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- Fri, 24 May 2019 21:30:24 +0000: Tyrone Mings: ‘I couldn’t turn down the chance to learn from John Terry’ - Aston Villa | The Guardian
The former mortgage adviser jumped at the chance to work with Terry at Aston Villa and says he has helped refine his game
Tyrone Mings never asked for much when he joined Aston Villa on loan from Bournemouth at the end of January. “My hopes for myself were just to come here and play football with a smile on my face,” he says. “And that is what the club has given me above and beyond everything else.”
Mings has been as good for Villa as they have for him. Frozen out and frustrated on the south coast, the central defender has helped to turn around Villa’s season as well as his own, starting more league games in four months than he managed in four years at Bournemouth and becoming a fans’ favourite in the process. He has even worn the captain’s armband. “It’s been everything that any loan player could want,” Mings says, smiling.
John tells me: 'Go through the game without being seen.’ Those little bits of advice are greatContinue reading...
- Fri, 24 May 2019 16:06:32 +0000: John Terry in running for the managerial post at Middlesbrough - Aston Villa | The Guardian
• Aston Villa’s assistant manager had talks with club
• Chairman set to make decision after the weekend
John Terry has emerged as a contender for the managerial vacancy at Middlesbrough. Aston Villa’s assistant head coach is among those competing with a fellow former England centre-half Jonathan Woodgate for a job which Slavisa Jokanovic has also been shortlisted.
Although Terry’s immediate priority is helping Dean Smith’s side in Monday’s play-off final against Derby County, he has spoken to Middlesbrough this week and Steve Gibson, Boro’s chairman, is expected to spend the weekend pondering his choice to replace Tony Pulis. An appointment is expected by the end of next week.Continue reading...
- Thu, 23 May 2019 21:29:12 +0000: Jack Grealish will cost ‘a lot of money’ if Aston Villa lose play-off final, says Smith - Aston Villa | The Guardian
• Villa captain signed new five-year deal in September
• Manager says Wembley defeat would not create financial issues
Dean Smith has insisted Jack Grealish will not be sold on the cheap if Aston Villa lose to Derby County in the Championship play-off final.
Tottenham are likely to revive their interest in Grealish if Villa fail to seal a return to the Premier League at Wembley on Monday. But Smith pointed out his captain signed a new five-year deal in September and warned potential buyers it would take a sizeable bid to prise the midfielder from Villa Park.Continue reading...
- Sun, 19 May 2019 07:30:08 +0000: Pleasure of promotion is potent despite likelihood of pain to follow | Paul Wilson - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Suspension of disbelief will be necessary as fans of Norwich, Sheffield United and either Aston Villa or Derby contemplate Premier League life. Luckily football supporters are good at that
It was a privilege to be at Elland Road for the play-off second leg between Leeds and Derby, not only because it was one of the most grippingly exciting Championship games of the season but because it was a throwback to a rawness and immediacy that is gradually disappearing from football at the top level.
Walking in to the ground late along with hundreds of others affected by an M62 closure in late afternoon, it was impossible not to be struck by the raucousness and sheer volume that could be created by 36,000 inside a boxy old stadium.Continue reading...
- Tue, 14 May 2019 22:08:09 +0000: Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach Championship play-off final – as it happened - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Tammy Abraham scored the crucial spot-kick for Aston Villa in a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over West Midlands rivals West Brom
Thanks for your company. That was entertaining, wasn’t it?
Now, read Stuart James’s match report:
A quick note on Mile Jedinak, courtesy of Matthew Stephens on email. “He has never missed a penalty for club or country,” he says. “That’s 17/17 for him now. Ice in his veins that man.” And some reaction from Tyrone Mings. “We always seem to find a way to win at the moment,” he says. “It was difficult against 10 men but we have a set of lads that never know when they have been beaten.”
Dean Smith talks. “The day we knew we were in the play-offs, we started working on penalties,” he says. “So, we’ve been doing it for four weeks. We had a plan of who would take them. We work very hard with Jed Steer on which way the opposition would go, so that was the plan.” Jack Grealish insists Aston Villa have only done half the job. “We done it last season, [but] it’s no good going on the run that we have been on and falling at the final hurdle [again]. We’ll have a few days off and then prepare for Wembley.”
