Taking the new-manager ‘boing’ out of the Baggies

As I look back to my feelings before last night’s game with West Brom, for the first time properly this season, I felt somewhat nervous. This is mainly due to the baggies having newly appointed Sam Allardyce at the helm. Although ‘Big Sam’s’ notorious style doesn’t strike fear into an opponent, his stubborn style of defending and our inability to see off Burnley last time out, did worry me.

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View Across the Dugout: Newcastle United vs Aston Villa ft. NUFC 360

Wednesday evening brings a difficult challenge for Aston Villa, former manager Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United. The magpies come into the game in fine form after beating ten-man Sheffield United 3-0 at St James’ Park last time out.

Dean Smith’s men are in desperate need for some points after failing to pick any up against Chelsea, despite taking the lead. The next five matches after the magpies are against current top-half sides, so three points are a must on Tyneside.Read More »

Reffin’ Hell: Officiating & Unconscious Bias

From time to time we can all be found guilty of being biased towards our own club, in my case it’s the Villa. In the eyes of many fans, their club can do no wrong.

With news of Premier League clubs being given the green light to stage friendlies ahead of the league restart, an interesting caveat has emerged; no official referees will be involved, meaning members of the club’s coaching staff will take charge.

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