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Villa’s Achilles Heel Strikes Again

Villa’s Achilles heel was our undoing again tonight. All season long our problem has been the need to find a solution to our defensive frailties. So what was the odds of a silly error costing us again this evening?. It’s become near on impossible to grind out results for this very reason. Well if you can’t defend, and don’t create or score many, you’re going to be down the bottom in a relegation dog fight.

The only question that remains I suppose is can Smith stick a plaster on Villa’s Achilles heel and fall over the finishing line?. If this is too happen, then Dean Smith needs to start the team that finished this evening. They did look more capable of creating chances and they did finish the stronger of the two teams. When we play as a team Instead of relying on Jack to produce some magic. We look far more threatening. Ironically relying on individual moments of brilliance was a Steve Bruce flaw. We would park the bus and rely on some individual brilliance from Snodgrass, Jack or Adomah.

Dean Smith Distracted From His Beliefs

It remains to be seen if Dean Smith will see the wood through the trees. Because we do not have the personnel to sit back and soak up pressure. We certainly don’t have anyone with pace in the squad to hit teams on the counter. Can anyone tell me whatever happened to the possession-based attacking football we were promised and saw under Smith at Brentford?. Why has that footballing ethos failed to materialise here at Villa?. In fact, I fail to see any pattern to our play except defend and sit deeper and deeper lately.

Since the restart, tonight is the most attacking and creative I have seen us. We have looked a little more solid at the back. But how much of that is down to the opposition not being up to speed?. If our previous two performances are any indication of what’s to come, and tonight was a one-off. Then sadly for us Villa fans our premier league return will have been short-lived. Because Villa’s Achilles heel will see to it.

Concerns & Reality

Only after Smith made the changes tonight did I see for the first time some fighting spirit and belief from the players they could get something from the game. I had not seen anything up to this point since the season restart. It’s been like watching training sessions or pre-season friendlies. We have only one player who can turn a game on its head, Our Talisman Jack Grealish and he looks like his personal problems have taken their toll on him. He’s a shadow of the player he was before COVID 19.

As for the trio on the sidelines, whenever they come into camera view. All I see is one chewing gum, another with folded arms, and one scribbling on a bit paper. What I would give for a Roy Keane or Nigel Pearson type character on the sidelines right now.

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Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

JCV wasn’t on last night and hasn’t appeared this morning. The celebration party for Liverpool winning the league must have been a good one ??

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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I am trying to do some work and at the same time finish off a leader blog fro the Wolves games

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Great result for Chelsea and now they are only 1 point behind Leicester for 3rd place. They have The Hammers next at the Bridge, I think they might give Hammers a tough game ?

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

Yep, well done Liverpool the most entertaining side to watch for the last two seasons for me, they deserve it.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

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Totally deserved, by far the best team this season. Time to give your star players a good break, play the u23s for the rest of the league campaign to prepare yourselves for next season.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Liverpool 45 mins away from being crowned champions. The party and celebrations will be kicking off in JCV’s house. He is probably putting up the Liverpool flags and red bunting right now.

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

The right result then, good stuff.
The way we seem to keep dodging bullets lately in this scrap to stay up is encouraging.
I do think there are 3 or 4 teams just as bad or worse than us.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

It is a race to the bottom and the team that fcuks up least will win. There are 5 teams and each look to be doing their best to go down

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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The way the others are playing it could be 31/32

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Looking at the table below. There are no easy games for any team other than against Norwich. And their players may start playing for transfers in the summer

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago

At least that has stopped them from pulling away.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

That is a big result for Villa. Without question this was a game Watford was targeting as an opportunity for 3 points.

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Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
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looking for a green 3 next to Wolves game !
I’m expecting nothing from the following two games so we have to go for it.
Beaten a very similar looking Wolves team 4-1 before in championship.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

ah, but that was with Bruce. Rue the day ?????

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
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Lol
Expat in good form lately ? back to his pre lockdown belligerent self.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

I think he was genuinely worried for his wife with Covid. I like Expat, he is 84 and I hope I am on blogs when i am that age ??

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
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Dog with a bone springs to mind ?

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

100%

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
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Bit like Ireland v France a few years back ,team just ignored sideline

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Was that the drop kick after about 47 phases?

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Big fat ron
4 months ago
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Goal

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

What a waste of their last free kick and chance

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago

What a chance for Watford, it was put perfectly over the bar.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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?

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

I would love to get Laursen or Melberg in to Villa as defensive coaches

Vancouvervillan
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5 months ago
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Have they done anything to suggest they are the best people for the job though?
Not in favour of old boys coming back to a role at the club in general, seldom works.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

I believe they are both in coaching and they both knew how to play the game (but I suppose JT was a good CB), Laursen comes across as a clever lad I think. And they also know Villa. I just can’t understand how a PL team can make schoolboy errors, it should not happen

Vancouvervillan
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5 months ago
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JT has not been great for Villa, player or coach. He was offloaded by Chelsea because he couldn’t or wouldn’t play 3 at the back formation, suggests to me he was unadaptable & past his best as a player, not sure why we thought he would make a good defensive coach.

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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

Begley, agree with your thoughts on Smith being nervous and scared to go for it, but fact remains games earlier in the season when we played more open we did play much better. In some cases unlucky and naive but would think its the way to go now especially against the teams we are not expected to get much from.
He has to take a few chances sooner or later.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Our defensive frailties killed us when we were playing better. Then we played more defensively to put less pressure on the defence and then yesterday we had complete schoolboy defending where our defenders were all over by the fcuken corner flag. What the hell is JT doing?

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
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I get the impression JT is not the brightest of people, done nothing.
We do have Luiz in excellent form and now looking like a PL DM didn’t have that protection for the defence earlier.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

I mentioned yesterday, Luiz is by far the most improved player since lockdown. He is starting to look very good and should be the first name on the team sheet against Wolves. Quite an impressive turnaround for the lad.

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
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No kidding

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

Great goal fron J Rodriquez, underrated striker imo. Would have loved to have seen him at Villa

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

He went to Burnley for 5m upfront with a further payment of 5m after 1yr. Not a bad price and yes a lovely finish

Vancouvervillan
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5 months ago
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We should have signed him straight from Southampton, crafty striker does everything well.

Muz1
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5 months ago

For some reason we never seem to sign players like him or Ings etc. but they go to clubs like Burnley, Southampton and do well.

Begley
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5 months ago
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I always wanted Ings

Vancouvervillan
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5 months ago
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Think he’d still be at Liverpool if it wasn’t for his imjuries

Muz1
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5 months ago

Yes, Burnley 1-0

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Get In. Burnley take the lead

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Good question. I will ask BB. We need a new one for the Wolves game so we better decide quickly I suppose.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Hi folks,I say most the 1st half, Watford were crap. Burnley unlucky

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago
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Watford are a lot better this half , it would be no surprise to see them take the lead.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Bloody hell, clearance off the line by Burnley

Muz1
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5 months ago
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Yep, they are getting closer.

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago

Watford beginning to turn the screw.

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago

Watford looking more threatening this half.

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