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  1. Do we have a tread for this yet? I hear a new forward might be needed in January... If not, now we do. Been linked with quite a few players already but nothing done yet as far as I know. They've posted a list of players with expiring contracts in the Mail and there are some interesting names among them. Quite a few we'd never be able to attract of course. But some that we might. So as good a start as any https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/69-players-aston-villa-could-17076711
  2. Lots of clubs have already dropped their kits for next season so might as well get started while we wait for our new Kappa? kits. Hopefully it's better than this unfortunate ones by Jako? for Barnet FC that seem to have been run over by a car or possibly a couple of scooters on their way to delivery.
  3. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  4. A bitter blue nose rang Radio WM last night, after they had been denied a late winner and on hearing that we had scored one. He likened it to “Father Christmas, having not delivered your presents at Christmas!” I’m sure that Troy Deeney must have felt much the same at the final whistle, as we taunted him with, “Deeney, Deeney what’s the score?” He may have put them ahead, grinned and goaded us, in his inimitable manner, after scoring his usual goal against us. He wasn’t smirking at the end though! This was the second successive Villa goal, that had come in the dying seconds of second-half stoppage time at Villa Park. It has lifted us out of the bottom three. This was as encouraging a home win, as was the defeat in our last home game to Manchester City, demoralising Who would have thought that this game would really end so gloriously? We were after all, well below our best for much of the game. We had plenty of possession, but we didn’t really threaten to do anything with it in the first hour of the game. We lacked creativity in the middle and had no threat up front, in the continued absence of a striker. We were painfully short of both confidence and belief. Players were often afraid to make a mistake, so tended to play the easier ball, that went backwards rather than forward. The crowd sensed this and rather than get on their player’s backs, they encouraged them forward. The team responded to the urgings of their fans and gave everything that they had to give and then some more. The hard work they put in, was eventually rewarded with the goal that brought us level, with 22 minutes of normal time remaining. A point would be better than nothing, which for a long time had seemed, what we were likely to get. On the contrary, once we got one, we got more or at least we got another crucial, fabulous goal, that secured the three points that we had needed so desperately. Watford got what they deserved last night, nothing at all! They were so very negative, guilty of blatant time wasting at every opportunity and they made a succession of illegal challenges, to break up our momentum, that were treated far too lightly by the referee. However, it was the visitor’s negativity that eventually did for them. Had they pressed for another on going ahead, instead of being content to try to hold onto what they had, they might have added another that would probably have put the game beyond us. Had the referee also allowed extra minutes, rather than seconds at the end of the game for their time wasting, they might also have had the opportunity to look for a late equaliser. Instead, it is the visitors who trooped off the Villa Park pitch, sitting in the bottom three, rather than us! This result has given us something to build upon. It has somehow, made the likely points total that we need to ensure our PL survival, look much more attainable. It may have been one win and only three points, but that win may look immense at the end of the season. Another 13-15 points can put our relegation fears to an end and the sooner we can get them the better! That sort of points target would have looked a real mountain to climb, unless we had found those two wonderful goals last night, to prevent us from being second from