Villa – Rotherham; Surely a win today?

So there’s no way I can get to the game and there aren’t any live streams available. Hence I’ve decided to give AVTV a go for the live commentary. I used to listen occasionally a while back and wasn’t impressed, so I hope it’s improved.

Anyway, we face Rotherham today and the big news is that our £8 million signing from West Brom, James Chester is available for selection. It seems we made the deadline by one minute and it’s good news as surely he’ll be thrown straight in after Wednesday’s debacle?

On the injury front, Nathan Baker will be assessed after his head injury. I’d expect it to be pretty academic, as it’ll be Elphick and Chester at the back anyway.
Otherwise, Di Matteo has the luxury of having the whole squad available, although I’m not sure how much of a luxury that is nowadays.

Rotherham skipper Lee Frecklingon is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering another calf problem last week.
Joe Newell and Aimen Belaid are long term injuries.
Defensive duo Kirk Broadfoot and Joe Mattock should be fit for the trip.

No, I’ve never heard of any of them either, I’m afraid.

It’ll be interesting again to see who starts and how we line up.
It already seems apparent that our midfield is a problem, as even Luton cut a swathe through the middle of the pitch at times. We need to address this quickly, in my opinion and hopefully it’s being done as we speak.

What to think then?
While I’m tempted to say this ought to be a very straight-forward win today, I really don’t find myself convinced.
I was convinced we’d beat Luton, but look what happened there. That defeat really knocked the wind out of my sails.

Rotherham got a point at home to Wolves, but lost 4-5 at home to Morecambe midweek, so I’m not sure what that tells us.

At the moment I refuse to believe that we’re going to seriously struggle against every Championship side that we’ll face this season, but the nagging doubt is there.
While we often read that a match is a “must win”, for me this one really is if we’re not going to go into a spiral of even more lack of confidence and belief.
We simply must get 3 points today, no ifs and no buts, to get the season rolling.

Villa to win 2-1. I hope


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  1. giddyvillan
    giddyvillan August 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm . Reply

    VTID 😀

  2. giddyvillan
    giddyvillan August 13, 2016 at 4:53 pm . Reply

    SOTC 😀

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 5:07 pm . Reply

      Anyone see Traore play what was he like

  3. South coast villan
    South coast villan August 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm . Reply

    Boooom.. Pow👊 Get in!!!!!!

  4. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 August 13, 2016 at 4:58 pm . Reply

    Top of the League next……..

  5. pat57
    pat57 August 13, 2016 at 4:58 pm . Reply

    A WIN!!!!!!!!!

  6. pat57
    pat57 August 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm . Reply

    A WIN!!!!

    Now 10th in the table – we’ll be getting a nose bleed!


    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm . Reply

      Still below blues ffs. Be tough v Huddersfield on tue il take a point already

      1. Sidforever
        Sidforever August 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm . Reply

        It’s starting to come together. Two quality centre halves as a base. Lots of attacking football and the sensation of winning. It is addictive. They now know they can win. Keep on going.

        Just need Ayew to stop getting booked.

        With another couple of signings I expect us to be top 6 and hopefully top 2!


  7. David Buckley
    David Buckley August 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm . Reply

    these over the top celebrations are very saddening. stand back a moment & realize where we are for Christs sake lads. we are villa. we shouldn’t be overjoyed winning against Rotherham. very very sad

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm . Reply

      Shows how far we’ve fallen we will be bought back to Earth on Tue

  8. VillaFan
    VillaFan August 13, 2016 at 6:33 pm . Reply

    Christ. Some fans really need to get a grip.

    We shouldnt be overjoyed? Stand back and look where we are?

    Grow up FFS! We know where we are, and we know what we need to do – and today was a miniscule step towards achieving that.

    We are where we are, and a win is a win, whatever league we are in.

    I really dont get some people, not happy with a loss, not happy with a win, not happy when we dont sign players, not happy when we do.

    Just give up and follow golf or something!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm . Reply

      Might get Delph bk on loan at this rate. He will hardly play under pep. He’s hardly Iniesta lol

      1. giddyvillan
        giddyvillan August 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm . Reply

        We won didn’t we?????

  9. Karl
    Karl August 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm . Reply

    Great win today and a confidence booster for the team. Rotherham or not we have won comfortably and deserved the win.
    We have good players but lacked confidence in previous games. Keep winning and we will improve and get promoted.
    New faces who want to play for the club and the no hopers out. Up the Villa. Great crowd today and great atmosphere by the way.

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