Villa 3 – 1 Fulham; Outstanding

I’m blown away by how good that was to watch.
I wouldn’t say we were 100% better than Fulham, as the cottagers did have a couple of spells where they dominated, but we were a good 75-80% better than them.
That’s 13 on the trot at home, I think, which equals a record and 6 wins on the trot, which is a record going back absolute donkey’s years.
Unfortunately, it’s Citeh at home next game, but who knows?

Man of the match?
Well for me it has to be John McGinn, who worked his guts out and got a goal from a great strike.
But I also thought Tielemans was a very close contender. I said before the game that I felt he just needed to get in the groove and boy, did he. He was outstanding and fed the pass for the first goal.
But McGinn edges it for me. It was a brilliant captain’s game and he won the vast majority of his battles.

In fact, the game didn’t really pan out how I expected it to at all.
It was the midfield that won this for us. As physical as Fulham are, we just bossed them and it was great to see, as we can often be out-fought in the middle.

I still feel we’re particularly susceptible to any good pacey counter attacking side and the Spurs game is making me drool at the mouth, because I feel that’s going to be a tactical masterpiece one way or the other, given both sides play a high line, but that’s for later.

There was plenty of passing back to Martinez, but it didn’t bother me today, because we mostly maintained a good pace.
It’s interesting, because it seems to me that as much as I realise the opposition will always have their good periods, so it always seems to be that if we drop the pace, it just lets the other team in and strongly dominate.
I can understand if it’s the very best teams just taking a rest, but we can look like we’re likely to concede.
Still, Fulham only scored once and I’ll take that.
A superb, well deserved win and we continue to keep the pressure on the other clubs.



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  1. OLL again
    OLL again November 12, 2023 at 4:33 pm . Reply

    Badger, I don’t know why you like Fulham! If I list the London clubs in order starting with my most disliked, Fulham come 3rd behind Millwall and Crystal Palace. The current team and manager deserve the ranking. I said in a previous post Fulham are a dirty side and today they hit what I think is the premier league record for fouls at Villa Park, with 17 and 5 yellow cards. I am just thankful no Villans were injured. It is their deliberate policy if an opponent is breaking away with the ball to trip, block or grab hold of him.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 November 12, 2023 at 4:47 pm . Reply

      OLL – spot on. Their main tactic was to break up play by utilising a physical and unfair approach – that’s me being diplomatic!

      Robinson was extremely lucky not to have received a second yellow.

      Overall a good win – be nice to get a clean sheet but I suspect that’s not Emery’s way – beat the opposition into submission seems to be the plan. However, this approach isn’t really working away from VP – yet!

  2. Roy bracy
    Roy bracy November 12, 2023 at 4:40 pm . Reply

    Not happy stick and optus went down after 11min didn’t come back till 2nd half start.
    Not good watch 2nd half as Fulham took control.
    First half sounded brilliant though maybe got tired 2nd half

  3. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 12, 2023 at 8:16 pm . Reply

    I only frequent this site and Canadian Pete’s blog. Sod the rest. Cash gets an 8 from me.

  4. Holte
    Holte November 12, 2023 at 8:43 pm . Reply

    Funny to see Pep’s multi millions CIteh thinking they had snatched victory to concede a penalty in added time. Even funnier that Palmer who they sold to Chelsea converted it.
    One thing that constantly annoys me is the constant assumptions on Sky that we are going to be raided for our best players. Today on Sky sports news the idiot presenter commented that the big boys will come after Emery soon. How can little old Villa cope when this happens? Shame on Villa for trying to spoil the party. Get back down to mid table obscurity where we should be. 🤬

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain November 12, 2023 at 9:25 pm . Reply

      Sky are bad enough, but I sometimes check football pages from the likes of the Mirrror and Daily Mail website; they’re even more pathetic, with almost everything on their main ‘football’ pages being about ManUre – as if they were still relevant to anything today.
      Go past the first 10-15 articles and you’ll see stuff about L’pool and Arsenal, occasionally Newcastle. We don’t exist as far as they’re concerned.

  5. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 November 12, 2023 at 9:41 pm . Reply

    Don’t read the papers; don’t watch the news.

    Follow transfer rumours because I’m a sad addict but the rest – waste of time.

  6. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 13, 2023 at 7:01 am . Reply

    With you Hitch .

  7. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 November 13, 2023 at 10:27 am . Reply

    Konsa called up to England squad for Euro 24 qualifiers in IB.

    Really pleased for him and believe he thoroughly deserves is – back to his absolute best. However, at. Villa level we could do without all our players being involved in internationals!

    Here’s hoping there are no injuries.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain November 13, 2023 at 12:46 pm . Reply

      About time Konsa got a call from Southgate.

      Even if he was only 3rd or 4th choice and gets just half a game, it should do his confidence a world of good.

      Now let’s just hope none of our players on international duty pick up any injuries…

  8. BFR
    BFR November 14, 2023 at 11:48 am . Reply

    Carragher: “Aston Villa should cherish Unai Emery while they can. It is only a matter of time…” You know the rest. Would anyone like to respond to Mr Carragher? As Christmas is fast approaching, I’m trying to feed my swear box…

    1. BFR
      BFR November 14, 2023 at 11:49 am . Reply

      *NOT to feed my swear box!

    2. The Ron Saunders Stand
      The Ron Saunders Stand November 14, 2023 at 4:43 pm . Reply

      There could possibly be some substance to that IF…
      (a) He hadn’t got burned at Arsenal
      (b) He hadn’t already done the old “Elite” thing with PSG.
      So our phlegm flinging friend could be a little wide of the mark?

