Citeh next up in a run of 6 games in 16 days

This is going to be a quick post as I have a lot on my plate at present.

Villa’s first team squad will not have played for 19 days since the 1-2 reverse at United. Bodymoor Heath was only reopened on Sunday and it would seem that not all the first team squad will be fit for selection tomorrow. Whilst the players will be rested they will be lacking match fitness and the after effects of the Covid outbreak.

Whilst Smith is trying to maintain a positive outlook, pointing to our excellent away form as a marker, the reality is that we’re going to be seriously disadvantaged against a team that is looking to secure its sixth straight win in the EPL and that without Aguero.

Our recent record against Citeh is about as atrocious as it can get and whilst OLL makes a valid point about self belief, I share Adams concerns. Having said that, I have no doubt that whatever team Smith is able to put out, they will give their all for the shirt and no fan can ask for more than that.

Before the Brighton game, Badger put up a poll for forecasting the number of points Villa would get from the ensuing 7 games which, with the Newcastle postponement, became 6. We eventually secured 10 points in what was to become an unbeaten December and a MoTM award for Dean Smith. I’m not able to put up a poll but it would be interesting to get your views on how many points we will get from the next 6 games. It’s a tough run of fixtures and I would guess 6 to 9 points would be a decent return.

On the transfer rumour mill – ignoring the obvious lazy journalism – Phil McNulty wrote a piece on the BBC web site this morning claiming that we had opened talks with Marseille over midfielder Morgan Sanson. Now I don’t profess to know anything about him but reports suggest that a number of premier league clubs are interested in him. It would seem his transfer value has dropped from around £25m to £15m and he’s likely to demand a lower wage than say David Brooks from Bournemouth although it’s interesting that Bournemouth have just resigned Jack Wilshire – is Brooks on his way out?

Whatever the reality, with Smith favouring Jacob Ramsey it seems that Hourihane’s days at the club may be numbered.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks.




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    Benno January 20, 2021 at 9:14 pm .

    Once again I am fuming, and once again it has nothing to do with our players! What a horrific decision. Its offside, simple as that.

    Great defensive performance by Villa, especially given who we were playing, and that we hadnt played for over 2 weeks. Fully expect us to turn over newcastle this weekened even if we have to rotate the squad a little.

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    Third Generation Villian January 20, 2021 at 9:45 pm .

    Badger has had enough of football, and many more of us are getting to that point also, The farcical decisions you see week in week out on tv, not just Villa but but all the teams below the so called big six. Are a disgrace, it used to be you had to beat 11 men the it was you had to beat 12 men as the home crowd was like an extra man. but these days you have to beat 11 men, the ref and VAR.

    And its getting so blatant these days that fans will start switching off in there thousands and find other things to spend there money on soon

    so the big business interests running the game now, where will you get your millions in income then.

    If it wasn’t for the villa playing so well at the moment, i think i would give up now..

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    Hitchens 60 January 20, 2021 at 9:58 pm .

    So a goal can be disallowed for a player claimed to be obstructing the view of a goalkeeper even though he doesn’t play the ball but a player can stand in an offside position, run back and take the ball off a defender and he’s not offside – goal stands.

    Absolute madness.

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    Roy Bracy January 20, 2021 at 10:32 pm .

    Lots of interesting comments re the game tonight.
    I want to say how proud I am to be a villa supporter at the moment.
    And what a brilliant match this was brilliant attacking and brilliant defending by both sides and it deserved a nil nil score.
    Unfortunately the memory of the match and the end of the game was ruined by blatant cheating by the officials and the premier League and Man city by showing no sportsmanship by a player offside and then able to tackle the defender. Why aren’t the linesmen allowed to flag as soon as the ball left the players foot which is what they used to do.
    The end of the match ruined because either side could have won it at the time of the cheating. The cheating settled the match there and then.
    I was not sure about Smith before but he has definitely taken to the premier League now. Maybe if the cheating stopped we could become challengers again with Smith and our brilliant owner’s utv

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    DSVilla January 21, 2021 at 9:19 am .

    A disappointing end to an absorbing match. I sort of get why the goal stood but it’s just another case of the offside law being so complicated that even experienced refs could call it differently.

    Mings had a very good game but that goal was ultimately caused by him being too casual. It’s cost us before and will cost us again.

    I thought we were excellent throughout. Good to get Barkley back but he was guilty of trying stupid flicks that lost us possession on several occasions. It’s hard enough against City to get and keep possession without that.

    Anyway, onwards and upwards. Hopefully the next few games will see a few more points added. The game would have been important for improving our fitness levels. I hope Targett recovers quickly because he has been brilliant.

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 January 21, 2021 at 10:23 am .

    Whats the chances….this was a new thing for 99% of people…refs included and it happens twice at same time…only Villa get punished…..

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      Originallondonlion January 21, 2021 at 2:29 pm .

      Correct. It is exactly the same. The City player had not regained an on-side position before tackling Mings and it is not possible to interpret what happened as Mings passing the ball to him, or that Mings played the ball after the player returned to on-side.

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        DSVilla January 21, 2021 at 4:40 pm .

        It’s not the point, unfortunately. Once Mings has possession the City player is entitled to tackle him for possession which he can only do running back towards his own goal (a natural movement apparently). It’s not right and it’s a fluke occurrence. It’s no different in a sense to a player in an offside position having the ball played to him by a member of his own team but a defender deliberately trying to intercept it and slicing it to the attacker. He is onside even though he was offside when the ball was first played.

        I think if offside had been given straight away nobody on either side would have had a problem with it.

        It should be changed as it’s clearly a loophole. I guess we only really notice it for our own club but these sorts of things do seem to hurt us disproportionately.

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    Bill Pearson.. January 21, 2021 at 5:25 pm .

    Exactly Hitch, it opens the door for other players to do that very same move.
    I wish the whole of the footballing community would get up a partition and get the FA. to get their act together.

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    Originallondonlion January 21, 2021 at 5:26 pm .

    Moss stats.
    If you open Microsoft Edge browser and search for John Moss referee stats one of the possible sites is TRANSFERMARKT. It is German but it covers all EPL stats in English. I applied filters to get Moss’ record reffing Villa in EPL fixtures over 10 years.
    Villa 6 wins 13 defeats 2 draws. Average would be 36 points a season so relegation knife edge. Yellow cards Villa 44 opponents 36. Red cards 1 each. Penaties for Villa 3 for opponents 9.

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    Bill Pearson.. January 21, 2021 at 5:47 pm .

    Dean Smith has been charged by the FA for using insulting/abusive language towards a match official in the game against Manchester City last night. [sky sports] #avfc

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