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  1. I dont care if we go down as long as we try to score goals and play football. Football is about being entertained, I've lost too many hours at villa park watching us desperately defend our goal just to desperately stay in a division. What's the point.
    18 points
  2. Over 9 years ago, @sir_gary_cahill called it with Jack. Credit it where it's due - notwithstanding the obvious stopped clock being right twice a day jibes Adam Johnson's life took a dark turn, but back in 2010 he was shaping up to be a huge talent. It was big call to say he'd be 10x that player, but he absolutely is. We're fortunate to have Grealish in our team. I hope he lifts a trophy for us, for himself.
    13 points
  3. Such an important win today. And, despite being thousands of miles away, I got to experience a dramatic ending, too. I’m currently travelling around Argentina for a couple of weeks with my girlfriend and today had to catch two flights to get from Salta to Mendoza via Córdoba. My transit time in between flights was perfectly timed so I could tune in (via a stream) on the airport WiFi for the first half whilst simultaneously holding my phone adapter into the socket in the airport to try get some much needed battery charge. The coverage kept breaking which added to my frustration at seeing us a goal down and being outplayed, as well as my tiredness from a very early start. I was nervous about this game due to the “must win” importance I’d labelled it given our bet. V.tough run of games. Was jubilant to see we were back in it at half time and to see they’d had Mooy sent off. Boarding was delayed so I was constantly refreshing the poor stream for the game and would constantly have to put up with the game freezing randomly in the most inconvenient places (ie, either us or them attacking). They still looked a real threat despite having ten men and I was fighting like mad trying to contain my frustration. As we boarded the plane I had to use my girlfriend’s phone as I haven’t got any coverage or data out here. Again, there was multiple stop start internet connection whilst on the tarmac and every time we missed a chance or gave the ball away in a dangerous position I would make my frustrations known to those around me. So much so my girlfriend was looking at me with great concern and said “are you really this nervous about the game?” to which she got a shaking of the head and dismissive response. As we were in the process of taking off it was now ‘86 mins on the clock and Brighton were breaking on the attack into our half when the phone froze again. I quickly googled “Aston villa” which brought up the live score so I could Ollie he score more easily if needed. I felt panicked and nervous at the risk of (once again) potentially throwing away such a crucial game and handed my girlfriend her phone. Cue an hour’s flight of me biting my nails (literally, cue more astonishment and look of bewilderment from my girlfriend) and fidgeting and counting down the minutes until we landed. It felt worse knowing that the result was already done and dusted and me not having a clue. I suspected it’s be a draw but was fearful of us throwing it away and couldn’t bring myself to believe we’d snatch it as we looked like we couldn’t break them down atall. As we landed I felt hot and anxious and waited as Kate turned her phone back on, she tried to cover her phone from me seeing it (as she “wanted it to be a surprise” in case we won”) but google still showed 1-1. She said it hadn’t refreshed yet so after I frustratingly told her off for keeping it from me I refreshed the page whilst she was holding the phone to reveal 2-1 to Villa was the final result. Cue absolute scenes from seat 19C on the airplane with me shouting “GET IN THERE BOYS!” and stomping my feet on the ground and throwing fist pumps in the air from my seat. Pretty sure everyone around me thought I was merely relieved to have survived the turbulence as we disembarked. Little did they know. Expected a tough game and they looked in control until they had Mooy sent off. Grealish was instrumental and showed incredible leadership and maturity through his performance today. So glad he’s one of our own. Performance aside, all that mattered today was getting three points and we dug deep, persevered and managed to do the thing that Villa never do in the Prem and bag an injury time winner. The agony and the thrill through experiencing that game today through dodgy streams, iffy airport WiFi and bags of nerves just sums up how important it was we got the win today, any which way it came. There’s something unique and special about being thousands of miles away from home yet being completely transfixed by the going’s on of your football team. I celebrated by sinking loads of Claret from my hotel balcony in a vineyard in Mendoza. Upon me seeing the full time result and going nuts on the runway Kate said to me she’s chuffed because she’s “still on for her bet”, which was Villa to do a Leicester at 2500/1. You couldn’t write it. Tomorrow I’ll be riding a horse in the hills of Mendoza singing Sweet Caroline. UTV. p.s. Grealish MOTM. Obvs.
    11 points
  4. I bloody love Dean Smith. What a year he's had here. To be 11th with a quarter of the season gone is a great achievement. Truth be told, we should be higher. But it is what is is and long may it continue.
