VAR, top four and Crystal Palace
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6d ago
I'm starting with VAR because frankly, I think it's ruining the game. Can it make it make the game better, I'm not sure. Can it make it more fair, I think yes. But it isn't ready and I don't believe testing it on the Premier League is the right place. When VAR was brought in, it was to support the referees with clear and obvious errors. Today, it's looking at everything, even offsides that are a millimetre or three on the wrong side. That isn't a clear or obvious error and it's not the spirit of the game. But that is why the percentage of correct decisions is better than before VAR and what a ..read more
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For one night only and rising to the occasion
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1w ago
It was always going to be about tonight. Or for me it was. And that doesn't mean I didn't think we could beat Liverpool, it was that it was going to be tough and you would have to have been a brave person to have predicted we would secure fourth ahead of the kick off yesterday by beating Liverpool. And it turned out we didn't. But we have made it a little harder for Spurs. Had we lost, a draw for them tonight would have made Sunday very interesting. But now they must win. And even though Spurs have to beat Manchester City and most of us will probably think Manchester City will win, it's a fin ..read more
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Liverpool on Monday under the lights, Thursday and match facts from the BBC
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1w ago
Thursday was tough, but we knew it was going to be after the first leg. And there are lots of reasons for it or lots that we can call out, but maybe after this post, I leave it.  I've been writing about tiredness the past few weeks and I think we are. I don't think it's purely physical, but there are elements of that, I think it's just been a long season. And it would have been nice if the League gave a break to teams in the latter stages of tournaments like this, but I understand why they can't. Or don't.  And we'll learn from that and it will be better next season. I have no doubt ..read more
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Losing to Brighton, Spurs losing too and Thursday
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2w ago
We've not looked the same of late and there could be many reasons for this. Or actually, a couple of seasons ago there could have been. Right now, I put it down to tiredness and as things stand, I think we just have to accept it. The hard work has been done. You could easily argue that the squad is thin, I think we've got more injuries than most. And while I'm not convinced we have many players on that injury list that make us stronger, we have a few that don't make us weaker. We miss Kamara. I think we probably miss Buendia too. I think Mings is a valuable backup for Konsa and Torres. Tielem ..read more
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Brighton tomorrow, Thursday this week and next and match facts from the BBC
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2w ago
The result the other night wasn't what we expected or hoped for an it's easy to write this after the match, but it was always going to be tough. I mean, it's the semi-final of a European competition. We shouldn't be that surprised. That said, the game isn't over. Nobody expected them to come to us and win by two, so what's to say we can't do the same against them next week? But, it's going to be tough. And I wrote that about last Thursday too. But it isn't impossible.  But, it isn't about that in this post. This post is about Brighton tomorrow and you don't need me to remind you that if ..read more
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Olympiakos first, London second
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3w ago
I don't think there will be an Aston Villa fan not watching tonight, but I suspect we'll all be hitting refresh on a page telling us the score at Stamford Bridge every few minutes also.  But tonight it really is all about what happens at Villa Park. Regardless of the result in London, finishing fourth is now in our hands. So there is no harm in fully focusing on tonight and you don't need me to tell you how important it is. Win tonight and we take it to Greece next week and it puts us in a very good position.  But any other result doesn't mean it's over. And Olympiakos will be tough ..read more
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Dreaming, Olympiakos and Chelsea tomorrow
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3w ago
So, it's come to this. Me writing that every game is the biggest of the season. Again. It's nice right, that every game is now so important that I genuinely believe it's the biggest game of the season.  You couldn't have predicted this at the start of the season. I don't, but sometimes I think I'm in a dream and I'm going to wake up. And not one of those regular dreams, this is a full on ludic dream, where I'm controlling it. I could be in that dream right now, typing this on my keyboard in the office. Am I? Are we? Think about it for a second. If we assume that one day technology will t ..read more
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Bournemouth, the FA Cup, using AI to pick the England side and match facts from the BBC
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1M ago
Not going to spend time on what happened this week but what a week it was and what a time to be an Aston Villa fan. Nobody could have predicted this, but maybe we should have known. I don't know or care, it's just a fantastic time.  And I'm looking forward to next season already. But there are other things I want to touch on today before Bournemouth at Villa Park on Sunday. First, the changes to the FA Cup and this just stinks of money ruining the game even further and I write that because the game isn't just about teams in the top flight, it's about the 700 or so teams that get a chance ..read more
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Bonjour, big match
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1M ago
Well, last night was interesting. If I was a betting man I'd have put money on Manchester City and Arsenal getting through. Luckily, I don't bet and I practise teetotalism.  And it would be so easy for me to sit here and write about last weekend and the League but today we are in France and it's the second leg of the quarter finals of a European tournament. It feels strange writing like this. I mean, we're fourth in the Premier League with five games to go. Nobody could have predicted this. But, I'm not getting carried away. I'm not. Honestly. But today is big. And it's going to be tough ..read more
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Fantastic performance to beat Arsenal in London
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1M ago
Someone wrote a few years ago that I only posted directly after a match when we lost. I think that was under different times when things were not right at the Club. Things are very much right at Aston Villa these days. And I wrote yesterday that I wasn't convinced Arsenal would win the League and it was just because they'd had such a good 2024 that was surely going to come to an end soon, but also a little because I think Manchester City have so much more than them. Manchester City not winning the League would be an injustice.  Today we showed why I don't think Arsenal will win it. In th ..read more
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