Game #5623

Season | 2020-21 |

Matchday | #35 |

League Match | #31 |
Manager Game | #118 |
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Premier League | Home | Manchester City | Villa Park | Behind closed doors | 

20-21 #35 Shame on You
20-21 #35 Shame on You

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | Manchester City, along with 5 others brought shame on the game ahead of this match

20-21 #35 Opener
20-21 #35 Opener

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | Villa celebrate taking a 20s lead through John McGinn

20-21 #35 Cash Off
20-21 #35 Cash Off

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | Two bookings in 3 minutes for Matty Cash reduce Villa to 10 on 57'

20-21 #35 Shame on You
20-21 #35 Shame on You

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | Manchester City, along with 5 others brought shame on the game ahead of this match


Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith |

KO | 20.15 |
Referee | Peter Bankes |

 HT Score | 1-2 |

 FT Result | Lost |
 FT Score | 1-2 |

Last 5 Games | DLWLL |

Scorer(s) | John McGinn | 1' (20s) |

Assist(s) | Ollie Watkins | 1' (20s) |

League Position | 11th | -1 |

Team News

Captain Jack Grealish is once again ruled out through injury - his 9th consecutive absence and longest run out of the side since February 2019 (14 games). Grealish is joined by new casualty Trézéguet following surgery on a ligament injury that will keep him out of contention until the 2021-22 season. Morgan Sanson misses out once again (knee) as does long term absentee Wesley. 

Marvelous Nakamba starts consecutive league games whilst Jacob Ramsey comes in for Trézéguet, Carney Chukwuemeka makes a return to the bench - the 17 year-old's second squad appearance of his Villa career.

Line Up

GK Emiliano Martínez |

RB Matty Cash | BOOKED | 54' | 57' | SENT OFF | 57' | 

CB Ezri Konsa | 

CB Tyrone Mings | 

LB Matt Targett |

M Douglas Luiz | 

M John McGinn | GOAL | 1' |

M Marvelous Nakamba | SUB OFF | 63' |

M Jacob Ramsey | SUB OFF | 45' |

W Bertrand Traoré | SUB OFF | 75' |

CF Ollie Watkins | ASSIST | 1' |


CF Keinan Davis for M Jacob Ramsey | 45' |

M Ross Barkley for M Marvelous Nakamba | 63' | 

W Anwar El Ghazi for W Bertrand Traoré | 75' |

Unused Substitutes

GK Tom Heaton

LB Neil Taylor

RB Ahmed Elmohamady

CB Kortney Hause

CB Björn Engels

M Carney Chukwuemeka


Yellow | Matty Cash | 54' |

Yellow | Matty Cash | 57' |

Red | Matty Cash | 57' |

Match Stats

Possession F | 28%
Possession A | 72%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 12

Fouls A | 7

Team Stats

Starting XI Average Age | 25.21 | 

Oldest Player | GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.65 |

Youngest Player | M Jacob Ramsey | 19.91 |

Not Selected

GK Jed Steer


Injury | 4 |

CF Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - Unknown |

M Jack Grealish | Leg, 21 Feb - Unknown |

M Morgan Sanson | Knee, 10 Apr - Unknown |

W Trézéguet | Ligament, 10 Apr - 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 21 April 2021

Fresh from their disgrace after being outed as an ESL club, national embarrassment Manchester City are the visitors to Villa Park.


John McGinn scored Villa's second fastest Premier League goal after Dwight Yorke's 12 second strike at Coventry City on Saturday, 30 September 1995.

Villa's stand-in captain Tyrone Mings made his 85th appearance for the club since joining on Thursday, 31 January 2019.

22 year-old midfielder Douglas Luiz made his 70th appearance for Villa since joining the club from Manchester City for a fee of £15,120,000 on Thursday, 25 July 2019.

Ross Barkley made his 20th appearance of his underwhelming loan spell from Chelsea.


Pre Match

*Wednesday, 21 April 2021*

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

"I'm very pleased [the European Super League is not happening]. It's been a very strange 48-72 hours. I think it has brought a lot of emotion from football people. Hopefully we're back to normality now."

Match Report

*The Guardian*

*Wednesday, 21 April 2021*

After a tumultuous few days in which their dreams of a quadruple evaporated and their reputation acquired a foul odour, Manchester City got the result they needed to move closer to the Premier League title.


Although this performances occasionally lapsed into slapdash errors – they conceded after 20 seconds and John Stones was sent off before half‑time – City were mostly superb, particularly Phil Foden. “At times it was like he was from a different planet,” said Aston Villa’s manager, Dean Smith.

