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Daniel Farke hails headline-grabber Jordan Rhodes but admits thoughts with the injured Louis Thompson after 2-1 Aston Villa win

By thedroid As reported by pinkun.com PUBLISHED: 23:14 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 23:20 23 October 2018 Daniel Farke and Jordan Rhodes together at the final whistle Paul Chesterton Jordan Rhodes deserved top billing for Daniel Farke after his match-winning brace on Tuesday night in Norwich City’s 2-1 Championship win over Aston Villa. Rhodes has had to bide his time behind the prolific Teemu Pukki but came to the party at Carrow Road to seal a second comeback victory in four days to move Farke’s side up to fourth. “I am pretty happy for him because no one deserves to be the hero more than him,” said Farke. “Of course the team is the hero but he deserves the headlines and he will handle it. “I am happy for Jordan. From the first day he walked in I appreciated being able to work with him. It is a real pleasure for me. Even in the times when he had to wait a bit on the bench he was always there with so much support and so much commitment towards what we are doing. “For me, in this football business when a lot of people are thinking about themselves or contracts, Jordan’s character is outstanding. “That is a sign of his …read more

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Garry Monk’s assessment of Gary Gardner’s ‘fantastic’ transition from Aston Villa to Birmingham City

By Brian Dick as reported by the birmingham mail, Garry Monk insisted he never had any misgivings about bringing Gary Gardner across the city from Aston Villa. The midfielder bagged his first goal for Blues in Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Reading -and his first at St Andrew’s since he scored against Blues for his parent club in October 2016. Gardner swapped one West Midlands rival for another in the summer – a move which caused a stir on both sides of the city. However, he has established himself as a key component in Monk’s machine, won over the sceptics and also put his loan club above his permanent employers in the table. Gary Gardner Just as Monk said he would: “Having seen Gards play, knowing what he can do, knowing that his brother is here, knowing he is a local lad in terms of the area he knows what it all means,” the Blues boss said. “I never had any doubt that he would come here and give everything he has got. That’s what he is doing and it’s fantastic to see.” But as ever the Birmingham manager was keen to emphasise the collective over the individual as Blues moved to ninth in the …read more

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Jordan Rhodes double helps Norwich come from behind to down Aston Villa

By ClubCall As published by clubcall.co.uk In-form Norwich recovered from an early deficit to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Carrow Road and move up to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table. Villa made an excellent start to Dean Smith’s second match in charge and went ahead after 19 minutes when James Chester nodded home a corner via a slight deflection off marker Tom Trybull. But hopes of a second successive win under the new head coach disappeared in the second half as Jordan Rhodes struck twice for the impressive hosts. The striker produced a fine header from a corner to level early in the second period and wrapped up the points with 18 minutes left with a well-taken second. Manager Daniel Farke was forced into a late change to his starting line-up, with Alex Tettey’s wife having given birth on the eve of the game. Tom Trybull came in to plug the gap in midfield as the Canaries looked to build on Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest that lifted the visitors into the play-off places. However, it was Villa who made the brighter, with Tammy Abraham almost converting an Ahmed Elmohamady cross in the opening stages. A Norwich side …read more

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Norwich 2 Aston Villa 1

By original author Villa made an excellent start to Smith’s second match in charge and went ahead after 19 minutes when James Chester nodded home a corner via a slight deflection off marker Tom Trybull. View the original post here… The post Norwich 2 Aston Villa 1 appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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‘Very interesting’, ‘Bruce is that you?’ – 7 things Aston Villa fans had to say about Smith’s latest decision

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk Dean Smith is gearing up for his second game in charge of Aston Villa as they travel to take on Norwich City in what will be a tough encounter. A Tammy Abraham goal ensured that Smith got off to the perfect start in charge of his boyhood club, but the former Brentford boss has made changes to the XI that started the win over Swansea. Team news: Two changes for #AVFC at @NorwichCityFC this evening. @ConorHourihane and Glenn Whelan come in for the suspended John McGinn and Birkir Bjarnason.#PartOfThePride pic.twitter.com/yaplqfJ3Oa — Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 23, 2018 One of those was enforced, with midfielder John McGinn picking up his fifth booking of the season in that victory, so he has been replaced by Glenn Whelan. And, the second change also came in the middle of the park, with Birkir Bjarnason on the bench and Conor Hourihane in from the off. Elsewhere, it’s unchanged. That means Axel Tuanzebe continues as James Chester’s centre-back partner, whilst Jack Grealish will operate as the number ten in this 4-4-1-1 formation, with the playmaker playing off Abraham. Also, former Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi is on the bench after not …read more

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2 Aston Villa transfer developments that Smith will be praying don’t happen in January

