Date: 29th January 2018 at 2:50pm
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Unoial Villa News…

Four out of four keeps Villa fourth… A scintillating first twenty minutes of smart attacking football and four goals, sent Villa Park into ecstasy on Saturday as Villa consolidated their position of fourth in the table. Scott Hogan notched a brace, Jack Grealish pulled the strings and Hourihane scored the goal which secured the points, and barely twenty minutes had passed. Inevitably as both defences finally got their game-heads back on the contest petered out into Villa ordinaire. With other results going very much Villa’s way the faithful were sent home with a satisfied smile on their faces and renewed hope in their claret and blue hearts. Read more: Something For The Weekend (600)

Not a major shock and not a major surprise this is it? Steve Clarke recommended him to us, now he’s got him back. Tshibola gone to Killie. Hey ho, doesn’t sound like he can be particularly bothered when on loan, up to him isn’t it? He can fade away or he can fight back. Read more: Villa Flop Shipped Out Again. Bovvered?

So the debate rages on as to whether Ross McCormack should get another chance at Aston Villa or whether the gate is now closed on him! I think Bruce might get the final say on this (what with him being the manager and all!) but it`s been an interesting talking point. The forum thread > click here has very differing views, as do these articles. I put the case in Would You Give Ross McCormack Another Chance? that, IF Villa can`t buy a striker able to make an instant impact (and because of the FFP rules, we can`t) and IF we can`t loan someone (and lets be honest, most strikers capable of scoring from the get go are not loaned out) then can Villa really afford to keep spending upward of £12million only to not use players? We`ve blown so much money over the years it`s untrue……….. The results to the poll.. Read more: Majority Say Forget Gatesville & Give Ross A Chance (Just)

The second set of video interviews with John Gregory by the lads at The Villa view… plus some great images. Read more: A Walk Down Memory Lane With John Gregory

We all know the battle for safe standing has been gaining pace over the last few seasons but it’s now been intimated that it could be with us by next season! However, it’s fair to say that seems to be a stretch given the strength of feeling against it given the tragedies we have seen in the game. The campaign for a return to standing has long been growing following on from the senseless loss of life at Hillsborough and others, but of course the debate is now ‘safe standing’ with rail seats that are commonly used in the German Bundesliga and it’s arguably improved the atmosphere but it’s also perfectly safe when compared to ‘old terraces’ that we know of in the UK. Read more: Safe Standing By This Summer?

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Sheffield United and Aston Villa this Tuesday. Sheffield United host Aston Villa on Tuesday January 30 for the game at Bramall Lane and the match carries a 7.45pm kick off. Read more: Officials – Sheffield United v Aston Villa (30/1/18)

Thought for the day: A terrible massacre has occurred. All the victims were deaf, dumb and blind, these were senseless killings!

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