Game #5614

Season | 2020-21 |

Matchday | #26 |

League Match | #22 |
Manager Game | #109 |
Saturday, 13 February 2021
Premier League | Away | Brighton & Hove Albion | AMEX Stadium | Behind closed doors | 

20-21 #26 1 Emi Martinez
20-21 #26 1 Emi Martinez

Saturday, 13 February 2021 | One man team Villa save a point at Brighton thanks to Emiliano Martínez

20-21 #26 1 Emi Martinez
20-21 #26 1 Emi Martinez

Saturday, 13 February 2021 | One man team Villa save a point at Brighton thanks to Emiliano Martínez


Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith |

KO | 20.00 |
Referee | Chris Kavanagh |

 HT Score | 0-0 |

 FT Result | Drew |
 FT Score | 0-0 |

Last 5 Games | LWLWD |

League Position | 8th | - |

Team News

Dean Smith recalls Douglas Luiz in place of Marvelous Nakamba.

Line Up

GK Emiliano Martínez |

RB Matty Cash | SUB OFF | 61' |

CB Ezri Konsa |

CB Tyrone Mings |

LB Matt Targett | 

M Douglas Luiz | BOOKED | 70' |

M John McGinn |

M Jack Grealish | BOOKED | 21' |

M Ross Barkley | SUB OFF | 76' |

W Bertrand Traoré | SUB OFF 66' |

CF Ollie Watkins |


RB Ahmed Elmohamady for RB Matty Cash | 61' |

W Trézéguet for W Bertrand Traoré | 66' |

M Morgan Sanson BOOKED | 89' | for M Ross Barkley | 76' |

Unused Substitutes

GK Tom Heaton

CB Björn Engels

M Marvelous Nakamba

M Jacob Ramsey

W Anwar El Ghazi

CF Keinan Davis


Yellow | Jack Grealish for a bad foul | 21' |

Yellow | Douglas Luiz for a bad foul | 70' |

Yellow | Morgan Sanson for a bad foul | 89' |

Match Stats

Possession F | 42%
Possession A | 58%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 26
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 9
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 12

Fouls A | 16

Team Stats

Starting XI Average Age | 25.55 | 

Oldest Player | GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.47 |

Youngest Player | M Douglas Luiz | 22.78 |

Not Selected

GK Jed Steer

LB Neil Taylor


Injury | 2 |

CF Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - Unknown |

CB Kortney Hause | Foot, 20 Jan 21 - 20 Mar 21 |

Loaned Out | 5 |

W Indiana Vassilev | Burton Albion | 17 Sep 20 - 31 May 21 |

CF Cameron Archer | Solihull Moors | 2 Oct 20 - 3 Jan 21 |

GK Lovre Kalinić | HNK Hajduk Split | 18 Jan 21 - 30 Jun 21 |

M Conor Hourihane | Swansea City | 20 Jan 20 - 31 May 21 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert | RC Strasbourg Alsace |  31 Jan 21 - 30 Jun 21 |

On this day 13 February 2021

Villa have now earned 11 Premier League wins in 2020-21 - for the first time since 2010-11.

Villa have kept 10 clean sheets in those 11 victories, only conceding in the 7-2 annihilation of Liverpool.

Emiliano Martínez has kept seven away clean sheets in the Premier League so far this season - only Brad Friedel in 2009-10 has register more away shutouts in a Premier League campaign for Villa (8).

Match Report

*BBC Sport*

*Saturday, 13 February 2021*

Brighton were left frustrated as they had to settle for a goalless home draw against Aston Villa despite creating a multitude of good chances.

Graham Potter’s side recorded more shots - 26 in total - than they have ever managed before in a single Premier League match.

Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez starred, denying Alexis Mac Allister, Dan Burn and Joel Veltman with fine saves.

Brighton also extend their unbeaten run to six matches in the league.

Villa sit eighth in the table, level on points with Tottenham and just four points off fourth-placed Liverpool having played two games fewer.

*Brighton dominate but lack clinical finish*

Brighton went into this match in top form, having beaten Liverpool at Anfield and drawn with Burnley at Turf Moor earlier this month.

They started on top at the Amex too - dominating possession and utilising space on the right as Veltman was able to test the Villa defence with several dangerous crosses.

Neal Maupay spurned a chance and Mac Allister came close with a header, before Villa eventually created a half-chance of their own when Douglas Luiz’s shot was deflected wide on 18 minutes.

