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Dublin Villain

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  1. Money, money, money. I think it's absurd to try and finish this season. The season should be declared finished and planning put in place to try and deliver some kind of normality for next season. The only possible positive to come out of all this would be for the whole Sky/Premier League football money bubble to burst and some sort of a reset.
  2. We can only speculate on exactly what happened but it doesn't look good.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Agree, keep him and a few others in bubble wrap for this after recent events!
  17. We just can't seem to get it right, team is built too much on potential and certainly not the right team for a relegation scrap. You can't help but feel a few proper pros like Gary Cahil would have made a huge difference.
  18. Today was an absolute disaster. My only worry is could a big Sam even get anything from the current squad? You look at Watford, Burnley, West Ham or nearly anyone apart from Norwich and they have a certain steel and level of experience about them that I just don't see in this team. Not saying to stick with Deano just pointing out even with a change I fear we're far too fragile and lacking in experience for the fight we have on our hands. Not sure if we can do much in January but we need to add steel and fight to this team as we just don't have it in the current squad.
  19. Rafa stated very clearly he was happy in China and wants to see out 2 years there. He's on silly money out there.
  20. Huge win, deserved a bit of luck. Hourihane links up so well with Grealish and we can't afford to be without his goals and assists in the team. Keep the faith!
  21. No doubting that or your commitment mate, I just don't see any viable option but to give him another few games.
  22. The contract extension was stupid but not one realistic suggestion says it all. Poch - dream on, completely unrealistic. Big Sam - we'd turn on him in 5 minutes and be back to square one. Extremely worried but I don't see anyone suitable out there, Smith deserves more games to turn it around and sticking with him is the only option I see so we may as well get behind him.
  23. Impressive following for the youngsters in fairness. No excuses not to win this one, I don't think this side can even be compared with Wolves team which had serious players like Cutrone and other players who are in and around the starting 11 in the side. Like I said in all of the previous rounds a win is a win and no harm for our fragile confidence.
  24. I don't think there is any point in comparing ourselves with the likes of Sheff Utd which is a very different situation to ourselves. Sheff Utd is a well oiled system built over a number of seasons. Our promotion was a result of an unexpected and exceptional run of form. We lost half our team and the reality is to have any chance of being competitive we had to spend what we did. I still feel we will stay up and anything else was always going to be a bonus. Today was the first day we took a real hammering which was worrying though Leicester are red hot and the form team at the moment. I felt we were naive and played into Leicester's hands and we must respond to this. Wesley is really hindering us upfront and Smith seems completely unwilling to give Kodjia a chance which I can't understand, equally McGinn should at the very least be subbed on occasions as he looks a little off the pace. Let's see how the next much more winnable fixtures go.
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