Game #5383

Season | 2015-16 |

Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #32 |
Premier League Match-week | #32 |  
Manager Game | #1 |     
Saturday, 2 April 2016
Premier League | Home | Chelsea | Villa Park | 31,120 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Eric Black | Caretaker |

KO | 12.45 |
Referee | Neil Swarbrick | 

HT Score | 0-2 |
FT Score | 0-4 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LLLLL | 

League Position | 20th | - |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Aly Cissokho |
BOOKED | 45' |
RB Alan Hutton | BOOKED | 78' | 85' | SENT OFF | 85' |
CB Micah Richards |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Ashley Westwood |
BOOKED | 87' |
M Carlos Sánchez | BOOKED | 61' | SUB OFF | 67' |
M Idrissa Gueye | BOOKED | 28' | SUB OFF | 82' |
W Carles Gil | SUB OFF | 66' | FINAL |
F Jordan Ayew |
F Rudy Gestede |

Substitutes |

M Jack Grealish for W Carles Gil | 66’ | 
M Leandro Bacuna for M Carlos Sánchez | 67’ | 
M Jordan Lyden for M Idrissa Gueye | 82’ |


Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
CB Jores Okore
F Scott Sinclair
M Jordan Veretout

Cards |

 Yellow | Idrissa Gueye | 28’ |

 Yellow | Aly Cissokho | 45’ |

 Yellow | Carlos Sánchez | 61’ |

 Yellow | Alan Hutton | 78’ | 85’ |

 Yellow | Ashley Westwood | 87’ | 

 Red | Alan Hutton | 85’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.28 | 

Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.65 |

Youngest Player | W Carles Gil | 23.38 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

LB Jordan Amavi |

CF Libor Kozák | 

Loaned Out |

CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

F Callum Robinson | Preston North End | 5 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

M Gary Gardner | Nottingham Forest | 8 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

LB Joe Bennett | Sheffield Wednesday | 19 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

FB José Ángel Crespo | Rayo Vallecano | 20 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 42
Possession A | 58
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 8

 On this day 2 April 2016 

Villa had now lost lost seven consecutive league games for the second time this season and the second time since 1962-63 

Winger Carles Gil made his final appearance for Villa aged 23 before moving on to Deportivo de La Coruña for a fee of £1,580,000 in July 2018. Gil had arrived at Villa from Valencia in January 2015 for a fee of £3,780,000. In total Gil made 34 appearances, including 9 as substitute and scored 3 goals.

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 2 April 2016

*Alexandre Pato scored on his Chelsea debut as Aston Villa continued their slide towards relegation.*

The home fans chanted against their players and owner Randy Lerner as the Blues took control in the second half.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s deflected shot and Pato’s precise penalty had given the visitors a healthy half-time lead.

Pedro scored twice - slotting in Oscar’s pull-back and hammering home a loose ball - before Alan Hutton was sent off to compound Villa’s misery.

Aston Villa’s Premier League survival may still be possible in theory but, with 15 points separating them from safety and six games left, attention has long since switched to the longer term in the Holte End after seven straight league defeats.

Before kick-off, fans held aloft banners asking “Proud History, What future?” as they contemplate a Championship campaign on the pitch and owner Randy Lerner’s continuing attempts to sell up off it.

Their protests increased in volume towards the end of the match with substitute Leandro Bacuna - who spoke of his plans to leave the club this week - picked out for particular criticism and a synchronised show of discontent on the 74th minute.

The final whistle was greeted with resounding boos from the fans who remained in a fast-emptying Villa Park.

A team of Villans?

Their team - without Gabriel Agbonlahor after photos were published of the striker apparently smoking on a holiday in Dubai - initially worked hard to provide some short-term solace for their fans.

With Eric Black in charge following Remi Garde’s departure on Tuesday, there was more industry and invention in attack in the first half with Jordan Ayew and Carles Gil both going close.


But, as has been the case so often this season, their efforts were fatally undermined by a brittle defence as Aly Cissokho allowed Cesar Azpilicueta too much space down the left to create the opener and then bundled into Pato to give away the spot-kick for the second.

Jack Grealish was greeted warmly as he returned from injury as a substitute and Alan Hutton was applauded off despite being shown a second yellow card for a heavy challenge on Loftus-Cheek.

But, after an insipid second-half surrender, there was little love for the rest of Villa’s team as they trooped off.

Like a duck to water

It was difficult to measure Chelsea against opposition in such disarray, but some of the fringe squad members shone in a win that extended their unbeaten league run to 15-straight games.

Pato said after the match that he was “surprised” to be brought on after Loic Remy suffered a slight injury, but showed some nice touches. In defence, fellow debutant Matt Miazga coped well with the aerial threat from Rudy Gestede while a hungry Loftus-Cheek curled a shot just wide as he hunted his second.

Pedro was particularly bright and could have had a hat-trick had a deft chip not been ruled out in the first half for a marginal offside.
With matches against Tottenham and Leicester to come in May, Chelsea will have a say in the climax to this season’s title race. With Italian Antonio Conte reportedly lined up for the manager’s job, they may be more directly involved next season.

*Caretaker Aston Villa boss Eric Black:* ”I’m not overly delighted losing 4-0 today, but things obviously run a little deeper.

“If you’re bottom of the league and have won three games all season, you’re not going to be flying high. We have to be professional until the end, and do our utmost for the club and supporters. We need to continue to work hard to get this club back to where it should be.

“We have got to win back the fans and it will happen. How quickly, I don’t know. We have only won two games at home and there can be a disconnect, but we carry on and try and change their minds.”