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  1. Gabby Agbonlahor

    Harry, is that you?
  2. Gabby Agbonlahor

    I'm a big Gabby fan - although obviously a disappointed one over the past couple of years. I'm pleased that Steve Bruce has kept faith in him, has got him back in shape, and has shown he can have a good influence on matches (Preston and Scum). I think it is a waste of energy to bang on about his past indiscretions and perceived slights to the club and fans. If he can do a job on the pitch, fine by me. But I do worry about his level of injuries. He seems to have been incapacitated for quite a lot of the Bruce-inspired "comeback". Just wonder if Bruce has got to him too late and we won't see much active service from him in his final year because his body is giving out?
  3. Gabby Agbonlahor

    There wouldn't be much fun in punching Bruce in the nose. Quite a few people seem to have got there already.
  4. Steve Bruce

    It shows he was astute enough to know how to get a result. (Unlike his opposite number.) I'm struggling to find even a few chapters more about what it tells us, let alone "volumes".
  5. Steve Bruce

    He posts under the name of G***s**pp*r.
  6. Steve Bruce

    I'm currently singing this in my head to the tune of Guantanamera.
  7. Steve Bruce

    I'm relieved to hear it! Accusations of Grasshopperness totally and willingly withdrawn.
  8. Steve Bruce

    That's how I read it as well.
  9. Steve Bruce

    I expect he goes home after every match, kicks the dog, and complains to his wife, "Bloody hell, another crap performance. If only there was some way you could appoint someone to be in charge of the selection, tactics and performance of that team, things would change for the better but, sadly..." There are some pretty extreme views about Steve Bruce playing out in this thread at the moment. And, without wishing to pick on you personally, this sort of comment seems to sum up more general problems of perception about our manager. When he arrived to take over an unbalanced and pretty ineffectual squad, the first comments he made were "They're not fit enough" and "They have no resilience". Wise comments because arguably those are the two key qualities you need to get through a Championship campaign. Well, he's certainly made us more resilient. I'm also assuming, although I know less of the detail, that he has worked on fitness. Just look at the impact he's had on Flabby as an icon for that! So to say he's not "doing anything about it" seems totally unreasonable. We are quite hard to beat now when we go ahead and we are hard to beat at Villa Park. How long since we've been able to say that about the side? He is clearly not happy with the quality of play and the way the new squad - don't forget he had to integrate loads of new players bought in January - is gelling. So, on the basis that he has tackled the first two big things he saw wrong with the squad, what earthly evidence do you have that he is not setting about tackling these further issues? It's this sort of comment that is making me a bit cross at the moment: slightly unfair criticism making massive and unjustified assumptions about the extent to which Bruce is working to improve the squad..
  10. Steve Bruce

    Funny that you're quoting "experience and ability" but it wasn't actually a quote in my post. I'm judging him on the improvements he has made so far and his results.
  11. Steve Bruce

    I've missed that one. Where's the evidence he's planning on another big change?
  12. Steve Bruce

    See, this is the funniest thing about all this anti-Bruce campaigning. The most extreme critic of the way Steve Bruce's Villa have been playing is... STEVE BRUCE!!!! Tne Grasshoppers, terrytinis, etc. etc., look like wishy washy moderates compared with our own manager. No, the football certainly hasn't been great this season but under Bruce we have been defending well and even winning more matches than we lose, which is such a change from the football we have seen from Villa over the past few seasons (and the start of 2016-7), that I am prepared to give him a go at a summer window and a campaign next season to see where he can take us. If there was an obvious and easy solution to the problem of finding a manager and squad who can turn the club's fortunes around, I'm sure the club would already have taken it. In the absence of anyone finding Harry Potter's magic wand, let's stick with a guy who has brought us more success but who has no illusions about the need to improve.
  13. Ratings & Reactions: Villa v SHA

    That's a bit of a contradiction.
  14. Ratings & Reactions: Villa v SHA

    I'm a bit confused now. I thought we had won the match, taken the 3 points and beaten our local rivals. Reading stuff like this, I'm beginning to doubt my senses. Maybe I am mistaken and we actually lost to the free-flowing Birmngham City, whose players attacked with joy and total licence while we cowered in our own half and slipped to yet another defeat under the clueless Steve Bruce (our 35th in a row now - wake up Dr Tony!) Can someone please clarify the actual result?
  15. Ratings & Reactions: Villa v SHA

    But he is a petulant loser, which I think was the point of the initial post.