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Villa’s Nightmare Halloween Horror Show

Villa’s nightmare continued with a halloween horror showing against West Ham. It’s one the club or manager Dean Smith could ill afford. It’s Villa’s fourth successive defeat. And as a result the pressure on Dean Smith has cranked up another notch.

From the moment young Jacob Ramsay went off I was questioning the decision to opt for Ashley Young as his replacement. Personally I would have gone with Carney Chukwuemeka. Even if I put on my Villa specs it’s hard to take anything from Villa’s nightmare. 

Hoping for Change

I was hoping for change, and from a personnel perspective I got that. But in terms of creativity it was still non-existent. Previously Joe was central to most Villa attacks. He was our kingpin, and he made us tick. Our problem at present surrounds the void he’s left and his replacements. The burden looks to be weighing heavy on Emi Buendia’s shoulders and Leon Bailey is not yet fully fit and we just look lost and devoid of ideas.

West Ham’s first and second goals were poor ones to concede. Martinez was unsighted, I can accept that. But I have to question Matt Targett standing off Johnson to get his shot off. Then within four minutes of getting ourselves on level terms. Matty Cash stood off Benrahma who tee’d up Rice. Both their goals could have been prevented.

Bad To Worse For Dean Smith

From then on things went from bad to worse. Ashley Young’s misplaced pass saw Kourtney Hause nearly see red. But in the same phase of play Ezri Konsa was red carded for being deemed to have prevented a clear goal opportunity following his challenge on Jarod Bowen.

After that, we sacrificed Buendia to get Mings on the pitch. With 10 men Ollie Watkins nearly got us level. But after that there was only ever going to be one outcome to this game. It’s understandable us being nervous and tentative after three successive defeats, but we were at home and the onus was on us to attack. The sad thing is I saw very little that gave me hope we would win this game. West Ham third and fourth goals just summed up Villa’s afternoon. Which was rife with school boy errors.

That Friday Feeling

So what next for Villa and Dean Smith? Well they have a chance to bounce back on Friday against Southampton. However It’s difficult to see how Dean Smith can survive a fifth successive defeat. The hierarchy would then have a big decision to make, swing the axe or stick with Smith. I still say we should stick by Deano.


4 Responses

  1. Vancouvervillan

    On the Wolves turning point theory, I thought they were crap at VP we easily controlled the game for 80 mins, since that fight back the dirty dogs have taken 13 points from a possible 15 !
    Despicable !!!

  2. Vancouvervillan

    We all know we’re poor at the moment, I can’t believe the change in players, fans and Smith’s demeanor since that last 10 minutes against Wolves, we really should have been able to get past that.
    Yes there have been injuries and issues but It looks like we’re getting nothing right all of a sudden.
    Someone mentioned something that really shocked me … villa have only 8 wins since last Christmas !
    Is that home or away or just the PL ? Can’t be true can it ? 🤔

    If that’s true (I haven’t checked) then I’ve let my love of Villa totally cloud my judgement. He simply has to win on Friday regardless of injury, illness or suspension.

  3. AVFCVillablog

    I’m not that naive that I don’t appreciate Dean Smith is running out of time to turn it around.
    But for now I am sticking by Smith. I just feel like he’s stacked up some credit. So he deserves the chance to put it right. I will reiterate he has still not been able to choose from a full strength squad due to various injuries almost being on rotational basis. On top of that certain Individuals haven’t played to the best of their ability.
    However If things don’t improve this month starting Friday. Then I will have to accept that a change will need to happen before a blip turns into a relegation battle..