Villa 1-0 Swansea; very much as expected

It would seem I was right to try and underplay things, having listened to that game.
We started brightly, but seemingly got worse as the game went on. Which figures. They’re the same players.

But having only listened to it on AVTV, which is very more factual, it’s hard to gauge any nuances or opinions as to how we actually looked as a side.

Here, I could use your opinions.

Smith brought Bolasie on for Elmo and then Hourihane for Grealish, which is probably very similar to what Bruce would have done, imo.

So basically Smith changed little and used the game to look at our weaknesses.
What could he have seen?
I don’t have a clue, apart from the fact that we simply can’t keep up a winning mentality.
This is what Smith needs to instill, imo.

Still, I can’t complain too much.
We won and that’s what it’s all about.

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  1. Hitchens60 October 20, 2018 at 5:34 pm .

    Agreed Badger – high expectations but basically the same short comings – hence I went for the draw. Don’t get me wrong, really pleased that we won but Smith is not going to change things overnight.

    To me most pleasing aspect was keeping a clean sheet and winning the game after scoring within 8 minutes.

    Early days; just have to keep the faith UTV

  2. Sidforever October 20, 2018 at 6:26 pm .

    Congratulations to Dean Smith and his team. A good start. We are only 3 points from the play off zone, even with a number of issues to be sorted.

    Rome cannot be built in a day.

    UTV

  3. Holte66 October 20, 2018 at 6:27 pm .

    Really pleased for Dean Smith to get a win on his first game in charge. Don’t know much about the game except Abraham had good chances to finish them off and Hyland made great saves to keep us in it. The important thing though is a win, a clean sheet and a confidence boost. Happy days!

  4. bill evans October 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm .

    I watched the game on AVTV which I have to say, is not the best. I wish they’d bring Jack Woodward and Tony Morley – much more interesting.

    As for the game, it was essentially the same old Villa, sparkling at times but the final ball was so often lacking. And there are still far too many misplaced passes. McGinn was one offender who we can forgive for the number of times he wins back the ball and drives us forward, but If Smith can fix the unforced errors and stray passes in the middle of the park, then we’ll be a lot more effective.

    Defensively, we set up in a more orthodox line and it paid off. We’re still very dodgy at the back but Nyland pulled off a couple of game winning saves. I like the fact the we are trying to build from the back and not lumping it up field; that was clearly a directive. When Nyland did kick it out he rarely got it right and several time bounced it out of bounds – an area he can improve.

    All in all though, we won with an average display. Smith has a lot of work to do.

  5. nath October 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm .

    i am happy just heard smiths match reactions. he said he worked on without the ball during the little time he had. i was impressed with how they hunted the ball particular first half. its a massive improvement on that part. they also offered themselves more to the man on the ball. we had good options. second half we seemed to run out off steam, but held on but should have been much further ahead if we had taken just one of a few good chances we spurned.

  6. Bill Pearson October 20, 2018 at 7:05 pm .

    That’s how it looked to me, we ran out of steam, first half exceptable in we worked hard for the ball , but things like our goalie diving for a ball that’s gone ten ft past the post , passing went astray from defence to attack.To be honest it didn’t look much different from Bruce’s play in second half, I know we have to give it time for Smith to gel what he’s been given, and I’m sure he will.good win.

  7. Bum Bum October 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm .

    3 points. God anoints.
    Strictly Come Dancing.
    Idiots prancing.

    (But hey, the kids love it).

  8. Big Fat Ron October 20, 2018 at 11:57 pm .

    For those who are saying ‘nothing’s changed’, I think there was a huge change in that we only scored one goal and it was enough to win a game. The fact that the new management team have said that they worked a lot on the defensive side with the time they had with the players is encouraging. They’ve identified the reason why we’re not top of the league (which wasn’t difficult, to be fair) and have gone to work to fix it. Well done! On another day, we might have scored 2 or 3 with better finishing.

    There were also changes in the starting 11. It wasn’t like Bruce at all. There way we go on on here, you’d think we were Man City and we expect to win 5-0 every week with champagne football.

    We need to battle and grind out results up until the New Year. We have a very tough run of fixtures coming up. The league is so tight, pretty much every team could challenge for the play offs.

    Reality check guys. We won. We got a first clean sheet. We could’ve had more goals. Our bench looks strong. We’re 3 points off the top six. The defence will be strengthened in January.

    More big crowds and positive atmospheres and we’ll be ‘there or thereabouts.’ Who was it who said that?

  9. Bum Bum October 21, 2018 at 8:48 am .

    Just looking at the table. It’s so tight it’s incredible! So much more interesting than just watching Man Citeh running away with title after title… Can we win the league but stay in it please?

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