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Author Topic: Anyone starting to get worried?  (Read 69720 times)

Offline Legion

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1215 on: January 14, 2020, 10:03:49 PM »
9 would be infinitely preferable.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1216 on: January 14, 2020, 10:11:24 PM »
9 would be infinitely preferable.

Feels like we last won three in a row at this level when Pongo Waring was still leading the line so wouldn't hold your breath on that one lee!

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1217 on: January 14, 2020, 10:16:03 PM »
John Gregory might beg to differ.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1218 on: January 14, 2020, 11:19:24 PM »
John Gregory might beg to differ.

We didnít appreciate when we had it good.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1219 on: January 15, 2020, 12:53:14 AM »
John Gregory might beg to differ.

Nearly twenty years ago under JG, scary how quickly time flies. Leeds at home in the cup was one of my all time favourite matches, that was in Jan 2000 (Carbone hatrick/Merse spilling blood).

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1220 on: January 15, 2020, 11:22:50 AM »
I'm worried about this weekend if I'm honest, Brighton were well drilled when they came to Villa Park earlier in the season and arguably should have got at least a point, we were full strength and scraped a win in the 94th minute.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1221 on: January 15, 2020, 12:15:10 PM »
I wouldn't say we scraped a win, when we had a perfectly good goal disallowed and they scored from a ludicrous free kick. I still think they're not a bad side, though. Webster is about the best defender I've seen at Villa Park this season. It's a struggle to find three rubbish teams to finish below us, to be honest.

Maybe we were hasty in laughing when Blose went down.
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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1222 on: January 15, 2020, 01:11:57 PM »
I wouldn't say we scraped a win, when we bad a perfectly good goal disallowed and they scored from a ludicrous free kick. I still think they're not a bad side, though. Webster is about the best defender I've seen at Villa Park this season. It's a struggle to find three rubbish teams to finish below us, to be honest.

Maybe we were hasty in laughing when Blose went down.

Ah yes, I forgot about that VAR decision, you just know Maupay will grab a brace Saturday.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1223 on: January 15, 2020, 01:20:33 PM »
We've got to get 6 from 6 in the next two or I think we might as well start bracing for the Championship. Trouble is, Watford have vastly improved under Pearson and Brighton look fairly safe and pretty well drilled. We looked like we'd twigged a system and finally knew how to organise ourselves, but that's all gone to fuckery of the City game. You can excuse losing to them given our injuries, but in that manner? It was utterly clueless. It just felt like we'd dick drilled ourselves firmly back into square one.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1224 on: January 15, 2020, 01:40:58 PM »
I wouldn't say we scraped a win, when we bad a perfectly good goal disallowed and they scored from a ludicrous free kick. I still think they're not a bad side, though. Webster is about the best defender I've seen at Villa Park this season. It's a struggle to find three rubbish teams to finish below us, to be honest.

Maybe we were hasty in laughing when Blose went down.

Ah yes, I forgot about that VAR decision, you just know Maupay will grab a brace Saturday.

That VAR decison was just absolute bollocks.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1225 on: January 16, 2020, 12:23:52 AM »
We've got to get 6 from 6 in the next two or I think we might as well start bracing for the Championship. Trouble is, Watford have vastly improved under Pearson and Brighton look fairly safe and pretty well drilled. We looked like we'd twigged a system and finally knew how to organise ourselves, but that's all gone to fuckery of the City game. You can excuse losing to them given our injuries, but in that manner? It was utterly clueless. It just felt like we'd dick drilled ourselves firmly back into square one.

We'll struggle to get 2 points I reckon.

I'm not sure why we need 6 points from next two. otherwise it means instant relegation though. West Ham's next three are Everton and Liverpool at home and Leicester away. They could easily take just 1 point from that so we could just beat Bournemouth and go above them and be back up to 17th.

Bournemouth is surely the biggest must win in next few weeks. They are below us and playing terribly so vital to me we go there and win and feasibly finish them off so just one more team to finish above.

If we can be up to 25 points by end of that game, take a point off Spurs and then get 4 off Sheffield United-Southampton then we'd have 30 points by start of March and so can then stay up taking less than a point a game given they'd be 10 left.

If people don't believe after the window closes we wouldn't be capable of taking points off the teams I've mentioned then I wonder what the point is of signing players as clearly they wouldn't be better than ones we've currently got.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1226 on: January 16, 2020, 02:15:00 AM »
Worried and losing confidence/getting frustrated in the management team particularly with the much needed transfer activity...Iím fickle though and that can easily be changed with a few wins and decent signings that will show that we can stay in this division.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1227 on: January 16, 2020, 07:32:47 AM »
To stay in we need forwards and we haven't got any. Trying to solve a problem in two weeks that should have been addressed in the summer is madness.

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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1228 on: January 16, 2020, 07:38:15 AM »
I must admit I thought as we all did after missing out on another striker in the summer weíd have already had a number of players lined up ready for contact as soon as January started, it does seem we hadnít. It seemed a huge priority before Wes was injured even if he was playing very well and scoring, now itís crucial. That lack of forward planning seems a bit naive from the management. I did think weíd have been far more progressive and ruthless now we have this new set up in place.
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Re: Anyone starting to get worried?
« Reply #1229 on: January 16, 2020, 09:31:22 AM »
I must admit I thought as we all did after missing out on another striker in the summer weíd have already had a number of players lined up ready for contact as soon as January started, it does seem we hadnít. It seemed a huge priority before Wes was injured even if he was playing very well and scoring, now itís crucial. That lack of forward planning seems a bit naive from the management. I did think weíd have been far more progressive and ruthless now we have this new set up in place.

We absolutely would have had plans and targets. And back up plans. And probably plan C, D, E etc.

Itís not just as straightforward as that though. And plans can fall apart quite easily/quickly. Itís not unlikely that because there are a reduced amount of players available that several clubs target the same players, so that takes time. Plus players may well wait to later in the window to see if they get other/better offers.

Then you have the additional complication that we have now that it is blindly obvious we are desperate for a CF so clubs will, being businesses, increase the price or delay the process thinking we get more desperate and pay more money.

As we have seen with Drinkwater and Reina, the players that are readily available come with conditions - not match fit, declining ability, canít get into their current team.

Couple all that with the fact that (and I donít know enough about FFP so happy to be corrected if Iím wrong here) it seems that we are not in a position to spend loads of money/overpay to force a solution and patience is going to be key here - as much as this forum probably wonít like it!

January is a pretty difficult window anyway even before we picked up three key injuries right at the start of it. The fact that we have managed to replace two of them pretty quickly (if youíre prepared to reserve judgement on those players a little!) isnít bad going. Donít think we can judge the club too harshly until we see what they have done by the  end of the window.