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    It comes from the failure of many of these youth players to establish themselves in the first team squad. I don’t see the point of having a youth programme if it doesn’t supply a decent flow of players to the first team squad. You may say it is more the failure of the senior set-up but there has to be a question about how well the youth programme prepared these players for the step up.
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    I think the club have some serious questions to answer over this. Not sure if the move to the under-23s was a promotion - maybe more moving him away from the area in which he had been found wanting. But that is a dubious response One thing that interests me about this discussion is the often expressed view that K-Mac has been a great youth team coach. I thought it was commonly agreed that our youth set up has been in serious decline since the 1990s and this failure was one key factor in the club’s decline overall. Even talented products of the youth programme often have had to go to other clubs to achieve success (e.g. Albrighton). Grealish of course is a welcome exception to this but in my view there are questions about the whole youth set up for at Ieast the past 10 years.
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    Ratings & Reactions: Villa v Stoke

    In terms of the last few seasons, a home draw with Stoke is not a bad result.
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    Ross McCormack

    Oh, I see what you did there! Am I the only one who is totally depressed to log on to Villatalk on a Saturday morning to find Ross McCormack is trending again? We’ve scored 19 goals in our last 6 games so I hardly think we are scraping the barrel that much in our search for a goal scorer.
  5. BTW I think this is a great thread! What’s not to love about obscure statistics?
  6. Yes, I was there! Paid £75 for my ticket so nearly £10 per goal.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    The annoying thing is, despite playing top 6 sides, we have needkessly dropped 4 points. The draws against Forest and the Baggies were both avoidable. Hope it doesn’t affect us too much in the final table.
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    Ratings & Reactions: West Brom v Villa

    Need to up our Chance/goal ratio. If we took one more chance we would have won.
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    Players that never lived up to the promise

    Savo Milošević? I’m always surprised at how many goals he actually scored for Villa (about 1 every 3 games I think) but, as Brian Little’s big international signing, somehow he never became the spearhead for our attack he should have been. Too much of a stop-start player.
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    Tammy Abraham

    This lad is good. We should stick with him if we can.
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    I am happy this evening. But apparently a lot of Villatalk posters are unhappy with me because I am happy. Strange.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    That at least Is a testable proposition. If I could be arsed (which I can’t - look them up yourselves) I could show you people claiming we have no chance of automatic promotion because of Bruce’s “disatrous start”. I just beg to differ. Calling final promotion places on the 1st December is just bonkers.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    And yet people are already playing down his chances of getting us promoted. Ironically, I - allegedly a “Bruce supporter” - am not. If we can build on today’s performance which involved tight defensive play as well as superb attacking play, I don’t see why we can’t challenge for promotion.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    You obviously haven’t read too much if Villatalk then.