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Villa: From The Dumps To Brink Of Greatness

Started on 16 November 2015 by No1VillaFan
Latest Reply on 8 March 2016 by Jack
time for a change of tactic?
You'll improve with time, just keep going, mate :)
MJK46 they are just round the corner i swear!

InfraRed yeah, but when do i not have work to do as a villa manager!

Griffo haha funny, he will turn things around

C.J Lippo Wolves was just embarrassing

Murtagh I am hoping things will get better

ATV No I have faith

JAck When have u known me to give up?

Villa: From The Dumps To The Brink Of Greatness

Jack Grealish Signs New Deal

Aston Villa today announced that inside forward Jack Grealish signed a new five year, £30,000 a week contract after an encouraging start for The Villans this season. Since new manager Steven Gerrard took over, Grealish has been one of Villa's best players in what has been a average campaign for Villa this season.

Grealish, who announced the news on twitter earlier today, @JackGrealish, @AVFC Signed new deal today to stay with Villa, #BringOnTheGloryDays , also spoke to AVTV and said It was a no brainer, this way I can concentrate on playing for Villa and hopefully England from now on.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard said that Grealish has to learn to behave now so he can be the best that he can be. Errrr, I am glad he signed yes but we can not have anymore going out after a loss and being pictured laying in a gutter in Spain, we want the Grealish that is going to be a big match winner.

Villa: From The Dumps To The Brink Of Greatness

Improving Villa Go Up The Table

Grealish has played well this month

If Villa were disappointing last month, then this month they were fantastic and really dug themselves out of a hole, although there is still work to be done. Now Aston Villa only had three matches in November but they were big ones.

All were Saturday matches with a 3pm kick off, but they were teams who were all doing well. Southampton were lying in 7th place, Man City were of course top and Everton, under-performing in 13th place but were still playing better than Villa had been.

So the first match Villa played was against The Saints at St. Mary's and Steven Gerrard made a bold decision to name Jordan Vertout as the attacking midfielder and he brought in Idrissa Gueye from the wilderness to take the place that was left by Vertout. Jordan Ayew was given the starting slot ahead of Gestede and Gayle but was tol to perform or he was out.

This was a much better performance by Villa though and with Dondecker and Clark at centre back they held firm all match, Villa attacked down the wings all match and Grealish and Traore were thorns in Southampton's side all match. Villa showed attacking intent right from the start of the match when Vertout hit a fizzing hot just past the post. Grealish and Clark also went close as Southampton had a couple of half chances in the first half.

The only goal of the game came after some amazing trickery on the left by Grealish, who played in the overlapping Amavi who then delivered a pinpoint cross for Ayew to head home. Villa then held on but there was one cause of concern for the Midlanders as they only had two shots of the 12 they took on target.

So buoyed by there victory in Southampton, Aston Villa hosted league leaders Manchester City and it was obvious manager Gerrard had looked into this match intensively and shocked Man City by naming effectively a 4-2-4 with Grealish, Gestede, Gayle and Traore up front with Tom Carroll and sitting in-front of Dendoncker and Richards (against his old club) with Amavi and Bacuna on the wings.

This obviously shocked City and Villa flew out of the blocks again with Bacuna hitting an early free kick wide after Carroll was bought down 20 yards out. Villa then went close again with Gestede heading just over the bar from a Carroll corner. Man City then had a chance of there own in the 17th minute, Kevin De Bruyne got onto the end of a Sterling cross but it was dealt with easily by Hahn.

Traore has been electric on thiswing this month

Just one minute later and Villa were deservedly in front an it was a first goal for new signing Dwight Gayle, if you thought the finish was spectacular it was all about the build up which some papers suggested was Barcelona in disguise. Gestede picked the ball up deep and played it to Vertout, who one touch gave it back to Gestede, then after one touch he chipped it over Mangala onto the running Bacuna who delivered a vollyed firt time early cross into the path of Gayle, who unleashed an amazing overhead kick to make it 1-0, what a way to open your account.

It took the striker just 16 minutes to make it 2-0 but this time it was a more scrappy goal as a corner was not cleared and Gayle was the man in the right place at the right time to send Villa fans into raptures as they made it 2-0.

After half time Villa carried on there assault but Gayle spurned 3 chances for a hat trick then Man City undeservedly got themselves back in the game on the 69th minute when Nasri hit a hit and hope which somehow squeezed through the hands of keeper Hahn but Villa held on for a historic win an two in a row.

Villa then travelled to Everton full of confidence and Gerrard made three changes bringing in Sinclair for Grealish, Nolan for Gueye and Okore for Dondecker, Everton took the lead on the 42nd minute with a well worked goal by Deulofeu, placing it into the top right hand corner. This came after Leighton Baines had missed a penalty in only the second minute after Naismith had been bought down.

Earlier in the season if Villa went 1-0 down they would faulter but Gerrard bought Grealish on for Sinclair and it paid dividends when he ghosted in off the left hand side to drill home and salvage a draw for the Villans and see them go November without losing.

Gerrards Thoughts

Well, I always new we had the tools to move up the table and I can only congratulate my squad for the improvement and effort they have put in. I have really worked them hard on the training pitch and as you can see we are making our fans believe in us again and when they go home happy, we do too.

League Table

Man City, despite the loss to Aston Villa are still top with United, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea rounding out the top five.

Bournemouth's dream start continues as they are still 6th in the table with Villa moving up to 10th and Stoke, Everton and West Brom are in the bottom three.

Villa Player Of The Month

Dwight Gayle wins this month hands down in our view. He scored his first two goals against Man City and has been a pain in the ass for everyone he has played against.
Some good matchwriting here! I can see it in front of me. And some good performances too! Keep it up!
Enjoying the story keep it up
Bournemouth.. wow, great seeing Dwight Gayle hit form!

Loving this story, keep up the great work!
tenthreeleader Thanks, it meansa lot and glad your enjoying it

Gersdude Thanks you very muchly :)

Griffo Yeah he has got even better but you will have to wait and see about that

Villa: From The Dumps To The Brink Of Greatness

Gerrard Given New Deal At Villa Park

Aston Villa Chairman Randy Lerner today confirmed that Steven Gerrard had signed a new three year deal worth £42,500 per week which signals a huge turn in events for the former Liverpool icon.

Just around 9 games ago, the Villa manager Steven Gerrard was rumoured to be one game away from being fired and inside the relegation zone but since then his squad have really rallied around him thus giving Randy Lerner no choice but to award this new deal.

It has gone down well with the fans as this is the first since the Martin O'Neill era that the football has been fast, attacking and consistent and all of this is down to the team spirit. It seems also that Gerrard has an ability to get out of certain players what other managers can't.

I am very hay to have signed a new longer term deal here at Villa. I think we have the potential to be a very, very strong set of players and my job will be to get the best out of them said Gerrard himself.

With Aston Villa up there challenging for a Europa League spot at the moment, they are the in hunt for Europe but can Gerrard keep this jugganaught moving? Only time will tell.
Nice improvement. I knew it was just a bad luck this hard start ;)

Happy to see Gerrard given a new contract, and Villa in the modle of the table.
Good stuff so far man. Enjoying Gerrards travels
great start and will follow it closely. I always liked your villa park stories Jason :D
A decent start to the season mate, Dwight Gayle looked a weird signing but is doing the job and a nice way to open against City.
Strange to get a new deal after only just getting out of the relegation zone, but hey... you don't make those decisions ha!

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