Reading – Villa; Not at all confident

The games are coming thick and fast aren’t they?
Which is exactly what we could have done without at the moment as Steve Bruce is hardly going to get any time to go through tactics, let alone get some proper fitness training in.
If lack of fitness is the issue, that is.
I saw an argument yesterday that basically said the lack of fitness argument was a poor one that’s often been used by managers at the Villa. Now that may well be true, but Bruce said it’s “blatantly obvious” and didn’t beat about the bush when he directly pointed the finger at RDM.
Hence I think lack of fitness is to blame, at least partly, in my opinion.

I also think there’s a mental problem too, but that’s not all, because I think there’s some other intangible issues too.
We’ve changed the owner for a better one and we’ve spent loads of money on new players. But managers who get sacked for us don’t tend to get decent jobs afterwards and after that performance against Wolves we seem to ruin players.
I said in the replies it’s almost like we’re cursed.
Whatever can go wrong invariably does.

Which all in all is why I have no faith whatsoever that we’re going to get a point tonight. In fact I think we’re going to be doing well if we can keep the difference down to two goals.

The sadder part is while I think Bruce is the man to sort us out, I think it’s going to take a good while longer than I thought.
Which for me means we’ve no chance of automatic promotion or even a playoff place.
A good few of you will probably say you’ve thought that for a while, but I always at least try to stay positive and hopeful, which is why it’s taken so long to dawn on me.

So there you go then, a comfortable win for the home team and another poor showing for the over four thousand Villa fans who will be making the trip.
How they keep turning out for such little reward is beyond me.

Reading to win 2-0

Oh, by the way, I strongly recommend you have a read of this article. It’s unrelated to the game but is a brilliant indictment of the Premier league, in my opinion;

http://www.football365.com/news/how-long-can-sht-be-sold-as-sugar

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    DSVilla October 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm .

    Nice to win at the death rather than lose or lose a lead. Maybe we can start to press on a bit. Once to get a victory with Blues coming up. That’s going to be very interesting!

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      DSVilla October 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm .

      * should read Nice

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    pat57 October 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm .

    Sorry I’m having real difficulties here. Let’s go through it.

    Villa won away.
    I mean VILLA won away.
    That is Villa WON away.
    Or in other words Villa won AWAY.

    Sorry still can’t quite….f*** me we WON!

    Bruce for world president

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      Ardent Villain October 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm .

      Are you sure?

      I mean, we don’t win away.

      Was the game at VP??

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        pat57 October 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm .

        Not sure of anything at the moment, I think I’m in shock

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          OohAhPaulMcGrath October 18, 2016 at 10:06 pm .

          Me too can’t believe. What a change to score in last min rather than concede. Surely this has to be a huge turning point in our season

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        bencey83 October 18, 2016 at 10:13 pm .

        When did we last win at VP…?

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      bencey83 October 18, 2016 at 10:12 pm .

      Villa WON! Villa don’t WIN! PERIOD!

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    pat57 October 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm .

    Whatever Bruce did while we only had one third of the possession we just about managed as many shots as Reading did and almost as many on target.

    Hopefully a change we will see more of.

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    bencey83 October 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm .

    Subs spot on by Bruce, in my opinion. Nice to have a manager who seems to know what he’s doing!

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      Ardent Villain October 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm .

      A manager who actually knows how/when to use substitutes?

      At Villa??

      Not had one of those in a long time…

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    nath October 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm .

    villa fans are the best fans its a fact :))) thanks for the commentaries guys :)))

    wins are what we need, its simple wins boost confidence. more confidence =better performances. back to back wins that’s goal to reach. this is our first away league win since opening day last season.

    VTID

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    pat57 October 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm .

    So with a single leap we are up to 17th and just 6 points off the play off spots.

    Why do I suddenly think we might be in with a chance? Oh yes we won AWAY :-))))))))

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 18, 2016 at 10:07 pm .

      I think we will finish top 6 this season remember Oohah is never wrong. Alas top 2 is beyond us unless Norwich collapse

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    Ardent Villain October 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm .

    Maybe these players can now learn not to fall to pieces completely when the opposition score?

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    bencey83 October 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm .

    Still need to splash some cash to improve in a few areas – mainly midfield and right back, unless Bruce can whip them into shape.

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    pat57 October 18, 2016 at 10:39 pm .

    Bruce saying all the right things and thanking our great away supporters –

    “I have to pay special mention to the supporters in the last 10 minutes. I think they breathed life into the lads. Let’s hope this can be the first of a few wins and we can get this season back up and running again.”

    Amen to that Stevie.

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