Date: 12th September 2021 at 8:20pm
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I doubt I’m alone in spending this weekend trying to work out how Aston Villa didn’t take at least a point from our trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Despite clearly being the better team, and having the better chances over the course of 90 minutes, very avoidable defensive errors massively cost us. Whilst it was hardly fluid to begin with as we adjusted to a new 352 shape, we were in the game from the start and even going 1-0 down 15 minutes in didn’t shake us.

If anything it focused us and we massively dug in, bossing the remainder of the first half where we should’ve scored at least three times – but didn’t.

The game changed and became more open when they got their second four minutes into the restart, and although you could see it clearly affected us, heads still didn’t drop and we still edged on top – until the late third when the game had petered out.

A much better performance than we’ve seen so far this season after pre-season issues, a far greater threat than our ‘get it to’ approach since Dean Smith took charge and someone regained fitness, a proper team approach with some bite and options in a good formation that suits us and positives a 3-0 defeat wouldn’t normally hold.

I’m clearly not the only one thinking it.

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