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  1. For all my 30+ years on this earth, I have been passionate towards Villa and football in general. I’ve spent countless hours on football forums and news sides, studying everything football related, especially Villa. I fondly remember my first Villa memory, which was the league cup win against Leeds in 96. A match I was sent a VHS copy months later, from my Grandad. A VHS I watched so many times, that I still remember details from the match, even though I haven’t watched it for many years. I passionately started following and understanding football when Martin O’Neill be
    9 points
  2. As I said in the post match United thread, we are the most fragile team in the league and the current lack of goals in our team means once we go behind our heads drop considerably and the very little confidence we have disappears totally. Our key players are not performing and we really are in last chance saloon territory come Sunday afternoon. The thing is, I think just one win, one bloody win and the impact it could have on us going into the following 3 games could still be massive. I'm not giving up yet, call me delusional, and I sure hope the players aren't either - We ALL expec
    8 points
  3. But a very good coach can improve the collective ability of team who's individual ability might not be top notch. Improving shape, tactically more aware, positionally better and improving little nuances in a players game. Southampton may have better players than us individually but not by much but as a team they are head and shoulders above us. They got a genuine world class manager. I don't think one can understate the impact Fernandes has had. Looks like he's walked in and took over the dressing room. My point basically though is, if between now and next season we think we are going to be lu
    7 points
  4. his twattish actions and attitude during lockdown and his appalling performances post lock down, coupled with the emergence of Foden, consistent performamces of Mount, Madison even Barkely might mean he never makes his England debut. He won't get in on the wings either with rashford, sancho, greenwood and sterling getting picked tere Getting pissed up with McCormack might **** up his career. He's a **** clown
    7 points
  5. Even the fixture list is laughing at us
    7 points
  6. Villa, for me, are quite literally on the other side of the world. I've been following them long enough to remember some of the good times - our table topping run under John Gregory, our League Cup wins, some of our football under MON and our recent promotion. But there have been so many lows during that time too: FA Cup and league cup final submissions, the decline into relegation and, just like yesterday, the inevitable bloody loss to ManUre, replete with abysmal referring decisions. It's getting me down. I'm not enjoying football like I should and - like you - I only care about Vi
    5 points
  7. like Wesley and the hammering he gets. Do we create loads of chances for him...no Does he get protection and support from midefield….no Does he have to deal with long balls and 100 mph balls played in to him....yes Is he always surrounded by 2..maybe 3 defenders.....yes. I'd say the issue with the team around him. If we were creating sitters for him every game and he misses them...then fine...he is poor....but lets look at how we play first before we say he's poor
    5 points
  8. Last night’s shocking decision may not have affected the end result as ManUre are on a rich vein of form, however the impact it had on our players, who were arguably playing well up to that point was devastating. the mentality of being in a relegation battle and then having every decision go against you must crush what little confidence there is. the ‘apology’ from VAR is as empty as it is useful. I guarantee we’ll have a penalty decision this weekend overturned due to ‘over-examination’ by VAR...
    5 points
  9. Love this one: (I saw it at: https://twitter.com/rantyben/status/1280783121407815681)
    5 points
  10. We have to accept now that we're a nothing club really. Holding onto the "Proud history" bollocks means nothing and counts for nothing. No-one respects us anymore and we dont deserve any either. Football really is an amazing thing. Nothing else in life would you tolerate so much misery and come back for more the next day. At least in a bad marriage you can get divorced. All of us are stuck with this team for life. I agree with Farlz above, I'm not interested in getting promoted to have a season like this again, or a 15-16. Or become relegation fodder every year like rats trying to survive
    5 points
  11. This. Ive said it a thousand times if we looked organised and showed some fight I wouldn’t be anywhere near as harsh on him. But we’ve seen very little of that this season. In his own words my teams mirror me. Says it all really. Not to mention he as good as admitted he threw in the towel in the second half yesterday. Unforgivable.
