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Tottenham Away And Reasons To Be Optimistic

Tottenham away, It’s a surreal feeling after three years in exile. But what an opportunity to show the footballing world that we’re back, and mean business. Happy as a pig in sh** that’s me. It’s going to be a testing campaign, but I am optimistic it will be a successful one. I have been spurred on by the way we have gone about our recruitment. It’s been meticulous and carried out with military precision.

Now it’s time to implement phase two of that plan and get down to business. It all kicks off tomorrow. And as far as Dean Smith is concerned, It’s still eleven v eleven. I’m probably in the minority who genuinely believe we can cause an upset. So I will elaborate a little.

Reasons To Be Optimistic

Well for starters Dean Smith is no longer using the last incumbent’s secondhand tools. He’s been shopping, and he’s got his very own set of power tools. They are far more flexible by design, and some of the tools are even interchangeable while others were designed to do more specific jobs. But more importantly, he’s purchased some spares.

If you think Dean Smith has made a bad judgement call, by not bringing in another forward, then your probably thinking of Villa’s style under the last incumbent. Or maybe you’ve not seen our pre-season games. You see, we don’t need a big target man because of the way Dean Smith plays. Our front three will be interchangeable.

Regardless If It’s Wesley, Davis or Kodjia who plays. Similar principles will apply that we see with Liverpool’s front three. I’ve already seen a few fans pick up on this so not sure why others have not.

Sixteen goals in pre-season and where they came from shows the goals will be shared throughout this season, and when you factor in, that we now have a much younger, more dynamic athletic and better balance to our team. And with the arrival of proper defensive Midfielders. Who will free up Jack and allow him to push further forward?. And we all know how Jack driving forward creates space for others. And what opportunities arise from it.

Tottenham To Rue The Day

Tomorrow you will hopefully see what I am referring too, and although it’s going to be extremely difficult, I think we have every chance of causing an upset. Lets face it the expert’s don’t expect us to win, so what we got to lose. It’s a reverse role to last season, where the pressure was on us before we even kicked a ball most weeks. And every team raised their game against us.

But whatever happens tomorrow. We will have our own little mini-league to contend with, and we will not be facing many teams of Tottenham’s quality every week. Maybe just maybe this result is already written in the stars. And Mr Levy will be having nightmares about Jack late tomorrow evening.

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AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
Begley
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Begley
1 year ago


“We have an obligation to spread boxing around the world”

No prizes for guessing who said it but FFS, does he really think anyone believes that shyte.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Former Aston Villa chief scout Ian Atkins is joining Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Atkins was sacked by Villa in September as part of a major shake-up in the scouting department at Villa Park.

The reasons behind Atkins’ dismissal remain unknown but he’ll now be tasked with finding Wolves new players from across Europe.

jcv
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jcv
1 year ago

hi lads,
well what do you think of the prem,now that we are back.
for me its a chance to see some really class players,
i know we have already seen them,but not against us.

and then its how this club can close the gap on the better teams,
but isnt it great to be back in the prem.
the only thing that we will probably miss has BB just said,
is less games.
i got used to those midweek games.and the international breaks will seem longer.
roll on next weekend.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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I am loving being back. Loved yesterday. Friday night was great and so was today. Much more fun than the Championship but I will miss the midweek games. 3 games in a week was deadly??

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
1 year ago
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Its great to be back mate, loved the whole weekend.
If we can get some points on the board soon I’ll be over the moon.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

Tammy looks like he gonna get plenty of chances he needs to anticipate a bit more

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

So unlucky Tammy

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Shelvey would have been proud of that one

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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LOL

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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I thought it was soft to begin with but looks stone waller on 2nd view

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Villa up to 15th. Always had confidence in Smith ?????????

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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That was a good game Chelsea started brightly united came back into it and pen changed game from then on there was only gonna be one winner

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Utd looked very good. Maguire is quality. Excellent positioning and excellent passing. I think he was well worth paying 80m for, he will be an anchor for Utd. Some nice passing by Utd and some good movement. Pogba did well. Definite top 4 candidates.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Pogba was terrific that weighted ball for Rashford 2nd was sublime – last year Tammy bullied defenders it’s role reversal this year i fear – levels i guess

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Same as us yesterday. It will take a bit of time to get used to the PL. Its a huge step up from Chumps

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Goals change games as they say it’s not like Chelsea never had their own chances first half – but once United got that break through their confidence grew.

Just like Smith Frank has to adapt to Pl now, regardless that he played so well himself he can do very little from touchline so tactics team selection is vital.

They will be fine like us yesterday Chelsea will not come up against the quality United have every week.

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jcv
1 year ago
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a leopard never changes its spots.
LOL

Muz1
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Muz1
1 year ago
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Seems all too familiar, well to most of us anyway.

