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5 reasons to attend Aston Villa v Hull City: Tammy’s Top 20, in the Hause and much more

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5 reasons to attend Aston Villa v Hull City: Tammy’s Top 20, in the Hause and much more

It’s a clash with Hull this weekend – and we need your backing as we look to get our campaign back on track.

Check out our ‘5 reasons’ below.

1] Top 20

Tammy Abraham has been in red-hot form in claret and blue since his arrival – and he could hit a milestone very soon.

Abraham has scored 16 goals this term in just 21 games.

He’s just four goals shy of a landmark that has stood almost 40 years.

Peter Withe hit 20 league goals in our League Championship-winning 1980/81 season and no player has equalled it since.

David Platt hit 19 in 1989/90 and 1990/91, Dwight Yorke scored 17 in 1995/96 and 1996/97, Juan Pablo Angel scored 16 in 2003/04, Christian Benteke hit 19 in 2012/13 and Jonathan Kodjia bagged 19 in 2016/17.

Abraham is close to winning the numbers game – so be here to as he looks to edge nearer this weekend.

HauseHull2] In the Hause

He will have been frustrated with his claret and blue debut - as everyone will have been with the result - but Kortney Hause could make his first aappearance on home soil this weekend.

Hause has joined us from Wolves on a season-long loan, with the option of a permanent deal.

Head Coach Dean Smith admitted post-game that Hause was rusty against Wigan but he’s immensely confident that the defender will be an asset long-term.

He said: “Kortney is a good young prospect with bags of potential. He has quality. You’re not at a club like Wolves, who are now Premier League, without having quality.

“I am fully aware of the player we’re bringing in and, more importantly, the character we’re bringing in. He will add to the squad and certainly bring us balance.”

Here’s to three points as he readies himself for potential B6 action.

ROKPreHull23] Time to kick on

There’s no denying that it was a tough one to take for the claret and blues this past weekend with the heavy defeat to Wigan.

But, as Richard O’Kelly told us today, it’s “still all to play for” as we enter the business end of the 2018/19 campaign.

We’re sitting in 12th and that’s just five points off the Play-Off places.

There’s 19 games remaining now and each result will be vital as we aim for the upper echelons of the table.

It’s always a two-pronged approach – players need to entertain fans and fans need to encourage players.

As we now look to get back on track, your backing will be huge.

DeanSmithPreLeeds4]  Diligent Dean

Success in football means everything to the men involved – but, on this occasion it means even more to Dean Smith.

Smith will have been bitterly disappointed with the result at Wigan but he’ll have also left no stone unturned to get us back on track.

Never has a man occupied the hotseat with as much drive, energy, focus and hunger.

Yes, a lot of that is down to his claret and blue roots but he’s also a man on a mission – a mission to be the very best he can be.

Smith is fully focused at Bodymoor Heath – on the training ground working with the players, in the coaches room discussing tactics with his assistants and at his desk, pouring through data on his players, the opposition – anything to help him do his job better.

Nothing will stop Smith – and it’s only a matter of time before we get back on the winning trail. Hopefully this weekend!

5] Taming the Tigers again

It’s a stat we’ll be looking to continue this weekend.

We are unbeaten in 12 home matches against Hull in all competitions (W9 D3) since a 2-3 defeat in November 1967.

The most important win of the past few seasons was a 3-1 victory in May 2014, a result which helped us in our bid for survival.

It’s not that scenario this time around – and it’s not that late in the campaign, either – but three points again would be very welcome as we look to build our challenge once more.

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 16th January 2019