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  1. nath
    nath July 24, 2013 at 9:38 am . Reply

    i don’t like losing but this is nothing 2 when villa lose iam worse ~ but this was a training session, u could compare this 2 losing the toss b4 a premier game ~ reaction on fb last nite was nothing less than a over reaction ” one person was cry out for a return of dr venglos
    relax and be patient ~ we are gonna be playing some good football this year ~ lets not run b4 we walk let the boys train and prepare 4 the season

    1. MarkDraperNumber8
      MarkDraperNumber8 July 24, 2013 at 11:48 am . Reply

      Well said Nath mate, bang on

  2. Dan
    Dan July 24, 2013 at 10:12 am . Reply

    I thought that Karim played very well yesterday! He is so comfortable on the ball and enjoyable to watch! Wouldn’t mind seeing him playing more often next season!
    Luna looked decent getting forward and I am glad to see benteke back!

    Everyone’s been saying that sylla is our defensive midfielder, however last night I saw him link up with benteke a few times and did wonder if lambert does actually consider him sitting infront on the defense or more of a free role really!

    Didn’t think bacuna played particularly well really

    Delph and gardener looked good too which is promising

  3. Muzzvill
    Muzzvill July 24, 2013 at 10:15 am . Reply

    Little worried some of the signings are not up to standard to be honest but will reserve judgment agree about Clarke and vlarr don’t think they are up to it just hoping another good cb is brought in before start of season

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 24, 2013 at 10:33 am . Reply

      Spot on muzzvill they are definitely not up to it only lambert can’t see it ffs

  4. Foxy
    Foxy July 24, 2013 at 10:46 am . Reply

    I was at the Wycombe match and saw the Luton one on AVTV last night. I think Luna looks good, and I suspect the manager told him and Lowton to press forward more, something they won’t be doing so much in PL matches. Clark looks incredibly confident but just doesn’t play well, I’d put the order of selection for CM now as 1. Vlaar 2. Baker 3. Herd 4.Donacien 5.Clark. I don’t know what Okore is like but he should be starting once fit instead of Vlaar or Baker. Clark likes hugging people, his positioning is poor and he makes mistakes, plus he seems to pause on the ball sometimes and either lose it or make a panic pass. I’d like him to get better and succeed but if he needs more game time I don’t want to see it in a Villa shirt. Can he not be sent out on loan in the Championship for a while?

    Sylla looks great at the moment, Gardner is getting better, Delph is starting to get back into it and Westwood I reckon will be captain before the season is out. He’s getting better at deadballs and the free kick against Wycombe was just superb. I also really like watching Grealish play, hard to imagine he’s just 17. He looks so comfortable on the ball. I’m not sure about El Ahmadi, his choice of passes haven’t always been so good and he shouldn’t be in the first choice 11. I want to see Gabby, Andi and ooooooooooh Christian Benteke play up front again though, and wish Helenius, Tonev and Albrighton had been fit so they can hit the new season running. Fast. As long as Luna starts and Clark doesn’t I think we have a pretty competent team with the potential to finish around 10th.

  5. Graydononthewing
    Graydononthewing July 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm . Reply

    Sylla could be a surprise package this season

  6. Oohahpaulmcgrath
    Oohahpaulmcgrath July 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm . Reply


  7. astonman
    astonman July 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm . Reply

    The fact is we lost 2-0 to a non league side that does not bode well for the coming season. We still lack premiership. quality in key areas if Lambert does not fix our crap defence we will struggle again tgis season.

  8. Bencey83
    Bencey83 July 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm . Reply

    Vlaar and Clark together is just asking for trouble – they’re both like headless chickens. Vlaar and Baker looked much less vulnerable. Baker is a defender and Clark isn’t. I think Okore could help to get the best out of Vlaar when he’s fit.

  9. Bencey83
    Bencey83 July 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm . Reply

    I’ve got a horrible feeling Lambert sees Clark in his first choice CB partnership with Vlaar. That’s a real worry. Why can’t he see what seems so obvious to everyone else? I think Clark must be a positive influence in the dressing room to be so favoured.

  10. Bencey83
    Bencey83 July 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm . Reply

    Even with a second-string side, we should be beating Luton. Pre season or not.

  11. anon3
    anon3 July 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm . Reply

    I don’t know what to think.
    I’ve always rated Clark as our best upcoming defender, but now I’m not so sure.
    I’d definitely agree that he doesn’t click with Vlaar though.
    That said, I’ve always tried to stay posoive about Vlaar, but I’m not madly convinced there either.
    He needs to step up a gear, which hopefully he will., this term.

  12. Naughtius Maximus
    Naughtius Maximus July 25, 2013 at 10:18 am . Reply

    I think the actual result is not a problem, like ive said before freindlies often see 20+ players taking to the pitch you cant really worry about results. the Malaga game may see a more settled line up and give us a real idea of where we are at.
    im sharing concerns on Clarke though, he’s displaying exactly the same problems as he did last season, dithering and getting robbed, lack of communication and this holding and hugging players allowing him to be turned easily and potentially giving away free kicks and pens.
    im also sharing concerns on Vlarr too, personally I didn’t rate his performances last season and am still no where near convinced about him(although he did improved toward the end of last season). I think the problem with Vlarr is he just looks like he should be great and a great captin too but the performances don’t match up.
    all that said please don’t worry about these results, we’ve got a really tough start to the season and im expecting a shit storm before the end of September.

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