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    Bill Pearson March 12, 2020 at 5:39 pm .

    Looks like he’s talking his way out of it,

    Dean Smith believes home advantage will be key between now and the end of the season and wants Villa Park to continue to be “a special place” for his side.

    Five of Aston Villa’s seven Premier League victories this term have come on home soil, while, in all competitions, Smith’s side have claimed an impressive six wins and a draw from their seven night matches under the lights in B6.

    Six of the club’s 10 remaining league fixtures are at Villa Park, starting with Saturday’s encounter against Chelsea (ko 5.30pm).

    And Smith is determined it remains a fortress for his side as they battle to climb the table away from danger.

    Looking ahead to Saturday’s test, Villa’s Head Coach said: “Whoever we play, it’s going to be difficult, whether it’s Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Leicester… they’re difficult games.

    “But they’re ones we should relish because it’s at Villa Park.

    “We’ve got six games left at Villa Park.

    “I think I’m right in saying from the evening games (so far this season) we’ve won six out of seven, under the lights at Villa Park.

    “It’s a special place and we have to make sure that we keep it a special place.”

    Smith continued: “We all want the same thing, which is success. And success this season is staying in the Premier League.

    “So we have to work extremely hard to do that.

    The man’s in cloud cuckoo land. He honstly thinks we’re safe, well Mr Smith seeing is believing. I hope your right..

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      Hitchens60 March 12, 2020 at 6:45 pm .

      Tbf Bill, what else can he say?

      We’re f***ed so let’s plan for selling players and being in the Championship 🙂

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    Bill Pearson March 12, 2020 at 7:18 pm .

    No two ways about that Hitch, we are fx*ked, its about time he tried our 21 + youths . VILLA Park is not a good place to start you way in life, one player brought in over 3-4 years could be longer than that. when was it last that you and I felt this year we will be a footballing side, bumped into my next door neighbour tonight he couldn’t stop laughing what can you say to a West ham supporter?we’re a joke to football. We have a manager done nothing in his playing days running a once great footballing side going nowhere. It hurts,.

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    nath March 13, 2020 at 7:04 am .

    just because a club are falling short on their season goals. does not mean its soley down to the manager. i don’t know why we are falling short, but i have a good idea after i also have been put through the same misery as all watching the season unfold.

    if we can say without doubt that smith brought in all the seaosn signings. then i will concede its down to him we are were we are. but i am not sure the players he signed are his players. i heard many times its a committee to sign off with smith having the final say.

    we are falling short because imo we do not have enough quality in the defense. its obvious when you watch the games. this defense might work in the championship. but premiership the pace is quicker and skills are higher. these defenders are struggling every game. in championship we dominated the games. so our defense did not get overwhelmed like it has been all season. this is where the mistakes happen when players get stretched.

    i always said we would survive by the skin of our teeth, after the last game even i think that goal is too far ahead of us. 17th thou still has to be the aim, home form might be the saviour, because at home our defence is less pressured.

    finally the players we recruited in the summer were the highest quality that we could afford, barring in mind we had to replace 11 or so. these players might become premiership. but our gamble looks like failing because they are not ready today. plus they where thrown together and never gelled. but the biggest reason we are going to fail is because we make too many errors in games. look back in the games you can see errors cost us many points. points lost in ach game would have had us in a much healthier position.

    i trust smith i would shoot the defense coach

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    alan rudd March 13, 2020 at 8:30 am .

    Sorry but its down to DS it does not matter who signed the players they have got worse as the season has gone on, so there is no coaching going on to stop there mistakes and they have 8 months of coaching since the season started, thats down to DS and all the coaches.

    You take away the cup games and our form is horrendous as well as the displays, and our only hope of stopping up, is the season gets cancelled until September and we start again, a new season with everyone on zero points.

    that wont happen.

    I dont care if DS goes now or at the end of the season, but he cant have another season. nice guy or not, villa fan or not

    you have to bring in the best to succeed.

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    Bum Bum March 13, 2020 at 11:33 am .

    Very painful piece in The Metro this morning about us, but sometimes the truth hurts. Gavin Brown hits the nail on the head all too accurately on how our wonderful club is nothing more than a let down.

    All Premier League fixtures postponed now!

    More time to get McGinn match fit!!!!!!

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      Bill Pearson March 13, 2020 at 11:56 am .

      Bum Bum , did it go ok on Modbro.

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        Bill Pearson March 13, 2020 at 2:14 pm .

        Or even mobdro.

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          Bum Bum March 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm .

          It did indeed Bill. Thanks!!!

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          Sidforever March 13, 2020 at 4:07 pm .

          Badger and friends

          We line within our lifetimes in uncharted waters. Coronavirus will have an indelible Impact on our society. Sadly as the prime minister stated we will loose loved ones.

          Th Premier League rulers have shown themselves up for the money grabbing bunch of obnoxious individuals they are. Dither, delay and fudge. The Premier League will not restart on April 3rd. That’s it for the season. What they should be doing is showing leadership. The season ends now.

          But what happens.

          There cannot be relegation with virtually a quarter of fixtures remaining. Remember how Leicester the season before they won the Premiership were virtually dead and buried. Yet they went on an amazing and unexpected run. Who can say Norwich, Villa or Bournemouth cannot do it ( however unlikely we think it could occur).

          The Premier League would not be able to relegate us without. I have no doubt Villa and the other two clubs would seek judicial intervention. Which brings us to what next.

          I think two routes come to light. Either no promotion and relegation. Or the proposed German model of the top 2 or 3nfrom the league below being promoted and the following season 5 / 6 teams are relegated.

