create a decent goalscoring opportunity in over 300 odd minutes of football is beyond me.
  49. 2 points
    So you think that Burnley have flair players and, maybe West Ham and Crystal palace too. But, you don't think that Spurs or Southampton have any - each to their own I guess! Eh? I think you've got your backwards glasses on. He's listed our results next to their names, like you have.
  50. 2 points
    Sorry guys.. I forgot Batman Dante..
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