Villa – Stoke; We can win this one… can’t we? Banners banned and a poll.

AVilla v Stoke

We all know we’ve made a poor start to the season, but Stoke’s is equally as bad, given that they’ve played four games at home and three away.
We’ve played three at home and four away and if we can get the win tomorrow, we’ll go a point above them.
And points is all it’s about really isn’t it?
I’ve said that I’m not panicking just yet and I believe we’ve played better than the points we’ve amassed, but the very valid point has been made that we don’t want to be cut adrift this early on and frankly, we need to pull our finger’s out.
We have two tough games coming up, in Chelsea away and Swansea at home, so we really could do with all three points.

I’ve not looked at the league table much up to now, but it’s pretty apparent where our problems lie.
We’ve scored eight goals (I really thought it was more), which isn’t desperate and certainly much better than a large part of last season, but we’ve conceded twelve, which is worse than many around us.
Er, so it’s the defence, basically, isn’t it?
Ok, I’m stating the bleeding obvious aren’t I?

Squad news then and what might be good for us is that Stoke’s record signing, Xherdan Shaqiri is 50-50 and faces a late test on a thigh injury and Ryan Shawcross is still out after surgery on his back.

As for the Villa, I’ve read that Gary Gardner is back in contention, but I can’t see him getting a game.
Jores Okore is still unavailable and Gabby is doubtful with his calf injury. I’m sure you all know my feelings on the latter.

The worrying thing is that Stoke have a very decent record at Villa Park recently and the last game was pretty much thrown away by some reckless defending by Ron Vlaar, as I’m sure many of us will remember.
We don’t seem to have moved on much defence-wise do we? and I’ll bet you know where I’m going.

We have to cut out the stupid mistakes at the back; it’s as simple as that.
And if we can manage it, I believe we’re well capable of causing Stoke problems and I’m going for a 2-1 victory.

As for the banners, the Football Supporters Federation have arranged a protest day, aimed at reducing ticket prices for away fans.
And while I don’t know if the following is true, a story I’ve read confirms it. It seems that Aston Villa are the only Premier league club that are not going to allow protest banners.
This is really poor on the club’s part and so much for freedom of speech eh?
I think it’s disgusting that paying customers/consumers (that’s all we are nowadays) can’t show their opinions and there’s a word that describes people who suppress opinions being voiced, although I won’t bring myself to say it.

Villa do some good things and being at the forefront of the safe standing idea, is just an example; although the cynic in me might think that the club’s hierarchy just see that as a very cheap way of increasing our capacity to 50,000.

But banning banners is just pathetic, in my opinion.

I’ve stuck a poll in so you can let us know what you think the result will be.


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  1. KentNielsen77
    KentNielsen77 October 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm . Reply


    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 3, 2015 at 4:58 pm . Reply

      He is supposed to be woeful in the reserves so not answer either

  2. marvin
    marvin October 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm . Reply

    I’ll say it again – Chelsea, Swansea, Tottenham, Man City, Everton up next.

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson October 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm . Reply

      Well are we still saying this man is Villa’s saviour? Like hell he is . Wake up now and move him on.

  3. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 October 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm . Reply

    I’m all for giving someone a chance – how about ‘Big Sam’ cos this idiot of a manager is worse than Lambert and he was truly awful. If Fox has any guts he’ll send Sherwood packing before it’s too late.

  4. jvillan
    jvillan October 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm . Reply

    sherwood fox out tonite please and andrew yes we spent 50 m but on what no keeper right back decent centre half we all knew we needed
    bought rudi 4 goals but we play with no wide men
    keep playing westwood who in his 4 season has he 3 goals plus 3 assists his corners are laughable
    gabby plays when fit 6 games no goals or anything else
    and for all the players that have left benteke has 2 goals and been injured weiman bent nothing delph has managed less than 20 mins football vlar has been normal injured we are a joke lerner is the biggest joke but think this is season we go down and stay down fed up with my team

  5. pat57
    pat57 October 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm . Reply

    8 games played 4 points that would be 19 points for the season!!!!

    I’ve been supporting Tim up until now but I’m fast changing my mind. For once I don’t think its the players as individually I suspect we’ve at least got at least a good mid-table side so that just leaves the manager.

    If I was Tom Fox I’d use the international break to get someone else in. There I’ve finally said it – we need another manager. I had such hopes though 🙁

    I must have done some terrible things in a former life to end up being a Villa supporter


  6. jvillan
    jvillan October 3, 2015 at 5:01 pm . Reply

    andrew we didnt have a half decent squad lamberts crap buying made sure of that and then the like sanchez when he plays for chile looks class plays for us must be twin bro
    kozak i feel sorry for only centre forward we have sherwood won t play him

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 3, 2015 at 5:04 pm . Reply

      Basically Benteke papered over the cracks we’ve no one of that ilk now that can help us. Unless learner buys Austin in Jan but probably too late for that already

      1. marvin
        marvin October 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm . Reply

        Austin injured again, no?

    2. marvin
      marvin October 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm . Reply

      Colombia, not Chile.

    3. Andrew
      Andrew October 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm . Reply

      We do have a decent squad, every player I mentioned is quality. Obviously we need more, a RB is a definite, not sure we need a CB if Clark was played. Guzan has been quite good as well, not sure what more he can do. But we’ve spent 55m, more than enough to be a mid-table side comfortable already.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath October 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm . Reply

        New post up

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