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  1. Steve Bruce

    With stats like that it is a bit surprising that they finished fourth, six points off automatic promotion. That was a settled side, practically the same as had been relegated from the Prem the previous season, so I think the fact that they got promoted via the play offs does mask a level of underachievement there. I worry that Bruce will never make our team as good as the sum of its parts, so I still think we need significant investment in the first team this summer so that underachievement still ends up in at least a play off place.
  2. Ugo Ehiogu

    Very sad news, I have many good memories of Ugo from a much happier time to be a Villa fan.
  3. James Bree

    Got taken to the cleaners today, obviously it wasn't all down to him, but he failed to impose himself at all.
  4. Steve Bruce

    I largely agree with the sentiment of what you are saying, but our recent run has really removed any debate about whether Bruce deserves the chance to be here next season, because it is a results business at the end of the day. I still have reservations about Bruce as a manager, but knowing he will be here next season makes it easier for the club to concentrate on the other problems that need to be sorted out for next season.
  5. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Of course Bruce seems to have turned things round with us at the moment, hardly conceding any goals and all good teams are built from the back. With the prospect of further strengthening in the summer, I can well understand the optimism. The thing niggling away at the back of my mind is that when Bruce got Hull promoted the other season, he had arguably the best squad in the division, a settled side practically the same as had played in the Premier league the previous season, and they underachieved, finishing fourth I think. If Brighton hadn't had such bad luck with the four injuries in the play off against Wednesday I think they would have gone up rather than Hull.
  6. Leandro Bacuna

    Yes he played with passion and yes he physically intimidated a match official. They are two completely separate things and the first is not an excuse or justification for the second.
  7. Leandro Bacuna

    You can call it an overreaction, but in the whole history of football, in the whole history of utter bellends who have been professional footballers, how many of them have been sent off for "jostling" a linesman over a throw in decision? I like Bacuna, but his actions were a disgrace.
  8. Match Thread: Villa v Derby

    You are the idiot if you think vaping is smoking.
  9. Match Thread: Villa v Derby

    Why, are the vapers going to commit a major crime?
  10. Conor Hourihane

    Has the knack of seeming to completely disappear from the game to the extent that you forget he is on the pitch until we get a set-piece. Not impressed so far.
  11. The push for the Play offs ?

    Thank God all hope has been extinguished.
  12. Birkir Bjarnason

    He looked so far off the pace against Brentford, that isn't the sort of thing that gets sorted after a week. He was ok-ish tonight, still seems to be a second behind the speed of things.
  13. Sam Johnstone

    When I saw Johnstone in his first game for us, he seemed to have a bit of a Joe Hart type arrogance about him. He hasn't anymore.
  14. Jonathan Kodjia

    So do some of the worst. Yes, it is true about great strikers and being greedy, but that tends to be more about the goal poachers and fox in the box players, not the ones just trying to lamp it in from 35 yards when there are other options. Although I'm not really defending McCormack, because I think he's a dick, I can think of at least four occasions off the top of my head where Kodjia could have slipped him a sideways pass for a tap in instead of wasting the chance by shooting. If he had done, then McCormack could probably have been up around the 10 goal mark for us, in which case people's view of him may well have been 'ok he isn't playing well but he is scoring goals, that is what he does, give him more time to really get in his stride' rather than being so eager to get rid of him. From first view of Hogan, he might not need to rely on Kodjia for assists so much. Let's hope.
  15. Steve Bruce

    But we aren't even a counter attacking team. We just hoof the ball 40 yards to Kodjia. That tactic has now been cunningly refined to hoof it 40 yards to Kodjia or Hogan.