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
1 year ago
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Lol, thats funny, one thing not being a great coach but not being able to sub players on without them knowing exactly what is expected and where they are supposed to fit in is really inept management.
Joelington looked sharp first 20 mins though i thought.
Like you said no surprises.
He’s not going to last long is he.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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U would think he would manage to get the basics right. I wonder does Bruce realise that not everyone in the squad is necessarily an English speaker ?

Muz1
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Muz1
1 year ago
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Does that get us a champions league spot?
No it doesn’t, and if you are happy with that then you are very easily pleased.
DS out , big Sam in.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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LOL, sorry my mistake. Haven’t been on the other blogs for a read in a while and I forgot where we should be finishing.

Muz1
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1 year ago
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And the unproven players who have never played in the premier before.
We should have signed 12 world class players, what the hell is he playing at.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Gonna be strange getting use to having no midweek game

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Apparently NKB is a much happy place to be now, it’s no longer toxic Fcuk knows where they all was last couple of weeks ?

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Chelsea looking a little like a newly promoted team

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

Highlight of Toon’s season Shelvey hitting post in opening game

Muz1
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Muz1
1 year ago
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Yeh, he was too far forward, that’s why he was substituted.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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He should have laid the ball off for the man near the halfway line lol

Muz1
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Muz1
1 year ago

We go again, no easy games in this league, blah blah. ??

Begley
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1 year ago
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Will he have a little pop at the fans for not having a sell out St James’. Is it not their fault?

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

3 points for Arsenal

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Cant wait for Bruce’s post match LOL

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

Brave shout by frank left some big names on bench

Begley
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1 year ago

Sky Commentator…
What was missing from Arsenal last year was the ability to grind out a pretty ugly 1-0 win away from home

Says it all about Bruce’s style LOL

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1 year ago

The ease and accuracy at which the top sides ping the ball about is frightening.
It really is all about finding our feet and surviving this season, anything above 16th or 17th will be a welcome bonus imo.
Any lack of concentration will be pounced upon in this league, you have to be on your game for the entirety as one lapse of concentration is going to cost you the game.
Not all sides will be as good as the one we played against yesterday, in saying that ,mistakes against anyone in this division will be dealt with a lot more severely than they would in the chumps league, and, we will very quickly need to learn our lessons.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Careful mate were already being accused of getting our excuses in early

Muz1
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1 year ago
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Yeh, read that.
Although I would prefer to call it reality, rather than an excuse, or maybe I am setting my expectations way too low and should expect us to challenge Man City and Liverpool for the title.
If we are unable to do that we should just sack DS and get big Sam in to complete the job.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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?????
sad but true, anything for a little dig that’s his mentality

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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No excuses. DS got it wrong and should have bought Maupay. Smith Out ??????

Begley
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1 year ago
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The PL is faster and more physical than I expected / remembered. But the thing that really struck me is, as u say the way they ping the ball about. The % pass completion is top drawer. Our 2 out of 3 completed passes yesterday is not good enough

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1 year ago
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Me too, although since being in the chumps league I had watched a lot less of the premier games, but after watching the opening round of games I can see the massive gulf in class, especially from the top sides.

Begley
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1 year ago
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Snap

AVFCVillablog
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I lost interest in PL after we got relegated i did see a few of the big games that was about it but it’s definitely a much stronger league than the one we got relegated from

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I think our exit from the league made it much stronger ??????

Muz1
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Muz1
1 year ago
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No doubt about that mate, that is why survival in our first season has to be our target, not unrealistic expectations.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Survival is all that matters and losing to Spurs away is not going to make any difference what so ever to final outcome we have our own little mini league to participate in for now.

Begley
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1 year ago

Tammy starting up front for Chelsea at Utd. Hope he scores

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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now that is one game i will be watching interested in seeing how Frank does

Begley
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1 year ago
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Delighted for Tammy. Without him we would be in Chumps and I will always have a soft spot for him. Really hope he gets on the scoresheet

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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If only he had not missed so many we might have won the league ???

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1 year ago
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???

In the scheme of things does it make any difference. The main thing was promotion and yes it was a team performance but some individuals over contributed and Tammy was definitely one of them

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Echo your thoughts mate, he did a lot to help us back to the top flight.

Begley
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1 year ago

Toon attendance is down 4,500 people from the average attendance last season. You would expect game one of the season with the visit of Arsenal to be a sell out.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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They have a little protest going on True Geordie said he didn’t think it would get the support it needs

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Didn’t realise City are playing Spurs next week. Will be interesting to see that and potentially making our visit to City very scary

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Spurs will do well to get a point imo

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Arsenal 1-0 Bruce

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Better late than never what’s plan b Steve ?

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Bruce already on plan B, now looking for plan C. In the 54min Shelvey who is a midfielder came off to be replaced by Willems who is a left back. Sky confirmed it was a tactical and not an injury sub

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Shelvey pays the price for attacking and trying to score ??