Jed Steer, who saved two penalties in the shootout, speaks. “I think I have must have faced about 100 of them a day for the last few days, so it’s brilliant to make a couple of saves,” he says. “Bring on Wembley!” As for Tammy Abraham, who scored the winning spot-kick, he shrugged off talk of any pressure. “For me, I’m used to it. I’m professional. I’m used to it. This means the world.”
Villa are heading back to Wembley! It was not the cleanest penalty in the world but Abraham ripples the net and that’s it.
Now, Tammy Abraham can win it for Villa ...
Penalties 3-3: James Morrison scores!
Penalties 2-3: But Adomah blazes over!
Albert Adomah can send Villa to Wembley ...
Penalties 2-3: And does so. A cool penalty.
Kieran Gibbs has to score for West Brom ...
Penalties 1-3: Jack Grealish sends Johnstone the wrong way.
Penalties 1-2: Tosin Adarabioyo scores. Hope for West Brom.
Penalties 0-2: Mile Jedinak, who was brought on solely for this purpose, sweeps his spot-kick into the corner.
Penalties 0-1: Jed Steer saves – again! The Villa goalkeeper gets a strong right hand to Ahmed Hegazi’s spot-kick.
Penalties 0-1: Conor Hourihane sends Sam Johnstone the wrong way! Advantage Aston Villa!
Penalties 0-0: Jed Steer saves from Mason Holgate! The Villa goalkeeper guesses correctly, diving to his left.
West Brom will go first ...
Who do we fancy? West Brom do not have their penalty-taker – Jay Rodriguez – on the pitch. Villa have theirs, Tammy Abraham. Both managers look a little flustered as the captains do the coin toss.
Penalties will decide who reaches Wembley!
122 min: Mile Jedinak replaces Tuanzebe.
120 min: There will be two more added minutes. Villa have a corner. Grealish will swing it in ...
118 min: The ball breaks kindly for Davis, whose effort at goal is deflected wide by Craig Dawson. Kodjia tries to react but cannot latch on to it. Amid all of that, Tyrone Mings was hurt but hauls himself off the floor to fight on.
117 min: Huge chance! McGinn does superbly out on the right to beat two West Brom defenders, nutmegging James Morrison before standing up a lovely cross to the back post. There, Keinan Davis and Tammy Abraham are both queuing up to power a header at goal – but get in each other’s way. Frustration reigns for Smith.
116 min: Grealish claims handball against Craig Dawson – but the referee Chris Kavanagh could not make his opinion any clearer, forming a big cross with his hands.
114 min: Hegazi thumps away another hopeful ball into the West Brom box. Villa keep pushing but seem to have run out of ideas. Can West Brom hold on for a penalty shootout?
113 min: Keinan Davis is on for Elmohamady. An undoubtedly positive move by Smith, bringing on a striker for a full-back.
112 min: McGinn floats a ball towards the back post, where Adomah is lurking. The winger gets caught in two minds and ends up nodding straight at Johnstone, who gratefully clutches the ball.
111 min: Elmohamady pops up on the right and plays a beautiful ball across the face of the West Brom goal. Villa try to keep it alive at the back post but West Brom – just about – survive.
109 min: And now Abraham has a go at goal. He snubs Elmohamady who was in space to his right, instead driving at goal from just outside the box. But it was poor, always rising.
108 min: Grealish shoots from 30 yards – but Johnstone holds on to it! Moments earlier, West Brom had an opportunity to build: Jon Leko swivelled away from Tuanzebe and then dropped to the floor. Chris Kavanagh, the referee, was deeply unimpressed.
107 min: Jimmy Shan is deep in conversation with his backroom staff. West Brom will do well to take this to penalties. They have been playing with 10 men since the 80th minute.
106 min: West Brom get the final quarter started.
Villa are huffing and puffing – but cannot blow the West Brom house down. Abraham and Grealish have both been sniffing for a winner. Grealish, in particular, attempted to up the ante just before the end of the first period of extra time. When he did run at West Brom, the defenders looked frightened to touch him.
