OK this is the first match thread of the season.
FULL TIME – Nice and tidy result and performance. No injuries and some solid performances from Stevens, El Ahamadi and
Holman to take forward. However the key thing is that clearly the arrival of Lambert has given the fans a massive lift. After the last two managers how good to see the managers name actually be sung ?
16.41 – With 7 mins left Holman scores from a tight angle, decent finish.
16.38 – Passing the ball around nicely and a decent cross from Holma, Gabby failed to connect but very much going through the motions. 4,165 there today which means Villa are over half the attendance.
16.29 – Still much the same pattern, Marshall had to make a decent save but we seem to be getting down the wings on both sides this half.
16:12 – Been all Villa, what looks like 433 rather than 442 first half looks more fluid. However it could be as well that Burton have changed and maybe a weaker side.
16:02 – Second half kicks off and a cross by Warnock causes trouble (in the Burton box I should add !!).
For the second half we will see a totally different team as below
Half time – Nice tempo and KEA and Stevens look good, others need to think about it.
15:43 – Nice little move as ball played out to Stevens on the left, fired in from a Burton defender with Weimann right behind.
15:26 – A few half chances, latest for Bent, team appears to be 442 at the moment, decent workout.
15:14 – El Ahamadi with a shot and getting some decent reviews
15:11 – Long range shot from Burton goes in, class finish
15:10 – typical friendly, plenty of space, plenty of time to do things but the first corner we have is wasted, nothing changes
14:59 – Team out and no more mention of the kit other than it is horrible now we see it live. The one thing to notice is the team is small, hutton appears the tallest.
14:55 – Stream now back but jerky and Villa fans in fine voice, hardly hear Jack’s voice though
14:53 – Mat Kendrick has tweeted
Albrighton, Ireland and Delph sitting in the stands in front of us. All three have slight knocks, I’m led to believe #avfc
14:51 – this is poor, stream has stopped and they really plugged this as a new era and must have known the demand would be high.
14:45 – Others missing are Delph and Albrighton and Villa stream is not good and just stopped
14:26 – Where is Stephen Ireland ?
Marshall will play both halves.
14:25: – Second Half team will be
Barrett, Lichaj, Collins, Baker, Warnock, Holman, Herd, Gardner, Bannan, Delfouneso, Agbonlahor
14:05 – Team is out
Villa: Marshall, Hutton, Clark, Lowton, Stephens, Carruthers, Johnson, El Ahmadi, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Bent [c]. #AVFC
good to see one new starter and N’Zog has an early chance to see if he wants to stay. However not so sure Hutton should even play
13:35 – Players and Lambert have been on the pitch and already Villans in the stand.
13:00 – I will not be doing every pre season game but as this is on AVTV, then why not ? Not sure how ‘interesting’ it will be though !!! Now I have put Lambert Limes in the title, this is a piss take !! I hate the away kit, will be interesting if I hate it more on AVTV (it had better be good quality stream !!) then I do at the moment !
2,300 Villa fans will be there sure to give Lambert and the new signings a warm welcome to the world of Aston Villa.