Game #5357

Season | 2015-16 |

Matchday | #12 |
League Game | #10 |
Premier League Match-week | #10 |  
Manager Game | #28 |
Saturday, 24 October 2015
Premier League | Home | Swansea City | Villa Park | 33,324 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Tim Sherwood | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Neil Swarbrick | 
HT Score | 0-0 |

FT Score | 1-2 |
FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WLLLL | 

Scorers | Jordan Ayew | 62’ |

Assists | Gabby Agbonlahor | 62’ |

League Position | 20th | -1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Kieran Richardson |
BOOKED | 77' |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Micah Richards |
BOOKED | 31' |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Idrissa Gueye |
M Jack Grealish |
SUB OFF | 74' |
M Leandro Bacuna |
F Rudy Gestede |
F Jordan Ayew |
GOAL | 62' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ASSIST | 62' | SUB OFF | 85' |

Substitutes |

W Carles Gil for M Jack Grealish | 74’ | 
W Adama Traoré for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 85’ |


Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
M Ashley Westwood
LB Jordan Amavi
M Carlos Sánchez 
FB José Ángel Crespo

Cards |

 Yellow | Micah Richards | 31’ |

 Yellow | Kieran Richardson | 77’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.67 | 

Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.21 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 20.13 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CB Jores Okore |

W Adama Traoré | 

Loaned Out |

RB Aly Cissokho | Porto | 5 August 2015 - 1 January 2016 | 

F Callum Robinson | Bristol City | 7 August 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

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 | 

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

M Joe Cole | Coventry City | 19 October 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 48
Possession A | 52
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 8

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Andre Ayew scored a late winner for Swansea to pile more pressure on Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood.*

The midfielder side-footed in a Kyle Naughton cross to give Swansea a first win in six games.

Andre’s brother Jordan had given Villa the lead with a stooping header before Gylfi Sigurdsson curled in a 25-yard free-kick to level.

Villa’s sixth straight defeat sees them remain second bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety.

Home defender Joleon Lescott had a chance to equalise late on when he found space at a corner but hooked a shot over.

What now for Sherwood?

Sherwood, whose team have won only once all season, had likened this game to a cup final in the build-up.

The club’s hierarchy were also reportedly looking at the games against Chelsea and Swansea to judge the side - Villa have lost both.

They survived a Swansea chance when Federico Fernandez skied a shot from close range as both sides struggled to stamp any kind of authority on the game.

Fernandez was involved in a clash with Villa centre-back Micah Richards before the latter was also involved in a heated exchange with Swansea skipper Ashley Williams when he attempted to intervene.

Jordan Ayew gave Villa hope with his first goal for the club but the hosts led for only six minutes.

Andre wins family battle

There was a family affair with Jordan and Andre Ayew on opposing sides and both midfielders played a key part for their sides.

The pair played against each other in the French league last season and Jordan’s team won on that occasion, but this time their fortunes were reversed.

Andre should have put the visitors in front when he was played through on goal by Bafetimbi Gomis only for his shot to be saved by on-rushing keeper Brad Guzan

Villa counter-attacked from the resulting corner, with Jordan nodding in Gabriel Agbonlahor’s cross.

However, Swansea responded impressively and Andre atoned for his earlier miss as he scored the winner from six yards after a dangerous low cross by Naughton.

“We are unlucky and we have a lot of new players,” said Jordan. “Every week we are getting better and we have to continue to do that.

“We are always behind the manager. He is behind us and we are all together and there is no problem.”

On Andre, he added: “We are family, there is no problem.”

What they said

*Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood:* ”I’m disappointed with result. I didn’t think we deserved to lose. We can’t carry anyone because we’re getting done.

“I said to the boys every one has to play to their maximum to get anything from a game. At the moment we are short.

“The boys gave everything. There’s no shortage in desire but the quality is not quite there.”

BBC Sport

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Tim Sherwood: Aston Villa manager sacked after eight months

Aston Villa have sacked manager Tim Sherwood after eight months in charge.


Villa are bottom of the Premier League following a 2-1 defeat by Swansea - the club's sixth straight league loss - and Sunderland's first win of the season.


The club said in a statement: "The board believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative."


Former Lyon manager Remi Garde, 49, has also been linked with the job, with French TV station Canal Plus - who employ him as a pundit - reporting he is in advanced talks with Villa.


Under-21 manager Kevin MacDonald has been placed in interim charge.


The club are expected to speak to a number of potential replacements, and an announcement may not be made until after next week.


Appointed in February to replace Paul Lambert, Sherwood reached the FA Cup final and led the club to a 17th-placed finish in his first season in charge, but has won one of ten league matches this term.


Villa have not won since the opening day and are four points from safety.


Sherwood has overseen just 28 games in all competitions - the shortest spell of any permanent Villa manager.


The club's statement offered Sherwood "sincere thanks for all his efforts during a difficult period last season and for the many positive contributions he has made to the entire football set-up".

After the defeat to Swansea, Sherwood evaded questions about his future, saying when asked whether he would be in the job next week that he was "not the person to ask". He added: "I feel like the club is in a hole. At the moment we are short."


Villa's next game is against Southampton in the League Cup on Wednesday.

'Recruitment not good enough' - experts' view


Former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy on MOTD2 Extra: "He did well keeping them up [last season] at a time when they were in trouble. He played to [former striker] Christian Benteke's strengths and got them to the FA Cup final. He deserves credit for that.


"We don't know exactly what's gone on with the recruitment of the players that have come in - ultimately too many of them haven't done well enough and are not good enough. Like all managers, he's responsible for that.