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West Ham – Smith To Burst The Hammers Bubble

By the time we play West Ham on Monday week. Everyone else will have already played. And given the fixtures, of those around us, there’s a good chance a win will almost certainly see us climb out the bottom three. I do feel we must get something from the West Ham game, With Arsenal up next.

We then face Burnley and Norwich, before we go into another International break. So between West Ham and then, It’s an excellent opportunity to accumulate some much-needed points before we go into a more difficult fixture period.

The trouble is, It’s an unforgiving league, no one rolls over, and every game is difficult. So were not guaranteed points from West Ham or anyone else just because we’re at home. But I do think we can burst West Ham’s bubble, and also make it an unhappy return for an old favourite Robert Snodgrass. The International break has given us extra time to prepare, and that’s the only upside of having this international break.

Simply Not Ready For Promotion

I think promotion as tricky as it was to obtain, was the easy bit. On achievement, It created an enormous task that we were not ready for, and our results to date show this to be the case more than it just being a hunch on my part. All promoted clubs face challenges, but I think the re-build we underwent has exacerbated ours. And that’s why it’s no real surprise to me where we sit after four games.

August will not define our season, and In time, we have to believe the players will adapt, and the results will follow. That may not be for some time yet, but for the time being, we have to try and take whatever points we can get.

There’s been plenty of talk about formation changes ahead of West Ham. I don’t think it’s quite as simple as just changing formation, and I don’t think it would matter what formation we play right now. I believe the results would be similar. It’s more about the players settling and adapting to the league.

Expectations Tolerance Transition

Expectations from the Aston Villa fan base will always be high. Because our clubs rich history is too great for us, just to accept mediocrity. But we are also a tolerant fan base that allows Managers time. We judge on performances and results. However, it’s not quite that simple this time around. Because of the colossal transition, Villa is undertaking while in the top flight.

It was not so long ago we called for changes at Villa Park. And I don’t just mean the removal of Mr Marmite, (Steve Bruce). And yet after four games, with a newly built side. More importantly, one that is in-experienced in this league. I sense the prophets of doom already starting to put a negative spin on things, with their doom and gloom analogies even though the foundations that are being put in place for our future success have barely got underway.

I believe we will come out the other side of this transitional period a better team, but we need to give time. And accept instant success does not exist and that losses will occur along the way. And that we could be in or around the relegation zone most if not all season. Finishing Midtable would be fantastic but equally so would 17th this season.

So I make no apologies for being behind my team and supporting the coach through an extended period, to allow him time to develop the team. For me, Smith needs this season, and I suspect the owners think so too. What did Christian Purslow say? “nothing happens overnight Dean Smith was the outstanding candidate, every single attribute that the owners and I had talked about, Dean had In abundance.

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Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Poor from Spurs to be 2-2 having been 2-0 up

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

Does that impact you?

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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see your email

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Charlie Nich…

Aston Villa are vulnerable defensively, but can counter-attack with John McGinn and Jack Grealish, while Wesley is a handful up front. It should be comfortable but I don’t think it will be and there will be goals

He thinks 4-2 to the Gunners. He was wrong last week so lets hope he is wrong this week too

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

The o/s as been all day for me can anyone else reach it ? – perhaps they are having a overhaul

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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its up but its slow as anything

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Apparently there were over 50 agents watching 19-year-old Haaland playing for RB Salzburg last night in the Champions League. I am guessing his first half hat-trick has done his future earnings potential no harm whatsoever. The guy obviously knows how to handle pressure. He would probably fit into Villa’s strategy for new players, maybe a cheeky Jan bid ??

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Not as many who were watching Callum O’hare last weekend then???

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

your highlights are up ???

Begley
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1 year ago
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Thanks

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Begley
1 year ago

Poor results for English teams in the Champions League this evening. Chelsea losing at home will hurt them and conceding in the 92nd min was not good. I wonder will the Liverpool fans be calling for his head. Pep and Klopp will both be fighting to be the first manager sacked.

I noticed that RB Leipzig won 2-1 away to Benfica with Timo scoring twice. We stuck 3 past them and stopped Timo scoring in preseason.

