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    Posted: 02 Nov 2019 at 8:06pm
Doesn't matter, he'll be playing anyway. Browne didn't do anything V Swiss to suggest he's a better option, and Cullen likes to move the ball quickly and keep possession, which probably rules him out as well. 


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it fell on a plate for him but he panicked and that was the game changer.
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Could have had his names in the headlines tonight. Thought he was about to condemn Liverpool to first defeat, uncharacteristic of him not to take the shot on when put through. Taking the chance
himself seemed the smarter answer (with the benefit of hindsight)
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Originally posted by IrishCanadian IrishCanadian wrote:

Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Hourihane gets some criticism on here for an Irish man who’s actually in form and playing well the last few seasons
Those last few season in which he has also been criticised by Villa and Barnsley supporters. Probably because it is warranted criticism. He was consistently criticised by Barnsley supporters for going missing and being anonymous. He was their top scorer at one point and they still criticised him for it. It is now the same at Villa. A CM who disappears for 89 minutes will always be criticised. 

He has a fantastic peg on him. He will score goals, he has a great shot, a great cross and is all around very good at striking the ball. He is meant to be a CM though and he offers little beyond that which is why supporters of every club he's played for get frustrated with him. You can point to all his goals, but the thing is he does absolutely nothing beyond that. Therefore, he needs his teammates to carry him. He will never control a midfield, he will never dominate a midfield, he'll never contribute an all around CM performance. What he will do is disappear for 89 minutes and then pop up in a good spot and score or set up a goal. He's fantastic at it, and at the end of the day goals are what counts but you need a team to compensate those 89 minutes where he does practically nothing. It is why he'll always get criticism. It is why he'll always be a divisive figure and an enigma. On one hand he doesn't offer enough to warrant a CM spot, but at the same time he has consistently scored/created goals which is too important to bench. 


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Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Hourihane gets some criticism on here for an Irish man who’s actually in form and playing well the last few seasons
Those last few season in which he has also been criticised by Villa and Barnsley supporters. Probably because it is warranted criticism. He was consistently criticised by Barnsley supporters for going missing and being anonymous. He was their top scorer at one point and they still criticised him for it. It is now the same at Villa. A CM who disappears for 89 minutes will always be criticised. 

He has a fantastic peg on him. He will score goals, he has a great shot, a great cross and is all around very good at striking the ball. He is meant to be a CM though and he offers little beyond that which is why supporters of every club he's played for get frustrated with him. You can point to all his goals, but the thing is he does absolutely nothing beyond that. Therefore, he needs his teammates to carry him. He will never control a midfield, he will never dominate a midfield, he'll never contribute an all around CM performance. What he will do is disappear for 89 minutes and then pop up in a good spot and score or set up a goal. He's fantastic at it, and at the end of the day goals are what counts but you need a team to compensate those 89 minutes where he does practically nothing. It is why he'll always get criticism. It is why he'll always be a divisive figure and an enigma. On one hand he doesn't offer enough to warrant a CM spot, but at the same time he has consistently scored/created goals which is too important to bench. 


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He's playing for one of the worst Premier League teams for a reason. He's not a bad player, honest as they day is long it looks like but what do people want/expect from a Guy who's played 7/8 Premier League games in his career. 
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Originally posted by IrishCanadian IrishCanadian wrote:

Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Hourihane gets some criticism on here for an Irish man who’s actually in form and playing well the last few seasons
Those last few season in which he has also been criticised by Villa and Barnsley supporters. Probably because it is warranted criticism. He was consistently criticised by Barnsley supporters for going missing and being anonymous. He was their top scorer at one point and they still criticised him for it. It is now the same at Villa. A CM who disappears for 89 minutes will always be criticised. 

He has a fantastic peg on him. He will score goals, he has a great shot, a great cross and is all around very good at striking the ball. He is meant to be a CM though and he offers little beyond that which is why supporters of every club he's played for get frustrated with him. You can point to all his goals, but the thing is he does absolutely nothing beyond that. Therefore, he needs his teammates to carry him. He will never control a midfield, he will never dominate a midfield, he'll never contribute an all around CM performance. What he will do is disappear for 89 minutes and then pop up in a good spot and score or set up a goal. He's fantastic at it, and at the end of the day goals are what counts but you need a team to compensate those 89 minutes where he does practically nothing. It is why he'll always get criticism. It is why he'll always be a divisive figure and an enigma. On one hand he doesn't offer enough to warrant a CM spot, but at the same time he has consistently scored/created goals which is too important to bench. 



