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  1. In the grand scheme of things its quite irrelevant but maybe a football or sports related thread. Serie A is going to have a big backlog of games and think Germany and France might have cancellations soon. Have the authorities got a solution. European games would be the big risk in the coming weeks not to mention a bloated Euros in the summer
  2. Sorry for the negative title in this thread, but which players would/could stay? If we go down, Jack will leave. Probably Mings. Maybe Luiz. Maybe Mcginn, I guess that'll depends on how he is after the injury. I think Samatta, Nakamba, Guilbert, Konsa etc will stay if theres no relegationclause in their contracts. Wesley and Heaton probably wont be fit when the season starts so they will stay. Discuss!
  3. 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.
  4. Aston Villa statistics : 2019/2020 Premier League 2 - Division 2 - Under-23 development league TABLE (as of 09/03/2020) P W D L F A GD Pts 1 West Ham United 18 14 4 0 58 21 +37 46 2 Manchester United 17 14 1 2 45 17 +28 43 3 West Bromwich Albion 16 11 1 4 38 22 +16 34 4 Stoke City 18 8 3 7 32 27 +5 27 5 Middlesbrough 18 8 2 8 34 43 -9 26 6 Newcastle United 18 8 1 9 29 32 -3 25 7 Aston Villa 17 6 4 7 27 28 -1 22 8 Swansea City 17 6 3 8 22 32 -10 21 9 Reading 18 6 2 10 35 37 -2 20 10 Fulham 18 6 2 10 26 32 -6 20 11 Norwich City 17 5 2 10 23 35 -12 17 12 Sunderland 18 0 1 17 10 53 -43 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 0-1 A-Ful 0-2 H-Rea 1-3 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 u u u Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 11 (0) S S u S S u u S u S S u S S S S Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 2 (0) S S u u Bridge, Mungo (CB) 12 (0) S S S S u u u S S S S S S S S Burton, Bradley (CB) 3 (0) S S S Chester, James (CB) 3 (0) S S S Hause, Kortney (CB) 1 (0) S Kesler, Kaine (RB/RWB) 3 (0) S S S Revan, Dominic (CB) 6 (3) u o S S S o o S S S Revan, Sebastian (LB) 4 (0) S S S 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) 6 (3) u u S u S S u u u o o o u S S S Brunt, Lewis (CM) 7 (5) S S S o S o S S o o o S Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) 1 (2) 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 (4) o u o o o u Lindley, Hayden (CM) 0 (0) u Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (RW) 3 (0) S S S Ramsey, Aaron (ACM) 2 (0) S S 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) 11 (3) S S o o S S o S S S S S S S Archer, Cameron (F) 11 (3) S S S S S S S S o S S o S o Barry, Louie (F) 1 (0) S Davis, Keinan (F) 1 (0) 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 u Sea, Dimitri (F) 0 (5) u o o o o o Tait, Michael (F) 11 (2) S S S S S S S o o S S S S u Wright, Tyreik (F) 13 (0) S S S 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 Barry, Louie 1 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 Wright, Tyreik 1 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 ATT : 213 17' Campbell, Tyrese (p) 26' Campbell, Tyrese 23/09/2019 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa 4-1 Manchester United ATT : 469 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 ATT : 253 83' Vassilev, Indiana (Clarke) 28/10/2019 Adams Park @ 19:00 Reading 3-3 Aston Villa ATT : 248 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 ATT : 292 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 ATT : 201 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 ATT : 80 03' Hutchinson, Shae 43' Archer, Cameron (Ramsey) 78' Hutchinson, Shae 03/02/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 0-1 West Bromwich Albion ATT : 429 12' Clayton-Phillips, Nick (Harmon) 14/02/2020 Motspur Park @ 19:00 Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa ATT : 150 34' De La Torre, Luca (Drameh) 84' Carvalho, Fabio (Jasper) 02/03/2020 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 1-3 Reading ATT : 405 27' Pendlebury, Oliver 53' East, Ryan (Loader) 69' Loader, Daniel (Azeez) 74' Barry, Louie (Wright) 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 6 4 2 0 14 5 +9 14 2 Doncaster Rovers 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 3 Aston Villa 6 2 0 4 9 12 -3 6 4 Portsmouth 6 0 1 5 5 18 -13 1 PLAYER Nat A(S) A-Exe 0-3 H-Don 0-1 H-Pom 6-0 H-Exe 0-4 A-Don 0-4 A-Pom 3-0 Marschall, Filip (GK) 0 (0) u Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 0 (0) u u u Searle, Jamie (GK) 5 (0) S S S S u S Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 1 (0) u S Appiah, Paul (CB) 1 (0) S Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 2 (0) S S Bridge, Mungo (CB) 6 (0) S S S S S S Burton, Bradley (CB) 1 (0) S Kesler, Kaine (RB/RWB) 2 (0) S S Revan, Dominic (CB) 2 (1) o S S Revan, Sebastian (LB) 2 (0) 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) 5 (1) S S S S o S Brunt, Lewis (CM) 2 (2) S S o o Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) 1 (0) S Clarke, Jack (CM) 3 (0) S S S Farr, Charlie (CM) 0 (1) o Hooper, Anton (RW) 2 (0) u S u S Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (RW) 1 (1) S o Ramsey, Aaron (ACM) 2 (0) S 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) 2 (2) S o o S Archer, Cameron (F) 3 (1) S S S o u Barry, Louie (F) 0 (1) o Guy, Ben (F) 1 (2) o u o S Odutayo, Colin (F) 2 (1) o S S u Pressley, Aaron (F) 0 (1) o Sea, Dimitri (F) 3 (0) S S S Tait, Michael (F) 2 (1) u S S o Wright, Tyreik (F) 4 (0) S S S S # PL CUP SCORERS Gls 1 Wright, Tyreik 2 2 Ramsey, Jacob 1 3 Archer, Cameron 1 4 Brunt, Lewis 1 5 Sea, Dimitri 1 6 OG 1 7 Ramsey, Aaron 1 8 Philogene-Bidace, Jaden 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 4-0 Aston Villa 20' Trialist, B 29' Watters, Max 49' Watters, Max 61' Trialist, C 25/02/2020 Nyewood Lane @ 19:00 Portsmouth 0-3 Aston Villa 53' Ramsey, Aaron 59' Wright, Tyreik 78' Philogene-Bidace, Jaden 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 ATT : 978 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 (CB) 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 (RW) 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 Barry, Louie (F) 21/06/2003 2 (1-1-0) 2 Revan, Sebastian (LB) 29/01/2003 6 (6-0-0) 3 Ramsey, Aaron (ACM) 21/01/2003 4 (4-0-0) 4 Kesler, Kaine (RB/RWB) 23/10/2002 5 (5-0-0) 5 Appiah, Paul (CB) 13/10/2002 1 (1-0-0) 6 Lindley, Hayden (CM) 02/09/2002 0 (0-0-1) 7 Marschall, Filip (GK) 03/08/2002 0 (0-0-2) 8 Sohna, Myles (CB) 01/07/2002 1 (0-1-1) 9 Sohna, Harrison (CM) 01/07/2002 0 (0-0-1) 10 Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (RW) 18/05/2002 5 (4-1-0) 11 Farr, Charlie (CM) 22/03/2002 1 (0-1-0) 12 Burton, Bradley (CB) 26/12/2001 4 (4-0-0) 13 Pressley, Aaron (F) 07/11/2001 1 (0-1-0) 14 Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 11/10/2001 12 (12-0-6) 15 Wright, Tyreik (F) 22/09/2001 17 (17-0-0) 16 Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 02/09/2001 0 (0-0-4) 17 Searle, Jamie (GK) 23/08/2001 7 (7-0-11) 18 Archer, Cameron (F) 21/07/2001 18 (14-4-1) 19 Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 28/05/2001 15 (14-1-0) 20 Sea, Dimitri (F) 02/05/2001 8 (3-5-1) 21 Odutayo, Colin (F) 08/03/2001 11 (6-5-5) 22 Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 16/02/2001 18 (13-5-0) 23 Hooper, Anton (RW) 07/02/2001 6 (2-4-4) 24 Tait, Michael (F) 29/01/2001 16 (13-3-2) 25 Birch, Jack (CM) 23/11/2000 15 (11-4-7) 26 Brunt, Lewis (CM) 06/11/2000 16 (9-7-0) 27 Walker, Jake (RB) 03/11/2000 18 (18-0-0) 28 Guy, Ben (F) 02/11/2000 15 (9-6-2) 29 Revan, Dominic (CB) 19/09/2000 12 (8-4-1) 30 Bridge, Mungo (CB) 12/09/2000 18 (18-0-3) 31 Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 03/02/2000 4 (4-0-2) 32 Rowe, Callum (CM) 02/09/1999 13 (12-1-1) 33 Clarke, Jack (CM) 30/01/1999 16 (14-2-0) 34 Davis, Keinan (F) 13/02/1998 1 (1-0-0) 35 Suliman, Easah (CB) 26/01/1998 12 (12-0-1) 36 Hause, Kortney (CB) 16/07/1995 1 (1-0-0) 37 Nyland, Ørjan (GK) 10/09/1990 3 (3-0-0) 38 Kalinić, Lovre (GK) 03/04/1990 1 (1-0-0) 39 Kodjia, Jonathan (F) 22/10/1989 1 (1-0-0) 40 Chester, James (CB) 23/01/1989 3 (3-0-0) 41 Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) N/A 4 (2-2-0) 42 Hayden, Kaine (CM) N/A 0 (0-0-0)
  5. 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.
