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7500 To Holte Feb 22, 2017
Free agent Chris Samba on trial at Villa

Free agent Chris Samba on trial at Villa

The former Blackburn and QPR man could be a shock signing for Aston Villa Steve Bruce looks to bolster Villa's shaky defence as he has taken Premier League veteran Christopher Samba on trial this week. Multiple sources have confirmed that the Congolese centre back is training with Villa, in a bid to secure a short term contract with the club. The 32 year old has been a free agent since January, when he contract with Greek Super League side Panathinaikos was mutually terminated. No stranger to English football, Samba has had spells at Blackburn Rovers and QPR, though he is best known for...
7500 To Holte Feb 21, 2017
Despite new owner, decision making at Villa remains abysmal

Despite new owner, decision making at Villa remains abysmal

Nine months into Dr. Tony Xia’s tenure as Aston Villa’s owner, little has changed. This club is as mismanaged as ever before. Hey, remember when Tony Xia bought Aston Villa over the summer and there was a sense of optimism around the club? That was great. Since… Throwback to that time when Aston Villa spent, like, more than the rest of the league combined during the summer transfer window, but conveniently forgot to buy a midfield, leaving the club unbalanced for the entire first half of the season. Throwback to that time when Aston Villa sacked a manager after 12 matches, then later...
7500 To Holte Feb 20, 2017
Instant Recap: Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Instant Recap: Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Well that was dreaful. The First Half You know what, Aston Villa weren't too bad in the first half. Granted, that all became completely irrelevant, seeing how we went into the half behind, through a Yohan Gouffran goal. It was a pretty terrible goal to concede too. Newcastle took a short corner, and Mile Jedinak failed to clear the ball twice in the resulting scramble, allowing Gouffran to power past a helpless Johnstone in what was the only shot on target in the first half. Bjarnason missed a decent half chance, and Kodjia had an effort deflected onto the crossbar in a half that Villa...
7500 To Holte Feb 20, 2017
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa visit Newcastle United. Well, this could be ugly. Aston Villa have lost four in a row and haven’t won since Boxing Day. Newcastle, on the other hand, haven’t lost since 2 January and are in a bitter battle for first place with Brighton. Even more terrifying is the fact that Newcastle have gotten themselves sixty goals in thirty-one matches. Apparently “buy yourself a team” can actually work, though we Villa fans certainly have no evidence of that. This is the sort of match where losing by two goals probably is what...
7500 To Holte Feb 15, 2017
For now? This is the new normal for Villa

For now? This is the new normal for Villa

Get used to it. On Valentines night, it was Barnsley who delivered the biggest gift of all to their loyal, and loud, fans. A three-one victory over an Aston Villa team who had bought the two stars of a high-flying Tykes team. The message? You can shove your money up your - well, you get the picture. While it was disappointing to see Villa get tonked by three goals to nil at home after losing on the weekend against Ipswich, this represents something for Aston Villa. It represents the same woes we all endured last season. We’ve regressed back to the mean. However, this time last year was...
7500 To Holte Feb 14, 2017
Villa 1 Barnsley 3: Villa embarrassed at Villa Park for second time in four days

Villa 1 Barnsley 3: Villa embarrassed at Villa Park for second time in four days

Villa were defeated resoundingly by Barnsley at Villa Park Tuesday night, adding to the misery and desperation of results in recent weeks. Whenever you think a poor Villa performance couldn’t possibly be any worse, time and time again the claret and blue outdo themselves. Tuesday night, as Villa played host to Barnsley, was no different. Villa came out of the tunnel with an appetite for the match, creating multiple dangerous situations, corners, and attempts on goal. However, as it often feels when Villa are on the front foot, Steve Bruce’s men were unable to make a sustained pressure...
7500 To Holte Feb 14, 2017
Aston Villa vs. Barnsley, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

Aston Villa vs. Barnsley, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa host Barnsley at Villa Park. These two teams have so much in common! Barnsley have only lost twice in their last ten matches and Aston Villa have only won twice in their last... oh. This comparison isn’t going to work. It’s another match that we can only see by being at Villa Park or hear by listening to the radio. As AVTV continues to be terrible, I recommend keeping an eye on twitter for a Periscope of the radio feed. Last week it was of good quality and about 30 seconds ahead of AVTV. That is if you even want to...
7500 To Holte Feb 12, 2017
Aston Villa Ladies use strong first half to defeat Watford in Spring Series opener