    4 points
  12. Yes. He gets part of the credit for improving Luiz as he gets part of the responsibility for any loss of form in Jack. He also gets part of the responsibility of the loss in form of the entire team. Stop being so black and white. I didn’t say it was all down to Smith. I said Smith’s job is to get the best out of his players. It’s his job to motivate them, use them correctly, and manage the team in a way that gets us points in football matches. He’s not doing his job very well. If you’re going to absolve him of responsibility for everything then what exactly IS he doing
    4 points
  13. Look we all know we have poor players. The quality just isn’t there. So the only way to compensate is the effort and desire. I saw that yesterday until we conceded. Then I saw players, one in particular totally give up and not really care when we conceded. That was when I knew we were down and Smith has to go.
    4 points
  14. If only we could have played in half empty stadiums, we'd be unstoppable.
    4 points
  15. I mean this current setup isn't like the chancers Tom Fox/Lerner, Xia/Wyness etc. They've made mistakes for sure but sacking everyone just seems silly. It hasn't been a disaster of a season. We got relegated in our first season up as the playoff winners/5th placed team, after making wholesale squad changes. The odds weren't exactly in our favour.
    4 points
  16. With the benefit of hindsight, Purslow’s post play-off interviews must have sounded rather arrogant to all those PL clubs who scrap for mid-table respectability with a mix of gnarly old pros and youngsters from the loan market. We let it be known in no uncertain terms that we looked down on that model. Perhaps we should have been watching and learning rather than pontificating. One way or another, I imagine there’ll be a bit more humility this summer.
    4 points
  17. OK Fair points - build for the future etc - but do you accept total and utter failure as an indicator that something is being built ? - I don't see why building for the future means the immediate short term should be dross - ? - How do we know we are the right track ? TBH there is more evidence we aren't. A defence which which for a good whack of the season has contained Mings, Heaton, Targett - shouldn't be amongst the worse in the division - The current manager has a history of leaky defences and losing leads - I could be wrong and he might rectify that over the summer - are you that co
    4 points
  18. That never happened
    4 points
  19. I really don't get how this gets ignored so much. Which of our relegation rivals had to play multiple games without a striker? Which of them lost their first two choice keepers to injuries? Our squad is so inferior to those around us. None of our wide players would start for any of them. None of our strikers would start for any of them. I highly doubt our full backs would start for any of them and neither would our keepers. Yet for some unknown reason, we should be doing better than them. I do find the idea that there should be more to come from this squad at this level an odd one.
    4 points
  20. I can't speak for others, but we could have at least gone down with a fight ... We are playing for our survival here , we basically spent that second half playing Football **** manager in "don't hurt us" mode , some sort of fear that if we tried to tackle or heaven forbid try and score United might punish us and go for 5 or 6 nil ( a scoreline that it probably should have been anyway ) it's a team going through the motions , they look lost , Dean looks lost , if he was a cat you'd have taken him to the vet by now and had him put out of his misery . Reading back through the individ
