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Burton In Cup Tonight and Jack Signs New Deal

Aston Villa visits Burton tonight, and it’s a repeat of our Carabao cup tie of 2018. Dean Smith knows he can ill-afford a repeat of that fiasco. But he will be aware that it’s a realistic opportunity to win some silverware and qualify for Europe. So he’ll want to avoid a similar outcome, and that’s why I believe he will play his best 11 tonight. It’s also Dean Smith’s last chance to cast an eye over the squad before our season gets underway.

I believe the team Smith puts out tonight against Burton will probably be pretty close to the team that starts on Monday in the League, even though it does offer the unique opportunity of putting players in the shop window. I suppose there is also a temptation there to avoid risking injury to key players ahead of the season opener. But the players will need the minutes, and in reality, they could get injured in minute one of match one, so why wrap them up in cotton wool.

Jack Grealish commits his future to Villa

Fantastic news, obviously the signing of the transfer window. Jack’s the heartbeat of this Villa team, so it’s great he’s committed his future to us after listening to the owner’s plans. Because lets face it, he could go and play for any team in the world.

I listened to the so-called expert’s on Jack, and it annoyed me. Even more so hearing ex-villa players jumping on the bandwagon, I always said I didn’t think he would leave this window. Jack’s at his boyhood club, and Captain, and just got his first England Cap.

It’s the stuff of dreams as Jack says. For Jack to top this euphoria he will need to win the League with Villa, given how driven the Owners and Jack is, who’s to say he can’t do that in the next five years.

I am told this contract as an increased release clause added to it. So if any club wants to sign Jack they will have to break the bank. Plus if any transfer targets we were making inquires about were reluctant to join us, because of being worried that we were on the verge of losing our best player, well that’s been put to bed and they have just been shown the clubs ambition.

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Vancouvervillan
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7 hours ago

We have made a great start to the season, way better than anything I expected, maybe thats why I’m disappointed in the way we lost tonight.
We didn’t use all our subs, we were tactically outplayed, confidence disappeared after the goal, no changes were made to try to make a difference, Smith looked totally lost as to what to do and did nothing.
To allow Bamford of all people that much time in the box is unforgivable.

Let’s hope we can regroup and bounce back.

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7 hours ago

What disappointed me was the manner in how we lost. Tonight was the first time this season we had gone behind in a game, and I did expect to see a reaction, but there were too many poor performances in key positions.
These are the type of games you have to roll your sleeves up and match the opposition and sadly we failed to do that.

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10 minutes ago
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Couldn’t see a belsa team lie down like we did

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8 hours ago

Seen this,mcginn barkley 2 tackles won between them

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7 hours ago
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Not a surprise, they are well coached, they were moving the ball before they could be tackled.
I keep repeating myself but if Jack had moved the ball quicker today and found the obvious pass we would have reaped the benefits. It’s happened at least twice every game so far this season. Jack not the only one today.
This dribbling around half the team when Ollie & Trez have already made the run is frustrating.
I know to some Jack is a god but its a major flaw in his game, Southgate is a dick, no doubt, but he and others in the media see it, its why he doesn’t pick him. Football is a team game.
He dribbled the length of the pitch today but missed the clear pass to Watkins & we ended up with a poor shot from narrow angle.
In contrast the less talented championship standard Leeds players looked for the pass as soon as in possession.

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7 hours ago
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Yeh, Leeds overwhelmed us and were superior in all areas of the pitch.

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7 hours ago
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I was taking the piss out of Southgate a couple of weeks ago for shouting move the ball, but thats exactly what Leeds did today, we had no answer.
Despite the start its a concern for me.
Hope its just a bad day at the office.

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A very bad day at the office,agree with you on jack ,it was a managerial show from last season ,stand looking at his feet,mcginn definitely should been hooked Watkins another could have tried cash at right side of midfield with Elmo coming on,really poor from all

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Good points

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9 hours ago

Tonight was a wake up call to those who were getting carried away with our great start.
There is a long way to go and much work to be done before we can start dreaming.
10th to 14th would be a big improvement on last season and an acceptable progression. We have to accept that we will still have nights like this more often than we would want.
12 points from our first 5 games is more than any of us could have hoped for and we will all do well to remember that.

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9 hours ago
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Yeah, well said.
Tonight was a lesson in how to move the ball quickly and attack with pace.

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8 hours ago

Agree, they broke with pace and in numbers and we couldn’t cope with it.
A lesson to be learnt.

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9 hours ago

never mind.

we are still higher in the table than we all thought we would be.

night all.πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Good night

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Night mate

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9 hours ago

I am delighted with 12 points this early,but still want more

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9 hours ago

Smith getting plenty stick about his non use of subs,I have to agree,what does it say to the bench even we are awful they are better than you

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9 hours ago
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Rightly so, Trez off was like opening up an avenue to goal for Leeds and no MF subs made ? Very poor decision not to take off poor performing players.
Traore is going to be a bust in my opinion, don’t see him adapting to the PL at all.

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9 hours ago

Just seen 1 st goal trez was really poor,not impressed by traore is he going to be the new balance lol

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9 hours ago

At last, misery is over.
Time to take a breath and think about this. We simply have to move the ball quicker in this league, they clearly showed us how to do that.

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Lots to think about for DS. Second half was poor. I am still a happy Villa fan albeit disappointed with tonight. πŸ˜€

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9 hours ago

Martinez has kicked out all game, we haven’t really attempted to play out like we have been.
Poor performance

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9 hours ago

Leeds dominated the game tonight , and far from running out of steam, it was us that looked very tired.
We will see now the character of the team and how much damage ( if any ) this result has effected them.

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9 hours ago

Leeds without 2 best players as well

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9 hours ago

Watkins glaring miss there, its not our night for sure

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9 hours ago

5 mins to go

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10 hours ago

sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say we were stuffed by the better side.

but what a wake up call for us.
perhaps we will all get back down to earth now,and as fans not expect to beat everybody.

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9 hours ago
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Tonight is so like last season too many players didn’t turn up or just turned off

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Wise words mate

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Can’t argue with the stats. Lost to a better team

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Smith can’t take pressure,stoke beat us on verge of history now tonight πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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10 hours ago

Besla gets some effort from his team

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Can’t argue with that

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10 hours ago

Poor from Smith,players really poor 2 subs not used

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10 hours ago

i thought leeds were supposed to get tired after 60 mins LOL

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Maybe it is 160 mins they are meant to get tired, just a typo πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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10 hours ago

Is it a cunning plan to keep Barkley’s transfer fee down?

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10 hours ago

I’m sorry but Jack just doesn’t move the ball quick enough, plays into their hands dribbling. We have been taught a lesson tonight

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