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  1. I really doubt that he does...
  2. Southgate really didn't need to say all of that. He should have left it at, "He's a player we track." He is pretty much saying, I won't look at picking him because he's playing in the Championship, so he's advising Jack to leave us, like he did himself. Jack is better than that. It's a good job that Southgate added that he is "an ex-Villa man", because these comments do little to suggest it. He has clearly become Billy Big Time since he took the England job!
  3. Doesn't seem to act as too much of a deterrent to dissuade other clubs from doing the same to me. Perhaps they are saving the other three points for the failure to control their supporters charge? That said, the league table has a more familiar look about it today. It's just a pity they weren't in their usual relegation struggle this season, to give this points deduction a bigger impact upon them. Time for Harry to get his knighthood for services to football now, I would suggest. He's done a terrific job at Small Heath in getting them to the foot of the league again!
  4. Borat will be over the moon. Brazil and McCoist have been desolate on Talksport this morning.
  5. The Wolves fans will not be questioning whether one of our goals is better than their one. They will all vote for Neves, unless they already think they are too big a club to be bothered about who wins the EFL goal of the season.
  6. I rather hope that the only way that we might play either would be in a cup tie.
  7. We now have our place in the top six. The battle is to stay there. Derby and Bristol City may have a game and two games in hand of us respectively, but we have the points on the board. City must also visit Villa Park and neither of these teams are currently winning games for fun, are they? The likes of Preston, Forest and Wednesday are behind us, so they would need to have a better finish than we do to the season, in order to overhaul us. As Ron Saunders once said at the business end of a very successful season, “Do you want to bet against us?” Yesterday’s fourth successive victory has taken us into the play off places. Who would have thought that likely just a couple of weeks ago? The win has left us just a point behind Middlesbrough, who must now fear being overtaken by the team that knocked them out of the play offs last season and completed the double over them yesterday. They are in our sights now and so is promotion! Eight games of this season remain, or could it be 11? The international break has come at a time when we are on a tremendous run that looks like it could sweep us into the end of season play offs. We must use this break to our advantage. Let’s hope that players who are on international duty return to us fit and that a couple of those who are currently on the treatment table, near fitness during this period of club inactivity. We currently have the look of a team that is putting together a late run to make the play offs, that other clubs will not relish meeting in them. Clubs that enter the play offs on the crest of a run of good results, often take the promotion spot from teams that have finished above them over the course of the season. We could be that club this year. If we can play as well as we have done in the last 4 games, in our final 8 games of the season and then do the same in the 3 play-off games, it just could be on, after all! The high winds and second half rain were not conducive to good football. Tony Pulis must have welcomed the conditions then and our visitors from Teesside might well have been reminded of a summer’s day back at home! They may have come to Villa Park to park the bus, but they left it in the club car park and their usually solid defence was breached three times. Villa were not to be distracted by the weather conditions. We dominated this game from start to finish. If it had been a boxing match, it would have been stopped before we applied the coup de grace on the 88th minute. I don’t want to tempt fate, but it seems that our defence might now have reached the point where a two-goal lead can prove to be enough to secure a win. My player ratings from a game that left us surprisingly and unexpectedly optimistic, about our play off prospects are: Jed Steer – 6 – Not unduly troubled by the visitor’s attack but appeared both confident and assured. Ahmed Elmohamady – 7 – Another solid performance from Elmo, who is doing more than a bit to make our defence look increasingly and reassuringly solid. Kortney Hause - 7 – Solid, unflustered and looking increasingly confident, alongside Tyrone in the centre of our defence. Tyrone Mings – 8 – His towering presence in the centre of the defence is increasingly impressive. He has so much time on the ball, is unrushed, confident and is the rock on which our defence is currently built. His was an inspired signing! Neil Taylor – 7 – This was a no-nonsense defensive performance, which is exactly what we have been looking for from him. Keep it up Tayls! Glenn Whelan – 8 – MOTM – Didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday. I can’t recall him playing better in our shirt than this. He was the cog in our midfield engine and allowed Jack and John to move forward knowing that he was on hand behind them. Hit a 52nd minute shot from the edge of the box wide of the left-hand post. It must have been nice for him to hear the crowd acknowledging his tremendous performance yesterday. Andre Green – 6 – Substituted after 65 minutes having not over troubled Friend on the right. John McGinn – 8 – Scored one and made one, what’s not to like? Headed a 1st minute El Ghazi cross over. Hit a nice ball to find El Ghazi in space on the edge of the box for our first. Grealish played a ball inside for Abraham that ran past him for John to pick up and run with to the edge of the box before hitting our second into the right-hand corner of the net. Jack Grealish – 8 – Hit the foot of the near post on 62 minutes, having ran inside the box following a short corner. Gave another captain’s performance, led by example, teased opponents with his skills and his presence created space for his teammates. Had a 36th minute shot from the edge of the box deflected wide on 36 