Rotherham 0 – 2 Villa; Great result but bad injuries

I only heard the last 20 minutes or so of the game and it seems a fair chunk of that was probably the worst part.
Certainly it didn’t sound very good, as the home team put us under some serious pressure.
One of the commentators asked a very valid question as to why we were suffering such pressure from a side who are basically very poor and it’s a question that nags at me still.
I personally think some of us are getting ahead of ourselves in how good we really are.

That said, getting a little carried away is what you get when you win three on the trot and you can’t knock an away win at all.
It’s actually a good feeling to see that even though we didn’t have the run of play at that stage, we still managed to get the second goal.
That’s a sign of resilience, which has been lacking for far too long.

Having just watched the extended highlights on AVTV, the game seemed a totally different prospect and we actually looked quite good, with Hourihane particularly, beginning to look a threat. It’ll be interesting to see if he can maintain that against the better sides. If he can, it’s surely only a matter of time before he scores.
I’d have said the same about Bjarnason, but he’s not going to be playing for a while by the looks of it.

Which brings me onto the bad side of the game.
How unlucky are we to have lost Andre Green, Bjarnason and Grealish, all left-sided players, in such a short timeframe?
Injuries are of course, part and parcel of the game, but it really does seem like we’re cursed.
We have the best part of a team out, after all.

Still, although Steve Bruce has said he’ll bring one of the kids in, we still have Amavi, who you’d guess would be the next option on the list to play on the left.
There have been many, myself included, who think the defender would actually be a better bet in a more forward role, as he’s a decent crosser. While he’s limited defence-wise, he does have at least some ability and he seems perfect as a wide player to get forward, yet still cover the Right Back, Taylor.

Back to the game and Bruce has been a little critical us not being clinical enough.
It’s a good point seeing as we had 18 chances, but if we can keep the momentum going, that should surely improve.
And you never know, we might be able to keep it going, as confidence should be a lot better than it has been of late.

Against Huddersfield though?
Well, I’ve been looking at the form tables and things aren’t as clear-cut as you might immediately think.
I’ll go into that closer to the game, but the fact that I can see a remote possibility on Tuesday must mean things are improving.

Or maybe I’m just getting carried away.
It’s easily done after winning three on the trot for the first time in years.

In the meanwhile, discussing footy at work is much better than it has been for a while.
Happy days are indeed here again.
For now, at least.


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  1. Dave67
    Dave67 March 7, 2017 at 6:39 pm .

    This will be a tough one tonight, a draw would be a good result, Huddersfield are not a bad team. Will the Villa surprise us with 4 in a row. Utv.

  2. nath
    nath March 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm .

    please tell me guys this games got a link somewhere. i was reading Huddersfield fans forum yeah i was surprised they had one too. they were mostly confident of wining. while also recognizing villa will be very dangerous. they expect us to try do what newcastle did. but they say we are not as good as them and they will win.

    its a very tough game to call. you have to take your villa head off and look at them with a neutral head on. they are not going into this game stress free, they will be edgy. anybody remember us losing to oldham 92/93 when we was at home, we was going for the title against utd. that defeat was down to us seeing the finishing line and oldham took advantage of this.

    we need to be strong defensively and brave in possession. they also said on there forum that they were the best footballing side in this division. i don’t agree with that, i thought they were lucky not to lose at vp but for our goalie to boot the ball against their player in dying embers of game they would have.

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