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  1. I can't remember the last time I posted in this thread but in terms of Dean Smith I feel the same now as I would have done the last time I did. That is that I believe he will again do this season what he has done in the three previous seasons and take us forward. I thought Smith played a blinder yesterday with how he adapted our tactics to nullify Chelsea whilst still allowing us to be an attacking threat and bar 30 seconds in the first half it worked a treat. Second half Tuchel adapted, as you would expect from a manager/team that are champions of Europe, and we found it more difficult but had it not been for a stupid mistake, which can happen, we could well have taken something and in fairness based on the whole game we probably did deserve something. I listened to Smith's post match interview last night and he did as he always does and described exactly the game we had all seen. No bullshit. I also listen to his pre match interviews and despite being given opportunities to do so he never plays on the injuries we have had, the covid problems, the issue with the two Argentinian lads. He hasn't got close to putting his best 11 on the pitch this season but he has made no excuses and still over the last 3 games I have seen plenty to be positive about. We get our best 11 on the pitch fit and firing and I think we are in for a real treat. It may well be we are going to have to be a little patient as it may take a few more weeks yet before we are fully up to speed and I think we may well see the opposite to last season and a slower start but really kick on in the second half of the season. I just hope as supporters we don't become impatient and start getting on the managers and players backs as that will only hinder our progress.
    34 points
  2. How anyone could have watched that for 90 minutes and claim we were awful…I have no idea.
    33 points
  3. Robin Johnson, the owner of Football Insider is an Arsenal fan who started out with a website called Arsenalinsider. Most of the stories are now made up by a chap called Wayne Veysey, he once worked for the Shropshire star and is from Shrewsbury, so could well support a MIldands team with a raging inferiority complex although there are rumours he's a Spurs fan. He wanted to be a proper journalist, but has since found a more comfortable niche in creative football writing. He's responsible for an awful lot of the complete garbage written about football in this country. My understanding is that Wayne Veysey is in a battle for his job after Robin found a monkey that picks stock phrases from a board in the office to make stories. "That's it monkey, one from the player board "Marcus Rashford", very good, now the action board, "is furious with", okay, good, and now the final board "Everton". Excellent, "Marcus Rashford is furious with Everton after talks breakdown" print it and list it against our football insider source - right then...pub?" Dean Smith on the other hand, is not under any threat of losing his job.
    21 points
  4. Well I'm just blown away by the payrise I've just been offered... 15.2%
    20 points
  5. Undeserved heavy loss. Decent tactics and gameplan from the boss and, barring Mings, I felt a good team performance overall. Worst referee I've seen all season, which is really saying something, as PGMOL has provided us with a veritable clown car of ineptitude so far in 2021/22. Should really be investigated tbqh.
    20 points
  6. We were very good - if we play like that we'll beat a lot of teams this season. I thought McGinn was outstanding, Luiz and Ramsey excellent, Watkins did well, the fullbacks were very good and we generally defended very well. We took the game to them and had plenty of chances - 3-0 is massively flattering to them and I don't think a draw would have been undeserved - but at this level it's a game of fine margins and the combination of a daft error by Mings and a frighteningly good striker in Lukaku made the difference. I look forward to having Martinez back in goal and I'm very happy with the options we now have going forward - I liked the shape, I loved the attitude, I hated the result - but this is the second toughest fixture in the Premier league and we've more than matched them for long periods - to win this one you have be faultless and you have to be lucky - we weren't quite either, but there was plenty of positive stuff on display. Bad result. Good signs.
    18 points
  7. If you believe in conspiracy theories it would be much appreciated for you to post in this thread instead cheers:
    18 points
  8. Last Friday, I started coughing, developed a runny nose and a sore throat. My girlfriend and our son had exactly the same symptoms. We did Covid lft's at home and all were negative so we all went about our day as normal, son off to school and Mom and Dad off to work. Our symptoms are still the same now, today. However, I'm Asthmatic and my asthma wasn't great all weekend so I stayed home and did bugger all. On Monday morning I went to work. I told my boss that my asthma wasn't great and how I'd been etc so I would be unable to wear a mask as anything around my face when I'm feeling like that makes me worse. Now, I shouldn't have probably gone in if I'm being honest as I didn't feel well enough to but my bosses always have a go at me if I'm off and frown upon any time I spend away from my work. So, with that in mind, I went in. Tuesday morning, I got up as if to go to work and just before I left the house I had an asthma attack. Thankfully, my girlfriend was home at the time and she helped calm me down and get me breathing better. I was struggling so stayed home from work. Yesterday, I did the same. Got up, not feeling good with my breathing so stayed home but, when I coughed I noticed a sharp pain in my side. So, I took a covid test at home. It was positive. My girlfriend and son took one and theirs was negative. I took another two and they were positive. I booked a PCR test and did that yesterday. Today, they've text me to tell me I have Covid. I previously had Covid in March of 2020 and was really poorly. I've since been double-vaccinated and have to say that this time just seems like a bit of a bad cold. Symptoms are completely different to last time. The difference is remarkable really and for that reason I can strongly advise anyone who hasn't been vaccinated to do yourselves a favour and get it done as it clearly does work.