bottom of the table today. My player ratings from a game that was never really in doubt…were: Pepe Reina – 7 – Such a good signing. His experience and reliability can prove invaluable in our relegation battle. Stood no chance with Deeney’s close range header, after he had run in between Guilbert and Konsa. Made a terrific treble save on 55 minutes. He first got an outstretched hand to a shot from Deulofeu at his near post and then saved with his legs after Deeney had pounced on the loose ball, before getting a hand to prevent the ball going into the top corner of the net off Mings, with Deeney close behind the defender. Frederic Guilbert – 5 – Made some decent tackles and looked convincing when he got forward. Ezri Konsa - 6 – Didn’t look too comfortable when playing the ball out of defence, in the first half. Allowed the ball to run onto Doucoure near the halfway line, who then found Deulofeu, who in turn ran into the left side of the area before hitting the side netting on 43 minutes. Trezuget pulled the ball back to him on 53 minutes and his shot from outside of the box, flew wide of the left post. Ezri hit a tremendous shot that produced our late winner. It was on target, Foster perhaps would have had a chance to have kept it out, had the ball not took a slight deflection off the prone Mings, but to credit the goal to Tyrone seems harsh on the lad. It seems he will have to be content with claiming a very, very big assist! Tyrone Mings – 7 – Blocked a 30th minute Pereyra shot from outside of the box, with his head, after the player had picked up a loose ball from Guilbert. Organised things at the back and got something on Konsa’s late shot to see himself credited with the winner, when on his back doing an interpretation of the “dying fly”. Reina’s last-minute free kick had fell to him and he had looked to have been brought down before Konsa hit the loose ball, but I have little confidence that the referee would have blown for a penalty, had we not scored. Kortney Hause – 6 – His strength is basic old-fashioned defending and he’s rather good at that, our present system places some additional demands upon him, that he will be working on in training. Matt Targett – 6 – Foster gathered a low 30th minute cross from him, low at his near post. His header from a 58th minute Guilbert cross unfortunately was straight at Foster. Jack found him inside the box and Foster did well to keep out his crisp shot from the left, which fell into the path of Douglas for our first. Danny Drinkwater - 3 – Showed some signs of improvement last night, although it would have been difficult to have looked any less effective than he had on his last home appearance. Made a couple of decent passes, didn’t hide from the ball, was clearly annoyed with himself, when things didn’t go right for him and there is a quality player there. He’s not surprisingly struggling for pace and to find the fitness needed to get from box to box. The boss has made a big call by deciding that we can afford to start him in games to get him match fit, given our present precarious situation. Mahmoud Trezeguet – 5 – Worked well and tried to get things moving up front. Hit a 60th minute shot over the bar. Marvelous Nakamba – MOTM – 7 – Back to his very best last night. Solid in the middle, won us possession and kept it. Jack Grealish – 7 – A lot of weight has been placed on his shoulders of late, as we have been relying on him both to create chances and to take them. He got a lot of close attention from opponents last night and did not receive too much by way of protection from the referee. He was often faced with two or three men on him, but he continued to push forward and got the reward that his hard endeavour deserved eventually. Anwar El Ghazi – 4 – Didn’t get near to winning any of his aerial challenges, when the ball was played up to him in the air. He’s not Peter Withe and he’s no target man either, Anwar needed the ball to be played towards him at ground level, if he was to have any realistic hope of winning it, last night. Was more effective later in the game, admittedly having not done a lot positive before then. Tried to bend a shot into the far