Derby – Villa; A really tough one

There’s a remote chance I might go to this game, but sadly, it’s looking very doubtful as there’s too much to do at work and I don’t think I’ll be able to finish early enough. I’m probably one of the very few who actually likes Friday night games.

Whatever, I’ve spoken to my Derby supporting mate and I also spoke to a bluenose mate of mine, who both watched the game between the two last week.
Between the two of them, the opinion was that blues outplayed Derby in the first half, while Derby totally battered blues in the second half. It was apparently some display too.

So it seems to me that it all depends on what Derby side turns up.

My Derby mate knows we have problems in defence, but asked me if we have any pace at the back. I replied “not really, maybe Tuanzebe apart” and he just laughed, saying that if we’re slow at the back, we could be in serious trouble.
I just keep thinking about Neil Taylor and although he’s been better the last couple of games, I still see him as a massive weakness. If Derby target him, we could indeed be in trouble.
It all suggests to me that it’s definitely not a game for Whelan or Jedinak.

Squad news on Derby’s part is that Mason Mount won’t be available.
As for us, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy went off injured after playing for the U-23’s against Derby. He’s not having much luck and it’s doubtful he’d have got a look in anyway.
Birkir Bjarnason is available again and Yannick Bolasie is apparently getting fitter all the time.

I don’t know what to think about this game.
Frank Lampard has got a team of young, hungry players going very well and if they get it together, there’s a good chance they could give us a spanking.
David Prutton, who while I know he’s only another pundit, has seemed to me to be very fair to Villa and often predicts us to win, actually predicts that we’ll lose tomorrow.
I suspect he’s right and it’s more about how many we concede.

I’m going for 0-2, while hoping it isn’t any worse.
Losing won’t be a disgrace though and it’s more about our performance and if things are moving on, for me.

Anything other than a loss would be a very good result.


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  1. Holte66
    Holte66 November 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm . Reply

    Adam said this might be the game we announce to the league we are back, so credit to him for having more faith than myself.

  2. Big Fat Ron
    Big Fat Ron November 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm . Reply

    That’s just one of the reasons Hourihane should always be in the team when fit!

  3. Big Fat Ron
    Big Fat Ron November 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm . Reply

    I bet the atmosphere in the away end is amazing. ‘Well jell’…

  4. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm . Reply

    I was going to say 2-0 to us for a laugh…Cripes!!

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson November 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm . Reply

      Ha ha ha ha ,😂😂😂😂😂😂

  5. DSVilla
    DSVilla November 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm . Reply

    Welcome to Dean Smith’s Aston Villa

  6. Pat 57
    Pat 57 November 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm . Reply

    Honestly thought they’d got the score the wrong way around on the radio!

    I predicted a 2-2 draw and thought that was being way too optimistic. Perhaps with Dean and John in charge we should be more positive.

    Please, please don’t let a goal in. An away win against a top six team and a clean sheet would be amazing!


  7. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 November 10, 2018 at 4:54 pm . Reply

    What can I say – got to believe. Well done to Dean Smith and his coaching team for getting these players to play as a team.

    Made my weekend and only 1pm here so plenty of drinking time left in the day to celebrate.

    Now we have to keep this going.

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 10, 2018 at 4:55 pm . Reply

    That new coaching goalkeeper made a good start full marks to him, looking at out games we are more entertaining, one I’m not impressed with is Kodjia.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 November 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm . Reply

      I agree Bill – I think we could afford to raise some cash by moving Kodjia on in January

  9. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 November 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm . Reply

    And a yellow banana skin avoided that would have seen JG banned for the game against Blues

  10. Pat 57
    Pat 57 November 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm . Reply


    A bucket load of goals and a clean sheet against a team we thought were in form. Is this the turning point? We can only hope so.

    Well done Dean and well done the lads!

  11. Adam
    Adam November 10, 2018 at 4:58 pm . Reply

    Fantastic result today! If this is the sign of whats to come and not a one off then wow we are going to be right up there. Just looking at the stats and particularly the 2nd half we smashed them off the park. Cant wait to watch the highlights. A happy weekend, fridge full of beer just what i needed!! Thank you Dean Smith.

  12. DSVilla
    DSVilla November 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm . Reply

    We have only conceded 3 goals in the last 5 matches. Players in their correct positions. Would would’ve thought it?

    I can’t wait to see the highlights, but by all accounts we battered them in the second half. This is how Villa should be playing with the players we have. This result will be fantastic for the players confidence. Let’s hope we keep moving forwards.

  13. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm . Reply

    2 points off the play off places. Still very tight!

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