minutes. Anwar El Ghazi – 7 – He looks a little like Ronaldo to me from a distance (I must get my eyesight checked), he doesn’t play much like him yet, but this was a bright, encouraging performance from Anwar. Hit our opener on 28 minutes, when he was found unmarked on the edge of the box by McGinn. He proceeded to run into the box and slot the ball past the keeper and into the far corner of the net nicely. Grealish made a strong run forward from inside his own half, before finding him just inside the box but his 50th minute shot was hit just wide of the far post. Tammy Abraham – 7 – Worked hard, stayed busy made some nice forward runs and led the line well. The only thing that was missing was his 22nd goal and that will come another day. Hit a 61st minute ball from Elmo over on 61 minutes and a shot from the edge of the box wide of the right-hand post 3 minutes later. Substitutes: Albert Adomah – 6 – Replaced Green on 65 minutes and hit our third 23 minutes later, when he tapped home from close range after Randolph had been unable to hold a shot from Davis. Jonathan Kodjia - 6 – Replaced Tammy on 72 minutes. Keinan Davis - 6 – Made a rare first team appearance yesterday, coming off the bench to replace El Ghazi on 75 minutes. Elmo found him on the left of the box on 88 minutes, from where he got into a shooting position before curling a shot towards the far post that Randolph obligingly spilled for our third. Up the Villa! John Lewis
  8. We now have our place in the top six. The battle is to stay there. Derby and Bristol City may have a game and two games in hand of us respectively, but we have the points on the board. City must also visit Villa Park and neither of these teams are currently winning games for fun, are they? The likes of Preston, Forest and Wednesday are behind us, so they would need to have a better finish than we do to the season, in order to overhaul us. As Ron Saunders once said at the business end of a very successful season, “Do you want to bet against us?” Yesterday’s fourth successive victory has taken us into the play off places. Who would have thought that likely just a couple of weeks ago? The win has left us just a point behind Middlesbrough, who must now fear being overtaken by the team that knocked them out of the play offs last season and completed the double over them yesterday. They are in our sights now and so is promotion! Eight games of this season remain, or could it be 11? The international break has come at a time when we are on a tremendous run that looks like it could sweep us into the end of season play offs. We must use this break to our advantage. Let’s hope that players who are on international duty return to us fit and that a couple of those who are currently on the treatment table, near fitness during this period of club inactivity. We currently have the look of a team that is putting together a late run to make the play offs, that other clubs will not relish meeting in them. Clubs that enter the play offs on the crest of a run of good results, often take the promotion spot from teams that have finished above them over the course of the season. We could be that club this year. If we can play as well as we have done in the last 4 games, in our final 8 games of the season and then do the same in the 3 play-off games, it just could be on, after all! The high winds and second half rain were not conducive to good football. Tony Pulis must have welcomed the conditions then and our visitors from Teesside might well have been reminded of a summer’s day back at home! They may have come to Villa Park to park the bus, but they left it in the club car park and their usually solid defence was breached three times. Villa were not to be distracted by the weather conditions. We dominated this game from start to finish. If it had been a boxing match, it would have been stopped before we applied the coup de grace on the 88th minute. I don’t want to tempt fate, but it seems that our defence might now have reached the point where a two-goal lead can prove to be enough to secure a win. My player ratings from a game that left us surprisingly and unexpectedly optimistic, about our play off prospects are: Jed Steer – 6 – Not unduly troubled by the visitor’s attack but appeared both confident and assured. Ahmed Elmohamady – 7 – Another solid performance from Elmo, who is doing more than a bit to make our defence look increasingly and reassuringly solid. Kortney Hause - 7 – Solid, unflustered and looking increasingly confident, alongside Tyrone in the centre of our defence. Tyrone Mings – 8 – His towering presence in the centre of the defence is increasingly impressive. He has so much time on the ball, is unrushed, confident and is the rock on which our defence is currently built. His was an inspired signing! Neil Taylor – 7 – This was a no-nonsense defensive performance, which is exactly what we have been looking for from him. Keep it up Tayls! Glenn Whelan – 8 – MOTM – Didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday. I can’t recall him playing better in our shirt than this. He was the cog in our midfield engine and allowed Jack and John to move forward knowing that he was on hand behind them. Hit a 52nd minute shot from the edge of the box wide of the left-hand post. It must have been nice for him to hear the crowd acknowledging his tremendous performance yesterday. Andre Green – 6 – Substituted after 65 minutes having not over troubled Friend on the right. John McGinn – 8 – Scored one and made one, what’s not to like? Headed a 1st minute El Ghazi cross over. Hit a nice ball to find El Ghazi in space on the edge of the box for our first. Grealish played a ball inside for Abraham that ran past him for John to pick up and run with to the edge of the box before hitting our second into the right-hand corner of the net. Jack Grealish – 8 – Hit the foot of the near post on 62 minutes, having ran inside the box following a short corner. Gave another captain’s performance, led by example, teased opponents with his skills and his presence created space for his teammates. Had a 36th minute shot from the edge of the box deflected wide on 36 minutes. Anwar El Ghazi – 7 – He looks a little like Ronaldo to me from a distance (I must get my