115 min: Vital interception by Hegazi! The West Brom defender sticks with Grealish and nicks the ball away, just as the Villa captain looks to pull the trigger inside the box. It was a well-worked move by Villa, with Kodjia nudging the ball into the path of Grealish who was determined to have a go.
112 min: Grealish plays a neat give-and-go with Tyrone Mings, who pours forward from centre-back. But the defender loses his footing as he shoots at goal after picking the ball up inside the box in a promising area. Mings’s slip is met with great delight by the Baggies supporters.
100 min: John McGinn bends a delicious left-footed ball into the box in search of Abraham – but the Chelsea loanee cannot reach it. Abraham never truly flung himself at the cross but did appear to be offside, and perhaps he knew as much. That felt like the chance.
99 min: Jonathan Kodjia replaces Anwar El Ghazi. A first roll of the dice by Dean Smith.
98 min: The ball bounces up on to the arm of Jack Grealish and the West Brom fans bask in his misfortune. The hosts earn a bit of respite, with Johnstone whacking the ball upfield towards Leko, who is flagged offside. The youngster is yet to get going.
95 min: Hourihane does have a crack this time, firing low from the edge of the area but his effort cannons off Abraham and into the hands of Sam Johnstone. Villa continue to apply the heat.
94 min: Grealish drifts out wide to the left flank, drops a shoulder and dinks a cross into the box in search of Abraham. Villa win a corner but West Brom head it clear. Villa recycle it, with Hourihane tempted to wind-up a shot on goal but Harper boots it away.
92 min: Jon Leko replaces Jay Rodriguez, who appeared to be struggling. It is Leko’s seventh appearance of the season. There is no better time to make himself a Hawthorns hero ...
91 min: We are back under way.
We go to extra time at the Hawthorns! And West Brom will have to slog it out with 10 men after Chris Brunt’s dismissal.
90+2 min: Grealish slips after attempting to skate away from Holgate and the Villa skipper ends up gifting West Brom a free-kick. They get a few of the big boys up for the pending free-kick, but Holgate’s delivery is wayward. Shocking, even.
90+1 min: El Ghazi whips a ball into the box in search of McGinn, who glances a header goal but Hegazi does enough.
90 min: There will be five added minutes.
88 min: Johnstone parries a McGinn piledriver into the path of El Ghazi, but the Villa winger is flagged marginally offside.
87 min: Stunning save by Sam Johnstone! A huge stop to deny the substitute Albert Adomah. After a bout of head tennis, the ball runs kindly off the shin of Abraham in the box and across to Adomah, who smacks it goalwards. But the West Brom goalkeeper instinctively pushes it away down to his right.
85 min: Villa squander two corners in quick succession but this has turned into attack v defence, as West Brom soak up further pressure. Down in the Villa technical area, Dean Smith, John Terry and Richard O’Kelly are dreaming up a masterplan.
83 min: Hourihane clips a ball into the box and Kyle Bartley heads away for a Villa corner. Suddenly, Villa’s tails are up.
82 min: Ten-man West Brom switch to a kind of 5-3-1.
81 min: Jimmy Shan responds by withdrawing Jacob Murphy and summoning Tosin Adarabioyo, the Manchester City loanee.
79 min: Chris Brunt is sent off! The West Brom midfielder dives in on McGinn on the edge of the box and the referee has no choice but to hand him a second yellow card. A reckless challenge. Brunt knows it was stupid, too, pulling at his hair as he heads down the tunnel. Yet another red card for West Brom!
77 min: Grealish opts to play an ineffective low ball towards the front post. West Brom gobble those up for breakfast.
76 min: Harper is straight into battle, duelling with Elmohamady down the left flank. But the Villa defender comes off victorious and they sweep forward up the other end to win a corner. Grealish will deliver. Up come Mings and Tuanzebe from the back.
75 min: A change apiece; Rekeem Harper, the West Brom young player of the year, replaces Matt Phillips, while Aston Villa introduce Albert Adomah in place of Andre Green.
