Bolton 0 – 2 Villa; All too easy

So that’s nine wins out of nine games for the first time since 1910 and we look for 10 on the trot for the first time ever.

The first half made for tedious watching for me, as Bolton did their best to crowd us out. It seemed at times that there were way more than 22 players on the pitch, but we had a few chances as opposed to Bolton’s one, from memory.

Regardless, while we went in at 0-0, I always felt we were in control and I was very impressed throughout the game with our close passing while under pressure. After watching so many years of utter dross football, it really is a pleasure to watch us when we’re on song.

Straight after half time, Abraham, who had already impressed me with his skills played some lovely stuff on the right wing and fed Grealish for a simple knock-down header to put us in the lead.
Once that happened, you just knew it was all over and Bolton fans started leaving.
And then Bolton offered nothing at all. It’s sad, but you can see why they’ve been relegated today.

I was expecting us to go on and get a few more goals, but it seemed we weren’t really pushing too hard, yet Abraham managed to get his 25th goal, before going off with what looked like a shoulder injury.
That’s a bit worrying, to me.

McGinn was subbed and I thought he wasn’t his usual self today.
He seemed like he’d been warned about getting booked and it seemed to take the edge off his game. That’s no doubt the right way to go though.

Jack seemed a bit off the pace in the early part of the game and gave the ball away, but he soon warmed into it and just looks so controlled in his play at this level.
Likewise Mings, who looks comfortable whereever he is on the pitch.

I can’t call anyone as outstanding today, because I just thought it was a decent, but very steady performance all round against frankly inferior opposition.
The lads went out and did exactly what they should do for their money.

It’s another full house for the visit of Milwall on Monday.
Can we make it 10 out of 10 for the first time ever?
I’ll give you my opinion nearer the time, but you probably already know what it is.

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    Pat 57 April 20, 2019 at 6:21 am .

    I always thought that the end of the season would be a bit of a roller coaster ride but not for us (so far anyway fingers crossed).

    A look at the form of the top 8 clubs over the last five games is quite interesting –

    Norwich WWDDD 9 points
    Sheffield Utd LWDDW 8 points
    Leeds WLWWL 9 points
    West Brom WLLWW 9 points
    Aston Villa WWWWW 15 points
    Boro LLWWW 9 points
    Bristol WDWLD 8 points
    Derby WDLWD 8 points

    Every team in the top 8 has dropped at least six points over the last five games. Just wondering who exactly we should be scared of?

    No-one.

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    nath April 20, 2019 at 7:51 am .

    without tempting fate, villa have timed their race to perfection. we started slow but finishing like a express train. where the others are all feeling the gruelling league which is the championship. teams that finish inside the playoffs will be running on empty, playing on adrenal alone. we on the other hand look fresh and being full on confidence we are looking forwards to the challenges.

    i went on the leeds fans pages last night lol they are dreading losing the top two position. the way most of them see this is, their one chance is auto they see villa as the best team in the top six which i concur. leeds have lots of baggage now, they blew two chances to secure top two. losing at home to wigan will hurt them badly. sheff utd will not be dropping many points from here on in. leeds will have to beat us and thats not a easy prospect.

    off the teams in the playoffs i fear only sheff utd if they end up there. leeds i have been impressed with all season and they deserve better. but i think the season will end in tears for them. other teams in playoffs middlesbrough simply are not good enough, they will cause problems if your not at it. bristrol city or derby shouldnt be a problem, wba could cause us a problem all depends on which baggies turn up.

    lastly one leeds fan said i can see us losing to pulis dinosaur tactics lol i can too if they do indeed miss out on autos

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    Bill Pearson April 20, 2019 at 11:00 am .

    I had the same thought this morning as to how we started slow. Things started to change but maintained some kind of composure, just look at our start, unrest in the dressing room, that’s gone, players not knowing what the hell going on then our miracle happened New owner, players now are best of buddies by working together and playing for each other. Over the last few weeks the media have woken up by giving us praise on each game and pointing out how good the football is. All down to Dean Smith and his coaching staff. Deadly Doug must be turning over in his grave thinking why didn’t I think of that. The answer to me is no interference from top brass let the manager manage.

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      Pat 57 April 20, 2019 at 12:08 pm .