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk Dean Smith got off to the perfect start as Aston Villa manager with a convincing 1-0 win over Swansea City at the weekend. Tammy Abraham’s early header proved enough to earn Villa all three points, however on another day, the Chelsea loanee could have easily netted a hat-trick. Nevertheless, it was a win, and a win that the Villa Park faithful were crying out for after having won just one game out of their last ten outings before the clash with the Swans. The Villans will be hoping that they can continue where they left off, with a tough away trip to Norwich City on Tuesday night – with Smith’s men sitting in 13th in the table after thirteen games. The January transfer window will be a hugely important month for Smith – who will need to strengthen his squad in order to prepare for a promotion push. Anything can happen in January, and here, we take a look at two transfer developments that Smith will be praying do not happen in January…. The post 2 Aston Villa transfer developments that Smith will be praying don’t happen in January appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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‘Should be given a chance to shine’ – Loads of Aston Villa fans call for frozen-out CM to start

By Greg Potts As reported by footballfancast.com Aston Villa travel to Norwich on Tuesday evening as they look to build on the 1-0 win over Swansea in Dean Smith’s first game in charge of his boyhood club. However, Smith and the Villans will be without central midfielder John McGinn after the Scottish international picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the win over the Swans on Saturday. This has led many fans to speculate as to just who will take McGinn’s place. Whoever does though will have big shoes to fill as the summer signing has been hugely impressive so far and has one goal and three assists in 12 Championship appearances to his name. Plenty of Villa fans on Twitter though were hopeful that the suspension would allow Henri Lansbury to get some game time for only the second time this season. The 28-year-old was clearly out of favour with former boss Steve Bruce and he is yet to make an appearance in the Championship this season, but he will surely be one of a few Villa players aiming to make an impression on their new manager. Check out some of the best tweets below ahead of Villa’s trip to Carrow Road. Would …read more

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Hello Mr Smith. I’m your Assistant Manager!

By Aiden McGrath It may not be the precise words spoken by John Terry to new Aston Villa manager Dean Smith when first officially introduced, but it may have been something similar. To many outside the club’s inner sanctum of decision makers, it seemed the sort of appointment ‘shoehorned’ into a scenario that it may not best serve, merely for the ease of PR marketing. When the club was relegated from the Premier League after the 2015-16 season, many pundits expected a quick return for the Birmingham club after a few years of trials and tribulations struggling in the Premier League. A number of their fans may also have expected a decent haul of morale-boosting victories as they scampered through the Championship fixture list on the way back to their ‘rightful’ place in English football’s top echelon. In the close season, Randy Lerner disposed of the club for some £76million as Tony Xia moved in and appointed Roberto di Matteo as manager. It lasted only a dozen games though, before the ‘promotion expert’ Steve Bruce took over. Two years later, as promotion attempts have been stymied, and a cash crisis seemingly averted, the Championship no longer looks the carefree canter through the fields that Villa …read more

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Rival manager makes bold prediction about where Dean Smith’s Villa will finish this season

By Ryan Darby Norwich City manager Daniel Farke believes that Aston Villa will be in the mix for promotion under new boss Dean Smith. Speaking ahead of the meeting between the two sides, as reported by the Birmingham Mail, Farke hailed Smith who has recently replaced Steve Bruce at the club. When quizzed on the new Villa boss, Farke revealed he is expecting big things from Smith this season. With John Terry as an experienced player beside him, to bring him as well is a massive appointment. I have no doubt they will climb up the table. I hope they wait a few games before they start. They will be in the mix. Smith’s Villa side are 13th in the Championship after as many games, three points behind Norwich who are up in sixth place. With the Championship table so closely contested at this early stage, Smith will know that a good run of form will see the club fly up the table. So much so, Villa could launch themselves into the play-off area with three points against Farke’s Norwich on Tuesday night. After an impressive start to the season with Brentford, many Villa fans will be hoping for a similar run of form under Smith at Villa Park …read more

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‘Should be given a chance to shine’ – Loads of Aston Villa fans call for frozen-out CM to start

By Greg Potts As reported by footballfancast.com Aston Villa travel to Norwich on Tuesday evening as they look to build on the 1-0 win over Swansea in Dean Smith’s first game in charge of his boyhood club. However, Smith and the Villans will be without central midfielder John McGinn after the Scottish international picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the win over the Swans on Saturday. This has led many fans to speculate as to just who will take McGinn’s place. Whoever does though will have big shoes to fill as the summer signing has been hugely impressive so far and has one goal and three assists in 12 Championship appearances to his name. Plenty of Villa fans on Twitter though were hopeful that the suspension would allow Henri Lansbury to get some game time for only the second time this season. The 28-year-old was clearly out of favour with former boss Steve Bruce and he is yet to make an appearance in the Championship this season, but he will surely be one of a few Villa players aiming to make an impression on their new manager. Check out some of the best tweets below ahead of Villa’s trip to Carrow Road. Would …read more

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