corner of the net on 31 minutes from the left of the box, but it went harmlessly over. Showed some tenacity to evade a challenge and get the ball to Jack, in the build up to our first. Substitutes: Douglas Luiz – 7 - Replaced Drinkwater after 56 minutes. Made a difference in the middle and scored our all-important equaliser on 68 minutes when he coolly hit the ball which had cannoned off Foster into the roof of the net. He then proceeded to jump into the Holte End crowd, in much the same way that Andy Gray used to climb the barrier behind the goal, on scoring. It was great to see such a jubilant celebration. Indiana Vassilev - Came on for Trezeguet after 77 minutes. Not on quite long enough to earn a rating but he showed promise. Headed a nice 86th minute Targett cross, wide at the near post. Stay up Villa! John Lewis
  5. Aston Villa statistics : 2019/2020 Premier League 2 - Division 2 - Under-23 development league TABLE (as of 21/01/2020) P W D L F A GD Pts 1 West Ham United 15 12 3 0 48 17 +31 39 2 Manchester United 15 12 1 2 40 14 +26 37 3 West Bromwich Albion 14 9 1 4 36 22 +14 28 4 Stoke City 15 7 2 6 25 22 +3 23 5 Aston Villa 14 6 4 4 26 22 +4 22 6 Swansea City 15 6 3 6 22 27 -5 21 7 Middlesbrough 15 6 2 7 32 41 -9 20 8 Reading 15 5 2 8 32 32 0 17 9 Norwich City 15 5 2 8 22 29 -7 17 10 Newcastle United 15 5 1 9 21 32 -11 16 11 Fulham 15 4 2 9 21 31 -10 14 12 Sunderland 15 0 1 14 8 44 -36 1 PLAYER Nat A(S) A-Mid 0-1 A-Swa 1-1 H-Nor 1-1 A-Sun 2-1 A-Sto 0-2 H-MU 4-1 H-Ful 1-0 A-Rea 3-3 H-New 3-2 A-WHU 0-4 H-Mid 5-3 H-Swa 1-1 H-Sun 4-0 A-Nor 1-2 H-WBA A-Ful H-Rea A-New H-WHU A-WBA H-Sto A-MU Kalinić, Lovre (GK) 1 (0) S Marschall, Filip (GK) 0 (0) u Nyland, Ørjan (GK) 3 (0) S S S Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 0 (0) u Searle, Jamie (GK) 2 (0) u u u u u S u S u Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 8 (0) S S u S S u u S u S S u S Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 2 (0) S S u u Bridge, Mungo (LB) 9 (0) S S S S u u u S S S S S Chester, James (CB) 3 (0) S S S Hause, Kortney (CB) 1 (0) S Revan, Dominic (CB) 6 (3) u o S S S o o S S S Revan, Sebastian (LB) 1 (0) S Sohna, Myles (CB) 0 (0) u Suliman, Easah (CB) 11 (0) S S S S S S S S S S S Walker, Jake (RB) 14 (0) S S S S S S S S S S S S S S Birch, Jack (CM) 3 (3) u u S u S S u u u o o o u Brunt, Lewis (CM) 7 (5) S S S o S o S S o o o S Clarke, Jack (CM) 11 (2) o S S S S S S S S S S S o Hooper, Anton (RW) 0 (2) o u o Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 11 (1) S o S S S S S S S S S S Rowe, Callum (CM) 9 (1) o u S S S S S S S S S Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 10 (3) S S o o S S o S S S S S S Archer, Cameron (F) 10 (1) S S S S S S S S o S S Guy, Ben (F) 8 (4) o o o S u o S S S S S S S Kodjia, Jonathan (F) 1 (0) S Odutayo, Colin (F) 4 (4) S u o u o o o S S u S Sea, Dimitri (F) 0 (3) u o o o Tait, Michael (F) 9 (2) S S S S S S S o o S S Wright, Tyreik (F) 10 (0) S S S S S S S S S S Name in BOLD played in >= 50% of games = Goal(s) scored = Assist(s) created S = Started o = Came On u = Unused Sub # TOP SCORERS Gls 1 Vassilev, Indiana 6 1 Ramsey, Jacob 6 3 Archer, Cameron 4 4 Wright, Tyreik 3 4 Tait, Michael 3 6 Clarke, Jack 2 7 Sea, Dimitri 1 7 Guy, Ben 1 # TOP ASSISTS Ast 1 Ramsey, Jacob 5 2 Tait, Michael 3 3 Walker, Jake 2 3 Odutayo, Colin 2 3 Archer, Cameron 2 3 Clarke, Jack 2 3 Vassilev, Indiana 2 8 Guy, Ben 1 8 Rowe, Callum 1 8 Revan, Dominic 1 FIXTURES/RESULTS 09/08/2019 Heritage Park @ 19:00 Middlesbrough 1-0 Aston Villa ATT : 175 91' Liddle, Ben (p) 19/08/2019 Landore Training Ctr @ 19:00 Swansea City 1-1 Aston Villa ATT : 278 08' Evans, Keiran 52' Tait, Michael (Ramsey) 24/08/2019 Villa Park @ 15:00 Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich City ATT : 332 47' Archer, Cameron 73' Fitzpatrick, Aidan (Lomas) 30/08/2019 Stadium of Light @ 19:00 Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa ATT : 349 25' Ramsey, Jacob (Revan) 36' Guy, Ben (Ramsey) 44' Mbunga-Kimpioka, Benjamin (Dunne) 16/09/2019 Leek Town @ 19:00 Stoke City 2-0 Aston Villa 17' Campbell, Tyrese (p) 26' Campbell, Tyrese 23/09/2019 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa 4-1 Manchester United 14' Vassilev, Indiana (Rowe) 30' Wright, Tyreik(p) 37' Ramsey, Jacob (Vassilev) 42' Ramsey, Jacob 69' Traore, Aliou 21/10/2019 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham 83' Vassilev, Indiana (Clarke) 28/10/2019 Adams Park @ 19:00 Reading 3-3 Aston Villa 18' Ramsey, Jacob 30' Loader, Daniel (p) 45' Archer, Cameron (Vassilev) 57' Loader, Daniel 69' Loader, Daniel (p) 87' Sea, Dimitri (Ramsey) 04/11/2019 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa 3-2 Newcastle United 23' Wright, Tyreik (Guy) 40' Charman, Luke (Young) 44' Ramsey, Jacob (Archer) 67' Charman, Luke (Allan) 90' Tait, Michael (Odutayo) 22/11/2019 Dagenham & Redbridge @ 19:00 West Ham United 4-0 Aston Villa 25' Holland, Nathan 38' Lewis, Alfie 55' Kemp, Daniel (Holland) 60' Scully, Anthony (Holland) 09/12/2019 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 5-3 Middlesbrough ATT : 166 05' Vassilev, Indiana (Tait) 07' Dodds, Daniel 30' Vassilev, Indiana (Ramsey) 57' Jones, Isaiah 68' Clarke, Jack (Tait) 72' Clarke, Jack (Odutayo) 79' Tait, Michael (Walker) 88' Dodds, Daniel 16/12/2019 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea City ATT : 171 33' Wright, Tyreik (Tait) 45' Cooper, Brandon (Evans) 06/01/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 4-0 Sunderland ATT : 192 02' Vassilev, Indiana (Walker) 04' Vassilev, Indiana 08' Archer, Cameron (Clarke) 35' Ramsey, Jacob (Archer) 10/01/2020 Colney Training Ctr @ 14:30 Norwich City 2-1 Aston Villa 03' Hutchinson, Shae 43' Archer, Cameron (Ramsey) 78' Hutchinson, Shae 03/02/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - West Bromwich Albion 14/02/2020 Motspur Park @ 19:00 Fulham - Aston Villa 02/03/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Reading 13/03/2020 Northumberland FA @ 19:00 Newcastle United - Aston Villa 06/04/2020 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa - West Ham United 13/04/2020 Aggborough @ 19:00 West Bromwich Albion - Aston Villa 20/04/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Stoke City 01/05/2020 Old Trafford @ 19:00 Manchester United - Aston Villa Aston Villa statistics : 2019/2020 Premier League Cup Premier League Cup : Group D P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Exeter City 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 10 2 Doncaster Rovers 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 6 3 Aston Villa 4 1 0 3 6 8 -2 3 4 Portsmouth 3 0 1 2 2 9 -7 1 PLAYER Nat A(S) A-Exe 0-3 H-Don 0-1 H-Pom 6-0 H-Exe 0-4 A-Don A-Pom Marschall, Filip (GK) 0 (0) u Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 0 (0) u u Searle, Jamie (GK) 4 (0) S S S S Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 0 (0) u Appiah, Paul (CB) 1 (0) S Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 1 (0) S Bridge, Mungo (LB) 4 (0) S S S S Revan, Dominic (CB) 2 (1) o S S Sohna, Myles (CB) 0 (1) o Suliman, Easah (CB) 1 (0) S u Walker, Jake (RB) 4 (0) S S S S Birch, Jack (CM) 4 (0) S S S S Brunt, Lewis (CM) 2 (2) S S o o Clarke, Jack (CM) 2 (0) S S Farr, Charlie (CM) 0 (1) o Hooper, Anton (RW) 1 (0) u S Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 3 (0) S S S Rowe, Callum (CM) 3 (0) S S S Sohna, Harrison (CM) 0 (0) u Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 1 (2) S o o Archer, Cameron (F) 3 (0) S S S Guy, Ben (F) 0 (2) o u o Odutayo, Colin (F) 2 (1) o S S Pressley, Aaron (F) 0 (1) o Sea, Dimitri (F) 2 (0) S S Tait, Michael (F) 2 (0) u S S Wright, Tyreik (F) 2 (0) S S # PL CUP SCORERS Gls 1 Ramsey, Jacob 1 2 Archer, Cameron 1 3 Wright, Tyreik 1 4 Brunt, Lewis 1 5 Sea, Dimitri 1 6 OG 1 # PL CUP ASSISTS Gls PL CUP FIXTURES/RESULTS 03/10/2019 St. James' Park @ 19:00 Exeter City 3-0 Aston Villa 43' Seymour, Ben Att : 520 48' Jay, Matt 72' Dyer, Jordan 11/11/2019 Keys Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa 0-1 Doncaster Rovers 68' Watters, Max 29/11/2019 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 6-0 Portsmouth 43' Ramsey, Jacob 45' Archer, Cameron 59' Wright, Tyreik 64' Brunt, Lewis 90' Sea, Dimitri 93' OG 16/01/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 14:00 Aston Villa 0-4 Exeter City 