Sheff Weds 2 – 4 Villa; We pull the win out of nowhere, how do we stand?

So as per, I’m at work.
And find out we’re one down after 10 mins or so, Then we pull one back, only for me to find that we’ve gone 2-1 down just before the break.
And that was the last I heard until I finished work.
In the meantime, I’m listening to my Derby workmates giving me grief (they were drawing) and giving false bravado that we’ll turn it around, no worries.
And sadly, not really believing it.

So I’ve come out of work to hear that Derby drew 2 each and we’ve won 4-2.
Happy bloody days and I’ve phoned the biggest Derby culprit to give him some banter.
He didn’t answer, but I told him the scores in a message.
He replied with a text that I couldn’t possibly repeat.
Ha ha, I do love the banter.

So what to say?
I thought this had “draw” written all over it, so I’m elated that we actually went down twice and still came back to win, albeit seemingly unconvincingly.

I’ve seen nothing of the game and don’t know the scorers, but what I most want to say is that it seems we’ve shown some decent resilience today.

Ok, you might be minded to say that we shouldn’t really be going behind twice to a team that’s struggling in the Championship.
And we apparently weren’t very good today, which is always a concern.
But the result is all that matters, as I’m fond of repeating and we got it.

So where do we stand now?

Well, it’s interesting.
Wolves, while I don’t see them not winning the league now, are faltering.
Surely it’s got to be too late for us to catch them; not that it matters.

I’ve been expecting Cardiff to fade for a good while now, but they’re showing no signs.
They’re a point above us and have a game in hand.
I’d still expect them to fade, but if they don’t, I’d have to hold my hands up and say “fair play”.

We sit third.

In forth, there’s Derby, 3 points behind us and can’t get the goals required to achieve the points. Seemingly the opposite to us.

And then Fulham, who seem quite ominous, in that they don’t lose.
The reality is that they only have one point more than us in the last six games, as much as it might seem that we haven’t done too well lately.

Anyone else is out of the automatic second place game, imo, although you never know.

Which is probably where we really need to maintain some kind of perspective.
No team has won more than us in the last six games.

And then, I look at the goals conceded record.
Cardiff top this one, with 27 against.

Suddenly, I don’t think Fulham are our biggest worry.

This is going to the wire, in my opinion.


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  1. owen
    owen February 27, 2018 at 10:03 am .

    fancy brentford to do us a favour on saturday while we beat qpr

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 February 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm .

      Hope you are right Owen. Snow might be a factor this weekend with matches possibly cancelled – that might have an impact as well.

  2. owen
    owen February 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm .

    just think cardiff will run out of steam, they were awful against ipswich and bristol

    1. Rocky1
      Rocky1 February 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm .

      Owen, I still think that there is a long way to go and we need to just concentrate on our own results. I also think that Wolves will be looking over their shoulders as a couple more poor results and the gap will have closed sufficient for them to start panicking. The last thing I would want is the lottery of the play off’s as nothing will be worse than going through that. Second place for me or nothing, that should be the aim and if we or another team can pip the Wolves to top spot then great.

  3. nath
    nath February 28, 2018 at 7:12 pm .

    cardiff will not run out of steam. they might lose more games and slip out of top two. but they already have punched above their expatiations. they have been brilliant all season.

    i would just hope that we have grealish back, fit and able to see out the season. because without him we are not gonna get enough points for top two. or win the playoffs.

    watching wolves against fulham, they missed their Ruben Neves. they just couldnt to get any control of the game. something they have done all season is control their games.

    just goes to show you no matter which team small fry or the big guns. they all miss their influential players. i think bruce has got it right, dont go dreaming of what might be, looking to far ahead. take it one game at a time. those that get distracted looking at other results or too far ahead of you will lose focus

    1. badger123
      badger123 February 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm .

      Indeed Nath,
      Bruce has said that he hasn’t really looked at the table yet and I can see where he’s coming from.
      You don’t want to create pressure on yourself.

      Although I don’t agree with the part that says it doesn’t matter until it’s too late.
      For me, there’s no point looking when it’s too late!

      I glanced at an article earlier, that said the current position can/should affect the way you set up and Bruce needs to be mindful of our current position.

      Of course, that all depends on if you believe Bruce shackles the team sometimes. I’m not convinced myself.

  4. Holte 66
    Holte 66 March 1, 2018 at 8:16 pm .

    Looks like the debate over Micah Richards has raised its head again. As we approach the last year of his contract, if we get promoted apparently a clause in his contact means he will double his wage. Talk is he is currently on £35000 a week so would be £70000 a week for sitting on his arse for 12 months more. The ones who defend him say he is a good presence around the training ground and helps the youngsters. My take is who wouldn’t be while earning so much money without having to properly earn it. Too many bad buys have been made over last few years, but this one is a joke. If he has any dignity or ambition of playing, he should move on and be prepared to accept less money. Bruce won’t play him because of an underlying injury issue although he has declared he wants to play, but Bruce wants consistency in his team selection which makes sense, and Richards could easily play a game and be out injured again. It would be nice to hear we can offload him, McCormack and Agbonlahor for next season no matter what happens.

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson March 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm .

    I see sky at it again in moving games ,

    The fixture will now take place on Friday 13 April, 2018 at 19.45 at Villa Park in Birmingham.

    Friday night away fixtures are annoying for supporters, because this means that fans will have to make other arrangements in terms of transportation and/or take off work rather than simply being able to travel on a weekend day. The distance to Birmingham will only make it worse for Leeds fans that want to travel.

    For those fans that can’t afford to travel or aren’t able to get away tickets, a match on Sky TV is convenient at least, and while it’s not the traditional day, much less traditional time, it still means that fans have an opportunity to see the match that otherwise wouldn’t be able to view it.

    As for overseas viewers, this is another match that won’t be available in a lot of places on LUTV, for better or worse. In the US, this means that it will be shown on Watch ESPN and it will be in actual HD and you won’t have to crank the sound all the way up just to hear it, and in Australia and New Zealand, it will be on beIN Sports Connect and might even been shown on TV as well.

    So cheers to the fans that will watch it on TV, and sympathies to those that will be traveling to see the match. Friday night football isn’t ideal, but it’s something.

  6. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 March 2, 2018 at 4:03 pm .

    Remember Doncaster and Tranmere away on a Friday in Div 3…..when footie specials ran……do they still do them ?

  7. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson March 2, 2018 at 5:52 pm .

    Need a update on snow in Brum, I’m almost snow in here, 23 miles out of Brum and getting worse,

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson March 2, 2018 at 8:35 pm .

    A player who made a single appearance for Aston Villa has died at the age of 70.

    Barry Ansell can claim to have played alongside European Cup winning legend Peter Withe – but not at Villa.

    The Small Heath-born left-back’s one senior game for Villa was a 3-0 Division Two defeat at Cardiff on Boxing Day 1967, long before Withe arrived.

    In fact, the former Waverley Grammar School pupil was a team-mate of Withe’s at Arcadia Shepherds in the early 1970s after moving to South Africa to kick-start his career.

    Reacting to the news of Ansell’s death, Withe wrote on social media: “My very good friend who I played with at Arcadia Shepherd in South Africa Barry Ansell has passed away R.I.P. Barry.

  9. Owen
    Owen March 2, 2018 at 10:08 pm .

    Up to 2 degrees tomorrow – hopefully enough to have plenty of of melted snow and not much more. A win will put pressure on Cardiff who will have to rearrange Brentford game for a less convenient time.

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