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7500 To Holte 12 hours ago

A banner for this weekend's match against West Brom

I will help pay for a banner if you will take it to the match. I've just had a thought cross my head. I saw a few people yesterday tweeting an image I had made without attribution. And it made me really happy. Normally you want to get credit for what you've done, but in this instance, I want the image to become a cultural phenomenon. I want it to be the go-to image of hatred for West Bromwich Albion. I want it to take on a life of its own. I speak of course of my proud baby: So here in Washington, DC where it is 12:42 AM as I write this, I am still grinning like an idiot over today's...
7500 To Holte 19 hours ago

Tim Sherwood: Our very own mind-boggling hero

Tim Sherwood may be just what Aston Villa fans need. I can't stop thinking about Tim Sherwood during yesterday's match against West Bromwich Albion. He began the day by enraging me and ended it as my own personal, if perplexing, hero. Let's get one thing clear up front: given what we have seen lately, playing Gabby Agbonlahor and Charles N'Zogbia while sitting Carles Gil and Scott Sinclair is a terrible idea. Just because it worked today does not change the fact that it was a poor decision. Bad decisions get lucky results sometimes. But I think that's what we can expect from Sherwood:...
7500 To Holte 20 hours ago

Great team effort secures Villa win over West Brom, their first in nearly three months

A more calm look at yesterday's match. If you want overwhelming excitement in your match review, read the instant reaction that I put up yesterday evening. Now, though, we actually get to dive into it a little bit more. Spoiler alert: even after waiting a bit to calm down, I'm still pretty giddy about Aston Villa beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the most amazing way possible. What struck me most about this match was the fact that, for seemingly the first time in ages, there wasn't any one player who had a terrible performance. Sure, Jores Okore had his alarmingly usual spastic moments,...
7500 To Holte Mar 3, 2015

Jack Woodward's call of Benteke's penalty winner will give you goosebumps

Enjoy this little audio snippet that should help you through your week. I put this into the match recap, but I think it's so good that it's worth a post of its very own. Jack Woodward is the radio voice of Aston Villa, and you can hear him by tuning in to AVTV. He's as big of a homer announcer as they come, and sometimes that can make him a touch tough to listen to. There's nothing worse than pervasive positivity in the midst of a seven-match losing streak for instance. But for his faults, it's pretty readily apparent that Jack either 1) really loves Aston Villa or 2) is paid so damn well...
7500 To Holte Mar 3, 2015

Instant reaction to OH MY DEAR GOD ASTON VILLA BEAT THE BAGGIES!

Aston Villa won! It happened! For real! We'll be along with a more in-depth recap later, but for right now let's just revel in the pure joy of what we just saw. On a day when Tim Sherwood picked a seemingly irredeemable lineup for Aston Villa to take on West Bromwich Albion, somehow it all worked out. Gabby Agbonlahor, who has been terrible lately, had his best match in ages. He could have very easily had a hat trick in the first half. The first attempt was milimetres short (but probably never should have been a goal if it weren't for Foster's bad keeping). The actual goal was vintage...
7500 To Holte Mar 3, 2015

Former USMNT head may be in line for top Villa job

Aston Villa may be considering a former USMNT manager for their director of football. A report from ESPN today is suggesting that former United States manager Bob Bradley is the top choice for the Director of Football position at Aston Villa. Bradley was connected to the Villa managerial position in 2010 before the club ultimately hired Gerard Houllier, and his son Michael Bradley spent the second half of the 2010-11 season on loan with Aston Villa. Bob Bradley currently manages Stabæk in Norway's Tippeligaen, where he has amassed a 16-7-14 record. The best indication of his potential,...
7500 To Holte Mar 3, 2015

Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch their Premier League match online

Here's everything you need for the first of two matches between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion in five days: how to watch, lineups, and an open thread to panic in. Oh god. Oh god oh god oh god. Not sure I've ever been this tense before a Villa match before. The stakes are so incredibly high today that it's hard to come to terms with them. Win and we have a nice jumpstart into this weekend's rematch (with a trip to Wembley on the line). Lose and relegation looks even more possible. And all at the hands of our fierce local rivals, the Baggies. This is a match that Villa have every...
7500 To Holte Mar 3, 2015

