Villa 2 – 0 Sheff Weds; A good result, simple.

So it turned out even better than I predicted and we won against a side chasing the play-offs even though Lansbury went down injured before the game even started and Baker had to be subbed after around 25 minutes.

I really don’t see what there is to not like and surely if we’d known these things were going to happen beforehand, we’d pretty much all have been predicting a defeat?

So while I’m extremely happy that the Villa won (and let’s not forget that’s 4 out of 5, with the Huddersfield defeat being unlucky) I’m also fairly convinced that Steve Bruce has now got his head around our players.
This was demonstrated in the fact that he apparently went onto the pitch and gave Jonathan kodjia a major rollocking, telling him to keep the work-rate up.

I’d also go further and suggest that at long last, we’ve got a manager who is actually in charge. Which is why I believe we’re seeing results.
I’d go even further and suggest that having not seen, but listened to most of the games recently, we are now in a position where we don’t need to fear anyone in this league.

But of course, there’s always a fly in the ointment, that says that it doesn’t matter what we do now until the end of the season, as it’s all pointless.
To which I’d say that’s total rubbish.
The better we finish this run-in, so the better placed we are to look forward to next season in my opinion.
If we can win most of our remaining games and finish well up the table, we will not be looked upon as an expected 3 points, next season, but a real threat.

Anyway, on to the game and from what I heard, it sounded quite comfortable.
The massive attacking threat from Wednesday failed to appear and I’m not convinced they created a decent chance, let alone had a proper effort on goal.
Whereas we had a fair few and could easily have scored more than two goals.
Add in we had to play a makeshift central defence with Mile Jedinak dropping to CB and this victory is even more sweeter, although you have to wonder why Elphick, the natural replacement for Baker didn’t immediately appear.
He surely has to be a goner in the summer.

I only heard the second half, but in a game where Tony Morley said the best bit was Carlos Calvalho getting sent to the stands, it makes sense to suggest that most of the players did quite well.
Certainly Hutton got plenty of support, Adomah was clapped off, as was Kodjia.
Taylor looks a shoe-in for LB and the jury is out on Amavi at wide left.

No stupid mistakes and a win, with a clean sheet against a side who are challenging.
Which is about all you can ask for.

I shall sleep very soundly after a few beers.


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  1. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion March 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm .

    I think we have turned the corner with that result against a top six side in the division. If we can produce performances like that next season we will be in the top 6 ourselves.

    As for the suggestions that Kodjia is ineffective away from VP, that is caused by Villa’s performance being different home and away. As I have said before the next stage after improving the defence is getting a midfield who can keep possession amongst themselves. In particular this means not passing the ball backwards to the back four.

    It is easier to do this when at home because the opposition midfield sit back more. Eventually- as your midfield improves – they are able to force the opposition midfield back even when Villa are away, and at that point you should see Kodjia playing as well away as he does at VP.

  2. nath
    nath March 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm .

    Oohahaha has been right in the past when most went against his opinions. but this time hes wrong. we will be promoted next season.i will also go one step further in we will be champions.

    SB has pre season and end of this season to get this squad together. their are plenty signs hes already got them playing a tune or two. by the time of first game, we will be ready.

    now we all don’t have to fall out, its just a difference in opinions. i can live with that, hope the negative clan will allow us this. after all we all villa supporters. we all want to see us back on the tv and playing the big stadiums don’t we.

  3. Adam
    Adam March 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm .

    Good to see one of our own Marc Albrighton score the winner tonight! Chuffed for him.

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson March 15, 2017 at 8:47 am .

    A classic game that, to see player’s giving their all for the club and fans, i don’t understand what went on with last manager but definitely a different showing of willingness in that club. Well done Leicester.

  5. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 March 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm .

    See Villa v Blues not being televised live; now there’s a surprise considering they only seem to televise Villa away from home – I wonder why?

    Next televised game away (again) to Fulham on 17th April

    1. Saddened
      Saddened March 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm .

      It is very perculiar, seeing it is one of the most fierce derbies in the country…..

  6. badger123
    badger123 March 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm .

    Sadly, no-one cares about Midlands footy, mainly because of the under-achievement overall over donkey’s years, imo.
    Whatever the result, it isn’t going to affect much, is it?
    Even Albion, who are having a very good season, hardly get a mention, because they’re boring to watch.

    The fact we’re still the way biggest club in the Midlands, even though we’re currently very average in the second division, says it all.

    That said, the Villa have the second highest viewing figures, championship-wise on Sky, so it is a bit strange.

  7. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 March 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm .

    SB has confirmed that the Jedi will play CB tomorrow alongside Chester and hinted this is where he sees his future at this stage of his career. Two questions – is this a good (astute) move by SB and where does this leave Tommy Elphick?

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