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Offline andyh

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2310 on: January 13, 2019, 09:03:19 AM »
Completely agree Ads.
McGinn is 100% exempt from any criticism. That bloke has carried the midfield on his own for weeks.
Whereas Hourihane ponces around the pitch living off this reputation of a dead ball specialist. In reality, for a midfielder, he is weak especially when it comes to tackling. My overriding image of him is of him lying flat on his belly, arm wide apart, looking at the ref for a free kick because someone has robbed him of the ball.....again.

BB offers movement and mobility, but has a distinct lack of quality.

Whelan...well, we all know he is finished.

Lansbury.....who the fuck knows if this bloke will ever play again or what he brings.

When jack comes back he will improve things no doubt. But, it will be too late to save  this season by then.
And then we have to come to terms with the fact we will have him for the last 10 games or however many are left and then he will be off at the end of season.

Midfield is the root cause of all our problems. Until we get players in who can consistently  deliver performances of quality and energy (as McGinn does) then we are stuck here for a long, long time.




Offline PeterWithe

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2311 on: January 13, 2019, 09:03:25 AM »
Staying in this division regrettably means having to replace players you want to keep.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2312 on: January 13, 2019, 09:07:34 AM »
I can't abide people writing the season off either.

We have to improve though and so does Smith. It would certainly help getting one or two in, as this season has exposed Bruce's recruitment policy for the expensive sham it was.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2313 on: January 13, 2019, 09:13:56 AM »
I think Smith getting a bye this season is a myth

not saying he will get us up not the way things are at the moment
but he came here to build, develop, put in place a attractive positive way of playing, if he does that or looks like heís doing that he will be given time and funds

if he finishes 13 playing like we did yesterday or anything like it for the rest of the season just like Bruceís first season
He wonít get a second go, not with these owners

Offline villa `cross the mersey

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2314 on: January 13, 2019, 09:22:40 AM »
Showing the squad a vid of the Citeh v Liverpool game certainly didn't motivate them did it ?
 I agree with an earlier posters' comment about Smith - with hindsight maybe appointing a " Villa fan" as manager is placing additional pressure rather than him being given sufficient time to turn things - the initial " new manager bounce" seems to have created false optimism
Personally I think we are too reliant on one player ....to get out of the Championship you need a closely knit Team with a strong work ethic not a squad of individuals
« Last Edit: January 13, 2019, 09:25:10 AM by villa `cross the mersey »

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2315 on: January 13, 2019, 09:22:52 AM »
I think Smith getting a bye this season is a myth

not saying he will get us up not the way things are at the moment
but he came here to build, develop, put in place a attractive positive way of playing, if he does that or looks like heís doing that he will be given time and funds

if he finishes 13 playing like we did yesterday or anything like it for the rest of the season just like Bruceís first season
He wonít get a second go, not with these owners

This, if players wonder round the pitch and make other teams look like Barcelona, then he will be gone come summer. I canít believe just how much our performance levels are dropping in recent games, itís almost like the players donít believe in themselves or what they are being told to do... I really want him to succeed and expect a rousing performance next game, otherwise doubts will snowball.

Offline Nunkin1965

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2316 on: January 13, 2019, 09:25:09 AM »
Iím hoping that the mindset of the owners has changed and that DS is given the time he needs to implement his ideas.
Several of our ďemployeesĒ clearly arenít buying into the managers fresh ways of playing and are no doubt waiting for DS to be dropped. The manager is just swapping deck chairs on the titanic throughout the whole side.
On the evidence I see player power is starting to show itself because ultimately they know theyíll win.
Somebody has to try and get us moving in the right direction and I hope that DS is the one given the chance.
Villa is a squad of experienced, sometimes talented, individuals. Iíve always seen a DS team as just a team. A young team with no prima donnas who are living on past glories and who arenít deciding when and where they will turn up for him.
That is something we havenít consistently had for years.

Weíre in this League for another season at least with this squad of players because itís full of people who are comfortable with their lot and will not change their attitude.