09' Wilson, Lewis 60' Dean, Will 61' Wilson, Lewis 78' Seymour, Ben 29/01/2020 Keepmoat Stadium @ 19:00 Doncaster Rovers Aston Villa 18/02/2020 Westleigh Park @ 19:00 Portsmouth Aston Villa Aston Villa statistics : 2019/2020 EFL Trophy EFL Trophy : Northern Group C P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Salford City 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6 2 Tranmere Rovers 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3 3 Aston Villa 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0 EFL TROPHY FIXTURES/RESULTS 03/09/2019 Peninsula Stadium @ 19:45 Salford City 2-0 Aston Villa Att : 916 80' Lloyd, Danny (p) 82' Rooney, Adam 08/10/2019 Prenton Park @ 19:45 Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Aston Villa 02' Archer, Cameron 14' Ray, George (Blackett-Taylor) 78' Jennings, Connor (Blackett-Taylor) # EFL TROPHY SCORERS Gls 1 Archer, Cameron 1 PLAYER Nat A(S) A-Sal 0-2 A-Tra 1-2 Marschall, Filip (GK) 0 (0) u u Searle, Jamie (GK) 2 (0) S S Bridge, Mungo (LB) 0 (0) u u Revan, Dominic (CB) 2 (0) S S Sohna, Myles (CB) 0 (0) u Suliman, Easah (CB) 2 (0) S S Walker, Jake (RB) 2 (0) S S Birch, Jack (CM) 2 (0) S S Brunt, Lewis (CM) 2 (0) S S Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) 0 (0) u Clarke, Jack (CM) 2 (0) S S Hayden, Kaine (CM) 0 (0) u Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (LW) 0 (1) o Rowe, Callum (CM) 2 (0) S S Sohna, Harrison (CM) 0 (1) o Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 0 (1) o Archer, Cameron (F) 2 (0) S S Guy, Ben (F) 0 (1) o u Odutayo, Colin (F) 0 (1) o Pressley, Aaron (F) 0 (0) u Tait, Michael (F) 2 (0) S S Wright, Tyreik (F) 2 (0) S S Youngest PLAYER DOB APPS 1 Revan, Sebastian (LB) 23/03/2003 1 (1-0-0) 2 Appiah, Paul (CB) 13/10/2002 1 (1-0-0) 3 Marschall, Filip (GK) 03/08/2002 0 (0-0-2) 4 Sohna, Myles (CB) 01/07/2002 1 (0-1-1) 5 Sohna, Harrison (CM) 01/07/2002 0 (0-0-1) 6 Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (LW) 25/06/2002 0 (0-0-0) 7 Pressley, Aaron (F) 07/11/2001 1 (0-1-0) 8 Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 11/10/2001 8 (8-0-6) 9 Wright, Tyreik (F) 22/09/2001 12 (12-0-0) 10 Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 02/09/2001 0 (0-0-3) 11 Searle, Jamie (GK) 23/08/2001 6 (6-0-7) 12 Sea, Dimitri (F) 20/08/2001 5 (2-3-1) 13 Archer, Cameron (F) 21/07/2001 14 (13-1-0) 14 Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 28/05/2001 15 (14-1-0) 15 Burton, Bradley (CB) 06/04/2001 0 (0-0-0) 16 Odutayo, Colin (F) 08/03/2001 11 (6-5-3) 17 Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 16/02/2001 16 (11-5-0) 18 Farr, Charlie (CM) 07/02/2001 1 (0-1-0) 19 Tait, Michael (F) 29/01/2001 13 (11-2-1) 20 Birch, Jack (CM) 23/11/2000 10 (7-3-7) 21 Patterson, Ethan (CB) 12/11/2000 0 (0-0-0) 22 Brunt, Lewis (CM) 06/11/2000 16 (9-7-0) 23 Walker, Jake (RB) 03/11/2000 18 (18-0-0) 24 Guy, Ben (F) 02/11/2000 14 (8-6-2) 25 McConnachie, Charlie (RB) 21/10/2000 0 (0-0-0) 26 Revan, Dominic (CB) 19/09/2000 12 (8-4-1) 27 Bridge, Mungo (LB) 12/09/2000 13 (13-0-3) 28 Hooper, Anton (RW) 07/02/2000 3 (1-2-2) 29 Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 03/02/2000 3 (3-0-2) 30 Rowe, Callum (CM) 02/09/1999 13 (12-1-1) 31 Clarke, Jack (CM) 30/01/1999 15 (13-2-0) 32 Suliman, Easah (CB) 26/01/1998 12 (12-0-1) 33 Hause, Kortney (CB) 16/07/1995 1 (1-0-0) 34 Nyland, Ørjan (GK) 10/09/1990 3 (3-0-0) 35 Kalinić, Lovre (GK) 03/04/1990 1 (1-0-0) 36 Kodjia, Jonathan (F) 22/10/1989 1 (1-0-0) 37 Chester, James (CB) 23/01/1989 3 (3-0-0) 38 Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) N/A 0 (0-0-0) 39 Hayden, Kaine (CM) N/A 0 (0-0-0)
  6. So far we have... Doyle Hayes at Cheltenham Green at Preston Sarkic at Livingston Livingston have actually been playing in the Scottish League Cup and Sarkic has been seeing some action... Sarkic (Livingston) 13/07 - Away at Falkirk (1-1p) - Played 90 minutes. Conceded a 90th minute equaliser after parrying a shot and conceding on the rebound. Saved 2 penalties in the penalty shootout victory. 16/07 - Home to Ayr (2-1) - Unused substitute. 23/07 - Away at Stranraer (1-2) - Unused substitute. 27/07 - Home to Berwick (5-0) - Played 90 minutes.
