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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. 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 ?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Aston Villa statistics : 2019/2020 Premier League 2 - Division 2 - Under-23 development league TABLE (as of 13/11/2019) P W D L F A GD Pts 1 West Ham United 10 9 1 0 32 11 +21 28 2 Manchester United 10 8 1 1 28 9 +19 25 3 Stoke City 10 5 2 3 18 14 +4 17 4 Middlesbrough 10 5 2 3 21 21 0 17 5 West Bromwich Albion 9 5 1 3 20 15 +5 16 6 Aston Villa 9 4 3 2 15 12 +3 15 7 Reading 10 4 1 5 25 20 +5 13 8 Fulham 10 4 0 6 16 19 -3 12 9 Newcastle United 10 3 1 6 13 23 -10 10 10 Swansea City 10 3 1 6 12 23 -11 10 11 Norwich City 10 1 2 7 11 22 -11 5 12 Sunderland 10 0 1 9 7 29 -22 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 H-Mid H-Swa H-Sun A-Nor H-WBA A-Ful H-Rea A-New H-WHU A-WBA H-Sto A-MU Kalinić, Lovre (GK) 1 (0) S Marchall, Filip (GK) 0 (0) u Nyland, Ørjan (GK) 3 (0) S S S Searle, Jamie (GK) 0 (0) u u u u Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 5 (0) S S u S S u u S u Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 2 (0) S S u Bridge, Mungo (LB) 4 (0) S S S S u u u Chester, James (CB) 3 (0) S S S Hause, Kortney (CB) 1 (0) S Revan, Dominic (CB) 5 (3) u o S S S o o S S Suliman, Easah (CB) 7 (0) S S S S S S S Walker, Jake (RB) 9 (0) S S S S S S S S S Birch, Jack (CM) 3 (0) u u S u S S u u Brunt, Lewis (CM) 5 (2) S S S o S o S Clarke, Jack (CM) 7 (1) o S S S S S S S Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 7 (1) S o S S S S S S Rowe, Callum (CM) 5 (1) o u S S S S S Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 6 (3) S S o o S S o S S Archer, Cameron (F) 7 (0) S S S S S S S Guy, Ben (F) 3 (4) o o o S u o S S Kodjia, Jonathan (F) 1 (0) S Odutayo, Colin (F) 1 (4) S u o u o o o Sea, Dimitri (F) 0 (1) u o Tait, Michael (F) 7 (1) S S S S S S S o Wright, Tyreik (F) 7 (0) 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 Ramsey, Jacob 5 2 Wright, Tyreik 2 2 Vassilev, Indiana 2 2 Archer, Cameron 2 2 Tait, Michael 2 6 Sea, Dimitri 1 6 Guy, Ben 1 # TOP ASSISTS Ast 1 Ramsey, Jacob 3 2 Vassilev, Indiana 2 3 Odutayo, Colin 1 3 Archer, Cameron 1 3 Guy, Ben 1 3 Clarke, Jack 1 3 Rowe, Callum 1 3 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 - Aston Villa 09/12/2019 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Middlesbrough 16/12/2019 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Swansea City 06/01/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Sunderland 10/01/2020 Colney Training Ctr @ 14:00 Norwich City - Aston Villa 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 Doncaster Rovers 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 2 Exeter City 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 3 Portsmouth 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0 4 Aston Villa 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0 PLAYER Nat A(S) A-Exe 0-3 H-Don 0-1 H-Pom H-Exe A-Don A-Pom Marchall, Filip (GK) 0 (0) u Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 0 (0) u Searle, Jamie (GK) 2 (0) S S Bridge, Mungo (LB) 2 (0) S S Revan, Dominic (CB) 1 (1) o S Sohna, Myles (CB) 0 (1) o Suliman, Easah (CB) 1 (0) S Walker, Jake (RB) 2 (0) S S Birch, Jack (CM) 2 (0) S S Brunt, Lewis (CM) 2 (0) S S Hooper, Anton (RW) 0 (0) u Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 1 (0) S Rowe, Callum (CM) 2 (0) S S Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 1 (1) S o Archer, Cameron (F) 2 (0) S S Guy, Ben (F) 0 (1) o u Odutayo, Colin (F) 1 (1) o S Sea, Dimitri (F) 1 (0) S Tait, Michael (F) 1 (0) u S Wright, Tyreik (F) 1 (0) S # PL CUP SCORERS Gls # 