Villa 0 – 3 QPR; Distraught after that, but…….

It was just so typical Villa, wasn’t it?
Almost one step forward and two steps back.

How can you whup Wolves the way we did and then get beat by a mid-table team, with nothing to play for shortly afterwards?

I commented in the previous thread replies that I was disgusted, but that wasn’t true. It was pure frustration and disappointment that made me say it. And I regret it.

What I don’t regret thinking though, is that Steve Bruce and his tactics were to blame.
We kept banging in highish crosses in front of a big defence and it was obvious it wasn’t working. It never looked to me like it was going to either; check my comments.
Grealish played well and ran our game, but he was pretty ineffective because he was played too deep.
I think he should have been pushed further forward, but what do I know?

And so, after doing so well against Wolves, we shot ourselves in the foot during the most important race we’ve had in donkey’s years.

But while this particular result seems particularly bleak, so, as daft as it sounds, I don’t think it’s all bad, on reflection.
We had to end our excellent winning run sometime, although I totally accept that it would have been way better to do it against a “better” team. But just as we’ve lost one, so I’m fairly confident Cardiff will lose one too. Likewise Fulham.
And if Cardiff don’t, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, would it?
Looking for the positive, maybe that will prove to be the kick up the backside that keeps us on our toes.

What’s encouraged me is that Bruce has come out and blamed himself, hence deflecting it from the players.
I think it’s good management in that sense.
But he also cites the reason that we should have changed it up, for 3 or four pairs of fresher legs.
We all know that’s rubbish, as it’s never been what Bruce does or has done at the Villa, at least.
I still go back to the tactics and not the personnel deployed and the very valid point has been made that how would winning, dropped players feel if we’d still have lost?
Aren’t some of us thinking Bjarnasson is feeling hard done by?

So the only solution is to immediately bounce back and beat Bolton soundly on Saturday.
After all, It should be pretty straightforward shouldn’t it?

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  1. Holte66 March 16, 2018 at 6:33 pm .

    When you look at age of team that played both games it was average of 29.2 with eight of them 29 or over. Realistically we would be asking a lot for same team to play again at Bolton. People could argue that professional footballers should be able to cope with a couple of games a week, although as you get older you pick up niggles that take longer to get over. At the end of this season Bruce somehow has to integrate younger players although he favours experience. We will have to take a hit with McCormack to offload his wage plus he is another 30 plus. Getting rid of Gabby and compromising on Richards with a pay off to get him off the books. Terry and Hutton are another two who will probably be gone. There might be others I haven’t mentioned who could go to make space for younger players. Good to see Green sign an extension. He needs a big season next year to make up for this season.

  2. Bill Pearson March 16, 2018 at 7:48 pm .

    I started to say that about bringing young blood in, then I thought the very same thing as Richard said , its sods law if we lose with them in, Bruce was playing safe in picking the same team but should have known who can last in efforts and who don’t, it took a long time to get Jack into the side whose head was not 100% at that time, Bruce should give them youngsters a chance after all its their future and understand a win is a must. Three games in 9 days was a big ask to the older players. Then I’m not the manager, I can only think things.

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