Date: 11th August 2018 at 5:43pm
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Earlier this afternoon Aston Villa made it two wins from two in the Championship season of 2018/19.

Goals from James Chester and Birkir Bjarnason, with an own goal thrown in for good measure, was enough to put a lively Wigan Athletic to the sword in a 3-2 win on Villa Park soil. Ahhh remember the fun we had over the summer wondering if we’d even have a turf to play on! Good old days.

We may have had the greater chances on the day so arguably victory was deserved, but Wigan will no doubt be wondering how they failed to take a point following their own efforts on the day.

With a number of standout performances on the day and a couple of performances that stood out for different reasons, decide your Man of the Match with a couple of clicks of your mouse – or even the flick of a finger – and rate the players yourselves for their showing on the day.

I imagine Chester and debutant John McGinn will fair well amongst Vital Villans.


8 Replies to “Villa Make It Two Wins From Two But How Do You Rate The Players”

  • Great win. Decent line up, but still playing with only 9 or 10 men at a time. Kodja and Jedinak so far off their game at the moment. Great debut for McGinn, and Chester on top form, but Refs continue to allow opposition to get away with kicking Grealish to the floor. Definitely need a centre back, left back, and striker in the loans window.

  • I go along with Mike, McGinn and Chester stood out. A great debut by the Scot, who promises plenty.

    I knew Bruce would shoe-horn Jedinak in as centre half. It is a high risk move, particularly as he lacks mobility. I also struggle to understand why he employed Tuanzebe at right back, when he has at least another four to choose from. I thought he would play him alongside Chester.

    It is early season admittedly, but I have a few doubts over Kodjia. He is a selfish player, which can be a plus for a forward, but I think he takes it too far a times. He is also on a long barren run, if you take his record back into last term. He is certainly worth persisting with, but Bruce must be prepared to be ruthless if necessary, even if he is one of his favourites.

    Considering we have three strikers on the books, who have collectly cost circa £35M, we have had nowhere near our money’s worth. Let’s hope one of them clicks soon because we can’t rely on the defenders all term – although I am glad for Bjarnie today. He needs a break.

    All told, today was a bit of a Cardiff style victory – nicked in the last seconds. Augurs well for the rest of the season I hope.

    • Daft thing is, Jedi would be a better sweeper for me rather than strict centre-back but we don’t quite use him like that. Kodjia certainly needs a confidence boost, as you say selfish can have its own rewards for a striker at points but you can only forgive that when they are firing. My concern is one decent season at Bristol City saw us spend big – now his flow has been interrupted owing to injury, can he get over it.

      Winning ugly shouldn’t be sniffed at though – we failed at that last season and the main plus for me is when we concede we no longer go Disney in mentality – the soft unbelly and ‘here we go’ again certainly seems to have been stamped out – but we’re far from the finished article.

  • Yes Mike, Kodjia does need a confidence boost but he also needs to play alongside another striker. I cannot remember seeing him play well alone up front. It is reported in the French press that Marseille are interested – maybe has had some impact on him. Would like to see Green used as a striker – he proved what he can do in the pre season games.

    • I agree regarding Green. He seems to be able to strike the ball pretty well. And Bruce never worried about playing anyone out of position before ;D Your point re. Kodja: I’ve wondered if his head is elsewhere, that maybe Villa are trying to offload him [wouldn’t surprise me]. Maybe Bruce is playing him in case it doesn’t come off. Something not right there though, that’s for sure. UTV

    • Entirely possible, I doubt there are many players who weren’t thinking over the summer of how they’d have to quickly adjust family life etc and it can’t have been easy. He’s also coming back from a massive injury and that takes time when it comes to hitting the form we expect from him.

  • Hoping SB, can get Abraham from Chelsea to link up with Grealish McGinn.
    SB,must get this striker situation sorted purring with pride at McGinn,taking
    me back to Alex Cropley, Des Bremner, (wow)

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