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 Portsmouth 16/01/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 14:00 Aston Villa Exeter City 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 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 2 Tranmere Rovers 1 1 0 0 2 1 +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 Marchall, 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 Sohna, Myles (CB) 01/07/2002 1 (0-1-0) 2 Sohna, Harrison (CM) 01/07/2002 0 (0-0-0) 3 Pressley, Aaron (F) 07/11/2001 0 (0-0-0) 4 Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 11/10/2001 5 (5-0-4) 5 Wright, Tyreik (F) 22/09/2001 8 (8-0-0) 6 Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 02/09/2001 0 (0-0-1) 7 Sea, Dimitri (F) 20/08/2001 2 (1-1-1) 8 Archer, Cameron (F) 21/07/2001 9 (9-0-0) 9 Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 28/05/2001 9 (8-1-0) 10 Burton, Bradley (CB) 06/04/2001 0 (0-0-0) 11 Odutayo, Colin (F) 08/03/2001 7 (2-5-2) 12 Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 16/02/2001 11 (7-4-0) 13 Farr, Charlie (CM) 07/02/2001 0 (0-0-0) 14 Tait, Michael (F) 29/01/2001 9 (8-1-1) 15 Birch, Jack (CM) 23/11/2000 5 (5-0-5) 16 Patterson, Ethan (CB) 12/11/2000 0 (0-0-0) 17 Brunt, Lewis (CM) 06/11/2000 9 (7-2-0) 18 Walker, Jake (RB) 03/11/2000 11 (11-0-0) 19 Guy, Ben (F) 02/11/2000 8 (3-5-2) 20 McConnachie, Charlie (RB) 21/10/2000 0 (0-0-0) 21 Revan, Dominic (CB) 19/09/2000 10 (6-4-1) 22 Bridge, Mungo (LB) 12/09/2000 6 (6-0-3) 23 Hooper, Anton (RW) 07/02/2000 0 (0-0-1) 24 Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 03/02/2000 2 (2-0-1) 25 Rowe, Callum (CM) 02/09/1999 8 (7-1-1) 26 Clarke, Jack (CM) 30/01/1999 8 (7-1-0) 27 Suliman, Easah (CB) 26/01/1998 8 (8-0-0) 28 Hause, Kortney (CB) 16/07/1995 1 (1-0-0) 29 Nyland, Ørjan (GK) 10/09/1990 3 (3-0-0) 30 Kalinić, Lovre (GK) 03/04/1990 1 (1-0-0) 31 Kodjia, Jonathan (F) 22/10/1989 1 (1-0-0) 32 Chester, James (CB) 23/01/1989 3 (3-0-0) 33 Marchall, Filip (GK) N/A 0 (0-0-2) 34 Searle, Jamie (GK) N/A 2 (2-0-4) 35 Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) N/A 0 (0-0-0) 36 Hayden, Kaine (CM) N/A 0 (0-0-0) 37 Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (LW) N/A 0 (0-0-0)
  6. I wonder if it will be those 3 stripes?.. To answer their question. If the kit is shit I wouldn't buy it no matter who made it. Equally, I wouldn't want someone like Slazenger or someone shit suddenly developing our kit either.
  7. 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.
  8. Early days I know but with players being told about their futures today and tomorrow then we should have a good idea about what squad we have left and what gaps are to be filled in due course. I reckon by 1st June this will be our squad remaining. I will assume that Gardner, McCormack, Tshibola won't get a look in. I am confident we will sign at least Hause and El Ghazi and most probably Mings but I will leave him out for now. GKs Steer Kalinic Nyland RBs Elmo Guiilbert Bree LBs Taylor CBs Chester Hause RM Adomah Green LM El Ghazi CM Grealish McGinn Hourihane Lansbury Thor CF Kodjia Davis Hogan Questions: 1. Who would you sell? 2. Anyone with expiring contract that you would retain? (I have assumed Steer will stay) 3. What positions are key? For me: 1. Adomah, Lansbury, Thor, Hogan 2. Only Steer - no room for sentiment so no Whelan for me 3. LB, CB, DM, RM and ST - Ming is the obvious one for CB but we will still need to sign another 1 or 2 depending on Chester. LB needs to be a big signing, a modern full back. DM is the key position as Hourihane is a great option but we need better in the PL imo. RM - Lolley, Bowen etc. Striker - I wouldn't go for Abraham personally. Maupay for me.
