Game | #5370 |
Season | 2015-16 |
Matchday | #25 |
League Game | #21 |
Premier League Match-week | #21 |
Manager Game | #11 |
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Premier League | Home | Crystal Palace | Villa Park | 28,245 |
Manager | Remi Garde |
KO | 19.45 |
Referee | Mark Clattenberg |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DLLDW |
Scorers | Own Goal | 58’ |
League Position | 20th | - |
Line Up |
GK Mark Bunn |
RB Aly Cissokho |
CB Jores Okore |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Jordan Veretout | BOOKED | 68' |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Idrissa Gueye | BOOKED | 80' |
M Leandro Bacuna |
W Carles Gil | SUB OFF | 90' |
F Jordan Ayew |
CF Libor Kozák |
CB Ciaran Clark for W Carles Gil | 90’ |
Unused Substitutes |
GK Brad Guzan
CB Micah Richards
W Scott Sinclair
LB Kieran Richardson
M Jordan Lyden
F Rudy Gestede
Yellow | Jordan Veretout | 68’ |
Yellow | Idrissa Gueye | 80’ |
Team Stats |
Starting XI Average Age | 26.36 |
Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.43 |
Youngest Player | M Jordan Veretout | 22.88 |
LB Jordan Amavi |
M Carlos Sánchez |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |
W Adama Traoré |
RB Alan Hutton |
M Jack Grealish |
Loaned Out |
CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 |
GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 |
D Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 |
F Callum Robinson | Preston North End | 5 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 |
M Gary Gardner | Nottingham Forest | 8 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 |
Match Stats |
Possession F | 48
Possession A | 52
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 0
Fouls F | 15
Fouls A | 8
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
*Bottom club Aston Villa secured their first win under Remi Garde after an awful mistake by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.*
Hennessey allowed Joleon Lescott’s header from a corner to squirm from his grasp and trickle over the line.
Palace almost took the lead when Wilfried Zaha hit a post after just 42 seconds at Villa Park.
In a much improved Villa display, returning striker Libor Kozak forced a fine save when the game was goalless.
Bold Garde rewarded for team selection
Garde deserves credit for his side’s first win since the opening day of the season after making sweeping changes to the team defeated at Sunderland last time out in the Premier League.
Keeper Brad Guzan and defender Micah Richards were among those left on the bench, with striker Kozak starting for the first time in the league since Boxing Day 2013.
Palace started brightly, Zaha hitting the base of the post in the opening minute after Jason Puncheon’s threaded pass before Bakary Sako fired over from 25 yards and Damien Delaney got between two defenders before shooting just wide.
Villa settled with Kozak impressing in attack and forcing a fine save from Hennessey before the Wales international failed to hold Lescott’s tame header, the ball dropping between his feet and rolling over the line.
Can Villa stay up?
This was a long overdue committed performance, one which Villa fans have been crying out for.
But despite a highly encouraging result, Villa remain in deep trouble at the bottom of the table, eight points from safety with 17 games remaining.
Yet Garde’s new-look team showed more heart and energy in these 90 minutes than they had displayed in the previous 19 games since the opening day win at Bournemouth.
A huge turnaround in fortune is needed to get out of the mess they are in but this was a move in the right direction, a far cry from the lacklustre performance in the FA Cup third round draw at League Two Wycombe which angered their fans so much
Man of the match - Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa)
Joleon Lescott (centre) was a commanding presence at the heart of Villa’s defence as the hosts not only recorded a rare win but also kept a clean sheet for the first time since 8 November.
*Aston Villa manager Remi Garde:*”We won only 1-0 but we created many good opportunities.
“We earned our luck by being very aggressive on the ball. We didn’t sit back after we scored, we tried to score a second. We had a very good attitude.”