Villa 2 – 0 Everton; Get the f*ck in there! 3 points!

Well, I’m happy to say I called this wrong and we won, simple.

Everton are classed as a middle to top tier side, but offered very little, overall.
So where does that leave us?

Wesley proved to be a consistent thorn in Everton’s side and scored a cracker after a lovely through ball by Jota.

Wesley did extremely well and directly faced up to a bit of “treatment” .
The lad has balls way bigger than mine and proved himself tonight.

The pressure on him to score was massive and he came up with the goods, simple.
He’s a massive star in the making and reminds me of Benteke.

But he also needs to chill out a little.
I can’t put my finger on anything he did wrong, but it’s just a feeling.
He’s a natural and we just have to supply him.

This was a strange game though, as I always look at the midfield and it seemed non-existent on our part.

Did Grealish, McGinn and whoever, actually play?
It didn’t seem like it, as the game mostly by-passed them until we needed to defend later on.

Which is where my MOTM has to be a wide player.

I thought Jota was excellent.
He ran his balls off, passed to Wesley for the goal and tracked back later on, when I thought we were under the cosh.

As much as I thought Wesley deserves the accolades, Jota gets the MOTM.


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    nath August 24, 2019 at 7:05 am .

    brilliant night of football, great night to be a villa fan.we went toe to toe with a decent top ten team and won. just hope this result shuts up these so called experts, who persistently compare us to fulham or jacks losing premiership games. both of these things have no barring on villa today.

    of the game, thought we did well to contain a very good side, they didn’t create loads of chances, which they will against many sides. everton look a very decent offensive side. now the experts turned on them, saying they struggle scoring goals. but the truth be known everton were unlucky hitting the post, blocks on goal bound shots and wallcott brilliant skied volley. i thought we limited them to handful chances and on another night everton would have scored.

    villa should take from the night game. a belief we belong in the premiership. we contained everton and in the end countered the countering team. wesley was so strong leading the line. he scored one and his hold up play helped lead to the el ghazi goal. he was again surrounded by defenders. frustrated with his team mates for consistently delaying forward passes. he will only get better and better, he links up so well with back to goal and indeed running on goal. his team mates need to learn what he whats when he wants it. and vice versa. then we will be a lethal countering team

    so happy i just need to say upthevilla have a great weekend. i will

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      Pat 57 August 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm .

      Well said Nath though to be honest most of the experts I’ve been listening to have been saying the opposite and that we shouldn’t be compared to Fulham. TBH we already look better than Fulham did in any game that I saw them play last season.

      For an overview –
      Defence – Brilliant. Heaton/Guilbert/Engels/Mings/Taylor make a really good unit. I wonder if Dean will swap Targett for Taylor depending on how attacking he wants the left back to be? Defence used to be our weakness but is now our strength. JT probably deserves some thanks too for that.

      Mid-field – WIP but not far off. Luiz is starting to look good in the DM role and I like his calmness on the ball. All of our mid-fielders can provide the creativity we need but Jota stands out as someone who can make those line breaking passes. John’s slide rule pass for the second goal was spot on and Jack’s ability to hang onto the ball in tight situations is a real asset. Once they really get to know each other’s game at this level I think they’ll be blinding.

      Attack – Getting there. Wesley has improved with every game but this one was his breakthrough. He got himself into a wonderful position for the goal and took it well. He’s now using his physicality to push around and intimidate defenders (witness Yerri Mina having a tantrum because he’s used to being the big guy but he looked like a weed compared to the barn-door like Wesley). We also have real pace and goals in El Ghazi and Trezeguet (hopefully).

      We also have players like Targett, Hourihane, Konsa, Lansbury, Davis, Elmo and Steer on the bench. These will be key to how well we do in the Prem. We will need to rotate players and I feel that we’ve now got a bench that is good enough to enable that to happen.

      I can’t remember when I last felt so optimistic about my team. COYL

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    Pat 57 August 24, 2019 at 12:43 pm .

    BTW now watching Derby v the Baggies.I quite like watching some of these lower division teams (radiating smugness)

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      Hitchens60 August 24, 2019 at 1:04 pm .

      Naughty, naughty 🙂

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        Pat 57 August 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm .

        Watching another lower division game now Swansea 2-0 Noses.

        Enjoyng this one even more 🙂

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          Pat 57 August 25, 2019 at 1:56 pm .

          The sun’s shining, I’ve got a fridge full of beer, it’s a bank holiday tomorrow and the Noses lose 3-0.

          Good to be alive.

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    Hitchens60 August 26, 2019 at 12:32 am .

    Love cricket and what a match, what a result and what a player in Ben Stokes. Who said cricket was boring!

    Me and the missus celebrated our joint 70th birthdays today with a great party, Villa win Friday, England win the cricket, Blues lose and the weather was fantastic.

    Perfect weekend.

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    Bill Pearson August 26, 2019 at 7:35 am .

    Congratulations Both Hitch, I’m not a cricket fan but boy that game was a game too remember. Absolutely nail bite time and I was glued to my seat.

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      Hitchens60 August 26, 2019 at 7:55 am .

      Thanks Bill – sore heads all round this morning!

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