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Re: Promotion discussion thread

Post by Saunders82 on Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:25 am

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@deadbuzzardalive wrote:I saw a stat earlier that Ipswich, haven't won a single point this season from any teams in the top ten, lets hope that continues on Saturday.

We've just got to stay focused on one target at a time. The next target is to get to third spot and then target the second spot. That's all that matters right now and Cardiff are at Forest on Sunday so Saturday gives us a big opportunity to put pressure on them and reduce the gap to two points.

NOW that sounds like a good plan.
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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:02 pm

I hate to say it, but we could really do with birmingham beating Sheffield United in the late kick-off. They'll probably get thrashed though.

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Post by Trotters on Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:10 pm

And that little conundrum destroys so many blue-nose brain cells! I want them to win or draw as it helps us. Ask a nose and they'll want some time to mull it over.
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Post by AstonThriller on Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:03 pm

December is the month that could define our whole season. Leeds, Derby and Sheffield Utd are part of our next four fixtures along with Millwall. We win three of these games and then I'd be surprised if we're not second tbh.
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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:10 pm

birmingham have looked absolutely dreadful, but have just scored a stunning goal to take the lead.

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Post by Villa_Dan on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:00 pm

A draw will do. Hold on you 6 toed fucks
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Post by Saunders82 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:39 pm

A good point for us at Bramall Lane, & uncle Albert has still scored more goals than them. Dancing Banana Dancing Banana
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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:05 pm

Only two points behind Sheffield United now, I wouldn't have predicted that a week or so back. Just need Forest to beat Cardiff, if they do so, gives us the chance to go second if we beat Leeds, but that won't be easy obviously.

Another good thing about the Sheffield United result is that it might give them a bit of confidence going into the Wolves game next weekend, one more favour, and then they can start losing again.

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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:25 pm

I knew Forest, the sad dopes, would stink the joint out. Cardiff have a feel of the Leicester of a years back about them, an underdog who everyone expected to fall away at some point, but never did. And looking at the fixtures they've a very favorable December with four home games out of six.

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Post by AstonThriller on Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:36 pm

One step at a time. The first target is to catch Sheff Utd of which we are just two points behind. So, in reality, it's been a good weekend despite Wolves and Cardiff getting results. And btw I was very pissed about that Bristol City result but I digress. The key is to now go to Leeds and not lose. A point down there wouldn't be the end of the world, but a win? Then I think it sends a serious message to the rest of the league. We also have to remember that we're gonna be facing these sides aswell. Sheff Utd, Cardiff and Wolves all have to come to VP and that will be very interesting to see.
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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:27 pm

One small consolation of Cardiff beating Forest, is that it means we maintain our six point cushion in the play-offs.

Beating Leeds would give us such a confidence boost going into a tough run of games, looking at the table, I think Ipswich are the only side currently occupying the top ten that we've beaten so far this season, although I wouldn't be too downbeat with a draw.

To be honest, looking at the fixtures, if we come out at the end of December, still only five points away from second place, then I think we'll have done well.

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Post by De Kuip on Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:41 am

Ha just catching up with tbar after a lost weekend and I've written a very similar post in the Steve Bruce thread. Should have read the above 2 posts first!
Christ I've still got a hangover from Saturday!
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Post by FoxyAV on Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:54 am

We'd be fucked if Albert went off injured. I suppose it would open the door for Grealish but he's not really a left winger is he and there'd be more pressure on Davis to score.
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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:43 pm

Ipswich just beat Derby, good result for us, as Derby could have leapfrogged us in the table.

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Post by AstonThriller on Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:02 am

@deadbuzzardalive wrote:Ipswich just beat Derby, good result for us, as Derby could have leapfrogged us in the table.

Derby had been on a great run similar to ours so yes, that's a big slip up from them tbh. We easily dispatched Ipswich at the weekend but results like this is what makes the championship so unique. Now we've got a little cushion on that top six regardless of what happens at Leeds which is a good place to be in right now. IF we win on Friday we go into 3rd and create a four point gap between us and Bristol. These are our rivals fixtures this week.

Cardiff vs Norwich (Play on Friday like us)
Millwall vs Sheff Utd
Derby vs Burton
Bristol City vs Boro
Ipswich vs Forest
Birmingham vs Wolves

On reflection, that Derby result was quite vital as if they would have won, they could have well leapfrogged us this weekend if we don't win at Leeds. But yeah, come Saturday we could be on cloud nine if we beat Leeds and Cardiff slip up against Norwich. Then all the pressure would be on Sheff Utd and Wolves and tbh those games aren't gonna be easy imo. Millwall are more than a handful at home and Birmingham  have beaten Cardiff, Wednesday and Bristol at the Sty!!!..but of course, all this is futile if we don't do our job first.


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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:13 pm

I think during the month of December we just have to win our own games, or as many of them as possible, and results going our way in other games will be a bonus. Looking at the fixtures, if we still in reach of the top two come the beginning of January then I think we'll have done well.

It's a big month really, in which fans of other clubs are counting on us collapsing because they think we're basically fast track bullies who can only beat the poorer sides, but struggle against the better, if we can prove them wrong over December it should stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

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Post by achilles on Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:45 pm

Totally agree @deadbuzzardalive
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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:54 am

I don't think there's a snowballs chance in hell we'll get promoted with our football. But we'll see.

