Villa 2 -1 Blackburn; We’re up to fifth.

A bit of a strange game, I thought.
We started off looking like Brazil at their finest and ended up looking, well not quite ropey, but definitely under pressure.
It would seem Dean Smith really wasn’t kidding when he said Blackburn were a very decent side with good players.

It was easy to see in their play that the lads are brimming with confidence and even Tyrone Mings showed trickery with his feet that’s not normally associated with a defender. What an absolute rock he is. His calmness just seems to have oozed into the team, but he was also passing the ball around so high up the pitch that I thought he might get a nosebleed, at one stage.
For him to get the goal with a very difficult header was just reward for his good work of late. Was he the MOTM? Possibly, but you might have a different view.

So while we played exhibition type stuff in the first half, with some excellent play leading to Tammy’s goal, it’s a good job Mings did get the second as Rovers came back very strongly in the second half. So strong in fact, that it’s difficult to see why they’ve struggled so much of late.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think they’re a great side, but they work hard and have players that can punish you. Fotunately, we managed to hold out in what was quite a nervy last 20 minutes.

So, another win and that’s five on the bounce.
It’s a shame that we couldn’t keep a clean sheet and I think Steer should have saved their goal, but he’s done very little wrong in our winning streak, so I’m not complaining and it didn’t affect the result anyway.

Happy days and I’m off for a meal and a few drinks to celebrate.


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    Bill Pearson March 30, 2019 at 5:55 pm .

    No Hitch didn’t mean anything by it , I’m happy at the resault, I tuned into sky bet tv, the two commentators was Blackburn fans and didn’t it show. Yes we was like a team that knew the game in and out, second half was completely different, mind you we missed some simple chances and hit the post. Mcginns was ace along with Ming,, Southgate was at the game must have been looking at GREALISH who was a little below his past games.all in all we was the better side on the day.

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    nath March 30, 2019 at 6:25 pm .

    watching bore and norwich, middlesbrough surprised me they are cutting off norwich high, trying to make norwich play it long. hardly the pulis way but they have made norwich suffer doing this. norwich like us earlier on this season want to play out from the back and they are too predictable like we was, they were quick on occasions breaking.

    if we needed to beat norwich towards the end of season. i have seen nothing here to say we couldn’t. middlesbrough if they make the playoffs they have some decent players. but their tactics are sometimes questionable but not today they really had a go first half nil nil its a cracker NOT

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    Bill Pearson March 30, 2019 at 6:44 pm .

    Norwich just scored Nath.

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      nath March 30, 2019 at 7:29 pm .

      yeah good goal too bill.

      norwich were better second half, but they are not unbeatable. if you press them high you have a good chance of stopping them. bore looked leggy second half and they gave norwich too much room, but that said bore had late chances at the end and fluffed um.

      its sheff wed next bill queaky bum times ahead. i can see bruce working overtime trying to plot his revenge

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    nath March 30, 2019 at 7:40 pm .

    just heard smith interview.

    for me he split the beans on why we are now better lately. he said we want to be a good team and not just a group of individuals. this in my opinion is the reason for the success lately. he has probably been drilling them to knit together like they are now. it doesn’t come quickly but we all now can see we are a team. the individuals are now all playing for the team where in the past we came unstuck against good teams.

    future is bright the future is smith, long live the king and down with the old king booo bruce lol cant wait for next week now bye

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      nath March 30, 2019 at 7:42 pm .

      spilt not split

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    Bill Pearson March 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm .

    I just caught the last 20 minutes of the game Norwich -Borough carn’t really comment, but what I did see was two teams fighting knowing how important it was. Think Tuesdays also important Bristol and Borough play. Getting nail biting time. Utv.

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      Pat 57 March 30, 2019 at 8:45 pm .

      Saw it all Bill and Norwich just about deserved the win.

      I might become a temporary Canary in the hope that they’re champions before we have to play them. I’d much prefer to play them with their holiday heads on.

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        OriginalLondonLion March 31, 2019 at 10:43 am .

        “Temporary Canary”. Didn’t that come second to the “Dead Parrot” in Monty Python’s ideas for a new sketch?

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    Bill Pearson March 30, 2019 at 8:55 pm .

    I know what you mean Pat 57, no one to touch them with them points in the locker. It’s now a case of watching all the team’s around us,

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    Holte66 March 31, 2019 at 10:14 am .

    Went to the game yesterday with my son and after 10 minutes I thought it was going to be a walk over, especially when we went 2-0 up. The only thing McGinn did wrong all game resulted in them having a free kick and Steer should have done better. After that their tails were up and we looked like all the confidence had been knocked out of us. Credit to Mings and Hause who were both superb. Overall though we won and we have given ourselves a real chance of play offs. My son enjoyed the game too and got a photo with James Chester before game which was great. Also nearly 40,000 there yesterday which was impressive. Good atmosphere too although when they scored, the tension from the fans transcended down to the players. Every game is like a cup final now and we need to slug it out like we did yesterday if we are to make playoffs.

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      Hitchens60 March 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm .

      Watched the replay several times and still not sure whether Steer was at fault for the goal or whether the ball swerved late which these lighter balls can do.

      How often do teams rue missed chances and we certainly missed a few, particularly in the first half. I think we had something like 10 shots on target plus one hitting the post. Very good percentage of shots overall hitting the target but we, perhaps, should have converted more.

      As Nath points out, the real upside is us playing as a team and being able to win the hard battles if we have to – like in the last 20 minutes. It seems to me that Mings has helped in the team aspect – he’s a leader, sets an example with his play and is very loud on the pitch.

      Now on to Wednesday on Saturday 🙂 and whilst I have no bad feelings towards Bruce, this is one game I don’t want him to win. Not sure our form at Hillsbrough is that good so will be a tough one.

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        nath March 31, 2019 at 7:29 pm .

        your right hitch. we are a real team now. they are well drilled with and without the ball. all i can say for sure is mings is leading by example and i avent seen that in a villa shirt since sir Paul Mcgrath. he rarely gives the ball away as he never loses a one on one battle. i saw him miss placed one pass late on and i nearly choked. but mings is only one, they are all now leaders in their own rights, they are demanding of each other. they want the promotion you can see it in their eyes and the way they are so focussed.

        i think everybody could see we were the dominate force first half. but second half blackburn forced the game more, but villa might have wobbled alittle but they showed they can fight too. they rolled up their sleeves and they worked out the result. they are growing each week

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          Hitchens60 April 1, 2019 at 7:38 am .

          Nath – even El Ghazi seems to have grown ‘a pair’. No doubting his ability and potential but adding a bit of steel to his game makes a big difference.

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    Pat 57 April 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm .

    McClaren sacked from QPR. The mystery for me is why they appointed him in the first place.

    Well QPR are going one way and hopefully we’re going the other.

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    Bill Pearson April 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm .


    Aston villa manager is set to quit Aston villa after a Transfer for Jack Grealish has been agreed Behind his back according to the Newcastle-eco
    Newcastle United have triggered Jack grealish’s 35 million release clause Rafa Benitez who has been a long term admirer of the Aston villa player and Newcastle United are set to smash their own transfer record to get him at the end of the season .
    Aston villa manager Dean Smith is apparently fuming with the club’s decision and is now considering his own position ….. more news to follow

    This is mudslinging news, the Religion gave this out.

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 April 1, 2019 at 6:26 pm .

    Don’t count as an April Fool joke is only up to 12…

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