  9. mikeyp102

    Set Pieces

    I think one of the most disappointing things about the game yesterday was our set pieces. Time after time we tried to play a short ball and work it into the box rather than crossing it in. It’s fine doing this once in a while but other times a good cross into the box works wonders. I’m not sure it’s even orders from the manager. Smith made a point of saying that he thinks goals from cbs are vital and in Mings and Engels we have two attacking defenders who can score. I think at times Jack and McGinn try to rush things as they see an opening or a chance. Yesterday there was even one corner taken before the cbs had even got into the box.
  10. Wolves v Villa Please do not mention 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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  12. Two late goals, the last of which was scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time, preserved Liverpool’s long unbeaten run. They also denied valiant Villa a reward that their whole-hearted display merited. A draw would have represented a fair enough result, but this defeat was more than harsh. By the way, where did those 5 minutes of second half stoppage time come from (he actually played 7)? When this stoppage time Brexit like extension was announced, it seemed to me that the referee was prepared to play on for as long as it took for Liverpool to get a winner. Once we had to endure Fergie time, is Klopp time now a thing? Villa gave everything they had yesterday. We defended like Springboks and to come out of this game with no points to show for it was so incredibly hard to take, for both players and fans alike. The fans were our twelfth man, the referee filled that role for Liverpool. Having tripped Marvelous and then immediately brought down McGinn for the free kick that produced our goal. Why had their 94th minute goal scorer Mane, not been booked before receiving his eventual 37th minute yellow card, for example? Liverpool did have the lion’s share of the possession and they kept going forward remorselessly until the last minute of prolonged stoppage time. Ultimately this was a heroic effort and a very harsh result, but you can’t really expect to survive by dropping too far back with half an hour plus stoppage time still to be played. The ball was played out of defence and into their half, before being quickly returned into the final third of our half all too often. Our players were understandably becoming increasingly tired as the game wore on and Liverpool do have a habit of getting late goals against their opponents. Nevertheless, the longer the game continued with our slender lead intact, the more hope grew that this would be the game when Liverpool’s late onslaught came to nothing, but it was not to be. One goal was hard enough to take but two was nothing short of inhumane! There was not to be the embarrassing capitulation that gift wrapped the points to Liverpool on their last visit to Villa Park on this occasion. This time they made a late smash & grab for them. They will have made their way back home relieved that their unbeaten record remains intact, knowing they had been in a real game this time and no doubt relieved and more than a little surprised to have won it. This was the sort of prestige fixture that last season’s promotion, gave us the opportunity to play once again. It is not a game to be in trepidation of, although currently it does represent a bit of a free hit for us. What we have proved now, is that we can compete again with the best. We also have the nucleus of a team that can settle into the Premier League and that could in time become accepted, once again as belonging in it. We didn’t take a point yesterday or from Manchester City, but we were not really embarrassed by either side. For a minimum of 45 minutes at Citeh and for much of this game, we made the two best sides in the country work very hard for what they got. If we approach that sort of form, now that those two games are behind us against the rest of the clubs that are destined to finish below them, then we can comfortably gather the points that we will need to ensure our safety. My player ratings from a game during which our players got scant reward for the immense effort that they put into it are: Tom Heaton – 8 – Made a nice 18th minute save from Saleh at the near post. Saved low at his near post twice from Wijnaldum and then Mane on 49 minutes. Tom also did so well to block a close-range goal bound 60th minute Mane header at the near post. Frederic Guilbert – 7 – Picked up an early knock that he gamely played on with, until his 69th minute substitution. Did well, particularly as he was clearly carrying a niggle. Bjorn Engels - 9 – Did well to clear a dangerous 36th minute Robertson ball into the box for a corner. He was in the right place at the right time so often yesterday. Tyrone Mings – 9 – MOTM – Looked every inch the captain yesterday, encouraging those around him in their endeavours and carrying out his own in an exemplary fashion. Did very well to block a glancing Mane header, that was heading towards the near post on 26 minutes. Matt Targett – 8 – Hit a nice 9th minute cross that was aimed for Wesley which ran past him into the path of Engles who really should have got his head to it, inside the 6-yard box. He was very solid at the back. Anwar