74 min: The free-kick is launched towards the back post, where Bartley is lurking, but the West Brom defender is adjudged to have fouled Tammy Abraham.
73 min: Taylor is dismayed that the referee pulls him up for a challenge on Mason Holgate. The Villa defender is booked. It was a robust tackle but Taylor appeared to win the ball pretty cleanly. Anyway, Brunt will swing the free-kick into the box ...
70 min: James Morrison replaces Stefan Johansen, who limps off. He looks really frustrated but was on a booking and would have probably been Jimmy Shan’s first change regardless of that knock.
68 min: Johnstone is alert to keep out El Ghazi! Villa work the ball round the edge of the box and, when it lands at the winger’s feet, he only has one thing in his mind. El Ghazi powers low and hard and Johnstone saves smartly down low to his right.
66 min: Brunt flies in on John McGinn and gets a booking for his efforts. It was a horrible challenge, swiping through the legs of the Villa midfielder. Brunt, who clashed with McGinn at the end of the first half, can count himself fortunate that that was just a yellow.
64 min: Chris Brunt drops a shot just wide of goal! Mings’s telegraphed ball out to the left is calmly intercepted by Holgate, who then plays it infield to Brunt, who has a crack. Villa are playing themselves into trouble. West Brom are lapping it up.
63 min: McGinn storms across to Chris Kavanagh to ask about Ahmed Hegazi’s ‘defending’. The West Brom defender is more than touch-tight, tugging at the shirt of the Villa midfielder, who carries the ball along the tightrope on the edge of the 18-yard box. Dean Smith is equally livid. That was probably a foul.
61 min: Matt Phillips goes close! Bartley meets the corner at the back post to win another one in quick succession. This time West Brom opt to flood the box, with Rodriguez and Dawson both lurking on the goal-line. West Brom attempt to crowd out Steer and when the ball comes back in, Hegazi’s header is diverted just wide of goal by Phillips. Villa are treading water.
59 min: Hegazi strides out of defence to make a crucial challenge on McGinn and get West Brom back on the front foot. Johansen spreads play and Kieran Gibbs bombs forward, after good work by Brunt. West Brom win a corner ...
57 min: Johansen finally goes into the book. Craig Dawson followed Grealish infield to keep the Villa captain at bay on halfway and then the Fulham loanee blocks his path as he attempted to skip through. The free-kick comes to little, other than McGinn lashing wide.
56 min: And now Rodriguez is allowed to have a go at goal from 25 yards out. Steer makes a mess of it but eventually gathers.
54 min: Villa are dicing with death at the back. They got lucky when Murphy’s effort was hacked away and then Murphy intercepted Hourihane’s cushioned header in front of his own box.
53 min: Jed Steer breathes a sigh of relief. The Villa goalkeeper tries to slip the ball out from the back in search of Elmohamady but badly undercooks his pass and Jacob Murphy nabs the ball before letting fly. He curls an effort at the far corner of Steer’s goal – and there is Tyrone Mings to clear the ball away, just in front of the line.
52 min: McGinn walks into trouble and gets caught approaching halfway. Chris Brunt seizes possession and drives at goal. But, just as the West Brom midfielder is making ground, he sees his name up in the lights and blasts a wild effort high and wide.
50 min: Bartley brushes aside Abraham to nick the ball away in defence. As a result of a fairly tame challenge, the Villa forward goes to ground. Abraham nurses the left shoulder he has previously injured but is soon back up and moving.
49 min: Andre Green jinked away from Hegazi, dancing towards the box but the Villa winger loses his footing at the crucial moment. West Brom seek to put a foot on it, with Johansen spreading the ball wide to Matt Phillips, who is yet to find top gear.
48 min: El Ghazi’s free-kick is rubbish, failing to beat the first man but Grealish does well to recycle possession. El Ghazi’s delivery second time around is much better, finding Tammy Abraham at the front post. But Kyle Bartley makes life difficult for the striker and Abraham can only shoot off-target.
