Ipswich 1-1 Villa; two points dropped.

I don’t understand.
Ipswich went down to 10 men after around half an hour and we still couldn’t punish them.

I look at the side and it looks fine on paper.
But we so lack incisiveness, it’s almost embarrassing.
I think we had two shots on target all game, which says it all.
Against an Ipswich side that are close to favourites to be relegated and playing with ten men.

You could possibly even say that Ipswich had the clearer cut chances too, which makes it worse.

The worrying thing is, you can’t say Bruce played with a negative approach, as we probably ended up with the most attacking eleven we can muster.
And still didn’t look like getting a goal.
Contrast that to the Albion getting 7 today.

Did Kodjia have a poor game today?
I’m not convinced.
He got one and worked really hard. Indeed I’d probably be praising him now if it was the winner.
He still looks off it to me and his head seems to go down too easily, but I don’t think you can say he wasn’t trying.

There were plus points, in that McGinn looks like the midfield engine that we all thought Hourihane was.
And Grealish played with his usual vision while being hacked to bits all through the game.
I agree with Bruce, in that the refs have to start protecting him a bit more.
I had to laugh, as the Ipswich fans booed his every touch, almost as though he was persistently cheating.
It was exactly the same with Ashley Young.
Small players get bundled off the ball easier: it’s a fact of life.
It doesn’t mean you should get away with taking them out though.

But those two apart, I thought the side looked really, really average.

As for Nyland, well, I’m not going to go there.

Yes, it’s a point away from home.
But we can’t afford to drop what should be easy points, especially against a team that hasn’t beaten us on their turf for years.
I have a sneaky feeling we’ll really rue today’s result.

And perhaps even more of a concern is that I’m not seeing any improvement in our performances.

Make no mistake, most of the teams we’re expecting to be at the top of the league would have beaten Ipswich convincingly today, in my opinion.


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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson August 21, 2018 at 9:06 pm .

    I know what you mean Holte, the times I’ve screamed get that idiot off and it happens far to late into the game. Been reading back on post we’ve all made about Bruce and Villa, up till now seeing games I really think we been lucky, I’m in the same corner as DS Villa 10 games only to show we are going in the right direction, after that we will see.

    1. Holte66
      Holte66 August 21, 2018 at 9:18 pm .

      I said till end of November at start of season to get us to a challenging position. My only concern with new owners is they might want a marquee signing to replace him. Someone like Henry with no experience at Championship level.

  2. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson August 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm .

    That’s unthinkable, you might as well get Uthain Bolt , its buying advertisements to me, if it comes to having a manager bet it will be a foreign one, I just hope Bruce sees sense and start understanding we want success for our club, its looking back over them years when Villa was a top team in the league’s, I travelled length and Brest and worked for them for 20 years, I’d like to see them days back. Oh happy days.

    1. Holte66
      Holte66 August 21, 2018 at 9:51 pm .

      I wasn’t as dedicated as you Bill. Finances meant I had to be satisfied being a home season ticket holder. Watching Leeds tonight they were playing an 18 year old. So why can’t Bruce show same faith in players like O’Hare or Doyle Hayes? Reason is he is either stubborn or stupid. If we can get them integrated into first team then this surely favours FFP. Suddenly we might have assets worth more than another clubs loanees.

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