Villa – Hull; I’m almost loathe to post this, but we’ve lost before we kick off

I was reluctant to post before the Wigan game, because I thought we were going to lose.
Maybe I shouldn’t really post this, but I really don’t feel any different for this game. In fact I feel even less optimistic.

If we can’t beat a side that has struggled for weeks, where’s the incentive to bet on us beating a side that’s won six on the trot?
I wouldn’t mind, if we were the sort who can turn things around and reverse the opposition’s runs.
Ooh, correction.
We do. Wigan, after being practically the worst side in the league proved that after whupping us easily.

You might gather that last week royally p*ssed me off.
But it was so poor that I don’t hold a prayer that we’ll win tomorrow.

I’ve thought about this a lot over the last week and d’you know what?
I suspect that it’s exactly as I thought and the players just can’t hack the increased intensity and pace that has been asked of them.
Yet I’ve seen an article today that suggests that the old hands should come straight back in, to shore things up.
You have to laugh.

Squad news, and the OS is useless for this info, as per.
Why does the OS feel like I’m wading through mud? Sackings needed, imo, but I’ve been saying it for ages and the club obviously thinks things are fine, which says a lot to me.

Whatever, the Beeb tell me that Kodjia is fit.
Green is also available.

I don’t give a toss about Hull, but Fraizer Campbell is in contention. I’ve never rated him previously, but he’d probably slice through our awful defence these days.

What to think then?
Well, I have no confidence whatsoever in us winning this one, unless Smith massively changes it up.

Green goes straight in, on the left.
We go two up top, with Kodjia and Abraham.
And we definitely don’t go with Whelan or Jedinak.
Or Taylor or Hause or Bree (unless he’s at CB).

We need pace to play Smith’s game and reverting to the old timers is not the solution.

Which might seem contradictory, seeing as I don’t believe that our kids are our solution in the short term.
But I feel we massively lack pace and something needs to change, given that if we maintain the status quo, we’re going to be on a hiding to nothing and Hull will beat us easily.

Will Smith do it?
No chance.
He’s going to go with “tried and trusted”. Exactly the same as Bruce would have done.
And it’ll see exactly the same result I expect.

Hull to win 2-1, although I’m minded to call it 3-1.

We’ll lack pace and they’ll catch us out all to easily at the back, as we chase the game after going down to an early goal, because we’re quite simply too slow with our defensive game.

I hope I’m wrong.


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    Bill Pearson January 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm .

    I can only judge second half to me a big improvement, still doing silly mistakes but get two full backs and defensive midfielder I think we should have the makings of a team, Bjarnason let him go, Hourlahan also balls going astray from him every game. Nearly pissed myself hearing first half score, on par now with the scum 39 points 7from play off.

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    Bill Pearson January 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm .

    New phone, wrong post. I’ll learn.😕

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    Hitchens60 January 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm .

    I was wrong to lose faith so early in the game – mea culpa. To show fight is a great positive and I hope is a reflection of the players commitment to Smith as well as the club.

    I still don’t believe that the team is good enough for promotion and I recognise it will be very difficult for Smith to put it right in this window. Fulham did it by buying one player – Mitrovic; we need several.

    I will be at VP next week for Ipswich with my Ipswich mate, returning the ‘compliment’ of having been entertained by him (and the Villa team) at Portman Road last season. He’s not confident – let’s hope he’s right!

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