Given Stars, but Shay-me Villa Couldn’t Score

Aston Villa Blog’s newest recruit Ollie Scrimgeour follows up his debut article with an opinion based look at the ups and downs of the season opener vs Fulham, capped by some positive predictions for the rest of the month. Read more

Statistical Review – Where Villa Went Right & Wrong vs Fulham

A 0-0 draw away at Fulham is far from a poor result but the game itself was somewhat of a non-starter for Villa, with fitness and formations clearly still an issue. Read more

Aston Villa Player Review/Stats vs Fulham

August 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Here is a breakdown of the Villa’s best and worst performers in terms of ratings and statistics, with Given, Delph and Warnock impressing. Read more

Match Report: Fulham 0-0 Villa – Anticlimax!

August 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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So Villa started their Premier League campaign under Alex McLeish with somewhat of bore draw but a decent point against a fitter Fulham side who have been playing Europa League football for some time now. Read more

Villa’s Pre-Season Preparations Too Little, Too Late?

It’s August, which can only mean one thing. The season is nearly upon us and do Villa look ready? Well not really no. I say this not because of a defeat to Chelsea in torrid conditions which is understandable, but because the club seem insistent on starting pre-season 1 if not 2 weeks late. Read more

Match Report: Villa 1 – Blackburn 0

July 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Villa secured their place in the Barclays Asia Trophy final after defeating their most familiar of opponents, Blackburn Rovers, with a deft finish from Darren Bent enough to seal victory early in the second half. Read more

Update: Bent Hopes for N’Zog Deal, Walsall Report, Ireland Injured?

July 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Very little news on the transfer front at Villa Park ahead of the club’s trip to Hong Kong this weekend suggests that move for N’Zogbia may well be in the balance due to the prolonged nature of the proceedings. Either way, Villa striker Darren Bent, who hit the ground running in the clubs opening friendly with Walsall last night, claims that the Frenchman would be a great signing, for the benefit of both himself and the club. Read more

9th? Really? OK! Villa vs Liverpool Report & Ratings

May 23, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Villa finished their season in style, in terms of results at least, with a 1-0 win over the league’s best team of 2011 Liverpool following on from last weekend’s away victory over Arsenal. Read more

Villa Safe After Heroic 2-1 Win at the Emirates: Bent x2

May 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Villa picked up their best result of the season after downing Arsenal 1-2 at the Emirates thanks to two early goals from the clinical Darren Bent. The match was exactly what Villa have been missing all season. Flawless finishing and resolute defending. McAllister for manager? Not quite! The caretaker handed a chance to just one of the fringe players after speculation mounted that a much changed side would be given a chance at Arsenal. Fabian Delph came into the side to replace Emile ‘Mental’ Heskey. Villa took the lead after 10 minutes after a fantastic long ball from Walker who was inspired in the opening 45. The England striker’s chest and volley finish was sublime and the visitors deserved their lead after a great start. The game got even better for Villa as Arsenal struggled to get a foothold into the game. A great through ball from Young slipped Bent through again and the forward put it through the advancing Sczeszny’s legs. Arsenal perked up after going two down and should have had a penalty after Dunne fouled Ramsey in the box from behind. Villa were lucky to have 11 men still on the pitch and the looping ball over the top became a theme. Van Persie hit the post after outfoxing Collins and Villa were relieved to here the half time whistle, going in 0-2 to the good. Arsenal were expectedly dominate throughout the second half with the Villa defence making block after block in a heroic effort. The home side had a goal disallowed when substitute Chamakh was adjudged to have pushed Walker. Extremely lucky for Villa again who got the rub of the green all afternoon. Arsenal scored with a minute to go after van Persie prodded home after a scramble in the box but Villa hung on for a fantastic win which sees them mathematically safe. Finally! Extended Match Report and Player Ratings

Arsenal vs Villa Half Time Report

May 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Gary McAllister handed a chance to just one of the fringe players after speculation mounted that a much changed side would be given a chance at Arsenal. Fabian Delph came into the side to replace Emile ‘Mental’ Heskey, in a centre midfield trio propped up by Stiliyan Petrov and Nigel Reo-Coker. Arsenal welcomed back key defender Thomas Vermaelen to replace Laurent Koscielny but full-back Gael Clichy, expected to return, missed out to Kieran Gibbs. Villa took the lead after 10 minutes after a fantastic long ball from Walker who was inspired in the opening 45. The England striker’s chest and volley finish was sublime and the visitors deserved their lead after a great start. The game got even better for Villa as Arsenal struggled to get a foothold into the game. A great through ball from Young slipped Bent through again and the forward put it through the advancing Sczeszny’s legs. Arsenal perked up after going two down and should have had a penalty after Dunne fouled Ramsey in the box from behind. Villa were lucky to have 11 men still on the pitch and the looping ball over the top became a theme. Van Persie hit the post after outfoxing Collins and Villa were relieved to here the half time whistle, going in 0-2 to the good. Read more

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