Villa 0 – 1 Albion; Sadly, they deserved it.

Villa 0-1 West Brom Jack Woodward full time report

That was poor wasn’t it?
I’m struggling to think of a single player who produced anything like a noteworthy performance today, although if I was forced it would probably have been Lescott and Richards.
The goal did take a nasty deflection, after all and I can’t even blame Guzan for that one.

What worried me more than the result though was the way we went about the game.
Where was all the energy and pace we’ve been used to?
We just weren’t at the races at all today were we?
The passing was rubbish, particularly from Grealish and Gil early on and if your two most creative players are struggling, well, you’re in trouble.

We just didn’t click at all today and you can go through most of our outfield players and have complaints.
Hutton had quite a bit of space down the wing and he found himself in the right positions, but his crossing was mostly abysmal.
Amavi was poor by his standards and gave the ball away a few times.
Sinclair was just utterly invisible and even though he’s our most on form striker, just never got involved.
Gil tried, but just couldn’t get himself into it enough to be effective.
And most disappointing for me was Grealish.
Everything he did seemed to take an age and he seemed far too happy to stand over the ball thinking about it, instead of using his instinct, which is to run at the defence as soon as it comes to him. His passing was probably the worst, in my opinion; hence it was a real off day on his part.

One player I would give some credit to is Gabby.
He looked a lot more up for it today, but being better than he has been of late really isn’t saying much.

Even if you don’t think Albion were very good, think about the chances they created.
I remember Guzan having had his hands stung a few times, where he made a couple of decent stops, but also made himself look a mug on a couple of other occasions.
The point is, I can’t remember Boaz Myhill having to make one decent save.
And that’s disappointing.

We created next to nothing and were forced to try playing it longish in the first half, a daft tactic seeing as we were aiming at Gabby, while they have massive defenders.
Hence bringing on Gestede for Gil was probably the right call, seeing as we had little option.
Unless you call upping the pace, getting the ball out wide and trying to actually get behind their defence an option.
Which seemed the best bet for me, but from memory we only achieved it once (Amavi).

It just didn’t happen today, in any area you care to look at and it frankly just wasn’t good enough, an opinion that I think will be shared, seeing as the Villa crowd was very subdued.

The worrying thing is that today’s result really doesn’t bode well for a certain game we’ve got coming up next.

My current stance on Tim Sherwood?
I like most of the players he’s signed and he still gets plenty of time from me.
Calling for him to go already is just daft.


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  1. bencey83
    bencey83 September 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm . Reply

    I also like most of the players he’s signed – apart from Gestede and Ayew. We should have bought a proven Premier League goalscorer and a proper goalkeeper. I think there’s a big possibility of us going down this season. You look at the teams above us and it’s hard to see where the points are going to come from. We really need to be picking points up against West Brom and Leicester, don’t we?! A sign of how far behind we have fallen! I think Tim has improved our squad on the whole, but other sides have also strenghtened, so we haven’t really made up much ground. If anything, we’ve probably fallen a bit further behind other sides, as we no longer have a Bent or Benteke type player to bail us out!

  2. KentNielsen77
    KentNielsen77 September 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm . Reply

    Charlie Austin suddenly looks cheap at £15m – that said I’m not sure he’d have done anything today with that service.

    I think this is the flattest I’ve felt in the last few seasons as this season I had quite high expectations for the first time in ages. I was looking forward to this season.

    Blues will be rubbing their hands together in anticipation of Tuesday. I expect no fear and 100% effort from them – just hope we can at least match their effort.

    Tim boasts about his win percentage at Spurs, I wonder what his defeat percentage is with us.

    Sad tonight.

  3. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm . Reply

    I don’t think fans are calling for his head just yet, but he’s got to understand that messing players about like he has from day one won’t go down well , tell us why he’s being bloody minded over Kodak? Tell us why he’s pissed Gil about from the off, stop being the I’m going to do this and its falling around his arse, did you see his face again today? a picture tells its own story ? He’s lost for excuses again, I’m beginning to think a spell in the lower division might get the players to play to be in the premiere, because they don’t seem to play to win Europe games or cup games, I’m dreading Birmingham Tuesday ,that will put the cat among the pigeons will it not.

  4. Andrew
    Andrew September 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm . Reply

    Another game Sinclair was useless, really is obvious he’s useless 89 minutes a game. I don’t get how he starts. Ayew need’s a run upfront. Kozak obviously won’t get one so unless Sherwood bought Ayew having no idea who he was, he’d realize as a lone CF he not only scores, he brings players into the game. He’s the only current player who can get double digit goals and has before at a team about similar, maybe less talent than we currently have.
    We can no longer play Gil, Grealish and Sinclair because they don’t track back and they leave a big hole to fill from the midfield.

    A team of






    Is probably the best of our current bunch. Well Gana over Westwood. I wouldn’t put Traore currently in there, maybe over Gil, but Veretout will at least track back and cover the midfield some.

  5. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 September 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm . Reply

    Sorry guys but it was no more than I expected. Over expectation is becoming harsh reality. Another season of struggle I fear.

  6. Karl
    Karl September 19, 2015 at 7:18 pm . Reply

    We were off the pace today. Second to every ball, giving them to much time on the ball.
    Very disappointed with our performance. We never really looked like scoring.
    Not impressed with Gestede who for a big guy lacks strength and any threat in the air.
    Keep playing like we did today and I don’t hold much hope. Definitely need a proven
    Goal scorer and a replacement for Hutton. I can’t recall Hutton getting a decent cross in the box.
    Overall I didn’t think we deserved anything from today’s game. I know their goal took a deflection but they did create a couple of good goalscoring opportunities
    Would have been lucky to have got a penalty and was it in the Box ?
    Oh well that’s enough moaning from me, I’m sure we will improve.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2015 at 7:40 pm . Reply

      We’ve not got Benteke to get us out the shot either grim times

  7. B6
    B6 September 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm . Reply

    What I find amazing is Deadwood said the dressing room had a losing mentality….Yet against West Brom and Leicester last week he only picked 3 of his own signings in the starting 11!!!

