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Derby County 0-3 Aston Villa|Dean Smith is Manager of the Month!!

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Well well well who’s missing Steve Bruce now people because Dean Smith collected is Manager of the Month award for transforming Aston Villa’s fortunes and we beat a very good Derby team 3-0.

It was one of those games where most of us fans would take a draw against a team like Derby who ware flying at the moment under Frank Lampard so we need to make sure they don’t punish us but in this game it was a tough first half for us and Derby County. A 0-0 first half is something to cherish as it was time for the squad to get into the changing rooms and discuss how to break these teams down and in the second half we were trying to tear Derby apart and it only took to only one man to break the deadlock.

Bolasie storms down the left in which he whipped a cross in and Super John McGinniesta who head the ball passed Carson to make it 1-0. Then after three minutes later McGinn crossed it in from the left again and then Abraham continues his form with a brilliant header to make it 2-0 to in what we thought was game over. But all of a sudden another free kick wonder from the the mastermind Hourihane sealed all three points and it was our best performance of the season so far.

Overall it was a very good performance from Aston Villa and something that can build on as there’s not a lot of points between us and the play offs so it can happen for us this season. The international break is upon us now and onward its the derby against Birmingham and we will show we are the pride of the midlands.

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Aston Villa 1-0 Swansea City|Aperfect day to remember Sir Doug Ellis

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Well there is a lot to talk about over this as I will talk about the game, our new manager Dean Smith and remembering Sir Doug Ellis so let’s get cracking with the game.

Starting with the lineup and it was a brilliant starting 11, I know some idiots saying it’s like a Bruce team etc and it wasn’t and you really want to know why? Everyone was in the right position end of. Next the style of play, it’s extremely different and a breath of fresh air as we played positive football and we was attacking Swansea. We played it from the back and our defenders were organised and well disciplined in which we have to thank John Terry for his defensive qualities as a coach. The attacking football we played was brilliant but it will take time for these players to settle to the tactics Dean wants to play but it will get better.

Elmo crossed the ball in the box and Tammy Abraham made it 1-0 with a really good header in the bottom corner. Everyone played well, Nyland made some key saves. McGinn was on steroids that game and he will be missed against Norwich. We could of won like 3-0 or 4-0 but other then that we dominated and deserved the victory and it was a great day for Dean Smith. Speaking of Dean Smith, let’s talk about his appointment. I was excited about this appointment as he was doing a great job at Brentford and he’s a Villa fa born in West Bromwich, but he wasn’t my first choice but I was so glad we got an attack minded manager like Dean Smith with all the quality upfront for us we can do things this season.

So before I go I want to say rest in peace to Sir Doug Ellis who was loved by all Villa fans and his family and this game was all for Doug Ellis as he was such an icon to many people and shows what a fantastic club Aston Villa is and how much we need to support Dean Smith from now to the end of the season.

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Steve Bruce is gone!!!!

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After all my blogs of ripping into Steve Bruce, and I knew it was gonna happen after the 3-3 draw with Preston because we was 2-0 up and we fucked it up again. Every blog I’ve made was literally exposing Steve Bruce and it was ridiculed at time by his supporters and now they realise why he needed to go.

This man came to this club with an reputation in bringing teams to the Premier League. Hull, Sunderland, Birmingham and Wigan and what do those clubs have in common, low expectations. This man does not meet the expectations of the club and the fans and he has become a fraud rather then a legend and now he will be sitting at home with his pet cabbage and he can retire as his football is out of date.

It was coming but I thought he should of got sacked after the 4-1 defeat to Sheffield United but now he’s gone and now we need to look for a new man with new ideas and hope to unite us fans together and get better results. I do wish him good luck not in management but in retirement because if you get sacked by a club the size of Aston Villa then no one will go for you that’s it. We are now linked with a few managers but there’s one that we are heavenly linked with this manager called Paulo Fonseca who’s 45 and he has links with Jorge Mendes. He seems to be a good choice but we don’t know because they need to employ the right man for this club.

But hey it’s happened and we will move on and I know this is a short blog but I know the Match reviews will be continuing and I will be adding Top 5’s that could be Villa related or just general football related which could be different to do to get away from Villa sadness.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Reading| Disappointed!!!!

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3 games, 3 draws and really if we want to get out of this league then we need to beat teams like Reading. The blame has to put on to Steve Bruce because he put a strong side and no one really played bad. It was a really attacking side and El Ghazi made his debut and he was really good in this game. McGinn was working so hard in this game, Jedinak looked like a CB for a change and Bjarnason was fantastic but another player or goalkeeper who was fantastic, Nyland.

