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7500 To Holte 10 hours ago

Aston Villa vs Norwich: Villa play well and win

Villa won?! At home?! Gabby scored?! You might think that the title is over simplifying things, and it is, to a certain extent. But that's exactly what happened. Villa played good football, not great football, and it was enough to get them over the line. Were Norwich amazing? No. But at times this season, a team like Norwich would've grabbed a goal, and sat back and comfortably defended Villa's poor crossing. It might be a bit unfair of me to criticise Villa's crossing, especially given that they took the lead when Joleon Lescott met Carles Gil's freekick to nod the opener on Saturday....
7500 To Holte 23 hours ago

Can Villa match Leicester City's incredible escape from relegation?

Villa are unbeaten at home in four league games and will hope to replicate Leicester's miracle survival of last season. A third win. Savour that feeling, that warm glow of success, that knowledge that you can swagger into work tomorrow and smile when someone inevitably mentions the football. It's a lovely place to be. That win puts us up to a staggering 16 points! Mental! Unfortunately, 16 after 25 games has led to comparisons with Leicester, who were on a measly 19 after 29 last season, but is it really right to compare us to that Leicester team? Take first, the performance that won us the...
7500 To Holte Feb 7, 2016

Video recap: Aston Villa use goals from unexpected sources to get big win over Norwich

Cole Pettem of TalkAstonVilla gives the match reaction to Saturday's big win over Norwich City.
7500 To Holte Feb 7, 2016

Aston Villa's latest fan is extremely famous!

Siri, can you tell me who Aston Villa's most famous fan is? Tom Hanks. Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Nigel Kennedy and maybe Dave Cameron. This list of famous Villa fans just took a huge leap forward with a new addition as spotted by Villa fan page, Everything Aston Villa (that is your cue to give them a like). God bless you Siri, you little star. Will Cortana and Google Now be next? Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be sure to check out the Wasted Corner hub that we've set up. Goals, videos, funny...
7500 To Holte Feb 7, 2016

Why Gabby's goal made me kind of sad

Gabby Agbonlahor scored his first goal for Aston Villa in 11 months yesterday and it made me kind of sad. The goal Jordan Veretout played a crisp throughball to Gabby that set him off towards the left edge of the penalty area. It was the kind of ball that the Gabby of 2008 feasted on, accelerating quicker than a defender could handle and screwing the ball past the keeper just a fraction of a second before he expected it, electric, instinctual football. With 2016 Gabby you expect him to run it straight into a defender or beyond the touchline. Norwich should have cut off his options, moved...
7500 To Holte Feb 7, 2016

Player Ratings: Aston Villa beat Norwich City, but the situation remains bleak

It wasn't pretty, but Aston Villa took advantage of scoring chances and a sloppy Norwich City to win by more than one goal for the first time this Premier League season. For the first time this season, Aston Villa sent a Saturday afternoon Villa Park crowd home happy as the hosts defeated a horrific Norwich City side 2-0 to pick up just the club's third league win in this campaign. The Villa Park faithful and Aston Villa fans all over the world could feel good about a home win on Saturday. But now that it's Sunday, the brutal realization that relegation remains probable looms -- and that...
7500 To Holte Feb 6, 2016

WATCH: Aston Villa vs Norwich City Highlights!

Get it while it's hot! Missed the game? Gabby's goal? Don't worry, we've got you covered and better covered than the way Norwich covered Veretout's through ball to Agbonlahor.. Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be sure to check out the Wasted Corner hub that we've set up. Goals, videos, funny tweets, and the like will all be kept there for your easy access. If you like following along on the blog, make sure to check out our Twitter feed, @7500toHolte, where we provide updates throughout the week and a constant stream of live (and...
7500 To Holte Feb 6, 2016

Aston Villa vs. Norwich City final score: Villa easily the better team in much-needed win

Aston Villa beat Norwich City at Villa Park, and that subtle bit of hope is creeping back in. Well this was certainly an unexpected way for the match to go. Back on Thursday night on the Holtecast, I predicted a boring 1-1 affair and that was only because I was too spineless to say what I really thought: "It'll be 0-0." And for the first 44 minutes of the match, it certainly looked as if that were going to be the case. Neither Aston Villa nor Norwich City seemed at all interested in playing anything that could make fans happy. Both teams looked as if their positions in the Premier League...
7500 To Holte Feb 6, 2016

Aston Villa vs. Norwich City live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Here's everything you need to watch as Aston Villa host Norwich City at Villa Park. Allow me to lead into the match with a series of jokes: If Villa lose to Norwich, they'll really have killed off the canary in this season's coal mine. Neither wizards Norwiches can save Villa now. They really need a miracle from God. Can-nary a fan be asked to care about this team any more? Assume that Aston Villa get relegated and Norwich stay up. Now assume that they meet in the FA Cup next year. Does that mean we'd be playing Yellows from the other side? Q: How did the Norwich kit-man Jonathan Carrow...
7500 To Holte Feb 5, 2016

Preview: Villa welcome Norwich in last chance to make a survival push

If Aston Villa lose Saturday, they’ll be 13 points from safety with 13 to play. A win is necessary if anyone at Bodymoor Heath still harbours thoughts of a miracle. It’s Villa’s last stand! Or something like that. Norwich City in town. What to know about Villa Well, Libor Kozák has done his ankle, so Villa have Gabby Agbonlahor and Gabby Agbonlahor leading the line Saturday against Norwich. That’s… not fun. I can’t wait until this nightmare of a season is over. This is, effectively, Villa’s last chance at survival. A loss and the Claret and Blues sit 13 points back with 13...
7500 To Holte Feb 5, 2016

