*We join the lads getting ready for their match against Burnley*
MON: OK lads we've been here before, Burnley are a.....
*A loud roar is heard outside the dressing room*
MON: What in the world?
*The door crashes open and Brian Jensen storms in, he is snarling, kicking chairs about and knocking over flipcharts, Sidwell is holding up a chair with the legs pointed at 'the beast'*
Sidwell: What the hell is that thing!?
Delph: I dunno, but if I can kick it, I can kill it.
*Delph lurches forward with a grin on his face*
MON: No Fabian! Get back here.
*Delph frowns, Brian Laws appears in the doorway*
Laws: Brian! Brian!
*Laws grabs the large chain around Jensen's neck and tugs him toward the door.*
Laws: Sorry fellas, he gets a bit 'flappy' when we're away from home.
MON: Get it out of my dressing room!
*Laws and Jensen leave*
MON: Right with the fixtures piling up I'm going to have to rotate the squad.
*MON points to his squad and formation on a whiteboard, Ashley Young raises his hand*
A.Young: Boss that's the same squad we always play.
MON: Oh but is it Ashley? As you can see I have swapped James and Stilyan in the middle, James will play in the left central position, Stilyan in the right.
Milner: That's what we already pleey like.
*MON turns to the whiteboard rubbing out Milner and Petrov's names and swapping them around*
MON: There, and just to shake things up around the 70 or 80 minute mark I'll bring on Steve or Fabian, they'll never see it coming.
*Delph mutters aloud as he jots on a notepad.*
Delph: (70th minute ..... Kick Eagles) Gotcha boss.
MON: Hang on, no kicking.
Delph: (...and Elliot)
MON: Wait what are you writing there?
*Delph clutches his notepad to his chest*
Delph: Nowt boss.
*MON returns to his team talk*
Delph: (...Especially Eagles)
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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