          Either model benefits Villa. It gives us the chance to stay in the Premiership and buy the quality we need to stay up. Further, it allows Dean Smith a Chance to show what he can do with a better squad. If after a set number of games there is no improvement then he need to be dismissed and the new manager given enough time to turn it around. If Dean does hit the ground running I will cheer from the rafters.

          It appears that cruel fate will hand Villa a life line.

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            Bill Pearson March 13, 2020 at 4:22 pm .

            As the oldest on the site I’d like to invite you all to my funeral. Err hang on I’ve just had a thought, I’m not going till Villa wins the league. I’m going to ask badger to post something from a book in 1981, this is creepy believe me.

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              Hitchens60 March 13, 2020 at 7:03 pm .

              And so say all of us Bill – just keep away from those cruises!

              Nostradamus, The Bible – forecasts of plagues, doom and destruction.

              Just like supporting the Villa 🙂

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                Bill Pearson March 13, 2020 at 7:06 pm .

                According to an online conspiracy theory, the American author Dean Koontz predicted the coronavirus outbreak in 1981. His novel The Eyes of Darkness made reference to a killer virus called “Wuhan-400” – eerily predicting the Chinese city where Covid-19 would emerge. But the similarities end there: Wuhan-400 is described as having a “kill‑rate” of 100%, developed in labs outside the city as the “perfect” biological weapon. An account with more similarities, also credited by some as predicting coronavirus, is found in the 2011 film Contagion, about a global pandemic that jumps from animals to humans and spreads arbitrarily around the globe.

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    Bill Pearson March 13, 2020 at 11:55 am .

    Match off tomorrow then, another boring weekend. …

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      originallondonlion March 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm .

      Actually Bill the naming of Wuhan in the book is not a lucky guess. Wuhan is where China has its chemical an biological warfare laboratories. Equivalent of Porton Down.here

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        Bill Pearson March 16, 2020 at 8:25 am .

        O.L.L. I’m holding onto the theory that the virus is man made, I am aware that a chemical factory is outside Wuhan, could have been it escaped out of the laboratory, and the heads of states are hushing it up?. I don’t think it was a coincidence, more like the Russian incident to me. It’s only my theory

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    originallondonlion March 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm .

    Smith is responsible. The crucial moment may have been the terms under which he took the job.

    It happened to me once. The Board said they would instruct me how to do my job, whom I could employ AND set the target they wished me to achieve. I told them I would accept either but not both. If they set the target I wanted a free hand as to how it was to be done.

    None of the ‘Personality’ managers, Clough, Pep, Sir Alex, Wenger etc will / did accept a ‘director of football’ assessing the players to be recruited.

    Leave aside the recruits new to EPL for a moment. Everybody who watched football knew Targett could not defend – so he could be played wide midfield or as a winger but not at full-back. Everybody knew Hause could not defend on his own initiative, so could not play in a back 3. The players videos from their previous team were available if the club scouts had not reported. Heaton’s goal concession record in EPL put him in the bottom half of the table.

    Now to the overseas imports. All evidence suggested Wesley was not a target man but a goal poacher, so he could not play as a lone striker – surely somebody watched him and saw that?

    So there is a credibility gap between the known performance of some of the players brought in and what we needed. That has to be the manager’s responsibilty: either he did not notice – or he made what will prove to be the fatal mistake of imagining he could coach a different performeance into them.

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      nath March 13, 2020 at 5:18 pm .

      i don’t think wesley is a smith signing, he might have said yes i will have him after his own strikers where knocked back. looks to me like he was out manoeuvred in some signings like douglas luiz another fantastic player from overseas he smith would not have considered had he not been forced too.

      i don’t think that wesley is a bad player he was coming along nicely just before the injury. luiz is miles of premiership pace thou and wasn’t he 15 million well at least city have a buy back clause if THEY want to resign him 🙁 please please take him back much prefer bannan

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      Hitchens60 March 13, 2020 at 7:05 pm .

      It’s interesting that in football the manager is always responsible whatever the circumstances!

      In most businesses the CEO and / or Chairman is expected to take (at least some) responsibility when it goes t**ts up!

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    nath March 13, 2020 at 5:24 pm .

    premiership postponed that is a relief, cause the players were looking downbeat to say the least. grealish cut a mighty pi ss ed off player in the final and against foxes. how frustrating it must be to be on a different page to the rest of the team all game.

    good teams have special relationships all over the pitch. unfortunately we don’t have any and we only have ten games remaining. two centre backs or three are strangers. grealish and mcginn are probably the only two that instinctively can read each over without pointing or shouting instructions.

    hopefully this break can breathe new hope and life into our survival hopes. this break certainly will be better for us than teams like hammers and watford who were on form from what i av seen

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    Hitchens60 March 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm .

    I’m in Sid’s camp here (although I don’t see how the EPL / EFL can draw a line under the season just yet). However, I can’t see the situation changing dramatically by 3rd April where the Government’s own strategy is to flatten the peak which probably takes us into May or June.

    It’s tough on everyone but there can’t be normal promotion or relegation if the season isn’t completed and I would expect legal challenges should the EPL or EFL try to enforce same – so yes – it’s an ill wind etc.

    The one exception for me is that I think Liverpool have earned the right to be crowned Champions but unlikely to happen if the season’s not completed.

    However, if Euro 2020 is postponed a year then the ‘season’ could run through the summer.

    Interesting times

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    Sidforever March 14, 2020 at 9:41 am .

    Hitchens

    Agree with your comments. Daily Mail today has an article about Leeds & WBA coming up with no relegation. Then 5 down next year.

    This gives us a chance to keep Grealish, get players with long term injuries for and buy in some quality for next year. I am convinced the club has achieved a lucky break (football related) not for those who will be out at risk by the virus.

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