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Happy To Lose To Man Utd

Yes, it sounds ridiculous to say but I am happy to lose to Man Utd. I am not happy that we didn’t get at least a point from that game but I am happy after the game. You may ask why I am happy. Well, I am happy to lose to Man Utd because we showed the football world that Aston Villa is back. We have had lots of good results this season. We stuffed Liverpool, we outclassed Arsenal and we showed our resilience against Chelsea. Against Man Utd we showed the level of football we are now playing.

Barely 6 months ago we were fighting for our survival in the Premier League. Against West Ham, after the final whistle, with 38 games completed, we had amassed 35 points. Yet our players and coaches were still huddled in the centre of Upton Park (or whatever it is now called) awaiting the result from Highbury (or whatever it is called now. It was that close whether we were relegated or survived.

Villa Team Huddle

We survived that scare to start the 2020/21 season in the Premier League. But none of us knew what sort of season we would have this time around. Were we going to struggle in the bottom 3 again? Were we going to have a comfortable 15h place in the league? We just didn’t know! We lost to Man Utd last night but the performance told us the sort of season we can look forward to.

Aston Villa Is Back

Aston Villa is back at the top table. We are no longer looking for scraps like The Blues or The Baggies do. We leave the scraps for them, at the right price (Scott Hogan) and we also benefit from any riches they may uncover (Louie Barry). The game against Man Utd was the game that confirmed to me that Aston Villa is back and that is why I am happy to lose to Man Utd. We went toe to toe with Man Utd. Man Utd is a top 4 team. Our performance showed albeit we lost, that we are knocking on the door. We are not there yet but we are getting damn close.

In my previous blog post, I wrote about keeping out feet on the ground. I appreciate this is very difficult to do with how much, and how quickly we are improving. But the Man Utd game may just help us to reset our expectations. I would love nothing more than for Villa to do a Leicester but I am a fairly balanced bloke and like to deal with reality. Avoiding a relegation fight this year is a big success for Villa. It will show that coaching is working. It will help our owners to justify their continued investment in our great club. NSWE are getting a positive return on their investment and that is really important. Everything is looking rosy in the Villas garden.

Our Players

We all discuss our players. We all judge them on their performances. Some of us let our narrative influence their opinions and some let the player’s performance influence their opinions. There are question marks with Cash, Traore, El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Targett, Konsa and Davis and others I haven’t mentioned. Sorry, there are also some that believe Mings is shyte and shouldn’t be near our first 11. The bottom line is that we are a team that just avoided relegation and are knocking on the door of the top 6. Yes, our players have faults. They are not all top 6, although some would definitely not look out of place playing for Liverpool, City or Man Utd. But as a team, we are improving.

It would be naive to think we could challenge for the league or for Champions League qualification. Some of our current squad were part of the 1st 11 that made up our Championship team. If we are to be realistic, what do fans actually expect? As individuals, I could highlight faults in every one of our players. As a team and considering the stage in our development I couldn’t fault a single player. In two or three years time our team will look completely different as we develop. We will be challenging for top 4 and Europe. For now, I am very happy with each and every one of our players.

January Transfer Window

The transfer window is now open. Aston Villa has already signed a 13-year-old goalkeeper for 100k. What will, or what should Aston Villa do during the next 31 days? Our younger fans will probably suggest buying 2 or 3 marquee signings and trying to challenge the elite clubs. After all, they are having a poor start to the season and isn’t this our opportunity? Luckily we have a sensible CEO and astute owners. We won’t be chasing the improbable and we will be continuing with our strategy that was implemented over two years ago.

If we sign anybody, it will be to develop our squad. I think everyone that comments on this blog have said how weak our bench is. BFR highlights this during each game. And guess what, he is absolutely right! We simply do not have the strength in depth to continue knocking on the door of the top sides. We need to develop a squad before we start to have thoughts above our station.

Onwards And Upwards

We are doing brilliantly. Our players, for all their faults, are a great team. We need a little luck with injuries and we can maybe challenge the top 7. Relegation is not a worry this season. Job done Dean Smith! Thank You!

