Game #5523

Seasons | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #30 |
Manager Game | #19 |
Saturday, 2 February 2019
Football League | Championship | Away | Reading | Madjeski Stadium | 17,458 |

Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Geoff Eltringham | 

 HT Score | 0-0 | 
 FT Score | 0-0 | 
 FT Result | Drew | 

Last 5 Games | LLDWD | 

 League Position | 9th | +1 | 

Line Up |

GK Lovre Kalinić |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Neil Taylor |
CB Tyrone Mings |
DEBUT |
CB Tommy Elphick |
M John McGinn |
SUB OFF | 89' |
M Glenn Whelan | BOOKED | 49' | SUB OFF | 74' |
M Conor Hourihane | BOOKED | 90'+6 |
W Albert Adomah | SUB OFF | 74' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | BOOKED | 49' |
CF Tammy Abraham |

Substitutes |

M Tom Carroll DEBUT | BOOKED | 87' | for M Glenn Whelan | 74’ | 
CF Jonathan Kodjia for W Albert Adomah | 74’ | 
M Mile Jedinak for M John McGinn | 89’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Jed Steer
CF Keinan Davis
RB Ahmed El Mohamady
CB Kortney Hause

Cards |

 Yellow | Anwar El Ghazi for simulation | 49’ |

 Yellow | Glenn Whelan for a bad foul | 49’ |

 Yellow | Tom Carroll for a bad foul | 87’ |

 Yellow | Conor Hourihane for a bad foul | 90’+6 |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.55 | 

Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 35.08 |

Youngest Player | CF Tammy Abraham | 21.35 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

M Jack Grealish |

CB Axel Tuanzebe |

GK Ørjan Nyland |

M Henri Lansbury |

W André Green |

CB James Chester | 


Loaned Out |

M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock | 29 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Richie De Laet | Melbourne City | 14 September 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

CF Ross McCormack | Motherwell | 5 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

 F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | Cambridge United | 11 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

F Callum O'Hare | Carlisle United | 29 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

W Corey Blackett-Taylor | Walsall | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

RB James Bree | Ipswich Town | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

M Jake Doyle-Hayes | Cambridge United | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

F Scott Hogan | Sheffield United | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 | 

F Harry McKirdy | Newport County | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert | SM Caen | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 43
Possession A | 57
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 16

 On this day 2 February 2019 

Centre back Tyrone Mings made his Villa debut aged 26 after joining on loan from AFC Bournemouth until the end of the season.

Midfielder Tom Carroll made his Villa debut aged 25 after joining on loan from Swansea City until the end of the season.

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 2 February 2019

*Aston Villa missed out on the chance to close the gap on the play-off places as they were held to a goalless draw at struggling Reading.*


The Villans came closest to breaking the deadlock before the break, with top scorer Tammy Abraham missing an excellent chance from close range and former Royals loanee Tommy Elphick heading against the bar.
 

Reading struggled to create many clear-cut chances but felt they should have had a penalty in the first half when Alan Hutton appeared to take down Ovie Ejaria in the area.
 

Abraham nearly snatched it for Villa, who have now won just one of their past 10 matches, but he was denied by a fine save from goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

 

The stalemate was Dean Smith’s side’s first of the season and left them four points outside the top six, while the Royals remained in the relegation zone.
 

Villa should have taken an early lead when England international Abraham failed to convert after Martinez saved Anwar El Ghazi’s initial effort.
 

It was a competitive game throughout with both teams in need of points for different reasons, but a draw did little for either.
 

Reading visit Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday, while Villa are back in action when they host promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Friday.

*Aston Villa manager Dean Smith told BBC Radio WM 95.6:*
 

“There is a feeling of frustration but our performance levels are back to where I want them to be. We started well and were on the front foot and I thought we were especially good in the second half.
 

“We changed it tactically at half time and had the best chances in the game. Tammy Abraham had two headers and will probably be disappointed that he didn’t score. On the balance of chances we were the better team today.
 

“They’ve got a new manager and they’ll cause teams problems here. We looked resolute and Tyrone Mings was fantastic, but the only thing missing was a goal.”