Villa striker situation worsens as Libor Kozak ruled out with ankle fracture

When it rains, it pours I don't know who to feel more sorry for at present, Remi Garde, who so desperately wanted another striker in January; or Libor Kozak, who has suffered his third bone break in three years. Remi Garde confirmed in his pre match press conference this morning that Czech striker Libor Kozak will be spending the next while on the sidelines, as the injury that caused him to miss the Manchester City and West Ham games is revealed to be a fractured ankle. Rather optimistically, Remi Garde believes that Kozak will be out for three to four weeks, but given poor Kozak's ...
7500 To Holte Feb 5, 2016

7500toHolte fantasy league review

Take a break from reality by checking in on the 7500toHolte fantasy league First off, a huge thank you to user DalianAtkinsonsUmbrella for giving me an excuse to not write about Aston Villa this week. DAU, as he or she shall now be known as for the rest of this article, got in touch with us last month with a fantastic idea - since the real Villa are so devastatingly awful this year, why not focus our creative effort on something not so real: the 7500toHolte Fantasy League! So let's start with the basics. 24 weeks in, team "Slash" is on top of the table, with 1,376 points. Slash has got...
7500 To Holte Feb 5, 2016

Nightmare week puts an end to Aston Villa's unbeaten run

Episode 79 of the Holtecast sees Aston Villa return to their losing ways. Jack and Robert are back, and it's safe to say that neither of them are too happy after what Aston Villa have done in the past week. After a glorious five-match unbeaten run that saw hope revived, Villa managed to get curb-stomped by Manchester City in the FA Cup and rode some Jordan Ayew anger to a two-goal loss against West Ham United. Goodbye hope, it was nice knowing you. We get to those matches, of course, as well as this weekend's tilt against Norwich City. Plus, your twitter questions, transfer ratings...
7500 To Holte Feb 4, 2016

Aston Villa vs. Norwich City Premier League 2016: Live Stream, News and Highlights

Aston Villa take on Norwich City in the Premier League Alright. We're hitting the point where hope is nearly gone. But... uh... if we win on Saturday, and then never lose again, we could survive! In all reality, the window for saving Premier League status is rapidly closing. If Villa can't beat the 17th-placed team at home, it's going to be pretty much over. Cole, of TalkAstonVilla, takes us through this weekend's match. Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be sure to check out the Wasted Corner hub that we've set up. Goals, videos,...
7500 To Holte Feb 4, 2016

Aston Villa vs. Norwich City video preview: Can Villa ever start the great escape?

Cole Pettem of TalkAstonVilla gives his match preview, score prediction, and predicted starting XI.
7500 To Holte Feb 4, 2016

Gabby Agbonlahor leads the line against Norwich

Well, it's purely out of necessity, but Gabby Agbonlahor will be starting at striker when Aston Villa host Norwich City on Saturday. Striker depth was already beanpole-thin before Jordan Ayew unwisely got himself sent off against West Ham with a brutal elbow. Now, only Gabby Agbonlahor is healthy as far as out-and-out forwards go. Could the lack of depth give manager Rémi Garde a chance to experiment? The entire squad is banged up. With Ashley Westwood and Carlos Sánchez hurt, and Idrissa Gana and Jordan Veretout coming off a game where they had to do extra running with the team down a...
7500 To Holte Feb 4, 2016

Lifelong fan appointed to Aston Villa board

Welcome to the thunderdome, Lord Mervyn. Aston Villa have today announced the appointment of lifelong Villa fan, Lord Mervyn King to the board of directors at Villa Park. As reported by the BBC, the 67 year old Lord Mervyn who had guided the Bank of England through the recession will join Steve Hollis and Tom Fox in leading Aston Villa forward. King watched his first Villa match 55 years ago and will more than likely be hurting, as are many Villa fans, at the plight of the club in recent years. What matters more than Mervyn's experience, is his history of support. "I shall do my best to...
7500 To Holte Feb 3, 2016

In defence of Jordan Ayew: Frustration induced stupidity

Jordan Ayew screwed up, but I forgive him. For 16 minutes, Aston Villa looked like a side that belongs in the Premier League. Playing away against a good West Ham side, Villa controlled possession in the opening exchanges, and looked by far the most likely team to make something happen. A good result here, and another against Norwich this coming Saturday, and Villa were back in the fight. Then on 17 minutes, Now, the purpose of this piece is to compare the two Aston Villa vs West Ham fixtures against each other, with no wider context to anything off of the field, or even based on...
7500 To Holte Feb 3, 2016

Jordan Ayew asks forgiveness for his reckless red card

"Looking back at my impulsive actions last night I sincerely apologise to the supporters of Aston Villa, my teammates, AVFC staff and my coach." Jordan Ayew was deservedly sent off last night in Villa's loss to West Ham United for this idiotic manoeuvre . Looking back at my impulsive actions last night I sincerely apologise to the supporters of Aston Villa, my teammates, AVFC staff and my coach. I take full responsibility for my actions and I don't wish to dwell on my mistake but rather look forward to playing again to prove myself to be true to claret and blue as I have done...
7500 To Holte Feb 3, 2016

7500 Recommends: 'Doomsday for the Derelict'

Want to feel depressed? Chris Nee of In Bed With Maradona paints a portrait of the broken 'Lerner Dream'. As much as we at 7500 to Holte are fans of Aston Villa, we're also huge fans of good writing about Aston Villa and football. Chris Nee of the Aston Villa Review has pretty much raised the bar for anyone wishing to create the best ever article about Aston Villa (I bloody well try every home game) and pretty much captures they dying embers of angst that lie in almost all of us following Villa. It's worth a read and for someone who is a season ticket holder, Chris' writing brings those...

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