Villa 1 – 2 Norwich : I’m not worried

First, I’d like to just register my protest against all the games being played at the same time on a Sunday. What do the powers that be have against a 3PM kickoff on a Saturday?

Anyway, we lost, but I’m totally convinced that we’d have won this if we had Grealish and McGinn playing.
I thought the game was very even and the big difference was that Norwich were a bit more clinical in their finishing.
That said, the game missed someone who could take it by the scruff of the neck and either of our mainstays could have achieved just that.

Never mind, the result means nothing and our opponents in the play-offs continue to not scare me in the slightest.
Albion lost to Derby and the truth is, if we play to our best, I don’t rate either of them as good as us.
The fact is we face Albion at home first and I’d take us to beat them over two legs, no problem, the usual derby game issues apart.

As for Leeds, they couldn’t even beat a relegated 10 man side in Ipswich.
Did they throw this game?
I haven’t a clue, but the result can’t have been positive, although I believe they’re our biggest obstacle to getting promoted.

So while I hand out plaudits to Alan Hutton and Birkir Bjarnason, who are probably now done at the Villa, so I have to say I don’t believe Norwich have a chance of staying up next season.
It’s not sour grapes at all and I think they totally deserve the Championship title.
But it shows the gulf to the Premier league and I just doubt Norwich will have the required resources.
Which is a sad state of affairs.


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    Bill Pearson May 6, 2019 at 3:26 pm .

    So would I Nath , I thought Green had a good game, yes we had a sucker punch in the last part but understandably we was light in our main player’s, The Albion will be a tough that’s for sure.

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      nath May 6, 2019 at 7:20 pm .

      also bill thats how norwich play and leeds do the same thing. thou both can dictate play and send plenty men forwards. they are both lethal breaking on teams. also our fullbacks play very high under smith. this is not player position errors. we essentially play 3 at the back when we have the ball. two central defenders and hold midfielder, norwich did break loads on us mostly in the opening 7 mins and we got to terms with them after that. we strangled them stopping the breaks high up the field. i think their second goal came out of our tiredness taking of lansbury who worked his ass off was a factor. norwich don’t score late goals by flukes they suck teams into these mistakes.

      i thought it was a good game and we showed we are not just a one man team. smith has got this squad all playing his system and hes showing whoever steps in, know their roles inside and out. unlike in the past, were when we make team changes, they all look like they are strangers that never played together.

      wba will be our toughest game, yes they are weaker now than under last manager. but this is a derby and premiership football up for grabs which is enough fillet to spur the shittest club on to greatness. we will beat baggies in both games i think. but both games will be tough.

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    Holte66 May 6, 2019 at 6:03 pm .

    Does anyone believe the Mirror report that Grealish has a £60m buy out clause in his contract? If we don’t get promoted then he will be gone and it won’t be anywhere near £60m. After all, his recent comments more than suggest he will leave in the summer if we are still in the championship. I do worry that Smith will have the same issue that Bruce had last summer when the likes of Snodgrass, Terry, Johnstone and Grabban departed. This summer it will probably be worse with Tuanzebe, Mings, Grealish and Abraham highly likely to be gone plus the possibility of Hause, Green and El Ghazi who have contracts ending in the summer. Add to that Hutton, Whelan, Jedinak and Elphick who are on big wages and possibly Adomah, Kodja, Bjarnasson and Elmohamady who aren’t out of contract till 2020 but have been linked with moves this season.
    Promotion or massive rebuild it is then with thankfully less worries at board level. Smith will already be planning for scenario A or B and at least whatever happens we will see entertaining football which we all agree has been a breath of fresh air after suffering the McLeish and Lambert years and Bruce time to a lesser effect. It’s going to be an interesting summer regardless of which league we find ourselves in.

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      nath May 6, 2019 at 7:29 pm .

      smith will have both scenarios already worked out, he will be hoping to have the difficult one of preparing for the premiership. but if he has to remain in championship he will replace the players, he will have already mapped out his cheaper players to meet the financial restraints, which we have to face.

      also players want to play for managers like smith he gives them a platform to play good football. he improves players. i have no doubts he will imporve us further in the summer when he will get a pre season which makes a big difference,

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      Hitchens60 May 6, 2019 at 8:42 pm .

      You make a good point a Holte. It seems to me that if we don’t get promoted, we are likely to be facing a couple of years rebuilding the team to a point where we can challenge again.

      Patience will be needed.

      But until that becomes reality, let’s enjoy the excitement of still being involved.


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        Holte66 May 6, 2019 at 8:58 pm .

        I’m looking forward to it Hitch although I will miss 2nd leg 😞
        There are a lot of Baggies supporters where I work, so come Wednesday 15th May I hope they have nothing to smile about. Add to that my missus is a Tesco FC fan I am really outnumbered.
        Squeaky bum time ahead! UTV

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          Hitchens60 May 6, 2019 at 9:02 pm .

          Interestingly, it seems that the general ‘pundit euphoria’ fancying Villa is waning following our defeat to Norwich – after all we haven’t beaten any of the top four – yet!

          Actually, I would prefer us to be the underdogs in the playoffs.

          No predictions from me, just hoping for the best.

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    Holte66 May 7, 2019 at 10:13 pm .

    Congratulations to Liverpool. Outstanding performance and well deserved.
    Lesson to be learned from Barcelona that resting players doesn’t guarantee a good performance. We need to be right at it on Saturday from the first whistle.

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      Pat 57 May 7, 2019 at 10:16 pm .

      Well my second team went down tonight. A very strange game. I can only hope that I’m keeping all my luck for Saturday.

      I’m not predicting the score but any sort of win will do for me.


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    Hitchens60 May 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm .

    Reported that Villa are going to take up the option to buy Hause. Good move?

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    Holte66 May 8, 2019 at 6:11 pm .

    Yoann Barbet has left Brentford and is available on a free transfer. He can play LB or CB so seems like an obvious link with Dean Smith his former manager. A few clubs already showing an interest apparently.

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    Hitchens60 May 9, 2019 at 7:29 am .

    Well said Pat – I remember watching Nat Lofthouse score the winning goals in the FA Cup final in 1958 against Man Untd after the Munich disaster. A little remembered fact is that Stan Crowther played in the Villa winning team in 57 and then played for Utd in the 58 final after the FA gave Utd a special dispensation to sign new players.

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      Hitchens60 May 9, 2019 at 7:32 am .

      *and play them even though ‘cup tied’

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    Pat 57 May 10, 2019 at 2:11 am .

    “Championship side Aston Villa want to sign German 17-year-old Erkan Eyibil. The teenager currently plays for Mainz 05”

    Never heard of him but any thoughts?

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