I have had a few beers, I didn’t intend to write a blog post but I have felt the happiest I have ever felt after a loss as a Villa supporter. I just felt I had to write something. Also, I mentioned to the Mrs that I haven’t had sex this year and nor have Villa won a game. I was hoping she would take the hint and realise that having sex was required before the Spurs game. But she said we should not have sex until Villa win again to keep things interesting. Crikey! She must have seen our upcoming fixtures!

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20 days ago

Tuesday 12th is the start of the next round of PL matches i will update prediction sheet this weekend
UTV

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20 days ago
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Fixtures are funny for next few weeks,1 round is over 2 midweeks along with couple backlog fixtures,then a full round on weekends betweeen

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21 days ago
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Boris the scarecrow 😆😆😆

Tbh it’s probably what’s needed, the idea that beating the new strain is going to happen without a serious lockdown again is naive. I wish BC and Canada as a whole would take thus approach, I get trying to keep the economy limping along and kids in school but we need more than that right now. Plus a lot of idiots out there not listening.
Football is in danger but on the other hand live sport is at least giving me something to look forward to and keeping my semi sane for time being 😎

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21 days ago

“Death to 2020” was a great laugh btw, thanks for the recommendation Begley.

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21 days ago
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lol, i’m sure i was borderline about our prospects under Smith 12 months ago, but i’m damb sure i didn’t call for big sam 🤣
He still has his faults particularly with subs and timing of them but at same time i understand he feels he has his best 11 out there.

On Bruce’s signings I think SJM stands out but other than Whelan who I always thought did a good job for us I can’t think of many others. I’m sure there may have been a RB that may have been passable at the time 😎

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21 days ago
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Okay, I did forget a few then 😊
Bruce did have some pulling power and connections. I hated his football, still do, but at the time I was also in favour of him having a chance under the new regime that autum. It didn’t take him long to screw it up !

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21 days ago
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Mcginn only signed because celtic offered 10 thousand a week Bruce offered 25 thousand,rogers jacked over it ,celtic have gone down the pan since,Bruce doesn’t have any credit for his time at villa destroyed club asset in ross ,wasted millions on lainsbury birr bree hogan dodgy keeper can’t remember his name

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21 days ago
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Great news he’s hopefully a game changer from the bench

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22 days ago
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Hugh Grant gone up in my estimation lately, he’s very good in “the undoing” if you’ve seen that. Think its on HBO

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21 days ago
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lol
Yeah me too had a few suspects before that one !
very well done show i thought

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22 days ago
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Yeah, as Muz says normal service resuming. Chelsea are poor defensively, but was amazed to hear today city haven’t concede for over 13 hours, coinciding with Stones starting I believe.

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22 days ago

Tend to think we won’t be signing too many if any this window.

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22 days ago
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Fans aways want signings, but better doing business in the summer, unless a deal to improve the starting 11 we can’t refuse becomes doable. Youth additions a different story.

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22 days ago

We need a striker ,Davies doesn’t cut it,Wes we don’t know when he will be back,seems to be taking forever with barclay,,our squad is too light,that’s not being dramatic

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22 days ago
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French league is in financial meltdown,tv company went burst, leicester in our league are in trouble their owners depend duty free no traveling no customers,chinese league in bother has to be bargains or loans out there,never a better time to push on

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22 days ago
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Players in china have had massive wage cuts ,rafa looking to get out,couple big french clubs in serious trouble with wage bill,tv deal went down pan new deal they only getting 20 percent of what they where getting

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21 days ago
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Don’t think so ,

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21 days ago
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What accent does Rafa have these days ? 🤣

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21 days ago
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Tbf mate Giroud & Costa are aging players looking for a pay day. Just saying.

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21 days ago
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Fair point, what I am sure of is if there is a deal to be done that could improve us or add some depth I’m sure with this regime we will have our noses to the ground in case someone becomes available.
I just don’t see us signing older players, no matter how good they may be. I think they’ve proven the value for money, age & attitude mandate is still very much the mindset.

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21 days ago

Costa till end of season would be great ,no long term deals,we really could do with som experienced players with a bit of no how,

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22 days ago
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Normal service has been resumed.