eyesight checked), he doesn’t play much like him yet, but this was a bright, encouraging performance from Anwar. Hit our opener on 28 minutes, when he was found unmarked on the edge of the box by McGinn. He proceeded to run into the box and slot the ball past the keeper and into the far corner of the net nicely. Grealish made a strong run forward from inside his own half, before finding him just inside the box but his 50th minute shot was hit just wide of the far post. Tammy Abraham – 7 – Worked hard, stayed busy made some nice forward runs and led the line well. The only thing that was missing was his 22nd goal and that will come another day. Hit a 61st minute ball from Elmo over on 61 minutes and a shot from the edge of the box wide of the right-hand post 3 minutes later. Substitutes: Albert Adomah – 6 – Replaced Green on 65 minutes and hit our third 23 minutes later, when he tapped home from close range after Randolph had been unable to hold a shot from Davis. Jonathan Kodjia - 6 – Replaced Tammy on 72 minutes. Keinan Davis - 6 – Made a rare first team appearance yesterday, coming off the bench to replace El Ghazi on 75 minutes. Elmo found him on the left of the box on 88 minutes, from where he got into a shooting position before curling a shot towards the far post that Randolph obligingly spilled for our third. Up the Villa! John Lewis
  9. John

    Villa charged by FA

    Unbelievable! They should have only one focus following the game and it should not be on us. It is not the first time that our players have had their thugs assault them on the pitch. Enckelman was slapped on the face in 2002 and they are still doing the same 17 years later. No doubt they will get a fine at the most, given Small Heath would no doubt say the same happened at Arsenal hours later so they should be treated in the same way..
  10. On Saturday afternoon we welcome Middlesbrough to Villa Park. A win would take us within a point of them and it would also take us into sixth place. Who would have thought a couple of weeks ago that was possible, or that it was possible so soon? We ended Boro’s play-off hopes at Villa Park last season. They have not won a league game against us since 2008. A win will bring us a double against them this season, after our 3-0 victory at the Riverside in December. Overall, we have won 60 and have drawn 32, of the 131 league meetings that there have been between the two clubs. Another win on Saturday would add to our growing confidence and would continue our winning run. Who knows, the two clubs might even meet again in the play offs? Those play offs had looked beyond us not so long ago and they still look a way off. We don’t have to win every game now though, as had appeared likely just a couple of games ago. Derby, Bristol City and Boro themselves have unexpectedly dropped points, so we now have them in our sights. Our new target is to get 2 more points than Bristol City do from our remaining games, 3 more than Derby do and 5 more than Boro do. We play both Boro and Bristol City at home, so wins from those games would make our task easier. We also need to make sure that no club that is currently behind us, have a better end to the season than we do. A fourth successive win won’t be easy, but it is necessary. Do it for us Villa!
  11. But, imagine the fun if we won. I would be over the moon if we made the play offs, if we did I would guess that any side that faced us would not fancy it either. Bring them on! Bring any of them on!
  12. Teddy Bishop got a few minutes last night for Ipswich. He might be worth a look in the summer. Like Mings, he has had his injury issues and like Tyrone he was very highly rated a couple of years ago. Can't imagine that he wouldn't jump at the chance to be rescued from League One and the fee would not now be what it would have once been.
  13. I can't see us sharing 10 goals this time! A win would take us above Forest and might also take us within 3 points of sixth. This won't be an easy game though and our former manager and their current boss, will have them well up for this meeting of past Midland winners of the European Cup. We last won at Forest last season. They have one win to show from their last twelve league games against us. Overall we have won 52 and have drawn 29 of the 113 league meetings there have been between the two clubs. I think this has the makings of a good game of football. I really hope that we show up for this one. We can't afford to carry any passengers in this game and we need to find the consistently good away form we had before we lost Jack through injury last year. Another win would be ideal, a point would be better than the alternative. Win another one for us Villa!
  14. I said on the match ratings & reactions thread, that we played a European Cup game at Villa Park against Besiktas behind closed doors in 1982. That acted as our punishment after a squaddie invaded the pitch and sat down in the penalty box during our semi final at Anderlecht. He didn't hit anyone, but they still wanted us thrown out of the competition! That clown from yesterday, should get a lifetime football ban and a lengthy stay at HMP Barlinnie as a result of his behaviour. Small Heath should also get at least one game played behind closed doors as a result of what he did to Jack yesterday. That might act as some deterrent to other idiots doing the same, like the one at Arsenal did later that same afternoon. Those fans that applauded and clapped him as he was escorted off the pitch, should also be identified and should face their own 2-year bans from the sty as a result of their reactions to the shameful incident. As for that vile, cruel, heartless and offensive twitter posting. The poster should get a life ban for that and a visit from the local police. How proud the Perkins family must be of this sick individual. I'm sure that 99.9999% of Small Heath fans would also be revolted by the post and ashamed to be associated with the monster who posted it!
  15. There is precedent here. We played a European Cup game at Villa Park against Besiktas behind closed doors in 1982, after a squaddie invaded the pitch and sat down in the penalty box during our semi final at Anderlecht.

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