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

Aston Villa celebrate Albert Adomah's goal

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!!!

Scott Hogan

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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Aston Villa have signed Lewis Grabban on Deadline day!!

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Lewis Grabban on loan from Sunderland.

I’m glad about this signing because he can offer more going forward and he could start against Burton on Saturday. First off let me tell you about Lewis Grabban. He’s quick, sharp, he likes to out-strength the opposition, and he’s got one of the worst beard I’ve seen

He was at Bournemouth and he scored loads of goals, then move to Norwich and yet again he scored goals and then returned to Bournemouth when they got promoted to the Premier League and he did well to keep them at the league. This season he has been on loan at Sunderland and he scored 12 goals in 20 appearances in Sunderland but he cut his loan move and he returned in Bournemouth.

Let’s hope he can offer to the team and we can see what he can produce some quality going forward. We couldn’t do a lot in signing players but it will get better when Villa get back to the Premier League and spend money so in the later years to compete. Burton Albion on Saturday and let’s make it 6 wins in a row and then the big derby UTV.

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Sheffield United 0-1 Aston Villa| Snodgrass!!!!!

Aston Villa's Robert Snodgrass

It was a hard game but it was down to some magic from Snodgrass to give us three points, and we are currently third in the table.

I knew this was a massive win for us to maintain the position and catch Derby who dropped more points to Millwall so we need to keep going. We named the same team as we have done in the last few games and I was confident we will win the game.

Well I say I was confident but in the first half Sheffield United were the better team and Sam Johnstone kept us in the game with some unbelievable saves and I want us to go for him in the summer because he’s been fantastic with another clean sheet this season. This result is fitting to Steve Bruce personally because hearing that he’s been having a tough time for his family so I hope he get’s better soon.

Second half kicked off and we started to grow into the game and the lads all were brilliant. Grealish was brilliant, Hogan was becoming a nonsense for defenders, Bjarnason again was immense in passing, tackling and he worked his socks off. The one player I think had a bad game was Adomah because his crossing was pretty bad last night and I feel he needs to improve on that but I still think he will improve and be important to us this season

But there’s one man who transformed the mood of the away fans from agony to ecstasy and that man was Robert Snodgrass. Bjarnason played out wide to Snodgrass and then he cut inside on the right and he produced some magic as he curled in a beautiful shot past the goal keeper in the last minute of the game and the away fans went absolutely crazy. Snodgrass has been phenomenal this season with 5 goals, 9 assists and we should buy him in the summer from West Ham.

The next 2 games are Burton Albion and the derby as well with Birmingham City so we can keep the winning streak going because Derby are the only team we can catch in order to reach automatic promotion towards the Premier League UTV!!!

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Aston Villa signs Axel Tuanzebe!!

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe in action against then Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez last season

First bit of transfer business done and we have signed Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United.

You might be thinking “Who is he?” well I never knew who he was so I done some research and I’ve seen him play a few times as a substitute.

I’ve seen this guy play when he’s in the youth squad and he is a good player and he has the potential to become a first team starter for Manchester United. He also has ambition when saying “Villa should push for second place, rather then play-offs” and he’s right.

I’m saying that we have bought the two youngsters from Man United in Tuanzebe and Johnstone and they will be good signings in the summer, but we need to see the potential in Tuanzebe and we can see him as a replacement for Terry. Also John Terry will be able to guide Tuanzebe in games to gain confidence.

Overall we are happy with the signing because it will add competition in centre backs and I’m hoping he can produce on the pitch. He’s quick, strong, has a great character and he has got ambition to achieve in the future. We are also linked with players like Enzo Crivelli (Wolves are linked with him as well) and Haris Duljevic (Who I’ve never heard of him) then we can add competition to certain areas in the squad.

Let’s carry on and win games to achieve automatic promotion and make sure we don’t drop points UTV!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aston Villa 3-1 Barnsley| Hogan is our Fox in the Box

Scott Hogan

Villa has done it again and we won 3-1 against Barnsley and we have automatic promotion in our sights.

It was a comfortable game for us and we played really well today in the honour of a former Villa player Cyrille Regis who was an inspiration to many black players and was a legend at clubs like West Brom and Coventry City.

We started really well and we took the lead when Elmo crossed the ball in and Hogan’s reaction speed was phenomenal and he made it 1-0 and it’s 3 goals in a row he has scored and I’m so happy for him. But his day was gonna be better when Snodgrass crossed the ball in from a corner and Hogan was there again in-between the two centre backs and he made it 2-0. Hogan is showing his class this season and he is now settled in the club and he’s is somebody we don’t have.

Hogan is a goal poacher as he’s always being in the right place and finishes like a fox in the box and we are glad to have him in our squad. Few minutes later Barnsley pulled one back from a corner and Cavere made it 2-1 with a powerful header and Sam Johnstone had no chance. We was still attacking and it paid of when Grealish played the ball to former Barnsley man Hourihane who made it 3-1 with a nice calm finish and don’t forget this was all in the first half.

You looking at the squad Hogan had a great game Grealish as well Snodgrass has been fantastic but I have to give a mention to Birkir Bjarnason who played as a Defensive midfielder and he was fantastic and I’ll tell you why.

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79% Pass Accuracy

3 Areal duels won

4 Interceptions

Clearances

3 Blocked shots

He can be an important player this season if he continues to perform like he did against Barnsley and Nottingham Forest and we should keep him as it’s rumoured he could leave which is a shame.

Overall it was a perfect weekend when every team around us dropped points and we could chase for automatic promotion if we continue to win games including the second city derby soon UTV

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