I honestly couldn't tell you the last time we played Ipswich Town at Villa Park but I can tell you that if we don't lose today it will be the best home run we've had since 2001 when we went 15 games unbeaten under John Gregory. Isn't that a little strange? We're crap but we're not losing at home and we might equal a record going back 16 years.

And we've got all these new players that have had time to get to know each other a little bit better and we've got a manager who has had a week to explain to them that the objective is to create chances and score goals, so isn't it fair to hope for the type of result that puts a smile on our faces.

And I'm not asking for the performance, just the result. I mean, if we can start to get the right results now, it will prepare us for next season and even though next season is going to be harder than this season, I think we can do it with the right focus and as long the mistakes are not made in the summer.

So while we are in that place, we just have to look forward to each match, for fun. It would be nice to win, but it doesn't really matter.

Ipswich

Well, what should I write? Ipswich drew last time out against Reading at home having just over 30% possession. They also have the exact same number of points as us this season. They are playing like us and getting the same results as us. There is an opportunity today when you factor in the new players and time.

And there, I've gone from it not mattering and it really doesn't, to we can win today in a matter of minutes.

And I write that even though we've lost five of our last six matches and it's the worst record of any Championship side in 2017. You see, despite thinking to the otherwise, I'm an optimist at heart and even though we messed up this season, you have to have hope.

And because I honestly couldn't tell you anything about Ipswich, I'm leaving it there.

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Author: Damian
Damian started The Villa Blog as a passion project quite a few years ago while he was living in South Africa. Now living in Sweden, it continues. He's originally from Chasetown and grew up when supporting Villa meant there was a real chance of silverware at the start of every season.