Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:43 pm

Hutton booked for a foul just after Bacuna got himself booked for a shirt pull.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by Sandie on Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:44 pm

A goal for RHM today will catapult him into contention at a period where we have little up front. Come on!
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:53 pm

Corner to Villa .... another corner .... last chance? A loss 1-0.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:55 pm

Our timid team were beaten by a bunch of thugs! Forget the play off's with this bunch of wobblies.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by Sandie on Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:55 pm

We need to sort this midfield. Tish was more effective than I can remember Westwood being in years.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:00 pm

Sandie wrote:We need to sort this midfield. Tish was more effective than I can remember Westwood being in years.
Does Bruce have the right targets in his mind .... I'm worried.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:01 pm

This was an unacceptable loss due to an unacceptable performance.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by Sandie on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:08 pm

villabromsgrove wrote:
Sandie wrote:We need to sort this midfield. Tish was more effective than I can remember Westwood being in years.
Does Bruce have the right targets in his mind .... I'm worried.

Me too. It's going to be a big month for us between the window and trying to get by without Kodjia.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:24 pm

I've often said (somewhat tongue in cheek) that the fans know more than our footballing management at AVFC. I'm beginning to be afraid that it might be true. Our transfer targets have to be key players. If they're not the best available, we can forget the Premier League. We cannot afford to buy one player who's a squad player because we've already got at least a dozen of those.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by Sandie on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:29 pm

We've got first teamers right now who shouldn't even be squad players.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:42 pm

Bruce has had a right go at Grealish, he told him that he can cut out acting like a clown after each tackle. He said that you might get away with all the hand waving and appeals to the referee on the continent, but it's not acceptable in this country and he doesn't want to see him doing it again.
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by Sandie on Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:36 pm

Here's the interview: https://audioboom.com/posts/5452390-steve-bruce-on-defeat-to-cardiff-there-s-no-excuses-we-were-awful

Pretty honest and uncompromising "Man up or I'll find a team who'll play my way".
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:40 pm

Sandie wrote:Here's the interview: https://audioboom.com/posts/5452390-steve-bruce-on-defeat-to-cardiff-there-s-no-excuses-we-were-awful

Pretty honest and uncompromising "Man up or I'll find a team who'll play my way".
He doesn't evade his own failure with the team selection and he certainly doesn't pull any punches with regards to the players (I can't bring myself to call them a team).
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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by Sandie on Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:59 pm

Here's some stats: https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/1085112/Live/England-Championship-2016-2017-Cardiff-Aston-Villa

Lets look at three players who each played one half:

Ashley Westwood:
3 touches
2 passes (I can't find whether they were forwards, sideways or backwards)
1 shot
0 tackles
0 clearances
0 blocks

Gary Gardner
6 touches
4 passes (1 unsuccessful)
0 tackles
0 clearances
0 blocks

Aaron Tshibola
47 touches
35 passes (94% completed, 1 key)
2 tackles
3 clearances
0 blocks

What sort of utterly inadequate pathetic excuse of a footballer manages to be in central midfield for 45 minutes and have as little influence and as few touches as Westwood and Gardner did? Absolutely inexcusable. Tshibola did better and begs the question of why he didn't get a game whilst these wasters did.

Let's not stop there:
McCormack, 14 touches in 81 minutes. Shite.
Bacuna, playing in midfield/wide for 90 minutes. 23 attempted passes. 56.5% successful.

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Re: Cardiff V Aston Villa: 2nd January 15:00

Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:10 pm

Illuminating stats Sandie, thanks for sharing. I won't bother adding my comments as you've summed it up rather eloquently.
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