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Keyblade last won the day on September 6 2018

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    Conor Hourihane

    Westwood played with his head up. Hourihane plays with his back to goal and only ever passes forward if there are acres of space. He's too scared to take a risk and misplace the ball.
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    Dean Smith

    It seems the fans and the club are not in the same page. The fans are still in "get promoted as fast as possible at any cost" mode, whereas the club have moved past that (indicated by sacking the get promoted fast by any means guy), and are implementing a long term approach. Here are Smith's full quotes. The part in bold is the pertinent part I want to highlight, but the rest is very important as well. This is much bigger than just Dean Smith or the manager. This is coming from the top. We are trying to build something that lasts, that isn't tied to a particular manager. We won't ever be left with a squad of 30 year old cloggers because they happened to favor a particular manager. Dean Smith might not end up being the man to take us forward when it's all said and done, but 20 games and 1 January window is not even close to the time to make that call. And when it does come time to make that call, we won't have to uproot the entire club and start from scratch...there will be continuity. The fact that people can't see beyond this May and talks of the likes of Allardyce are disconcerting to say the least. We must be the least patient fans in the league.
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    Dean Smith

    The group is largely unsuited to that style, that's the whole point he's trying to make?
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    Dean Smith

    Bruce played a style that wasn't as reliant on Grealish, it's that simple. Smith hasn't had a summer window to even address a replacement/backup for Grealish. He's brought in Carroll as a short term stop-gap, hopefully next year he'll have made the necessary signings to be able to cope with injuries. Overall I think it's really unfair to judge Smith on what is a complete overhaul of style and ethos when he hasn't even had a fraction of the time needed to achieve it. Smith is literally telling everyone 'it takes time to build what I'm building. I'm using someone else's squad, built for a completely different style. With Grealish and Tuanzebe I had the tools to make it work in the short term, but we're struggling now that they're injured'. Are "yeah but he should be able to cope without the best player on the league, one of the few in the squad suited to the style he's trying to implement" or "but what about OGS doing better with a half a billion pound squad than his predecessor" really fair responses to that?
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    Dean Smith

    You seem to be ignoring or forgetting his first 10 games when he had a fit squad to choose from. We played completely different football to anything we have seen since MON left. It's not like we have NEVER performed under Smith. He's literally laying out in detail why it's worked for him in the early part of his tenure and why it isn't working like he wants it now. But instead of taking his word for it, he's wrong because OGS. Hmm, ok.
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    Dean Smith

    Really odd that some people are getting on Smith's back after 20 games, calling his brief tenure a failure but were making excuses for Bruce's failure right til the end even after 2 years and 4 transfer windows
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    Dean Smith

    Failures to do what exactly? He's been in charge 20 games. What was the 20 game remit that he's failed to achieve?
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    Dean Smith

    Thread is a good read. Straight from the horse's mouth, echoing what people have been saying re: Grealish/Tuanzebe.
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    Conor Hourihane

    McGinn aside, he's unfortunately the best of that lot even in his bad form. With McGinn out for 2 games, he's not leaving the starting XI any time soon. I'm sure he's praying for Jack's return just like the rest of us are.
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    Racism Part two

    I mean do you not see the irony of not believing what the media puts in your head but believing some shoddily designed meme posted by someone anonymous?
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    Great to see some NBA love. Tipping my Raptors to go far this year. Hopefully going to be there if we get to the finals for the first time in franchise history. Something different about the NBA compared to say supporting Villa is that I was alive for the entire franchise's history. I was about 4 or 5 when it was founded and I can remember every single era from the good times to the bad (we've had a lot of those). With Villa, there is just so much history and that in itself is a source of pride but it can be hard to relate to.
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    Scott Hogan

    Hope he does well. When we lose Tammy next season he might have to step up for us and Smith.
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    Conor Hourihane

    Booing/sarcastically cheering him was harsh, but he was absolute garbage today. We've needed him to take the initiative and distribute the ball in Grealish's absence, but he's retreated into his shell. No amount of goals/assists will make up for his lack of bottle.
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    Dean Smith

    This midfield needs a complete overhaul. Minus McGinn, Jedinak, Whelan, Lansbury and Hourihane has to be the slowest and most unadventurous midfield in the entire league. Jack when he was fit managed to be the glue that kept it from falling apart. How can we expect to create chances when Whelan and Hourihane play with their backs to the opposition goal, and pass the ball back with their first instinct? Couple that with Elphick who is a big step down from Tuanzebe in terms of distribution and bringing the ball out of defence and we're left with a team that's slow in thought and in play.
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    John McGinn

    Looking forward to the Whelan - Jedinak - Hourihane trifecta in the next to games.