I’ve had a look at the positives and the negatives of the season just gone and now I’m just going to have a quick overview of my opinion of it. I’ll also talk about my favourite game, goal and player of the season.
It was a very stop start season. It wasn’t how we hoped it would go but my word was it enjoyable compared to last season. It was nice to see the team actually win some games however there is still the problem of scoring goals.
Yes we had a player, in Jonathan Kodjia, who almost hit the 20 goal mark but there wasn’t enough goals coming from all over the pitch. Only hitting the back of the net just 48 times in 46 games is a very poor return and is something that needs to be worked on as well as the football and style.
Overall I enjoyed this season, we won games and we as fans had a connection with the board and the players which was missed after the relegation season. I want to be celebrating promotion come the end of the next season however, that is a must.
My Favourite Game
There was a couple to pick from with this one. I really enjoyed Rotherham at home because it had been a long time since I actually enjoyed a win at Villa Park but there is only one winner. Aston Villa 1 – 0 Birmingham City. Before the game was the fitting tribute for Ugo which both sets of fans took part in.
As I expected the football wasn’t pretty, it was a derby game though so it never was going to be. The first half was as dull as anything with no real chances apart from Che Adams’ volley that was blasted into the stand. The game only really picked up when Gabby came onto the pitch and of course it had to be him who finished them off.
The thing I enjoyed most however was the after-game celebrations. With fans and players singing ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, there was a real sense of togetherness. Then of course ‘Silver Lining’ came blasting out of the speakers. There is just something about that song that whenever the fans sing ‘Hi-Ho Aston Villa’ I just get chills down my spine. Amazing.
My Favourite Goal
Now there was a few to choose from for this. Any of Grealish’s goals could have made it, it could have been Kodjia’s scissor kick but for me it has to be Ayew’s penalty against Reading. Obviously there was nothing spectacular about the goal itself, it was simply a cool, calmly taken penalty.
The reason I choose this for my goal of the season is purely for what it brought. We Villa fans hadn’t seen an away win in the league since August 2015 against Bournemouth and for us to clinch victory in the dying embers of the game with a penalty was nothing short of spectacular.
The scenes of the fans behind the goal, just the pure emotion, jubilation and of course, relief. An away win had finally come. That is why that goal is my favourite goal from this season.
Player of the Season
This was a very tricky choice with there being three candidates, James Chester, Jonathon Kodjia and Mile Jedinak. Chester played the most games over the season and was probably our most consistent player, Kodjia was our highest goalscorer but for me it has to be Jedinak.
This is purely because we didn’t win a single game without the Aussie in the side since he joined. That in itself just shows how important and vital he was to the team. He had a shaky start playing in a two man midfield but when Bruce came in and introduced the three man midfield, he really started to shine.
Now we just need someone who can cover for him when he’s unavailable because he’s never going to play 46 next season. You can see the influence he has on games.
Sheffield Wednesday at home being one of them, he started in the defensive midfield position, winning everything, getting stuck in but when Baker went off injured he stepped back and played alongside Chester. Even at centre back he didn’t really put a foot wrong. I understand why Palace fans didn’t want to see him go.