Since the job’s only halfway done, the business at hand tonight will be all about whether Boro can or will shuffle things around. Or whether you can negate Traore twice in four days using the same tactics. In other words, how will Adama and Tony Pulis react? And can Villa conjure up a repeat performance? Boro will be desperate, and Villa can’t afford to retreat into a shell. Now’s the time to roar and give Fulham something to think about.
Here we are. Forty-six games played, 46 games out the window. There’s only two that count, now. Villa’s aspirations, kindled by Dr. Tony Xia’s ambitions, will either be within reach or cruelly denied by the time we crawl into bed Tuesday night. And how we feel tonight may well be all we need to know.
Here we are, the last regular-season match in what ultimately will be a defining year for Villa. At the end of the day, whatever the result, we’ll finally be coming to terms with, one hopes, three very important games.
Four games left, and tonight Leeds come to visit. One more win and we’re in the playoffs. So let’s go get it.
So. Cardiff. Win, and we draw within four (though the Bluebirds have a game in hand). A true six-pointer with only four to play after. Could make for a fantastic finish.