Aston Villa Ladies use strong first half to defeat Watford in Spring Series opener

The Villa women are off to a great start in the 2017 WSL2 Spring Series. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Aston Villa got out to a blistering start in their match today. Three goals before the 50th minute, and the match was in hand. With, basically, the first half out of the way it was time to sit back and relax and panic all of the fans in attendance. Eventually, Watford were able to claw back into the match with goals in the 67th and 89th minute. Sound familiar? Okay, perhaps it’s a bit unfair to compare the Aston Villa women to the men. There were a few key differences in the...
7500 To Holte Feb 11, 2017
Aston Villa have a relegation problem. Again.

Aston Villa have a relegation problem. Again.

Despite spending more than everyone else in the league, Aston Villa have crept into yet another relegation battle. It is me, harbinger of bad news. After their home loss to Ipswich Town on Saturday, the first such defeat of the year, Aston Villa sit 16th in the Championship table, just seven points above 22nd-placed Blackburn Rovers. That’s… not good. A seven-point, six-place gap isn’t the worst thing in the world — there’s still a good buffer right now between Villa and a serious relegation threat — but Villa have two traits and a fixture list that combine to be a little...
7500 To Holte Feb 11, 2017
Villa-Ipswich Town instant recap: Hutton as wingback and Green as left back says everything

Villa-Ipswich Town instant recap: Hutton as wingback and Green as left back says everything

Well that went about as expected. Hear me out on this one, because I think it’ll surprise you. Aston Villa spent the first 45 minutes (okay, 25, but let’s round up) dominating Ipswich Town. The bizarre 3-5-2 with Alan Hutton as a wingback was somehow working and things were clicking. Then Villa let up a bit and halftime happened. When the teams came out for the second half, Villa were not nearly as good and Ipswich got chances. Then, in the final 10 minutes, Aston Villa conceded a silly goal to lose the match. Weird, right? That first half was actually pretty good, though. Villa had...
7500 To Holte Feb 11, 2017
Aston Villa vs. Ipswich Town, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

Aston Villa vs. Ipswich Town, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa host Ipswich Town at Villa Park. I think the promotion dream is officially dead, right? So now we’re just sort of playing for pride. And, since I am totally confident that Villa aren’t getting relegated, they are playing so that I don’t have to hear people whine about “OH GOD WHAT IF THEY GET RELEGATED AGAIN CAN WE BURN EVERYTHING?!” Because I hate those people. So a win against a team two spots below us in the table sure would be nice today. For pride and our own sense of self-preservation. Ipswich Town are a team...
7500 To Holte Feb 8, 2017
On The Pod, My Lord Episode 10: Steve Bruce

On The Pod, My Lord Episode 10: Steve Bruce

James, Adam and Elis discuss Aston Villa under Bruce. The full gang is back as Elis finds his way out of the space time continum of university to join up with James and Adam once more to discuss Villa's recent plight after a transfer splurge. Villa? They won't be relegated, but could find themselves in the ugly side of the English Football League Championship (no offense Rotherham!) if things don't turn around quickly.
7500 To Holte Feb 7, 2017
Aston Villa’s Bruce uses hypocrisy to defend his terrible decision

Aston Villa’s Bruce uses hypocrisy to defend his terrible decision

Sam Johnstone’s doing just what you’d expect a young keeper to do, right? Here are the facts as we know them: Steve Bruce stopped playing Pierluigi Gollini at least partially because the Italian was too young and inexperienced. This was despite the fact that Gollini had markedly improved as the season had progressed and had five clean sheets to his name. This left Aston Villa starting Mark Bunn, who was bad. To fix the issue in the winter transfer window, Steve Bruce went out and picked up a loan on Manchester United’s third-string 23-year-old keeper Sam Johnstone. When Gollini left...
7500 To Holte Feb 6, 2017
Aston Villa Ladies draw Coventry in FA Cup after demolishing Cambridge United

