Villa – Newcastle; Possibly the biggest game of the season

I’m worried about today.
We face Newcastle at home and the truth is I don’t have the foggiest idea about how this game is going to go.

It’s easy to take a pessimistic view and look at our form compared to the opposition’s and assume it’s all over before we kick a ball. But we should at the same time remember that Wolves managed to turn them over on their own patch.

So while the barcodes are a decent side, they are by no means unbeatable.
But what worries me, is that the longer we go without a win, so the self-doubt surely has to start creeping in and getting a result is going to become more and more difficult.
We need the breakthrough three points, it’s as simple as that.

Tshibola should be fit for this one but Nathan Baker, Ross McCormack and Rudy Gestede all face fitness tests.

Newcastle have Yurdun Anita in the middle of a three match ban, but I’m not sure how much of a problem that will be as they’ve used more players this season than any other side. Which is a bit more worrying if they’re doing so well and Benitez hasn’t settled on his best team yet.

The press seem determined to try and create some fierce rivalry between the clubs and I really can’t say I care for it.
We’re two respected clubs who have never really had any problem, a bit of banter apart and that’s how I’d like it to stay. Mick Quinn trying to fan any flames doesn’t help and the ony comment I’d have for him is “shut up, you fat git”, which is what I most remember about him when he played.

So while I don’t know what to think, I’m going to stay positive and believe that we can win this.
Actually, that reads wrong, as I believe we can beat anybody in this league. It’s actually achieving it, that is proving the problem.

I’ll predict a 2-1. And hope it’s in our favour.

There’s also the question of Jack Grealish and what we think of his latest partying situation.
I’m adding a belated poll, but the truth is I’m not sure what the question should be.

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  1. nath September 26, 2016 at 6:59 am . Reply

    i was also very happy with the result, as the posts above me said…. if we had snatched the win, it would have definitely been our turning point for the better. but even equalizing late on, rallying against the supposedly the strongest team last 20 minutes shows us /them they can do this, this might be enough to give the team /squad the belief to carry us into the promotion chase.

    newcastle are just ahead of us in their players have a system they play which suits them, where we are still head scratching chopping changing systems. their players are more gelled and ours are still bedding in. but their are plenty signs things are coming good. patience from us will pay off and we surge up the table,

  2. pat57 September 26, 2016 at 11:15 am . Reply

    Agree with a lot of the quite positive posts above.

    To me that last 20 minutes felt like a bit of a turning point. It was the first time the players had thrown off their nerves and said sod it let’s just go for it.

    And go for it they did, really unlucky not to get all 3 points in the end. If they can do the same for the rest of the season they will definitely win more than they’ll lose.

    We’ll see tomorrow. Away against Barnsley will be a tough game and, again, I’d settle for a point right now.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm . Reply

      Behave I’d rather lose than get a point. Points are useless to us now

      1. giddyvillan September 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm . Reply

        I’d rather lose than get a point, I’ve heard it all now a point is better than fuckall.Ooha don’t ever try to join mensa

        1. Hitchens 60 September 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm . Reply

          it would feed Oohah’s negative energies more effectively Giddy.

          Oohah – you’re not a bear trader on the stock market by any chance?

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm .

            Ha ha

        2. OohAhPaulMcGrath September 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm . Reply

          Disagree a point is useless now. A point was useless this time last year as well. We need to start winning games fast. Better to throw the kitchen sink at teams and go for 3 points and lose than just keep getting a point. A point a game will keep us up that’s about it.

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