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Steve Bruce Left Baffled By Decision

Steve Bruce Left Baffled By Decision

One quote in the Birmingham Mail stands out this week.

"To ask any player to play twice in 48 hours is difficult. If both teams are playing then it`s a bit different."

Worryingly adding "But we have shot ourselves in the foot by playing two games in 48 hours." and ... "The reasons baffle me to be perfectly honest. It`s to do with the church, isn`t it?"

Did the board not consult with Bruce? I am told the church had some sort of good Friday march and didn`t want it to clash with the fans going to Villa Park. Even if it was just for the simple service, the Church could have been more accommodating instead of Villa, rather naively, bending over backwards for them.

There was nothing to stop the church being welcoming to fans of both clubs, ringing the bells like they used to (the Bells are ringing came from that), standing outside wishing passers by a happy Easter and so on.

Why on earth did whoever made the decision - evidently not Bruce - think it ok to bow to the church and make our players play twice in such a short space of time?

Surely the decision could have been put to the manager, who is under enough pressure without this sort of nonsense?

This club is truly baffling at times.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday April 18 2017
Time: 3:38PM


Did seem strange. Thoughts?
The Fear
18/04/2017 15:48:00
I appreciate Villa looking to accommodate the 'needs' of the wider community, in terms of the hassle caused by closing Trinity Road, etc. but I'm sure the church could have held their service a bit later, together with an earlier KO time for the match? Didn't matter as it turned out, but had we been neck-and-neck for promotion or play-offs, could well have had a massive impact. I wonder why the club seemed so eager to please the church?
18/04/2017 16:26:00
One of the biggest employers in the West Midlands JLR didn't have Good Friday off, never does . I'm guess many of it's suppliers had Monday and Tuesday too . Hence us playing Saturday , Baggies Sunday and the Blues were away .
18/04/2017 17:08:00
That's a bit rich. We had an extra day after Burton before Reading compared to all other clubs and still lost, so what does that argument prove?? These are supposed to be high intensity athletes so surely 2 games in 2 days isn't too much to ask. Don't get it. Sounds like just another convenient excuse to me .......................................
Goneto Devon
18/04/2017 17:28:00
Decent point re extra day after Burton that to be fair Goneto...
The Fear
18/04/2017 17:58:00
Come on Steve, clutching at straws here. If the lads were knackered, why leave the substitutions so late? More like we lost because we were clueless, because you made a series of strange decisions and we seem to have had a Fulham season ticket holder as ref.
18/04/2017 21:02:00
I feel the board made exactly the right decision in rearranging the game away from Good Friday. I may be an atheist but even I know that Good Friday services are ALWAYS held at 3 o'clock. If you don't know why, have a read of any bible. This was a very small act of good neighbourliness. We could have made other arrangements. Play on Good Friday at midday; play in the evening. Blaming lack of rest for a defeat is like blaming the ref, or the weather, or voodoo. Its an attempt to deflect attention from where it should be directed: at the players and the manager. We lost against Reading because they are better than us and against Fulham for the same reason. If you don't face up to your weaknesses you can never eliminate them. Wake up and smell the cornflakes!
chocolate teapot
19/04/2017 10:57:00
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