Date: 24th September 2018 at 8:30am
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Manager Steve Bruce failed to intelligently celebrate his 100th game in charge of Aston Villa as we somewhat limply went down 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a must not lose match after his waffling about the intelligence of fans earlier in the week and rather predictably our lack of a plan, tactics and the same old consistent flaws came back to bite us hugely on the rear end but of course, Bruce knows what he’s doing.

John McGinn’s wonder goal is already Goal of the Season for me and had he not scored in such a manner I can only imagine how much worse the meltdown post-game might have been.

McGinn didn’t however, take Man of the Match according to WhoScored, that went to Conor Hourihane with a rating of 7.39.

Whilst I don’t think the performance overall, and individual performances were as bad as some make out, there will be plenty who are surprised with our top five players from the day as McGinn, Alan Hutton, Mile Jedinak and Jonathan Kodjia complete the set.

It is easy to see, however, why only Hourihane and McGinn rated above 7 – Jack Grealish was full of effort for example, but his effort came to nothing as only the simple ball was on – something our midfield struggled with the whole game. The alternative being long and risky and in both cases, we constantly lost possession.

Where we go from here is anyone’s guess, bottom line is Bruce is losing the only crowd he claims he listens to on a match by match basis, so flashes of improvement will no longer suffice.


4 Replies to “MotM Surprisingly Goes Elsewhere Despite This Man’s Wonder Strike Against Wednesday”

  • It’s easy to criticise Bruce following a bad result, and let’s be honest, it was a bad result. Not picking El Ghazi or Bolasie from the start was a poor poor decision, in my opinion. However, the players let him down big time again too. Abraham and Kodjia couldn’t hold onto the ball, and it often bounced off Abraham like in a game of pinball. And defensively, we were atrocious. Nyland actually is doing okay in my book considering the disorganised shambles in front of him. Not a single defender walked off with any credit, in my opinion. Hutton and Elmohamedy often nowhere near the ball and out of position. And after a half-decent game last time out Jedinak was back to his worst, and he seems to bring Chester down to his level while he’s at it. Must win game against Bristol or surely Bruce’s days will be numbered. One win in seven is relegation form!

  • Mike, the criticism of SB is not following a bad result. It is after 100 matches of ( with only a few exceptions ) poor football, poor results, poor ( or non existent ) tactics and team selections. Not to mention ending up mid table in the Championship after a very easy fixture list. It is also about SB’s obvious lack of ability to adapt the game plan during a game and a lack of adequate preparation at this level. Not to mention his comments about ” unintelligent” fans. Not really just one bad result !

    • DJFrance, I agree, and I’m as angry as anyone following so many lacklustre performances. I managed to get to Villa Park for the Reading game [I’m out of the country a lot have to watch games via AVTV and DAZN] and if ever a game summed up Villa’s inability to see off teams, field the wrong starting 11, and throw away unnecessary points that was a classic. To cap off my visit, I had journeyed up with two Reading supporters who were lapping it up as if they had won the game, and not been gifted a last minute reprieve by an easily swayed referee. My point was that Bruce is not helped by players underperforming on a regular basis, which also has to be laid partially at his door. We should be good enough for automatic promotion this season, but frankly if the players themselves don’t buck their ideas up it won’t matter who the manager is, we won’t even make the play offs this time round. Let’s be honest though, if the referee had had the balls to red card Fredericks, we’d already be in the premier league. UTV

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