Oct 29th 2017 – EFL – Small Heath Alliance 0:0 Aston Villa (Att 24,408)
Rarely are these games master classes of football and this was no exception. Small Heath never really threatened in the first half but, neither did Villa really. The best chances for both sides came in the second half (what was Jota thinking?) with Villa twice hitting the bar. Can’t be disappointed coming away with the draw as we weren’t really in total attack mode – personally, I would have started Keinan Davis and certainly introduced him before Bruce did. Kodjia – when is you season going to start?
Match in Five Words – At least we didn’t lose
Oct 21st 2017 – EFL – Aston Villa 2:1 Fulham (Att 30,724)
Over 440 days after their relegation, and if you discount the time spent as leaders on alphabetic order in two pre-seasons, Villa are finally in a play off position in the Championship. If the momentum was to be kept up after the defeat to Wolves last week a victory, of any sort, was what the Doctor(Xia) was ordering. Amazingly we actually got it and remain unbeaten at home thanks to a first goal from JT (tip – you don’t celebrate in front of the away fans anymore John) and another from Albert Adomah. Probably the right result but another great save from Johnstone denied Fulham a draw late on. Now on to Small Heath next week…
Match in Five Words – Play Off position at last
Oct 14th 2017 – EFL – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2:0 Aston Villa (Att 30,239)
So, the script should have been Aston Villa pick up after the international break where they left off and storm to a fifth victory in a row. Unfortunately that was the fantasy script – Wolves were always the better team and I can still say that even though I watched the game with my YamYam father-in-law. Far better organised, attackers that really like to have a go make Wolves the best team we’ve played this season by a country mile. There were positives – in the first half we defended superbly and its fair to say the second goal was really unlucky as once again Alan Hutton nearly saved the day. But we are still not potent enough up front and the midfield didn’t seem as accomplished as their opponents. Probably not the end of the world but we need to bounce back in the next game.
Match in Five Words – Bad day at the office