September 1, 2015

Aston Villa Review: Episode 129 - Notts County, Sunderland and deadline day

It's been a busy week for Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa. First, the team eventually overpowered Notts County in the second round of the League Cup, before throwing away two valuable Premier League points against a Sunderland side that allowed enough chances over 90 minutes to beat them twice. Finally, of course, today is transfer deadline day. Whether or not you're the kind of muppet who feels the need to apply a hashtag to that, the fact is there is business Villa need to do.

In this week's show Chris and Steve briefly discuss the League Cup win and the resulting fixture against plucky local minnows Small Heath later this month and delve somewhat deeper into an analysis of the draw against Sunderland and a brief discussion about what Villa need, want and might achieve at the end of the transfer window.

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August 24, 2015

Aston Villa Review: Episode 128 - Crystal Palace review, Notts County and Sunderland previews

Aston Villa began the weekend staring down the barrel of three games in eight days, both a blessing and a curse for a team short of match fitness and fluency. Saturday took Tim Sherwood's men to Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace were gifted two of their three Premier League points by a remarkable defensive cock-up involving Brad Guzan and Jordan Amavi. Villa had previously pegged Palace back thanks to Adama Traore's ability to force an own goal.

In this week's show Chris and Steve look back on Traore's debut, a point thrown away and all the other moments worth analysing from Saturday's game, before turning our attention to the future and Tuesday's League Cup Second Round game against Notts County at Villa Park. After that it's back to league action and a brief preview of Aston Villa v Sunderland next Saturday afternoon.

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August 19, 2015

Aston Villa Review: Episode 127 - Villa beaten by Manchester United

Aston Villa supporters who successfully battled through Friday night's horrendous traffic in time for kick-off were treated to the introduction of Villa's latest signing, former Barcelona man Adama Traore, who wasn't the only man to pen a five-year deal at the club last week. Ashley Westwood also signed a new contract to keep him at Villa until 2020 and he followed up with an impressive performance against Manchester United.

In this week's show Chris and Steve discuss Westwood's deal and the signing of Adama before diving into the frustrating process of analysing Villa's first defeat of 2015/16. Adnan Januzaj's deflected shot was the difference and Villa's inability to hit back against a rather lacklustre visiting side left the match feeling somewhat empty. We also preview Villa's trip to Crystal Palace and admit to knowing exactly nothing about Notts County.

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