Aston Villa 1-1 Derby County| Goodbye Gabby!

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Well last home game of the season and it ended with a point to separate the sides. It was a frustrating game as we can’t do anything right now to get automatic promotion, but maintain the playoff place and make sure our best players are fit for crunch time.

It all started badly as Derby were on or tail as they are also chasing playoffs so we needed to keep it tight first 20 minutes and contain them but 14 minutes gone and we was 1-0 down and who was to blame. Neil Taylor. Who allowed Weimann to steal the ball of him and not make any effort to track on him, and Weimann squared it to Jerome who scored an easy goal. A lot of people were slagging Taylor and rightly so as he’s been poor this season and he had to come off and Hutton put more effort then him.

After that we were pressing Derby to gain some confidence and try to comeback, but Derby just sat back with big Curtis Davies who was winning every header and it was sign that in the second half we will get a result. Second half started and Derby did the same, men behind the ball and invite the pressure which we did. Kodjia came on and it was all Aston Villa as we kept looking for a goal to spark a comeback. But then A short corner from Grealish to Hourihane, who’s first time shot brings a save from the keeper, the ball was bouncing all over the place, Terry passes it to a man I’ve back since day on of his arrival which is Lewis Grabban who grabbed the goal we deserved and Villa Park erupts.

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The game end’s 1-1 and it was emotional as it’s last time we see Gabby Agbonlahor at Aston Villa. The man that made me support the club and he made records, scored goals, and been loyal for such a long time and we say thank you Gabby for the memories you have given us to cherish and young Villa fans will see him as an idol to many and they will look up to him as a legend at the club.

Playoff time and we may get either Cardiff or Fulham in the last day and we will have to be fitter, better stronger to beat the teams and we will get Premier League status once again UTV!!

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Aston Villa 4-1 Wolves| Take a Bow Steve Bruce!!

Wow, wow, wow What an incredible performance from Aston Villa we bullied Wolves from minute 1 to minute 90.

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Don’t lie we all thought Wolves was gonna smash us as they are top of the league, but it was us that caused the problems when we won a corner in the 8th minute. Snodgrass crosses it in and Jedinak helped it on and it bouncing round in the box and who better to put it in the net was Albert Adomah in front of the Holte End.

The fans were driving the team on the keep it going because this win will be extremely important for this season because it will put pressure on Wolves and of course Cardiff. Wolves did hit it back with another scrappy goal from Diego Jota which sent the Wolves fans mad and they was mocking us. Half time came and I was happy because normally i would be worried because Wolves got the equaliser and they will dominate the second half.

Second half started and it was us that came out and we battered Wolves and they didn’t have any good chances. Our pressure paid off as we won a free kick and Snodgrass crossed it in to Chester who was unmarked and set the Villa crowd into euphoria and it was 2-1. The Grealish played a beautiful weighted pass towards Adomah as he sends the ball in towards Grabban who finish it superbly to make it 3-1. Grabban has scored 4 in his last 4 games and he has started his life at Villa fantastically well, he’s definitely gonna help us this season to get us back but there is still a long way to go. Then Birkir Bjarnason who came on to rub salt into the wounds of the Wolves fans, he went pass one then another and then another and then he toe poked it from 18 yards to make it 4-1 and I was so happy for Birkir Bjarnason. So many people slagged him off and he wanted to leave the club, but he had really good games as a defensive midfielder and he came on a few times and now he scoring goals it shows that he could be important to us this season.

I have to give credit to Steve Bruce as he outclassed Nuno and his Wolves side who have been smashing teams lately. But in this game we dominated Wolves and kept Cavaleiro, Costa, Jota and in my opinion one of the signings of the season in Ruben Neves. We have QPR on Tuesday and we need to win that keep on the pressure on Wolves and Cardiff and maybe we can get the title but let’s hope for automatic promotion. UTV!!!!

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Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Aston Villa| I love being proved wrong!!!

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This has made my day this is why I love football as it can make you feel down when you lose but then a certain change when the team you support turn it round and win the game to make you feel happy emotions.

As the title said “I loved being proved wrong”  because I said the team selection was wrong from the players that started and it got off to the worst start when Clare found the bottom corner brilliantly and we was 1-0 down, but we responded with a couple of scuffles in the box but Grabban stabbed it in to make it 1-1 which made me relax. Grabban is gonna be a help to us when there’s 2 months left of the season and we need to keep pressure on Cardiff. Then I was worred when Lucus Joao (which was one of the players we need to watch) made it 2-1 just before half time but we was still in that game which was good.

Second half starts and suddenly we put so much pressure on Sheff Wed and it paid off and I have to say this, Sheffield Wednesday how can you let Glenn Whelan score. It’s ironic because there’s people who hate it when I criticised Glenn Whelan but I don’t think he does a better job then Jedinak and Bjarnason. He can’t pass, cant tackle and doesn’t protect the defence in Terry and Chester. Then it was 3-2 not to Sheffield Wednesday but to Aston Villa when the ball fall to Conor Hourihane who hits it on the half-volley into the bottom corner and then passion he showed and what that goal meant to us is that we don’t have a never say die attitude which I feel we haven’t had that in a while. It was made 4-2 when Snodgrass converted his penalty from the spot and it was an amazing comeback from the boys.

This is why I love football because it can gives you feeling that you will never have when you your team is losing and they comeback and win the game. Let’s hope this can mean for when we fight for 2nd to avoid the tough teams that are in the Play-off’s and we would need to invest heavily in the squad when we are in the Premier League UTV!!

