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Villa Lose As Dean Smith’s Villans feel the Hornet Sting

Villa lose despite a rally late on. But it was too little to late. It was definitely not the ending us Villa fans had dreamed of when the new fixtures came out. So much for expecting maximum points. We could have no real complaints on the final whistle. We got what we rightly deserved, Sweet nothing.

Throughout we looked devoid of ideas, off the pace, and we we’re lacking any creativity or cutting edge. Well that was until the introduction of Bertrand Traore and debutant Leon Bailey. They changed the dynamic of the game. They gave us some impetus but the damage had longed been done.

Who Was The Promoted Team

Let’s put this performance into some perspective. Ok Villa lose but we only had 2 shots on target in 90 minutes, and we’ve just spent 95 million on our attacking force. It was reminiscent of our first season back in the top flight. It looked like we were the newly promoted team on the receiving end of a rude awakening to an established team in the Premier league.

It’s Only One Game

I suppose we shouldn’t get too down after one loss. But it’s such a bitter pill to swallow when it comes against a newly promoted team in game one. With all losses you get a mixture of reactions, and yesterday was no different. Does the result raise doubts about what we can realistically achieve this season ? No not in my opinion. Especially given that we have spent big again, and have lofty expectations. No doubt a loss would be easier to accept had it been against a top 4 team. But this is the Premier League. If your not at it, you get punished. I am not sure Liverpool fans were calling for Klopps head when they lost to us 7-2.

Concerns

How can you not be up for the first game of the season. It’s the performance what hurts the most. When your record signing gets substituted, instead of getting you off your seat. You know the writings on the wall. To many individuals were abysmal for large periods of the game. It pains me to say it because I want us to be able to adapt when key players are not available. But we missed Ollie Watkins’ energy, and his press, big time. That said, we had Danny Ings leading the line, no disrespect to Wesley or Keinan Davis. But he’s an England international, but the poor fella was starved of service. 

It was obvious very early on, Matt Targett was having a torrid time, he was being exposed by the pace of Sarr. We were neither creating or controlling the game, but had to wait till half time before Dean Smith reacted to the situation. Soon after Watford got their third and it was game over.

I did say on the old thread I could see Smith needing to tinker & tweak things for a few weeks. But I never thought we would go down at Watford. Anyway if your looking to take a positive from yesterday. Just be grateful we wont need to wait for Dean Smith to stumble on a winning formula.

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Vancouvervillan
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2 months ago

Got to be worse off at this point with no Jack and all the injuries, no pre season. This time last season we were off to a flying start.
Better off with the player signings ? Think we’ll have to wait and see. I’m expecting us to build slowly and get better 2nd half of the season, at least I hope so πŸ™

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2 months ago
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Ollie a bigger miss than Jack for me. Plenty of time to improve, 4 points from a makeshift reserve team, could be worse. One of Watkins chances goes in, or Ings point blank shot not saved yesterday and it’s a different story.
Embarrassing we have fans wanting Smith out already.

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3 months ago

Just in case you didn’t think football is broken, utd sign Ronaldo for 15 mil pay him 400,000 a week or so and their stockmarket price jumps 220 million in the 1st 24 hours !!! πŸ€”

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3 months ago

Core unavailable and no Jack it looks pretty average. Konsa injury as well now!
Not been a good start at all most of the 1st team injured or sick. Maybe it’s a good job there’s an int break.

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3 months ago

Good job by our youth tonight, great to see so many perform well, particularly Archer who looked every inch a player.
Also nice to see Hourihane captain the team and shepard the kids to such a convincing win. AEG looked very good too, some nice assists and well taken goals.

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3 months ago

Well isolation is going to be a factor for other clubs too. Whether we agree or not it’s the rules.
Ironic some fans spent months pleading for Jack to be playing for England only for him to have his head turned when involved. I think in the big scheme of things I do want internationals playing for us.

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3 months ago

Think Wes is odds on to start can’t see us risking Watkins, Ings or Bailey.

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3 months ago
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Yeah saw that quote, you would assume Hourihane being the pro he is wants to play football, so he’s likely to move imo. Chukwuemeka is unlikely to be a starter, (at least not soon). Sanson is injured and untested.
So in theory we may only have 4 not 7 midfielders.
Is that enough in midfield for a run at Europe?
Despite excellent performances to start the season can Ramsey take us to Europe?
I wouldn’t be surprised if we added one more, that would allow McGinn to perhaps play further forwards, be a bit more insurance for Sanson and allow for injuries.
Only one of the 7 I would consider a true DM and perhaps none of them are comfortable playing alone in front of a back 4.
To add none of the tried & tested, known quantities in the squad possess any height or ability to dominate the MF.
I have great expectations of Sanson playing as an AM but he is untested.

I think we need a big strong defensive MF who is comfortable on the ball and can dominate a game, problem is I’m sure every other club wants one too 😎 such an important position.

Docoure would be a punt but we can wait while he or any foreign player gets aclimatize. Sarr looks likely to be going elsewhere, Anguissa is not starting for Fulham and has PL experience, Bissouma is not available or affordable.

I think we can do without adding an AM at a push, we have lots of options Inc the forwards can play there. I just think it would be foolish to not try to get a decent experienced or at least potential decent DM in if we can.
Icing on the cake?

We do have the money & right now there’s real value out there.
One more in minimum for me and right now I think Anguissa makes most sence all things considered.
Him and Correa from Lazio AM/LW and its dreamland and were well set up for Europe 😎

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