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  1. It's getting close to mid-January... we're in the relegation zone... It's got to be realistic folks... It's going to be Grant Holtesque.
  2. After Southampton at home and Watford away, it's difficult to perceive what a 'winnable game' is any more with this squad in its current state. Difficult to see where our next win is coming from. Confidence is shot... the feel good and cuddle factor of being Aston Villa is not currently as effervescent as we would like. It's all starting to feel a bit 2015/16... I dare not predict this one... all I can do is cross my fingers and wish the Club 'all the best' going into this fixture. We made hard work of Norwich at home, and took our foot off the pedal in the second half at Burnley. Difficult to recall a genuine 'decent' performance from this squad where there has been 90 minutes of consistent 'wow.' I don't think we're capable of it frankly. A symptom of where we are. I can't change it... and I can't be worrying about it. What will be, will be. Over to you players... prove, me, wrong.
  3. Committed Star Wars fan of 40+ years of experience. Just for the record of this thread, I feel the need to spout off and say what an absolute travesty Episode 9 is for the 'Skywalker' saga this was. 7, 8 and 9 are pointless and seemingly precious little to do with the actual Skywalker saga... Either that, or 1 to 6 become pointless as it renders Anakin's sacrifice completely irrelevant, thus crapping on 40-odd years of lore and established story. The modern trilogy has in places attempted to do a remake of 4, 5 and 6 'fit for a 21st Century beta audience' merely with a female skin... And no, I don't have an issue with female lead characters... only poorly written ones, of which Rey is an example. Disney would have been far better starting a completely new story arc with a completely separate trilogy. It's hard, but I'm 'breaking up' with Star Wars. It can kiss my arse now. The wreckage confirmed with 2 hours and 20 minutes of fast paced nonsense. 7, 8 and 9 have been visually stunning in places, eye candy and some fan service... but overall, it's been claptrap. The name of this film is a complete misdirection and cynical attempt to use the Skywalker name in a hope to draw people back in. One of the most troubling things about Episode 9 is the very final sequence. It's complete gibberish, flying in the face of two other times in the film where the character concerned is advised 'don't be afraid of who you are.' It's like somebody deciding to change their name because an uncle by marriage committed an armed robbery once, it got in the papers about the court case, and they can't deal with the 'stain.' Absolute shite-hawking all over the whole thing. The absolute BRASS NECK of Disney. If you haven't already been to see it, save your money. And that's from somebody who has previously considered Star Wars to be the greatest story ever told... Delusions of grandeur now unfortunately.
  4. Relegation threatened sides usually pull off some sort of result against an established top 6 side at some point in the season, or at least, that's what it seems to me. You could argue that our best chance was at home to Liverpool, which was on target until the last ten minutes of the game. So maybe we've already had our chance... Will cheer the boys on, but sense a dead rubber to be fair. Even more so with the tattered squad we have right now.
  5. Well, that's not entirely what I said... but fill your boots old chap.
  6. Yeah, despite the Burnley win, those injuries we've collected will be our undoing, as will the stubborn approach to formation loyalty. It's just not been working often enough. Start preparing for life in the division below now so we can hit the ground running. Problem is, we're likely to be back to basics given the players that will want to leave.
  7. The famous Micah Richards 'we're trying our best' moment?
  8. The high horse riders can besmirch over reactions all they like this evening, but you can't hide behind anything else other than this side is currently heading down again. We have zero momentum, seemingly zero confidence and the only thing going in our favour is that we play in nice colours. When was the last actual 'good' performance? Too many players looking either like they are going through the motions or just simply not good enough. Crucial 4 games coming up in the league. If things do not improve in that time, I'm sorry, but our goose will be cooked.
  9. No worries... Have they won the European Cup??
  10. Going to be a tough one this - Sheffield are a well drilled unit, have a decent record in the league now and seemingly know how to play well together as a team. That is helped by not having to sign a dozen or more players in one window, and reflects the relative 'order' at our respective clubs over the last 7 months. It's my birthday tomorrow, so hopefully the team can garner us with a victory, but I am braced and clenched for a bumming quite frankly.
  11. This is a fixture I just can't predict. Fearful of those 7 and 8 goal defeats late on in our previous Premier League tenure, but balanced by some heart-warming football performances we've seen this season, even if the results haven't always shown. Abraham (if available) and Pulisic are the key players for me that we need to keep an eye on and stifle. Given our respective player resources and the current league table positions, a loss would be 'meh,' a draw would be fantastic, and a win would be proper rocket polishingly good. This would be a great scalp for us, but I can't see Chelsea losing two league fixtures at home in a week.
  12. Very happy with the point we gained at Old Trafford. Honourable mention for Konsa who seemed to have another very decent game, and some fine saves from Heaton. Really dismal that their leveller has been chalked up as an own goal. It came off Heaton's back and could probably have spun into the net anyway. Never mind... what a lovely finish from Tyrian Ming to level the score when recent Premier League Villa history there, we could have crumbled. A different day, we could have won, for sure, but we could have lost as well. Enjoy the feeling of a positive result at Old Trafford. Better sides than us have gone there and lost this season. MOTM - Grealish. What, a, goal! As bone-picked on MOTD2, United had to foul him to stop us progressing. Onwards to the Bridge. Let's hope Tammy has an off day. And Pulisic is sick. In Smith I trust. UTV
  13. Raver50032

