‘Winning the lottery’ How fans have summed up Aston Villa’s Premier League start
Aston Villa are finally back in Premier League action this weekend with Villa Park and B6 braced for another red-hot atmosphere.
Brighton come to town on Saturday and Dean Smith will be vying to back up that brilliant 5-1 Norwich result up with another victory.
After that Carrow Road hammering Villa have climbed away from the danger zone they had previously been sucked into at the start of the campaign.
Villa could find themselves in and around mid-table should they secure the W against the Seagulls but Smith insists he doesn’t even bother looking at the table.
Over the two-week international break, meanwhile, BirminghamLive has been running a series of fan surveys to reach out to the claret and blue faithful.
The latest question was a simple one: How would you sum up the season so far in a sentence? And here’s some of the best responses, below.
Paul Kavanagh, from Birmingham, put: “Like winning the lottery but cant touch the money!”
Sutton Coldfield’s John Parker added: “Exciting and great watch and I feel confident we will start winning a lot more games.”
Whereas Ed, from Solihull, said: “Looks promising, it takes the new players time to settle but after Norwich, anything is possible.”
There was a whole host of your “exciting”, “moving forward”, “highs and lows”, “naive” and “need to pick up more points” replies but, unsurprisingly, the fanbase were overwhelmingly positive.
Villa have, of course, only won two of eight Premier League games. Smith’s side have gone a goal ahead seven times while managing to see out two games against Everton and Norwich.
The season so far has, to coin a phrase, been somewhat of a roller-coaster and it’ll no doubt continue to be in the weeks and months to come.
Supporters, meanwhile, continue to pack out Villa Park with tickets hard to come by if your not among the 30,000 season-ticket holders.
Here are some more of the fan responses.
Villan John Snape, from Cheltenham, said: “Decent performances for 70 per cent of games then we have a habit of falling away and letting teams back in.”
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Another added: “Good football a little unlucky but also wasteful at times. Happy at progress so far.”
While Phil Wright, of Solihull, said: “Getting better and better each week as the team gel and we acclimatise and adjust to the demands of the Premier League.”
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Tamworth’s Ben Watson put: “Productive but frustrating, work in progress so far, which shows glimpses of what the team could become and achieve.”
Peter Chapman, meanwhile, originally from Lichfield but now supporting Villa from London, added: “Very promising, Dean has built a nicely balanced team which will only get better.”
And finally, this supporter from Tamworth hit the nail on the head, saying: “I’m still buzzing before every single game, which says it all.”