The unlikely Aston Villa movie could begin today against West Brom

A chance to actually write like a fan in the hours before Villa-West Brom kicks off. In just a little under six hours, Aston Villa will welcome West Bromwich Albion onto the Villa Park pitch for the first time this season. And in just under one hundred hours, they will welcome the Baggies onto the Villa Park pitch for the second time this season. To say that I am a nervous wreck at this point would be understating things. I've sat here for half an hour trying to think of something to write this morning and my mind just keeps doing the hamster wheel thing. This site has had huge growth in...
7500 To Holte Mar 2, 2015

Aston Villa vs. WBA Preview: Well, here goes nothing

Does anyone actually think Aston Villa are going to win tomorrow? No? Okay then. You know, what is there to even say about Aston Villa right now? We can sit here and try and write 600 words about the upcoming fixture against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow but, you know, I guess it's a thing? The Baggies come to Villa Park tomorrow night and, let's face it, they aren't really that good. Their team is Saido Berahino and… yeah, that's about all that scares me. (Oh and Gary Gardner's older brother, whatever the hell that guy's name is.) Apparently Berahino might miss the match which would be...
7500 To Holte Mar 2, 2015

Villa defensive injury crisis continues ahead of West Brom clash

Tim Sherwood will again have to pick a starting XI with a depleted back line. No matter how you look at it -- whether from importance or excitement/dread -- tomorrow's match against West Bromwich Albion is probably the most anticipated of the year. Tim Sherwood has had a couple of matches to get used to the club by now and he's got a fierce and bitter derby that will set the tone for a fierce and bitter derby in the FA Cup on Saturday. So for the season's biggest match I hope you're ready for more of... the Matthew Lowton at left back experiment. INJURY NEWS: @RonVlaar4 "touch and go" for...
7500 To Holte Mar 2, 2015

Thinking the unthinkable: Scenarios if Villa get relegated

With Aston Villa losing to Newcastle over the weekend and mired in 19th on the table, it might be time to be a little realistic. With the team in a perilous position in the table, perhaps it's time to start thinking the unthinkable - what happens if Aston Villa FC drop out of the Premier League for the first time? Parachute payments and being automatically the biggest side in the Championship would suggest good prospects for coming back up. But there are darker possibilities... The Good Scenario - Villa win everything, score a hatful of goals and get automatic promotion. The model is...
7500 To Holte Mar 2, 2015

Gil and Sánchez need to come back into the lineup

Against Newcastle, both Carles Gil and Carlos Sánchez were out of the lineup. The midfield could use their presence. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood said he felt better following Saturday's defeat to Newcastle than after the loss to Stoke City the week before. Well, our captain didn't throw away the match in stoppage time, so I'd hope so. In all seriousness, it was a better performance, at least during the first half. Villa were controlling the game before Papiss Cissé took advantage of a failed clearance by Jores Okore to score the game's only goal. Even though Paul Lambert is gone, it...
7500 To Holte Mar 2, 2015

Disappointment from the Gods: Villa's loss to Newcastle from the stands

Harry Johnson gives us the View from the Stands for Aston Villa's trip to Newcastle United. We're starting a new series here at 7500 to Holte in which people who were actually at the match give us their View from the Stands. You'll see each writer a few times before we switch to someone else. First up, Harry Johnson, who traveled North to see Tim Sherwood's boys take on Newcastle United. ------- A lack of ideas. A lack a fight. Another embarrassment to AVFC. That was my view of things at least up in the God's at St James Park. We didn't play like a team in a relegation battle, we played...
7500 To Holte Mar 1, 2015

Lerner's Burden: Are Villa destined to repeat themselves?

