Season | 2015-16 |
Matchday | #7 |
League Game | #6 |
Premier League Match-week | #6 |
Manager Game | #23 |
Saturday, 19 September 2015
Premier League | Home | West Bromwich Albion | Villa Park | 36,321 |
Manager | Tim Sherwood |
KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Martin Atkinson |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LWDLL |
League Position | 17th | -2 |
Line Up |
GK Brad Guzan |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Jordan Amavi | BOOKED | 82' |
CB Micah Richards |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Carlos Sánchez | SUB OFF | 82' |
M Jack Grealish |
M Ashley Westwood |
W Scott Sinclair | SUB OFF | 46' |
W Carles Gil | BOOKED | 62' | SUB OFF |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |
F Rudy Gestede for W Scott Sinclair | 46’ |
M Leandro Bacuna for W Carles Gil | 76’ |
M Jordan Veretout for M Carlos Sánchez | 82’ |
Unused Substitutes |
GK Mark Bunn
CB Ciaran Clark
M Joe Cole
F Jordan Ayew
Yellow | Carles Gil | 62’ |
Yellow | Jordan Amavi | 82’ |
Team Stats |
Starting XI Average Age | 27.02 |
Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.12 |
Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 20.04 |
CB Jores Okore |
FB José Ángel Crespo |
W Adama Traoré |
M Idrissa Gueye |
Loaned Out |
RB Aly Cissokho | Porto | 5 August 2015 - 1 January 2016 |
F Callum Robinson | Bristol City | 7 August 2015 - 3 January 2016 |
D Janoi Donacien | Wycombe Wanderers | 21 August 2015 - 19 September 2015 |
LB Joe Bennett | AFC Bournemouth | 1 September 2015 - 2 January 2016 |
CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 |
GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 |
Match Stats |
Possession F | 60
Possession A | 40
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 11
Saturday, 19 September 2015
*Saido Berahino scored on his first start since threatening to go on strike as West Brom beat a lacklustre Aston Villa in a West Midlands derby.*
The Baggies edged the first half and almost took the lead within 60 seconds when Salomon Rondon’s header was palmed away by Brad Guzan.
Their breakthrough came soon before the break when Berahino stuck out a foot to steer James Morrison’s shot home.
Villa improved slightly after the break but never looked like equalising.
Berahino tweeted on transfer deadline day that he “will never play” after being refused a move to Tottenham, but he came on in their last game against Southampton and started at Villa Park.
The 22-year-old was paired up front with Salomon Rondon but played a fairly deep role as our graphic shows. His one touch in the Villa box was his goal, as he poked Morrison’s effort home.
He was replaced by Craig Gardner after 67 minutes and all his problems appeared to be forgotten as he was central to Albion’s post-match celebrations with manager Tony Pulis and team-mates.
West Brom legend Tony Brown, working for BBC WM said: “It’s nice to see a beaming face from Saido Berahino - he’s coming off and hugging his team-mates.”
Baggies boss Pulis said: “This game was made for Saido. He’s not played a lot of football and looked tired as the game went on, but he was desperate to play and he has the quality that we want and need.
“Everyone in this room has made mistakes - in a few years’ time he will look back on the situation and think he should have done better. But it’s over now, we move on, as a club we move on and he’s a very good player.”
Villa’s struggles continue
After throwing away a two-goal lead last weekend to lose to Leicester, Villa boss Tim Sherwood said “I’ve never felt this bad. Ever”. He will not have seen much to improve his mood in this West Midlands derby.
Villa’s long-suffering home fans have now seen them pick up only 71 points from 73 home Premier League games since December 2011 - with little from this performance indicating things are about to change.
The hosts were outplayed in the first half and Sherwood’s decision to replace pacy Scott Sinclair with targetman Rudy Gestede at half-time did little to turn things around.
Their three shots on target all came in the second half but they were all routine saves for Boaz Myhill
‘Desperate from Villa’
*Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:* ”It was desperate from Aston Villa today. Long balls are all they seem to have.
“We saw how disappointed Tim Sherwood was after last week’s result but he needs to keep his head because he’ll be hurting now after this defeat by Villa’s local rivals.
“Essentially, West Brom were just too good.”
Villa in ‘transition period’
*Villa boss Tim Sherwood:* ”I’m disappointed that we didn’t perform. West Brom deserved the result and did a good job on us. We didn’t express ourselves.
“Today wasn’t our day and we have to give them credit for stifling us and getting their scruffy goal. We looked threatening as the game went on but it wasn’t enough.
“I recognise the problems at the moment and need to look at it again to make sure I’m not being too emotional. But it’s a transition period at this club. The performances haven’t been as bad as the results, though today is an exception as I’m disappointed.”