  7. Thought it would be nice to collect amusing examples of people accusing us of doing a Fulham this season, as I imagine we'll be hearing this for at least the next 6 months (or forever, if we actually do a Fulham). Looking forward to the We're Doing A Fulham chants when we're three goals up against Wolves. Starting with last week's classic from Fat Sam. https://talksport.com/football/577298/aston-villa-fulham-spending-summer/ Keep them coming...
  8. Villa v Watford Please do not link to nor ask about streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
  9. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  10. Brighton v Villa Please do not link to nor ask about streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
  11. I'm not writing Wes off, however with only kodja and davis as back up, can we afford to wait till summer or will we need to get a striker / forward player in January? And if so, who could we get ?
  12. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  13. A late goal from the last kick of this sorry game, may have denied last season’s league champions a clean sheet, but it provided us with no consolation. It could not disguise the fact, that this was a grim return to the sort of humiliating non-performance’s, that we produced in the darkest days of season 2015-16! This was no less than shockingly embarrassing. We had started the game back in the bottom three, due to another win from a resurgent Watford earlier that day and at no time did we look capable of holding onto the point that would have taken us back above them. Manchester City ran through us at will. They started confidently and their confidence grew as it became clear that we were there for the taking. A league one or a league two team, would probably have shown more resistance and would have not capitulated as readily as we did yesterday. This defeat by a five-goal margin, could have been much worse. Six goals did not flatter the visitors and didn’t fully demonstrate the gulf in class between the two sides. It did however, effectively cost us the equivalent of 4 points, given the damage this thrashing did, to our previously comparatively healthy-looking goal difference. It also won’t have helped our recruitment process this month. We had the look of a sinking ship yesterday and players won’t be falling over themselves to join us after a display like this. Pepe Reina must have been looking for loopholes in his contract, after witnessing this debacle. We gave the visitors way too much space from the start. We didn’t press or challenge, stood back and just watched them play. We showed them far too much respect and they showed us no mercy. I had hoped before this game that we might produce something like the performance that we had given at Leicester in midweek. In the absence of McGinn and a striker of any description, it seemed unlikely that we could reproduce the sort of display that we gave, when unluckily losing to the champions elect two months ago. Instead we showed no belief and were no less than lambs to the slaughter. This game was lost at kick off, if not before. The visitors bossed the game all too easily and played the ball around as if we were not there, in the knowledge that goals were undoubtably coming. They are to good a team to fail to compete against. This was their attack versus our defence and there was only ever going to be one winner. We couldn’t string a couple of passes together for long periods and our midfield failed to make an impression on the game. Can we come back from this sort of demoralising performance? Well we won’t meet Manchester City again in the league this season and will meet Liverpool only once. Hopefully we will use this window to bring in at least a couple of forwards, so that we have an outlet up front and even a goal threat. Our remaining fixtures include games at Brighton, Bournemouth and West Ham. Watford visit Villa Park next and we really need to be winning games like these four, if we are to survive. Yesterday’s display does not encourage us to believe, but Southampton strung wins together after a 9-goal drubbing and Watford have now climbed above us, having looked done for, not long ago. We are only a point adrift of the next two clubs and are only three behind the next two, so we can but hope! My player ratings from a desperate, dispiriting game, are as follows: Orjan Nyland – 4 – Should have been able to get a hand to Aguero’s shot for their third on 28 minutes. Collected a 34th minute De Bruyne cross low at his near post. Aguero hit a 57th minute shot from the edge of the box into his hands and then having gifted possession back to the visitors with a poor throw, he collected Cancelo’s low cross at the near post. Stuck out a leg to block a 64th minute Silva shot at the near post and blocked a 70th minute deflected shot from the edge of the box from Cancelo Ahmed Elmohamady – 3 – Tried to shepherd the ball over the line, but Aguero was