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Dublin Villain

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  1. Quite possible given the current situation. Celtic have scouted some serious talent over the years. I have no doubt Edouard is more then good enough.
  2. Edouard is the real deal from what I've seen from him, whether we could get him I'm not sure but would certainly love to see it happen.
  3. Time to keep things steady, no major changes. We have the spine of a good team and good character as demonstrated. 4 or 5 good signings in the right areas and I think we will be fine next season. Smith deserves full support next season and Suso leaving would appear to be a nod the recruitment wasn't quite up to scratch like the glaring deficiency we were left with upfront. I think the break showed we shouldn't write some of these players off. Luiz and Konsa were much improved and a player like Wesley may still prove a good player. Big problems were addressed over the break, well done to Smith and co.
  4. That point ensured their safety. While it was unlikely they would go down they wanted to get the job done last night. Hopefully that was their last big performance of the season though we have to expect everyone around us to win and get the job done ourselves.
  5. Was feeling much like Stu mentioned after the Everton game. What a win that was last night and I really didn't see it coming. Can't get carried away, still work to be done but we should take massive confidence going into the West Ham game.
  6. I think it would be wrong to write them all off. We've made these same mistakes before with really good players like Veretout, Adama and Gollini. Players take time to adjust and we have been here before. Gollini really rankles with me. He was very good young keeper and now an Italian international playing Champions League football but because he was a little young and nervy and not an instant roaring success we gave up on him rather then develop and improve him. If we're going to recruit players like this we need to give them time. Players like Konsa and Luiz could develop and mature into really good players. Mings has been mixed but if he had a solid partner beside him he would be much better. You could however say they were the wrong signings to make for a relegation battle and a few were just really bad business. I struggle to see why Targett escapes criticism while others take so much, good threat going forward but that's it. I want my defenders to be able to defend first and foremost.
  7. Absolutely, Bruce was hammered for performances like that, not necessarily wrongly. We've been naive at times this season but now we are surrendering any kind of battle before we take to the pitch expecting to soak up pressure something which isn't playing to this teams strength.
  8. Absolutely appalling yesterday. All I ask is that we scrap hard but yesterday was inexcusable. We all knew at 1-0 up that it was only a matter of time before we folded, how we took the lead was a miracle. Chelsea coasted through that game. I think Smith has been badly found out at this level coupled with really bad recruitment yet again.
  9. Was meant to be heading to this, just before Covid started to take off. I fancy our chances now more then I did back in March. Wednesday should stand to us and I'd like to think we will be a little sharper then Chelsea. Davis has to play again for me, worked so hard for the team and I thought we looked pretty toothless when he came off.
  10. Couldn't get into it all, apart from Villa I have zero interest in watching matches like this with no crowd. I thought Davis worked really hard and looked good. Nyland showed once again he is an accident waiting to happen.
  11. 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.
  12. We can only speculate on exactly what happened but it doesn't look good.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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