Nyland was keeping us in this game with unbelievable saves yet again. You can tell the confidence is there and I said for a while that he will come good and it’s happened. A lot of people did give this guy stick but he doesn’t deserve the stick because we have a defence that a clueless man in Steve Bruce has set up to invite pressure towards Nyland and without him we will be losing more then ever. It was 0-0 at half time and really with the amount of chances but our finishing and our decision making was so poor. That will come with more training sessions for crucial games coming up. Second half starts and the same as ever we don’t change it up to exploit the weaknesses in Reading’s defence and this has been my problem with Steve Bruce as he never seems to have a Plan B when it comes to breaking a team down and let’s be honest every manager needs a plan B if plan A doesn’t work, otherwise we are screwed.

Two new players have recently came to Villa in El Ghazi and Bolasie who I’m very excited to see at Villa this season. Anwar El Ghazi who made his debut and he was so confident and what I was surprised about was he wasn’t nervous when playing in-front of 33,000 people and his confidence was incredible. He was the man who got villa and running with a brilliant cross in which Elmo met really well to make it 1-0. We were all so happy and we were shouting “go again, make it 2, make it 3 kill them off”. But that’s another problem with Steve Bruce, is that he instructs playing sit on a 1-0 lead and this is Aston Villa. I want us to be an attacking side and blow teams away with the amount of quality we have in our disposal but Bruce doesn’t let players express themselves a lot on the pitch.

It was a nervy game as we was hoping we can clinch the victory here but why did they take Kodija off for Taylor which is dinosaur tactics written all over it as we were sitting on a 1-0 lead. Then James Chester with as tackles go, one of the dumbest challenges you will see as it was no trouble whatsoever and he panicked at the wrong time and it was a penalty in which Baldock made it 1-1 and it was what we deserved. We shouldn’t be dropping points to these relegation battling sides as we need to show what we are this season with new players, new owners and optimism around the club but with the same manager, sane tactics and same dogshit performances as we go to Sheffield United next Saturday and if we don’t win that then it will be doom again.

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Aston Villa 3-2 Wigan|Bjarnason!!!!!!

Jack Grealish was making his first appearance since the collapse of his proposed transfer window move to Tottenham Hotspur

Well another win under our belt so far this season as Aston Villa came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 against Wigan Athletic.

It was a very tough day as we was facing a team that won the League 1 title and also they beat Man City last season in the FA Cup so I was kinda nervous but at the same time I was confident we can win this game.

When I saw the starting 11, I was happy to see the new signings in Nyland and McGinn to see what they are like but I was nervous when Jedinak was CB alongside Chester and we all know that Jedinak can’t play there and Tuanzebe is not a RB but the rest of the team looked solid. The first goal came when McGinn whipped a ball in from a free-kick and Chester arrived to make it 1-0. McGinn was absolutly brilliant on his debut as he was the hardest working in the team today, not afraid to tackle and he wasn’t afraid to take on players and try to score as well. He looks like he could be a favourite among the Villa faithful.

The one player who will become a Villa favourite soon is Nyland because he didn’t do much wrong on his debut, Jedinak was the fault for Wigan’s equaliser so Nyland shouldn’t get any stick as he is settling in to a new league and new country and he will come good hopefully. I just didn’t understand why Bruce played Jedinak as a CB when Elphick who scored in the last game was on the bench for this game which was weird to see because Jedinak is useless as a CB.

Second half started and I was frustrated as Wigan took the lead when Jedinak again lost his marker and Nyland didn’t stand a chance to stop the header from Connolly. 8 minutes later and McGinn crossed the ball in and Wigan tried to clear but Dunkley couldn’t do anything as it was his own goal to make it 2-2 and we are back in the game. It was neck and neck with us and Wigan created good chances to win the game but in last additional minutes of the 90, Birkir Bjarnason who arrived where we need him when Hourihane the substitute who picked him and Bjarnason stabbed it in the snatched the 3 points. This is why Bjarnason should start ahead of Whelan because oviously he’s a better player then Whelan and I don’t want to be harsh but Whelan is useless. Bjarnason worked his socks off today and he did made a few mistakes but he was still working and he got his award.

So 6 points out of 6 and it was a great start for us but let’s not get carried away as it’s august and there’s loads of games to go through to see if we are going up or not. Let’s enjoy the journey again and let’s get behind the team and maybe this could be our year UTV!!!

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Premier League 18/19 Table Predictions

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The football season is almost here and I will do an 2018/19 Premier League predictions blog.

Let’s start with the bottom who are the teams that will not perform well and let the fans down.

