Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Match | #11 |
Manager Game | #98 |
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Premier League | Home | Burnley | Villa Park | Behind closed doors |
Game Summary |
Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 18.00 |
Referee | Craig Pawson |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 0-0 |
Last 5 Games | WLLWD |
League Position | 11th | -3 |
Team News |
Midfielder Douglas Luiz and right back Matty Cash are suspended after referee Mike Dean's card-fest in the previous game so Dean Smith brings in Marvelous Nakamba and Ahmed Elmohamady respectively whilst winger Anwar El Ghazi replaces midfielder Jacob Ramsey who drops to the bench and Kortney Hause replaces the ill Ezri Konsa at centre back. Midfielder Ross Barkley and winger Trézéguet remain absent with injury with the latter suffering a hamstring injury having recovered from a head injury that had kept him out of the previous game.
For Marvelous Nakamba, Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause it is their first league starts of the season.
There is a reshuffle on the bench as Neil Taylor, Björn Engels and Keinan Davis return.
Line Up |
GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB Kortney Hause |
CB Tyrone Mings |
LB Matt Targett |
M John McGinn |
M Marvelous Nakamba |
M Jack Grealish |
W Bertrand Traoré | SUB OFF | 80' |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
CF Ollie Watkins | BOOKED | 84' |
CF Keinan Davis for W Bertrand Traoré | 80' |
Unused Substitutes |
GK Jed Steer
CB Björn Engels
LB Neil Taylor
RB Frédéric Guilbert
M Conor Hourihane
M Jacob Ramsey
Yellow | Ollie Watkins | 84' |
Match Stats |
Possession F | 59%
Possession A | 41%
Shots F | 27
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 11
Corners A | 1
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 19
Team Stats |
Starting XI Average Age | 26.77 |
Oldest Player | RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 33.30 |
Youngest Player | CF Ollie Watkins | 24.98 |
Not Selected |
GK Lovre Kalinić
Suspended | 2 |
RB Matty Cash | One Match |
M Douglas Luiz | One Match |
Injury | 5 |
GK Tom Heaton | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 28 Nov 20 |
CF Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
M Ross Barkley | Hamstring, 30 Nov 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
W Trézéguet | Hamstring, 17 Dec 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Illness | 1 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 17 Dec 20 - 20 Dec 20 |
Loaned Out | 2 |
W Indiana Vassilev | Burton Albion | 17 Sep 20 - 31 May 21 |
CF Cameron Archer | Solihull Moors | 2 Oct 20 - 3 Jan 21 |
Unregistered | 1 |
M Henri Lansbury |
On this day 17 December 2020
Centre back Kortney Hause makes his 40th appearance for the club since joining in January 2019.
Villa's 16 shots in the first half was the most by any side without scoring in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League match since September 2019.
Villa's 27 shots was the most by any side without scoring in a single Premier League match since December 2018.
Anwar El Ghazi's eight shots without scoring is the most by a Villa player in a Premier League game since John Carew vs Reading in February 2008 in which he also had 8 shots and no goals.
*Thursday 17 December 2020*
Aston Villa did everything but score in a thoroughly entertaining goalless stalemate with Burnley as the hosts failed to win for the fourth successive home match.
In a pulsating game, Villa had 15 shots in the first half alone and twice hit the woodwork.
Matthew Lowton denied his former club by hacking Ahmed El Mohamady's shot off the line before Nick Pope tipped Anwar El Ghazi's attempt on to the bar.
Kortney Hause headed against the post while Burnley's best chance fell to Chris Wood whose header was clawed away by Emiliano Martinez.
Despite failing to win, Villa have kept six clean sheets in the Premier League this season - more than any other side - while boss Dean Smith said he was not concerned by his side's failure to score.
"We had enough chances to win two games, maybe even three," he said. "My concern is when you're not getting chances.
"We look like a team unlikely to concede goals as well, when you do that you'll accumulate points."
Villa rue missed chances
Villa will wonder how on earth they did not manage to hit the net after peppering the Burnley goal with 27 attempts.
On a frustrating night for Smith's side, Netherlands forward El Ghazi marked his first Premier League start with eight attempts alone.
The last time Villa won at home they put seven past reigning champions Liverpool in an extraordinary game. This could easily have been a similar outcome but the hosts were not clinical enough.
Pope made six saves in total with his fingertip stop to deny El Ghazi the best of the lot.
Even at the end Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings went close but Villa, who were averaging more than two goals per game before this, failed to score for just the second time this season.
Grealish was outstanding in midfield but even he was left frustrated as Burnley dug deep to frustrate their opponents, who remain 11th in the table after a first draw of the season.
Clarets show resilience
The Clarets had dropped back into the relegation zone after Fulham's draw with Brighton on Wednesday but a third unbeaten game lifts them back above the Cottagers.
Since being hammered 5-0 at Manchester City on 28 November, Sean Dyche's side have held Everton, won at Arsenal and frustrated Villa.
