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Aston Villa 0 Wolves 0

Well done Wolves. Another good away point that takes us to seven points from three games.

It was the type of performance we have lacked since returning to the Premier League. A tight game, where neither side looked like scoring. Last season we were a bit guilty of keeping the game open when maybe we shouldn't have. Against a pacy Villa team we did well to stop them from creating very little openings.

Credit for that goes to the manager. I was annoyed when Mick took Hunt and Jarvis off, for Elokobi and Foley but it was an excellent decision. After twenty minutes of pressure, we finally started to keep the ball better. Ward and Foley as the wide midfielders did that excellently.

Wayne Hennessey put in another confident, solid performance. He made a very good save from Gabby Agbonlahor after he breezed past Roger Johnson. He also made important punches from dangerous crosses, one in particular at the beginning of the game.

It's quite hard to believe, but our best player over the last three games has been our left back. Stephen Ward was assured at the back and intelligent going forward. In fact, I would go as far as saying he was our most dangerous player attacking wise!

It's a good sign that we didn't play particularly well and yet still managed to take a point away from home. In a situation like this last year, we may have crumbled under the pressure and lost the game by two or three goals.

Hennessey - 8

Stearman - 6

Johnson - 7

Berra - 7

Ward - 8

Hunt - 7

Henry - 7

O'Hara - 6

Jarvis - 6

Doyle - 6

Fletcher - 7

We have two home games coming up now, where we have been very strong in the last year or so. Can we maintain our unbeaten run going, it's a scary thought.




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Writer: BloggerWolf Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 28 2011

Time: 12:12PM

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Bloggerwolf: while you are a little more positive in your report than I was in mine, our views largely coincide. I, too, thought that Ward was excellent going forward, especially when he moved into midfield. I would prefer him to Vokes as cover for Fletcher and Doyle upfront but that highlights the problem at LB. Foley matched him in midfield and together they stabilized the defence. I note that a number of reports have given Stearman a favourable review but I think that Foley would be more solid in that position. But, where is Zubar ... and should he be tried out as a CD, perhaps against Milwall if he is fit? I thought Berra performed adequately at CD and is improving in RJ's company ... but he is better in the air than on the ground and he has started to resort to holding on when turned. We'll pay for it as some point in the season. Regarding the tactical substitutions, I have to applaud MM for his astuteness. If he had not made the changes, we could easily have shipped a goal or two. As you say, what is so pleasing about the match is that we defended resolutely and managed to hold on to a hard fought point.
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28/08/2011 13:41:00

Bloggerwolf: while you are a little more positive in your report than I was in mine, our views largely coincide. I, too, thought that Ward was excellent going forward, especially when he moved into midfield. I would prefer him to Vokes as cover for Fletcher and Doyle upfront but that highlights the problem at LB. Foley matched him in midfield and together they stabilized the defence. I note that a number of reports have given Stearman a favourable review but I think that Foley would be more solid in that position. But, where is Zubar ... and should he be tried out as a CD, perhaps against Milwall if he is fit? I thought Berra performed adequately at CD and is improving in RJ's company ... but he is better in the air than on the ground and he has started to resort to holding on when turned. We'll pay for it as some point in the season. Regarding the tactical substitutions, I have to applaud MM for his astuteness. If he had not made the changes, we could easily have shipped a goal or two. As you say, what is so pleasing about the match is that we defended resolutely and managed to hold on to a hard fought point.
Southbank60
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28/08/2011 13:41:00

Top job, a good away point. UTW!!
BIG TASTY
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28/08/2011 17:05:00

Top job, a good away point. UTW!!
BIG TASTY
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28/08/2011 17:05:00

Quite right BT!! play not very well but still get a result!!
supersparkes
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28/08/2011 17:38:00

Quite right BT!! play not very well but still get a result!!
supersparkes
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28/08/2011 17:38:00

Thanks Southbank. I too would rather have Foley, or maybe Zubar at right back but Mick is obviously a fan of Stearman and wants him in the team. Personally, I prefer Stears at centre back. Spurs at home could be an interesting game, see how their team shapes up after the transfer window closes!
bloggerwolf
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28/08/2011 22:28:00

Thanks Southbank. I too would rather have Foley, or maybe Zubar at right back but Mick is obviously a fan of Stearman and wants him in the team. Personally, I prefer Stears at centre back. Spurs at home could be an interesting game, see how their team shapes up after the transfer window closes!
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