    17 points
  9. A really promising performance from Jacob Ramsey I thought. Think he's getting better this season and love the way he isn't scared to run with the ball. Certainly an exciting one for the future.
    17 points
  10. The tone of this thread is off. When it comes to performances vs results, you should take performances every time. I'm not talking about style or flair or any of that nonsense, but repeatable performances. The result on Saturday was shite, but the performance was exactly the kind we need to produce if we are to continue our development. Why take performances over results? Because performances are a repeatable skill, good performances more often than not will produce good results. By contrast, good results that occur by accident are not repeatable. See Bruce, Steve. Chelsea will know they got away with one. Or at least, they will know the value of a £100m striker. We on the other hand should be excited by the prospect of more of the same. Instead, I'm seeing crap about '4 games to save his job' and bonkers chat about who you would choose if he were to be sacked. The mind boggles, frankly. Saturday can't come soon enough.
    16 points
  11. James Rushton made a good point on claret & blue podcast. he said " often Mings covers his mates mistakes, but rarely does anyone cover his"....its a team game, lets remind ourselves.
    16 points
  12. Cheered up today by the fact I’ve managed to quit vaping. It’s been 18 days and I finally feel like I’m over it and never going back to nicotine again. For context I smoked for over 20 years then vaped for the last 5.
    16 points
  13. Absolutely disgusting that the clubs who prevented their players from travelling have got away with this, yet the club that behaved properly and with deference towards their players wishes have now got 2 key players currently in the arse-end of Europe not allowed into the UK
    15 points
  14. How is that playing devil's advocate? You're not offering a balanced view that tries to draw a line down the middle of two extreme sets of views, more creating a new line of even more extreme 'fake news' style propaganda about him, which this thread really needs (cough) as if there isn't enough conspiracy theories already. Here are quotes from Dean today on Sanson: “He’s not ready to start Premier League games yet as he’s only played 45 minutes against Wycombe in the EFL Trophy, but it was great to see him get that 45 minutes and he’s been training with us every day for the last two or three weeks,” Smith added. “We’re trying to arrange other games for him to play. He’s certainly available now to get minutes on the pitch if needed, but not to start. He hasn’t had that match exposure we would’ve liked yet.” Note if Dean doesn't like or rate a player then like with Engels and Guilbert he rarely says a single word about them. Sanson got given the No8 shirt for a good reason and his form and ability before he signed for us shows he is highly rated, will that translate to the Prem? Who knows. A really sh*tty and unlucky injury isn't a reason for people to take some perverse pleasure in slagging him off and writing off his Villa career. This forum has gone weird, a bad start due to ridiculous injuries and no preseason results in cries that Dean has reached a ceiling and will be gone before the season is done and thunderous doom, which will get apocalyptic if we lose to Chelsea. No matches for a few weeks and we get 'Mings should be sold'
    15 points
  15. The saddest thing about that tweet were the football fans, including Villa, invading the thread to insult JG and each other. Did they not look at what that thread is about and think, actually I’ll just leave the insults and tribalism out for this one. No, they did not…pathetic.
    15 points
  16. Schmidt. Dean Schmidt
    14 points
  17. Well just got to my new job and ready to get after it.Well as much as I can with just two hours of sleep. Hope these kids are on their best behavior today lol. Wish me luck gents
    14 points
  18. Seriously? McGinn was outstanding - the best player on the pitch and Luiz was excellent, probably our second best player on the day for me.
    14 points
  19. Well this thread is just **** weird.
    13 points
  20. Stallone: I'm making a documentary about composers. I'm playing Vivaldi. VanDamme: I'll be Mozart. Schwarzenegger: *takes deep breath*
    13 points
  21. No patience? I'll have you know some people have been waiting over 2 years for him to be sacked
    13 points
  22. Well school had an early release day and I just got home. First day was absolutely fantastic and already I feel happier than I felt in the previous six months at my other job. Helping the special education teacher was rewarding in its own right just to see the smiles on their faces when they got the correct answer then to helping the Spanish teacher make some taco's for the after school parents meeting to leading a lecture on the American Revolution. My job emcompasses all areas of the school and that is one of its main attractions for sure. Very glad I made this career decision and I see only more positive things in future.
    13 points
  23. We've spent a fortune building Dean Smith's squad. We've hired two sought after coaches for his backroom. The idea that we'll rip that up and start again if we don't shoot up the table this month is laughable.
    13 points
  24. Got man of the match and a goal in a high score draw! Absolutely over the moon for him, he's buzzing and is asking to take his trophy into school for show and tell He can stay, for now..
