August 29, 2016

Aston Villa Review: Episode 160 - Villa beaten by Bristol City

As the international break takes Aston Villa briefly out of the firing line, three parting shots from Bristol City ensured that our temporary departure wouldn't be a happy one. In this week's Aston Villa Review we talk about the team's second loss of the Championship season and ask some of the questions so starkly asked by the performance that inspired it.

There's also yet another chat about Dr Xia, his input so far and his ongoing Twitter exploits, as well a quick update on transfer comings and goings. Ritchie de Laet has joined and Jores Okore and Joe Bennett are amongst the leavers. We skip over a couple of those. Firstly, we (aptly) forgot all about Jordan Veretout, and, secondly, we recorded too early to celebrate the excommunication of the biggest disgrace to wear our shirt for generations.

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August 22, 2016

Aston Villa Review: Episode 159 - Dalian Atkinson tribute and Villa's start reviewed

If relegation to the Championship has one effect, it's that a single week out of the podcasting racket leaves a backlog of too many matches to review at once. Since we last spoke, Aston Villa have lost at Luton Town, beaten Rotherham United, and drawn against Huddersfield Town and Derby County. There have been new signings, injuries and some horrendous goals conceded, and we talk about them all this week.

But the truth is that the football was overshadowed last week. Former Villa striker Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered by police in Telford, leaving behind a tale of tragedy. Our thoughts go out to the people who loved Dalian personally, of course, and this week's show includes a tribute based on our own love for the man as a giant of our formative football years.

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August 8, 2016

Aston Villa Review: Episode 158 - Villa beaten at Sheffield Wednesday

The 2016/17 season is underway and Aston Villa made their Championship bow on Sunday against much-fancied Sheffield Wednesday. Roberto di Matteo's side put in a performance of two halves but conceded late in the better half to lose 1-0, but there are some positives to be taken alongside the same old negatives.

In this week's Aston Villa Review we assess the game at Hillsborough, welcome Ross McCormack to the club and wave goodbye to a few of the departed. There's no show next week so we also consider the next four upcoming games. Villa face Luton Town in the EFL Cup this week before league ties against Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town and Derby County. No rest for the wicked.

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