Semi final review and other thoughts

I still struggle to believe we beat Leicester.
Fortunately, while close, my 1-1 prediction didn’t materialise and all I remember is not Trezeguet’s goal, but the pure elation in the moment.
That’s footy and booze for you.

So we face Man City in the final and while it won’t be easy, I absolutely do not see anything like the battering we got at home to them.
It seems to me Dean smith is learning quickly, as even though I didn’t think we played at all well, we beat a side that is managed by Brendan Rodgers, who by most accounts is a very good manager tactically.

So how did we achieve the win?
Well, I thought Targett and grealish seemed to have a good understanding and put their right side under serious pressure that they couldn’t live with.
I’ve often slated Targett, but thought he had a great game yesterday.
I also thought Samatta did well. He netted, albeit offside and had another decent chance that got stuck under his feet.

But of course, the plaudits go out to Nyland, who was simply brilliant. Would Reina have made some of those saves?
I seriously don’t know, but his display surely means it would be incredibly harsh to drop him for the final, given that he’s done so well.
Smith says Nyland was always going to start last night, but I’m not sure I believe that and I’d expect that logic says that Smith will go with Reina in the final.

As I’ve said, I don’t think we played well.
Our defence is horrendous at times and just looks so disorganised and panicky, it scares me.
Indeed, Leicester had a stupid amount of shots, something like 22, while we only had 3 on target.
It’s a good job we were clinical and Maddison wasn’t.

Still, we won, so what do I know?
What I do know is that the lads haven’t given up and continue to work their guts out for the manager.
That’s good and I for one appreciate it.

Apparently, we’re still looking for a striker to provide backup to Samatta and Davis. I suspect we’ll get one too, although we’re leaving it close.
I’m expecting an old hand, with premier league experience that could come on and help close out a game, but I don’t have a clue who it might be.

I’m minded to think we need an experienced midfielder and defender too for the same reason, but we have Chester at the back, if he doesn’t go on loan.
I just don’t see the midfielder happening at all.

It was interesting to see that Wes Edens turned up to the game.
He chose a great one to attend, but I doubt that was his only aim and am guessing he wanted to speak to Smith about his thoughts.
The optimist in me thinks that he might have wanted clarity about a major spend on a big signing.

But the realist in me doesn’t see much happening.

Last night’s game must have seriously encouraged him though.
Wes and Nassef going to Wembley twice in a year must be very rewarding and must already be more than they expected this early into their ownership.

Of course, the priority remains Premier league survival, but a cup final never hurts, does it?



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    Bill Pearson January 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm .

    I see the price of tickets have been announced for Wembly .5 categories and 5 is at the back £20 30 40, category 1 at the front £100, 75, 50, love to go but my way of getting their has gone.

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    Bill Pearson January 30, 2020 at 8:30 pm .

    That’s Danny Rose out of the equation, gone to Newcastle on loan.

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    Hitchens60 January 30, 2020 at 10:05 pm .

    Hearing that Villa have matched Palace’s offer for Bowen. Not sure how reliable the source is a cane through a third party.

    Please don’t shoot the messenger if I’m wrong 🙂

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      Hitchens60 January 30, 2020 at 10:06 pm .

      *as came through

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    Hitchens60 January 30, 2020 at 10:10 pm .

    Now being told that source is ‘Up the Villa’ Facebook group. Know nothing about them so have no idea how reliable it is. Nothing being reported elsewhere

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    Hitchens60 January 30, 2020 at 10:13 pm .

    Chester going to Stoke on loan – medical tomorrow. This being reported by Sky.

    I think that’s a sensible move all round.

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    Holte66 January 31, 2020 at 1:24 pm .

    Tomorrow’s game is a 6 pointer without doubt. The key part will be to survive an onslaught from kick off. Bournemouth will need to get their fans inside and the best way to do that is to score first to settle the nerves. If we score first, I think they will struggle with confidence to get back in the game.
    I wouldn’t change the team from Tuesday, which would mean no Drinkwater. I worry though that he has a clause in his contract. If he starts, then that will fuel the argument that this is the case.

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    Hitchens60 January 31, 2020 at 3:14 pm .

    Getting a little worried about our transfer dealings. We left ourselves light in the summer on strikers; we’ve failed to get a second striker in, in this window and now we’ve left ourselves light at the back by allowing Chester to go out on loan with question marks over Engels.

    Whilst I think it’s a sensible move for Chester, I’m not sure it’s that clever for Villa?

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      DSVilla January 31, 2020 at 3:52 pm .

      I’m less concerned about our CB position. We could always switch to a back 4 if we had to. Though not ideal to have that forced on us i would prefer that we sort the striker position. Who knows how successful Samatta will be, or how long it might take to get up to speed. I presume we would be looking at a loan, maybe with option to buy. That probably rules out a boatload of strikers, leaving us with the ones that clubs are so keen to unload that they are Ok with that arrangement. That leaves you with a bunch of strikers that are unfancied at their current club. Chester leaving suggests making an opening in the squad for someone else rather than a huge desire to get rid.

      I’m still hopeful that we will add another striker, but I’m not expecting a show stopping signing, just something a bit meh.

      If we survive this season I would expect something better in the summer window.

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