47 min: Villa play it short and then Johansen clatters Hourihane , just as he careered into Grealish in the first half. Villa earn a free-kick out on the left flank, 20-odd yards from goal.
47 min: Grealish feeds El Ghazi down the left. He takes a touch and then tries to a whip a cross in. Villa win a corner ...
46 min: Jacob Murphy kick-starts the second half.
Semi-essential half-time reading:
Craig Dawson’s header gives West Brom the lead at the interval. As the teams head down the tunnel, Brunt is trying to kiss and make up with McGinn, but the midfielder is unimpressed. Things were looking good for Villa until they switched off at that Holgate long throw, which Dawson guided into the corner of Jed Steer’s goal. West Brom initially looked shaky at the back but that goal gave them a real belief. Villa never really got back on track. A reminder that, if things stay as they are, we will have extra time.
45+1 min: Chris Brunt is a lucky boy. He wrestles with John McGinn but, as they go to ground in the challenge, Brunt appears to stand on McGinn’s right arm. It certainly did not look good. The Scottish midfielder is incensed but Brunt gets away with just a ticking off.
45 min: There will be one added minute.
44 min: Villa patiently build on the edge of the box and things look rather rosy but Neil Taylor’s low cut-back ends up dribbling across the area and back in West Brom hands. It was the right idea but there was no one in a Villa shirt there to meet Taylor’s cross.
41 min: Villa are happy to pop it about at the back, with Hourihane dictating things, gladly picking the ball up off Tuanzebe, Mings and co. They end up probing down the left and El Ghazi has a crack but his left-footed effort is tame, a daisy-cutter at best.
40 min: A smart Villa move ends up with Andre Green lashing a cross miles over. Dean Smith does not look amused.
38 min: Hourihane hits it low – but Hegazi is in the way. Grealish appeared to fancy it but was seemingly trumped by his team-mate. It took a while to be taken because of a stoppage for Anwar El Ghazi to receive some treatment; he is back up and running now.
35 min: Right on cue, after being slipped in by McGinn, Grealish is felled by Holgate outside of the area. A clumsy challenge by the West Brom defender, who halted the Villa midfielder just outside of the box. A hearts-in-mouth moment for the home faithful. It is only a free-kick, though. Off-centre, 20-odd yards from goal.
34 min: Jack Grealish is blocked off on halfway by Johansen, who has little appetite – if any – to play the ball. Johansen gets a stern telling off from the referee Chris Kavanagh. Talking of Grealish, he has been very quiet.
33 min: Hegazi bumps Jed Steer out of the way as West Brom chuck another long ball forward. That’s a foul and a chance for Villa to regroup. That goal has taken the wind out of Villa’s sails.
31 min: West Brom turned up the volume on Villa and got their reward for it. It was not the most beautiful goal – a route one move straight out of the Tony Pulis textbook – but West Brom won’t care. Dean Smith is aggrieved down on the touchline, having a pop at the fourth official for an alleged foul on Mings in the buildup to it.
It all stems from a Mason Holgate long throw and Craig Dawson rises highest in the box – above three Villa defenders – to steer the ball into the corner of the goal. West Brom recycled the ball time and again to maintain pressure and got their reward. Game on!
27 min: For the first time, West Brom’s front three cause havoc. After Rodriguez scoops hold of the ball, they break and Mings inadvertently nudges the ball into the path of Phillips. Villa survive but then Mings concedes a corner, which Villa have to bat away.
25 min: Bartley does well to collect a high ball forward and divert it across the 18-yard box – but the linesman’s flag is up.
24 min: Mings fouls Rodriguez on halfway. West Brom have the chance to throw the ball forward and get on the front foot.
22 min: Hourihane and Tuanzebe get a little complacent, attempting to overplay in defence and Johansen almost snuffs it out. In the end, Villa get away with it and McGinn thumps a ball wide in search of El Ghazi. The Villa winger battles with Holgate but the defender comes off better, buying a goal-kick. El Ghazi slaps his thighs; that is a blossoming duel down on the left flank.
20 min: Villa break forward through Neil Taylor. It looks promising but the left-back overhits his cross towards the back stick. West Brom welly the ball back downfield but, again, Villa gobble it back up. West Brom have got to be more inventive than that.
