Villa are back in action in the Carabao Cup, hosting Wigan—and we’ll see which of the two schools of thought on cup ties wins out. Keep things going and use the match to reinforce combinations and winning ways, or, basically chuck it, and throw in the players not getting regular playing time. You’re balancing recovery, squad development, and the possibility of injury vs. trying to get better as a starting XI. To be honest, I’m sure Villa need a bit of both.
A huge sigh of relief all round as Villa showed signs of life, attacking intent, and more than enough finishing to see off the visiting Canaries 4-2. In what very well might have been a referendum on the clearly embattled and irritated Steve Bruce, the players stepped it up a gear, fluffed the usual early early scoring chance, got the goal they deserved, then added the all-important second before the half.
One point out of nine on our account, 2-6 down on aggregate. Enter Norwich. If Villa lose, is Steve Bruce toast? Would be a shame if he is, because I like toasting things, and really don’t want to see Bruce every time I do.
We seem to spend all our time in blaming the manager, but are we thus saying that we have confidence in the players to do their job properly? I feel we are expecting too much from players who are these days cossetted and made to feel as though they are worth the money they’re paid, […]
Aston Villa again looked well off the pace and fell 2-1 to Reading for a second straight defeat (5-1 on aggregate, for those of you following along at home), and one point out of the first nine.