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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.


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.


74 Responses

  1. Vancouvervillan

    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™

    1. AVFCVillablog

      Not been able to play our strongest 11 yet given our injuries so it’s hard to judge exactley how we stand with the new additions after losing Jack

      We have certainly missed Ollie’s workrate

      1. Vancouvervillan

        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.

  2. Vancouvervillan

    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€”

  3. Vancouvervillan

    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.

  4. AVFCVillablog

    McGinn & Ramsay are having to follow Government covid guidelines

    I suspect they have come In to close contact with someone who has tested positive

    Mings is Injured

    Bailey & Traore will be ok after the break I suspect

    Sanson trained all week but not match fit

    1. AVFCVillablog

      Perhaps they have not been in close proximity to each other for more than 15 / 20 mins or whatever the timeframe guideline is like many of the covid rules they seldom make sense

  5. Vancouvervillan

    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.

  6. AVFCVillablog

    It dont get much better than that Cameron Archer well done to all the Villa players especially the youngsters this evening a job well done.

  7. AVFCVillablog

    How we line up

    Aston Villa: Steer, Targett, Hause, Tuanzebe, Guilbert, Hourihane (C), Carney Chukwuemeka, Nakamba, Philogene-Bidace, Archer, El Ghazi.

    Substitutes: Sinisalo, Bogarde, A.Ramsey, J.Ramsey, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Hayden Lindley, Sil Swinkels.

  8. Vancouvervillan

    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.

  9. AVFCVillablog

    Dean Smith

    β€œAt the moment in midfield places I have John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Marvelous Nakamba, Carney Chukwuemeka, JJ (Jacob Ramsey), Conor Hourihane and Morgan Sanson coming back from injury.

    β€œThere are a lot of numbers in there and I think to add to that would be stockpiling players a little bit. Players would probably need to move out before we moved anyone in for that area.”

    1. Vancouvervillan

      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 😎

  10. Vancouvervillan

    Tuned in to see Alice bands home debut goal…
    It bounced in off his knee 🀣🀣🀣

  11. Vancouvervillan

    Great result we deserved it. With the players injured it was a good performance, can only get better as we get match fit.
    Ramsey my motm today playedcreally well. Luiz made a difference and Buendia looked better, some work rate.
    Martinez, lucky boy, another clean sheet 🀣

  12. AVFCVillablog

    Our players played with real fire in their bellies today they gave 100% it made the game a feisty affair but one we deservedly won because we wanted it more and with some players out injured we should all be happy tonight

  13. Vancouvervillan

    Rough start yes and a lot of it out of Smith’s hands.
    I’m expecting better things tomorrow, we looked rusty last week, I think that will improve.
    Don’t see any reason not to start the same back 4 and SJM, Nakamba in front.
    Think it depends on where we start Buendia, no.10 then I’d go AEG left and Bidace right. If we play Buendia RW then I’d go with Ramsey at no.10 I don’t see any reason to throw both kids in at this point, but I agree it would be nice to see some of Bidace at some point.
    Shame we can’t have 5 subs as I’m sure Bailey will be one.

    1. Vancouvervillan

      He’s a bit of a luxury player, but I was confused as to why we started him on the wrong wing, to fit in Young? Didn’t make sense to me.
      He can be great on his day, goals & his defensive work has improved. He’s a back up player, he knows that, never complains, usually has an impact when he gets his chance. He wasn’t the only one under par last week.
      I think what we have to ask ourselves is who else would want to come to play that squad role? The cost to replace? Would they be any more consistant?

      I think we have to look past the idea that we have a squad where they’re all potential, ideal starters, we’re not city just yet.

      1. AVFCVillablog

        There seems to be a lot of doom and gloom within the fan base at the moment, So last thing It needs is me adding to it, if I am being honest I do have concerns, losing Jack was one thing, losing Ollie to injury is another given what he brings to the team,
        But with Martinez in goal and Ings up top were better equipped than some teams.

  14. Vancouvervillan

    I’m actually quite pleased JWP has signed a new contract, I really like the player but I just don’t think he has the big strong presence we need for our midfield. Made the right decision, possibly the decision Jack should have made, in sticking with his childhood club as captain.
    With Sanson out a while still & Buendia not looking fit yet it’s a great opportunity for Ramsey, he did really well 2nd half on Saturday. I’m also wondering if we might see a bit of Chucky to see if he has any MF presence.

  15. Vancouvervillan

    Maybe these injuries will work in our favour, get a settled side and then see players returning chomping at the bit.

  16. Vancouvervillan

    All a bit doom & gloom on the NKB. Let’s hope we smash Newcastle on Saturday and posters start being a little less reactionary.
    Rome in a day comes to mind.

    1. Vancouvervillan

      Knee injury picked up last season, been out a long, long time. Only returned to training week before last i read somewhere. Done no summer training apparently, he’s not going to be ready anytime soon.

  17. Vancouvervillan

    He has had some bad luck hasn’t he. I think we’ll bounce back on Saturday but worrying situation with the injuries, no pre season and lack of fitness.
    I still think they expected Jack to be with us and if we’re done this window Smith will be under pressure to find a solution.

    1. AVFCVillablog

      Thanks for letting me know buddy, I do appologize to be honest , I was’nt aware of that issue, no doubt its down to how i reset it at end of last season, I decided to not do a full reset as it created more work for myself, but given that we could only play our joker once a season it no real loss and we’re all in the same boat. Mind you I can understand how double pts might help yourself πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. Vancouvervillan

        Really, I didn’t realize golden ball was only once a season, thought it every week !
        Blown it on city already then πŸ™„

        1. AVFCVillablog

          The author of the plugin says being able to use the golden ball (joker) every week is still in development and will be released in due course

          1. HenleyVillain

            I thought it was usable every week too.
            If I’d have known you could only use it once, I would have saved it for the banker 7-1 result against Liverpool !

