Game | #5575 | 

Season | 2019-20 |

Matchday | #33 |

League Match | #26 |
Manager Game | #71 |
Sunday, 16 February 2020
Premier League | Home | Tottenham Hotspur | Villa Park | 41,874 | 

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Game Summary |

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 14.00 |
Referee | Martin Atkinson | 

 HT Score | 1-2 | 
 FT Score | 2-3 | 
 FT Result | Lost | 

Last 5 Games | DWLLL |  

Scorers | Own Goal | 9' | Björn Engels | 54' |

Assists | Jack Grealish | 54' |

 League Position | 17th | - |

Team News |

Villa are without Keinan Davis, following an injury in the U23s, and Tyrone Mings (tonsilitis). Marvelous Nakamba drops to the bench replaced by Danny Drinkwater whilst Björn Engels makes his first league start since the 21 December 2019.

Neil Taylor returns to the squad after a 3 game absence to take his place on the bench where he is joined by Borja Bastón for his squad debut. Henri Lansbury is dropped from the squad

Line Up |

GK Pepe Reina |

RB Frédéric Guilbert | BOOKED | 86' |  

CB Ezri Konsa |

CB Kortney Hause |

CB Björn Engels | GOAL | 54' |

LB Matt Targett |

M Douglas Luiz |

M Danny Drinkwater | SUB OFF | 60' | FINAL |

M Jack Grealish | ASSIST | 54' |

W Anwar El Ghazi | SUB OFF | 70' |

CF Mbwana Samatta | SUB OFF | 83' |

Substitutes |

M Marvelous Nakamba | BOOKED | 90'+2 | for M Danny Drinkwater | 60' |

W Trézéguet | for W Anwar El Ghazi | 70' |

CF Borja Bastón | DEBUT | for CF Mbwana Samatta | 83' |

Unused Substitutes |

GK Ørjan Nyland |

RB Ahmed Elmohamady |

LB Neil Taylor |

M Conor Hourihane |

Cards |

Yellow | Frédéric Guilbert for a bad foul | 86' |

Yellow | Marvelous Nakamba for a bad foul | 90'+2 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 55
Possession A | 45
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 23
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 10
Corners F | 12
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 10

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.15 | 

Substitute Average Age | 26.33 | 

Oldest Player | Pepe Reina | 37.49 | 

Youngest Player | Douglas Luiz | 21.79 |  

Not Selected |

M Henri Lansbury |

W Jota |

W Indiana Vassilev |

CF Cameron Archer |

GK Matija Šarkić

Unavailable | 

Injury | 6 | 

CB Tyrone Mings | Tonsilitis 16 Feb - 23 Feb |

CF Keinan Davis | Hamstring 16 Feb - 9 Mar |

GK Jed Steer | Hamstring 10 Nov - End Feb | 

M John McGinn | Broken ankle 21 Dec - Late Mar |

GK Tom Heaton | Knee, ACL 1 Jan - 2020-21 |

CF Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan - 2020-21 |

Loaned Out | 9 |

CM Jake Doyle-Hayes | Cheltenham Town | 1 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 

RB James Bree | Luton Town | 8 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 

CF Callum O’Hare | Coventry City | 22 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 

W André Green | Charlton Athletic | 1 January 2020 - 31 May 2020 |  

GK Lovre Kalinić | FC Toulouse | 20 January 2020 - 30 June 2020 |  

CF Scott Hogan | Birmingham City | 29 January 2020 - 31 May 2020 | 

CB James Chester | Stoke City | 31 January 2020 - 31 May 2020 |

AM Jacob Ramsey | Doncaster Rovers | 31 January 2020 - 31 May 2020 |

CF Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | Derby County | 31 January 2020 - 31 May 2020 | 

 On this day 16 February 2020 

Centre forward Borja Bastón makes his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from Swansea City on a free transfer in January 2020.

Midfielder Danny Drinkwater made his final appearance for Villa before returning to parent club Chelsea. Drinkwater made 4 appearances during his time with Villa.


Match Report

*BBC Sport* 

*Sunday, 16 February 2020*

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says a "farcical VAR decision" contributed to Tottenham's last-gasp Premier League win at Villa Park on Sunday.

Spurs were awarded a penalty by VAR when the score was 1-1, with Son Heung-min scoring the rebound.


The South Korean forward later scored a stoppage-time winner, taking Jose Mourinho's side up to fifth in the table, a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea.


Smith was heavily critical of VAR's intervention. "I don't get it," he said.


"There's 42,000 people in the stadium, he [referee Martin Atkinson] gives a goal-kick and everyone believes it's a goal-kick.


"It was a farcical VAR decision. The criteria is clear and obvious. It's not clear and obvious. Martin Atkinson stood up but his authority has been taken away.


