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Aston Villa Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

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I headed over to the Villa forum Heroes and Villains to ask the questions. Check out the thread as well, it gets quite tasty after one of them visits TF and sees some of the questions suggested. This week’s questions were:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent?
5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
10 – Scoreline prediction?

Monty

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
I fear this could be our year for the drop. Feel free to laugh at us if so, as we did at you lot (some of your fans do hold a grudge for a joke, don’t they? Oh well, idiots everywhere). As for your team, non-descript mid-table for you this season, which looks pretty great from where we’re sat.

2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
Underwhelmed by Sherwood. He might keep us up, but I have very very grave doubts long-term, and I also think there’s a good chance he will take us down, but that’s hardly all his fault. Overall, seems like just another English coach who thinks tactics are mints, but let’s see.

3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
Not creating chances. We’re unbelievably jittery in the final third, as well as clueless, static, devoid of confidence and unimaginative. Woohoo!

4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent?
No. Done at the top level. Might get a few tap-ins in the Championship, but you can’t afford to have a player in the top flight who just hangs around near the goal, not contributing, then touches the ball in from a yard and wheels away with his shirt over his head.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Juan Pablo Angel. I bet he’d look after the place neatly.

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
Leicester, QPR and, I hate to say it, Villa to go down. Top four? Chelsea, City, Arsenal aaaand…someone.

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
A rich tea that’s been left in the cuppa for too long. Eventually the heat tells on us, and we fall apart into nondescript, undigestible mush.

8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
It is gloomy, and I imagine that it must have had an impact on attendances. Last season really did it, I think, almost more than this.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
I don’t think so. You’re not really in any danger, so you can afford the luxury of waiting until you have a chance of getting someone really good. The pickings are slim mid-season – look who we got!

10 – Scoreline prediction?
Ach, I dunno. 2-1 Newcastle? We might score, but that might be it.

The Sound of Villadelphia

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
Villa, 17th. Newcastle, 13th. You’ve a tough few games to finish the season.

2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
Lambert should have gone last summer, Sherwood is what you end up with when you dither. I’m hoping he can bring some confidence to the players and leave the coaching to those better qualified. Glad he’s no longer orange.

3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
Chances – wasn’t that a David Bowie song?

4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent? No, not even a fit, goalscoring Darren Bent as you require a manager that knows how to play to his strengths and we haven’t had one of those since Houllier.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Alex Morgan. Take a look.

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
Sunderland (18th), Burnley (19th), Leicester (20th).
Top 4? Who really gives a shit providing Man Utd aren’t in it.

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
Right now, a stale dog biscuit nobody except the insane would eat.

8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
Exhausted watching dire football but still with enough faith/hope we can survive the season. If your lot had to watch what we’ve had to over the last 15 years at Villa Park you’d probably be back to 18k attendances. For some ungodly reason, the fans have haven’t given up, maybe the younger ones think this is the norm.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
No. They’ll manage to choose from a larger pool come the summer though I still wouldn’t trust Ashley to make the right choice.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
Newcastle 0-2 Villa – We’re not half as bad as we pretend to be.

dekko

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
For us, 17th or 18th. For you 11th or 12th

2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
I was pretty disappointed when he joined (if another team had given him a job 13 games from the end of the season id have probably laughed my bollocks off), but I’m not so sure now. He’s clear, outspoken, confident and actually sets out to win games (ie the Anti-Lambert), so he was a good appointment to try and bring some swagger back to the place. That said, what I think we really need is a decent coach and tactician who’d be able to get performances out of the good players we have. Worryingly, his coaching team are now all in jobs elsewhere, and he seems to be from the Redknapp school of tactics. He could be great, he could be a disaster.

3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
The former. We might be poor in front of goal too, but we’d have to actually get in front of goal once in a while to find that out.

4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent?
Ditching Bent was one of the few things Lambert got right. He’s scoring for Derby but if you’re the best team in a poor league you can afford to carry a chubby, lazy git who’ll do nothing for 89 minutes of the game. Although, given the poor form of all our strikers, and the way that Sherwood wants the team to get the ball into the box more often, he’d probably be useful as an option off the bench at least.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Hope Solo.

