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Aston Villa - Opposition View

Joe Jones

Notts County travel to Aston Villa in the League Cup keen to replicate their heroics in their match against Liverpool two years ago, where they took the Reds to extra time.

Villa, meanwhile, will be keen to avoid another surprise early exit from the competition when they host the League Two side. Last season they were dumped out at this stage by Leyton Orient, who triumphed at Villa Park thanks to Romain Vincelot's winner.

In this piece, Pride of Nottingham speaks to devoted Villa fan Kevin - whose son plays for the first team and was once on loan at Notts - about how he feels his club got on last season and what he hopes to achieve in tonight’s game and for the season as a whole.


Firstly, could you please tell Pride of Nottingham a little about yourself?

My name’s Kevin Grealish, I’m from Solihull, and I’m Villa mad!


What are your stand-out moments from last season at Villa?

Seeing my son play at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Not only as a Villa fan, but as a father.


Are you optimistic about your season ahead and what do you think of the squad assembled by Tim Sherwood?

We’ve built a complete new team, with plenty of youth. Hopefully we’ll be able to play some nice attacking football – 10th in the league will do nicely for us!


How do you think Jack will perform against Notts?

He will want to win. And score. Sorry Notts fans!


Who do you think will the win the League Cup?

I’d love to see the Villa win it! That plus Notts going up would cap off a great football season on a personal level.


Who will be your key men against the Magpies?

Jack, of course! And also Adama Traore, the new lad from Barcelona. He is seriously pacey – you better watch out or you’ll be blown away!


Lastly, what do you think the score and scorers will be?

2-1 to Villa. Jack and Rudy Gestede for us, Graham Burke to pull one back for you. Of course, all the best for tonight. Up the Villa and Come On You Pies!



Many thanks to Kevin for his opposition view. To discuss the game, join us on Pride of Nottingham's dedicated match thread and join the conversation.

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Watch out Kevin, we have a blizter ourselves and he goes under the name of Julian Jenner! And don't get on his wrong side or he will send you a picnic basket (food hamlet). lmao

Jack should have a great game, it will be nice to see him. Thanks Kev!

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