El Ghazi – 8 – Might have given us a lead in the 1st minute when Wesley squared the ball to him and it somehow eluded both van Dijk and Mane on the edge of the area, but his shot was hit straight at Alisson. More involved in the game than he often is and did some tracking back, although Mane ran inside him to meet Robertson’s 87th minute cross, before heading the ball past Heaton at the far post. Marvelous Nakamba – 9 – Fully lived up to his name yesterday. Worked incredibly hard. Hit a splendid 78th minute ball from within his own half that found Trezeguet, who in turn played a nice cut back to find Hourihane inside the left of the box, which on another day might have produced a second goal. John McGinn – 9 – He didn’t stop working yesterday. He burst out of defence with pace, snapped at the feet of opponents and did the work of two men in the middle. Douglas Luiz – 7 – Looked very good at times, particularly when he was moving forward with the ball. Trezeguet - 9 – Ran himself to a standstill and then ran some more. Scored his first Villa goal to give us the lead that we held onto until so near to the end of this game on 21 minutes. McGinn floated a free kick that found him at the near post, from where he squeezed a shot into the net, past Allison’s right leg. Hit the air rather than the ball at the far post on 36 minutes when trying to volley a well-aimed ball from El Ghazi to him. Worked tirelessly in his own half and in the opposition’s one throughout. Wesley – 8 – This was much more like it. If he consistently chased, challenged and put himself about as much as he did in this game, then Wes would prove more than a handful for defenders, particularly as you don’t come up against the likes of van Dijk every week. It was particularly pleasing to see him going from one attempted challenge to another 5 times, closing opponents down each time just prior to his late substitution. He can feel aggrieved by numerous refereeing decisions that went against him during this match. Substitutes: Ahmed Elmohamady – 7 - Came on for the injured Guilbert on 69 minutes. Conor Hourihane – 6 - Replaced Douglas on 73 minutes. Allison closed him down at the near post and his attempted 78th minute cross was cleared by van Dijk, when a shot might just have given us a two-goal lead. Seemed to find it more difficult than he usually does to get into this game. Jonathan Kodjia – Replaced Wesley on 86 minutes. Might have got a head to, rather than swung a leg towards, the corner that Mane got his head to at the near post for their late, late winner. Not on long enough to get a rating. Up the Villa! John Lewis
  13. This poll will be open for the first week of the month.
  14. Villa v Liverpool Please do not mention 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Villa made 9 changes last night, but our Black Country visitors outdid us by making 11. This game was not therefore played at the level or intensity that we can expect when these two teams meet again in a week and a half. Wolves clearly demonstrated through their team selection, like Brighton before them, that this competition was not a priority for them. They paid the price for that decision and I rather hope Liverpool will play their kids in the next round as well! There was no real tempo to this game, particularly in the first half. Wolves played a big part in this, because both teams need to contribute towards a game for it to sparkle. The young side that Wolves selected lacked experienced players alongside them and it showed. This was a game that looking at the team sheets, we were expected to win. We did so, without needing to get out of second gear and we didn’t. We did what was necessary to win and that was not too much last night. This game was therefore some way off the blood and thunder that would normally be associated with a local derby, that was a cup tie to boot. That’s not our fault alone. It takes two to tango and although the game was a bit of a damp squib, we did win it and are now within touching distance of another potential Wembley appearance. The game looked a bit like a friendly, until they equalised, and we then quickly restored our goal advantage. A one-goal lead is a slender one, but it had always looked like being enough to take us into the last eight. It wasn’t to be a happy ending for visiting fans last night on their big day out. It wasn’t to be too much of a spectacle for us either, but victory was ours and that is what the record books will show. My player ratings from a game that proved that we have the greater squad strength of the two Premier League outfits are: Jed Steer – 6 – Pulled off a vital save from Cutrone on to keep us ahead. Stood little chance with their goal, Cutrone having ran between Conor and Kortney to meet Taylor Perry’s 54th minute cross, he then poked it inside the near post and past Jed. It was otherwise a quiet evening for our keeper. Ahmed Elmohamady – 7 – Captain for the night and his experience told at times. Got a fine touch at the near post on Lansbury’s 57th minute cross to give us what proved to be our winner. Ezri Konsa- 7 – Looked very composed. Kortney Hause – 7 – Easily won challenges in the air and he will have enjoyed this win. Neil Taylor – 4 – Almost took this game into penalties with an awful, casual, badly under hit attempted back pass that was pounced upon on the