    Ezri Konsa

    Very happy with this player right now... As much as I like Tyrian Ming () I thought he looked the more assured of the pair last night. Keep up the good work Mr Konsa.
  14. December 2009 I believe with Gabby the goalscorer. We have a chance of getting a result. Would feel 'meh' if we lost... happy with a point and positively predicting a slow-jostle in the shower if we win.
  15. Good, solid performance all round against an 'established' Premier League side. Whatever that means. MOTM for me was Jack, but with honourable mentions for Conor The Irish Engine, Mr Guilbert, Konsa and Admiral Anwar. I thought Bruce dropped a clanger when Carroll came on. I'd have brought Gayle on first for his pace and general roughability. On another day, it could have been 2-2 but for Heaton's cat reflexes... and on an even more alternative day, we could have had four or five. More than happy with a clean sheet, two goals and a feel good factor after Monday night football. Bravo Villa... keep it up please.
  16. It was really odd that game. It looked like we were the ones suffering from a European hangover. Konsa was the bright spot for us, everyone else either didn't turn up or was 'meh.' Looking at the BBC stats, it was quite an even game, despite the feeling that we could have ended up with a 4 or 5-0 bumming. VillaTalk as split as ever... after Brighton and Wolves in the League Cup, Smith is a genius. People see Smith as being 'at it' with a plucky late defeat to Liverpool. Lose at Wolves and all of a sudden he's back to being out of his depth by some. Long road ahead... for me, something positive against the Toon is essential or the players' heads might start to drop. In Dean I trust... UTV.
  17. Is it not making one's hand droop and flop? Find John Inman (Are You Being Served) on Youtube and you will start to form a picture of what a mocking, homophobic hand gesture might be.
  18. Got an extra large bag of toffee popcorn in for the big show tomorrow (can't get to VP as I'm on call with work)...
  19. I love the guy. He is so positive and confident and speaks so well. Yes, he's had his problems at other clubs, and that Reading player is convinced that Tyrone stamped on him, but the way he goes about his business, he is one of my favourite Villa players right now. I haven't really felt a connection to any Villa players really since the days of McGrath, Ehiogu, Taylor, Townsend and Yorke. But with Mings and McGinn, we seem to have potential legends again. He put up with a lot of negativity around him last night, appalling behaviour from home fans. He stood up to it, and he battled through it with a fantastic performance. It might not be Brazil or Belgium he was up against, but he still had to perform. Proud of you Tyrone... you're welcome round my home for a chat, and some nice food any time. God bless you son... Love you xx
  20. Raver50032


    You know what, I'm actually old enough to remember going to watch that film at the cinema when I was at Uni... and I believe I had the same issues as you guys report with the sound in the cinema, so it could actually be how the original film was cobbled together rather than modern tech. Of course, if you have a recurring theme/problem with the modern tech you are playing the sound through then I'm chatting crap. But I do recall issues with hearing exactly what was going on in Se7en. Personally, I'm looking for a modest sound bar or pair of speakers for use with a laptop. Occasionally, I give performances of audio-visual photography work I've done for my local camera club. Any recommendations out there? EDIT - Ooops, just seen that these posts were from 2018... My bad... feel free to wave the hand of dismissal at my retort. Good day.
  21. Despite the malfeasant frustration of an International break, the Norwich result will hopefully instil a bit of confidence now and prove to be a platform upon which to build a little momentum. If so, and we can beat Brighton, we might just be able to stop repetitive bummings in the following 'hard' fixtures. To use the cliché, every game is hard and there are no real 'gimmes' in the top flight. You've still got to produce the beans whoever you play - or, as Norwich found, you'll ship 5 against a 'team like Villa.' I've seen enough to believe that we have a great chance against Brighton... Assuming no injuries or jet-laggery, I'd go with the same team that started against Norwich and see how they fly. May the Force be with Villa once again.
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