able to pull the ball back and this led to their second. Siva played the ball to his left to find Aguero inside the box and he wasn’t then able to put in a challenge before he hit the fifth, between Hause and Mings and past Nyland’s left hand. Ezri Konsa - 3 – Intercepted a 12th minute Cancelo cross that Jesus would otherwise have been likely to have turned in at the near post. His attempted 81st minute pass to Mings, was instead presented to Cancelo who in turn found Aguero, who proceeded to hit their final goal past Nyland. Tyrone Mings – 5 – Did well to keep out a 64th minute Jesus shot, that would otherwise have produced an earlier sixth for them. Kortney Hause – 3 – Should have been more determined to get a challenge in on Mahrez as he was about to hit home the opener. Neil Taylor – 3 – His 78th minute challenge on Jesus, deflected the ball wide of the near post for a corner. Danny Drinkwater - 2 – Thrown into this one having signed on loan only days earlier and been starved of fist team action for a couple of years. He therefore had some excuse for giving a less than effective performance. Substituted having got some much-needed game time after 79 minutes. Mahrez had went too easily past him on the edge of our box, before hitting their opener. He was then dispossessed by Silva, as he took a touch inside the area when trying to turn, who then set up Mahrez for their second. He was also unable to make any challenge on De Bruyne in the build up to the third and was outpaced by the same player, before he hit the cross for their fourth. Douglas Luiz – 3 – Substituted on 65 minutes. Left Aguero unhindered on the edge of the box; before he hit their third. Conor Hourihane – 2 – Made no impression on this game and his selection instead of the more defensive minded Marvelous was perhaps too adventurous. Jack Grealish – 5 – Picked up an unnecessary late booking for dissent, which could potentially rule him out of a vital future game. Anwar El Ghazi – 5 – Hit a 41st minute shot wide of the far post from just inside the left-hand edge of the box. Hit our 91st minute penalty into the back of the net, to the left of Ederson. Substitutes: Marvelous Nakamba – 5 - Replaced Douglas after 65 minutes and did well enough, on what was a very bad day for others. Trezeguet - 5 – MOTM - Came on for Hourihane on 71 minutes. Made a run into the box and his 86th minute shot was put out for a corner by Gundogan. He was then found inside the box by Jack and went past the same player, before being tripped by him to produce our penalty. Why on earth did VAR take a full minute to check, what was an obvious penalty? Henri Lansbury - Replaced Drinkwater after 79 minutes. Not on long enough to gather a rating Stay up Villa! John Lewis
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  15. So this is going to affect us this year and I dont see a thread on it yet... Is anyone aware of the new rules being introduced? Including the VAR system in full use.. I've seen reports that hand balls are now given if the ball strikes the hand/arm regardless of wether or not the player has raised it or not... Another is if the ball hits the referee inadvertently a free kick will be given to the team in possession so no advantage can be gained.... That's just a sample... I've not seen the full list!!
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  18. LCSF1 Leicester v Villa Please do not link to nor ask about streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
  19. Weirdly I can't find an existing FFP thread unless it's really old. There is a story on BBC website about Roman Abramovich pumping £247m into the club in the last 12 months. I don't know the technicalities of inserting links, I hope this is the right way to do it? http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51017102 But I thought owners were not allowed to do this? Even with this they also lost nearly £100m which also must put them in danger of breaking the losses rules. How is the crook allowed to pump so much into them but our owners aren't? I also wonder which other big clubs who have traditionally relied on Champions League money which has now disappeared are also struggling? Not only will they lose the actual revenue but I would assume their global plastic fans will quickly migrate towards the next shiny thing losing them even more revenue.
  20. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  21. Hello my Villa Friends, I read from AVFC web page that they start selling tickets for individual games only five weeks before the game. Is this true? Living abroad, that is quite late for me to commit.
  22. FAC3 Fulham v Villa Please do not link to nor ask about streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
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  24. Burnley v Villa Please do not link to nor ask about streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
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