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    Kortney Hause

    He'll be popular in the terraces.
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    Things You Don't "Get"

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    The Film Thread

    Finally got round to watching 'You Were Never Really Here' a couple of days ago. I really wanted it to be good: it has some excellent reviews from critics, and I like Joaquin Phoenix, but it didn't quite do it for me. Trying to be atmospheric in places but just didn't quite achieve it. That said, we did have to pause it a few times as our daughter wasn't settling down, so that probably didn't help with the tension!
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    Lovre Kalinić

    I'm with this. Yes he was behind a poor defence, and yes he was probably nervous, but on the day his performance simply wasn't good enough. Having excuses is fine and I certainly don't disagree with some of them, but why some people are saying he played well or looked good yesterday is totally beyond me. And yes, de Gea was hopeless at first, and that argument can be made. But it seems to get trotted out these days every time a new goalkeeper looks dodgy, no matter what club they're at. Very few goalkeepers will turn out to be anything like as good as him. And I also don't think we've bought a commanding, relatively experienced international goalkeeper (who is replacing someone who was an excellent shot stopper but dropped a lot of clangers) with the idea that they'll probably make a lot of mistakes while they settle. We've paid a lot of money for someone solid and reliable. All that said, of course it would be unfair to judge him on one game, especially his debut. I have no idea whether he's actually any good or not. But I do hope he is!
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    Ratings & Reactions: Villa v Swansea FAC

    Oh and it's just a shame that instead of polishing turds like Hutton, Taylor, Higan and Whelan, we're actually just smearing them all over the place and creating a disgusting, noxious fecal mess.
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    Ratings & Reactions: Villa v Swansea FAC

    It's matches like today's, although the result itself is relatively inconsequential in the long term, where you can see the legacy of our perennial absence of identity or playing style. Young players don't seem to be able to slot into the team too well; they aren't prepared for the first eleven because we don't have an embedded style. The same can be said for squad players. There aren't patterns that they can fall back on and they end up looking completely lost. We always see this when they're thrown in for cup games. The only real exceptions in recent years have been Grealish, because he's an exceptional talent, and Davis, because his job has fit best into what little style we had under Bruce and it's a role that other players can play off relatively easily - not that that's a criticism, because I like him as a player and he's sure as shit a lot better than Scott Hogan. It's also why we relied upon standout individual performances under Bruce and to an extent still have to at the moment, although I've no doubt Smith will continue to implement a much clearer style of play once the squad is right. This leads to the continual reemergence argument about how strong our squad actually is, and I can see why people say we've got the strongest squad in the division. I'd disagree with that personally based on our defence, but in many positions we have players who at this level are extremely good: Grealish, Bolasie, McGinn, Abraham could all start on a weekly basis in the Premier League. Arguments could be made that Chester, Kodjia, Kalinic (although he was disappointing today), El Ghazi, Tuanzebe and possibly Adomah could play in the Prem, too. Then many others are either promising youngsters (Davis, Bree, O'Hare) or solid players at this level (Lansbury, Elphick, Hourihane). However, some of those above are inconsistent and/or just aren't playing together as a team with a defined style of play. At least, for the first time in a long time, I feel like we're going to get that with Smith. It's just games like today where we see how far away from that we are, because of the sheer incompetence that's riddled the club at so many levels of management for so long now.
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    Match Thread: Villa v Swansea FAC

    No, but I've still been unimpressed with him. Obviously I'm not going to make a full judgement based on one performance, but I've been disappointed today.
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    Match Thread: Villa v Swansea FAC

    Lansbury >>>>>>> Whelan (although he can't tackle, only foul) And Davis >>>>>>> Hogan
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    Match Thread: Villa v Swansea FAC

    Oh dear oh dear. Not impressed with Kalinic.
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    Match Thread: Villa v Swansea FAC

    Our trouble seems to be that we either rush too much and lose possession, or go to the other extreme and we're far too ponderous. That wasn't the case when Smith came in, as we generally seemed to dictate the tempo well. I assume tiredness is a factor (which is also why our pressing seems so lacklustre and disjointed) as is Whelan who slows down play a lot and plays quite negatively. I think we're also nervous because we're aware how poor the defence is, so we're not playing as high up the pitch as we did a few weeks ago. El Ghazi has lost form but he is capable of producing something. Hogan is so limited. Struggling up front on his own as expected, especially when we can't hold possession in midfield and find him that way. I'd like to see Davis on, either to support or replace him, but we need to step up the pitch and regain some control either way. Would also be in favour of Lansbury on for Whelan. It takes a little more defensive cover away but perhaps McGinn could drop in there and then do some carrying forward, which he's strong at, with Lansbury and O'Hare as options ahead of him.
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    Match Thread: Villa v Swansea FAC

    Glenn Whelan is **** shit.
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    Media and punditry

    It's a shame there isn't more decent stuff on Talkshite, but obviously as with other sports punditry, it's not necessarily intelligent discussion that will gather the most listeners and therefore make the most money. I do quite like Hawksbee and Jacobs, but whenever I switch it on other than that (which is very rarely these days, so I could be mistaken!) it's just awful.
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    Zelda - Breath of the Wild

    Not had a chance to get on this again yet - last time I played I was just arriving in the village you get directed to after Kakariko (can't remember what it's called). When I do get on it I'm very much looking forward to expanding my inventory slots. Wasn't sure what you meant by 'seeds' so gave it a quick Google and now think I have the idea but I didn't want to look into the locations etc. of anything as I want to find things for myself. It's also frustrating that there isn't a swap weapons option for when you have a full inventory and there's a weapon you want to pick up (unless I'm missing something). Seems like I either have to throw it or go into the menu to drop it before picking up the new one. Still can't wait to play it again though. Hopefully tomorrow I can grab a couple of hours; I just waste most of it wandering around though!
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    Alan Hutton

    Maybe so, but he's not going to compete against a 6'2"+ striker who's also good in the air, is he?