Rotherham 1 – 2 Villa; Do you want to bet against us?

A missed penalty and Mings sent off for two yellows within 34 minutes.
Yet still we managed to battle back from a goal down.
Do I need to say any more than the headline?


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    Hitchens60 April 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm .

    ‘Do you want to bet against us’

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      Bosnich’s Dealer April 10, 2019 at 9:55 pm .

      3 points on Saturday and I’d say we’re good for the playoffs. Cup final.

      It’s been years and years since I’ve seen an identity at the villa and everyone pulling together in one direction. An actual team with character is what we have now.

      As Hitchens60 put it in the sheff wed post though, the players have probably endured a brutal night there. Much needed r&r!

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    Bill Pearson April 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm .

    Erm! No,
    Thing is now we are light in defence with mings out, plus Mcginn got hurt in the last few minutes, my guess is a few will be on the doctors table tomorrow morning. But have to say they fought like tiger’s second half ,so did Smith. 5th place lads we can do it. Utv.

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm .

    Is Elphick out injured? Axel’s back so might not be too bad!
    Smith’s got some decisions to make. Remember how much the Wolves win took out of the team last season. Bruce kept the same side and we slumped like an ageing boxer having one too many fights. I’d seriously consider resting Tammy since Kodja looked good, and maybe even McGinn, at least for first half. There’s options there with Hourihane and Whelan. Whelan would be a good idea anyway, as Bristol will be far more potent than Rotherham. Mings is an enforced change, but one or two more might be necessary…

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 10:12 pm .

    Maybe Jedi might be a good bet on Saturday, to protect the weakened defence? This is why a string squad is needed, at this time of year when it all matters. I think we have the squad! Smith will make the right calls!

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 10:14 pm .

    I wonder, IF we can take 7 points from the next 3 games, could top 6 be secure before the Leeds game? Can’t be arsed to do the maths – too many permutations!

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      Pat 57 April 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm .

      We can afford to lose one and still be okay but that’s assuming that Derby win all their remaining six matches which is probably unlikely. Our GD is vastly superior to Derby and Boro so that’s a help.

      I’d guess that three wins and a draw would probably do it. If it all depends on the last one hopefully Norwich will have won the league by then and they’ll be thinking about their suntans rather than their football.

      Fingers crossed.

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm .

    Going back to the squad, we will definitely need it over Easter – 2 games in 3 days! And those are the ‘easy’ games. This is where Smith really earns his money!

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 April 11, 2019 at 12:10 am .

    First time for years and years I have seen all of a Villa team run run run ….even Taylor was a star..

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    Hitchens60 April 11, 2019 at 7:30 am .

    Tekkers commented on the generally poor standard of referee overall in the Championship and particularly last night. Both managers alluded to it and tbf to Rotherham’s manager he questioned the decision to yellow card Mings for the hand ball which he thought harsh.

    Having watched the incident, whilst it’s probably a penalty it wasn’t a deliberate hand ball or a hand ball that gained a particular advantage for Villa. Surely a penalty would have been sufficient punishment rather than also sending the player off so he also misses the next game. Anybody checked which team the ref supports?

    Can we appeal the second yellow or would it be a waste of time?

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      Holte66 April 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm .

      I don’t think you can appeal a double yellow Hitch. Just have to take it on the chin.

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