Date: 5th February 2021 at 7:00pm
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Aston Villa’s defeat to West Ham United in our last game certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons when it came to the thoughts of fans on what went wrong.

Was it down to head coach Dean Smith getting his tactics wrong as he implied in his post game summation? Was it the team selection or given few, if any, of the players reached their own levels, with such a tightly packed fixture list (added to maybe some layover from our Covid outbreak) have the players simply hit fatigue now and does that explain everything?

Vital Villa’s West Ham Match Thread (some industrial language!)

Forum member Langoe66 had a more philosophical take on things when tempers had settled and I thought it was worthy of a wider audience.

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Some interesting takes catching up on this thread for the first time today, both positive and a few extremely negative and as ever, a few in between.

As always, a balanced perspective is needed when we lose. The seasons by no means falling apart at the seams and you’d hope there will be plenty of analysis being done by the coaching team between now and Saturday to try and improve what’s been a sticky period points wise and performance wise in some more recent games.

Collectively and individually Wednesday night we just weren’t good enough. Dean obviously realises that judging by his after match comments and so will the players.

32 points from 20 games is a fantastic position for us to be in, nobody would have predicted us being anywhere near that total at the start of the season and whilst we all want to see an improvement in our performances recently ie Burnley second half, Saints to a certain extent despite the win and West Ham in particular, we’ve got so many points in the bag I personally don’t feel the desperation that some have because we’ve lost 4 out of the last 7.

I’ve seen enough from us to suggest the club is continuing to succeed and re-build, putting building blocks in place to give ourselves a real chance to compete at the top half of the Premier League again. It won’t happen overnight and whilst we’ve struggled a bit in recent games, we’re doing better than I ever thought we would so far this term.

A few concerns for sure at present but more than happy with the current state of the club both on and off the park.

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