After Friday night’s disappointing defeat to Leeds United, Aston Villa’s impressive 100% winning start to the Premier League season was brought to an end in fairly emphatic fashion. What matters now is what Villa do next and how they react to that disappointment.
Iain Dowie once popularised a term when discussing a crucial component of his promotion chasing Crystal Palace team; “bouncebackability”. Simply put, to achieve success, a team needs to show the ability to react positively to any setbacks.
Friday night football is back as Aston Villa host Leeds United at Villa Park at 20:00, any points on the board for Dean Smith‘s Villa would see them go top of the Premier League with a game in hand as we enter this weekends fixtures.
This Friday Aston Villa clash with Leeds United for the first time since the infamous meeting of Marcelo Bielsa and Dean Smith’s squads last year. Given the utter calamity that ensued at Elland Road it is only fitting that we set our minds back and remember the anarchy in preparation for this Friday.
Monday 8th March 2020. The night of our last visit to Leicester and the King Power Stadium. It was a miserable trip, a humiliating 4-0 defeat against a side we’d fought hard to beat over 2 legs a month earlier in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals. Little did we know, it would also mark the final time we’d be allowed inside stadiums for the foreseeable future. All in all, not a fond memory.