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Dublin Villain

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Dublin Villain last won the day on March 16 2019

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  1. We can only speculate on exactly what happened but it doesn't look good.
  2. This was criminal and how they failed to punish us for it I don't know, though Leicester were very poor themselves despite the scoreline. A struggling team like ours should never be using zonal marking, it seems a lose system based of it anyway as how could this pair up happen. A well drilled team who know what they're doing then perhaps zonal can work but not here, it's crazy. We should have gone back to basics a long time ago but our failure to adapt has cost us. Comparing us to everyone else around us I really can't see anything other then another embarrassing last place finish.
  3. Whether it be Norwich, Watford or whoever goes down with us at least they're fighting hard. Completely unacceptable that we're not showing up match after match. You know you're f*cked when your most experienced player does that but to be fair it could have been any number of others who's errors weren't punished. Apart from Grealish and Samatta every Villa player was an accident waiting to happen. Grealish looks tired and like the strain of carrying the team has finally caught up with him. Not acceptable tonight, the way I'm feeling now I'd give Terry a shot. Going down with no fight isn't good enough, the way we're going Norwich will finish ahead of us.
  4. I feel it's down to how poor our own wingers and fullbacks are and Smith's insistence on playing with wingers who just aren't up the standard required. I'd love to see us try a basic 4-4-2 with Davis and Samatta upfront. I also really hope Smith doesn't make a habit of taking Samatta off, outside of Grealish he's our only goal threat so leave him on. In my opinion he has badly misjudged playing too many new players who weren't up the pace of the premier league. In no way are they the answer long term but I'd honestly have gone with experienced players like Elmo and Taylor with a back to basics formation, Smith's insistence on trying to be something we weren't may ultimately be our downfall.
  5. Proud of the effort and commitment shown in the cup but all for nothing if we don't show up here and make the same mistakes we have all season.
  6. Not much more I can add but always felt it was a terrible mistake not to go for Gary Cahill who was available and experienced and equally stupid to allow Chester leave. On the positive side Samatta looks twice the player Wesley is though I was baffled as to why he was taken off when he didn't appear to be tired.
  7. Brilliant night! Like Dorset says early days to judge Samatta. Looked a bit nervous which is understandable, a goal early in his Villa career could really set him off you feel. I thought Davis was really excellent when he came in, serious player in there though you worry about him staying fit.
  8. Passion, commitment and battle in abundance against a street wise and form Watford side. We really deserved that tonight and it has to be said Reina has made a huge difference. Players like Nakamba really stepped up tonight. Hopefully the Smith out nonsense can stop for another little bit. Crowd brilliant again.
  9. Poor first half but we battled hard and fully deserved the point for our second half performance. Well done to Smith and the team, fans were brilliant too.
  10. I understand some of the question marks against Smith and share some of the same concerns but I would stick with Smith and feel it's the right thing to do. I always felt this season with the way we play and general naivety and lack of experience at this level would lead to a few really bad days like yesterday and Watford. This season was always going to be a real dogfight to stay up, forget about the money spent. I still think we have every chance of staying up, most squads around us are significantly better but don't have a matchwinner or the X factor we have with Grealish. Mings and Heaton are also huge players though obviously Heaton out is a big loss.
  11. Very much so Freddy and while neither Drinkwater or Hourihane are perfect at least they are not prone to calamity's. Mings controlled everything so well, a player like Konsa needs that kind of guidance as he is undoubtedly talented but still very raw.
  12. After another very good display from Nyland I wonder if putting big wages into an ageing Reina is the best idea? Nyland looks to have worked hard on his weaknesses and I felt confident with him in goals. I'm not against it just not so sure now especially when we have major issues upfront and with Trezeguet in particular.
  13. Brilliant performance tonight, Mings was outstanding no messing tonight just no nonsense defending and organised the defence very well. What a dreadful error from Luiz and such a preventable goal, it could have just as easily been Nakamba costing with one of his meltdowns on the ball. Drinkwater and Hourihane over the pair of them is a must for me as unfortunately both Luiz and Nakamba are making the same mistakes over and over again. Lots to play for in the second leg and can take lots of confidence into the City game. Smith deserves credit to for the change in system which seems to really suit Mings and we looked much more solid and organised.
  14. Normally disappointed when we get knocked out but we did the right thing resting players like Grealish and we still have the League Cup which given the stage we've reached can take more seriously. Onwards and upwards for the league.
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