September 1, 2014

Aston Villa Review: Episode 87 - Villa beaten by Leyton Orient but bank three Premier League points

Weeks filled with ups and downs are hardly unusual at Aston Villa these days, but the last ten days have inspired a range of emotions. After losing 1-0 at home to Leyton Orient in the second round of the League Cup, Villa hosted Hull City in the Premier League and swept aside much of the bad feeling by winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann.

In this week's Aston Villa Review, Chris and Steve briefly consider the implications of the Orient loss but focus mainly on Villa's win against Hull. It was a welcome return to form for both of the goalscorers, but the defence was again impressive and substitute Jack Grealish was singled out for some vicious treatment by walking ballbag Steve Bruce and his goons.

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August 28, 2014

Aston Villa Review: Episode 86 Stoppage Time - Tom Fox joins as CEO

When owner Randy Lerner announced his intention to sell Aston Villa and agreed with Paul Lambert that the manager should remain in his job when it's almost inconceivable that any other owner would have resisted sacking him, Villa appeared to be a club with nobody at the tiller. Worse, it was a club drifting towards relegation with nobody trying to save it. And who wants to buy that?

With no buyer found, however, a modicum of activity in the transfer market has at least made 2014/15 seem like 'business as usual', for all that's worth. In this week's Stoppage Time, Chris and Steve discuss an even more important move by Lerner, namely the appointment of Tom Fox as Chief Executive Officer.

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August 26, 2014

Aston Villa Review: Episode 86 - Villa draw with Newcastle United and prepare for double-header

Aston Villa are now two games in to the Premier League season, unbeaten and yet to concede a goal. Saturday's goalless draw against Newcastle United at Villa Park wasn't much of a spectacle, but a point is a point and it's something to build upon for Paul Lambert and his team.

In this week's Aston Villa Review, Chris and Steve look back over the game against the Magpies and preview two upcoming matches. Villa face Leyton Orient in the League Cup on Wednesday and Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday, both at home. A couple of wins there and you'd have to say Villa have made a decent start. But will they get it done?

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