This past week can only be described as gutting for Aston Villa; losing 2-0 away to Southampton, relegation rivals Norwich, West Ham, and Watford picking up wins, and Bournemouth earning a hard-fought point against Chelsea. The St Mary’s shocker prompted manager Dean Smith to say that “some players have played their way out” of the line-up for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City – but what tricks could Dean Smith possibly pull out of his sleeve?
After last weekend’s gut punch of a defeat at home to Spurs, and the increasingly tenuous nature by which we hold on to our spot in 17th, this weekend’s trip to the South Coast to take on Southampton takes on greater significance – although at this stage of the season every game is of significance.
There were notable improvements in a few aspects of our game against Spurs; we were assertive, wanted to play on the front foot and attack, and yet some all too familiar weaknesses and defensive lapses showcased themselves again and we were once again, left ruing another game with no points that perhaps deserved better.Read More »
If I was to say the last couple of months have been refreshing, I would almost certainly be guilty of making the most extreme understatement of the year.
Whether it is due to my own personal enlightenment in the theoretical and practical implication of tactics or not, there seems to have been a sudden yearning for tactical innovations and knowledge of these over the last few years in England.
World cup fever has certainly hit us here at Heart of The Holte, with three current players are representing the Villa in Russia, Birkir Bjarnason, Mile Jedinak and Ahmed Elmohamady, we thought we would keep an eye on how they did!