    10 points
  5. I love the 'just get on with it' attitude that is so prevalent among the legions of simpletons that live in this country. Doesn't matter if this deal is the worst one yet, 'just get on with it, I'm sick of it now, I don't care about the detail, I don't care about how this deal will make us all poorer, just get it done'. I'm pretty much ashamed of this country at this stage.
    10 points
  6. A good choice, can you imagine the chaos of a Milliband premiership.
    9 points
  7. History has shown that teams who park the bus and struggle to score goals throughout the season are more likely to be relegated than those who can freely score, but also concede plenty themselves. Statistically, we should be 11th right now and that's where we actually are. We would be top 8 right now, if VAR/Refs hadn't have fooked us over several times already. Some need to chill out... It's only 9 games into the season.
    8 points
  8. It was awesome... I think the atmosphere stayed quite positive and there were no longer dull spans. Even if we didn't play well until the sending off, there was many scoring opportunities for both teams... compared to my expectations I thought it was pretty much at par, taking into account the full house. Stadium was beautiful, I love it when it's empty with the bench colours in all their glory, but I loved it even more when it was full.
    8 points
  9. Referendums are **** stupid ideas unless the matter is simple and largely meaningless - choices on national identity stuff like flags, anthems etc. The moment it becomes complicated you're putting a decision to a people who by and large are neither interested, qualified or informed enough to make a considered decision. Unfortunately because that step was made the only way you can legitimately roll it back is by the same method. While theres nothing stopping parliament agreeing to bin the whole thing, as would be completely within it's rights and powers in our system, the nature of a referendum and an elected body defying it means it's legitimacy would always be questioned if it did so, so you'd by necessity need the same consent from the public that gave rise to the issue in the first place. Which unfortunately means rolling the dice. It probably won't happen though, because the parties aren't really acting entirely selflessly, to one degree or another. The Tories and Labour both kinda want to draw a line under this, to cross the rubicon and move on. Especially so for the blue team, who know the issue literally tears them in half and is the whole reason the issue arose in the first place. So while a lot of them know that the best idea is to just bin Brexit, they also know that that will harm the party, so they're prepared to accept self inflicted harm to the nation at large to protect the party.
    7 points
  10. VAR is an absolute shambles. Before it arrived my concern was it might give TV viewers some fun but would be dreadful for actual spectators, and so it is. Celebrating a goal is the ultimate buzz at a football match. It was always tough if you started to celebrate then glanced over at the Offside flag - but you had the opportunity to do just that. This, is nothing like that. Ive yet to talk to a single fan at a game who doesn’t want it scrapped. Take today. Their goalie doesn’t appeal. The defenders don’t. The Ref and Lino give nothing. Not a single fan was worried. The players, on both sides, thought it a goal. So, where ( regardless of whether you think there WAS a foul) was the Clear And Obvious Error ? There wasn’t one. And I’ve rarely seen such anger from fans. We aren’t paying £500 a year to wait for a guy on an industrial estate to tell us what we’ve seen.
    7 points
  11. You can't. It's why, regardless of your feelings on Leave vs Remain, it should have been dealt with via our elected politicians not by the popular vote of people with no clue what they're really voting on, there shouldn't have even been a first referendum. We couldn't even be trusted to name a **** boat properly, and we're leaving the EU because of the will of the people.
    6 points
  12. I didnt want to get promoted under bruce, I couldn't bear to watch us desperately stay up with 10 men behind the ball. My son is now 9, I couldn't take him for a few years as it was just too boring, he even started supporting spurs. I've won him back now thanks to dean smith.
    5 points
  13. I come to VT for the Villa gossip, I stay for the hypothetical moose vs. lion debates.
    5 points
  14. I rather decisions be right (on average) and have to wait 10 seconds to find out than be shafted by shit refs every week. Of course we're still being shafted by shit refs every week with VAR. I'd be so much more content with the World Cup implementation than whatever this abortion is. As it stands, just bin it until they figure it out and get better refs because it might even be a net negative at this point.
    4 points
  15. Just need Ole to stay in the job until Dec 2nd.
    4 points
  16. Important that Liverpool win today. Crucial to have relegation candidates behind us.
    4 points
  17. Glad they removed the idiot. Zero tolerance. Hopefully acts as a deterrent for future home games and further idiot behaviour.
