Bloxwich Owl

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  1. One massive difference between this season and last is that last season we played with attacking full back's and this season our wingers appear to be played as secondary full back's. Can't believe how deep Mcmanaman was playing when he came on.
  2. With Wigan bringing in eight players on deadline day (Omar Bogle, Gabriel Obertan, Alex Bruce, James Weir, Matt Gilks, Mikael Mandron, Josh Laurent & Jack Byrne) a fair mix of experience and raw talent, tonight's game at Wigan will not be as easy as I was previously hoping and unless Carlos commits to changing something tactically tonight then we may find ourselves struggling yet again.
  3. Take us home Jordan Rhodes To the league that we belong It's the Premier - f*** United Take us home Jordan Rhodes (To the tune of Take me home country roads, which was unfortunately sung by John Denver)
  4. Well, at this point last week I was firmly of the belief that we would be collecting all six points from this weeks travels. However after witnessing the below par performance at Bristol City I am now worrying that we might collect just one point from these games and find ourselves slipping further away from the top six. At Bristol City, a team who's confidence must have been at rock-bottom, rather than attack and go for the kill we continued with the sideways & backwards movement's which allows teams to re-organise and get back in position to defend our next forward movement. In the period's where we did commit to attack at both Bristol & Brighton you can see that we get team's rattled and resorting to kicking the ball anywhere, unfortunately during these brief periods we have been unable to convert this pressure into goals - here's hoping that JR can help solve that problem. With Wigan bringing in eight players on deadline day (Omar Bogle, Gabriel Obertan, Alex Bruce, James Weir, Matt Gilks, Mikael Mandron, Josh Laurent & Jack Byrne) a fair mix of experience and raw talent, tonight's game at Wigan will not be as easy as I was previously hoping and unless Carlos commits to changing something tactically tonight then we may find ourselves struggling yet again. I must confess that I probably fall into the "happy clapper" category but still find myself hoping that we can scrape another draw tonight. Wigan 2 Wednesday 2 Come on Carlos - surprise me and lets go out and get a convincing win! WAWAW
  5. Aston Villa stand on the verge of signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan - but Jordan Rhodes cannot be completely ruled out just yet. Bruce has clearly had to make a decision over which of the striker targets he would pursue and while that seems to be Hogan after a Championship record-equalling bid was accepted - Gabby Agbonlahor's injury might have opened the door for a second striker arrival. Sources close to Middlesbrough suggest that Rhodes would be allowed to leave Teesside on loan with the clock ticking towards deadline.
  6. Aston Villa have lodged a bid, believed to be around the £9million mark, for Brentford’s Scott Hogan. Boss Steve Bruce is keen on the 24-year-old after it emerged that West Ham’s interest in the forward has cooled. Crystal Palace have made a tentative enquiry and could lodge an official bid before the transfer window closes but as it stands Villa are the only club to firm up their interest. Sources at Brentford insist the offer has not been accepted, however Villa are hoping they can pull off the deal.
  7. Aston Villa have lodged a bid, believed to be around the £9million mark, for Brentford’s Scott Hogan. Boss Steve Bruce is keen on the 24-year-old after it emerged that West Ham’s interest in the forward has cooled. Crystal Palace have made a tentative enquiry and could lodge an official bid before the transfer window closes but as it stands Villa are the only club to firm up their interest. Sources at Brentford insist the offer has not been accepted, however Villa are hoping they can pull off the deal.
  8. Alex Neil’s refusal to take no for an answer convinced Ajax defender Mitchell Dijks to join Norwich City on an initial loan until the end of the Championship season. Dijks is poised to fly to England to complete his move ahead of Tuesday’s transfer window deadline, after talks stalled last week on a permanent deal believed to be in the region of 4m Euro. The 23-year-old left-back’s representative, wee pipe van Burik, has told Dutch national paper De Telegraaf, City boss Neil made a persuasive case to resurrect the proposed deal.
  9. Paul Lambert says Wolves won't be held to ransom by Blackburn over the protracted transfer of Ben Marshall. Initial talks began weeks ago but Rovers are thought to be holding out for up to £2million for the 25-year-old, who plays at right-back or as a winger. Marshall is out of contract at the end of the season. He's been frozen out of Owen Coyle's first-team at Ewood Park with the Scot saying he only wants players who are committed to the club. The two clubs have been at deadlock but Lambert today said he wouldn't let Wolves be 'treated disrespectfully'.
  10. Wolves are ineterested in hijacking Barnsley's move for Liverpool right-back Connor Randall. Barnsley have recently seen James Bree and Conor Hourihane leave for Aston Villa, and Wolves could be the next Midlands club to heap the misery on them by challenging for Randall. Preston are also interested in the young defender, who started against Wolves as Liverpool crashed out to Paul Lambert's men in the FA Cup. Another defender on Lambert's radar is Grant Hanley, who's struggling to find playing time at Newcastle. Lambert knows the Scottish international from his time at Blackburn, and could make a loan move to bring him in with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.
  11. This afternoon's pre-Brentford press conference at Villa Park........... Steve Bruce has hinted that Aston Villa's interest in Middesbrough's Jordan Rhodes is still alive. But Bruce suggested Villa would not be held to ransom by Boro for the prolific Championship striker. If Boro relax their asking price, which currently stands at around £10 million, Villa could get their man. Villa could use some of the proceeds from Jordan Ayew's move to Swansea City to fund the deal for Rhodes. Ayew is set to head to the Liberty Stadium with Villa getting left-back Neil Taylor and an undisclosed significant sum in return. Bruce suggested Villa would not be increasing their bid of around £6m plus add-ons for Rhodes, who has fallen out of favour at Premier League Boro.
  12. No mention of us.......... Is Rhodes any nearer the exit door? Not as things stand. But Villa remain interested. The equation there (I’m getting all Dr Tony on you now) is the Championship side have to sell in order to buy. Ross McCormack is one man Bruce wants out but first he has to get over those troublesome gates. And then they need to find someone who’ll fork out for him. And Jordan Ayew who could depart.
  13. Crazy money........... In other reports, Everton have snubbed Newcastle's bid for midfielder James McCarthy . According to the Daily Mail , the Blues have rejected a £16m bid tabled by Rafael Benitez's side. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is insistent the 26-year-old is not for sale, but with the returning Idrissa Gueye and the incoming of Schneiderlin - the Republic of Ireland international has increased competition for a starting spot.
  14. Aston Villa are willing to fund nearly half of Ross McCormack's £45,000 per week wage in order to offload him before Tuesday's transfer deadline, The Daily Mail reports. The Scottish striker was publicly shamed by manager Steve Bruce after last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Preston North End. Bruce revealed how last summer's £12million signing from Fulham has failed to turn up to training multiple times, with his latest excuse being that his 'gates were stuck'. McCormack, who has been one of the Championship's most prolific goal-getters during the last 10 years, has struggled to adapt to life at Villa Park and has managed just three goals this term. Despite his lack of form, McCormack has plenty of admirers with Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County all reportedly keen. But it is unlikely any of those clubs will be able to match Villa's asking price for the striker at this time, making a loan a more viable option.