Game #5629

Season | 2020-21 |

Matchday | #41 |

League Match | #37 |
Manager Game | #124 |
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Premier League | Away | Tottenham Hotspur | The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium | Behind closed doors | 

Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 | Jack Grealish celebrates with Ollie Watkins after his 16th goal of the season puts Villa 2-1 up on 39'

Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 | Jack Grealish celebrates with Ollie Watkins after his 16th goal of the season puts Villa 2-1 up on 39'

John McGinn
John McGinn

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 | Ollie Watkins and John McGinn appeal to the referee after an unfathomable refusal of a penalty to Villa

Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 | Jack Grealish celebrates with Ollie Watkins after his 16th goal of the season puts Villa 2-1 up on 39'


Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith |

KO | 18.00 |
Referee | David Coote |

 HT Score | 2-1 |

 FT Result | Won |
 FT Score | 2-1 |

Last 5 Games | WLDLW |

Scorer(s) | Own Goal | 20' | Ollie Watkins | 39' |

Assist(s) | Bertrand Traoré | 39' |

League Position | 11th | - |

Team News

Jack Grealish makes his first start since February - a run of 14 games out of the first XI. Douglas Luiz makes way as does Jacob Ramsey for Marvelous Nakamba. Kortney Hause retains his place despite Tyrone Mings returning with veteran Ahmed Elmohamady making way.

Ross Barkley makes the bench for the final squad appearance of his loan spell as Trézéguet, Morgan Sanson and Matty Cash are sidelined for season ending injuries. Jed Steer also 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. Keinan Davis drops out of the squad.

Line Up

GK Emiliano Martínez |
CB Tyrone Mings |
CB Ezri Konsa |
CB Kortney Hause |

LB Matt Targett |

M Marvelous Nakamba | SUB OFF | 89' |
M Jack Grealish | SUB OFF | 73' |
M John McGinn | BOOKED | 90'+1 |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 
W Bertrand Traoré | ASSIST | 39' | SUB OFF | 90
'+3 |
CF Ollie Watkins | GOAL | 39' | 


M Douglas Luiz for M Jack Grealish | 73' |

M Carney Chukwuemeka DEBUT | for Marvelous Nakamba | 89' |

W Jaden Philogene-Bidace DEBUT | for W Bertrand Traoré | 90'+3 |

Unused Substitutes

GK Jed Steer

LB Neil Taylor

RB Ahmed Elmohamady

M Ross Barkley

M Jacob Ramsey

CF Wesley


Yellow | John McGinn for a bad foul | 90+1' |

Match Stats

Possession F | 39%
Possession A | 61%
Shots F | 20
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13

Fouls A | 14

Team Stats

Starting XI Average Age | 26.26 | 

Oldest Player | GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.73 |

Youngest Player | CB Ezri Konsa | 23.59 |

Not Selected

CB Björn Engels

CF Keinan Davis


Injury | 5 |

M Morgan Sanson | Knee, 10 Apr - 2021-22 |

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

GK Tom Heaton | Head, 13 May - Unknown |

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

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 19 May 2021

Midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka and winger Jaden Philogene-Bidace made their Villa debuts aged 17 and 19 respectively after coming through the Youth ranks.

Chukwuemka became the third-youngest player to play for Villa in the Premier league at 17 years and 211 days old behind only Rushian Hepburn Murphy (16y 198d) and Gareth Barry (17y 68d).


Villa’s tally of 52 points is their highest in a Premier League season since reaching 64 in 2009-10 under Martin O’Neill.


 Villa’s total of nine Premier League away wins this season is more than in their previous three top-flight seasons combined.

Villa won their ninth away Premier League match of the season, their most in a single campaign since winning nine in 2009-10.

Villa registered their first away top-flight win when conceding the first goal since August 2013 (against Arsenal) having been winless in 52 such games.

Ollie Watkins equalled Julian Joachim’s club record of 14 Premier League goals by an English player in a season, set in 1998-99.

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*

*Wednesday, 19 May 2021*

“The players within our first-team squad have worked extremely hard to become Premier League players.

“I’m not one to just hand out debuts just as favours. You have to earn the right to play. We’ve got young Carney and Jaden on the bench.

“They’ve earned the right to be on the bench and, every day in training, they’ve got to earn the right to get into the team now.”

“He’s [Chukwuemeka] got a pathway at the football club. He’s got a plan at the football club.

“He’s doing extremely well. He’s training with the first-team regularly. He’s been on the bench for us. He’s been in a number of squads and he’s doing excellently. We’re really pleased with his progress so far.”


