Villa 2 – 1 Brighton; Surely Grealish for England?

Wow.
After that I’m sure $ky will be showing more of our games, because they’re guaranteed to be all action, aren’t they?

So while my immediate reaction is euphoria, so if you read through my inter-game comments on the previous thread, you’ll see that this was by no means straightforward.

I have to give massive credit to Brighton here, who even though they were a man down after Mooy went through Grealish from behind, kept attacking us all the way. And if it wasn’t for the fact that they don’t score many, it would have been to good effect.
I don’t know what it is, but as soon as the opposition go down to 10 men, it seems we don’t know what to do and the plan goes out of the window.
I just don’t understand how 10 men can find more space, look the more attacking threat and even pen us in our own half when they’re playing 11.
I wouldn’t mind if it was a one-off, but that’s three times running, which concerns me.

Never mind, the fact is we won this game and I am happy, although I’d have been fuming if we’d have drawn.
Onto the positives.

Well, the first one is that Gareth Southgate was there for the game and you have to think he’d wanted to take a look at Grealish, amongst others.
Quite simply, he couldn’t have failed to be impressed as Jack had a great game today.
He was the one who got scythed for the sending-off, he got our first goal and was the stand out player, showing good vision, spraying the ball all over the place, making decent runs with the ball and even getting back for the odd bit of effective defending at times.

And then we got a goal in the fourth minute of extra time, after I’d been thinking for the previous twenty that it wasn’t going to happen. I wasn’t alone either, as you could hear the frustration amongst the crowd.
This, for me, is probably more important, because it demonstrates that like any successful team, the lads don’t give up until the final whistle. Smith will have been happy about that, although I’m sure that game gave him much to think about.

I have concerns about the way our defence seems massively panicky at times, even when we’re a man up, but it’s hard to be too critical when we’ve got what it’s all about, which is the result.
Although in fairness, we should be beating teams at home, in a similar position to us.

The fact is we did, even if we left it to literally the last minute.
And that’ll do for me.

UTV!

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    Holte66 October 20, 2019 at 12:32 pm .

    I remain undecided on Wesley at the moment. It would be harsh to judge him on the back of nine games. He has had a few games where he has shone and others when you wouldn’t know he was playing. Over time hopefully he will become more consistent. I do think however that we have missed an alternative striker. Someone who offers something different when plan A doesn’t work. We need to address this in January, especially if Kodja is going to be offloaded. In the meantime I think Smith needs to give Davis more game time. He is getting 5 – 10 minutes here and there when we are in need of a goal. That’s nowhere near enough for him to prove his worth
    On a different note, how refreshing to be on first on Match of the day! Grealish got most of the acclaim for his performance so stands a good chance of getting an England call up.

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    Holte66 October 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm .

    I bet Liverpool fans are hating VAR at the moment. The foul on Origi was worse than the one at VP yesterday but the goal was allowed. No consistency, only shockingly poor decisions being the consistent factor.

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    nath October 21, 2019 at 6:58 am .

    having watched pool utd where another var intervention ended with wrong decision. VAR was supposed to correct wrong decisions. if the ref or lines men fooked up. var could correct the wrongs and everybody would be happy.

    but nobody is happy var is a joke. referee and linemen are not making decisions anymore. they allow play to continue and then consult var to see if they can sort out the mess.

    the utd goal was a clear foul in utd own half on pool. but utd then had a good half a minute to score,where the lansbury goal was stopped second after grealish dived in the referee eyes only. double standards or cheating fookers

    var needs to be address now. it should only be used to correct a obvious mistake only and not be making the referees decisions and linemen

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