Crewe 1- 6 Villa; Slightly unexpected, but

On the face of it, this was really easy.
But that’s not strictly true, as what came out of this game, from what I saw/heard is that we played very open and quite simply took our chances.
Whereas Crewe possibly had more chances, but quite simply, didn’t take them.
No doubt one of of the stat sites will back me up or tell me I’m wrong, but that’s how it seemed.

It was very much a case of Dean Smith’s “you score 3, we’ll score 4” attitude, but it made the game somewhat misleading, in my opinion.
Which is all good when you’re playing lower level opposition, such as Crewe.

The worrying part, is that Crewe created a boatload of chances and a better quality side would probably have outscored us.
The fact that their solitary goal was scored by a player running past 4 defenders is worrying.

But not quite so worrying that we need to be concerned.
We’d taken such an early 2-0 lead, that the game seemed beyond Crewe and they never proved a real test.
For them, it was more a test of their defence and for us, it was more a test of the attacking side to our game.
Which is where we came out well, having proved very clinical, while Crewe wasted chances galore.

I’m not convinced we learned much from this game, but scoring six goals will surely add to the side’s confidence.
It was nice that Hourihane got two too, but I just get the impression that we have players who can easily cut it at the sort of level played tonight.

It’s whether they can demonstrate it in the Premier league.

Don’t get me wrong.
I’m not knocking tonight’s score in any way.
We whupped Crewe and that might have been a very tricky prospect, just a couple of seasons ago.

But we need to show even more if we’re to do well in the Prem.

Dean Smith will have seen plenty to moan about tonight.
Which is exactly how a Premier league side should be thinking.
We’ll have learned from this and will improve even more.

I’m quite confident of that.


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    Pat 57 August 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm .

    According to 5 Live we were robbed of a good goal. What the fuck is the point of VAR if it isn’t used?

    Disgraceful refereeing.

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    nath August 31, 2019 at 5:02 pm .

    what a cock of shit 🙁 robbed and its still daylight,

    villa challenges for the ball were harshly given yellows but palace did similar fouls and never received a yellow until mid second half. if i was manager of villa i would lodge a complaint.

    we might have been below par today, but we wasnt helped like palace where. if this is the standards of refereeing in premiership god help us.

    of the villa goal ruled out it looked like grealish was knocked first outside the box as he stumbled he was clicked again but he seemed to slide the ball to lansbury who finished with a cracking shot and referee stopped the game to book grealish for a dive. it wasnt a dive he never claimed it he completed the pass falling after being knocked. my take i saw it once very harsh indeed

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    Holte66 August 31, 2019 at 5:06 pm .

    To be honest we didn’t deserve anything from the game but when you are up against 12 players then it’s always going to be tough.
    Absolutely shocking decision to call a foul on Grealish. He went over but never appealed for it. Referee couldn’t wait to stop us scoring. It was always likely that Ayew would score against us.

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    Sidforever August 31, 2019 at 5:09 pm .

    We now live in an era where if you do not like something take it to court!

    Due to the amounts of money involved in the Premiership perhaps legal action against incompetent refereeing should be considered. I say this now that VAR has been introduced. Why did the referee not call on VAR? It would have cleared up the matter.

    I hope the powers that be ensure Friend never referees a Villa match again. There is no excuse for not consulting VAR.

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      Big Fat Ron August 31, 2019 at 10:22 pm .

      Sid, I was thinking the same. Villa officials should write to the PL and threaten to sue if it becomes clear that officials are biased against Villa. It cannot be tolerated. For those who say we didn’t deserve anything, did Spurs deserve a point against City the other week? Football history is littered with what used to be called ‘smash n grab’ wins. Away from home at the highest level, that’s what it’s about. Today, we’ve gone one down, been straightjacketed by the referee booking our players and not theirs, gone down to ten men, but still fought back to legitimately equalise away from home in the PL. We might have played shit, but quite simply, that means we deserve a point.

      I recall a ref named Alf Buksh being hounded out of the game after losing control of the North London derby in 1993. George Graham even wrote to the FA asking for him not to officiate Arsenal games again. This was long before the disease that is social media engulfed society. The problem is referees want to make a name for themselves. In this day and age, where self promotion is what most live for, these nobodies have the stage of the PL to glorify themselves. In my opinion, the best referees are those you never remember. There’s no such thing as a famous referee, only infamous ones. These little pricks need to understand the difference.

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    Holte66 August 31, 2019 at 5:10 pm .

    I also felt that Davis made us a threat in the final third. Trezeguet doesn’t offer much and Wesley improved with Davis to take pressure off him.

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      Big Fat Ron August 31, 2019 at 10:28 pm .

      Trezeguet is the front runner for transfer flop. Smith was wrong to start him. He was poor against Everton. Should have started with Jota and El Ghazi. Surely, that was the point of the squad. You were shit. He was good. So you’re out and he’s in. Simple. But Smith didn’t do it.

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    Holte66 August 31, 2019 at 5:13 pm .

    I was hoping that we were saying goodbye to shite refereeing when we got promoted but boy was I wrong. Has VAR made them all incompetent?

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      Big Fat Ron August 31, 2019 at 11:32 pm .

      We may have been shit today, but watching MOTD, the biggest pile of shit is VAR. Absolute fucking shite. Full stop. Complete shit. It doesn’t work. Get rid. Shite.

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    Pat 57 August 31, 2019 at 5:21 pm .

    Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeted that the decision “had to be seen to be believed”, adding “Why VAR didn’t correct what appeared to be an awful refereeing error is beyond me.”

    Me too….

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    Holte66 August 31, 2019 at 5:24 pm .

    MOTD should be on our side tonight then regarding that decision? That’s if we can stay awake for the last game!

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    nath August 31, 2019 at 5:31 pm .

    VAR was supposed to intervene if they saw a clear wrong decision by referee. this mistake was a goal so it should have been spotted by the var. this shows you var is not up to the job hammers and city both robbed, villa were robbed all day and at the end clear goal was never even looked at or if it was it was friends blind misses doing the looking

    the memories of premiership creeping back. you don’t just have to be good enough in this league. you need a the referees to just ref the games without any prejudice or favouritism.

    headlines tomorrow villans were robbed by friendly turpin. (no mask needed for this highway robbery. 2week to recovery from this shocker

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      nath August 31, 2019 at 5:42 pm .

      another point before i get my medicine from the local

      had that villa goal been scored by anybody but us it would have stood. i have no doubts about that, we need to be so much better than our opponents. especially away. because referees will make it a very difficult for us. its because we are black lol or sumat

      smith and the club officials need to make a big deal about this. ok we lost and accept that but that referee needs to be banned or fined or even sacked and made to go see opticians, or for a blood test to see if their are any blue nose blood there

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      Originallondonlion August 31, 2019 at 8:16 pm .

      Kevin No-friend-of-Villa. He now joins a short list – the only other name on it is Elleray – who I will never pay money to watch officiate again.

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        Big Fat Ron August 31, 2019 at 9:57 pm .

        Don’t forget the fat shit, Phil Dowd.

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    Guest August 31, 2019 at 5:39 pm .

    We can complain about VAR all day but the fact is we were awful and deserved to be soundly beaten, we have to control our own destiny and outplay the opposition, we looked like a Championship side today and the tactics were awfully negative.

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