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Die-Hard Villa Fans Let Their Feelings Be Known

Many die-hard Villa fans vented their frustrations following our defeat to Wolves, and who can blame them, fans were seething. They must be sensing a touch of deja vu because performances are similar to those seen at the end of Steve Bruce’s tenure. Unfortunately for Dean Smith, there are no boardroom matters distracting fans attentions away from what’s happening on the pitch, so he’s unlikely to get any respite.

At the start of the season, even some die-hard villa fans criticised Smith’s gung ho approach. In my opinion, regardless of those early results, I thought we looked a more balanced team, and I presumed that with some tinkering and a little time. The Manager and players would adjust to the Premier League where most errors get punished. Yet here we are, ten months down the line, seemingly having learned nothing and fighting a relegation battle.

Consumed By Pressure 

It’s become more apparent as the season has gone on, that like so many others before him. Dean Smith as been consumed by being in the Aston Villa hot-seat. Smith’s not only forsaken his footballing principles. But also his honesty in his post-match interviews. Smith’s version of events rarely matches mine all I hear is a lot of excuses, to be honest.

Maybe I am doing him an injustice, and it’s just his approach, his management style with only a few games left and given our league table position. Perhaps he believes he needs to deflect away from the truth, and not crucify the players in public. I’m sure If he thought it would get the desired response to obtain the points to survive, he would do it without hesitation.

One real concern I have, going into these last six games is the player’s confidence. How much belief do they have they can escape?. Because they have looked hesitant, almost afraid of making a mistake at times. Maybe they are getting mixed instructions, or perhaps they don’t believe in Smith. Maybe Smith as lost the dressing-room?. I am not sure, but his credits with the fan base as decreased. Even if Villa survive, it’s hard to see Smith doing so.

Die-Hard Villa Fans Dreams Of The Great Escape Dwindle Away

I think even for the most die-hard Villa fans the Wolves result & performance ended any lingering hopes they held in AVFC surviving this season. What we do know is from here on in, fixtures get even more difficult. Houdini himself would find pulling off this escape a challenge. But football is a funny old game and strange things can happen. Wigan springs to mind when all seems lost.

So what better place is there for the great escape to begin than on Merseyside, playing the Premier League Champions. Survival could come down to goal difference, so we don’t want to be too open, but at the same time, if we set out to sit back, frustrate them as we did against Chelsea there is only going to be one winner.

At the start of the season, If someone had said to me that Aston Villa would reach a cup final, and with six games to play, still have our premier league survival in our destiny. I would have bitten their hands off. Yes, it’s going to be very difficult, but other teams are also in a precarious position. It may be blind faith I cling too, but I cannot accept relegation with six games to play.

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AVFCVillablog
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4 months ago
Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
4 months ago

“Ripe for the picking” ?
We did play well against Liverpool last time and without Jack.
I have a little theory I’ve mentioned before that he does tend to slow things down somewhat. I think we’ve seen that balls over the top of high sitting defences causes some problems, quick balls out to Antonio certainly allowed Spam their smash n grab victory.
I do think we have to go for it a little more next two games, nothing to lose.

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HenleyVillain
4 months ago

I hope you are right Vv. I too think we could sneak a result, but I am a ridiculously optimistic when it comes to the Villa. Talk of playing Elmo up front with Davis? Not sure where from, but if that’s the case, he must have lost faith with Samatta. Perhaps Smith wants to make a point regarding the (lack of) transfer policy under Suso.

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Begley
4 months ago

Last time we played Liverpool we stuck 5 past them, so Sunday should be a fairly straightforward 3 points. I also see Pogba and Bruno F had a clash in training for Utd and are both looking doubtful. Should be a handy 6 points from the next 2 games. I am not sure what people are worrying about, our run in is looking a lot easier now LOL

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

Like the game against us earlier in the season, Mane is a diver

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

Liverpool looking ripe for the picking on Sunday

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
4 months ago

More ridiculous VAR decisions, spurs goal clearly should have stood. Sheffield played well but game could have been different had sours gone ahead. Kane had the ball in the net 4 times ?

Back of my mind, as close as it is for us, I can’t help thinking the Palace game where Kevin Friend & VAR got it so wrong for us, could actually send us down. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
I read refs are now going to be forced to look at a pitch side monitor next season for VAR decisions, i really don’t understand why we didn’t start doing that when it was first introduced, the world cup use of VAR was very good, getting it spot on 99% of the time.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

One of the worst VAR decisions this season. Makes the PL look ridiculous

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

right,
night all.??

