Team: Gollini, Hutton, Elphick, Baker, Cissokho, Westwood, Gardner, Bacuna, Ayew, McCormack, Gestede
Subs: Bunn, Okore, Richards, Amavi, Tshibola, Green, Grealish
Defence as I thought, also midfield, although wondered if Tshibola would displace Gardner or Westwwod. Glad Gardner's getting a chance; should soon know if he's good enough.
If he's playing 4-2-3-1 then looks like Grealish has been dropped to make way for McCormack. I'm basically OK with this selection. Wonder if some of those on the bench will face Luton. Surprised Richards is in there.
Harsh. Gollini had looked solid until his mistake, we were fine defensively until then, except Cissokho looked dodgy. We looked the better team in the second half. McCormack looks a good signing. They were under pressure in the second half but at the moment we don't have that decisive cutting edge. Draw would have been fair and that's how it looked until Gollini's miskick.
If Wednesday are as good a Championship side as claimed, then we should make top half no trouble. We need more signings to be challenging for promotion.
One loss doesn't matter to much but we need to churn out performances like today or better match after match no matter how the results are going. Too early to tell whether we have that sort of resilience.
Why are we still picking the "losers" Hutton, Cissokho and Westwood from last season. Hutton was as slow as ever. Alice (Cissokho) offers nothing going forward and Westwood wasted 2 good scoring chances. I would hope that Amavi will replace Alice soon and Jedinak or Tshbola replace Westwood. We need to sign a decent right back or play Lyden there. I know it's early days, but we need to win the next 2 or 3 games, starting at Luton on Wednesday.
Yes Johny, Baker and Elphick looked impressive. Baker is much improved on the ball and looks a more attacking threat. I also agree about Bacuna, him and Ayew are the most selfish footballers Villa have ever had. If they were more team players we would benefit. That chance that Ayew had when he tried to squeeze the ball into the near post instead of passing to a better positioned colleague.I would like to see either Grealish or Green used in the wide positions. I would also have liked to see Hepburn-Murphy on the bench instead of "loser" Richards.
Thought Bacuna did OK. He's the only midfielder who puts pressure on defences. wouldn't say Westwood wasted those chances; they weren't easy and he had a decent crack at them.
The match gave me hopes that the defence can cope at this level. Wednesday are supposed to be good but it was only our mistake which gave them the game. Cissokho needs replacing though, and if Bennett isn't up to it then another player is needed, as well as Amavi.
Work in progress.
lets hope its true that 2 more of the should never wear the shirt again mob are moving. Agree on Westwood and Cissokho but think Bacuna could be a good player for us over the season,he isnt a trouble maker,just put his foot in his mouth once.We have all done this once or twice,just magnified ten fold by the internet being a pro footie player.
its still looking better already under RDM so lets enjoy the ride.