After falling behind almost immediately to a strike from John McGinn after a Stones error, City took charge and sashayed into the lead thanks to goals by Foden and Rodri. City dominated for long spells but had to endure difficult moments after Stones’s dismissal. But once Villa, too, were reduced to 10 men – Matty Cash was sent off for a pair of fouls on Foden before the hour – City’s victory did not look in doubt.

“It has been the most difficult season of our lives for many reasons, and for all clubs, and now we just have to win two more games and get a draw to be champion,” Pep Guardiola said. “When you get into the last five games depending only on yourself, it’s a big boost.”

Before kick-off City became the latest club to circulate a statement saying sorry for somehow signing up to the Super League. It was a particularly laughable effort, with the turn of events attributed to momentary forgetfulness. Apparently the City regime had “failed to remind ourselves” of values that are “fundamental to [the club’s] DNA”. Guardiola said the matter was now “a closed chapter”. Asked whether his employers said sorry to him personally, he replied: “I know the guys who I’m working with, they don’t need to apologise.”

City made a shocking start at Villa Park, where Gareth Southgate was on hand to run the rule over several candidates for a place in England’s European Championship squad. He will have been impressed by the way Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins began; Stones, not so much. Play had barely begun when Mings surprised City with a quick free-kick down the left that Stones failed to cut out. Watkins pinged a low ball into the centre for McGinn, who arrived at speed to sweep it into the net past an uncharacteristically awkward-looking Ederson.

Soon City started to dominate possession and pushed their hosts back. After 20 minutes Riyad Mahrez unloaded a stinging low effort from the edge of the area to force Emi Martínez into a save for the first time. City were finding their attacking rhythm.


Two minutes later Martínez had to retrieve the ball from the net after City broke through with the sort of devastatingly intricate move that few teams can match. Foden was heavily involved, feeding Mahrez in the box before the Algeria international slipped the ball through to the overlapping Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese cut the ball back from the right into the path of Foden who, having darted into the area, slotted into the net from 10 yards.


Foden began to flourish even more, taunting and hurting with jagged runs and searching passes. Yet still all was not quite right with City.


Five minutes before half-time City took the lead, as Rodri glanced a header into the net from a lovely cross by Silva. But soon City relapsed into carelessness and, after the referee consulted the touchline screen, Stones was sent off for a late tackle on Jacob Ramsey, catching the teenager on the knee after being beaten by him to a bouncing ball. The defender will now miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final date with Spurs.


Ramsey was withdrawn at half‑time as Smith sent on a second striker, Keinan Davis. Guardiola took off City’s only striker, Gabriel Jesus, and introduced Aymeric Laporte to repair his defence. Not that City sought merely to protect their lead. They would have increased it in the 50th minute if Ilkay Gündogan had not left a pass too close to Martínez when Mahrez was waiting for a tap-in.


Seven minutes later the sides were level – in terms of personnel numbers – as Cash was shown two yellow cards in quick succession. “Stupid and reckless,” said Smith. That rashness helped to settle City, who navigated their way serenely through the remaining half-hour.


Post Match

*Wednesday, 21 April 2021*

*Villa goalscorer and legend John McGinn*

"It was just my feeling on the pitch but that was the best 90 minutes I have seen [from an opposition team]. It was a nightmare to be perfectly honest."


*Wednesday, 21 April 2021*

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

"Great start - we played a ball in behind with a kick free kick which we had spoken about and then had to defend very because they had 25 minutes of wonderful football.

"The disappointing part for me is the manner of the goals, we know Ederson has a good strike on him and they pick up the second ball there and if you lose against Man City you want them to be working wonderfully executed goals, you don't want to concede those kind of goals. Matty Cash's first yellow was harsh but second one was just stupid and reckless, with them having ten men you won’t get a better chance to beat City."

"[Matty Cash's] first one [yellow card] was a pull, we don't seem to see many of them given, their red card [John Stones] was probably a yellow as well though. I think you can slow anything down and it looks worse - it was right in front of me and he’s gone for the ball and caught the man, you see that all the time.

"Our plan was to get it out to the front two and get behind but we never got behind them enough, we got a few crosses in early on but once we had the man sent off the half time plan goes out the window. It was a bit more even at ten v ten but they have better technically gifted players than we have on the ball.

"We made a great start. It was something we had spoken about. We have one of the best players in the league who can run in behind the oppositions defence in the shape of Ollie Watkins.

"We defended reasonably well. It was probably the manner of the goals we conceded that was most disappointing


"Cashy will learn from that. The second one was stupid and reckless.

"Some of Manchester City's play play was outstanding. They schooled us at times.

"I've been involved in professional football for 34 years and I haven't seen football come together like it has this week. That shows you how outraged people were at the plans."