    4 points
  21. So we've got 4 matches to win. Let's go!!!
    4 points
  22. Many being unduly harsh on Smith here. One of the worst decisions I've ever seen us face and the players are completely deflated by it and Man Utd are thrust into life by going a goal up. We had the better of the game up until that point, they were sluggish and not at the races. The goal changed everything and when you've got players of that level that suddenly decide to switch on - what the **** are our players supposed to do? What magic words were you expecting him to say at half time that will make our players able to compete, all things equal, with players that are much, much b
    4 points
  23. If's and But's Many games have been called must win's over the years. However Sunday's game is a must win in every sense of the word. Watford to draw to Newcastle West Ham to beat Norwich Bournemouth to lose to Leicester Aston Villa to beat Crystal Palace 16 - West Ham - 34 points 17 - Watford - 32 points 18 - Aston Villa - 30 points 19 - Bournemouth - 28 points
    4 points
  24. Its not about loyalty. No one is questioning that. But if your gonna leave us in summer at least try. He has put so little effort in since the restart. He just doesn't give a shit. Where is the passion of mellberg? The fight of a lion trying to keep us up.screaming at his teammates for better?? Ive not seen none of that. A poor captain. Never a captain in a million years
    4 points
  25. A couple of errors you can understand.. however from the start it’s been an absolute shames and not just for us. To using millimetres to rule out goals which aren’t obvious (see goal vs Burnley) to obvious errors (see penalty yesterday). The cynic in me thinks it’s happening far too often (not just against us) to think it’s just “errors”. They are quick to come out afterwards to say they made a mistake but what’s the punishment? Nothing from what I can see. They can quite easily get it purposely wrong and say “oh yeah I probably shouldn’t have given this”.. no consequences at all. If
    4 points
  26. As a Villa fan I have often felt blessed.My first full season ticket was 1980 -81 and the following few years were fantastic.Then we got relegated .Graham Taylor came along and we became a major force again . The play off win last year felt very special almost like a rebirth,I know this season hasn’t worked out well but we are in a better position than 4 years ago. Villa are about highs and lows.But when the highs come you have to enjoy them because it probably won’t last. Villa park is without doubt the greatest stadium in English football and when we win there is something alm
    4 points
  27. But is it demanded of them? The sad thing is sheepy.....i think some folk think we like saying what we say. We are just trying to be realistic. it kills me to talk about my team like this.....off this board, i would defend them to other fans.....but i am talking to my own....its obvious we are poor. I am not going to accept denial from my own supporters, they can indulge in it, if they please, but i want a change from this debacle after every game.
    3 points
  28. Because he’s not good enough!!!! I don’t think anyone speaking up for DS thinks he is currently anything more than a lower-half PL manager at best. If we could sign Pochitino or similar I’d happily help DS pack up his desk but I see no benefit of swapping him for Chris Hughton or similar
    3 points
  29. absolutely and utterly spot on. The sort of stuff Stan is talking about is inbred in players minds by managers( but they have to have the charisma to do it).....its a method of programming and instilling belief. Deans words( " The team mirrors me ").....that is precisely what it does and it shows. brilliant resume in a nutshell.
    3 points
  30. I think the notion that he's not trying is utter utter bollocks. He's the only one out there who looks like he gives a shit. Unfortunately he's surrounded by shit players, playing shit, under a shit manager. He's not Messi. He can't dribble it around whole teams and score.
    3 points
  31. The 1990 final between Germany and Argentina? Yeah Baggio had a stormer in that game.
    3 points
  32. Yeah if I'm understanding you right it's this kind of thing that's really irritating me. The insinuation that Smith is doing the absolute best he could do with the players he has (and also the insinuation that he had absolutely zero to do with transfers) We have shit players. They're not as shit as they look right now. It's possible for our players to be shit AND Dean Smith to be doing shit too. And that's exactly what is happening.
    3 points
  33. This isn't a "we're better off without him" post before anyone jumps down my neck, and I'll be absolutely gutted when he leaves, but Jack being so far ahead of anything else in the squad - I think creates it's own problems. You can see every single player on the pitch looking for Jack as soon as they receive the ball. It's painful to watch and so easy to defend against. To be clear again, I'm not blaming Jack for anything, but we need to start being a team instead of a 1 man show.
    3 points
  34. I was chatting about this yesterday to a friend that isn't a football fan, and I recalled a thought from Wembley last season when I thought to myself: 'This is why I do it'. Being consistently shit is draining, but every now and then I'm reminded why I love it. And even though this season has been largely awful, there has been 1/2 of "those moments" Everton at home springs to mind, the atmosphere was incredible. But like @villa4europe earlier, though I love my club, I've hated football for years. I genuinely can't remember the last match I watched that didn't involve our
    3 points
  35. Batcalona are obviously favourites since they helped spread this virus
    3 points
  36. Over the last 7 games we are the worst team in the league, just tipping out Bournemouth on GD. But since the other clubs have only played 6 games since the restart we are 19th in that ranking since Norwich have lost every single game. 6 games played since the restart. 0 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. 2-9 and minus 7 in goal difference. That is pathetic.
