As Steve Bruce’s first full week as boss of Aston Villa Football Club comes to an end, I can definitely say it’s been an eventful one, with one particular event standing out. I can’t quite believe it myself yet but, finally, the Villans won away!
Well it’s pretty clear what this segment is going to be all about – that away win. After four hundred and thirty-seven days without seeing our side win a match away from home, our ever brilliant away contingent travelled to Reading on a Tuesday night hoping this would finally be the day they saw the Villans return home triumphant.
It was, although the Villa boys didn’t make it easy on themselves with Aly Cissokho giving away his second penalty in as many games and the winner not hitting the back of the net until the last minute. The important thing is that we’ve now crossed that bridge and can look forward and take a massive confidence boost from it.
Unfortunately, and it’s really frustrating to be writing this, Jack Grealish has let the club down again. In the game against Wolves last weekend the England Under 21 international kicked out at an opposition player. This wasn’t picked up by the match officials. If it had been, the Villans would most likely have been down to ten men. It was picked up by television cameras and Grealish was handed a three-match ban on Tuesday.
The first match of his ban was served against Reading mid-week and the second game he’ll miss is today’s clash with Fulham. Most frustratingly, he’ll miss what could potentially be the biggest game of the season – Blues away – next weekend.
I really hope this was just Jack venting his frustration and that as he gets older he’ll learn from it.
Today we host Fulham. The Cottagers have been pretty hit and miss so far this season, putting in some impressive performances then failing to make their mark against lesser opposition.
Hopefully today we will see Bruce’s men round off what has been a great week for them with a win at Villa Park.