edge of the box by Cutrone. He looked destined to hit an undeserved second equaliser as he ran into the box, but Steer did very well to make ground towards him and block his shot with his legs. Anwar El Ghazi – 7 – Put us ahead on 28 minutes. Lansbury threaded a lovely ball past a defender and Anwar hit it with his right and the ball trickled in past Ruddy’s right hand for our opener. Hit an effort wide of the right-hand post from around 30 yards in first half stoppage time. Headed a 65th minute Elmo cross that Ruddy saved at the near post and was then unlucky when he hit a 70th minute Taylor cross that hit Bennett, which would otherwise have found the net. A decent enough showing, but he could have done even more against these opponents. Henri Lansbury – 7 – Started quietly but later imposed himself on the game and was involved in both of our goals. Headed an 80th minute Trezeguet cross wide of the far post, when he should really have been on target. Douglas Luiz – 7 – Hit a speculative 21st minute shot over the bar from around 25 yards. Lost possession too easily just inside his own half to Taylor Perry and that casual moment led to their equaliser. His quality otherwise stood out in the middle. Conor Hourihane – 6 – A fair display. Trezeguet - 6 – Hit a 62nd minute shot wide of the near post, having been found inside the box by Hourihane. Kept busy. Keinan Davis – 7 – MOTM – Held the ball up well once again, won the ball in the air and ran strongly with it. He does everything, other than really look like scoring. If he were able to add goals to his game, then we would have a £25m striker on our hands. Left the field having appeared to pull a hamstring on 49 minutes and we missed him up front. Substitutes: Jonathan Kodjia – 5 - Replaced Davis on 50 minutes. A welcome return to the first team following injury, but he will need to show more than this and to find his match fitness quickly, with Davis likely to be out for a period. John McGinn – Replaced Lansbury on 81 minutes. His coming on, demonstrated the comparative strengths of the two benches. Not on long enough to earn a rating, but he did gather an unwanted yellow card. Hit an 83rd minute shot just over, having seen an effort a minute earlier blocked. Up the Villa! John Lewis
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  19. 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.
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  21. Targett applied a Matt finish in the dying seconds of this game to break the hearts of Brighton fans and players alike yesterday. His late, late winner sent us up into mid table above our visitors and prevented VAR from robbing us of another two points. Quite why VAR chose to overrule the match officials and cancel out Hourihane’s well hit 42nd minute goal is beyond me. It certainly was not a clear and obvious error by the match referee, to not rule that Wesley’s attempt to reach a cross from Guilbert at the far post, represented an illegal challenge on Ryan as he flapped at the ball. Yes, Wesley’s arm was raised, as is invariably the arm of anyone who tries to climb in the air to head the ball. To adjudge that to represent a foul on Ryan is taking protection of the goalkeeper, way too far. This decision left me wondering, how many of Andy Gray’s or Peter Withe’s headed goals VAR would have ruled out?’ Brighton started brightly yesterday and scored a 21st minute goal that we could see was coming, from a Gros free kick that was floated towards Webster on the left edge of the 6-yard box. The defender had unforgivingly been left unmarked and he proceeded to head the ball back across the face of the goal and into the far corner of the net. Having been reduced to 10 men on 35 minutes, our visitors still posed an occasional threat to us during the second half. They came into this game with confidence following a surprising, yet well-earned win against Spurs. Their performance yesterday, should probably have seen them coming away from Villa Park with at least a point, against a Villa side that had struggled to find the scintillating form, that had put Norwich to the sword before the international break. Our visitors made their long journey back to the South coast yesterday, having failed to register their first ever win at Villa Park and having been denied a point by our late winner. This was because for once, we were able to find a way of beating both 10-men and VAR. VAR really does need sorting out. We are in mid-table despite VAR, which again intervened as the players had been about to re-start the game. It had also done so in the first half of our last home game, when it cancelled out McGinn’s goal against Burnley, as the players lined up for the re-start. It is rapidly killing the spontaneity of goal celebrations. When the ball has crossed the line, fans at the game are now in fear of its intervention until the game has been re-started. Goal celebrations, which are such a joyous part of attending a game, are therefore now understandably becoming muted. Brighton had enjoyed the better of the game before Mooy’s sending off. Having escaped an early booking, he could have no grounds to complain that he had been harshly treated on collecting 2 yellow cards so soon. Perhaps he was still finding difficulty in coming to terms with England’s earlier convincing World Cup win against the