Notts Forest 0 -1 Villa; Disciplined, professional and the experience showed.

Well, Steve Bruce will feel justified in playing that weakened team in the FA cup and fair play to him, as today’s result says he got it right.

Forest play some nice football, but they totally lack when it comes to effectiveness.
And as much as they played the better footy in the first half, according to all the stats, so we countered them with what was a very solid performance from the defence and midfield.

I have to be honest and say I found the first half bored me witless, as apart from the goal, which came against the run of play and Terry’s header, we created nothing.
That said, Forest did nothing either.

The second half, however, made for much better viewing, with both sides opening up more.
While I still felt Forest looked the better side when they crossed the centre line, so they were still pretty ineffective.

Whereas we had that bit of a difference in a superb cross from Snodgrass, combined with some really nice movement from Scott Hogan to nod in the winner.

Add to that that our defence was very solid and we frustrated the Forest players with some old tricks like deliberately getting your body in the way and totally denying the opposition player a fair chance, but drawing the foul.
I hold my hands up and say I don’t like to see that sort of cynical play at all, but we’ve had it done against us enough times and I’m beginning to accept that it’s part of the game.
Add in the slowing the game down and a bit of time-wasting and it was all good.
If you like that sort of thing.
I say that as someone who’s brain blows a fuse when it’s done against us.

So all in all, very professional and I’m certainly not going to complain, as we got the points that keep us on a roll.
As was pointed out by the comms, we have what would seem some very favourable games coming up, where we might be able to apply some serious pressure to the teams above us.

We’re looking in a very reasonable position, I feel, as long as we can keep racking the points up.

What pleased me most though?
I thought Jack Grealish worked his nuts off, which suits us overall as a team, I think.
But I also felt that while he’s tracking back, so it takes the edge off his attacking game.
Which is the dilemma I’ve always had with him.

Still, never mind.
It’s 3 points in the bag and a very disciplined performance that I’m sure Steve Bruce will be delighted with.
He might even get some sleep tonight.

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  1. Hitchens60 January 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm . Reply

    See Prince William is doing his dad bit for the cause and George and Charlotte both have Villa kits (according to Hello magazine). Royal support for the future is secure (as befits our great club) UTV

  2. Bill Pearson January 16, 2018 at 8:58 pm . Reply

    Good new lads we have Ulloa, from a poster we miss .

    1. Andrew January 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm . Reply

      I’d believe it as Ulloa’s not in the squad against Fleetwood. And at home if he was to stay there, he’d be playing or at least a sub.

  3. Bill Pearson January 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm . Reply

    Two players by the weekend, you heard it first on here, the other is Man utd player.

  4. Bill Pearson January 16, 2018 at 9:18 pm . Reply

    It’s came from a good source Andrew, not let us down yet.

  5. Andrew January 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm . Reply

    I really hope you’re right. I don’t care much about Tuanzebe as he should be no better than a 4th choice center back.

    1. Adam January 16, 2018 at 11:21 pm . Reply

      By the sounds of it though Jose is only loaning him for guaranteed football. Could mean its in the loan deal he has to play if fit? Hope not as its disruptive for the team but wouldnt surprise me with Villa! Ulloa is a good deal but id rather Hogan keep his place over him for the forseeable if im honest. Good backup tho thats for sure.

      1. Andrew January 17, 2018 at 12:41 am . Reply

        Seems Bruce is trying to help his former club. There’s absolutely no reason we’d go after Tuanzebe if that was the case. Ohhhh, he put Sanchez in his pocket. When? In a cup game? Sanchez doesn’t even care about the club he plays at. Unless Bruce is scared Samba won’t come back and Terry will get injured again, he’s pointless. I swear if he goes to a back 5 or drops Chester…. Be absolutely pissed off. Unless we plan on moving him to midfield.

        Ulloa will be a great signing. Hogan is decent but Ulloa is a must with kodjia out for the season.

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