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Dublin Villain last won the day on August 5 2021

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  1. Personally I would have started Chuk but if he wanted more experience he had to go with El Ghazi. His future may not lie here long term but in the here and now El Ghazi was a safer option. He probably did make his mind up on some of the players after that but being honest I don't think you can judge unfit players. January isn't the time to do major surgery and we've reached a point where we have a good team overall. Any signings made now have to significantly improve a certain position or what's the point and don't get me wrong I know we need significant improvement in certain positions
  2. First match under Gerrard I really feel he made some bad mistakes. It was crazy throwing Traore in and he barely lasted 60 minutes at the best of times when fit last season. He talks the talk with our youth but if he wont try them in a match like yesterdays when will he? I can't' understand what he was thinking, we needed to inject some life into that awful second half. Spark some life into the team with a Carney or Bidace who can bring something different and some unpredictability but instead he took possibly our most energetic player on the day off. I can't help but think Mc
  3. This was my worry with sacking Smith, all the names mentioned carry a big risk and don't fill me with confidence of guaranteed progress. It would be different if there was a Conte a figure available and who wanted to come here. If they go for the likes of a Gerrard they better get him, as we can't have a situation like Spurs over the Summer or even how some of our own transfer dealings were very publicly rejected. On Gerrard who seems the favourite I'm not even sure what I'd make of him but I think the usual SPL stuff being aimed at him is unfair. Managing at Celtic or Rangers bring
  4. I agree with you that his actions recently like changing systems, players and dropping Mings in particular suggest a manager running out of ideas and the body language of our players has been just terrible recently. I also think that if a decision was to be made the sooner the better in this international break. I think the problem with a Howe is that everybody knows he's a temporary man, a bit like Ole at United you just don't see him having the personality and presence to be the right long term fit. If we did change we have to thread very carefully and find the right man. I'd
  5. My only issue is who's out there. Newcastle could only attract Eddie Howe. The owners ambition rightly extends towards Europe and far beyond a Big Sam type appointment, it's about who can take us onto the next level. That's not to say I'm too arrogant to think we couldn't go down but I dread the thought of going down a managerial circus for the next few years like in the past. I can't defend Smith and I'll back the owners whatever they decide, I just don't have or see the answer is all but luckily that's not my job.
  6. Alarm bells after 4 defeats in a row and hard to see where the next win is coming from. I desperately want Smith to succeed but he has to turn this around quickly. No way I would dispense of him yet, I don't see any viable alternatives out there. Some of the names people are throwing out are either delusional or laughable.
  7. Still savoring this one, after years of dodgy ref decisions and bad luck against this lot. Fully deserved the win, system is spot on at the moment. I really like our midfield 3. Delighted for Hause, never puts a foot wrong. He's strong and reliable and seems to have a terrific attitude. I felt our season needed and deserved a scalp like that to really get us going. Very excited about this team. What a magical day, fans were different class. UTV!
  8. Another really good performance against Chelsea, couldn't fault anyone and Lukaku and Mount coming on shows just how much problems our young lads caused. Credit to Deano for trusting them and managing the young players very effectively in carefully integrating them into the first team. I could watch that Archer goal over and over, great header, great cross from Cash and great move started by Chuk. I suspect we could see Archer coming off the bench in the league, aside from his natural finishing ability his movement and pace you feel could cause any team problems. I wouldn't be surprised t
  9. Honestly what a thrill watching these guys play. I was surprised to see Archer start but what a fantastic and mature display from him. Rare to see such natural finishing ability and surely elevates himself either to 3rd choice striker or a loan. He deserves a place on the bench for Brentford. I though the new Chuk looked good too when he came on upfront. I really like the look of Bidace, he has the makings of a top player, not just his flair and incisive attacking play but I was very impressed by how hard defensively he worked. I think he's the closest to getting a start of that cr
  10. Really disappointed with Grealish especially for all the kids that would have looked up to him, thought he might be different but sadly just another reflection of what football is these days. Hate all this Sky big 6 entitlement rubbish that we should be grateful to have just had Grealish for a few seasons. We made him the player he is today and we stuck by him through thick and thin. I remember days in the Championship where it looked like his petulance and off field antics might prevent him from reaching his potential. It's not so long ago I watched him lashing out against Forest gettin
  11. Frustrated how the season is finishing out for us though looking back at the end of the season I will have no complaints with the progress we have made and let's face it any team losing a player like Grealish would suffer massively unless of course your City. Disappointed with how passive we looked again. We're playing with far too much respect and fear of teams when we showed ourselves to be more then capable of taking games to anyone in this league earlier in the season. Of course City will dominate but we were so sloppy when we did have it and surrendered to them from the second we sc
  12. Agree with Stu about bringing a few of the younger guys in. I don't think it needs to be anything radical but we are in a good position to give more minutes to some of the youth prospects and while not the finished article Ramsay has shown enough to hopefully see more of him. It feels like Ramsay is a big moment like a goal away from really igniting his Villa career. Bidace is another player who is highly rated and was given a new contract but he's 19 so this season is the perfect opportunity to give him some minutes and gauge where he is at. In fairness to Smith he seems very proactive with
  13. Without a doubt yes. Like everyone I have been extremely disappointed with recent performances and results and I don't agree with the ahead of schedule or better then we thought we would do argument a reason to excuse our recent dreadful form. We must strive for better then that. However, Smith has done a terrific job and I think it would be absurd to even think about a change. Every time Smith's teams have had a major fault he's addressed it and come back stronger like the huge defensive improvement after the break last season. The team has improved every season and we can't b
  14. Much like the guys have said such a satisfying win and hugely important psychologically to win without Jack I feel. Two changes in midfield made a massive difference with much needed energy to counter how Leeds play. Great team performance.
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