Time is a flat circle, after all. Manchester United win and keep winning. Arsenal trust their youth and keep winning. Chelsea spend more than God and keep winning. Like Rust Cohle said in True Detective; "time is a flat circle. Everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again.". The only way we can break that cycle is through some sort of drastic change. An infusion of cash, as happened at Manchester City, or a total loss of it as at Leeds or Portsmouth. If you want to break from stagnation, you need a drastic change. You need to change the ideology or...
7500 To Holte Feb 28, 2015

Instant recap of Newcastle United sending Villa closer to the drop: Ugh

Newcastle United beat Aston Villa 1-0 today. Aston Villa lost a match that they should have won today. Look, that's an improvement, really. Most matches we don't have any business winning, so little baby steps. The first half against Newcastle saw Villa as the dominant team. But, as has become so common this season, they couldn't score to save their lives. And when a Daryl Janmaat cross came whipping into the Villa box -- and the Villa central defenders decided it wasn't something about which they should worry -- Papiss Cissé scored against the run of play and put this match away. The...
7500 To Holte Feb 28, 2015

Newcastle vs. Aston Villa: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch their Premier League match online

We've got everything you need to enjoy (?) Aston Villa's trip to Newcastle: how to watch, lineups, and an open thread. Win. Win and things become better. Lose and things stay the same. Draw and... I don't know. A draw really isn't going to help too much at this point unless other results start going Aston Villa's way. Just win, already. Tim Sherwood gets his second chance to do just that against Newcastle. The visit to St. James' Park is never an easy one, but neither is it the most difficult away trip in the Premier League. Given the injury problems facing the home team, Aston Villa have...
7500 To Holte Feb 27, 2015

Newcastle vs. Aston Villa Preview: A chance to plant a flag

Aston Villa could look back at this match and see it as the moment in which they re-wrote their season. Or they could lose. They'll probably lose. I'm not even really sure where to begin with this match. Generally these spaces are where we tell you a bit about the team that Aston Villa will be playing in the upcoming match. But I've been mulling over the preview for about a day now and I keep coming back to the same conclusion: the opposition doesn't really matter all that much. Sure, I can give you some information on Newcastle. There's the obvious stuff, like them being in 11th right...
7500 To Holte Feb 26, 2015

Villa defense ravaged by injuries ahead of vital Newcastle clash

Tim Sherwood may have a tough time cobbling together a back line this weekend. I'm not sure if you can call a tough match at Newcastle a must-win right now, but this weekend's trip for Aston Villa is certainly a "dear god it would be amazing to win" match. If the unlikely is to happen, it will have to be in spite of a massive rash of defensive injuries that will see Kieran Richardson definitely out, and may well sideline Alan Hutton and Aly Cissokho as well. Richardson picked up a knock in the first half of last weekend's match that forced him off then. Cissokho and Hutton are both nursing...
7500 To Holte Feb 26, 2015

Can Tactics Tim engineer a win over Newcastle?

Winless in their last 11 matches, Aston Villa travel to Newcastle in dire need of three points. So far this season, Aston Villa have won three games on the road. All three have been by a score of 1-0. Outside of those matches, the Villans have only managed one other goal away from Villa Park, in a one-all draw against Burnley. Averaging just .31 goals per game is a pretty good way to ensure relegation. As poor as the away form has been, Tim Sherwood's team is just the fourth-worst in the away table. Maybe it's false hope, but there is a chance that Villa could come away with a win or at...
7500 To Holte Feb 25, 2015

VILLA TAKEOVER: Much ado about reheated nothing

The Villa internet is abuzz with takeover rumours. Let's look at them! If you check out the Aston Villa section of NewsNow right now, you'll be awash in a flood of stories about the club now being dirt cheap. They all seem to be coming from a Mirror report that says Randy Lerner would be willing to part with his slightly-less-than-beloved toy for a mere £150 million now. That report talks about some possible buyers for the club. That's new and interesting! Let's have a look: Potential bidders include American outfit the Phoenix Group plus a Qatari consortium, members of whom recently...