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Aston Villa 1-1 Preston North End|I Give The Team No Credit At All

Why would I give credit to the team after that performance.

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I mean we drop more points again and Derby and Cardiff will get results and it will take a miracle to get automatic promotion. Steve Bruce I know you had a tough time in your personal life but you can’t escape the fact the team selection was wrong again and it was embarrassing and frustrating that game, and we made Preston look like Barcelona.

Yes we had chances in the first half but they were just pot shots and Preston their shots have paid off when they go 1-0 up when Barkhuizen puts it past Johnstone from a corner. I was angry because it’s not the first time that we make the teams in this league play like it’s final of the champions league and we should be the big boys in the championship and kill teams like what Wolves are doing now. Second half starts and we came out we sub off Snodgrass for Lewis Grabban, and we was trying to get back to the game and it paid off when Kienan Davis was brought down and in my opinion, it was so soft as it was a shoulder charge and Davis went down soft but Grabban stepped up. He coolly slots it for his first goal for the club and it could mean a lot.

It ended 1-1 and we was lucky to get a point and Preston were really good in them chasing the play off as well so the top 6 is very tight as we don’t know who will finished 2nd and who to finish in the play offs. Let’s hope Sheffield Wednesday will give us 3 points and we will catch Cardiff UTV!!

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Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa| Just a bad day at the office

It’s typical Villa when us fans like myself who get overly excited because we was winning 7 games in a row and then we get brought down to earth from this result.

Ryan Sessegnon points to the Fulham badge as he celebrates his goal against Aston Villa

I knew we would struggle against Fulham as they were in tremendous form as now they are 10 games unbeaten and they play brilliant football. The team selection was wrong and I feel that Bjarnason was pushed to the left after he was performing really well as a defensive midfielder. I thought Tuanzebe was not too bad as he did really well for his first start, but I’m not gonna blame as he’s young and he’s learning the game which is good. The first half for Villa was actually alright like we did get caught out by how quick Fulham can be on the counter attack, but it was signs that we keep it tight and defend against solid teams like Fulham or any team in the Premier League.

Second half starts and to be honest they deserved it when they got the first goal when a low cross comes in and their Top scorer Ryan Sessengon who’s only 17 who was unmarked from Tuanzebe and he  slotted it into the bottom corner. It got worse when Sam Johnstone who had a poor game today and he’s been one of our best players this season who’s free kick went straight to Ayite who was 30 or 40 yards out and scores an unbelievable goal that made Fulham fans went mental and made us feel disgusted.

Let’s not dwell on this result as it was the first lost in 2018 and we go to Preston on Tuesday and give the home fans something back after that performance at Craven Cottage. Let’s get back in the race for promotion spot and we will welcome teams at Villa Park to not for them to perform, but to show that we are a Premier League club UTV!!

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Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham City|The City Is Ours

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What a day, What a performance and What a result to put us 2nd in the league and one point ahead of Derby.

This game means a lot to me as this is the fixture I look forward to the most because the rivalry is huge in Birmingham. We started the game really well as it was the same team but Steve Bruce made one change which is Jedinak in for Bjarnason. We had a really good chance when Hogan came close to score as his shot hit the crossbar, then Birmingham had a chance when Gallagher hits the post and couldn’t get the rebound.

We had chance after chance as we could be 2-0 up in the first half and we wasn’t taking our chances as Birmingham was poor defensively. But it was neck and neck with both teams really going for it because for us it be crucial in our return to the Premier League and for Birmingham it would be crucial in them staying in the Championship.

Second half started and to be honest we dominated and they collapsed. Grealish got the ball and he was playing with the defenders and he slipped through Adomah took a touch and he found the bottom corner to make it 1-0 and Villa Park went mental. Then it went absolutely metal when the ball fall to Conor Hourihane and fires it from 20 yards and it was a goal that was worthy to win the Second City derby.  They had a player sent off for Birmingham in the last few minutes of the game and overall it was a brilliant game of football and this result is fitting for Steve Bruce personally and we played for him today.

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Aston Villa 3-2 Burton Albion| 6 wins in a row!!!

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6 wins in a row for Aston Villa as they won 3-2 against struggling Burton Albion.

We came to this game and we were in brilliant form after winning 5 games in a row and Burton Albion who were struggling but they had great spirit to cause a shock. It was a same team as ever so we were looking really good with the formation and the the players in that position.

We had a dodgy linesman due to offside calls even though most of our chances but it was 1-0 when Snodgrass played a beautiful to Adomah which split the defence and he squared it to Hogan to score the easiest goal and I was happy for him as he’s been brilliant. Half time came and we was all thinking we need to seal the result in order to keep the pressure on Derby County who are also winning in style.

It was comfort zone when Robert Snodgrass crossed in a beautiful ball to Adomah and he head it in to make it 2-0 and we was relieved, well they had a corner and Elmo with the worst own goal I’ve ever seen in my life when the attacker head the ball, Johnstone saved it and Elmo just smack it in the net due to panicking. But it was 3-1 as Tuanzebe the new signing passed to Elmo who crossed the ball to Grealish who hit’s it perfectly on the volley into the bottom corner and he deserves the goal from his recent performances.

They got another goal back but we sealed the win and we will look forward to Birmingham City next Sunday. Let’s keep it going and we will be 2nd soon and it will be a good year for us UTV!!!

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