Barnsley – Villa; Penultimate chance saloon?

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I’d have said last chance, but it seems the press are reporting that RDM might get the Preston game too and I suppose that’s fair enough.
It’s not that I want RDM gone for the sake of it. It’s just that I’m not convinced he’s the man to motivate the team in the way that’s required to get results.
Opinions seem divided though and if we don’t win tonight I think I’m going to run a poll in the next post.

Talking of managers, it seems Nigel Pearson might have been involved in another punch-up;

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/nigel-pearson-former-aston-villa-11946861

Well, it’s the only reason for a club suspension that I can think of anyway.

And Fat Sam has been caught talking about third party ownership, which could see him sacked too;

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/27/sam-allardyces-position-as-england-manager-under-threat-after-te/

I’d take either of them over RDM, for what it’s worth.

Anyway, on to the game and Barnsley are without injured full-back Aidy White and Cole Kpekawa is likely to continue in his absence. Saidy Janko is out with a torn thigh muscle, while James Bree could feature after overcoming his hamstring problem.

On our side, Ross McCormack might be fit to return and Jack Grealish will probably be recalled.

So what to think?

Ian Holloway thinks our late show against Newcastle might have been a turning point and he actually predicts a Villa win.

Me, I’m not convinced and the first 70 minutes of that game disgusted me.

I’d go for another draw, but surely the odds are against that?

So a 1-0 win for us then.
And if we don’t get it, RDM is another step closer to the sack.

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    Adam September 27, 2016 at 9:58 pm .

    When you have Bacuna and Cissokho in your defence you know your going to concede at least one so you should all have seen it coming.

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    Adam September 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm .

    Maybe everyone saying we could get relegated at the start of the season were actually thinking straight!

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      andrew1 September 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm .

      Yes and no.
      Before dr tony splashed the cash we was worried about the squad.
      But when we out spent every championship and most prem clubs and brought in players to suit the division expectations rose and rightly so.
      Di matteo has to take the flack end of especially when westwood and bacuna still get games not to mention he resembles a pensioner at a bus stop not a manager coaching his team in his technical area

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    Tekkers48 September 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm .

    Big Sam can get us out of this league. RDM out now. That’s 10 games and we do not look like improving. In fact we look like we are going backwards. That’s it I’m putting the house on a villa draw on Saturday ! Fuck me was last year’s pain not enough for us to suffer. On the plus side we are unbeaten in 5 games ! I feel the doc would have expected for a lot more from his investment so far.

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm .

      Big Sam is unbeaten as England manager 100% win rate 😄

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