    4 points
  18. That woman on question time who couldn't see why we didn't just leave the day after the referendum. This is why we have parliamentary democracy. I don't believe in any sort of intelligence test to qualify to vote, but executive decisions must be in the hands of those who are trained, and paid to do it. That way, we are at least know who to blame when they screw up, and we can effectively fire them in an election. Who's going to fire the 17.4 million if/when Brexit proves catastrophic? You, me and the man on the Clapham omnibus do not have the information, nor the time, nor the pay grade to make those sort of decisions. It's not our job, never has been. Throwing it to a referendum was not just stupid and irresponsible, but it set a dangerous precedent.
    4 points
  19. Ken Clarke said in the commons yesterday that this is a bad deal but that he'll vote for it. Amber Ruud on tv this morning said it is worse than Mays deal but that she'll vote for it and there are plenty more who know this is going to be crap for the country but will vote it through. These people are elected to ensure that our best interests are served and yet it has now become acceptable and pretty much unchallenged that we have MP's voting for something that they know will have a detrimental affect for years on the vast majority of people and for many a devastating one. It so frustrating watching it all play out.
    4 points
  20. Yesterday was my first experience of VAR at a game and it truly is shocking for the fans in the ground. Still have no idea why the goal was disallowed yesterday. Then on the following 2 goals we scored I felt like I couldn't fully celebrate till after they had kicked off. The whole thing is shit.
    4 points
  21. We could do with a Maupay-type striker or a goalscoring winger. I'm happy with the formation we're playing but we need more attacking options - Wesley/Davis are fine when we need to bully defences but we could do with someone more agile on the ball in other situations.
    4 points
  22. There should be a tie-break post-off, in a dedicated thread. Each contender gets one post, maximum 300 words, no images. VT gets 24 hours to append Likes. If there's still a tie after that, we kill all three of them.
    4 points
  23. What Villa fan doesn't think that ?
    4 points
  24. Targett applied a Matt finish in the dying seconds of this game to break the hearts of Brighton fans and players alike yesterday. His late, late winner sent us up into mid table above our visitors and prevented VAR from robbing us of another two points. Quite why VAR chose to overrule the match officials and cancel out Hourihane’s well hit 42nd minute goal is beyond me. It certainly was not a clear and obvious error by the match referee, to not rule that Wesley’s attempt to reach a cross from Guilbert at the far post, represented an illegal challenge on Ryan as he flapped at the ball. Yes, Wesley’s arm was raised, as is invariably the arm of anyone who tries to climb in the air to head the ball. To adjudge that to represent a foul on Ryan is taking protection of the goalkeeper, way too far. This decision left me wondering, how many of Andy Gray’s or Peter Withe’s headed goals VAR would have ruled out?’ Brighton started brightly yesterday and scored a 21st minute goal that we could see was coming, from a Gros free kick that was floated towards Webster on the left edge of the 6-yard box. The defender had unforgivingly been left unmarked and he proceeded to head the ball back across the face of the goal and into the far corner of the net. Having been reduced to 10 men on 35 minutes, our visitors still posed an occasional threat to us during the second half. They came into this game with confidence following a surprising, yet well-earned win against Spurs. Their performance yesterday, should probably have seen them coming away from Villa Park with at least a point, against a Villa side that had struggled to find the scintillating form, that had put Norwich to the sword before the international break. Our visitors made their long journey back to the South coast yesterday, having failed to register their first ever win at Villa Park and having been denied a point by our late winner. This was because for once, we were able to find a way of beating both 10-men and VAR. VAR really does need sorting out. We are in mid-table despite VAR, which again intervened as the players had been about to re-start the game. It had also done so in the first half of our last home game, when it cancelled out McGinn’s goal against Burnley, as the players lined up for the re-start. It is rapidly killing the spontaneity of goal celebrations. When the ball has crossed the line, fans at the game are now in fear of its intervention until the game has been re-started. Goal celebrations, which are such a joyous part of attending a game, are therefore now understandably becoming muted. Brighton had enjoyed the better of the game before Mooy’s sending off. Having escaped an early booking, he could have no grounds to complain that he had been harshly treated on collecting 2 yellow cards so soon. Perhaps he was still finding difficulty in coming to terms with England’s earlier convincing World Cup win against the Wallabies! Another 6 points would see us match the total number of points that we were able to accumulate during the whole of the last season that we spent in the Premier League. This like the Norwich game before it, could have been considered a potential 6-pointer. It certainly represents a welcome win, given that our