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Shelvey had the best opportunity of the game for Toon and hit the post. Silly man

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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exactly

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Not sure if Arsenal are brilliant or Newcastle shyte or maybe a bit of both but Arsenal’s passing is fabulous. They are pinging the ball around and the Toon are just spectators so far

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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1st 10 mins. Arsenal 76.3% possession and 91,8% pass completion. I wonder what Bruce’s tactics will be for the rest of the game LOL

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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I think you miss Bruce secretly

Begley
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Like a hole in the head. I am watching eagerly to see the style of football Toon play but after 15 mins it is really difficult to tell as they have hardly touched the ball. You watching it?

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Had enough of that twat to last me a lifetime – although i love football I have standards ??

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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I think Toon are definitely in our mini league, I like to see as many of the games of the teams we are competing against.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Any other team bar Bruceball i would find interest in besides it will have no bearing when we meet them, form changes throughout season and like us it’s a tough opener for them.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Bruce playing 3 at the back against Arsenal. Slow start by Arsenal, it took them 37 seconds to have a chance.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

Some Spurs fans views :

Slightly underestimated Villa, digging deep got us over the line.

Villa impressive, they’ll stay clear of trouble no doubt

Villa were very well organised and have some real talent in midfield, reckon they’ll be safe or even top half finish this season

Thought Villa’s game plan was spot on for 70 minutes, much better than Norwich

Villa will cause many teams problems this year

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1 year ago
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Any more results like yesterday and the DS out brigade will be in full swing.
Moaning about subs that were made and making them at the wrong time cost us, what a load of tosh.
We were playing against a top 3 side who were playing in the champions league final a couple of months ago, and, we were under seige for the entire second half. It wouldnt have mattered who we sent on or at what stage of the game, the result would have been the same.
Too many are just so unrealistic and expect instant miracles.
I’m confident we can stay up this season and show more improvement next season, but if anyone thinks we can turn over champions league sides this early on our return, then i’m afraid they are living in cloud cuckoo land.

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Begley
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Agreed, it was a tough game yesterday and very few teams, if any will leave THS with points. Overall a great baptism of fire, buzzing to be back in the PL. As BB mentioned below it is important to pick up 3 against Bournemouth next weekend.
No doubt if we win next week with a different set of fullbacks starting the game then people will take that as confirmation that DS got it wrong against Spurs ?????

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Some stats to put things in perspective

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Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Not sure that tell us too much. We were under siege for the entirety of the second so our defensive tackles are bound to be high and equally our attacking numbers will be low

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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well it clearly shows our defence was immense – which other teams had 31 shots to defend ? none – because they never played as tough opposition as we did – even Man city only had 14 shots – if you go –
https://www.whoscored.com/Regions/252/Tournaments/2/Seasons/7811/Stages/17590/TeamStatistics/England-Premier-League-2019-2020

and go into individual category like blocks/tackles etc then you get a more in depth analysis not that i need one, i saw with my own eyes but for comparing what other teams did or didn’t do it’s valuable information looking ahead.

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Begley
1 year ago
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I know our defence was excellent but I think these sort of defensive stats are a little like comparing a GK from a team that finishes in the top 3 of the the PL to a team that finishes in the bottom 3 of the PL. The likes of Alisson, Ederson and Lloris are arguable far superior GKs that the 3 GKs that get relegated but the stats will show that the bottom 3 GKs had more saves.
I would consider City a much better team to Spurs and a much more creative team to Spurs. It could be argued that Hammers did a better job at containing City’s and reducing the amount of shots they had than we did containing Spurs.

Football stats are always very difficult to interpret in isolation of the game. The most important stat for me in a game (other than final score) is % completed passes. Particularly at this level we simply can’t afford to give the ball away cheaply

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Not just defensive stats – we average 8th position overall out of all the teams which have played to date, that’s 6 teams who had worst stats than us, that’s a positive for me.

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1 year ago
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Lots of positives from the game but the stats don’t paint too rosey a picture imo. Our % pass completion was 3rd lowest of the 14 teams that have played so far. Only two teams below us and they played each other (Burnley v Soton). I didn’t see the game but the stats makes it sound like a shyte game with lots of hoof ball. As our playing style is to play football we need to improve on only completing 2 out of every 3 passes, that’s just too sloppy imo. When playing a team like Spurs we are asking for trouble if every 3rd pass is to one of their players.

I appreciate that we are new to this and we are going through a learning process and I am very happy to watch and enjoy the ride but to me that is an area I really want to see us improve upon.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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As i said overall stats – 8th out of 14 teams to date – we could have a high pass completion but be poor in other area’s they are what they are for the level of opposition we played- i will take the positives from the game.

Onto Bournemouth but if look at their pass completion stats then it gonna be anything but a straight forward 3pts – regardless if we need them

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1 year ago
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I will take the positives too but although 8th, none of the teams blow us one albeit there were 2 draws. As we see our % completion increase with will see the 8th get closer to 1st

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Only stat seeing us closer to first was the league table before season started ??

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

I see lots of tweets from Spurs fans saying how good Mings was and that they should buy him in Jan. Can’t get much better a complement than that

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