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August 2015

Aston Villa 2 – Sunderland 2: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Glass Half Empty

A draw. At home. Against a last-place team that has now earned two points from four games.

Glass Half Full

Villa came from behind to score not one but two goals—even taking the lead. Last year, Sunderland’s first goal, had they scored one, would have likely stood up. Continue reading “Aston Villa 2 – Sunderland 2: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?”

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Aston Villa 5 – Notts County 3: Where the Goals Are

Well, I’ve wondered repeatedly where the goals were going to come from, and now I have my answer: from games League Cup games against League Two sides. And it only took the mighty Villa 120 minutes to prevail!

Fortunately, we survived the scare and escaped lasting embarrassment, and if Sherwood’s team selection at first looked faulty, the silver lining now is that he’s given more playing time to what is becoming a deep squad. This can only help in the long term, both in allowing the manager a chance to analyze his players and in allowing the players a chance to play.

The best result of the day, though, is the third-round draw.

I “watched” this on Twitter while at work—thank you to all the Villans who shared GIFs of the goals. Having seen only snippets I can’t comment much on individual performances, but it certainly looked like Bunn had a bad day at the office, while Grealish continues to show promise as a creator. Sinclair’s hat-trick surely equals at least three-fourths of a goal against a Premier League side, and Traore looks like a much-needed, cool-headed finisher.

And scoring five goals, even in a ragged game against a fourth-tier team, has its own upside: seeing the ball in the back of the net provides the best kind of visualization for players in their future games.

The best result of the day, though, is the third-round draw: home to Birmingham City!

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Crystal Palace 2 – Aston Villa 1: Same Old Song? New Lyrics Needed

Birthday SHIRT
See? Birthday SHIRT

My first game at the Globe this season, and my 11-year-old son was along to help me mark the occasion, looking smart in his birthday shirt. (I said birthday shirt, not suit.) It was good to see Simon, Andrew, Keir (the other one), Tyler, Tyler (the other one), Greg, Brian, Daniel, Bill, and a few others besides. I enjoyed a nice egg-and-sausage sandwich, and a tasty lager—shame about the game, though. Continue reading “Crystal Palace 2 – Aston Villa 1: Same Old Song? New Lyrics Needed”

3 Points, 2 Games, 1 Goal: Here We Go Again

Who Are These Guys?

Only one more signing until we reach lucky 11
Only one more signing until we reach lucky 11

Nothing like a wholesale cleanout of the squad to remind us that Aston Villa Football Club isn’t only about a bunch of highly paid professionals toiling on the pitch. Players come and go, managers come and go, owners come and go (we hope), and only the fans remain.

(And, as the Soft Boys remind us, the stones.) Continue reading “3 Points, 2 Games, 1 Goal: Here We Go Again”

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