Offline old man villa fan

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2317 on: January 13, 2019, 09:25:14 AM »
We will get a fresh start whatever happens with so many out of contract or going back to their parent clubs - which in Bolaise's case can't come a moment too soon. The Villa 11 that inevitably kicks off in August in the Chumps is going to look very unfamiliar
You would like to think that highly paid "professionals" would give their best for the club paying them so well but I wonder if the reality is that a large portion of the squad are "sulking" as they will not be in Smith's' plans for next season

As unlikely as it sounds, how many thought before Xmas "s..., we might get promoted and I have got no chance of being here in the PL".  I think too many of our players are too comfortable, regardless.

Offline PeterWithe

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2318 on: January 13, 2019, 09:27:13 AM »
Showing the squad a vid of the Citeh v Liverpool game certainly didn't motivate them did it ?
 I agree with an earlier posters' comment about Smith - with hindsight maybe appointing a " Villa fan" as manager is placing additional pressure rather than him being given sufficient time to turn things - the initial " new manager bounce" seems to have created false optimism
Personally I think we are too reliant on one player ....to get out of the Championship you need a closely knit Team with a strong work ethic not a squad of individuals

It pisses me off that itís been hinted at the players donít think they can learn anything from watching a game like that, who the fuck do they think they are?


Offline sickbeggar

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2319 on: January 13, 2019, 09:30:16 AM »
I will wait and see. As someone who was appalled we let RDM spend millions and then sacked him 3 months later in panic, i am giving DS a bye this season. To me we had the new manager bounce and then injuries and players reverting to type is the main problem atm. Hopefully new players will come in this month and bed-in, and by this time next month we will see where we are in relation to the play-offs. But really, i want him given the a resemblence of  a chance and i won't be getting on his back till he's had a year and 2 transfer windows to make his mark, and only then if nothing has improved.  i'd still give him the whole of next season as well. I don't really think that's me being particulary patient, and less time than Bruce had who after all came in on the promotion ticket.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2320 on: January 13, 2019, 09:34:06 AM »
Completely agree Ads.
McGinn is 100% exempt from any criticism. That bloke has carried the midfield on his own for weeks.
Whereas Hourihane ponces around the pitch living off this reputation of a dead ball specialist. In reality, for a midfielder, he is weak especially when it comes to tackling. My overriding image of him is of him lying flat on his belly, arm wide apart, looking at the ref for a free kick because someone has robbed him of the ball.....again.

BB offers movement and mobility, but has a distinct lack of quality.

Whelan...well, we all know he is finished.

Lansbury.....who the fuck knows if this bloke will ever play again or what he brings.

When jack comes back he will improve things no doubt. But, it will be too late to save  this season by then.
And then we have to come to terms with the fact we will have him for the last 10 games or however many are left and then he will be off at the end of season.

Midfield is the root cause of all our problems. Until we get players in who can consistently  deliver performances of quality and energy (as McGinn does) then we are stuck here for a long, long time.
At some point you would think that Smith would have worked out that Hourihane is a luxury we can not afford in that position. Itís like we are playing with 10 men and you just can not get away with that.
This and his playing a system that does not work is beginning to worry me.

Offline old man villa fan

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2321 on: January 13, 2019, 09:48:03 AM »
I think the problem he has is that he has too many players playing the same position with too many gaps in between. I also find it amazing that we have a squad with so few natural left-sided players or right-sided players that can play on left and look as though they are not going to fall over every time the ball comes to them.

Offline brontebilly

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2322 on: January 13, 2019, 10:03:59 AM »
Nothing wrong with his team selection today - I'd have gone with the same 11.

It is clear that the players at his disposal cannot fit into & play in the way Smith likes to play.

I think the fundamental issue is that Smith should be designing a system that best suits best the players at his disposal rather than enforcing one that clearly isn't working. Plan B can't be to bring in Hause and Whelan when 2-0 down, can it....

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2323 on: January 13, 2019, 10:13:19 AM »
Someone one here mentioned yesterday that he hasn't found a way of playing differently to compensate Grealish being out and I said this a couple of weeks ago. It's just seems a case of knocking it wide to the wingers. It's all far too predictable.

Offline dorsetvillian

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #2324 on: January 13, 2019, 10:14:23 AM »
The sub's yesterday were very strange. He needed to change the system but just replaced like for like. We got worse.