Match Report

*BBC Sport*

*Wednesday, 19 May 2021*

Tottenham's hopes of securing European football were dented as Aston Villa came from behind to claim a deserved Premier League victory in front of 10,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

As speculation increases about Harry Kane's future before the summer transfer window, chants of "He's one of our own" were sung by the returning home fans, who were welcomed back by Steven Bergwijn's thumping eighth-minute opener after he had stolen possession from Marvellous Nakamba.

Villa's response warranted an equaliser and it was Sergio Reguilon who delivered it as the Spurs left-back sliced Nakamba's cross into the top corner of Hugo Lloris' goal.

Ollie Watkins completed the turnaround before half-time, collecting Reguilon's weak clearance and holding off the challenge of Eric Dier before finding the bottom corner to continue his fine first season in the top flight.

Watkins was thwarted by Lloris either side of half-time, and although Spurs did test Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez more regularly following the restart through Bergwijn and Kane, they failed to find an equaliser.

Spurs - booed at the final whistle as fans stayed long after full-time to protest - dropped to seventh following West Ham's victory over West Brom. They are level on points with Everton going into their final game against Champions League hopefuls Leicester City on Sunday.

The game began to a backdrop of reports this week claiming Harry Kane has a 'gentleman's agreement' in place to depart the club - and has even formally asked to leave.

With the England captain having a six-year deal running until 2024, the club has said "finishing the season as strongly as possible" is its only focus and prior to kick-off interim boss Ryan Mason said speculation surrounding Kane's future had not been a distraction.


However, Spurs were notably poor following Bergwijn's emphatic opener and fighting for sixth place and Europa League football on the final day is unlikely to do much to convince Kane that he can win silverware if he stays.

Reguilon endured a first half to forget as, under no pressure, his swiped attempt at a clearance sent the ball beyond Lloris to score the 1000th own goal in Premier League history before surrendering possession for Villa's second.

The hosts were much improved after the interval, registering more shots in the first five minutes (four) than in the entire first half - although Bergwijn's attempt from close range was the closest they came to earning a valuable point.

Even the introduction of on-loan Gareth Bale, making his final home appearance before returning to Real Madrid, could not inspire a fightback - indeed they were second best for large periods of the match and a nasty injury to Japhet Tanganga compounded a miserable evening.

Spurs, who currently occupy a qualification place in the new Europa Conference League play-off round, will have to win away at Leicester on the final day and hope West Ham lose to Southampton if they are to claim a Europa League spot.

Whatever the outcome on Sunday, it looks set to be a summer of significant change at the club.

"It's a big game for us [on Sunday], it's a big game for them [Leicester City]. We have to get over this. We will work tomorrow, there is no doubt we have to be ready and we know what we have to do," Tottenham interim boss Mason told BBC Sport.

Determined Villa deserve victory

While Villa's hopes of a top-half finish have ended, there was no evidence that Dean Smith's side regard their season as over as they inflicted a damaging defeat on opponents who in theory have more to play for.

In a microcosm of their 2020-21 campaign, Villa impressed in the first half in defeat by Crystal Palace at the weekend but failed to sustain that level.

But, buoyed by the return of Jack Grealish - who created the game's most chances on his first start since 13 February - they made no such mistake on Wednesday as they turned the tide after a slow start to earn a deserved victory.

Having earlier had claims for a penalty waved away after he was felled by Lloris, the tireless Watkins demonstrated what he could offer if he is named in England's Euro 2020 squad next week as he married hard work for the team with a well-taken goal.


In defence, the return of centre-back Tyrone Mings helped protect the advantage as did some key saves by Martinez, as Villa added yet another win to their best Premier League season since 2009-10.

"We're guaranteed 11th now and that's some progress for the club. We have been inconsistent in the second half of the season but our best player has missed 13 games. We saw a confident Jack Grealish today. He looked confident and assured," Villa boss Smith told BBC Sport.

On striker Watkins, he added: "He's the best pressing centre-forward in the league in my opinion. He earned the goal himself. It was a great performance from Ollie and he'll probably feel he could have scored a couple more."


Post Match

*Wednesday, 19 May 2021*

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

““ think we’re guaranteed 11th now and that’s some progress for the club. We have been inconsistent in the second half of the season but our best player has missed 13 games.

“We saw a confident Jack Grealish today and 20 attempts on goal tells you the intent was there. Today he looked confident and assured and when you have a Jack Grealish like that the opposition have to be aware.”

On Ollie Watkins: “He’s the best pressing centre forward in the league in my opinion. He earned the goal himself. It was a great performance from Ollie and he’ll probably feel he could have had a couple more.”

On Harry Kane: “He’s outstanding, his movement, how he can link up play, his finishing as well. He’s an outstanding individual as well.”

On his side’s progress: “It was a really good performance. We have passed some teams in this league now and I believe we’ll get better next season.”