19 min: Axel Tuanzebe does superbly, coolly nudging Jacob Murphy off the ball and waltzing out of defence with it. Villa have looked imperious at the back, West Brom not so much.
18 min: West Brom cannot make the ball stick up front. And the Hawthorns crowd is growing a little frustrated.
16 min: Mings brushes Matt Phillips aside to win the ball back outside the Villa 18-yard box. Phillips and Murphy have been anonymous for West Brom, leaving Rodriguez isolated.
14 min: An encouraging spell of Villa pressure culminates in another corner. John McGinn goes on a barnstorming run towards the box, laying the ball off for El Ghazi, who whips in a cross. He overcooks it, but Elmohamady picks it up on the opposite flank. His cross is measured for Abraham, who rises and buys a corner. When it comes in, Mings is booked for a stupid handball.
12 min: West Brom clear the resulting corner but Rodriguez gets in a muddle on halfway. They are yet to establish a true outlet going forward. The suspended Dwight Gayle, watching up in the gods, would usually provide that in behind the opposition defence.
11 min: Kyle Bartley snuffs out a long ball into the channel, with Abraham lurking. Good defending. When Villa recycle the ball, it is fed to the back post where El Ghazi is tussling with Holgate but the latter nods away. That feud is only just starting.
9 min: West Brom attempt to go again, building from the back through Sam Johnstone once more. Meanwhile, tensions continue to simmer between Holgate and El Ghazi.
7 min: Villa look to break but Abraham runs into Chris Brunt. West Brom want to get it forward and Jay Rodriguez collects the ball just inside his own half. The hosts probe, with Johansen flighting a cross-field ball for Kieran Gibbs, who switches play. The ball bobbles up on the arm of El Ghazi, who got goal-side of Holgate on the opposite flank. But the referee is having none of it.
6 min: Holgate gets sloppy, giving up on a loose ball and El Ghazi proceeds to latch on to it, keeping it in play on the touchline. West Brom get away with it but they look suspect at the back.
4 min: Tammy Abraham is winning everything in the air at the moment. West Brom’s three centre-halves haven’t had a look in.
3 min: Mason Holgate bombs down the right flank and, for the first time, West Brom earn a chance to get a ball in the box. The wing-back launches a long-throw into the area, Murphy has a crack from the edge of the box but Villa manage to clear their lines.
2 min: A jittery start at the back by West Brom. Dawson makes a mess of a hopeful ball forward and Sam Johnstone, who spent last season on at Villa, steps in to boot the ball upfield.
1 min: El Ghazi drives forward into acres of space, racing on to an Abraham header and the winger forces a corner. Johansen clears but West Brom gifted Villa a worrying amount of room to play.
Jack Grealish gets the ball rolling.
The Liquidator rings around the Hawthorns. Kick-off is imminent.
The teams trudge out of the tunnel. Here we go ...
It is a beautiful evening for a tub-thumping West Midlands derby. West Brom fans are beginning to make a real racket.
Jimmy Shan talks. “We need to give them a punch, so to speak, we need to be a bit more front-foot,” the West Brom boss says, asked about the game-plan. “We are behind in the tie and we need to be a bit better and a bit brighter in the final third of the pitch.” And the million-dollar question, have they practiced penalties? “We have, yes, but it is not something new to our training schedule.”
Dean Smith speaks pre-match. “We have got in a very good habit of winning football games and we want to keep doing that,” says the Villa manager. “This is going to be a tough game. I think they [West Brom] will be a little more positive than they were at Villa Park.” Of promoting Hourihane and Green to the starting lineup after impressing in the first leg, he says: “They played well when they came on, helped change the game and when you do that in our team, you keep your shirt. I expect a good performance again. Asked what his final words to his players before kick-off will be, he replies: The same as always – be a good team-mate. You are never going to win anything on your own – you have to do it as a team – and there is a great togetherness in our squad.”
