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1 minute ago, MrBlack said:

Not helping ourselves with the ref, but he is severely biased based on the display so far 

Apart from one dive from El Ghazi, we have been getting hacked for the most part. 

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Apart from the two conceded headed chances at the start and end of the half that was an absolutely cracking first half performance.

There is still a long way to go and I wouldn't be surprised to see us still lose this because they have individuals that can hurt us but we couldn't have asked for a better first 45 minutes back in the big time.

Some of the posts after the team were announced were ridiculous, let's get behind the boys and the manager (he knows a LOT more than all of us)!

Come on you Villa boys ! 

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Jota is a good player, but correct call to leave him out today. We have countered well. 

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Smith is going to have some words with Wesley and El Ghazi who have been weak with regards to staying on their feet. We're ruining some fleeting attacking moments by trying to get free kicks instead of just trying to manufacture something in open play.

That said I think we have looked solid at the back considering the level of opposition, and we got more comfortable as time went on. Spurs haven't been great and I expect them to come out swinging in the second half, but this is ours to lose right now. This performance has filled me with hope, as 80% of the league are shite compared to Spurs.

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Really proud of our performance so far.

It's been a long time since I could say that about us in the Premier League.

UTV

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am i the only one that keeps getting distracted by the kit every time we see a close-up of one of our players

 

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I'm prepared to give the new players some time to get up to speed with the premier league. To me, no one has let me down this half. Especially considering what we all thought when seeing the starting team. Fukcing great! I'd love if we dare to have a bit more confidence going forward to get some sort of attacking play, but I'll take whatever. This is clearly a team with lots of personality and belief, we play with purpose. Bring it on!!

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6 minutes ago, Kingman said:

Still trying to work out if Wesley is not at full fitness, picked up a knock or just a lazy word removed 

Have a word with yourself mate. First game in PL away at Spurs and he has been kicked off the park. He has worked his socks off and has never stopped showing for the ball. Let’s get behind him

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hourihane, Taylor and Engles were stand outs for me , trez worked hard aswel, not sure Anwar is working hard enough , possibly Jota early in second half

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Elmo needs switching as he is getting slaughtered on that wing..taylor as well...wesley needs to stop falling over,same with elghazi..we really need to tighten this up and hit them on the break as well

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Spurs have completely dominated the ball, but the best of the chances have all been ours. Trezeguet has been excellent I think, El Ghazi and Grealish seem threatening on the break - we just need a bit more from Wesley and a bot of luck. We're defending well, but Spurs will make chances. It's a really good first half for us.

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6 minutes ago, Kingman said:

Still trying to work out if Wesley is not at full fitness, picked up a knock or just a lazy word removed 

Just struggling to adapt IMO. Might take him a while - not really sure what he is giving us - that said he was instrumental for the goal.

Engels has impressed me.

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We've been very good so far, but Wesley needs to stay on his feet and we've had lady luck on our side too as they've missed a couple of good chances.  

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good half but we need to keep possession better, as we are giving it away very cheaply, expecting free kicks and falling over a lot.

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Competition for places making players better and keeping everyone on their toes.

King Dean Smith knows best.

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Engels was magnificent for 43 minutes, but then lost Kane twice. Sort it out with Elmo who takes him.

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That's the last time I'm ever questioning Deano's lineups again...  Taylor & Elmo have been excellent, and Trez's pace is a massive threat on the counter.  He's set us up perfectly so far.

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