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23 days ago

Big Sam doing a fine job at the baggies.
3 home games so far , no points , no goals, and 12 conceded.
And some were crying out for us to appoint him last season. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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22 days ago
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The dinosaurs are quickly falling off the cliff as the game passes them by.

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22 days ago
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It’s annoying Bruce & Moyes are where they are in the table, football is a funny old game. Teams that are trying to play good football like Brighton, Fulham sit near the bottom while those two bus parking teams seem to be getting results 🙄
Long term I hope justice prevails, regardless I think eventually most fans get tired of that brand of football.
Pulis for blues 😆

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23 days ago

Predictions league makes grim reading i don’t think I had a single point for last round 🙄
I’d be better off with a pin & dice or asking the Mrs 😆

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23 days ago

Forgot about yesterday matches but got all correct results today sadly not right scores

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23 days ago
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Costa till end of season,mates with Terry Brazilian blood in him could teach Wes and ollie few tricks on the field mind you,

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23 days ago

On Barkley, it is disappointing after such a good start for us that his injury record is again an issue. I know he makes us better when he’s available, even available on the bench would improve our depth no end. Maybe the injury has reduced his asking price ?

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23 days ago

Never happy to lose to utd but I do get your point, many neutrals would have seen us as the more entertaining team and would share our disappointment at some of the decisions.
Not normally bothered about how we are portrayed by the media but fact hand ball & soft pen were not jumped on more does bother me.

I find myself more annoyed about the loss than others this season. Utd always seem to show up against us, Pogba decides to show up, VAR didn’t work, OGS seen just staring into space daydreaming like it’s a forgon conclusion, the luck they had with some 2nd balls …
If that pen was ours I have no doubt it would have been chalked off as inconclusive.

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23 days ago

Agree, we have a terrible record against Utd, and never have any luck when playing them. On the penalty, at first I though it was a stupid challenge by Luis, minutes after getting ourselves back in the game. On seeing it a second time Pogba falls over his own legs, maybe it was all in his plan, as minutes earlier he was telling Shaw to go down in the area and the ref fell for it.
I’m sure if it had happened at the other end there would have been a review.
Also not sure how United ended up with 11 players on the pitch, some of their fouls were very cynical but they were allowed to get away with them.

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23 days ago

Lots of talk about getting another striker in, there’s a guy called Jordan Bowery , got a hat trick for Mansfield today, maybe could get him as a replacement for Watkins.

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23 days ago
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🤣🤣🤣
Glad the lad has found his level and the net.

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23 days ago

Reading across the blogs and media its absolutely amazing that we are in 6th spot as half the players are crap. These are the same players who have got us into 6th spot in the first place. While there is always room for improvement, if the players we have are so poor surely we should be in the bottom 6 not the top 6.
Some fans only look at the negative bits of play from individual players and seem to forget all the positives. Every player will make mistakes throughout a game but certain players will be targetted for errors of judgement while others seem to be exempt from any criticism.
As I said earlier there is always room for improvement, but I for one am very happy to be sitting where we are right now , and all the players should be applauded for that along with the manager.

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23 days ago
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mate,
ive been reading the posts on the NKB blog,and i just cant believe some of the comments about players.
i am more than pleased with this season so far.
some fans really need a reality check.

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23 days ago
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No Smith out no wins in 2 😆😆😆😆😆get a foreign sounding manager ,or better again Gabby as fitness coach with spud as dietician lol

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23 days ago
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my mate pullis is out of work 😂😂😂😂

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23 days ago
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Would be a fantastic replacement for Smith, and no compensation to pay, need to act fast, managers of that ilk don’t come around too often.

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23 days ago
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Lol
You must mean Davy “reply to everyone” ,,, 😆😆😆

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23 days ago
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Yeah, spot on.
While wondering who might come in or who I’d like to come in, I also end up struggling with who I’d actually drop or replace.

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23 days ago

Be nice to have the options,like horses for courses

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Yes, rotation options as well as gamechangers on the bench. Hopefully won’t be long before we’re voting for the 5 subs rule as well 😎

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