The visitors did have a bright spell midway through the opening half but Brighton were the better team and Burn’s header would have given them a deserved lead were it not for the agility of Martinez to push it around the post with his fingertips.

Brighton had 12 shots in the first half, and only Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier (52) has been forced into more saves in away league games this season than Villa’s Martinez (47), who had to make nine here. 

But as the game wore on, Brighton’s frustrations grew and Martinez became even harder to beat. 

Mac Allister, Veltman and substitute Danny Welbeck all came close again while Leandro Trossard also fired wide but Brighton had to settle for a draw which leaves them in 15th place, though a comfortable 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Martinez proves his worth again

Villa, while second best throughout this match having struggled to really get going, came away with another valuable point as they continue to put pressure on those above them fighting for European places.

Dean Smith’s side have kept more clean sheets on the road than any other side this season and only leaders Manchester City have conceded fewer away goals.

And while they did not pose much of a threat against Brighton, with the in-form Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins working tirelessly, they remained competitive.

Ross Barkley’s tame effort early in the second half was Villa’s only shot on target. 

But with goalkeeper Martinez proving his worth once again - he has now kept seven clean sheets in away games in the Premier League this season - Villa were able to hold out for the point.

‘We were bang average’ - what they said

*Brighton boss Graham Potter to BBC Sport*:


“It is frustrating but pleasing because the performance was very good and we did everything but score. We had shots, had attacks and reduced Villa’s attacking players. We are disappointed with just the one point.

“Their goalkeeper made some really good saves and has been an important player for them. That is football but the overall performance - we had enough shots, attacks and goes at them to score, just not that last little luck you need.”

*Aston Villa boss Dean Smith to BBC Sport*:


“We were bang average. I have not seen us make so many enforced errors. We needed our goalkeeper - he had a good game.

“We showed a little resilience and our keeper played well but I can’t take much more from it. It was a fighting performance.

“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, a great acquisition for Aston Villa, but in the other 12 clean sheets he’s kept this season he’s been protected really well.

“He was called into action too much today, and it was a one-man show at times, such was the sloppiness of our play.”


*The Guardian*

*Saturday, 13 February 2021*

*Martínez masterclass frustrates Brighton to earn Aston Villa point*

A virtuoso performance from Emiliano Martínez meant Brighton’s unwanted statistic will continue for a little longer at least. Despite being one of the division’s most improved teams over the past few weeks, their three most recent Premier League home wins have all come in different years.

It is surely only a matter of time until that is put to bed if they can keep playing like this, however, with Martínez producing a string of brilliant saves to earn Dean Smith’s side a point which moves them to within striking distance of the top four, even if they never really looked like scoring themselves.


“It wasn’t even bang average – I have never seen us make so many unforced errors in a game,” admitted Smith. “Thankfully our goalkeeper was on top form but we didn’t protect him well enough.”

Brighton’s unlucky FA Cup defeat to Leicester in midweek was their first since a narrow loss to Manchester City a month ago – a run of six matches. Since then, Graham Potter’s side have shown vast improvement to move well clear of any danger thanks to wins against Liverpool and Tottenham, even if goals have still been hard to come by.

Their manager made two changes from the team that started against Burnley last week, with Leandro Trossard and Steven Alzate coming in and the defence reverting to a back four.

Villa, who kicked off knowing they could move to within two points of Liverpool with two games in hand, welcomed back Douglas Luiz in midfield as Smith made only one change from last week’s win over Arsenal.

With six victories already this season, away form has been a key factor in Villa’s transformation having been embroiled in a relegation battle this time last year, although it was the hosts who began with far more intent here. Alexis Mac Allister will still be wondering how he failed to direct Joël Veltman’s delicious cross on target, before the Dutchman took aim himself from outside the area to warm Martínez’s gloves.

It took until almost the 20th minute for Villa to mount a serious attack as Ross Barkley set up Luiz, only for the Brazilian to curl his shot well wide. A crunching challenge from Veltman that left Jack Grealish writhing in agony was an indication of the close attention being paid to the playmaker, who was forced to drop deeper as the half wore on and he attempted to exert an influence.

Maupay’s shot from a tight angle was dealt with well by Martínez, who opted not to move to the south coast from Arsenal in the summer and has been one of Villa’s best performers this season. A one-handed acrobatic tip over the bar following Trossard’s dipping effort from distance was followed by an even better save from the resulting corner, with Dan Burn somehow denied his first ever goal for Brighton as they cranked up the pressure.

