Date: 17th May 2018 at 8:54am
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It’s been a long old season for Aston Villa fans, truth be told it’s been a long and tough couple of years in reality.

There’s no reason to overly wax lyrical here, we came into the season with owner Dr Tony Xia, chief executive Keith Wyness and manager Steve Bruce all quickly going on record as saying anything other than promotion this term would be a failure.

Some were delighted with that statement of intent, others thought it might become a stick to beat ourselves with in the 50 Shades world we now seem to inhabit. Suffice to say come May 26 should we not have booked our place back in the Premier League plenty will be inconsolable and feel the year was a failure.

Plenty of others will bang the drum at how close we came given we were lacking three of our best players for a key amount of time during the year and make the argument as to how other sides would have coped with that. With players stepping up in their absence though, Albert Adomah’s goals in the opening period of the year, in particular, Robert Snodgrass’s assists tally and even sheer effort and determination from Keinan Davis when Bruce had to lean on him, our season is still alive and there’s one more test for us to pass to achieve our stated aims.

When you consider the personal losses Bruce has suffered in recent times as well, it’s fair to say it would’ve been understandable if we’d have taken our eye off the ball, but that’s the benefit of having more than one leader at the club now instead of a bunch of sheep.

Whatever happens in just over a week – if you don’t smile at this there is something very wrong with you. We finally have our pride back.

(I recommend volume set at full and it’s a shame it’s not a touch longer)

I’d rather listen to that than SOTC!

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