Dec 30th 2017 – EFL – Middlesbrough 0:1 Aston Villa (Att 29,422)
Villa are still with plenty of players out through either injury and illness. For once, it looked like it worked out in our favour as that meant Elphick in defence not Jedinak who replaced Whelan in midfield. Not much to say about the first half and the second half wasn’t much better – but importantly Snodgrass headed home an Adomah cross and Villa limped to another away victory. To be fair, Middlesbrough only had one shot on target – but a win is a win.
Match in Five Words – Pulis & Bruce, football dinasours
Dec 26th 2017 – EFL – Brentford 2:1 Aston Villa (Att 11,341)
When you’re looking for your first win in a month the best thing to do isn’t to drop your best attacking midfielder and replace him with another slow, ageing defensive midfielder (who can’t play at centre half). But of course Bruce knows best… Rarely looking as attacking as their opposition it wasn’t really a shock when another poor pass let in Brentford for their first goal. Indeed the bigger surprise was that Villa actually equalised before half time (after promising very little) – for the record a great header from Onomah after a pin point cross from Hogan. Whilst the second Brentford goal came about from as much misfortune as poor defending you never really thought that Villa were going to get back into the game despite two late attempts. It has to be said, this is currently the most turgid football we have witnessed for many a year. At least when we got relegated we were so bad we were entertaining – things have to change.
Match in Five Words – I’m in ‘Bruce Out’camp
Dec 23rd 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 2:2 Sheffield United (Att 35,210)
After nine minutes, I felt Villa were finally in control of a game for the first time since Preston away. A fine penalty from Adomah was followed by a fine headed cross in from Jedinak – oh, if only HE had stopped up front. Normal service was resumed after twelve minutes as Sheffield got one back following a mistake from Jedinak who only took another fourteen minutes to show he is no centre-half. Villa then reverted to type and played the game out for a draw rarely attempting to get back in front. Frustrating is not the word…
Match in Five Words – Shame games last 90 mins
Dec 16th 2017 – EFL – Derby County 2:0 Aston Villa (Att 28,118)
This is beginning to get predictable – game against a Top Six team and yet again we don’t come away with all three points. Despite backing him in more than one game this season, Whelan really has no excuse for that backpass. The only consolation was I’d been wondering last week how Weimann was getting on – now we know. More than 2/3rds of the possession but not enough shots on target. Carry on like this and we are going to have a rough Christmas.
Match in Five Words – Santa week early for Weimann
Dec 9th 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 0:0 Millwall (Att 29,628)
Second draw on the trot – one shot on goal in ninety minutes. Really not what we are looking for at this point in the season. Lots of fans will tell you we would have lost that game last season – can I just remind you we didn’t get promoted then either did we? I expect better.
Match in Five Words – One bloody shot on target!
Dec 1st 2017 – EFL – Leeds United 1:1 Aston Villa (Att 30,547)
Leeds definitely had the better run of the play in the first half, leading by a goal at the break. Poor defending by Samba (exactly how big & strong are you?) led to the goal – but in fairness it was the only shot on target Leeds managed in the whole game. The second half started better for Villa but it was when Grealish and Lansbury entered the game that Villa started pressing on The equaliser came from some strong play by Taylor, who drove the ball forward before going down, followed up by a strike by Lansbury that went in off the post. Both teams had a chance for a winning goal, but a draw was probably a fair result.
Match in Five Words – Still not beaten top team