20th: Cardiff City

I just feel that Cardiff are everyone’s team to get relegated because of a 3 things. 1 is Neil Warnock who looks like a witch, 2 their haven’t strengthen the squad and finally their corrupted owner. So I’m putting Cardiff there as they were lucky to go up in my opinion.

19th: Huddersfield Town

Before their fans start to have a go at me, hear me out. I feel they will suffer second season syndrome where they just about survived last season and I feel they will go down but not like they will give up but they don’t have enough quality and also a goalscorer who can keep them up. I do like their manager and I think he’s done a fantastic job but if they do sack him then they will never go back up in my opinion.

18th: Burnley

I know that they were brilliant last season and they’ve qualified for Europe as well. Sean Dyche is a good manager and they have a good squad of players, but if they do go on in Europe then The Europa League is a season killer as it can mess their season up as they don’t have enough players to play in the league and Europe. But I put them at 18th because I think they can survived as they have a fighting chance.

Now we are doing from 17th to 13 which is teams that are not great but they are not bad enough to get relegated.

17th: Crystal Palace

This team was on the brink of getting relegated last season but then Roy Hodgson saved them but I feel they will find it difficult this time as they might lose Benteke and their key player in Zaha which might see Palace relegated but their manager knows how to get teams out of trouble so they might stay up.

16th: Brighton & Hove Albion

They did well last season under Chris Hughton and I feel they have strengthen really well in the squad and they will survive with the group of players which blends young players with experience as well makes the team hard to break down at times. I do rate the manager and I do like the way they play as they balanced from defensive and offensive.

15th: AFC Bournemouth

Another team who will play like Brighton is Bournemouth as they are a credit to the Premier League for being underdogs, playing nice football and they have a nice friendly vibe around there. I rate Eddie Howe and I would love if they stay up again but if they do go down I’ll feel sorry for them.

14th: Fulham

They deserved to beat us as we was terrible but I’m over it now, but they are back in the league where they belong. They have a really solid side, play good football and have an experienced manager to get the best out these players, especially Ryan Sessegnon who will find it more difficult then the Championship. If they sign Mitrovic then they will have the fire power to keep them up.

13th: Watford

I feel Watford would enjoy a good season I feel because on the one hand they can play good football and stay up or it can be they can be terrible and have a season when they go down to the championship. They sold Richarlison which is a big blow to them as they struggle in creativity but if they get the results they needed they will survive. They got good players in Deeney, Gray, Success, Deulofeu so they will perform well under Javi Garcia.

Now it’s 12th to 7th which is full of teams who will win more then they will lose but they are not good enough to get into the top 6.

12th: Southampton

Mark Hughes will have his first full season at Southampton and I feel they will do better as they have brought in decent players to strengthen the squad and I have a soft spot for Southampton as they have one of the best academies in England, they play good football and they have a brilliant set of fans that cheer the team on week in, week out. They have got fire power up front and I think they will do well this season.

11th: Leicester City

Leicester I feel they will do well this season as Claude Puel has a squad of players that can challenge top 6 sides and may finish in the Europa League spot. The one problem they have is that they have lost Mharez to Manchester City and that could hurt them but I still think have the quality to do well and they have brought in some good players to strengthen the squad for fixtures to come in the future.

10th: Everton

Marco Silva is now the boss and to be honest, no one was surprised considering he’d been linked with the job for months. He is bringing his kind of players and Everton could perform better then last season. Lucas Digne, Richarlison are good additions to the team and they have quality players which will suit to Marco Silva’s style of play.

9th: Newcastle United

Rafa is into his second season in the Premier League as Newcastle manager and he has done a fantastic job with the squad he had. Now he is bringing in players like Kenedy, Muto and potentially Rondon to build the squad to try challenge for Europe and I believe they will finish 9th. They have a manager who can handle the expectations, the players he has brought in and they have a fantastic fan base that get behind the Toon Army.

Now it’s 8th to 5th which is full of teams who will challenge for Europe to progress the club to new heights.

8th: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Won the championship with possibly the best squad Wolves has ever produced as they have a man who has shocked everyone that they have spend big money on players and they have a squad to not only stay in the Premier League but to finish in top 10 and build on from there. Wolves are a team not to take lightly as Neves can shine and other players from Portugal that do anything this season to be honest.

7th: West Ham United

West Ham have spent mega money this summer and I wont be surprised if they finish in 7th under Pellegrini. Arnautovic, and new signing Anderson will light up the Olympic Stadium. Wilshire will show his talent and will be a bargain as they bought him for free. West Ham have to challenge now after two seasons of poor and lack of progress. I think Pellegrini is the right man who can take the club forward and show what West Ham United can do.