      I think Smith has been amazing for us. We had a new manager bounce after which we had a sticky patch. He stuck to his guns though and eventually got the team playing the way he wants and everything just clicked into place.

      The final piece of the jigsaw was Mings who I see as one player we must sign if we get promoted. Also wonder how much of our amazing defence is down to the work of JT? It certainly can’t hurt having one of England’s best ever defenders advising the players.

      I honestly don’t fear anyone right now and certainly not Leeds or Norwich. They’ve both shown in recent games that they are vulnerable.

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      nath April 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm .

      for smith to turn the club around in such a way is mind blowing. he had no preseason to imprint his style his tactics on a set of players. your right about the unrest pre season. not knowing which players would be here. if we would start season with points deducted. bruce should have probably walked if he was totally honest with himself.

      the players we have now are like you say buddies they will run through brick walls for each other. you can see that with tammy injury yesterday. he was clearly in pain. stamping his foot on the floor while being treated by the medics, there were a few villa players around tammy to comfort him showing real concern for their friend and team mate.

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    nath April 21, 2019 at 7:31 am .

    Albion will be our biggest danger in my opinions and reason is they might be sleep walking right now and have been for some time. but come the playoffs they might switch back on and iam sure if it was just a midlands derby game they would rise to it, but a chance to deny villa promotion would spur them on even greater.

    i said back when they sacked their manager that their best chance had gone with him and i hope iam correct. but of the potential clubs in our way for promotion. Albion are definitely ones that could pose the biggest dangers. the final takes care of itself, it will be a great occasion, we have the big game players. we will be on fire if we are there.

    i also think we need tammy back fit and healthy, kodjia and davis are both good strikers and hold the ball up well, but both have struggled putting the ball into the net and that could be the difference. tammy definitely will be a massive blow if he doesn’t make it and it will weaken us some what

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    Holte66 April 21, 2019 at 2:03 pm .

    Losing Abraham is as big a blow as losing Grealish was. Assuming we are in the playoffs then we need all our key players fit. Mings stated that he is the toughest one to play against in training sessions. If we do play Baggies then I really believe that the winners of that will be promoted. Middlesbrough are the dark horses because they have turned their form round at a crucial time of the season. Leeds I think will finish 3rd and will feel devastated to miss out on automatic promotion and I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose at semi final stage.

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    Holte66 April 21, 2019 at 2:13 pm .

    On a pessimistic note, we really need to get promotion otherwise Smith will have to virtually rebuild the team for next season. I can see Mings, Tuanzebe, Grealish and Abraham gone if we don’t and maybe even McGinn, El Ghazi and Hause might be tempted elsewhere. Add to that we have a large number of players coming to the of their contracts! With promotion Smith will have a good chance of keeping our star players and have great scope to add big names to replace those leaving. It’s fair to say that we are at a pivotal time in the clubs history.

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    Hitchens60 April 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm .

    Here are some chilling stats on a hot Easter Sunday.

    We are winless against Millwall in 4 matches and Millwall have beaten Villa 6 times in their last nine meetings. Add to that, Villa are winless in 11 games against London opposition.

    Millwall are fighting for survival so, given that Millwall are not one of our favourite oppositions, I’m not completely confident about tomorrow’s game.

    I have voted on the Mail’s poll but will keep my prediction to myself!

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    Bill Pearson April 21, 2019 at 3:59 pm .

    Please Hitch, Now been watching man utd and the thoughts after the match, I said this was happening in football and today’s match at Everton shows it, we have player’s that are now putting clubs on the line, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man utd, Villa, all have fell victims to players behind close doors undermining manager’s, Old player’s are saying its going on and they know who they are at Manchester utd. POGBA springs to mind but fell short of names, I can see players getting moved on in all them clubs, hope we can stear clear of trouble makers its football not regimes to I’m the best and should get more.

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      Hitchens 60 April 21, 2019 at 5:38 pm .

      Players have been getting too strong – they, after all, are employees of the football club or am I just being ‘old fashioned’

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    Bill Pearson April 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm .

    Is that right Caen been relegated, which mean we have another defender.

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      Hitchens 60 April 21, 2019 at 5:36 pm .

      Does he join us if Caen get relegated?

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