Albion 2 -2 Villa; We were robbed!

The big call here was Albion’s second goal in the first minute of half time.
My understanding of the game has always been that if a player contacts the ball and knocks it onto his own arm, it’s an automatic handball.
And that’s exactly what happened.
I think it was Rodriguez who headed the ball and as he was diving forward and hit the ground, the ball hit his hand and went into the net.
That’s handball for me, plain and simple, hence the goal shouldn’t have stood.

But it is what it is and it’s swings and roundabouts, where we’ll probably get one go in our favour at some stage of the season.

It’s galling, but what pleased me was the performance from the whole side.
They ran their socks off today and it’s hard to criticise anyone, especially if we’re talking about effort.

If I am going to be critical though, the big one has to be Nyland. He’s incredibly unconvincing when the ball comes in and he’s actually worse than Freidel was at dominating his box. I really struggle to believe that Dean Smith will stick with him after the January window.

Abraham had a boat load of chances again. One in particular should have been buried, but it wasn’t to be.
He is getting in the right positions though, so I can live with it. It just annoys me that we’re educating a player for Chelsea, as we’ve no chance of keeping him, in my opinion.

I’m being really critical though after what was a very good performance and a game that I think we deserved to win, the illegal goal apart.

If you look at it like me, where I think we should have won, that means we’ve done Derby, Boro and Albion all on their own turf.
Where do we think we stand when we look towards the rest of the season?

I’m incredibly encouraged and for the first time in a very long while, I now think we have a very good chance of winning every game we play for the rest of the season.
Injuries apart, that is. A few players went down tonight with knocks and general injuries, which is a bit of a worry.
Are the players being pushed just that bit too hard?
I don’t know, but it seems the lads are happy to apply the work rate.

So, all in all, things are looking good.
And this is before Smith has bought a single player of his own.

It’s quite incredible really and again shows to me how Bruce got it so massively wrong.

Which is exactly what I think.
We’re going up this time, unless something goes drastically wrong.


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    Big Fat Ron December 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm .

    Very optimistic to say we’re definitely going up; loads of hard work to be done and at least 7 other clubs who will have something to say about it!

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    Bill Pearson December 9, 2018 at 9:04 am .

    Your right I’ve fell in love with football again at Villa Park, had 4 seats 3 seasons ago thinking of going back 2019 worth the excitement and feeling to see your team coming back home, I’ve had a few words with a Scum and Baggies fans asked them if mommy and daddy don’t let them sing shit on the Villa at home only its the only words that come out of their gobs.

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    Pat 57 December 9, 2018 at 11:45 am .

    You’re right there Bill, the excitement is back. Every match I’ve watched under Smith has had me on the edge of my seat and sometimes jumping off it.

    I can’t see us not at least making the play offs (and IMHO we’d beat anyone now) but even if we didn’t it’s really nice to watch some proper football at VP at last.

    As a former Bruce supporter (although even I had gotten fed up of him towards the end) I find it amazing that Smith has gotten so much out of the same squad.

    Exciting (and I hope happy) days ahead.

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      Hitchens60 December 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm .

      And I’m missing all this great football – grrrrr…..just having to make do with the highlights posted by Villa Informer.

      Have to agree with all your sentiments Pat

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        villaawayindiv3 December 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm .

        I had always said that we needed Bruce out and my 1st choice was Smith but when it looked like it might have been a foreign one I thought least we might play better…..SO….we now have Smith and are getting both sides of the coin….great and goals but then letting in goals …but we used to be like that always throwing things away.Smith needs to get all the squad to get into the pressing game as the few that are not sre letting us down.

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        Bill Pearson December 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm .

        Hitch, you get it down you mate, my misfortune was came off a ship getting inebriated every day to end up in bed a day after getting home with the flu. Been out today in my sports club giving the whisky a bashing supporting Rangers, decided to give it till new year and go tea total till June 22 nd that’s my big one.p/s unless we get promoted drinks are on me….hick.

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          Hitchens60 December 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm .

          Hi Bill – reckon I’m doing you proud mate! Hope I don’t come back with the flu though.

          All good things end (other than Villa’s fine run of course) and will back in Blighty next week. Looking forward to watching Villa but not the weather and hoping my daughter can snaffle the company box around Christmas again this year!

          Hope you and the missus are good.

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    Bill Pearson December 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm .

    The FA game tickets are £10 across the stands, they are now on sale.

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    Big Fat Ron December 11, 2018 at 10:47 pm .

    Fraser Forster linked. I remember mentioning him months ago after Nyland’s poor start – hope there’s some substance in this. He’ll be rusty but if he can get up to speed quickly, this is the calibre we should be looking at. If he’s a good professional, could get a good 5-6 years at least out of him. Just wonder why he slipped to third choice so quickly. If there’s no question mark there, I think he’s better than Darlow and Heaton…

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    Bill Pearson December 12, 2018 at 1:51 pm .

    Been reading it BFR, Leeds have dropped their interest apparently. Nyland has a lot to learn by all accounts too many mistakes becoming obvious to all us fans.

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    Bill Pearson December 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm .

    Aston Villa outcast Ross McCormack will be returning to Villa Park, after injury has cut short his season- long loan deal at A-League side Central Coast Mariners, as reported on the A-League website.

    McCormack has been frozen out since arriving at Villa in 2016, having previously spent loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Melbourne City, and with a spell on the treatment table his future at Villa Park is uncertain.
    Apparently this will spell the end of his career at Villa.

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    Bill Pearson December 12, 2018 at 4:36 pm .

    Nice comments from Abraham, Grealish is like Chelsea Eden Hazard to Chelsea.don’t give them any ideas Abraham please he’s a Villa icon and getting us out of the Championship.

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    Hitchens60 December 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm .

    Note that we’ve turned down TV money to keep the Swansea kick off at 3pm. Well done Villa putting the fans first – hope we get a sell out crowd and win (of course).

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    Hitchens60 December 12, 2018 at 11:14 pm .

    See we have appointed former Spanish international Juanfran as a scout. I like what he said in the interview – Bill keep the faith mate; reckon there are exciting times ahead. The Villa are back.


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