"I told Martin at half-time I didn't blame him, but if he was brave enough to walk over to that monitor it takes 30 seconds, you go, 'No, I'm happy with my decision' and we play on.


"Instead we go into an environment where there's no feel for the game or what's happened and we make a decision. It was a sore result for us, it's a tough one to take."


The result means Villa remain a point above the bottom three in 17th.


They made the stronger start and took the lead via Toby Alderweireld's own goal - with the Spurs defender prodding Anwar El Ghazi's cross past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.


The Belgian atoned by equalising with a superb angled effort that flew into the top right corner of the Villa goal from 10 yards.


Spurs went in front when Steven Bergwijn won the penalty after being judged to have been fouled by home defender Bjorn Engels.


While Engels headed in from a Jack Grealish corner to again draw the sides level, his late mistake allowed Son to race clear to place the ball past Reina as Villa's miserable run against sides in the top half of the table continued.

Villa errors cost them again


While Dean Smith's side have earned just one point against sides currently in the top half, a wider concern for the Villa boss is that eight of their 15 defeats this term have been by a solitary goal.


This was another occasion on which they could have taken at least a point from a hard-fought contest but for individual errors - with Engels having an afternoon to forget.


The 25-year-old Belgian, who started because of Tyrone Mings' absence through illness, had a difficult time dealing with the movement and pace of Bergwijn, Son and Lucas Moura.


It was his rash challenge on Bergwijn that allowed the visitors to go in at the interval with the lead in a game Villa had enjoyed the better of until then.


In his late lapse, Engels allowed the ball to run under his studs, enabling Son to score the decisive goal. Engels' first goal for the Midlands club will have provided little consolation.


Villa had enjoyed a bright start as Grealish imposed himself on the game.


The Villa captain, who is the last survivor from the club's top-flight relegation in 2016, delivered a wonderful display, which is unlikely to have gone unnoticed by the clubs that are reportedly keen to sign him this summer.


He spent the early stages of this encounter tormenting Serge Aurier, flashing a shot wide and laying on a glorious chance from which Douglas Luiz should have converted.


Now 24, Grealish is maturing into a player capable of controlling games, and is exhibiting the sort of form that may bring him into England manager Gareth Southgate's planning for Euro 2020.

Spurs, Son and Alli keep plugging away


While Grealish is yet to make a senior England appearance, Spurs midfielder Dele Alli is someone Southgate knows all about - although his last cap came in June 2019.


Since then, Alli has suffered form and injury problems, but has appeared rejuvenated since Jose Mourinho took charge of Tottenham in November.


Although he did not add to the eight goals he has scored this season, his intelligent running caused Villa problems throughout.

Son had seven of Tottenham's 23 efforts on goal, with Alli next on five - including some of their best chances.


Kortney Hause's superb block prevented him from equalising at 1-0 down, and Alli stretched as he headed Bergwijn's cross back across goal but wide of the right far post.


The 23-year-old then badly miscued a right-foot shot before half-time, slicing it wide, but he continued to pop up in dangerous areas after the break, teeing up Son for an effort that was brilliantly saved by Reina.


Villa's Spanish keeper made two further outstanding stops to prevent the South Korean from adding to his goal tally.


Like Alli, Son kept plugging away, and his reaction to Engels' late mistake was the reward for a high-energy performance that included 26 sprints, more than any other player on the pitch.

'A window opens for many teams' - what they said


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho to BBC Sport: "I thought we deserved to win but I think they did not deserve to lose. Villa played to win."


On the Spurs penalty: "Steven Bergwijn, I don't know if I call him naive or too honest - the referees tell us pre-match, 'Don't ask for anything, don't surround me, don't do the motion of the screen'. The action was there and it was a question of to be or not to be, and clearly it was."


On Alderweireld's contribution: "In a funny way I'd say he's scored three goals: the own goal, his goal and then when he loses the duel with Engels. But he scored with a shot of his life."


On the opportunity to get into the Champions League by finishing fifth after Manchester City's ban: "Not just for us. A window opens for many teams. What seemed far, now the fifth place is not far. Arsenal, Everton, Sheffield United, Wolves, everyone will feel they have the chance."


Aston Villa manager Dean Smith to Sky Sports: "We have to try and take the positives. The last two games we've scored late winners here, so now we know how it feels on the other foot. We had chances to win the game but we weren't clinical enough.


"They have a front four that can hurt anyone, that's why we had to get forward and defend on the front foot. On the whole, I thought we dealt with them really well but we're disappointed with the goals we conceded.


"We probably gave away too many chances from counter attacks, which they're good at, but we didn't deserve to lose that. It was a good performance against a team that are fifth in the league but we deserved more than that."