next two league games are against Manchester City and Liverpool. We were not at our best yesterday, but we didn’t resort to hoofing the ball into the penalty area as time was running short on us and winning on your “off days” is a necessary habit to acquire for any successful football team. We stretched our unbeaten home run to four games yesterday, came back to win the game having been a goal behind and have now won our last two league games. These results have seen us go ahead of Manchester United in the league table. I must admit that I rather like seeing that again, it has been far too long since that was last the case! My player ratings from a game that left us singing “Sweet Caroline” again when the final whistle sounded are: Tom Heaton – 7 – Got down to stop a 26th minute Maupay shot at his left-hand post. Maupay then played a nice ball on for Connolly, whose 31st minute shot from right of the penalty spot was prevented from giving them a 2-goal lead by Tom’s left foot. He gathered another Maupay shot at the second attempt on 45 minutes and did well again when he saved a 66th minute Montoya shot low at his left-hand post. Frederic Guilbert – 7 – Hit a couple of nice crosses into the box, including the one that produced our equaliser. Bjorn Engels - 6 – Played his part in the centre of our defence. Tyrone Mings – 7 – A solid performance. Matt Targett – 7 – Scored our winner with the last kick of the game. He was found by a well weighted 94th minute ball from Jack and coolly hit our second from the left edge of the 6-yard box, past Ryan and into the far corner of the net. Anwar El Ghazi – 4 – Had a 29th minute shot from the edge of the box blocked by a defender and hit a loose ball that had cannoned off Ryan wildly over the crossbar on 42 minutes. He really should have done so much better from only 6 yards out. He also headed a nice 67th minute Trezeguet cross harmlessly wide of the far post. Anwar can and needs to do better than this. Marvelous Nakamba – 6 – Left with a lot to do by himself in the middle yesterday. John McGinn – 6 – Some way off his usually very consistent best yesterday. Found the side netting with a shot on 37 minutes and had an on target shot blocked 3 minutes later. Hit a 65th minute shot over the bar, after Jack had pulled the ball back to him on the edge of the box. Jack Grealish – 9 – MOTM – Pulled the strings in our midfield yesterday and made good runs forward. Scored our equaliser and created our late winner. McGinn found Jack just outside the left of the box, he then played a superb ball between 2 defenders for Targett to hit our late winner. Jack had earlier started and finished the move that produced our equaliser in the 2nd minute of first half stoppage time. He ran forward with the ball before finding Wesley near the edge of the box, who in turn played the ball out wide to Guilbert whose low cross eluded a defender and Ryan before being bundled home by our captain. Conor Hourihane - 8 – Wrongly given a booking on 19 minutes and thereby conceded the free-kick from which Brighton scored their increasingly likely goal, having made a perfectly fair tackle and won the ball. Unluckily hit the left post with a 23rd minute free kick from 30 yards out. Conor was even more unfortunate to have VAR cancel out what would otherwise have been a 42nd minute equaliser. Ryan had been unable to deal with a cross aimed towards the far post by Guilbert for Wesley, the ball ran to McGinn who played the ball to Conor, whose accurate shot beat the keeper and found the top left-hand corner of the net. He attempted to turn in a 51st minute Targett cross, but hit the ball directly at Ryan, who blocked it and El Ghazi failed to turn in the loose ball. We missed Conor’s midfield contribution following his 63rd minute substitution, which led to Brighton at least initially, having more of a say in the middle. Wesley – 4 – Hit a 53rd minute cross over the bar and struggled to make any impression against defenders who looked like extras from “Land of the Giants”. Substitutes: Trezeguet – 6 - Replaced Hourihane on 63 minutes and looked worthy of a start next time out. Douglas Luiz – Replaced El Ghazi on 76 minutes. Hit an 88th minute shot from outside of the box a couple of feet wide of the post, having been teed up by Jack. Not on quite long enough to gather a rating. Keinan Davis – Replaced Wesley on 76 minutes. Not given long enough to earn a rating. He did however, do very well to take a 93rd minute cross down on his chest, before turning powerfully back towards goal and then hitting a shot from a wide angle, that Ryan fingertipped wide of the far post for a corner. Up the Villa! John Lewis
    3 points
  25. Always enjoyed the soundtrack to this.
    3 points
  26. I’m glad that wasn’t just me that thought that. It looked clearly forward when he ripped it. I’m sure that either the TMO or the ref said something along the lines of “It’s gone behind him so it’s fine.” Yes, it went behind him but his back was facing the French line!
    3 points
  27. Draw perfect result. Hate Man Ure and don't want Liverpool winning the league.
    3 points
  28. Apart from a really well taken goal he was shocking! Better than Taylor but not good enough!
    3 points
  29. Without the protections of being in the EU life under a Johnson led Tory government with the likes of Raab, Mogg, Leadsom is not going to pretty for most of us and will certainly result in life becoming far worse for those already with the least. Faced with that I'd have no hesitation taking my chances under a Corbyn government.