    3. 1874 was a good year
      1874 was a good year November 14, 2023 at 5:19 pm . Reply

      From Villareal to the real Villa was a massive step up anyway. From average 18,000 gates to 42,000 and from a shoestring to a hefty budget, Villa are giving Emery the chance to prove himself at the highest levels. If he makes Villa into what Carragher and the rest call ‘a top club’ I’d be wondering why he’d want to go anywhere else anyway.

  9. Sidforever
    Sidforever November 14, 2023 at 7:05 pm . Reply

    Don’t you just love the press.

    It’s all about Arsenal are going to take Douglas Luiz. £50m and Villa will sell. Or even better they will swap Smith Rowe for him, because Arsenal have a divine right!!!

    But then again, they then say Arsenal have FFP.

    My letter to the press

    Dear Press
    Stop! You clearly do not understand the dynamics at play. Every industrial sector has a disrupter that comes along and changes the established order.

    Villa are the disruptor. get used to it.

    Yours faithfully

    1. BFR
      BFR November 15, 2023 at 8:05 pm . Reply

      There must be a typo there, Sid. There should be a 1 before the 50.

  10. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 November 15, 2023 at 7:07 am . Reply

    I see that Howard Webb, not satisfied by VAR’s unwelcome intrusion into football, is now saying ‘VAR must challenge more on field decisions ….. but not re referee games’

    Is that not an oxymoron?

    With the threat of semi automatic offside being introduced and VAR looking for more ‘power’ we can start saying good bye to football as we know it.

    What next, as TV takes a firmer hold as well, time outs for advertising breaks as happens in the NFL?

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum November 15, 2023 at 7:10 pm . Reply

      Hitch, remeber the USA World Cup where they wanted to cut the game into 4 quarters for advertising means…?

    2. BFR
      BFR November 15, 2023 at 8:04 pm . Reply

      Yep, Webb is definitely a moron, Hitch!

  11. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson November 15, 2023 at 7:57 am . Reply

    Hitch, might be a good thing if every club from its fans a letter expressing concern over VAR . It’s our game not VAR and enough is enough it’s not required and not fit for purpose. Every match now problems and mistakes by VAR it’s slowly killing the love of football.

  12. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 November 15, 2023 at 8:33 am . Reply

    Moreno played 60 minutes for Young Lions in Premier League Cup Tie last night – Villa winning 3-4 away from home.

    Good to see him back playing

  13. Badger123
    Badger123 November 15, 2023 at 8:40 am . Reply

    Citeh have just posted revenue of £714 million.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain November 15, 2023 at 2:47 pm . Reply

      Umm..yes. Quite.

      And the Gruniad this morning were running another story about how “Roman’s Empire” at Chelski was allegedly being funded for years by dozens of ‘odd’ deals from offshore companies which were linked to him, but the transactions (allegedly) went via 3rd parties and never appeared in the club’s books.

      1. Bum Bum
        Bum Bum November 15, 2023 at 7:11 pm . Reply

        Does that suprise you Ardent???? Or more the fact it’s just come to light?

        1. Ardent Villain
          Ardent Villain November 15, 2023 at 7:28 pm . Reply

          Only surprise is that they’ve apparently found the documents to back the story!

          1. BFR
            BFR November 15, 2023 at 8:06 pm . Reply


  14. Badger123
    Badger123 November 15, 2023 at 4:05 pm . Reply

    Bosko Balaban has been sentenced to a year in prison for not paying his ex wife 70k maintenance.
    He should have got that for being a crap footballer.
    Only joking. Ahem.

    1. BFR
      BFR November 15, 2023 at 8:07 pm . Reply

      One of Gregory’s dodgy deals?

      1. BFR
        BFR November 15, 2023 at 8:07 pm . Reply

        …the next Davor Suker, my a***!

  15. 1874 was a good year
    1874 was a good year November 15, 2023 at 4:37 pm . Reply

    According to reports, Jhon Duran has upset Emery and is on his way out. On loan in January and possibly all the way out if he doesn’t improve his attitude.

    If true, I wouldn’t blame Emery. We’ve had too many players in the past causing a stink in the dressing room so, vaya con dios Jhon and good luck. After messing up such a great chance, you’ll need it.

  16. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 November 15, 2023 at 6:03 pm . Reply

    But then again it is football insider!

    Young players can be a little ‘aggressive’ and maybe have an over expectation but if that’s the case and Emery rates him then I back Emery to help him get through this phase.

    I hope so because I think Duran has a real future in the game – but if all else fails the club is bigger than any player.

    And if you haven’t read it then I commend the AVFC article with Freddie Bouma. What a left back he was and so unfortunate with injuries in his last three years with us. Love his comments about Ashley Young. In reality it took us years to find another decent LB.

    I remember being so disappointed when he returned to PSV where he played another three years at the highest level.

    It’s clear he still has a passion for Villa and there’s a very nice aside which shows a completely different side of O’Niell; although O’Dreary comes in for some criticsm!

  17. Badger123
    Badger123 November 16, 2023 at 4:01 pm . Reply

    Just read that Hitch and yes, the MON part was what stood out for me too.
    It’s a nice read.
    And, yes, a good player.

  18. Badger123
    Badger123 November 16, 2023 at 4:06 pm . Reply
    1. OLL again
      OLL again November 16, 2023 at 11:58 pm . Reply

      So said Tedesco the Belgium manager whose name means German in Italian. It must be International week!

      Oh it is, hence the stupid stories linking anyone who is any good at Villa – nowadays most of them, manager and first XI – with a cut-price move to a fading ‘entitlement’ team.

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