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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  1. Bill Pearson January 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm .

    Pushing and shoving game.

  2. nath January 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm .

    villa got off lightly in that half. we have got to stop playing out from the back, simply are not good enough back there to play that way. keep it simple and play in their half. hull deserved to be two ahead and our goal is a major fillet to us and kick in the groin for them.

    at least the players showed battle with handbags flying just before h/t over nothing but hull didnt contest a drop ball and started to cry blaming hourihane for passing forwards to villa paler and not hull goalie

    still we are in this if we play hell of alot better

  3. nath January 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm .

    good start again from us

  4. nath January 19, 2019 at 4:22 pm .

    two subs on both wide players off el ghazi and green on

  5. nath January 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm .

    again we play ourselves into trouble elphick 🙁

  6. VillaAwayInDiv3 January 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm .

    Desmond Tu Tu…..

  7. nath January 19, 2019 at 4:26 pm .

    2 2 good ball from hutton tammy scores on the second attempt

  8. nath January 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm .

    hull are starting to look rattled miss placing their passes

  9. nath January 19, 2019 at 4:38 pm .

    kodjia on two up front but we stopped playing out and gone longer

  10. DSVilla January 19, 2019 at 4:40 pm .

    Big call taking Bjarnasson off for Kodjia. I admire Smith for going for the win…just hope it doesn’t backfire

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