    I loved the positivity and personality he brought to the club that undeniably saved us from the drop and I totally get that “the new signings new time to gel” So play them so they can gel…what is going to happen? At worse we lose every game….which is happening anyway!!

    If he keeps persisting with the same 11 then it isn’t going to get any better…That’s been proved over the last how ever many season!!

  8. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion September 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm . Reply

    I wonder if playing Rugby on the VP pitch will lift the curse? Villa teams have looked jaded as soon as they emerge, we expect a better showing away from home. Perhaps a rugby fan will set fire to a stand and get us some playing time at another ground.

    Poor at the basics as has been said, passes going astray, midfielders running towards the player on the ball instead of into space in front of him. When players take a pass and one-touch it back where it came from, you know they have no confidence. I thought Gabby was back to his lazy self today, Westwood was awful, especially at dead ball kicks, and I expect more end product from Grealish. He is supposed to be taking them on down the middle.

  9. B6
    B6 September 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm . Reply

    DEADWOOD OUT would be the best solution!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm . Reply

      Agree. Break the bank and go for Klopp. The amount of money saved for sacking managers will pay for itself

      1. Andrew
        Andrew September 20, 2015 at 5:32 am . Reply

        That’s never going to happen because the squad doesn’t have the mentality that Klopp’s crazy ass needs. He needs ruthlessness, overly hardworking and the willingness in 1-2 seasons to be out injured for months on end because for a full season you over did it. Oh and then he leaves.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath September 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm . Reply

          True but he is a good manager that would improve us

          1. Andrew
            Andrew September 20, 2015 at 6:16 pm . Reply

            Of course he’d improve us but we’d have half the team injured and almost relegated in 2-3 years like he did.

  10. B6
    B6 September 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm . Reply

    Someone who isn’t tactically inept, picks players on form and gives everyone a fair crack of the whip. It’s not rocket science Badger. I can’t give you a name because I don’t really watch lower league or foreign football, which seems to be all we can attract these days. Having said that how about Nigel Pearson? Not the biggest name around but one we could attract. Has experience of managing in the Prem and is available. Whilst not everyone’s cup of tea he can’t do much worse than the clown we have at the moment!

  11. Morgan Villa
    Morgan Villa September 19, 2015 at 9:07 pm . Reply

    We have dropped points against teams that are 6 pointers. Gestede is wank and this is a player Sherwood rated and signed because of this i am having serious doubts about Sherwood. The tactics did not work in fact we had three players playing in the same position fighting over the same space, Gil, Sinclair and Grealish. We then had two DM playing. Our full backs especially Amavi were alone without support. The tactics did not make sense

    Why were we playing high balls into Gabby? I see a lot wrong and not a lot right we are losing to teams that are vital wins

  12. sasa c
    sasa c September 19, 2015 at 9:13 pm . Reply

    I agree in full badger, they were just better than us on the day, Grealish and Gil can’t start together for me, and the former needs to stop dilly dallying and looking for the Hollywood pass that too often becomes the hospital ball, he’s young and he’ll learn though, and for balance, from the games that I have attended so far, and it’s only the home games, that was the only one where we didn’t do enough to either get the win or the point.
    Ridiculous for anyone to be calling for head of TS, but he needs to start Kozac on Tuesday and he also needs to accept that Bacuna just ain’t going to turn a game around when we are trailing, if anything, Grealish should have made way for Cole at HT, with Sinclair going wide.
    Just a bad day at the office, but no disaster yet.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm . Reply

      Another bad day at the office then. How many more

      1. sasa c
        sasa c September 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm . Reply

        oohah, the reality is that over the last 4 years we have only won circa 20 home games and under AM & PL have been dire to watch, so to be fair mate we all know more than most about how sapping it can be to watch dirge, I am only commenting on what I have seen so far this season, and so far, it’s been 100% better in general, that what has gone before and become the norm.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath September 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm . Reply

          I take your point Sasa C but results are dire. At the end of the day that’s what matters

  13. marvin
    marvin September 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm . Reply

    I can’t fault the players today. We’ve made some great additions this summer and overall we have a far better squad than last season. It was always going to take time for them to click but when we continuously have games like today where the lions share of the squad just isn’t playing up to their standard, either everyone keeps getting sick, or the problem lies with the manager – poor tactics, instructions, substitutions, etc. I think it is foolish to think a new manager would solve anything right now but it would be nice to see Sherwood openly taking some of the blame.

  14. Steven Partridge
    Steven Partridge September 19, 2015 at 9:15 pm . Reply

    Gabby is shit . Mr villa , is bullshit . I can play for Villa and stand by the defender and no one gives me the ball cus I can’t make a mistake . RUBBISH . I touched the ball more than him

  15. Morgan Villa
    Morgan Villa September 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm . Reply

    Gestede is Ormondroyd in disguise

  16. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 September 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm . Reply

    Amusingly I see the negativity is back and to a degree I’m no different although I don’t think pillorying TS is the answer.

    Objectively I think we already miss Gana’s influence more than has been recognised. Today was bound to be about Berahino and we all know Villa of late have been the fall guys for this sort of story – is it just bad luck?

    We are just six games into the season. Whilst I think it will be another difficult season, I’m not going to give up on TS or the team just yet.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm . Reply

      Good point re Gana he’s a big loss for us imo

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