6th: Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have to challenge and win the trophy as soon as possible as they have players like Kane, Alli, Eriksen, Lucas Moura that are hungry to achieve in their career and I think Spurs need to challenge for trophies like the Premier League title, The FA Cup, The EFL Cup etc. I think they will finish 6th because they will have big players leaving and they won’t have the right replacements for these players and I think it will be typical Spurs.

5th: Chelsea

Conte out and Sarri come’s in and I believe it will be a different Chelsea again. Reason why is because once again the players let Conte down and then he got sacked and I believe it will happen if Sarri plays his cards right. He did really well for Napoli for a few years and he will bring a different mentality and also he plays the similar football to how Man City played so he’s up their and I believe he can achieve but I think they will finish 5th as teams above them have made signings and performed really well in pre season.

4th: Manchester United

I’m putting Man United 4th because they haven’t strengthen in the summer, Fred is a decent signing for them and he can produce quality but Mourinho is looking more and more stressed as they are linked with loads of players and not getting the deals over the line. If Man United doesn’t challenge for the league or even win a trophy this season, then Mourinho will have to get the sack for failure at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

3rd: Arsenal

Arsene Wenger out and Unai Emery in and Arsenal have invested big to address the positions in the the team for Game 1 against Man City. Emery will bring a new style of football to Arsenal with a lot of positive vibes with fans for once feeling optimistic for the season ahead. Arsenal will finish a respected 3rd but I feel they will be dark horses as they could challenge for the title to give the fans success consistently.

2nd: Manchester City

Man City and Pep will kick off the season as the defending champions after they were fantastic as they outclassed every team and win in style. The reason why I want them to finish 2nd is because apart from Manchester United but the teams like Arsenal and Chelsea have never won back to back Premier League title’s and the other reason is that I want to see a title race instead of one team to dominate the league for years and years.

1st: Liverpool

The one team that have so much potential to win trophies and play some incredible football and rip a team apart will have to be Liverpool. They have addressed the weaknesses in the team with a new GK in Allison and they have fixed up the midfield with Keita and Fabinho and they have options in attack with Mane, Firmino, Salah and new signing Shaqiri to boost their attack. Jurgen Klopp need’s a trophy at Liverpool to label him as one of the best manager’s in the business. Klopp managed to beat Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title with Dortmund.

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Hull City 1-3 Aston Villa| The Lion’s triumph over the Tigers

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After Aston Villa were on the brink of administration to be owned by not one billionaire but three billionaire’s to take the club forward and we got off to a great start winning 3-1 against Hull City.

It wasn’t a convincing win but they came out and fight like lions and got a win to kick start the season. First half was literally terrible because both of the goals were poor defending from a corner. Hull took the lead when a corner and Jed Steer punched it out, but really it was easy catch for a goalkeeper and it fell to Evandro who lifts the ball back in. We was all watching the ball in the air as if it was a UFO and ball fell into the net and it was a freak goal to concede.

Then Villa hit back when Grealish whips the corner in and it was terrible defending from Hull City as Tommy Elphick was unmarked and he heads it in to make it 1-1. I was happy for Elphick as he had his injury problems, last season he couldn’t start as Terry was playing and I think this will be a season where him and Chester can form a partnership and he can give new signing Tuanzebe some guidance when he progress. It was not a great first half but it was gonna be one of those matches so we need to kill Hull City off in the second half.

There’s been major talks about Jack Grealish whether he is staying or is he going to Spurs because on the one hand he’s our best player and he can get more game time and hopefully be in Premier League with him in the squad and on the other sign for Spurs, try get some minutes under your belt and progress your career to be a full England international. My head is saying he should stay but my heart is saying He’s going to spurs and if he does I’d wish him good luck for his future and he can show the country what he can do with a football.

Second half kicked off and it was like the same as the first half and we was frustrated but then we changed Green for Adomah and he caused problems on the left hand side and it was the former Hull player Elmohamady who found the bottom corner brilliantly to make it 2-1. Then The Scottish Cafu which is Alan Hutton went on a little run and scored a brilliant goal to make it 3-1 and that was the nail in the coffin. That was Hutton’s first goal in seven years in his Aston Villa career. He has been a fan favourite since Steve Bruce came in and he shows passion, desire and pride to represent Aston Villa Football Club. We have started with 3 points and now we can kick on against Wigan on Saturday and let’s get behind the team and maybe this can be the season that we can go up. I will talk about the transfer window as well and maybe add some rumours of players potentially coming in.

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