Blues 0 – 1 Villa; Great win and sweet for Grealish

(Picture courtesy of the Daily Mirror)

I’m currently working in rural Eire.
It’s a lovely place, but the weather is incredibly changeable and it’s prone to power cuts.
Which is exactly what happened today. We were without electricity for about three hours
The phone network went down too and it meant I was only able to watch the first half of the game, unfortunately.
Hence I didn’t get to hear the result until about two hours after the final whistle. Time was then spent rapidly trying to find out what had happened.

The big talking point was obviously the disgraceful and cowardly punch by a Blues fan on Jack Grealish from behind, which if it had connected cleanly, could easily have resulted in a broken jaw.
I’m sure we all love the banter and rivalry. It’s a massive part of the game.
But for that to happen, well I’m sure there will be many a nose hanging their heads in shame today. Apart from the idiots who actually applauded the coward, that is.
As the official Villa statement says, this has crossed a red line and while I don’t see how you can blame the club, you’d have to expect that given this has set a precedent, that the club will receive a very severe punishment.
Just as they’re already in quite serious trouble too, as regards FFP.
Ultimately, the players and officials have to know they can walk on the pitch in the knowledge that they’re safe, it’s as simple as that.

What gets me, is this idiot is probably a massive Blues fan and has instantly been banned for life by the club, hence he’s punished himself as much as any custodial sentence he’s bound to receive.
I’d guess alcohol played a part here, which makes a mockery of the Sunday dinner kick off times.

Anyway, onto the game and what I saw wasn’t very good.
But I expected that sort of game and we did have a couple of chances and El Ghazi’s in particular, should have slotted home after Grealish’s nice snappy through ball.

And then everything went off about a minute before the half time whistle.
Which is where I’ve had to rely on the news.
Dean Smith lined the team up exactly as I thought he would from the off and it seems him bringing McGinn and Green on changed the game which led to us attacking more.
Hourihane hit the bar and Blues apparently had a decent penalty shout waved away, but the main thing is it was Grealish who shot from inside the box to give us the points. And it was somewhat fitting after the earlier incident.

Indeed, Jack has described today as the best day of his life, having appeared in his first Derby and scoring the winner as Captain.
That’s every Villa fan’s boyhood dream, isn’t it?

On a wider note, we move above Blues in the league and now stand ninth in the table, four points behind sixth place.
This was a decent away win and it’s another clean sheet.

While I’m still not convinced we can sneak our way into the play-offs, you just never know and there’s still hope if we can keep stringing wins together.

Grealish has shown us how dependent we are on him and fair play to the lad, it truly is his day today.
Well done Jack!


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    nath March 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm .

    its a result stage of season not performances. i thought this was a real statement again. not as fluid as home game to derby. but it was never going to be pure football at st andrews against a team who have lost only 10 games in 36 games.

    i thought we were the better team overall, made decent chances to win further and almost paid a heavy price at the end if gardner had finish either of his late chances. i thought mings and hause coped really good in their first game together blues battering ram forward was a real handful,

    finally onto the idiot who calls himself a blues fan. what the hell was he thinking, first to attack the smallest player on the pitch and from behind, what a way to make your family proud. hope he gets a comfy cell and a villa fan for his cell mate. i do hold the club responsible, arent they suppose to ensure the safety of the players. not like this hasn’t happened before. we all remember the supporter who ran up to enckelman and that was also st andrews. once is one too many. twice and the club should pay the price, not being in control of their fans. fine or dock them points or make um play rest of their home games with just away fans allowed lmao demote them to the conference

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    Big Fat Ron March 10, 2019 at 9:56 pm .

    Badger, it’s more than ‘a decent away win.’ Volatile Derbys like this one are not for the faint-hearted, especially away, when ‘fruit loops’ are coming onto the pitch attacking players. That incident could’ve shaken a lesser team. We were concerned about the team’s ‘balls’ after the past couple of months, but after coming through that with a win, it’s a tremendous result that cannot be underestimated.

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    Big Fat Ron March 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm .

    As for ‘the incident’, what if ‘the fruit’ had used a knife instead of his fist? Fanciful? Just look at the news these past 10 days. We could have been in Monica Seles levels of scandal, or worse, God forbid.

    The authorities have to throw the book at the club; it might not be their fault, but it’s their responsibility. Maximum possible punishments is essential, both financially, and through any other means…

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      Hitchens60 March 10, 2019 at 10:15 pm .

      Have to agree BFR although part of me feels for the true football fan no matter who they support. Ultimately that idiot will have punished every other nose with his crass stupidity.

      There are also reports of a steward having to be restrained from attacking Grealish when he was celebrating having scored and what about those bell ends actually applauding Grealish’ attacker – perhaps they should be banned as well.

      The FA has no option but to act decisively on this and make an example of the club. My only concern is that mindless idiots like him aren’t intelligent enough to be deterred.

      I just hope that we don’t start hearing conversations about fences.

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    Bum Bum March 10, 2019 at 10:25 pm .

    On the post match comments, our Manager was less than impressed with the 15000 or so Scum fans that cheered in support as that prat waved as he was dragged off the pitch. Dressed in a Peaky Blinders cap too. What a complete tool.
    Hats off to Mr G for his response and the winner! You never know Badger, we might make the play offs after all if we can string a few 3 pointers together. Keep the faith!!! UTV.
    Talk of points deductions and games behind closed doors already. The authorities look harshly on that sort of crap…

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    Pat 57 March 11, 2019 at 10:58 am .

    I was away too for the match and only just about managed to get the second half on BBC text.

    I’m not surprised that the footballing element of the game was more or less missing, most derbies with the noses have ended up as a scrap (but not literally of course).

    As for the lunatic who tried to put one on Jack I think he’ll be seeing the inside of a prison cell for a time. As for all the loony noses who applauded I wonder if they realise that they could have just cost their club a packet. I’d figure that if the fans had booed the dickhead off and showed the right attitude there’s a chance that might have helped mitigate any fines etc. As it is if I was on the panel deciding what their punishment should be the obvious backing that the crowd showed for such a violent attack would have swayed me towards giving the maximum penalty rather than the minimum.

    It was poetic justice when Jack scored the winner. Three points at St. Andrews is always sweet but, after the loony pitch invader and the loonytunes in the stands applauding, it’s even sweeter.

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    Bill Pearson March 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm .

    I’ve been reading what one true blue fan had to say on Facebook. He whole heartedly and sincerely stated how ashame he was . He also apologized to all Villa fans for the the mindless idiot actions. He also said he hope’s that a custodial sentence is a long one. I do feel for all clubs that one individual can spoil the name of football and taint our city for what they do.

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    Hitchens60 March 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm .

    Bill, you’ve been pretty quiet on the debate over the incident at St Andrews. If I recall, from your previous posts, you were involved at a senior level with stewarding at Villa Park.

    Be interested in your take on how that incident might have been prevented and the problems of stewarding effectively. Watching it again, it seemed to me that stewarding had been concentrated around the Villa section of the crowd rather than the home fans – as my wife pointed out only one steward came onto the pitch when the incident occurred.

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