They played their part in an end-to-end thriller at Villa Park, Martinez made to work hard for his latest clean sheet.
Ashley Westwood had already gone close with a first-time shot when Wood got on the end of Josh Brownhill's cross to force the Villa keeper into a diving save.
Robbie Brady and Ben Mee also forced saves while Dwight McNeil's driving runs caused Villa problems all game, but the Clarets' meagre return of six goals in 18 hours of Premier League action this season needs addressing.
Prospective Burnley owner ALK Capital is hoping to conclude its takeover of the club in time to give Dyche a chance to bolster his squad in the January transfer window.
After a tough start to the season, at least his side is beginning to move in the right direction.
"It wasn't a great result, just a good result," said Dyche. "We had to get back to being strong defensively and we have done that.
"We had a big result at Arsenal but doing the basics well has been important to us since we've been in the Premier League.
"Now we have to find the balance of opening the team up enough to make sure we score more goals."
*Thursday 17 December 2020*
Paul Doyle at Villa Park
Aston Villa's Dean Smith rues missed chances after Nick Pope saves Burnley
Burnley have scored only six goals in their 12 Premier League matches this season but they clambered out of the relegation zone thanks to their refusal to concede at Villa Park.
A combination of a special save by Nick Pope, several of the kind of blocks that have become routine for Burnley defenders, and some uncharacteristically scruffy finishing by Aston Villa ensured this eventful contest ended in a stalemate.
Emiliano Martínez’s howl of frustration at the final whistle showed Villa were deeply frustrated to draw for the first time this season.
He was not the only one. “We had enough chances to win two games,” said Dean Smith. “But although it was a disappointing result, it was a pleasing performance. The only thing missing was the finishing.”
No player could be singled out for criticism, since practically every Villa player missed at least one chance to score, some, of course, easier than others. At least that reflects one positive aspect of Villa’s display, the fact that they remained a coherent and mostly dominant team despite having to make wholesale changes to their starting lineup for the first time this season owing to the suspensions of Douglas Luiz and Matty Cash and illness for Ezri Konsa, along with injury to Ross Barkley. “Our squad was tested today and it passed with flying colours, so that’s a positive I can take,” said Smith.
Burnley, emboldened for an even bigger challenge after last weekend’s win at Arsenal, made it hard for the hosts to settle. Sean Dyche’s team were the first to threaten a goal, with Jay Rodriguez cutting a smart pass back to Ashley Westwood, whose shot from the edge of the area veered just wide. Villa, devoted to attack, soon found a rhythm, and Charlie Taylor had to make a critical intervention in the 21st minute when he slid in to block an effort from six yards by Bertrand Traoré, who should have shot sooner.
Burnley were rescued by their other full-back on the half hour when Matt Lowton showed wily instincts to position himself on the goalline in time to head away a deflected shot by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Villa mounted something close to an onslaught after that and struck the frame of the goal twice before the break. Anwar El Ghazi’s free-kick from 20 yards was actually heading into the net until Pope tipped it on to the crossbar. Just before half-time Elmohamady flicked on a corner by Traoré to Kortney Hause, whose reflex header from six yards bounced out off the post.
Although Villa merited a half-time lead on the balance of play, Burnley had alarmed them on a couple of counterattacks. The saves that Martínez had to make from Robbie Brady and Chris Wood were elementary but the goalkeeper would surely have been tested more stringently by Dwight McNeil just before the break if Traoré had not charged back to make an excellent tackle on the midfielder, who had slalomed between two defenders on a counter-attack.
For all Villa’s attacking, their centre-forward Ollie Watkins got little sight of goal in the first half, spending most of his time as a clever linkman or decoy. But as Villa’s hold on the game grew stronger, Watkins began to find himself in front of goal more often. Pope remained unbeatable, however, clutching the striker’s header to his chest early in the second half. One minute later Watkins turned provider again, teeing up El Ghazi for a drive that flew inches past the post from the edge of the box.
El Ghazi, involved in most Villa attacks, curled a low effort at goal on the hour, but not with enough power to inconvenience Pope. The same could be said of Brady’s shot at the other end moments later, when Burnley made a rare second-half incursion into Villa territory.
When Jack Grealish, deployed more centrally than usual but as enterprising as ever, glided through midfield in the 66th minute and slipped through a delicate invitation to El Ghazi to score, yet another weak shot ensued, much to Pope’s relief. El Ghazi created a chance for himself to make amends in the 75th minute but boomed a shot wide from 20 yards after a splendid burst from midfield.
The element of surprise nearly did for Burnley when John McGinn caught them out with a quickly-taken free-kick in midfield but James Tarkowski rushed to the visitors’ rescue again, hurling himself in front of Traoré’s shot.
Villa attacked until the end but could not find the perfect finish, Tyrone Mings heading wide from eight yards before Grealish blasted over the bar after another classy run from deep.