Villa 2 – 2 Preston; We threw that away

I’m stunned.

The first half sounded superb and Tony Morley suggested that the first half was the best we’d played for around two years. Indeed, it sounded like even Westwood, Gabby and Hutton were playing really well and Johnstone hardly touched the ball.
At one stage, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if we were 4-0 up; we were that impressive.
So what happened?

We went in two up at half time and things should have been very comfortable.
Nothing changed when the teams came back on and we retained the same 4-1-4-1 that seemed the best balanced we’ve been in a long time.

Yet we still managed to let them back into it and this surely has to be a mental thing?

Steve Bruce, who I don’t see got it wrong today, even though I feared for us from the off when I saw the line-up, must quite simply be pulling his hair out.

I predicted a 0-0 today and I’d have taken that.
But to have played so well in the first half and still end up drawing?
That’s a massive 2 points dropped, whichever way you look at it.

There are plus points in that we showed that we can do it.
But we have to show more resilience if we’re going to get to the play-offs.
Lansbury looked ok and that’s another plus.
Along with us retaining our home record.
Oh, we got two goals too.

But I’m still massively disappointed.


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  1. Tekkers48 January 31, 2017 at 9:38 pm . Reply

    I hope these new signings have relegation clauses in their contracts. It’s looking more likely scenario with every passing game.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath February 1, 2017 at 1:06 am . Reply

      More chance of going down than top 6 now

  2. pat57 January 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm . Reply

    Only 3-0, could have been much more.

    11 strangers who couldn’t hold on to the ball for more than 10 seconds.

  3. Adam January 31, 2017 at 9:42 pm . Reply

    Hutton has 2 modes. Pass back or hoof down the line to nobody. Bree must be fuming! Kodjia needs someone upfront with him. Our midfield actually need to press up the field and support the forwards. Theres this thing called pass and move which we need to learn and fast!! Hopefully Hogan is a fucking class act.

  4. saddened January 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm . Reply

    we won’t get promoted with mercenary players looking for the biggest pay cheque…… I don’t know the answer but think the club is so deep in negativity, we could be on the championship for a long long time !

  5. Tekkers48 January 31, 2017 at 9:49 pm . Reply

    Villa fans must have been a total shower of bast Ards in a previous life. For having to endure shit football for the past 8 years with the odd rare good game to just give us false hope.

    (100% + 90% + 5%) – (100% + 95%) = 0% (Chance of getting promoted)

    The only chance of getting out of this league is the back door to league 1

  6. Hitchens 60 January 31, 2017 at 10:01 pm . Reply

    Nearer to relegation places than play offs and the second worst away record in the Championship says it all. Bruce gambled tonight by playing a completely new midfield (with Bjarnason not having played for 6 weeks) and it backfired big time.

    We now have to accept that promotion is beyond us and Bruce has to try and build confidence within the side to make a challenge next season. Until we have a settled side with quality that play together and win together we are not going to improve.

    Dr. T said ‘no major surgery this window’ but we have, in effect, rebuilt the team – AGAIN.

    Massively disappointed and angry but will be back supporting everyone at the club on Saturday UTV

    1. Tekkers48 January 31, 2017 at 10:09 pm . Reply

      Wasting your time Hitchens. We are away from home and on Sky ! Doesn’t bode well. Our next away game after that is Newcastle and it on Sky also. Sort of takes the shine off deadline day. It’s the performance that annoyed me more than the result. You can’t win them all but in this league we should be giving every team a game at the least with the squad we have.

      1. Hitchens 60 January 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm . Reply

        Thing is a Tekkers – having supported Villa for nearly 60 years, I’ve wasted so much time a few more games / years doesn’t really matter 🙂

  7. bws January 31, 2017 at 10:03 pm . Reply

    Only we could make Brentford look like Barcelona and that is Bruce’s idea of football? A punt up field for Kodjia to chase?
    We’d have been better off with Dean Smith.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath February 1, 2017 at 1:05 am . Reply

      Let’s face it Bruce has not done any better than RDM

  8. nath January 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm . Reply

    i said dean smith lol look at me clever clogs.

    we were very poor. after the first 10 minutes. we could blame the weather was wet lol or brentford for being too good and playing like a team instead of individuals. maybe the villa players need to work on movement without the ball find some space giving your team mate options. its ok saying players booting up field. but after the first 10 odd minutes all the villa players struggled to pass because they had nobody to pass too. ok having assembled the best squad teams always beat individuals. and you cant buy that, you only get that by putting in the hours on the training field .

    1. originallondonlion January 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm . Reply

      No, not hours on the training field but hours in competitive matches. Some of the new boys weren’t even fit let alone match-fit.

      SB’s honeymoon is over. Now this team is his and it had better sharpen up, gel together and develop a style asap. But not ‘one up’ if that one is Kodjia. Better to play three up and try to keep the ball upfield.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath February 1, 2017 at 1:01 am . Reply

        Kodja is woeful away from home I said since Blues away that he lacks bottle away and goes missing. He’s decent at home but not sway

  9. Dave67 January 31, 2017 at 10:19 pm . Reply

    McCormack having a medical at Forest. I am sticking my head in the sand not going to mention the shit game .

    1. originallondonlion February 1, 2017 at 12:24 am . Reply

      Does it involve hurdling a four foot gate?

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath February 1, 2017 at 1:03 am . Reply

      He’s gone but only on loan

  10. Steve January 31, 2017 at 10:28 pm . Reply

    We have the rest of the season and summer to gel for a promotion push next season.

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