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  1. It really has gone full unfiltered Football Manager re-gen players names in the academy!
  2. Love in at Wembley Stadium... Living it up when we're going down... <aerosmith>
  3. I'm not anti-Smith, but I'm looking over my shoulder and wondering what might have been if the board had got itchy feet. Can't do anything about it now mind you... But his statement after the City game at home is making him look a little daft it is true. That one game wasn't the one that defined our season... it's Spurs at home... Bournemouth at home, Bournemouth away, Wolves away, Watford away, doubled handsomely by the Saints, Palace away... although the latter was a VAR outrage. Those are the games that will define our destiny, we came up short in every single one of them. With 11 games to go, there are not too many more opportunities to be plucky in defeat with the prospect of a game the following week to try and put it all right. We have hardly ever gone on to 'put it right' in the following match. We've just not been good enough. Taking it all on the chin... It's only football. UTV... Make it happen Villa...
  4. 11 games to go... this has to be in the bracket of remaining opportunities where we 'can' win. A point here, considering who else we have to play at home or away says that in truth, this is becoming a must win game... especially if we truly are 5 points adrift come start of play on Monday night. It's all very well being proud of the team yesterday in the Cup Final, but ultimately all we did was spare our blushes. We need even more against Leicester, simple as that. Defeat is a disaster, a draw is the absolute bare minimum as the relegation finger of suspicion wends it's way closer to pointing at us. Recent history of 'plucky' performances being an indicator that 'if we play like we did in Game A despite defeat, then we'll be winning Game B or C' suggests that is a false narrative. It's what we do next that really matters... I fear a Bournemouth capitulation... but hoping for a Burnley type showing.
  5. Realist. Back on topic... 2-0 Leicester.
  6. Regulation Leicester win after the lord mayor's show. It's what Villa do. Scorers Iheanacho and Maddison (unlucky not to net a couple in the LC Semi). Hoping for a draw, but with 11 games to go, we need to start grabbing a win or two given the ground we've lost. I wouldn't back us for survival with a game in hand... Those above us have the points in the bag, and looking like more of a stomach to fight when the chips are down. I mean, look at all those who thought the Hammers would fall away after their Anfield experience... And who would have predicted Watford... the same Watford that was besmirched on this forum for being poo going to grab three goals against Liverpool and winning to nil?? It's anybodys... All of us down here can survive, but three must go. We have no momentum and just lost a draining cup final. Just can't see it happening for us. I'll cheer the team on come what may however... I am not a total negative nancy
  7. What a load of semen... I mean, semantics. Some very seasoned and generally reasoned posters piling into TRO and seemingly (seemingly, note the word seemingly here... as I have no idea what your true intentions are) with intent to bully him off the forum. It's not like he's murdered anyone. He's not even done 32 in 30 zone. There's nothing wrong with having different opinions, but crikey, when someone has even backtracked, you still pile on. That's bullying folks. And, ignore. And where is the Mod to bring this all back on topic? All TRO has really done is used the word 'plethora' twice in a few days, for which he has my eternal respect, and accidentally rubbed a few of you up the wrong way. He's already said that he never set out to cause such offence, but the besmirching continues. Give it a rest. Never has a thread seemingly reached such millennial triggering as I have seen here.
  8. A 'disciple of Aston Villa...' Never thought I could reach such heady heights. Every day is a school day... and henceforth I shall be known as 'Raver, Disciple of Aston Villa...'
  9. Controversial view coming up, so don't get too triggered... We kind of know (gut feel at least) that this has the potential for a big, humiliating defeat live and exclusive on Sky Sports... A Pep love in. So why not do a Liverpool? Play the kids... Maybe keep Nyland in... That way, when we get bummed, the media will be more about how plucky the kids were in defeat and how brave they were to go up against the mighty super-heroes of Manchester City. Even in defeat, we could be proud of them... unlike the first team who just seem to have rolled over. Yeah... I'm just kidding. It's a bad idea... Grit your teeth, grin and bear it. Que sera.
  10. A miserable thread reflecting a miserable afternoon at St Marys... But here comes TRO with my all time favourite word. Bless you TRO... brightened my mood like the Villa just can't any more.
  11. I'm normally in tune with most of your posts but... we're not even a candle to the Leicester of 2014/15. And, being 30 seconds away from a draw against CL finalists is not all that unusual for us this season. Liverpool... lost at the death having been 8 (?) minutes from actually winning. It isn't the occasional game against a CL finalist that has mattered for us... It's the 6-1 bumming... the big losses away at Watford... the big loss at home to Southampton (!!)... getting doubled by Bournemouth... VAR fingered at Palace... no show at Wolves... tiring away at Spurs. Week after week, I've seen posts like 'this one is down to Smith...' It's happened one way or the other far too often. We concede. It's inevitable. We're going to need to score at least 4 to be in with a shout in the Cup Final because I no longer have faith in our defence. Defensively, we've let ourselves down so many times. I'm all for 'keeping the faith...' but crikey, that faith shouldn't be blind. And no, I am not accusing you of being blind
  12. If we have any hope of lifting the cup against Manchester City, there is no reason why any of us here would doubt that Hammers have a chance of getting at least a point off them mid-week. Saints is a must win. And for the benefit of the tape, I hope we survive, I really do. I just can't see it at the moment. The incentive though is, £50 to VillaTalk if we do survive.
  13. Doesn't change the fact... even Benitez would recognise that fact
  14. For all the 'we're 17th, we'll stay up no problem' jingoism, the team below us has a game in hand. It currently isn't even fully in our own hands what happens to us. Yeah, Saints have been poor at home... we've been poor away from home. We got beasted at Villa Park by them not too long ago. So what's changed? What makes you think we're suddenly going to do okay at St Marys? All you're doing is delaying the inevitable. We simply haven't been good enough at the back this season.
  15. They haven't been great at home... We haven't been great away from home... We lost badly to these at Villa Park... What could possibly go wrong?
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