That's a lot of verbiage to say:
He scores goals.
He doesn't do much more.
Central midfielders should do more.
That's why criticism of him is justified.
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Originally posted by IrishCanadian IrishCanadian wrote:

Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Hourihane gets some criticism on here for an Irish man who’s actually in form and playing well the last few seasons
Those last few season in which he has also been criticised by Villa and Barnsley supporters. Probably because it is warranted criticism. He was consistently criticised by Barnsley supporters for going missing and being anonymous. He was their top scorer at one point and they still criticised him for it. It is now the same at Villa. A CM who disappears for 89 minutes will always be criticised. 

He has a fantastic peg on him. He will score goals, he has a great shot, a great cross and is all around very good at striking the ball. He is meant to be a CM though and he offers little beyond that which is why supporters of every club he's played for get frustrated with him. You can point to all his goals, but the thing is he does absolutely nothing beyond that. Therefore, he needs his teammates to carry him. He will never control a midfield, he will never dominate a midfield, he'll never contribute an all around CM performance. What he will do is disappear for 89 minutes and then pop up in a good spot and score or set up a goal. He's fantastic at it, and at the end of the day goals are what counts but you need a team to compensate those 89 minutes where he does practically nothing. It is why he'll always get criticism. It is why he'll always be a divisive figure and an enigma. On one hand he doesn't offer enough to warrant a CM spot, but at the same time he has consistently scored/created goals which is too important to bench. 

So he’s basically a carbon copy of Jeff”Claude Raines”Hendrick!
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Anonymity is the one attribute (besides the ability to run around a lot) that our midfielders possess in abundance. Being able to create or score goals is an invaluable asset though to this Irish team that struggles so much at this aspect of the game so Hourihane has to be a shoo in on this basis. 
Also he is easily the best option for connecting the football with Duffy's head in the penalty box which is our only reliable and realistic threat of getting the ball in the opposition net.
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Then maybe he should play in the 10 like Wes.
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Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Hourihane gets some criticism on here for an Irish man who’s actually in form and playing well the last few seasons
Those last few season in which he has also been criticised by Villa and Barnsley supporters. Probably because it is warranted criticism. He was consistently criticised by Barnsley supporters for going missing and being anonymous. He was their top scorer at one point and they still criticised him for it. It is now the same at Villa. A CM who disappears for 89 minutes will always be criticised. 

He has a fantastic peg on him. He will score goals, he has a great shot, a great cross and is all around very good at striking the ball. He is meant to be a CM though and he offers little beyond that which is why supporters of every club he's played for get frustrated with him. You can point to all his goals, but the thing is he does absolutely nothing beyond that. Therefore, he needs his teammates to carry him. He will never control a midfield, he will never dominate a midfield, he'll never contribute an all around CM performance. What he will do is disappear for 89 minutes and then pop up in a good spot and score or set up a goal. He's fantastic at it, and at the end of the day goals are what counts but you need a team to compensate those 89 minutes where he does practically nothing. It is why he'll always get criticism. It is why he'll always be a divisive figure and an enigma. On one hand he doesn't offer enough to warrant a CM spot, but at the same time he has consistently scored/created goals which is too important to bench. 

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Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Hourihane gets some criticism on here for an Irish man who’s actually in form and playing well the last few seasons

To be fair, he hasnt always started for villa in the championship and in the premier league. He undoubtedly has a left foot like a traction engine but I agree that he has a habit of disappearing in games for long periods.

He's technically good and if he could impose himself more in games especially when his team aren't playing well he would be very good.
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Hourihane gets some criticism on here for an Irish man who’s actually in form and playing well the last few seasons
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The highlights must have completely misrepresented him so.

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Originally posted by valo88 valo88 wrote:

Hourihane had a class game today.. had 2 great free kicks saved and then a goal disallowed, goal was drilled from the edge of the box off a pullback but keeper was deemed to have been fouled in the build up. He wasnt, should have stood.

Had a near identical chance in the second half that was saved too..

Completely different play with a competent midfield partner and a winger that can take on his man and cross.





I watched the full match yesterday and Conor did not have a class game as you put it, he was completely anonymous in midfield, game passed him by big time, Brighton allowed through our midfield with ease and a lot of that was with 10 men, I do like Conor but he’s a passenger in so many games, got a lovely left foot and his goal should have stood.

It wasn’t just Conor that had a poor game yesterday.  

I’ll be surprised if he starts against City and Liverpool. 


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