We are five games into our first season back in the elite tier of English football and have four points to show for our hard work thus far. This places us one point above the drop zone but realistically we have been unfortunate; refereeing howlers have certainly hurt us and over 90 minutes, we should have come away with three points against both Bournemouth and West Ham based on the balance of play. Additionally, given the influx of new signings, we should only improve as our players continue to gel and get to grips with the style of football Deano demands.Read More »
The season may only be four games old, but it’s already been a mixed bag for Villa so far. There’s been plenty of positives individually and collectively, alongside a fair amount of frustration. Amongst the highs and lows so far, one factor has began to look apparent on occasion, and that is our dedication to Smith’s 4-3-3 formation of choice. It is only early doors but in its current form it has left us looking a bit open and prone to the better quality of opponent that we’re now coming up against on a weekly basis.Read More »
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.
After a frustrating start to the season, in which we have no points from the opening pair of matches despite performances which warrant more, I have noticed big issues in our style of play that need addressing.