Hard work pays off as Villa take first Premier league points

After only managing to catch the second half of our first game back in the Premier League since 2016 for being in Bulgaria – and funnily enough the half we got battered in our opening weekend loss to Spurs – I had hoped to watch the full ninety against The Cherries. A flight home knackered that one. Step 1: Land in Manchester, Step 2: flight mode immediately OFF, Step 3: Score Centre app, Step 4: Pissed off for the rest of the day. Imagine my sheer effing disappointment when I remembered I had agreed to work the 23rd August on the North side of Leeds; Friday night football at home on the couch then.

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Villa vs. Everton: The Preview

It’s Friday night lights at Villa Park this week, and with it, an opportunity to move on from the frustrating defeat at the hands of Bournemouth on Saturday. This time, Everton are the visitors and it’s a welcome return of two famous old clubs locking horns in the top flight.

In advance of the match we here at Heart of the Holte sought the opinions of Dave Whitehead from agrandoldteam.com (@grandoldteam) (click here to check them out) to give us the lowdown on things from a Toffee’s perspective.

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Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Aston Villa

We could do this the easy way or the hard way, inevitably being Aston Villa the easy way doesn’t exist. Off the back of a promising performance albeit a loss to Champions League Runners up Spurs, Premier League football finally returned to Villa Park for the first time since 2016 and Villa fans were looking for their first 3 points in the competition since February of that same year. Excitement levels were high, Villa Park had a few cosmetic upgrades, a chance for many fans to see our new look side live in action for the first time and within the first minute of the game we’ve conceded a penalty that was converted by Joshua King. Typical Villa, however, we’ve come back from higher goal deficits in the past and there was still 89 minutes to play. 10 minutes later a costly dummy from Douglas Luiz left a loose ball for Harry Wilson to pounce on and his deflected shot goes in off the post.

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