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

do you know,that we are still the only side at the bottom,that hasnt beaten a top club.
says it all really.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

Bloody hell Hammers 3-2 up in the 88th min

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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that is a great result for them.
what a boost that is.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Yep, a really bloody good win unfortunately. And coming from behind too

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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got more fight than us mate.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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They certainly showed fight tonight

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

chelsea score 2-2

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Come on Chelsea, get the winner

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

2-1 Hammers

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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if it finishes that score west ham will be safe.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Yes, it would be a massive result for them but not quite safe yet, a few twists and turns still to go in this campaign

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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mate,
do you fancy us going to west ham to get a result.
because i dont.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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If we beat Liverpool on Sunday I would not consider us as safe and that is the sort of result Hammers beating Chelsea would be. The last game of the season will be a great game for the fans if it is winner takes all. Form will be out the window

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

marvelous isnt it really.
we have to take more interest in other games than our own.
and this season,its worse.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Yep, it would be nice if we were determining our or destiny

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

one one now

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Nice time for Hammers too

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

Now come on Chelsea. Another 4 goals and we are out of relegation. Manager of the month for Dean Smith after getting Villa to safety ???

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

now its 1-0 chelsea.
LOL

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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I don’t believe in God but fcuk me, the way results are going in our favour I am starting to think LOL

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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mate,
if there was a god we would be top of the league.lol

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

no goal lol

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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I have to say VAR was the best thing to be brought into the PL this season ????

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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cough couth and me.
????

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Penalty to Chelsea

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

west ham 1 up.
not watching but not surprised

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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VAR just cancelled it. Are the Gods on our side 🙂

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

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Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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If we take it that Norwich is gone then looking at the remaining fixtures where are the other teams going to get their points? Norwich looks the handy one for Watford and Hammers. So a lot will depend on our game with Palace and also if we can eek out a draw somewhere. But the big game is the final day cup final at the Hammers. it will be D-Day

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

I can’t believe it is already Wednesday. It has been a really hectic time in work. There are times in life when u realise there are others a lot worse off than u and this is certainly one of those for me from a professional perspective. And even from a football perspective, although things ain’t great being a Villa fan at the moment it is a hell of a lot better than being a Blues fan or a Wigan fan.

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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methinks the blues fans are quite happy where they are.
wigan is a different story.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Blues fans may be happy where they are but they are still Blues fans. I would prefer to be a Villa fan with us in League 1 than a Blues fan 🙂

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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agree about the blues fans,but as a villa fan i expect far better from our club.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago

I think Villa are still very much in with a shout of survival. Not so much because what we are doing but because the other teams in the mini league with us are crap. We moved above Bournemouth on the back of their 4-1 loss to the Toon (who we drew with!). If Chelsea beat Hammers by 5, which is not an impossibility then we go up another spot and out of relegation 🙂

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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LOL mate,
at the moment we are better off when we dont play.
but at this time,i think the bottom 3 as it stands will go down.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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I wouldn’t bet against the Hammers going down. I think it is looking more and more like a final one off game at the end of the season to see who goes down: Villa or Hammers

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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mate,
the body language of the 3 bottom managers says a lot.
the guy at norwich just sits there doing nothing.
DS and Howe look lost.
and for some reason i just think watford and west ham will get out of jail.

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago
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p/s.
of course i hope im way out with my views.

Begley
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Begley
4 months ago
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Watford and West Ham are on awful runs, worse than ours. If u were being impartial about it I think u would say that Norwich, Bournemouth, Villa, West Ham and Watford will all go down. But that is 5 teams and only 3 can actually go down. Two teams will somehow manage to avoid relegation. And I think it will be more down to luck or a moment of individual brilliance that will save the team.

I sort of think it would be great to see Jack agree an 80m move to Utd now. If he did then I think we would see the best of him for the remaining games and he would want to leave with us surviving

jcv
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jcv
4 months ago

hi all.
im afraid i think it has been coming for some time now.
we look and react like a relegation club.
and i think a word of warning about any fan that has Dyche on the list of managers we should go for if DS goes.
Eddie Howe has done a great job at Bournmouth over the years,
but in the end,managers like him,get found out in the prem and fade away into the distance.
something i feel will hapen to burnley in the end.

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