Wallabies! Another 6 points would see us match the total number of points that we were able to accumulate during the whole of the last season that we spent in the Premier League. This like the Norwich game before it, could have been considered a potential 6-pointer. It certainly represents a welcome win, given that our next two league games are against Manchester City and Liverpool. We were not at our best yesterday, but we didn’t resort to hoofing the ball into the penalty area as time was running short on us and winning on your “off days” is a necessary habit to acquire for any successful football team. We stretched our unbeaten home run to four games yesterday, came back to win the game having been a goal behind and have now won our last two league games. These results have seen us go ahead of Manchester United in the league table. I must admit that I rather like seeing that again, it has been far too long since that was last the case! My player ratings from a game that left us singing “Sweet Caroline” again when the final whistle sounded are: Tom Heaton – 7 – Got down to stop a 26th minute Maupay shot at his left-hand post. Maupay then played a nice ball on for Connolly, whose 31st minute shot from right of the penalty spot was prevented from giving them a 2-goal lead by Tom’s left foot. He gathered another Maupay shot at the second attempt on 45 minutes and did well again when he saved a 66th minute Montoya shot low at his left-hand post. Frederic Guilbert – 7 – Hit a couple of nice crosses into the box, including the one that produced our equaliser. Bjorn Engels - 6 – Played his part in the centre of our defence. Tyrone Mings – 7 – A solid performance. Matt Targett – 7 – Scored our winner with the last kick of the game. He was found by a well weighted 94th minute ball from Jack and coolly hit our second from the left edge of the 6-yard box, past Ryan and into the far corner of the net. Anwar El Ghazi – 4 – Had a 29th minute shot from the edge of the box blocked by a defender and hit a loose ball that had cannoned off Ryan wildly over the crossbar on 42 minutes. He really should have done so much better from only 6 yards out. He also headed a nice 67th minute Trezeguet cross harmlessly wide of the far post. Anwar can and needs to do better than this. Marvelous Nakamba – 6 – Left with a lot to do by himself in the middle yesterday. John McGinn – 6 – Some way off his usually very consistent best yesterday. Found the side netting with a shot on 37 minutes and had an on target shot blocked 3 minutes later. Hit a 65th minute shot over the bar, after Jack had pulled the ball back to him on the edge of the box. Jack Grealish – 9 – MOTM – Pulled the strings in our midfield yesterday and made good runs forward. Scored our equaliser and created our late winner. McGinn found Jack just outside the left of the box, he then played a superb ball between 2 defenders for Targett to hit our late winner. Jack had earlier started and finished the move that produced our equaliser in the 2nd minute of first half stoppage time. He ran forward with the ball before finding Wesley near the edge of the box, who in turn played the ball out wide to Guilbert whose low cross eluded a defender and Ryan before being bundled home by our captain. Conor Hourihane - 8 – Wrongly given a booking on 19 minutes and thereby conceded the free-kick from which Brighton scored their increasingly likely goal, having made a perfectly fair tackle and won the ball. Unluckily hit the left post with a 23rd minute free kick from 30 yards out. Conor was even more unfortunate to have VAR cancel out what would otherwise have been a 42nd minute equaliser. Ryan had been unable to deal with a cross aimed towards the far post by Guilbert for Wesley, the ball ran to McGinn who played the ball to Conor, whose accurate shot beat the keeper and found the top left-hand corner of the net. He attempted to turn in a 51st minute Targett cross, but hit the ball directly at Ryan, who blocked it and El Ghazi failed to turn in the loose ball. We missed Conor’s midfield contribution following his 63rd minute substitution, which led to Brighton at least initially, having more of a say in the middle. Wesley – 4 – Hit a 53rd minute cross over the bar and struggled to make any impression against defenders who looked like extras from “Land of the Giants”. Substitutes: Trezeguet – 6 - Replaced Hourihane on 63 minutes and looked worthy of a start next time out. Douglas Luiz – Replaced El Ghazi on 76 minutes. Hit an 88th minute shot from outside of the box a couple of feet wide of the post, having been teed up by Jack. Not on quite long enough to gather a rating. Keinan Davis – Replaced Wesley on 76 minutes. Not given long enough to earn a rating. He did however, do very well to take a 93rd minute cross down on his chest, before turning powerfully back towards goal and then hitting a shot from a wide angle, that Ryan fingertipped wide of the far post for a corner. Up the Villa! John Lewis
  22. 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.
  23. 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...
  24. Four very tough games coming up after this. City, Liverpool and Wolves x2. So we really could do with winning this. Be goals at both ends no doubt. I'm feeling a stomach churning 4-2 win.
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