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Author Topic: Dean Smith - Confirmed  (Read 683497 times)

Offline Toronto Villa

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10545 on: October 10, 2020, 01:52:53 PM »

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10546 on: October 15, 2020, 09:13:53 AM »
Ron Saunders trending in twitter

donít know if itís just personalised or itís nationwide but still nice to see

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10547 on: October 19, 2020, 04:55:34 PM »
Anybody seen his talk at tiger lab on YouTube? Iíve only watched the opening minutes, watching the rest later.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10548 on: October 19, 2020, 06:03:56 PM »
Well done Dean keep it up.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10549 on: October 21, 2020, 03:17:22 PM »
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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says his players are keeping their feet "firmly on the ground" to avoid "getting a bloody nose very quickly".

Villa have won their opening four games and will go top of the Premier League for the first time since 2011 if they avoid defeat by Leeds United on Friday.

But after relegation worries last term, Smith is wary of getting carried away.

"To come through those with maximum points certainly exceeds expectations," he said.

"Sheffield United, Fulham and ourselves would have looked at those opening two games and seen an opportunity to pick up points.

"We managed to win both of them and then you go into Liverpool and Leicester, who are both top-five teams.

"Our feet are firmly on the ground because, if you're off it at any stage in the league, you can get a bloody nose very quickly."

Having escaped relegation to the Championship by a point on the final day of the 2019-20 season, Villa have carried their strong end-of-season form into the new campaign.

A 1-0 win over Sheffield United and 3-0 victory at Fulham was followed by a remarkable 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool and then Sunday's 1-0 victory at Leicester.

Those results mean Villa face Marcelo Bielsa's side with the opportunity of winning five consecutive matches at the start of a season for the first time in their history.

Among the players to have shone for Villa during their excellent start is on-loan Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, who marked his debut with a goal against Liverpool before scoring the winner against Leicester.

"He's made a big impact," Smith added.

"The fact we've gone out and managed to entice that calibre of player into the squad has certainly gone down well in the dressing room and with our staff and fans as well.

"He's a top player, who has been in and amongst the Champions League for the last two or three years of his career. He's been a regular starter for England too.

"He's not played the amount of minutes he's wanted to [at Chelsea], and we've managed to get him to Aston Villa.

"His job now is to produce performances for Aston Villa that take the eye of Gareth Southgate and get him back into the England squad."

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10550 on: October 23, 2020, 10:24:52 PM »
Really good start to the season, but desperately poor tonight both in terms of preparation for the opponent and the lack of response once it was clear it wasnít working. Dean needs to reflect on that and sort it.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10551 on: October 23, 2020, 10:27:59 PM »
I'm sure he will.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10552 on: October 23, 2020, 10:32:23 PM »
Really hope this isn't the start of the annual three month winless run, we should be better than that this season.

Problem in premier league you don't win a couple v mid table teams and then suddenly you're on a run of Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester clubs etc and that's how 7-8 match winless runs happen but just looking at fixtures and we've got a decent run up to end of December so would be hugely disappointed if we go into our shells now after a bad defeat which has been a massive problem for us for the last decade.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10553 on: October 23, 2020, 10:44:31 PM »
A very poor night for Dean Smith, one like for like sub when it was pretty obvious that we were in serious trouble tactically.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10554 on: October 23, 2020, 10:45:02 PM »
The lack of any reaction is the most disappointing whether itís tactics or subs. Outplayed the last 30 mins

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10555 on: October 23, 2020, 10:46:32 PM »
The lack of any reaction is the most disappointing whether itís tactics or subs. Outplayed the last 30 mins
outplayed for 80 odd minutes. He has a habit of not reacting

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10556 on: October 23, 2020, 10:53:01 PM »
I wouldn't mind but tactically I really liked our shape against Leicester. But that was a complete horror show tonight. All of last year's failings exposed again particularly the inability to change things tactically.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10557 on: October 23, 2020, 10:54:45 PM »
What i don't like is that we allowed them to bully us, forcing Martinez to go long with the ball because they did to us what we did to Liverpool by pressing high up the pitch.  Very, very poor defensively tonight, from all over the pitch.  We needed that first goal really, might have made a difference.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10558 on: October 23, 2020, 11:21:58 PM »
A very poor night for Dean Smith, one like for like sub when it was pretty obvious that we were in serious trouble tactically.


We have no strength in depth though.  There's literally no other sub that was worth making.  Other than for injuries and suspensions, he'll be swapping Trez and Traore for the foreseeable future.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #10559 on: October 23, 2020, 11:36:25 PM »
A very poor night for Dean Smith, one like for like sub when it was pretty obvious that we were in serious trouble tactically.


We have no strength in depth though.  There's literally no other sub that was worth making.  Other than for injuries and suspensions, he'll be swapping Trez and Traore for the foreseeable future.

Our reserves aren't great at all but they're capable of coming in for games now and then and contributing, Hourihane showed that in the run in last season.

Leeds won tonight without 2-3 key regulars.

Don't see the sense in just constantly playing the 11 for every minute and then wondering why they're all knackered by March as we always saw in the MON era.

 


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