Targett & Cash: Defensive Lieutenants

Matt and Matt. The two Matty’s. Tango… sorry, Targett and Cash. Any of those references would be adequate however, it may be a little easier, and more fitting to just say the ‘those two studs at full-back’.

Despite an infuriating sequence of events leading to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of – let’s be honest – an incredible Man City side, Matty Cash and Targett gave the two notable performances for Villa. To me, this comes as no surprise that Cash has had a big impact on Villa’s defensive improvement, yet the upturn in Targett’s defensive output has been one of the revelations of the season considering he would have been one of the first on the chopping block had I been manager.

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Southampton Review: Frustratingly good enough but tactically naive & a trip to North London

Classic Villa, eh! Win our first four games including a 7-2 thrashing of the reigning champions Liverpool, only to capitulate and quite embarrassingly so to Leeds United and Southampton. Without a win at Villa Park since 2004 against the Saints, the result shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise but let’s be honest, frustratingly, Villa don’t tend to do things the easy way.

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Luc Nilis, the greatest forward we never truly saw.

Despite starting what you’re about to read about a month before the transfer window’s closing (the delay in part due to laziness on weekends and being busy during the week), if I were to say this year’s summer transfer window marks the 20th anniversary of Aston Villa’s best summer signing of the 21st century, it could be forgiven for thinking I was talking about Juan Pablo Angel or at a stretch, David Ginola. Luc Nilis is the name that should have sprung to mind.

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Liverpool (H) Preview ft The Anfield Wrap

This time around – in Week 11 of fixtures – Aston Villa play host to a seemingly unstoppable force from Merseyside, Liverpool FC.

The red half of Liverpool city haven’t lost a league game since their 2-1 away loss to Manchester City in January last season; quite frankly a remarkable defeat. Tottenham were the latest team to face the wrath of the Reds as Jurgen Klopp’s side edged the game 2-1.

Villa on the other hand come into the game off the back of a 3-0 loss to reigning champions Man City. Not that it did our spirits any harm, after all,  even a sniff at goal could be considered a successful afternoon at the Etihad and we held our own for the first half at least.Read More »