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
Leicester, QPR and either us or Burnley

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
A plain Digestive. Good old fashioned, solid, British biscuit. Been around forever, but sadly unable to keep up with all these fancy chocolate and fruity bits that the other biscuits have these days. If it disappeared from the biscuit box all the digestive lovers would be devastated but nobody else would care that something so bland wasn’t around any more.

8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
It was at absolute rock-bottom the day before Lambert went, there was a wave of optimism after Sherwood’s half time intervention in our cup game against Leicester the other week, and now its crashed almost all the way back down again. The poor mood has affected attendances, and given that that mood has come about as a result of a 5th successive relegation battle, an owner who wants out, a massively unpopular manager (until recently), years of crappy signings, record-breaklingly bad form, mind numbing play-for-a-0-0 football and expensive tickets, I’m surprised its taken this long for the crowds to really start dropping off.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
From an outsider perspective, not really. Despite being owned by an absolute bell-end, Newcastle is a big enough club to attract a reasonable standard of manager, and you’ll probably stand a better chance of getting one in the summer.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
1-1

peter w

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
Bottom 3. We could even be bottom. Mid-lower table. 13th or so.

2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
Too early to say. i think he just needs to calm down and try and salvage the season.

3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
Both but largely a).

4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent?
God, no. A busted flush who is doing well in the Championship.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Charlie Athersmith, Joe Bache, devey, Hodgetts…it’s in our history

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
Us, Leicester, QPR
Top 4? erm…Chelsea, man City, and whoever else is up there. i guess Arsenal must be so them and errh (circling hand) liverpool. No real idea.

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
Jaffa cake. No idea what it is or is trying to be.

8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
Misery under Lambert. Let’s wait and see under Sherwood.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
No. Sherwood is the best we could have got given the lateness in the season in which we got rid of Lambert. Not easy to get decent managers until their season is over. Wherever they are currently managing.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
We need something from this so 3-0 you.

HertsVilla

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
Sadly, I’m increasingly resigned to relegation. Having attended our awful game at Hull (believe me there’s been some bad ones over the past few years), I was convinced that we were doomed. The optimism of a new manager gives us some hope but I fear it is a case of too little, too late. I think Newcastle will finish mid-table. Beautiful, comfortable mid-table.

2 – What are your thoughts on Tim Sherwood?
Underwhelmed. I think it could all end disastrously and, even if by some miraculous circumstances we retain our Premier League status, I’m not convinced longer term he is the person to take the club forward. Although, that said, the whole hierarchy at Villa needs to be completely overhauled. I do appreciate that our current predicament is in no way his fault though and would love nothing more than my pessimism to be proven unfounded!

3 – Is your lack of goals due to not creating chances? Or just from being poor in front of goal?
Sylvia Plath once said that ‘the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt’ which I think is depressingly apt for us.

4 – Do you think the club should have kept Darren Bent?
No, he is past it.

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Ian Taylor. Not the greatest. But he loves the Villa and so do I.

6 – Who do you think will be the three clubs to get relegated? And who will make up the top four?
Relegated: Leicester (20th), QPR (19th) and Villa/Burnley/Sunderland (18th).
Top Four: Couldn’t. Give. A. Monkeys.

7 – If your club was a biscuit, what biscuit would it be? And why would it be that biscuit?
Rich Tea. Once titled the ‘Lord of all Biscuits’, with an enviable and glorious heritage and prestige, but sadly usurped in recent times by gaudy pretenders of little substance like Oreos/Chelsea.

8 – What is the general mood among Villa fans? Has it contributed to falling home attendances?
Apathy. Most definitely.

9 – Have Newcastle made a mistake by waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent manager?
No, quite the contrary. Whilst your season will inevitably fizzle out, a comfortable mid-table berth is guaranteed affording you ample opportunity in the summer to diligently search for a successor to Carver. Handled well, longer term this will only be beneficial to the club.
Something I wish Villa had done last summer. Alas.

10 – Scoreline prediction?
Heart: 2-1 Villa
Head: 2-0 Toon

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