Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Villa: Great win. Is it about the fitness?

This was yet another strange game.
We walked the first half and looked totally in control, even though Sheffield took the early lead.
I remained totally confident, until the home side seemed to get their act together and were all over us.
I thought Whelan was not at all suited to the way we were playing and Green seemed ineffective. Until he put that cross in for McGinn’s very nice take.
Which shows what I know.

So 1-1 at half time and I thought we were well worth that and should have led, even though we never had many shots on target.

The second half and Sheffield looked a different side and much more threatening.
It seemed we were struggling to contain the onslaught and I was blaming Whelan at the time, as he did very little right today.
Taylor still looks lightweight to me, even though he made a great tackle at one stage. He just always looks out of position to me.

So while we were being battered as the game went on, injuries were ocurring throughout.

Which had me thinking that given the really fast early pace of the game, it has to be down to fitness.
I thought both sides looked tired as the game went on, but obviously we had the edge, which sounds about right if supposedly Bruce doesn’t put the emphasis on fitness.

Given the balance of the game, I’d have called it a draw, but the fact that we got two goals in the last few minutes, tells me we either are much more fitter, or possibly just have the winning mentality.

I strongly suspect it’s the mentality.
But it’s combined with the fitness.

That, plus the fact that we have very good back-up in reserve.

Which is exactly where Steve Bruce should have positioned us,
regardless of what he says about our financial position at the time.

I’m wondering how he ultimately managed to make such a mess of his time at the Villa.


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    Bill Pearson April 6, 2019 at 5:02 pm .

    What a game, Minns had a stinker first half but God made up for it second. Great win.

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    Bum Bum April 6, 2019 at 5:03 pm .

    Saw the 1-1 score on the BBC website… Then refreshed it and 2as totally confused!!!
    Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!!

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    Bill Pearson April 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm .

    Well I’m in heaven, I thought at times we was going to drop points, they was all over us in the dieing minutes and we looked as if its one of them games, Ming was getting it all wrong at times a gave away a penalty but as you know it was saved. Classic Change in subs again bringing on Adomha then Kodja fresh legs helped us to over come their defence. Well done the lads,.

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      Hitchens 60 April 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm .

      Win ugly when not at your best – top marks to Deano to see that one of his team’s can do that.

      We have awesome firepower and a defence growing in confidence.

      Rotherham a potential banana skin but a play off place is now ours to lose.


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    Holte66 April 6, 2019 at 7:06 pm .

    Resilience! Second half against Blackburn and second half against Wednesday. There seems to be an added toughness within the team, added by Mings mainly but all of them have stepped up when needed. Next up Rotherham who beat Forest today but we beat Wednesday after they were eleven games undefeated so we have to believe we can get the 3 points and 7 out of 7! UTV!

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 April 6, 2019 at 7:10 pm .

    Things I wrote on FB and shouted for all within 100yards were….

    Worse match/football I have seen ever…repeated all through match….

    why does everyone keep falling over and hold match up for ages then see the sponge and walk off O.K…

    whens the Ref going to sort out the Grealish killers…

    was that a pass ( El Gazzi straight to goalie whaan 2 of ours were running in)…..

    stopped booting the bloody thing up the pitch…theres no one there….

    have we got in their area yet…



    Yes I AM that bloke you don’t want to be near at the match….LOL

    Cant believe we won…or they lost that match.

    BTW…the worse – or best …penalty I have seen since the Whelan one…

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    Beef Fried Rice April 6, 2019 at 8:04 pm .

    Can’t help wondering if that was the sort of scenario where Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa would have settled for a draw? Brought on Jedinak to shut out the game at 1-1?. But Dean Smith’s Aston Villa bring on fresh attacking legs in Kodjia and Adomah and go for the 3 points. Nuff said!

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    Beef Fried Rice April 6, 2019 at 9:36 pm .

    Don’t know what others think – but I reckon that we’ve gone from a decent squad who win on a good day/lose on a bad day, to a squad (who can still lose)- but we can win on a bad day too, like today – and on a good day we blow teams in this league apart. Almost the same players – but a MASSIVE difference.
    Mings and Hause make a big difference – aggressive defence that can command their area.
    I think this could be a better team than the one we had before we were relegated (apart from we miss Ashley Westwood of course who’s been banging them in for Burnley again today)((sarcasm emoji))

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