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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Can’t believe Barkley ????another fucker who was not the designated penalty taker and took it upon himself

Begley
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1 year ago
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I didn’t see it and don’t know who was on the pitch but I think Tammy is sensible staying away from pen taking. He always looked weak at it but scored them for us when it counted. Of all managers you would think Frank could teach them how to take a pen, he was one of the best in the business

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1 year ago
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Barkley had on been on pitch 10/12mins there were plenty of others Tammy being one, willian another, pedro, jorginio

it wasn’t like no one else wanted it lol

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1 year ago
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Didn’t Jedi score a pen with his first touch for us, but he knew how to take a pen, never did he look like missing one. I assume our pen taker is Wes, his pen in preseason was superb. But we need a back up for a pen taker late in the game when he is having a rest. Jack can take a pen and I think McGinn should be a good pen taker. Also, Hourihane and Lansbury would be a safe bet and Trez took pens for his team in Turkey so lots of options. It would be interesting to see if Mings and ElGhazi both wanted to take the pen LOL

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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he did yes but he took them for Australia anyway, so he was used to taking them
not sure about anyone other than Kodjia because i only have play off semi to go on i don’t even remember wes scoring in p[re season lol

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1 year ago
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Not sure how to post the actual vid but Wes’s pen is here. The man can take them.

https://twitter.com/avfcofficial/status/1154109322441482240?lang=en

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago
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i still don’t remember it lol i may of slipped out for a piss lol

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

That Chumps league footballer Tammy is top of the PL Power Rankings.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Noses fined 42k for the Grealish incident. I guess that blows their Jan transfer budget ???

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1 year ago
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Neither Villa nor the FA are taking any further action in relation to ElGhazi v Mings last night.

Just an observation, you have to admire the balls of ElGhazi, I don’t think I would look to give Mings a heat butt, I think there is a fair chance Mings would win most of those battles ?

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1 year ago

There are some rational people on the blogs and can see what DS is doing but the headless chickens are still there albeit a lot of them are positioning the get out of jail card in saying that although we are crap and they can’t see anything to suggest we will survive they are also claiming they aren’t saying we will go down ???

Although we are crap and showing no improvement we have the 3rd best defense in the PL. Not bad for all the crap football we play, I wonder where we would be is we actually played some decent football.

I see Stones is out for 5 to 6 weeks. City struggling with CBs this season and we all know from the first half of last season how damaging that can be. JCV and the Liverpool fans will be thinking this may just be the year they do it ?

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

BB

And I agree, ElGhazi should be fined for what he did

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

Just for quick comparison two combined tables from last season – one after 5 games & one end of season the RED numbers represent amount of HOME games teams won

The 3 relegated teams Huddersfield Fulham Cardiff only picked up a further 14, 22, 32pts respectively from their next 33 games.
bottom place after 5 games Burnley and 19th place Newcastle, picked up 39pts 44pts respectively and only won 4 home games each all season.

out the 3 clubs who sat on 4pts and 5 games only Fulham were relegated Brighton & Sothampton finished in 17th & 16th respectively on 36 & 39pts and they only won 3 and 4 games at home

Taking this into consideration is their really any need for all the negative talk across the boards given were newly promoted and going through a transition. i think not.
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1 year ago

I got what I asked for which was showing more intent and but for sloppy play at times we could have won. Our defense was never under serious threat and Kevin Friend is still a cnut

AVFCVillablog
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1 year ago

Morning all
Begley did you shit the bed 6.30 comment

The match yes i fell a sleep but was wise enough to record it so i have since watched it back.

I actually thought it was a good game for a 0-0, sure it lacked quality, but at same time they are an established PL club and they never really tested us, they also spent big in the summer, we never looked overwhelmed or out of our depth, or looked like relegation fodder.

Marvelous
Decent debut – very energetic got about the pitch well, did the basics right, and if i am going to nit pick just a few loose passes but no different to super jack on that score.

Guilbert/jota partnership worries me, unlike Guilbert, Jota as no pace, yes he’s technically good but he runs into blind alleys, Guilbert get caught out of position because he passes it to Jota and goes on a run only for jota to lose possession, it happens time and time again, against better opposition we will get punished. Guilbert needs to be more selective when he goes marauding forward Hutton got loads of stick for being out of possession.

Where is the creativity?
we are work in progress and that’s why were seeing very little creativity, give it time i am sure it will come – but i feel for Wesley, he getting very little created for him, in fact he probably gets about as much service as i do from my Mrs?

It’s all to predictable at present – Jack needs to show what he about – NOT DOING ENOUGH to influence a game for me, he needs to take a leaf out of Super John McGinn game, what a player he is, lets hope he don’t get a serious injury.

Maybe it’s time to find away to fit Hourihane in, because without him our deliveries are shocking.

El Ghazi is a fool he never tracked his runner, and in same passage of play seconds earlier Taylor was back to doing what he does best but Mings was right to have a go at El Ghazi his failure to track back brought the defence under pressure, If i am DS i am giving El gHazi two weeks wage fine, for reacting the way he did.

Summary

Were work in progress it’s like looking at your child take it’s first steps and watching them grow – this rebuild is a massive job,

Fans
Having read across the boards it clear the fans do not understand the enormity of the task we face, At least the fans at the ground are fully behind DS and what the club is trying to build, quick fixes in the past accumulated in our downfall.

Fans on the boards can moan all they like for all i care, not sure they understand the word support. seriously after 5 games so much negativity – i here better words from the opposition fans about our team than i do from some of our so called supporters, it’s embarrassing.

