View Across the Dugout: Fulham vs Aston Villa ft Fulhamish x Fulham Focus

After our encouraging start to season 2020-21, Villa fans are most likely split between heady optimism and Midlands-style weary cynicism before our game with Fulham this Monday.

Regardless where your mindset falls, matching Sheffield United for toughness whilst maintaining discipline and looking dangerous throughout was certainly a vast improvement on last seasons often lightweight efforts.

Our second string then looked imperious at times during our League Cup tie with Bristol City, suggesting Dean Smith’s work in building a culture of excellence at Villa Park is beginning to bear fruit. The performances of Davis and Traore in particular will have been noted by their opposite numbers in the first team.

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Hitting the Ground Running: Traore joins Villa’s debut goalscorers

A debut goal is a thing of beauty. It unites fans, teammates and the new player in a common delight rarely experienced elsewhere. After all, there are few walks of life where it’s possible to get off to such a prominent start in your new job.

So when news filtered through (most of us weren’t watching) of Bertrand Traore’s wonder strike at Ashton Gate, there was a particular delight that we might have something special on our hands for season 2020-21.

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Bristol City 0-3 Aston Villa: Dream debut from Traore helps Villa advance to the Carabao Cup fourth round

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa have advanced to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup as they cruised past Bristol City as they win their third game in a row in all competitions this season.

Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring, after a wonderful piece of skill from Keinan Davis saw the 22 year old striker set up the Dutchman in the eleventh minute.

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Bristol City vs Aston Villa: Villa must overcome poor Ashton Gate form to advance to next round in the Carabao Cup

After last season’s journey to the League Cup Final and given that it was the last major trophy we won – albeit nearly a quarter of a century ago – Villa have something of an affinity with the competition we were inaugural winners of back in 1961.

After vanquishing League One Burton Albion in the second round last week, we’re straight back into action in the third round tonight against Championship side Bristol City.

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