Date: 23rd October 2018 at 9:50pm
Written by:
Norwich City
2 – 1
Aston Villa

Carrow Road

Championship

23/10/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 24977

Referee: Hooper

Norwich City Aston Villa
Rhodes (54, 73) Chester (19)
Krul Nyland
Aarons Hutton
Zimmermann
 
Tuanzebe
Klose Chester
Lewis Taylor
 
Trybull
 
Elmohamady
Leitner Hourihane 81
Buendia 93/96 Whelan
Stiepermann 85 Adomah 50
Cantwell Grealish
Rhodes Abraham 54

Substitutes

Godfrey 96 Lansbury
Vrancic 85 Hogan 54
Passlack Jedinak
Hernandez Bjarnason
Srbeny El Ghazi 50
McGovern Kodjia 81
Thompson 93 Bunn

Game Statistics

10 Goal attempts 8
2 On Target 1
7 Corners 7
15 Fouls 13
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
48 % 52

Aston Villa went into Tuesday evening’s Championship game against Norwich City looking to make it two from two under new head coach Dean Smith.

Having taken a narrow 1-0 victory last weekend over Swansea City as the life-long Villa man took his place in the dugout, Carrow Road was going to be a different kind of test for the boys as we looked for another three points and further improvement in our performance levels.

It was far from a perfect performance again, but everyone knows what Smith is dealing with so we’re looking for small improvements and it looked like we might get them again as James Chester found the back of the net after 19 minutes.

Fans will have their own take on it, but having lost Albert Adomah to a knock and then Tammy Abraham, it went wrong and the hosts levelled and then took the lead.

The match ended 2-1.

The lack of confidence and nervousness given how easily we concede goals is going to take more than one game to turn around and anyone in the backline not 100% at it will be very noticeable. Most accept this will take time, others should stop looking at their watches and thinking it’s a computer game.

We’ll play worse than that and win, we did it regularly last year.

 

7 Replies to “Norwich v Villa Wasn’t Great But Smith Doesn’t Have A Magic Wand – Time For The Predictable Meltdown Isn’t It”

  • Very early days in the Smith era, still looking at players and assessing what we have, need and how to push team forward. Again thought we looked a bit leggy 2nd half but high tempo game will take time to adjust. Needs to make Villa more of a threat in and around the box, undoubtedly missed McGinn .
    Could certainly see a few In and out during January.

  • Issues tonight. Poor subs. No wat Hogan should come on Kodga should come on for me. Also jack was really poor . Sorry but needs to be benched for few games . Also can’t see how long we can have Terry as our no 2. He has to put his boots on till January. . Elgazhi. Rubbish lightweight

  • He needs a few loan players in January or else he can write the season off. I’m surprised by his starting 11. Norwich are a small passing side running through the team, so why not gamble and maybe start with Hourihane and Grealish CMids, give El Ghazi some game time instead of Adomah who leading up to this game has been ineffective and then Kodjia behind Abraham up front? Not sure why Bolasie was absent but O’Hare not even on the bench?!? Slow and sh**e Sunday league standard players like Hutton and Whelan should not be in that team. Hutton cost both goals in my opinion, positionally dreadful, costing Villa goals ????????????????????????????????

    • This seasons finished, and the last thing this club needs is more loan players, we will end up no where in the end, because at th end of every season you have to rebuild, we want strengthening each year not starting over.
      He’ll need 2 seasons minimum to us a good young squad.

  • For me, in and out the game or not etc, Grealish was the only player in long spells who showed for the ball and looked forwards, whether that was a pass or to beat a player. I don’t see by benching him what benefit that would do for the team. McGinn in their tonight would’ve been made for him and you would’ve seen more then from Grealish and co as his game seems to motivate those around him despite some players inadequacies. Roll on January transfer window..

  • For me, in and out the game or not etc, Grealish was the only player in long spells who showed for the ball and looked forwards, whether that was a pass or to beat a player. I don’t see by benching him what benefit that would do for the team. McGinn in their tonight would’ve been made for him and you would’ve seen more then from Grealish and co as his game seems to motivate those around him despite some players inadequacies. Roll on January transfer window

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