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  1. I know we were clear underdogs in this game, but I can’t help feel a little disappointed about the way we went about things. We spent most of the game camped in our own box, with Wesley 35 yards from our goal. I know spurs were CL finalists, but they are really not anywhere near one of the worlds untouchable sides, and we didn’t even try and compete toe to toe against a midfield of winks, with sissoko and ndombele having a competition to see who could play worse. This goes entirely what smith promised before the season, which was again disappointing, but plenty of time to put it right. However, I would much rather have lost like Norwich yesterday than sit back and wait for the inevitable. This isn’t really a criticism of anyone (although would be interesting to hear why some of the selection decisions were made, as I cannot work them out at all), as it is going to be a steep learning curve for the entire squad this season, but to be honest I was hoping for a little better. Anyway, 37 more games!
  2. As a proud villan living in London, I have been wearing various villa shirts around the place the last couple of years. After the play off final, I have been getting a lot of comments/chants. A lot of these have been positive (a non villa fan started singing ‘we are premier league’ at me on the high street), but equally there have been a lot of jibes - genuinely think a lot of people are worried about us, and turning spurs over today would only help with that. All I hope for though is that we at least give them a quality game - I have been running my mouth to anyone who will listen about our transfer business to try and spread the love, so a stuffing could really cause me some issues. 2-1 villa - SJM+Guilbert, Kane
  3. It was painful watching Wanyama towards the back end of last season, he was that far off the pace - whether or not that was a short ish term issue (ie was still recovering from an injury) I don’t know, but don’t think he would suit us either way.
  4. Most seem to think he’s better going forwards than backwards - could form an exciting partnership with El Ghazi then, and also will hopefully be protected by AEG who as far as wingers go is pretty diligent defensively! Excited to see how this goes - even if he isn’t the worlds best defender and isn’t super quick, that doesn’t rule him out from being very effective with the right team setup (Leighton Baines struck me as having similar weaknesses but was still absolutely great for Everton for a number of years). Also plenty of potential to grow with consistent starts, which he will presumably be getting with us - happy with this signing at the quoted £11 mill (assuming the £6 mill add ins aren’t for things like ‘be named Matt’).
  5. I am really excited to see AEG in the prem - he is one of our most exciting and unpredictable players for the last few years, and I am really keen to see how he does when we are playing against better teams. Also, given that it seems as though we are signing an attacking left back in Targett, he should get a lot more support going forwards and therefore won’t be doubled up on as much, which will hopefully lead to him having a bit more space to go on crazy runs forward.
  6. Yeah it’s a no to Costa from me - after coming back from injury he lost a lot of pace, and struggled in the championship the back end of the season Wolves went up. He did seem to be improving in terms of fitness as last season went on, but not worth the risk for the price which would be close to £10 mill one would assume.
  7. El Ghazi is one of my favourite players - having a winger who just sprints at defenders with the ball is so great, even if it doesn’t always work, as it causes absolute carnage in the defence and leads to more space for JG/JM as the opposition midfielders scramble back. He also does a very good job defensively. If we can get something similar on the other side, we will be so much more of a threat than last season - teams didn’t really have to bother marking the winger on the other side to AEG most of last season, so were able to double up on him with CMs shifting well across.
  8. Leeds can play dirty like West Brom but also play good football when they have the ball. From our two demolitions of derby this season, it seems they can do neither. Would much rather play Derby in the final if they somehow manage to find a way there.
  9. Albert has completely lost confidence in himself in terms of dribbling/general positive play (which is sad to see as I really like him), and shouldn’t be playing in the final (same goes for Green, but probably for different reasons). With Tammy also struggling up front since returning from injury, we have a bit of a problem with the front three. I would move El Ghazi to right wing, for two reasons - firstly, he is our best winger, and assuming we are playing Leeds he should therefore be let loose on their makeshift left back. Secondly, he is better at tracking back than every potential winger except Adomah (who shouldn’t be playing), and Elmo is not as effective as Taylor defensively (due to being more adventurous). This gives us the option to put Kodjia or Abraham left wing (the latter would be a rogue choice but Tammy is struggling being the main man since injury so could be effective), knowing Taylor is quite secure behind them, with either Abraham/Kodjia/Davis up front. Personally I like the look of Tammy - Davis - El Ghazi as a front three, but can’t see it happening - I suspect Kodjia will go wide left and Tammy instead of Davis in the middle, which would be much preferable than the option s used in either leg against West Brom.
  10. Stepped up for the first pen and emphatically buried it - great to see that level of confidence from someone who I’ve not seen take a pen before!
  11. That was a poor performance from us tonight, but West Brom got absolutely everything they deserved over the two legs. They never threatened except for scraps and the odd set piece, and had no intention of playing football in 210 minutes against a team that finished below them in the league. The final (presumably against Leeds) will be an entirely different game, and I am much less confident after today than I was before, but we are there!
  12. On the one hand, I would’ve started Whelan I think given Albion have to come at us. On the other, that line up says to West Brom that we are gonna try to batter them even with a first leg lead. I think I like it.
  13. Should be a lot more open game with West Brom having to win. Same team but Green for Adomah. Can see us getting goals on the break - 3-1 win.
  14. I’m sorry you’re having such a rough time of things Kurt, and you’re feeling so low. From my experience of depression, your brain is not your friend right now, so be very careful about listening to anything it is telling you (in fact you are much better off not listening to any of the negative stuff as it ain’t doing you any good). You may not be happy now, but you have proved to yourself that you can be happy. That is an incredible piece of knowledge going forwards, and one you can use as you get yourself better. It will not be easy, but you will be so much stronger for it once you get there.
  15. He has been immense recently and is a huge part of why we are in the play offs. Anyone can make a mistake - when you play in a vulnerable position (ie one that can directly cost a goal), and your body doesn’t move quite as smoothly as it did 10 years ago, it just looks a whole lot worse. Today just wasn’t the game for him - West Brom packed the middle of the park with bodies, meaning it was very hard to pass between the lines (he wasn’t the only one having this issue - Grealish and McGinn struggled similarly). He has plenty of credit in the bank, and should be starting Tuesday in my opinion given West Brom will be coming on to us.

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