On the 2nd of March, Aston Villa thrashed Derby County four goals to their zero. The team was superb and fully deserved the win that they got. There was even a possibility for more goals in that match however Derby’s goalkeeper did fairly well – for example the Adomah shot that got touched by his fingertip and went out. We even managed to keep a clean sheet and they did not have a single shot on target meaning Steer could have just stood there doing nothing, but lets all hope that isn’t the attitude of the players.

Jack was vital to that game, not only bagging an absolute stunner from the Whelan corner he also was key to that first goal scored by Villa. Yesterday we worked well as a team and really turned this horrible run of form around. For example, the first goal was pure teamwork, the long ball from Grealish, to Tammy, then to Conor – the goalscorer.

According to Dean, Jack Grealish’s volley was ‘Sod’s Law’.

“We nearly called that corner routine off because he (Grealish) couldn’t hit the target yesterday (Friday) in training. Good job we didn’t! Sod’s law he did it today.”

Getting to the point, I believe and would like to hear if you believe that we should start the exact same team as Derby regardless if players are fully fit now or not. The team can certainly run rings around the Blues and with that corner routine we can have another great goal against the Blues just like Conor last season!

Overall, even though getting play-offs and not getting playoffs are in a ratio of 40:60, if we win our next few, then it can become 50-50 and you never know.


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    Hitchens60 March 6, 2019 at 3:19 pm .

    Good news is that Keinan Davis is back in training. We need to get him fit and keep him fit as I think he has a big role to play next season.

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    Holte66 March 6, 2019 at 8:58 pm .

    Keinan Davis needs to hurry up and get into first team. At 21 he should be a regular if he is good enough. Doyle Hayes, O’Hare and Murphy are all 20 so need to be making first team football next season. My opinion is if they aren’t getting first team football next season, then they obviously aren’t good enough and for their sake they should be offloaded. None of them are kids anymore and can’t use age as an excuse. Only Dean Smith can decide whether they are in his plans.

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      Hitchens60 March 6, 2019 at 10:37 pm .

      Tbf (although worrying in itself) Davis has been held back by injury not lack of opportunity.

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        Holte66 March 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm .

        Hitch, Davis wouldn’t have played even if he was fit because we have persevered with one up front for most of the season and Abraham was never going to be dropped. Even Kodja and Hogan have hardly had a look in.

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          Hitchens60 March 7, 2019 at 6:25 pm .

          I accept what you say Holte but nonetheless Davis has not been available for the majority of the season due to injury. He was, prior to his injury problems and Abraham being signed, given a good amount of game time so to criticise Villa in his particular case seems a little harsh.

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    Holte66 March 6, 2019 at 10:05 pm .

    3 teenagers finished the game for Man Ure Badger. I know they had a massive injury situation but if they are good enough then they are old enough.

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    Bill Pearson March 7, 2019 at 5:46 pm .

    I’m fed up of saying our young guns are being held back. I watch that game last night thinking how do we end up not playing our up and coming footballers. Grealish wouldn’t be where he is today, someone gave him that chance and its the same old saying, seeing is believing.

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    nath March 8, 2019 at 6:21 am .

    the current crop of youngsters that are reaching 21 and only just tasted first team footy have been let down by the club, it has to do with the amount of managers changes we had over the recent years. managers come and go, they needed instant success, not longterm objectives.

    smith will look at the all the youth and map out the ones he thinks has villa future this summer. i think the current ones reaching 21 and limited experience, they are the ones that need to impress. smith has a way to play and he knows what he want. the type of player that can cope with his tactics and flourish

    what needs to happen with the youngsters is, they need to be given first team experiences long before they are 20 21. this will give them a realization of what is needed to play the mans game, not the none contact stuff in the academies.

    like the first team will be moulded by smith the youth team will too. both teams will play the same way, there will be some casualties in both squads that are just not gonna fit in. but the conveyor belt cant be clogged up with 20 21 year olds that have no experience and limited talents.

    cant wait for sunday roll on the blues

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    Bill Pearson March 8, 2019 at 7:11 am .

    I support your post Nath, your comment spells out what I’ve been thinking for many months, all this this sending them out to other teams to gain experience is rubbish. At twenty -one if your not able to stand your ground then your not good enough in my mind. Start using the kids they might show the first team how to play.

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      nath March 8, 2019 at 7:17 pm .

      apart from clark the rest have even failed to hold down a regular starting slot at two levels down. that has to be a disappointment to the player and our club. but goes to show you the standard of youth football. they have the technical skills, i believe its fitness or strength or even desire and drive that they lack

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    nath March 8, 2019 at 7:32 pm .

    i can not wait for the game on sunday, i have played the game through my head all week after the great game last weekend. i hear brum manager saying they wont target grealish believe me they will, otherwise they will lose.

    i just hope the villa players, manager and coaches all pressure the referee and four official to come down hard on the dirty stuff which will be directed to grealish.

    all season the refs have been against villa and grealish, he has been kicked to pillar to post, they have been more than lenient they have been in favour of all the opposition all season. i reckon its to keep us in this league to increase the prestige of the championship lmao

    trust in smith hes got the team playing and its not his team thats some feat. even before the derby game, their were signs the players have finally got to grips with the tactics, also hitch made a point i agre that smith and the teams seem to be mixing it up, not going long ball dont panic but they are going long on occasions to beat a high press, its good to not commit to always playing it short, good to keep the opposition guess even during the game

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      Hitchens60 March 8, 2019 at 8:35 pm .

      I’m with you a Nath – of course they’ll kick Grealish and I’ll bet any money the ref does nowt about it. Monk has already snidely suggested Grealish ‘falls over too easily’.

      I hope Smith doesn’t play Jedi at CB as I’m concerned about his mobility – it’s a two edged sword – he can be dominant against long balls but he doesn’t turn quickly so he can be caught out. On the real downside, we’ve seen enough to know that he’s not a natural CB.

      For me, I would put Hause in to play the left side CB – he’s big, not going to be bullied but he’s also shown he’s good on the ball and I’d bring McGinn in at LB. I’m now convinced Smith didn’t play him there in training for a ‘laugh’ and by his own admission he started life as a ‘tricky left winger’. Could be a master stroke leaving the midfield / attack unchanged from the Derby game.

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        nath March 8, 2019 at 8:45 pm .

        i agree he will play hause at cb, but if their is one game where jedi is made for its a derby game against brum. i havent seen loads of them but when i have they are not the most mobile up front but hause will be trusted he is the type of defender smith likes.

        i red somewhere mcginn started out as a left back so you could be right one the mcginn at left back,makes a lot of sense. our full backs are more attacking uder smith so they are like wing backs. also can not change the midfield from last game, they all complimented each other.

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