    3 points
  30. I think that after today there will be a clamour for from people outside of villa. I had a good root around in Twitter/ Facebook last night and other fans, even those who hate him, tend to agree that he should be in the England team. I have to say though I was shocked and annoyed at how many people seem to really dislike him, whether it be for his hair, socks, or perceived diving tendencies. Bizarre. I did start to defend him a few times til I realised the futility of it. Hopefully the more people pay attention to his actual football the more they will see him for the class act that he really is
    3 points
  31. http://askanaturalist.com/who-would-win-lion-or-moose/
    3 points
  32. We were 1-0 down when they went down to 10 men and scored what should have been 3 goals to turn it around. It’s not always going to be pretty but we got the job done. I’m frustrated by winning at Arsenal to then lose to 10 men, and failing to capitalise at 0-0 against West Ham. The Brighton game we did well to turn it around from the toughest position we’ve faced against 10 men.
    3 points
  33. Long day when I go to the match, Telford to Cannock, see daughter and grand kids for an hour, then to moms another hour, then to my lads and see other grand kids another hour then to VP, a burger and a pint, sit in traffic trying to get home, back to sons to swap cars and finally back home. So I leave home at 10am and get back around 7:30, I am honestly beginning to find it tiring at my age. Me and the lad sat in the Trinity so had great view but lacks the atmosphere of the Holte This may sound daft but playing against ten men amazingly did look harder than I thought, It only really seems to make a difference on attack when we have every one in their half. Then we out numbered them. But leaves us totally open at the back when they countered and they were bloody quick. If we left players at the back then we were out numbered on the attack as they defended so well. I was screaming get in the box get in the box Thankfully Jack was the one trying to do this Have to give Brighton credit they are a well organised fast side. As for V.A.R, it is not a technical wizard, it is just some one else's opinion after the fact. It took away the excitement of scoring as when Jack scored we had to shrug our shoulders and stand with our arms open for a few seconds saying does it count, is it a goal this time ??????. I know this is not a V.A.R thread but I would rather do with out it and moan that a decision was wrong after the fact it evens out over the season. All in all had a fantastic time and got back to Telford Knackered with a bloody head ache and in bed by 10pm, I have followed and attended for 50 years traveling all over the country but I am starting to wonder how long I can keep going for I am feeling my age lads. I may only give it another 10 years
    3 points
  34. Worrying thing is, I knew exactly what this meant straight away.
    3 points
  35. I'm happy that Jack didn't know Southgate was there today, on the 2 previous occasions Southgate has been in attendance he has been below his best, which led me to believe he was trying to hard to impress. The kid is a different class, I love McGinn but some.of the nonsense I've read about John being more important to us than Jack Is quite frankly ridiculous. He is absolutely irreplaceable, am I saying there aren't better players out there? No, but I don't think there is anyone out there capable of doing what Jack does that would consider coming to Aston Villa.
    3 points
  36. We weren't great, however, I'm thinking it's not a coincidence that a few of our internationals were not really at the races. I hate the International Breaks.
    3 points
  37. Grealish was magnificent. He was both our beating pulse and the conjurer of seemingly infinite little moments of magic. A devastating combination. A wonder. The rest of the team were frustratingly flat. I do wonder if Grealish's genius sometimes leaves the somewhat lesser mortals in our team a little on the mental backfoot? Everything goes through him, and with his vision and drive it seems some players can't keep up. And sometimes don't try to. We need more players if not at his level, then at least on his wavelength. Grealish is the conductor and soloist; could do with a duet or two.
    3 points
  38. 3 points
  39. Thank god Kevin Friend wasn’t reffing this game for that Grealish assist.....
    3 points
  40. I really would love Manure to win this. It'll keep Ole in his job a bit longer so the circus can continue and nothing will upset the Plop fans more than Utd denying them the record
    2 points
  41. There seems to be a modern crop of fans who get off more on decisions being right, regardless of the impact. I still feel that VAR if implemented correctly is the right route however I'm just not confident that it can ever be implemented correctly. Also it's clear that it saps away from the excitement of games. So far it has delivered absolutely no benefit to football from any perspective.
    2 points
  42. Not being able to enjoy football is apparently an integral part of the modern game. I'm just too old fashioned to get it. Fans in the stands are just a nuisance at this point as far as top brass football is concerned.
    2 points
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