A gentle reminder that the winner of this one will play either Derby or Leeds at Wembley. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in the box seat after the first leg but those teams meet again at Elland Road on Wednesday, and Frank Lampard knows his side must embrace the atmosphere in front of a supercharged sell-out crowd:
Before we get lost in the actual football, let’s turn our attention to an increasingly grim situation at Bolton Wanderers:
Team news news: Jacob Murphy replaces the suspended Dwight Gayle as West Brom make one change, while Dean Smith also opts to mix things up. Conor Hourihane and Andre Green are in for the start for Villa, who will be heading to Wembley if they avoid defeat. Giving Green – who joined the club aged nine and was recalled from a loan spell at Portsmouth in January – a go from the off in place of Albert Adomah is a bold call by Smith. But then, that is what these games are all about. As for the benches, West Brom boast pace in abundance in Jefferson Montero and Jon Leko, while Villa have plenty of experience in Jedinak and Whelan.
West Bromwich Albion (3-4-3): Johnstone; Dawson, Hegazi, Bartley; Holgate, Johansen, Brunt, Gibbs; Phillips, Rodriguez, Murphy
Subs: Bond, Townsend, Adarabioyo, Morrison, Harper, Leko, Montero
After a first-leg victory, Aston Villa are as close as 90 minutes away from reaching a second successive play-off final. A 2-1 comeback win on home soil has left Dean Smith’s side poised to seal a spot at Wembley on 27 May. Villa are already feeling pretty good about themselves – they have lost just one of their past 14 matches – but history is on their side, too. Sixteen of the last 18 sides to win the first leg of a Championship play-off semi-final have gone on to progress through to the final. “The players will know from me and the staff that nothing is over,” said Villa manager Dean Smith. “We’ve got to go there and put in a really good performance. I didn’t feel it was a good performance on Saturday. I feel there were a few players who performed below their normal standards. If we play to our normal standards we’ll be a right threat.”
This time it is West Brom who will lean on home advantage but, if they are to win, they will do so without 24-goal top-scorer Dwight Gayle, who picked up a silly red card in the last leg. “What it does present is that the lads waiting in the wing have an opportunity to perform and be a hero,” said caretaker manager Jimmy Shan. Villa have no such problems; Smith has a fully-fit squad to choose from, including talisman Tammy Abraham. “There’s different ways you can approach the game but, if we win, we’re through,” Smith said.Continue reading...
Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:
- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:01:06 +0000: Villa wait on Terry contract offer - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Aston Villa do not expect immediate progress in their bid to sign John Terry after making him a lucrative contract offer.
- Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:34 +0000: Championship fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.
- Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:19:02 +0000: Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.
- Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:26:51 +0000: Villa chief executive Wyness suspended - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness is suspended from football activity for three weeks for social media misconduct.
- Thu, 18 May 2017 12:51:32 +0000: CEO Wyness dismisses Villa budget fears - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness is confident of signing transfer targets within manager Steve Bruce's budget.
Aston Villa are now looking to strengthen their squad for the up coming season with a large number of new players touted to be on the clubs radar in the closed season. The club has been boosted lately by the resigning of goalkeeper Brad Guzan who left the club at the end of last season. The American keeper has now penned a new lucrative three year deal which will keep him at Villa park until the end of the 2015 season.
Another huge target for the club this season is Blackburns Steven N`Zonzi who is also a top target for Sunderland, Tottenham and Stoke City with the midfielder stating that he has no intention of playing football in the championship. The Frenchman is thought to be available for a fee of around five million pounds and would welcome the chance to play in the English top flight again.
Blackpool winger Matt Phillips is also believed to be on the clubs radar as the championship side looked doomed to lose their influential winger as a host of top flight clubs are now vying for his signature. The twenty one year old has had a brilliant season for his club and now looks set to move to the premier league with clubs such as Everton, Wigan, Reading and Sunderland all in for the winger.
Sheffield United defender Matt Lowton is another target for the Villa Park outfit as Paul Lambert looks to strengthen his back line for the new season and the player is thought to be his top target for his defence. Lowton is now regarded as one of the hottest prospects in English football but Villa will need to fight off stern interest from additional clubs such as feyenoord and Bersiktas.