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Five Ken McNaughts

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  1. I like Saka. He actively looks to make nice little interchanges with Grealish (while most of the team seem to try hard to avoid passing to him... sometimes embarrassingly so).
  2. Apologies if these have been mentioned already (alongside Cowans, Staunton and Milner) but you got me thinking with that question... I came up with three players I only saw in their second spells at Villa Park – Andy Blair, Steve Hunt and Andy Gray. In truth, I wasn’t even aware Steve Hunt was a re-signing until someone gave me a 1975 League Cup final programme a couple of years ago, and there he was (with loads of hair!). I thought the bald version I watched in the mid/late 80s had one of the best touches I have ever seen in a Villa midfielder.
  3. If Sheffield United can play a home FA Cup semi-final in “When Saturday Comes” then we can definitely play a home FA Youth Cup final.
  4. A source / close friend / onlooker / bystander told the Sun: “I am a purely fictitious character with made-up quotes, but never let on about that – you need me to pad celebrity stories and steer the reader as to what their reaction should be.”
  5. First thoughts... Start next season at 10, moving to LW every time Chukwuemeka comes off the bench. When Chuk is ready to start, keep Jack at LW just to accommodate the two of them on the same pitch. Villa destroy all before them. Simples.
  6. I know what you mean. He “prowls” around the pitch. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a 17-year-old with that kind of presence. Remarkable.
  7. I can think of a very simple one (with a little tweak to “Olé”): Ollieeeee, Ollie, Ollie, Ollieeeee, Ollieeeee, Ollieeeee.
  8. Maybe chuck in a Kane red card for diving or endangering an opponent in the air? (Crazy talk, I know).
  9. Hopefully the squad will have had a meeting and vowed to get to grips with this new-fangled “90 minutes” thing that was sneaked into the laws circa 1863.
  10. This is what so infuriated me yesterday (and led to a couple of posts where I should probably have counted to ten). Where did all that energy and will-to-win suddenly disappear to? Why are we seemingly so incapable of applying ourselves for 90 minutes? The “first half at Burnley”, the “last half-hour against Fulham” and now the “first half at Palace” – great. Plenty of skill and plenty of spirit in those segments. But how often do we actually put in a solid 90 minutes of focus and graft? 1 in 5 games? 1 in 10? To me, it feels like such a fundamental weakness in the group psyche that until the reasons behind it are identified and addressed we will always be limited in what we can achieve. All too often it seems to be a case of “Fight like lions... for a bit.”
  11. Came here to post exactly this... Found exactly this... I concur... Exactly.
  12. Whenever we take the lead we act like the underdog fighter who has landed a lucky blow and is now terrified he’s going to get KO’d for making the other guy angry. Back pedal, hide, hope the bell saves us... eventually the self-fulfilling prophecy comes true. Every time.
  13. May as well take El Ghazi off rather than move him to the right. He mentally checks out every time we do it.
  14. Pathetic. Spineless. Embarrassing. That second half performance is is a stain on this season.
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