          2. Vancouvervillan

            There’s a reason why he’s the reigning champion and current leader 🀣
            Clearly he read the instructions πŸ™„

  18. AVFCVillablog

    44 year old Sue Radford, the Mother of Britains largest family is expecting baby No 22

    Now I’m not one to normally judge people but I reckon her fanny would make the Arsenal defence look tight πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  19. AVFCVillablog

    Given that Morgan Sanson will be like a new signing, and he’s only played 291 minutes at villa since arriving in 9 apperances, 6 as a sub, an average of 32 min per appearance

    Forget you’ve seen a little of him, had we purchased him this Window rather than in January would fans still be wanting another midfielder ?

    1. Vancouvervillan

      I agree, he could be the AM we’re looking for but by the time he gets anywhere near match fit and up to speed any chance of top six might be gone.
      Lingard at reported 20m looks like one of the deals of the summer to me.

      1. AVFCVillablog

        Just seen a report saying unless something extradonary comes up were done this window
        To be honest I’m hoping it’s a smoke screen.

        I’d take a gamble on lingard for 20m he would get us up the pitch and get goals.

        Funny old game Orjan Nyland as joined Bournemouth the team who would have stayed up had goal line tech not failed Sheffield

        1. Vancouvervillan

          Not much of a gamble after his loan performance. The fact West Ham apparently haven’t even bid tells you, them, like many others don’t have the money. I think it would be foolish not to take advantage of this.
          With Jack gone, the injuries and no pre season I think Smith would be mad not to ask for more reinforcements.

  20. AVFCVillablog

    A recent survey supposedly resulted in only 89.3% of Villa fans being happy with our owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens. Can you believe it ?
    Meaning 10.7 % a small minority of fellow supporters do not have full confidence in our owners.

    The research compiled in partnership with YouGov, the Sky Bet Fan Hope survey claims the Villa fanbase is still the fourth most confident of their owners from across the Premier League.

    Topping the list at 94.6% is unsurprisingly Leicester City ‘s owners, closely followed by Brighton at 94.4%. Then newly promoted Brentford with 91.7% confidence, with Villa coming in fourth place at 89.3%.

    I struggle to believe these were real Villa fans being surveyed. The only explanation is the 11% are all anti Dean Smith.
    Because our owners, not only saved us from the brink of collapse. They have bank rolled us ever since with millions of their own money to get us moving in the right direction.

    We’ve seen our club go from 13th in championship to 11th in the Premier League in 3 seasons.

    If you’re a villa fan and you are part of that 10.7% I have no idea what you expect from our owners.

  21. AVFCVillablog

    Aston Villa is pleased to announce the signing of Caleb Chukwuemeka.

    Caleb joins younger brother Carney in Villa’s ranks after completing a move from Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee.

    From me too youπŸ˜‚

  22. AVFCVillablog

    She’ll believe you when next leader goes up it’s got a football in itπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  23. Vancouvervillan

    Anyone beat 12 points?
    Being away looks like more of a disadvantage again.
    Fantastic to have fans back again πŸ‘

  24. Vancouvervillan

    Yep, too many off the pace and terrible line up. Young is no longer a winger and why have AEG on the wrong side? I get many weren’t up to match fitness but surely AEG and Bidace could have started.

    Big concern for me was Buendia having no impact, I think you got it wrong Ramsey made an instant difference before Bailey & Traore, worrying when we paid 35m for Buendia who everyone seemed to think would be fine in no.10 role. He may also be unfit but worrying if the next best option is going to be Ramsey or untested Chucky? We need to spend some money here.

    McGinn left Nakamba alone too often and the excellent Dennis ran rings around us. Again got to spend on a DM, SJM is so much better further forwards.

    They were lucky Watford, a goal Martinez usually saves, deflection off Mings & a worldie but they did deserve to win.
    We need to get match fit, more hungry and need additions and quick.

    Concerned also about Watkins & Ings playing together? Coaching staff leaving & the apparent disarray after it was confirmed Jack’s buy out clause had been met, it seemed panic set in? All this unusual for our recently so well organized and professionally run club.

    We’ll see, it’s a long season and I don’t want to overeact but not a great start the last few weeks.

    1. Vancouvervillan

      I think that 4231 naturally turns into more of a 433 when we have the ball anyway, but might suit McGinns game better. Totally agree on getting some size into the squad. It would help us keep the ball. Not sure why we’re not looking at someone like Odergaard, big strong lad with PL experience as in Anguissa.
      Got to add a couple more surely.

      1. AVFCVillablog

        How can you say we lost Taylor after what you called him ? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ out the six you highlighted only two are really a loss

    2. AVFCVillablog

      I did overlook Ramsay contribution in my summary, infairness to the lad he did impact the game when he came on, he gave us a spark and got into some good positions.

      Maybe I am being naive here but I’m not sure there is anything sinister in both JT & ROK moving on. By all accounts ROK had decided his time was up after seeing our progression but he delayed his announcement because JT beat him to it and he didnt want to leave Smith light during pre-season after Smith had to self isolate.

      Conspiracy theories suggest once Terry knew jack was off he could see the writing was on the wall and he doesn’t want to be around when it goes tits up.

      Another potential banana skin this weekend, Newcastle ain’t going to be a walk in the park so we best be up for it and bring our A game.