The Progress of Aston Villa’s No Fear Approach and Improvement

As Dean Smith suggested after the 2-2 draw with West Brom, his team are now playing without fear as they take on all comers in the division and extend their unbeaten run to six games.

In the latest MOMS Podcast show (#58) we give our impressions on how Villa have been playing in recent games, as well as looking at more specific issues such as the pros and cons of Tammy Abraham and also how Smith is tactically protecting Orjan Nyland in games.

Surely a new keeper is on the cards in January to make up for the lack of strength in that department?

The show sees the first appearance of YouTube channel Villa on Tour creator Max Stokes as a guest, who joins us as we also discuss a wide range of topics from the Villa universe and also comment on recent events in football-at-large involving Messi and Klopp.

The show also covers MOMS trip to the FSF Awards in London this week and a lot more.

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MOMS Podcast in 2019

We are currently looking at ways to speed up the production time it takes to get the podcast out to you. I’m not going to lie, the editing is a nightmare in terms of the time it takes to clean up the audio every time. So it needs addressing.

Currently, because we create a show down the line, we are at the mercy of  the unstableness of the software we use, unstableness of guest’s wi-fi and their mic set-ups, thus most of the editing process is spent having to get rid of all the sound glitches, static, mic bumps, distortions etc.

It shouldn’t take more than a whole day to edit a podcast and get it sounding ‘professional’ for you, but it does and so it’s currently not very cost/time effective!

Having a clean audio track from the start to edit would make the process a LOT quickly, so we’d be able to get the show out quicker and increase the frequency and variety of shows.

So the focus for 2019 is to upgrade equipment (we are seriously bootstrapping at the moment), which will also allow us to record a top quality show on location with the ability to do live events too. Maybe even find a controlled environment/space to record in too.

If you’re a fan of the show and want to help this process, please do become a MOMS Patron, because if enough listeners do, this will help big time.

We will then be able to also record regular exclusive patron-only shows too, as the process will be a lot quicker.

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Show Notes

After a week of goal crazy madness, where Aston Villa hit 12 goals in three games, we reflect on what’s making Dean Smith’s goal machine tick and are there any weaknesses in the team that could trip up a promotion push.

David Michael and Dan Rodgers are joined by Max Stokes from the Youtube channel ‘Villa on Tour’ to discuss the Nottingham Forest 5-5 madness and the controlled 3-0 win at the Riverside against Middlesborough, that took Dean Smith’s recent record to four wins in the last five games. The contributions of Tammy Abraham, James Chester and Orjan Nyland are also focused on.

We also talk Lionel Messi’s fifth place in the Ballon d’Or, Jurgen Klopp (and Alan Hutton’s) punishments for celebrating goals and also this week’s FSF Awards at the Tower of London. MOMS was nominated for Best Fan Media of the year and had to sit next to Robbie Savage during the awards ceremony.

Also, in the show, our thoughts on Villa’s FA Cup draw against Swansea City, the Championship’s top scorers and the game ahead against the only team to score more goals than Villa this season in the division.




David Michael – @oldmansaid 

Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr

Max Stokes – @villaontour_

Producer/Editor – David Michael

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Villa Underground –

Villa on Tour – Villa on Tour You Channel