Aston Villa Ladies draw Coventry in FA Cup after demolishing Cambridge United

A 7-1 performance in the third round has launched the Ladies into the fourth. It’ll be just a short trip for the Aston Villa Ladies as they have drawn Coventry United in the fourth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup. The draw was announced this morning and the match will take place on 19 February at 2 PM. The venue is yet to be determined. Coventry United are in England’s third tier, the Women’s Premier League Southern Division, one level below Aston Villa in the WSL2. In WPL play, United sit in fourth with a strong 8-1-1 record. They’ve gotten there on the strength of 37 goals...
7500 To Holte Feb 5, 2017
Aston Villa have regressed under Steve Bruce

Aston Villa have regressed under Steve Bruce

In four months under Steve Bruce, Aston Villa have gone from a side that played pretty well and didn’t get results to a team that’s playing poorly and not getting results. Aston Villa are still, somehow, an embarrassment. Villa have only won 11 points away from home all season — only four teams have performed worse — and no team has scored fewer away goals than Villa, who’ve netted just eight times in 16 matches. It isn’t like these marks are improving under Steve Bruce, either; Villa have gone 2-2-6 in his 10 away matches, and three of those four results came in the first three...
7500 To Holte Feb 4, 2017
Nottingham Forest vs. Aston Villa report: Claret and blues still looking for their second point of 2017

Nottingham Forest vs. Aston Villa report: Claret and blues still looking for their second point of 2017

Aston Villa managed to get a point from their trip to Nottingham Forest. Aston Villa traveled to Nottingham Forest and tried to put the 3-0 disaster at Brentford behind them. They failed. With just a bit more than a minute left in stoppage time, the Villa defense allowed 17-year-old Ben Brererton to score the winner. In the first half, Jonathan Kodjia (henceforth known as “Too Good For Villa” or “TGFV”) managed to take a lovely pass from Jack Grealish and convert it into an even lovelier goal that came almost reflexively. The Forest keeper never had a chance at this...
7500 To Holte Feb 4, 2017
WATCH: Jonathan Kodjia opens scoring for Villa

WATCH: Jonathan Kodjia opens scoring for Villa

Watch as Jonathan Kodjia scores another tidy goal in claret and blue! Villa grabbed an early 1-0 lead at Nottingham Forest through Jonathan Kodjia’s tidy right footed finish Saturday evening. A crisp pass from Jack Grealish found its way to Kodjia’s right boot, who struck it with venom and curl into the Forest goal. Kodjiaaaaaaaaaaaa #AVFC pic.twitter.com/UAHUAECaqG— Matt Villan (@dvtavfc) February 4, 2017 Forest equalized just before halftime after a Johnstone error, so Kodjia or Hogan will need to replicate a similar moment, or moments, of magic in the second half to send...
7500 To Holte Feb 4, 2017
Nottingham Forest vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

Nottingham Forest vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

Here’s everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa travel to play Nottingham Forest. In my mind, there is no more intimidating opponent than Nottingham Forest. Sure, Aston Villa could play Chelsea, or Spurs, or Manchester City and they’d probably lose. But in this match, we get the chance to face off against an entire Forest. I mean, if they’re playing football, we’re basically facing Ents, right? And that’s even before you get to the fact that this isn’t just any Forest. This is the forest with Robin Hood and his band of men. Moving trees and arrows. That’s what...
7500 To Holte Feb 3, 2017
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy signs new contract at Aston Villa

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy signs new contract at Aston Villa

Villa’s young hope has signed a new deal! Aston Villa’s charismatic owner, Dr. Xia took to his phone today to annouce that Villa’s young striking prodigy, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has signed a new contract at Aston Villa. Just signed. It took me more than 20yrs 2grow up from a 'genius' boy2get some successes. Hope RMH knows how2turn talents to a great player. https://t.co/sTg6E1QWJU— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) February 3, 2017 This was followed up by an announcement from Villa: New contract: Delighted to announce that @RushCMPT has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal. Full...
7500 To Holte Feb 2, 2017
In Depth: Steve Bruce failed Aston Villa on Tuesday night

In Depth: Steve Bruce failed Aston Villa on Tuesday night

The big man needs to change a few things to find success at Villa. I don’t need to tell you that Villa’s performance against Brentford on Tuesday night was atrocious. You know that already. Especially if you were one of many Villa fans making the trip down to London. There are plenty of reasons why Villa were absolutely caned and whilst Bruce isn’t truly to blame for the poor performances of Sam Johnstone and Villa’s defence at large, there’s a lot he has to answer for. Let’s take a look. Firstly, it is quite un-nerving that Steve Bruce would line up a team to play in such an...

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