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U23s v Aston Villa PL Cup

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1 minute ago, Carl Sagan said:

Pitch a last-minute switch for some reason. It has really spoilt the game.

We gradually asserted ourselves ending up going 2-0 ahead, but since then we really seem to have fallen apart. A bit odd. I wonder if the substitutions have made the difference.

Definitely.  Gone to pieces since Sibley went off. Can't be helped with a trialist playing with not much understanding with rest of team. No excuse for defensive panic though. Currently 2-1.

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I have to say I love to watch the under 23s. Unfortunately I only saw the last half hour tonight. Not his fault because it's not his position but that Kellan Gordon is a liability at right back.

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Sibley eh, what a star in the making. Liked the look of him from when I saw him first play. Let's hope his all action style doesn't burn him out. He in some ways reminds me of a young Bryan Robson. 

Loved the shoulder barge from MacDonald near the end. He's going to make the grade isn't he?

So many promising players springing up. Well done whoever's sparked the academy into life.

 

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4 hours ago, Carl Sagan said:

Game very open and end to end on a bobbly pitch.

A few minutes ago Max Bird intercepted in the middle of the Villa half in a brilliant position, but then gave the ball away carelessly leading to a fast Villa break at the other end. Max Hunt just stood with his arm up hoping for offside, as Villa had two players through on goal. Very unimpressed by both Maxs at that point, but a great save by Barnes and they missed the follow-up.

Villa are in the Premier League 2 second division but still won this tournament last year and top the group right now. But as a team near the top of the first division you'd hope we'd start to control this. And right now there is no control. Need to calm it down and have some sustained possession.

 

I thought Bird was our worse player I dont think he made a pass all night.Still it was a well fought win COYR

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