What I can see is us getting into a playoff situation where we are played off the park by teams that actually knows how to pass and move, while having tactics not involving "hoof and run". Should be another humiliating AVFC moment.

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Post by De Kuip on Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:45 am

@deadbuzzardalive wrote:

It's a big month really, in which fans of other clubs are counting on us collapsing because they think we're basically fast track bullies who can only beat the poorer sides, but struggle against the better, if we can prove them wrong over December it should stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

To be honest mate all the evidence thus far indicates exactly that we are flat track bullies as  we've done eff-all against top teams. Dec and Jan will disprove or reinforce this and obviously I'm desperate for us to disprove it. Have to say I haven't yet shifted the suspicion that our recent run of fixtures has glossed over some of Bruce's shortcomings.
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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:28 am

We need to do better against the top teams, but when you look at it, of the current top ten, we've only lost to Wolves and Cardiff, and both those games were away. In fact we've only actually played three of top six, and against teams below that we've gotten some pretty decent results against the likes of Ipswich, Forest, Norwich and Fulham.







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Post by AstonThriller on Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:45 am

@deadbuzzardalive wrote:I think during the month of December we just have to win our own games, or as many of them as possible, and results going our way in other games will be a bonus. Looking at the fixtures, if we still in reach of the top two come the beginning of January then I think we'll have done well.

It's a big month really, in which fans of other clubs are counting on us collapsing because they think we're basically fast track bullies who can only beat the poorer sides, but struggle against the better, if we can prove them wrong over December it should stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

Last season we took points off of every single team in the top six!!. Actually, no side did the double over us last year.

Newcastle= drew one game and lost one

Brighton= drew twice

Reading= won one and lost one

Sheff Wed= won one and lost one

Fulham= won one and lost one

Huddersfield= drew one and lost one

Leeds= drew one and lost one

Norwich= won one and lost one

So we didn't do too bad last season against the better sides. And it could have been even better because we should have beaten Huddersfield both times, Newcastle were clinging on for dear life at the end of that game at VP and Brighton got battered from pillar to post in that away game and somehow got a point.

We just have to keep picking up the three points no-matter where they come from. I believe we can beat many of the better sides at VP and hopefully put this theory to bed.
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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:59 pm

Slip up slip up slip up

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Post by deadbuzzardalive on Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:11 pm

We've dropped down fifth as Bristol City leapfrog us, and Cardiff have extended their advantage over us to seven points. Unfortunately given Leeds recent home form, and that we're aiming to be one of the top two teams in the division, it us who's slipped up.

Things might look a bit better if Wolves lose, congest things up a bit. That game is one that I can either see them winning by a high margin, or losing by a single goal, in a scrappy game.

For all the talk of it being a tough December, two of the next three games are at home, and I don't think Derby's record at their ground is that brilliant either, Wolves, Reading and Ipswich have all gone there and won.

I think signing a top striker in January will be important to us, one that's a team player, as well as being able to score goals, do that, and it might just be what gets us over the line.

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Post by AstonThriller on Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:43 am

We had the toughest game out of the entire top six this weekend, so slipping one place is not something I'm gonna crow about. Leeds is as tough an away fixture that we will face this season regardless of what form they had shown leading up to the game. So to get that out of the way, and still be in a decent position, is a good thing imo.

I knew Bristol nicking that late win at Hull would hurt us but next week it's Sheff Utd vs Bristol, so IF we can get the three points we'll be moving back up the table regardless of the result. Sheff Utd look like they are starting to feel the pressure now so we just need to keep chipping away. An interesting stat, when it comes to the Wolves game is Blues haven't lost to any of the top six thus far!!!..They've played us, Cardiff, Derby, Bristol and Sheff Utd and got two draws and two wins. So that might be a good omen.

Next weekend could be crucial. These are our rivals fixtures.

Sheff Utd vs Bristol City (play on Friday night)
Wolves vs Sunderland
Barnsley vs Derby
Boro vs Ipswich
QPR vs Leeds
Reading vs Cardiff

IF the Sheff Utd game ends in a draw, then we'd have a MASSIVE opportunity on Saturday to get into third place. Wolves are gonna have another gimme so not focused on them until the week after when they go to Wednesday, but that Cardiff game looks interesting because Reading appears to have picked up form.

So If things go our way we could potentially be in third spot and just four/five points behind Cardiff!!!!..COME ON VILLA!!.
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Post by achilles on Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:32 am

If Wolves win today they will be 11 points ahead of us, which we can safely say is beyond us to catch them as it would mean us winning 3 games while they lose 3 games which isn't going to happen! Therefore that just leaves Cardiff who are just 7 points ahead of us, even that will be a big ask although Cardiff could yet wobble although Warnock is a manager who I don't particularly like but he gets results against all the odds! Therefore I think realistically the playoffs are the best we can hope for, especially with Bruce, before a ball is kicked accepting a point away from home as a good point instead of being positive and instilling a belief in the players that anything is possible!

As for the toughest game of the weekend I would have said going to play Millwall away was easily the toughest with their small claustrophobic ground and their very impressive home record.
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