    13 points
  25. Only watched it in a pub while celebrating my 40th but seen enough to know we’ll be fine. Proud of the team. See you Monday.
    13 points
  26. That yellow for McGinn just won me £125 lol
    13 points
  27. on a light theme ....there is a street light outside our house that thankfully stopped working for about 5 years , technically its the councils responsibility but they said as we lived in private road it was nothing to do with them , fine by me I love the blackout ....few months back my neighbour who is one of those annoying practical men that can do things I can't like change a lightbulb , was up a ladder and repairing it ... anyway , 99p on amazon later I got one of those keys that unlocks the panel and I flick the switch and turn it off , few days later he's back up with the ladder checking the bulb etc thinking something must be tripping it . TBH i've kinda got used to the light now , so I'm not fussed , I just like going out there every now and then and flicking the switch and watching him up the ladder with much amusement , i even go out there and give him a little wave and ask him if he's figured out what's causing the problem
    12 points
  28. I know the 20th anniversary is not actually till Saturday but I wanted to go ahead and post this as I just signed up to be a volunteer at a 9/11 memorial event in Charlotte this weekend. Some first responders that were there that day will be in attendance along with several local leaders, community groups, etc. The person in charge of it said she expects around 1,000 or more in attendance. I remember exactly where I was when 9/11 happened. I was in my freshman keyboarding class in High School and another teacher came into the classroom and motioned for our teacher to come out into the hall. When he came back in I instantly could tell from his face that something dreadful had happened. He told us all to stop working and then turned on the classroom tv. To say we were stunned into silence and sudden grief is vastly understating it. Not too much longer the principal called a general school assembly where all students and staff got together and prayed. Of course school was let out early as well and I went home and bawled my eyes out along with my family members. A lot has happened in the world since: Wars, terrorism, etc and current society still has similar issues even this many years on. It was a day that truly changed the world and if you ever get a chance to visit the 9/11 memorial in NYC I implore you to do so. It will be a sad experience but also humbling in the sense that we do not need to take life for granted and try to live every day to the fullest. As an American some might say that this day is sadder and more heart-wrenching to think about and reflect on versus other people around the world but I don't think so. This day changed the world period and we all have been affected by it one way or another. Saturday at the memorial event will be sad but also full of joy in the sense that we will never forget and hopefully the world will get better as a whole if we lay our problems/differences aside and try to make it so.
    12 points
  29. Some of you are absolutely buzzing he's made a mistake. Only thing we're missing is "I know we're not allowed to criticise him but..."
    12 points
  30. I haven't been this surprised since the sun came up this morning
    11 points
  31. So far this season, that first half against Watford looks to have been a blip. We've ranged from decent to pretty good in our other games, including the cup.
    11 points
  32. 11 points
  33. I liked it that they actually managed to prize the gate open, jumped about a bit and didn't bother coming through it Bunch of pussies, all of them.
    11 points
  34. Neighbours a few houses up had some garden lights and a lamp installed a few months ago. A colour changing lamp at that. They have it on throughout the night. It wasn’t mega bright but enough to keep us awake at times. Next door neighbour and us have asked them to switch it off at night but they have ignored it. Weirdly enough, my uncle came to visit yesterday and by coincidence he bought his air rifle with him. Slept really well last night.
    11 points
  35. We had an incredible defence last season despite an average midfield not providing a great amount of protection. Mings makes mistakes, but literally every defender does. It's how most goals are scored. It's like the wider football community decided Mings was a clumsy mistake merchant when he clattered into that player for England in the Euros warmups, but that dissipated when he was rock solid there, and now Villa fans have bizarrely caught onto this idea and run with it. He's a terrific defender and arguing that Konsa is better or worse is a pointless exercise when we play 2 of them anyway. Mings is absolutely part of our best CB pairing, and he's been a terrific defender for us.
    11 points
  36. Have to say that I think his integration and development into the first team has been handled brilliantly by Smith and the club - a really positive sign moving forwards
    11 points
  37. Haha 1 game together, in which we caused the European champions endless issues and its something to complain about. There will always be something.
    11 points
  38. "Plenty to worry about" wtf are you talking about, we just outplayed the European champions away from home for much of the game. Plenty to be excited about more like.
    11 points
  39. If they don't give you the cash I'd seriously consider if they're actually mates. That's shitty behaviour.
    11 points
  40. I just don't get this 'not good enough for where we're going' argument. Its like an astronaut wearing his moon gear when walking around downtown Miami because he doesn't think his normal clothes are good enough for where he wants to go to. Is Mibgs good enough for where we are now? Yes. Is he good enough to try and get us into Europe? Yes. Is he good enough for pushing on thereafter? We'll see.
    10 points
  41. My nickname at school was scarface I was brilliant at knitting
    10 points
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