Villa 2 – 1 Bristol City; It could have been six!

Well, what an entertaining game that was.
The headline score makes it seem close, but the reality is we could have had a boat-load of goals today, if it wasn’t for Max O’Leary playing an absolute blinder. He made that many close range and reaction saves that I lost count.
Hourihane spurned three chances before he finally managed to score.

This was another very good performance against a decent side, although I have to say I don’t think City offered much.
Lee Johnson quite rightly pointed out that City would have an advantage in having an extra day’s rest and I think he was right, as we did look a little leggy.

The only blot for me today was Elmohamady, who seemed to give the ball away more often than not, but it’s hard to criticise anyone when we’ve just won eight games on the trot for the first time since 1975.

The big concern today was how we would get on without Jack Grealish and while I think we missed him, we created loads of chances and scoring goals doesn’t look to be a problem. We maintained our average of 2 goals a game at home.
Even rusty Keinan Davies was unlucky and should have scored.

Given that I think we looked a little tired at times (albeit still playing well), I think the squad is going to come into play more and more as the games keep coming.
Even though we looked light in the centre of defence on paper, it proved to not be so and Jedinak did well.

Special mention should be made about Jed Steer.
I think he looks very confident when the ball is played back to him quickly and he distributes very well, even when under serious pressure.
That surely has to instill confidence in our defenders and no doubt has played a big part in the way we play at the back.

Well done lads and the Villa train keeps on rolling.


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    Bill Pearson April 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm .

    I only have to watch my 16 year old grandaughter to see how far women football has progressed over the last 10 years, she commands the right back position for her club and proud to say motm last week. She is the youngest girl being two years younger than the main team. I watch as many women’s games if shown on tv, some have unbelievable pace and skills than some men. Can you remember the goal scored from a throw in a year or two ago? It should have been goal of the year but given to a man . Roll on tomorrow’s game, but no prediction from me.

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      Pat 57 April 18, 2019 at 3:36 pm .

      Bill I’m out of the prediction game too as we’ve won eight since I last predicted a game.

      Just glad that the match is going ahead tomorrow.

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      Hitchens60 April 18, 2019 at 3:58 pm .

      Bill, our daughter Anna played women’s football for years at a reasonably high level and it was both skillful and combative. She even featured in Coca Cola’s World Cup advertising one year – 1986 I think it was – having been chosen (one of eight – 3 girls / 5 boys) from hundreds of aspiring young footballers. The highlight for my wife was meeting Dennis Law who was far too amorous for my liking 🙂

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    Bill Pearson April 18, 2019 at 5:38 pm .

    Dennis Law hey. The player that ran from full length of Villa Park to kick our player who was spark out on the ground. Nice man that Dennis, yes grandaughter very athletic Hitch 1 belt away from black and thought highly at Coventry ladies F C. told her takes after her grandad. with a smile.

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 April 19, 2019 at 10:55 am .

    Womens footie is great and changed a lot through the years but as Holte 66’s wife says when women commentate on matches its terrible….don’t mind them summing up on sky news when they go around the grounds but actually doing the matches….NO. The radio is the worst…screeching all the time….lol

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