    3 points
  37. I think its perfectly fair. You dont see lazy disinterested defending like mings is consistently doing. He isnt even trying. Where is the mings from last season? Complete different player. As for grealish when we are losing and playing poorly i dont want to see our captain a so called villa fan smiling without a care in the world. Despite my feelings towards smith i can see he is hurting where we are. Grealish dont care. Like @OxfordVillan says more interested in his social media profile. Captain non fantastic
    3 points
  38. ...is the right answer, unless they shut 3 hospitals and concentrate resource on one super hospital 25 miles away that they’ve managed to build nowhere near a train station, so a visit to hospital potentially involves 2 changes of bus. Fine on the way in, but on the way home, if its raining and you’re stood on a bus stop with your arse sticking out the back of a paper gown, not so much fun.
    3 points
  39. I’ll probably get abuse for saying this, but I think Grealish and Mings are more concerned with their public profile, more concerned with their social media image to promote themselves. Granted that can be said about many modern players these days, but I don’t think it helps the team on the pitch.
    3 points
  40. Love villa but hate football Stopped going to villa games as I found I was just getting smashed and the football was a side show The test will be if my overall enjoyment of football diminishing makes me feel apathetic towards villa, my rage last night suggests not yet
    3 points
  41. Hard to argue with the points made though !
    3 points
  42. You don't sack the person who put together the recruitment team every time you have a bad season, if you sack Purslow for Smith and Suso's failures then what next wanting Sawiris and Edens out because they were the ones that gave Purslow a job. And he only negoiates the transfers after he's been told who the people running the football side of things want to buy. The owners might decide to be ruthless and get rid of him, but I don't think it's something we should be expecting.
    3 points
  43. The MON years were brilliant and then it went downhill. Houllier, mcleish took away some of my passion for following villa but it was lambert who destroyed it. It came back a little under Bruce, but his football and the way he tried to split the fanbase meant I was never fully invested in him. The most passionate I've felt about villa in the last decade was last season. I'd given up on going up that year and then we just kept winning. Players like mings, mcginn, Jack and tammy made you fall in love with them. The streak, the playoffs with the penalty shoot out and then the fin
    3 points
  44. I don't disagree too much. Its strange, I know I defend him lots but I'm not a huge fan of his. I don't think he's done a good job. I wouldn't be gutted if he was sacked and we brought in a decent manager and I don't think Smith will return us to the glory days. But for the first time, in my villa supporting life, I just don't feel, when looking at the squad and a few injuries, that the manager should be doing much better with them. I look at the keepers and the fact we are rotating 3rd/4th choice players. I look at the entire set of attacking players and those on the b
    3 points
  45. Some of the names bandied around here are bordering on the insane. Pochetino and Gallardo - really get their juices flowing managing a championship bound team still dining out on Leeds '96.
    3 points
  46. It has all been going horribly downhill post-MON. I have absolutely no reason to support Villa. I’m not from Birmingham. But I can’t just give up as it’s in my blood now and I hate it. I’d give anything to support a decent team. Villa are awful and as a football club cause me nothing but misery. The ONLY redeeming features are the fans and the stadium. But I never go to the stadium, and by fans I really just mean people who post on here in this little family. I say I’ve stopped caring, but I never really have. I “didn’t care” about the game, but still tracked the score and it still p
    3 points
  47. Why is it that people state Terry is an issue but no one ever seems to question Richard O'Kelly ? The players are not good enough Suso's fault ..despite Smith on record saying he went to watch Trez , that Maupay was too expensive and it was him who wanted Drinkwater ? I'm not saying Suso in particular is blameless but seems to be alot of passing the buck to defend Smith.In Terrys case I can't remember too many times over the years of poor managers where the assistant or coaches where the issue .I don't recall people saying if we got rid of Clemance Bruce would be doing better for ex
    3 points
  48. looks like they’ve missed out on their ex ‘legend’ David 12 Pies Dunn who has taken over at Barrow. he’ll forever have a special place in my footballing heart for this classic piece of wizardry
    3 points


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