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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    Holte66 November 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm .

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Ha ha ha ha ,πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    DSVilla November 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm .

    Welcome to Dean Smith’s Aston Villa

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

    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!


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    Hitchens60 November 10, 2018 at 4:54 pm .

    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.

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

    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.

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      Hitchens60 November 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm .

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

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    Hitchens60 November 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm .

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

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


    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!

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