Begley
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1 year ago
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Was in Dublin airport with a sore head when I posted that. Over and back to London for the day. Won’t be at home till about 10pm tonight

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1 year ago
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Think that’s a fair assessment
It was difficult to watch at times when we simply needed to move the ball quicker to keep it or advance, especially against the 10 men. Having said that Wes & Jack should have both scored and we could easily have been looking at a 2-0 win, defense was pretty solid. Didn’t see an awful lot wrong with the way we approached the game, we certainly had the better chances.

I thought them down to 10 men was a prime opportunity to make a sub or two, Hourihane might have made a difference, should have brought on two fresh legs at that point for me. Think we missed Trezeguet’s runs, still need to be convinced about El Ghazi, Marvelous is the DM for me (and he’ll get better), Jota has a serious lack of pace play more central ?, MOTM easily John McGinn.

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1 year ago

Reflecting on last night and I think it is clear that we still have some work to do but are improving.
Our defense is looking much stronger. Fred is growing on me a lot, he has a nice turn of pace, can tackle and is good going forward. Occasionally he gets caught when he loses the ball too far up the field but his pace has saved him a few times. Taylor plays a solid game for about 85 mins but gets caught in the wrong position too often. Mings and Engels are very good and it was great to see Mings bossing the others around, exactly what we need.

I thought Jack and McGinn had good games but our wingers and Wes need to show a bit more than they currently are.

Marvelous had a good debut. Rarely put a pass wrong but he didn’t show the bite I had expected and struggled a little against the movement of West Ham.

When fit I think Targett will be claiming the LB position. DM is still up for grabs, Luiz is a bit more attacking than Marvelous but both of them need a few more games if we want to be able to see who should be 1st choice.

Wingers and up front is where we need most work on the training ground to make sure these guys link in with the midfield and fullbacks to be able to create the chance and finish them.

Biggest disappointment of the night was ElGhazi. Mings is absolutely right to be organising the defense and ElGhazi should just listen and do what he is told to do. The reaction from him last night was a disgrace and very unprofessional and it could have cost us our point if he had seen red.

Out of relegation and Arsenal up next. For all of Arsenal’s defensive frailties I think their attacking prowess maybe a little too much for us so I expect a Villa loss. So if we get anything out of the game it would be a real bonus for us I think.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

That’s a very long snooze BB?

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Begley
1 year ago

Just had a read across the blogs, The children are out in force this evening. It really is amusing to read some of the comments doing the rounds. When we look at he league table we are not in the bottom 3, this is the objective I thought. We are improving as the games pass and we have a good setup at Villa Park. It gave me a good giggle reading a lot fo the comments. Maybe these people can think back 6 months or so when we were hearing that promotion was not a possibility. Guess what kiddies, we are in the Premier League now, maybe try holding your breath a little this time around and it won’t come back to bite you in the ass again.

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Vancouvervillan
1 year ago

Not the end of the world but a win was there for the taking.
Wesley should have buried his header and we still need to move the ball quicker, frustrating when we didn’t need to kept taking 3 or 4 touches and then take a player on, moving the ball quicker is something we have to work on. Would have liked Davies on sooner and Lansbury or Hourihane to drive us forwards (not sure if either was on the bench).

Work to do, I’m not too disappointed but they do need time as most of us know and understand.

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Vancouvervillan
1 year ago

Too add two guilt edged chances, we can’t keep on failing to make those count.
We’ll improve
UTV !

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Need to be more clinical in front of goal, that’s without doubt. I may disagree with many but I do think we are improving as each game goes past

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

Fair assessment

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

That’s a long snooze that BB is having

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago

West Ham would have gone 3rd tonight if they won. We got a point, 4 points in the bag. 36 left to get. Its a journey we are going through and I for one am enjoying it. The comments across the blogs suggest that it will not be long before the knives are out looking to sack DS. Fcuk knows what these people want, I would be interested if any of them would post what their strategy is. Do they want a complete rebuild? Do they want to give the next manager a chance? What do people want Villa to do? How do we build without giving the manager and players some time to actually try and get it right?

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Muz1
1 year ago

Grealish very honest with his opinion and I would agree with his assessment.
It’s a very hard league and we have to be more clinical with our chances, but we should all have expected it to be a very hard season and 17th will do for me this season.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Honest and also the view of many Villa fans

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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Good night

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1 year ago
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Night mate.

Begley
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Begley
1 year ago
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The lads rate Declan Rice

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Begley
1 year ago

Marvelous was good. Rarely gave the ball away and not error prone. The one occasion I recall him the losing the ball he worked his socks off to win it back. I actually thought Jack had a good game. Guilbert was good I thought too. Overall I think we are making progress, 5 games gone and we are in 17th. If we can maintain that I will be delighted

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