The Argentinian must have raised a few eyebrows in his homeland when he described Grealish as like “Messi with a right foot” this week, although the goalkeeper illustrated his own considerable ability at the start of the second half to keep out compatriot Mac Allister’s shot with his legs after a late adjustment.

All too often, however, Brighton’s excellent approach play fizzled out at the most crucial moments and Villa’s organised defence led by the bellowing Tyrone Mings stood firm. Substitute Adam Lallana was heavily involved in Brighton’s next chance, only for Martínez to produce yet another world-class save from Veltman’s stinging drive.

Maupay felt aggrieved when he went down in the area following a mazy run but the referee, Darren England, waved away his protests. Morgan Sanson – a £14m signing from Marseille in January – was brought on for his Villa debut when Matty Cash was withdrawn due to a suspected hamstring injury. Yet it was another substitute – Danny Welbeck – who spurned the best opportunity of the closing stages as Martínez was again alert to block his attempt from point blank range at the near post.

“It’s frustrating but pleasing because the performance was one of our best and we did everything but score,” was Potter’s fair assessment. “Their goalkeeper was outstanding.”

Having allowed Martinez to leave for £20m, after helping them to win the FA Cup last season, Arsenal must already be regretting their decision.


Post Match

*Saturday, 13 February 2021*

*Aston Villa manager Dean Smith talking to BBC MOTD:*

“We were bang average, I have not seen us make so man enforced errors. We needed our goalkeeper, he had a good game.
“We showed a little resilience and our keeper played well, but I can’t take much more from it. It was a fighting performance.”


*Aston Villa boss Dean Smith tells Sky Sports:*

*Saturday, 13 February 2021*


“Not even bang average, I have never seen us make so many unforced errors in a game, it was sloppy from start to finish but had the resilience to keep the ball out of the net. Brighton were the better team.

“It was disappointing all round and the only thing that comes from it is a clean sheet and the resilience.

“Emiliano Martinez made some good saves when needed and was our best player on the pitch tonight. It shows you need a player like that at times, we have not had many performances like this where we have been second best.

“We were equally as bad here last season and losing 1-0 at half-time. Another point to the tally but we are disappointed with our performance.

“Graham Potter has coached them very well and if you keep giving a team like that the ball they will hurt you.

“It looks like a hamstring injury (for Matty Cash) as he was turning and this cold weather that can happen.”


*Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings:*

*Saturday, 13 February 2021*

“Disappointed with the performance. We lacked intensity all night.

“Happy when not at it, we didn’t lose. Keeper has made some great saves and the defenders made some great blocks.

“Brighton will be more disappointed than us. Matyinez is brilliant. The confidence he instills in us is brilliant. Very good to play in front of him.


*Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez tells Sky Sports:*

*Saturday, 13 February 2021*

“I'm not really (pleased with a point), we came here to win and be in the top seven with two games in hand. We were sloppy in the first half and could not create the chances in the second.

“That is my job and the back four, to keep a clean sheet. It is one of those games where we had to put our bodies on the line but we were really off today.

“It was so cold, I thought I had a good game because I made a save early on and I am delighted to keep everyone out today.

“I just want to repay the trust of the manager, goalkeeper coach and club. I am glad I settled in really quickly but credit to my team-mates who are doing a really good job.

“We are looking to Europe, that is why I am frustrated today.


*Villa boss Dean Smith*

*Saturday, 13 February 2021*

“I’m performance-based and tonight’s performance leaves a lot to be desired. The players know that. It’s very hard to win games in the Premier League and there will always be mistakes but, what I don’t expect, is making as many as we did tonight. Credit to Brighton, they gave us problems all night.”

“We’re not even thinking about (Europe). I thought we’d come out of the traps firing but we didn’t today. I’ll have a chat with the players on Monday morning. We’ve just got to be better than we were today.”

“I’m really pleased with [Martínez's] performance, he made at least three top drawer saves with a couple straight at him. We didn’t protect him well enough today.

“Emi’s a fantastic goalkeeper and a great acquisition for Aston Villa but he’ll be the first to admit that for the 12 clean sheets this season he’s been protected really well. Today we didn’t and we kept giving them the ball back and he was called into action too much.

“He was very good today. It was a one-man show at times, such was the sloppiness of our play.”