Game #5628

Season | 2020-21 |

Matchday | #40 |

League Match | #36 |
Manager Game | #123 |
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Premier League | Away | Crystal Palace | Selhurst Park | Behind closed doors | 

Kortney Hause
Kortney Hause

Sunday, 16 May 2021 | Kortney Hause heads dangerously at the Palace goal

John McGinn
John McGinn

Sunday, 16 May 2021 | His team-mates celebrate with John McGinn on his 17' strike

Anwar El Ghazi
Anwar El Ghazi

Sunday, 16 May 2021 | W Bertrand Traoré and Jacob Ramsey congratulate Anwar El Ghazi on putting Villa 2-1 ahead

Kortney Hause
Kortney Hause

Sunday, 16 May 2021 | Kortney Hause heads dangerously at the Palace goal


Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith |

KO | 12.00 |
Referee | David Coote |

 HT Score | 2-1 |

 FT Result | Lost |
 FT Score | 2-3 |

Last 5 Games | DWLDL |

Scorer(s) | John McGinn | 17' | Anwar El Ghazi | 34' |

Assist(s) | Ollie Watkins | 34' |

League Position | 11th | - |

Team News

Jack Grealish remains on the substitute bench following his return from injury with Trézéguet and Morgan Sanson still on the sidelines with the former suffering a season ending injury. They are joined by Matty Cash who is also ruled out for the season and Tyrone Mings who suffered a late knock with 'keeper Emiliano Martínez in the last game.

Ollie Watkins returns after his suspension with Keinan Davis giving way whilst Jed Steer is remains in the squad in place of the injured Tom Heaton.

Ahmed Elmohamady replaces Cash whilst Kortney Hause makes his first start since December 2020 in place of Mings. Ross Barkley gives way to Jacob Ramsey in midfield.

Line Up

GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB Ezri Konsa |
CB Kortney Hause | 
BOOKED | 88' |
LB Matt Targett |
M Douglas Luiz |
M John McGinn |
GOAL | 17' | BOOKED | 51' |
M Jacob Ramsey | SUB OFF | 87' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | GOAL | 34' | SUB OFF | 88' |
W Bertrand Traoré | SUB OFF | 64' |
CF Ollie Watkins | ASSIST | 34' | 


M Jack Grealish for W Bertrand Traoré | 64' |

CF Keinan Davis for M Jacob Ramsey | 87' |

CF Wesley for W Anwar El Ghazi | 88' |

Unused Substitutes

GK Jed Steer

LB Neil Taylor

M Marvelous Nakamba

M Ross Barkley

M Carney Chukwuemeka

W Jaden Philogene-Bidace


Yellow | John McGinn for a bad foul | 51' |

Yellow | Kortney Hause for a bad foul | 88' |

Match Stats

Possession F | 55%
Possession A | 45%
Shots F | 19
Shots A | 23
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 13

Fouls A | 23

Team Stats

Starting XI Average Age | 25.85 | 

Oldest Player | RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 33.71 |

Youngest Player | M Jacob Ramsey | 19.98 |

Not Selected

CB Björn Engels


Injury | 5 |

M Morgan Sanson | Knee, 10 Apr - Unknown |

W Trézéguet | Ligament, 10 Apr - 2021-22 |

GK Tom Heaton | Head, 13 May - Unknown |

RB Matty Cash | Hamstring, 13 May - 2021-22 |

CB Tyrone Mings | Knee, 13 May - 19 May |

Loaned Out | 2 |

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 16 May 2021

Anwar El Ghazi scored his seventh away league goals of the season, the most by a Villa player since 2012-13, when Christian Benteke scored eight and Gabriel Agbonlahor scored seven on the road.


Jed Steer made his 100th unused substitute appearance for Villa since joining the club in 2012-13.

Douglas Luiz made his 75th appearance for the club whilst compatriot Wesley made his 25th appearance after losing over a year due to injury.

Jacob Ramsey became the first Villa teenager to make more than 20 Premier League appearances in a single season (21) since Luke Moore in 2004-05 (25).


Pre Match

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

*Sunday, 16 May 2021*

““Tyrone took a knock in the game against Everton in midweek, he was still too sore to travel so he should be ready for Tottenham but too sore to travel today,”

“It would be a great achievement [to finish in the top 10], it’s what we set out to try and do. Everybody knows we weren’t satisfied with 17th.

“We had a wonderful first half of the season. We have had an inconstant second half but when your best player has missed a third of the season that can handicap you somewhat.

“It’s really important to finish the season strongly, we finished last season really well, we finished the season before really well, we were unbeaten in the last four games and if we can do that this season hopefully we can get a good start next season.”

“He [Ollie Watkins] was very frustrated to miss the game, any time he misses any minute it is him seeing an opportunity lost to score goals because that’s what he loves doing, hopefully he can go and take his frustration out on Crystal Palace today.”


 “[For Jack Grealish] it will be similar [to Thursday] or dependent on how the game goes as well but obviously it’s a softly, softly approach with him at the moment. He is a top player, he makes things happened in the final third, he puts defenders on the back foot and they get nervous around him. That only helps us.”

“He won’t be ready to start at Palace. We’ll see how he recovers. It was great to see him out of there against Everton. I’ll sit down with him (today). It’s small steps at the moment. He looks fresh. He just loves playing football. We’ll try and get 90 minutes into him against either Tottenham or Chelsea.” 


