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March Primer: In like a lion...

Villa need to play like a pride

Aston Villa v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship
More cheers needed.
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The shortest month of the year is gone — and Villa are still in the automatic promotion hunt. The club took wins from the three easiest matches — and managed a point against two tough teams without Adomah and Grealish.

March brings a different challenge and plenty of opportunity.

Couple of news notes:

  • Norwich match has been picked up for TV and pushed to 5:30 kickoff. Then it was moved for a second time to 12:30 local time. It will be the fourth TV match in a row.
  • Medical Update: Kodjia & Hutton are out. Grealish & Adomah could be in contention. Andre Green has picked up another hamstring issue in what has been a really frustrating year for the young winger. Tuanzebe is questionable.
  • Albert Adomah is having so much fun at Villa — he would sign a 10-year deal if offered.
  • Manchester United have triggered an extension clause in Sam Johnstone’s contract — meaning that the keeper will not leave for free.

February: Mixed Bag

Feb 3rd Burton 3-2 Win, Recap, Expected Villa

Feb 11th Birmingham (TV) 2-0 Win, Recap, Ratings, SOTC xV

Feb 17th @ Fulham 2-0 Loss, Recap, xV

Feb 20th Preston 1-1 Draw, Recap, Is the grass to blame?

Feb 24th @ Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Win, Recap, Ratings. The win looked undeserved but stats give a different story.

Player of the month: Robert Snodgrass. The Scottish winger continues to be vital to the Villa attack. He looked lost for the first half of Fulham playing on the left side — but besides that move he has been fantastic. He is the kind of player that you love on your team — and HATE playing against. That represents the squad well.

Post-February Table

# Club Played Points Wins Draws Losses
# Club Played Points Wins Draws Losses
1 Wolves 34 73 22 7 5
2 Cardiff City 34 67 20 7 7
3 Aston Villa 34 63 18 9 7
4 Derby County 34 60 16 12 6
5 Fulham 34 59 16 11 7
6 Sheff Utd 34 55 17 4 13
7 Bristol City 34 54 14 12 8
8 Middlesbrough 34 52 15 7 12
9 Preston 34 51 12 15 7
10 Brentford 34 50 13 11 10

March: One of these matches is not like the others

Mar 3rd QPR

Mar 6th @ Sunderland

Mar 10th Wolves (TV)

Mar 17th @ Bolton Wanderers (TV)

Mar 31st @ Hull City (TV)

“Just win baby.” March should mean wins. Four matches against bottom half teams. People may not want to hear this — but the top of the table clash is the least important match of the of the month. It is highly unlikely that anyone is catching Wolves. As I see it that match is bonus points — the other four need to be wins. And should be — if Villa take care of business.