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From Bright Future To Not Fearing Relegation? - So, in ten years the slogan has gone from “Proud Heritage, Bright Future” to “Aston Villa do not the fear the consequences of relegation from the Premier League”. Apologies to the fans? Not a bit of it. Our new chairman had no cause to apologise but the owner and late chairman has remained quiet and leaves the talking to others. It is probably true that so long as the team manager and players show the fight and guile required to try to create ...
John Lerwill looks at how dramatically things have changed under Randy Lerner’s stewardship.
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A Trio To Save The Club? - The dire position that Aston Villa finds itself in calls for heroes. Individuals that can rise above and beyond the call of duty to produce the type of display that transcends expectation and belief. So far in this miserable campaign we have seen evidence of this being possible from only one player, Micah Richards. If we are to complete the gargantuan task of survival who else is there that can step up to the plate and produce the type of performance to lift the l...
Matt Greenhill suggests a trio of players who may yet save the club’s season.
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C’mon, Villa. Get Stuck In! - While we await a Saints showdown with perhaps no small amount of trepidation, Garde has continued speaking rather plainly, if circumspectly, about Aston Villa’s deficiencies in the wake of the Watford defeat. Of greatest interest to me was a simple statement of fact that’s been clear to supporters but never publicly articulated by a Villa manager: We need to be more aggressively defending around our box, winning balls, disrupting, and not continually backing of...
Rémi Garde rightly calls for more aggressive defending from Aston Villa.
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Villa’s Keystone Cops Defending Undoes Them Again As They Fall at Home to Watford
Villa’s Keystone Cops Defending Undoes Them Again As They Fall at Home to Watford.
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The Best Chance To Start To Progress? - After a season littered with poor team selections, confusing tactics and inept performances we amazingly still find ourselves just five points adrift of Premier League safety. Remi Garde is already talking about our fate going to the last match of the season at the Emirates. This is a chilling message given that we are still in November, however it could also be seen as an optimistic view as it assumes we’ll still then be in the mix of clubs vying for...
Matt Greenhill asks if Aston Villa can get back on track.
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Aston Villa’s various international curses continue, but Garde has his eyes fixed on a Toffee surprise.
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A Comparison Nobody Wants? - As Aston Villa continue to struggle for points in this dismal campaign, one comparison, that of Derby County’s 2007–08 season keeps being made. The East Midlands’ club achieved just 11 points all that season – an unwanted Premier League record. This included recording a club and top-flight record run of 32 league games without a win. Derby, unlike us, had been been a Championship side the previous season having been promoted through the play-offs, but despite th...
Matt Greenhill hopes Aston Villa will avoid an unfortunate comparison with a former Premier League team.
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A Point Not Enough At St. Mary’s? - Circumstance is one of many factors how a result should be received. A point at St. Mary’s would typically be greeted with a wry smile and a post-match write up featuring many a positive spin. Unfortunately given our rock bottom position and no win since the opening day it was met, by myself, with more of a shrug of the shoulders especially seeing as we had taken the lead in this one. Further grace due should we have beaten Watford at home the week previo...
Ryan Pitcher questions whether a point was enough at Southampton.
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What Do Aston Villa Need To Survive? - Last Saturday’s match versus Watford was so big for the the club it barely fitted into Villa Park. The team selected by Remi Garde lacked the sweeping changes many of us thought were needed after our heaviest defeat of the season at Everton. This was the clearest demonstration yet that under his stewardship it will be evolution rather than revolution. Garde appeared quite keen on Sanchez before this game, so one wonders whether he will have a change of...
Matt Greenhill suggests Aston Villa need an identity.
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Close Your Eyes And Hope For The Best Or Time To Show Our Game Face?
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Villa’s Ray of Hope Snuffed Out - If you switched off at halftime to go do something else, you made the right call. The shred of optimism Villa might’ve taken away from holding City scoreless evaporated when they conceded the opener, and it all went downhill from there, Everton adding another two in short order to go in at the half up by three, and finish up by four. To be fair, Everton played very well. Martinez has done a good job there. But once again, we saw Villa not dealing well with ...
The shred of optimism Villa might’ve taken away from holding City scoreless evaporated when they conceded the opener, and it all went downhill from there as Villa slumped to a comprehensive 4-0 def…
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Something To Aim For? - This Saturday’s enthralling trip to Goodison Park sees our squad looking to consolidate from their promising performance against the league leaders a week ago, but having to do so without long term internationals casualty, Jordan Amavi. The tragedies occurring in Amavi’s home country at the weekend however certainly put his serious injury into perspective. Everton will have cause to mark Friday evening’s appalling events in Paris with news that the administrator of o...
Matt Greenhill looks at a team Aston Villa will want to emulate.
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