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Author Topic: Dean Smith - Confirmed  (Read 466612 times)

Offline olaftab

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1110 on: November 10, 2018, 06:03:43 PM »
Let's all calm down a bit. We'd be absolutely destroying them if this thread was on SHA.
Yes quite however I posted at HT that I had heard enough from the first half to realise that this was a different Villa and even a non positive result would have not altered that fact. We went on to have a better second half  and that's been rare in the past few seasons.  Of course  last season we fell short after similar results v Wolves/SHA/Cardiff so the trick now would be be to keep improving.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1111 on: November 10, 2018, 06:06:07 PM »
Early days of MON was the last time I felt like we had a manager who could outthink his opponents and knew significantly more about management than the average fan. Have the same feeling about Smith.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1112 on: November 10, 2018, 06:08:53 PM »
After all the shit we've had for so long, who gives a tuppeny fuck what anybody else thinks.  Smith has got a plan and a vision, and we're only going to get better.  That performance and result today will have the rest of the league shitting themselves.

Exactly. Today was no one-off, we've seen hints of it these last four weeks. We've finally arrived to the 21st century.

Offline VillaAlways

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1113 on: November 10, 2018, 06:09:37 PM »
“ I told the lads I’ve come here for the win not a draw”

Music to my ears

Offline Rigadon

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1114 on: November 10, 2018, 06:11:16 PM »
Early days of MON was the last time I felt like we had a manager who could outthink his opponents and knew significantly more about management than the average fan. Have the same feeling about Smith.


Same.  But MON also was the right 'fit' for Villa in a way that Smith also feels - that is so important for a manager I think.  It could be the start of something really great. 

Online Toronto Villa

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1115 on: November 10, 2018, 06:11:49 PM »
“ I told the lads I’ve come here for the win not a draw”

Music to my ears

He goes into every game irrespective of the opponent with that approach. I fucking love it. I enjoyed it when watching Brentford. No fear at all. The belief this will build in the squad is just enormous.

Offline themossman

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1116 on: November 10, 2018, 06:18:23 PM »
Also it’s just the bleedin’ obvious approach when you’ve got an embarrassment of attacking options compared with all your opponents, as we’ve had the whole time we’ve been down here. Damn Bruce.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1117 on: November 10, 2018, 06:22:02 PM »
On paper the Villa squad is probably worth close to £150m. The forwards at the club, and I include Hogan and RM has to worth £60-75m alone. Whereas we should been playing with big dick owning swagger given those resources Bruce reduced us to a neutered shitting, shaking puppy.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1118 on: November 10, 2018, 06:26:16 PM »
Yep. Today is great but it makes me feel a bit sick about the last 2 seasons.

Offline SoccerHQ

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1119 on: November 10, 2018, 07:04:42 PM »
Let's all calm down a bit. We'd be absolutely destroying them if this thread was on SHA.

I can't recall a single away performance like that 2nd half in years and years. It was a bit special.

We're going up.

In the first half when we kept missing it actually reminded me of Brighton away which was probably along with Boro second leg our best away performance under SB when you consider the opposition.

We didn't kick on after that performance, hopefully we do now.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1120 on: November 10, 2018, 07:10:07 PM »
Yep. Today is great but it makes me feel a bit sick about the last 2 seasons.

Don’t look back...

Offline Risso

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1121 on: November 10, 2018, 07:20:58 PM »
I bloody love Dean Smith, his post match comments are a breath of fresh air.  I'm now less worried about the job being too big for him, and am instead nervous about how he'll react when Real Madrid come a knocking! ;)

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1122 on: November 10, 2018, 07:30:42 PM »
Cloud Nine..



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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1123 on: November 10, 2018, 07:33:18 PM »
On paper the Villa squad is probably worth close to £150m. The forwards at the club, and I include Hogan and RM has to worth £60-75m alone. Whereas we should been playing with big dick owning swagger given those resources Bruce reduced us to a neutered shitting, shaking puppy.

Pretty much this, everything about Bruce screamed of a manager who preferred being the underdog but you just can't do that when you've got one of the best squads in the league and are manager of the biggest club outside the top flight. Everyone at the club should know that we will always be a bigger club than everyone we've faced since relegation and we should play with that in mind, no complacent but confident that our players are just too good. If we can drill that into them (Grealish and McGinn in particular will benefit from this) we've got nothing to be scared of in this league.

Offline Villafirst

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #1124 on: November 10, 2018, 07:40:13 PM »
And to think, some people said the Villa job would be too big for Dean Smith....