First off, Happy 2018, Villans! Here’s to prosperity, joy, and health for all of you and yours in the new year.
And while we’re at it, here’s to the same for Villa.
Yesterday, we said goodbye to our dear friend Dixie. My daughter picked her out from a litter of rescue dogs one afternoon, settled on her name, and Dix went on to be our steadfast companion for 14 years—some of them better than others. Fierce, loyal, stubborn, too smart for her own good and quite sure she was actually supposed to be the one in charge, she was a presence unlike any other, and will be sorely missed. RIP, Dixie.
Which means I didn’t really get to see the New Year’s even banter until now…And am shocked to see that Steve Bruce is still dividing opinion.
However, Villa did pick up a vital three points at the Riverside on Saturday to keep us in touch. Bruce, who has been upset with some of us lately, was glad for the opportunity to shut up supporters who’re questioning his stewardship. I don’t think Bruce is wrong that the Championship season is a long slog, and I don’t think he’s wrong that teams will generally have a bad patch or two.
I also don’t think he’s wrong that injuries have played a part in our struggles.
Regardless, we’ve got what we’ve got, and right now, results are what matter. Bruce can certainly silence his critics further with a win this evening at Villa Park. Bristol will be playing to overtake Derby in second, while Villa could climb back to fifth with a win. That’s not so bad, given the poor rate of return lately.
Glass half-full, or half-empty? I don’t really know where mine’s at, to be honest. Let’s see how we get on tonight, and then we can decide whether to put down the pitchforks and torches for bit.