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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    Holte66 April 10, 2019 at 8:44 pm .

    Rotherham are just a get ball into the box team in any way possible. We have played into their hands. Abraham penalty was shockingly bad and set the tone. Grealish apart from winning the penalty has been woeful. Mings red card could be costly for this game and against Bristol City. Referee is a joke. He is spoiling the game with his pettiness. Booking Smith for placing the ball for a throw in was embarrassing. It looks like it’s going to be a repeat of Bolton last season! Expect to just turn up and get 3 points! Will Villa never learn.

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      Tekkers48 April 10, 2019 at 8:49 pm .

      The referee looks like he is looking to make a name for himself. Just looks like an arrogant git. Two penalties, sending off and the booking DS for stepping outside his technical area. As much as i do enjoy the championship, the refereeing standard is quite poor.

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 8:45 pm .

    Oh shit.

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 8:47 pm .

    But it’s not over, until the fat lady sings (and all that bollocks)…

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    Bosnich’s Dealer April 10, 2019 at 8:57 pm .

    Is anyone watching the game? Is it as barmy as it looks my score application, Jesus three pens and a red?!

    Get in the boys!!

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      Hitchens60 April 10, 2019 at 8:58 pm .

      Yep, watching on red button. It’s an awful game of football!

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    Hitchens60 April 10, 2019 at 8:57 pm .

    Manna from heaven

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    Bosnich’s Dealer April 10, 2019 at 8:59 pm .

    Get the fuck in lads, 2-1!!! What’s going on?! Super jack

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    Hitchens60 April 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm .

    What a goal Grealish – get in

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    Hitchens60 April 10, 2019 at 9:01 pm .

    2-1 utv

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      Bosnich’s Dealer April 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm .

      Are we actually on top of the game hitchens60, What’s deano done after the sending off shape wise?

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 9:01 pm .

    I’ve suddenly remembered an old chant from the Holte End from my younger days which made me and my dad laugh. It was between two crazy Villa fans having some fun and bouncing off each other. Here’s how it went:

    “Get into ’em!”
    “…and fuck ’em up!”
    “Get into ’em!”
    “…and fuck ’em up!”
    “Get into ’em!”
    “……..ah bollocks, I’m knackered.”

    Good advice for right now!

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    Big Fat Ron April 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm .


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