  6. Given I've found myself discussing this in about 4 different places, I thought it a good idea to give it its own thread.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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...
  11. 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.
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  13. This poll will be open for the first week of the month.
  14. 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.
  15. LCF: Villa v Man City 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Southampton 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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  19. Another late goal won it at Villa Park yesterday, but this time the boot was on the other foot and the late winner left us devastated, rather than ecstatic. This was a good game and we shouldn’t forget that Villa made a big contribution to that. A point would have been well deserved and it would have seen us, view the game much differently at the final whistle. As it was two stoppage time goals, at the end of both halves, did for us. How did we come to be a goal down at half time, having dominated the first quarter of the game and having had the best of the first half? Tyrone’s tonsillitis couldn’t have struck him down earlier during the winter break could it? How did Spurs not have a player booked, when we had two of our players shown a yellow card? When will VAR begin to give us decisions, rather than conspire to rob us of crucial points? VAR did something that it is normally very loath to do yesterday, it chose to overturn a referee’s decision. It was brought in to prevent clear and obvious errors. It took over a minute to find a reason to award Spurs their penalty at the end of the first half, that in real time neither the crowd, the players nor the match officials, considered was a clear or an obvious penalty. VAR is fast running out of time to even out its decisions over the course of the season, to prevent it being seen to have had a significantly negative influence on our relegation struggle. The point that we had in our possession, as the game went into the last minute of stoppage time, might well have proved crucial at the end of the season, we now have to hope that dropping it doesn’t come back to haunt us in May. On the bright side, we are still outside the bottom three and will hopefully have Tyrone back for the next game and McGinn back, in around a month. We will win games if we play like this and can tighten things up at the back. To quote Jose, “I think they did not deserve to lose” and I agree with him. Spurs are a top side and we had them on the ropes early on. Had it not been for a late error we might have claimed a point. Four more wins could keep us up and I’m not yet quite convinced that is beyond us. Our defence had always looked susceptible to being hit on the break yesterday and so it painfully proved. We really can’t afford to be without our big hitters. We are already trying to cope without John McGinn and our already fragile defence looks incredibly shaky without Mings, who organises our defence so well and is so often what holds it together. Let’s not be too harsh on the player who came into the side in his place and was asked to fill his role yesterday. He did make the challenge that VAR chose to award a penalty for and it was his late lackadaisical mistake, that resulted in the late winner that so cruelly robbed us of the point that our overall performance had deserved. Let’s not forget that he also scored our equaliser though and we will need him, in games that are to come. My player ratings from a game that was entertaining for the neutral, but had a devastating end for us was: Pepe Reina – 8 – MOTM – Pepe was so unlucky to have ended up on the losing side yesterday, having kept us in the game until the last minute. Stood no chance with their first, third and was so unlucky with their second, when having dived to his right to save Son’s penalty, the striker was first to the rebound. Saved low at his near post from Bergwijn after 59 minutes and dived to his right 2 minutes later to keep out a Song effort. He parried a 70th minute cross at his near post from Aurier, after he had made his run behind Targett and saved a 86th minute shot from Son with his legs, to spare Baston’s blushes, before diving low to his left to save a 92nd minute shot from inside the box from Lo Celso. Frederic Guilbert – 7 – Made a well-timed 48th minute challenge on Bergwijn, who had run from inside his own half into our