Match Report

*BBC Sport*

*Sunday, 16 May 2021*

Tyrick Mitchell says it was "like I blanked out" after scoring the first goal of his career to give Crystal Palace a comeback victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

In an engrossing encounter that belied its 'dead rubber' status, both sides contributed energetic displays full of attacking intent, with Mitchell's late goal rewarding Palace for a superb second-half showing.

The 21-year-old full-back was in the perfect spot with six minutes left to bundle the ball in with his shoulder following Eberechi Eze's fluffed cross.

"I couldn't tell you what I was thinking in that moment but as soon as it went in, it was just joy," said Mitchell, for whom Sunday's game was his 23rd for Palace. "It was like I blanked out.

"It is definitely a dream come true for me and my whole family. It's been a big season for me personally. Every day was hard but all the work has paid off."

Trailing 2-1 from the 34th minute, Palace battered at the door after the break until the visitors' resistance was finally broken at Selhurst Park.

With 15 minutes left, Wilfried Zaha produced a driving run before cutting inside and firing a fierce shot that deflected into the net off Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady, with Mitchell netting soon after.

Palace had already come back into the game once, Christian Benteke heading in against his former club following John McGinn's well-taken opener.

Anwar El Ghazi lashed in at the back post to restore Villa's lead - a goal that looked like being the winner until Palace's late rally.

Villa remain 11th, four points behind 10th-placed Leeds with two games to play, making a Premier League top-half finish unlikely.

Already safe from relegation, the win took Palace to 44 points - with a chance of hitting the 50-point mark for the first time in the Premier League.

On a more positive note for Villa and potentially England, Jack Grealish made a second successive appearance from the bench following injury to provide further evidence of his improving fitness before this summer's European Championships.

Sometimes maligned for his style of play, Hodgson has comfortably kept Palace in the Premier League during his four seasons at the club, leaning on a core of experienced and reliable players.

With the 73-year-old's contract due to expire this summer along with those of a host of first-team regulars, a clear-out seems likely, but Sunday's performance provides further food for thought.

Benteke is one of those whose deal is about to end, although he is arguably in the form of his Palace career, having netted for the third game running and for the fifth time in nine games.

He would have had another but for a superb Emi Martinez save that tipped his header from a corner on to the bar in the second half.

Zaha's talents are undoubted and Sunday showed he still has the drive and desire, qualities also on display from Andros Townsend, Cheikhou Kouyate and others.

It is perhaps Eze and Mitchell, though, who Palace should be using as the template going forward. Both are young, talented, forward-looking players around which Hodgson - or, more likely, his successor - can build a side.

"In the second half that was the Crystal Palace that I've seen in the last four years - that never-say-die spirit," said Hodgson.

"We accept we'll never roll teams over and we have to work hard to get a result and we did that today. The players deserve an awful amount of credit."

Defeat does not overshadow Villa progress

When Villa beat Palace 3-0 on Boxing Day, they were just outside the top four and pushing for an unexpected European spot.

The following five months have provided a big check to such lofty ambitions, but they should not detract from what has been a season of significant progress for a side who narrowly avoided relegation last campaign.

Clearly undermined by the absence of star man Grealish for 13 games during which they won only three, Dean Smith's side still pack a punch without the England forward, as they demonstrated on Sunday, especially in a first half that contained their two goals.

They could have had more, with Kortney Hause - in for the injured Tyrone Mings - twice heading wide from corners.

However, in the second half the absence of Mings and Matty Cash told, as a seemingly tired Villa wilted in the face of the Palace onslaught.

They have two games left to finish in the top 10, but, with Tottenham away and Chelsea at home to come, it looks likely Villa will have to settle for the best of the bottom half.


Post Match

*Sunday, 16 May 2021*

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

“Lack of concentration. I was really pleased at half-time, we played some really good football and should have been further ahead than one goal.

“There was some fortune on both of their goals but I can’t deny that they were the better team in the second half. Unfortunately for us in the past month or two we have had too many indifferent halves.

“It was a super goal [by John McGinn], side footed from 25-yards and that’s what he can do. He enjoyed himself in the first half and the team enjoyed themselves in the first half. Unfortunately we didn’t deal well enough with their counter pressing in the second half.”

“I’m hopeful [Jack Grealish can start soon]. He’s pushing, he’s had no reaction in his first game or today so he’s building those minutes.”

“I thought we looked a really good team first half today. We were unfortunate not to go in more than a goal to the good.

“They counter-pressed us better in the second half and we lacked the intensity we had in the first half. They were aggressive and we never really dealt with the ball as well as we did in the first half. It became more of a scrappy game and we’re frustrated with the goals they did score.”

”It certainly hits our hopes [of a top 10 finish], we’re four points behind Leeds United and we just have to finish well.

“This is only our second season in the Premier League and we’re building a team capable of fighting for Europe.

“The quality in our squad has risen and that’s what we need to continue to do.”


*Sunday, 16 May 2021*

*Villa goalscorer John McGinn*

“It [the defeat] was a number of reasons. We played really well in the first half but in the second half they were the better team. They deserved it in the second half.

“We had control of the game and scored two good goals. We needed to build on that but the second half wasn’t the standards we have set this season so we need to look at it.

“I should be getting more goals. When I play for the national team I do that more often. I played higher up in the first half today. It wasn’t enough to get three points.

“I’m just focusing on trying to finish top half this season. We’re all really disappointed. A lot of us have stuff to look forward to in the summer but we want to finish the season well.

“We need to become more street-wise and defend our goal better.”