box, as he was about to shoot. Ezri Konsa - 5 – Ran back to challenge Dele Alli, after he had run onto a ball that had gone through him and Reina then did the rest, coming out to block his 73rd minute shot. Bjorn Engels– 5 – He experienced the highs and the very lows of football yesterday. Bjorn finally scored and was credited with his first Villa goal, when he got up well to head Jack’s 53rd minute corner into the right-hand corner of the net. He had earlier conceded a penalty, when he chased back into the box to challenge Bergwijn, who had run onto a 43rd minute long ball from the half-way line, having left our defenders in his wake. He then made the late schoolboy error that cost us the point, that we had fought so hard to win, when he looked to control a nothing ball played towards him in the middle of the park, rather than just hoof it forward. The ball ran agonisingly under his foot and allowed Son to run clear to score their third. He also blocked a 41st minute Bergwijn shot with his body, that VAR spent a full minute looking at, in the hope that it had struck his hand! Kortney Hause – 6 – The best of our three central defenders last night. Did well to get back to block Dele Alli’s 15th minute shot on the edge of the 6-yard box, after El Ghazi’s loose under hit back pass, which had been intended for him, was picked up by the midfielder. Got in another block on the 34th minute, as Moura was about to pull the trigger at the near post and blocked a 41st minute Dele Alli shot, when positioned inside the 6-yard box. Got under a 58th minute Targett corner and his header therefore sailed well over the bar. Matt Targett – 7 – Made a well-timed 27th minute challenge on Aurier, as he was about to cross at the near post. Looked good last night and was our best defender, for me. Anwar El Ghazi - 7 – Hit a 4th minute free kick harmlessly over the bar from around 30 yards. Picked up Reina’s kick on the half-way line and ran purposely forward before hitting the 9th minute cross that Alderweireld turned in to give us the lead, under pressure from Samatta, behind him. Hit a powerful shot from outside of the box, that moved late and that Lloris saved with his hand, and then with his face on 37 minutes. Headed a bouncing ball, from a mistimed header from Engles, that Lloris easily clung onto on 64minutes. Danny Drinkwater – 5 – Unsurprisingly, given his lack of matches he’s still not up to pace yet. He is showing some signs of improvement, but can we afford the time it may take to bring him up to speed, given our present predicament? Douglas Luiz – 7 – Looked very good at times yesterday. Jack made a nice 18th minute run from just inside our half into the box, before finding him in the centre of the area unmarked, but his attempt on goal was blocked by Davies. What a difference another goal would have made then! Jack Grealish – 8 – Given little to no protection by referee Atkinson, who contented himself with telling his opponents how many times they had upended Jack, rather than giving them a yellow card. Made a run into the box and his 10th minute shot was deflected wide of the near post off Dier, ran into the box again a minute later and hit a shot just wide of the far post from the edge of the box. England’s midfield can’t do without him and nor can we. Mbwana Samatta – 8 – Was a thorn in the side of the Tottenham defence from the 1st minute until his 83rd minute substitution. Kept working tirelessly throughout. Headed a 22nd minute El Ghazi cross wide of the near post. Did well to chest down a 51st minute cross for El Ghazi, who shot straight at Lloris. His presence did much to unsettle Alderweireld, when he scored his own goal and he worked very well as a lone striker. He has hit the ground running. Substitutes: Marvelous Nakamba – 7 - Replaced Drinkwater after 60 minutes. He won the ball well and was determined last night. Must start the next game, in my opinion. Mahmoud Trezeguet – 5 - Came on for El Ghazi on 70 minutes. Didn’t make any significant contribution during the time he was on the field. Borja Baston – Replaced Samatta on 83 minutes. Not on long enough to gather a rating on his debut or to make any positive impression. Stay up Villa! John Lewis
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  21. It’s nearly that time again. Next Tuesday night, again with CP. Anyone else going ? What a difference a year makes !
  22. 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.
  23. 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
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