Game #5624

Season | 2020-21 |

Matchday | #36 |

League Match | #32 |
Manager Game | #119 |
Sunday, 25 April 2021
Premier League | Home | West Bromwich Albion | Villa Park | Behind closed doors | 

20-21 #36 Keinan Davis Goal Celebration.
20-21 #36 Keinan Davis Goal Celebration.

Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Keinan Davis celebrates scoring Villa's late equaliser against relegated West Bromwich Albion

20-21 #36 Ollie Watkins
20-21 #36 Ollie Watkins

Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Ollie Watkins resists the challenge of relegated West Bromwich Albion

20-21 #36 Anwar El Ghazi Celebration
20-21 #36 Anwar El Ghazi Celebration

Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Anwar El Ghazi's celebrates scoring his 20th goal for the club on his 100th appearance with Ezri Konsa against relegated West Bromwich

20-21 #36 Keinan Davis Goal Celebration.
20-21 #36 Keinan Davis Goal Celebration.

Sunday, 25 April 2021 | Keinan Davis celebrates scoring Villa's late equaliser against relegated West Bromwich Albion

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Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith |

KO | 19.00 |
Referee | Stuart Attwell |

 HT Score | 1-1 |

 FT Result | Drew |
 FT Score | 2-2 |

Last 5 Games | LWLLD |

Scorer(s) | Anwar El Ghazi | 9' (pen) | Keinan Davis | 90'+2 |

League Position | 11th | - |

Team News

Captain Jack Grealish is once again ruled out through injury - his 10th consecutive absence and longest run out of the side since February 2019 (14 games). Trézéguet (Return 2021-22), and Morgan Sanson are injured and Matty Cash suspended for his red card in the previous game. Ahmed Elmohamady comes in for his 126th appearance in claret and blue.

Marvelous Nakamba drops out and Ross Barkley is a surprise starter - his first in 9 games, whilst Anwar El Ghazi replaces Jacob Ramsey. 

19 year-old winger Jaden Philogene-Bidace is named in the squad for the second time whilst Carney Chukwuemeka misses out. 

 

Wesley returns to a match day squad for the first time in 481 days after his ACL injury.

Line Up

GK Emiliano Martínez |

RB Ahmed Elmohamady |

CB Ezri Konsa | 

CB Tyrone Mings | 

LB Matt Targett |

M Douglas Luiz | SUB OFF | 78' |

M John McGinn | 

M Ross Barkley | SUB OFF | 82' |

W Anwar El Ghazi | GOAL | 9' |

W Bertrand Traoré | SUB OFF | 90'+1 |

CF Ollie Watkins | 

Substitutes

M Jacob Ramsey for M Douglas Luiz | 78' |

CF Keinan Davis GOAL | 90'+2 | for M Ross Barkley | 82' |

CF Wesley for W Bertrand Traoré | 90'+1 |

Unused Substitutes

GK Tom Heaton

LB Neil Taylor

CB Kortney Hause

CB Björn Engels

M Marvelous Nakamba

W Jaden Philogene-Bidace

Cards

None

Match Stats

Possession F | 70%
Possession A | 30%
Shots F | 24
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 11
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 11
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 14

Fouls A | 9

Team Stats

Starting XI Average Age | 26.68 | 

Oldest Player | RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 33.65 |

Youngest Player | M Douglas Luiz | 22.98 |

Not Selected

GK Jed Steer

Unavailable

Suspended | 1 |

RB Matty Cash | One Match |

Injury | 3 |

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 25 April 2021

Winger Anwar El-Ghazi makes his 100th appearance and scored his 20th goal for the club since joining from LOSC Lille on an initial loan on Wednesday, 22 August 2018.

Centre forward Keinan Davis made his 80th appearance for the club since joining from Biggleswade Town in December 2015, scoring his sixth goal for the club and first Premier League goal on his 29th appearance. 

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Pre Match

*Sunday, 25 April 2021*

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

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Match Report

*BBC Sport*

*Sunday, 25 April 2021*

West Brom's faint hopes of avoiding relegation suffered a significant setback after substitute Keinan Davis scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for Aston Villa.

The Baggies fell behind when Anwar El Ghazi marked his return to the side by firing Villa ahead from the penalty spot after Semi Ajayi had clipped Ross Barkley.

They were then awarded a penalty of their own, Matheus Pereira beating Emiliano Martinez to equalise after Ezri Konsa caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Brazilian forward Pereira then hit the bar from a free-kick after creating chances for Okay Yokuslu and Maitland-Niles before Mbaye Diagne's deflected finish off Tyrone Mings looked to have sealed a third win in four games.

But Davis pounced in the closing moments for his first Premier League goal after a defensive mix-up to deny the Baggies, who are now nine points from safety with five games remaining.

West Brom's players dropped to their knees when referee Stuart Attwell blew for full time after seeing three points ripped from their grasp by Davis' dramatic goal.

They had shown tremendous character to bounce back from Thursday's tame defeat at Leicester and come from behind to lead their West Midlands rivals at Villa Park.

West Brom started this game 10 points from safety following Burnley's handsome victory at Wolves earlier on Sunday and could quite easily have collapsed after El Ghazi's ninth minute penalty.

Instead they clawed their way back with Pereira outstanding, the former Sporting Lisbon player scoring one, hitting the bar and setting up several chances for his team-mates.

At the other end Sam Johnstone, whose long clearance led to the second goal, produced a huge save to stop England striker Ollie Watkins from equalising.

But they could not hold on and face a quick return to the Championship one season after winning automatic promotion with Leeds although Sam Allardyce is not conceding defeat just yet.

"We put it to the lads the teams who have got out of this position and there are about six of them," said the Baggies boss.

 

"It means winning a lot of games in your last few but five or six teams have done that.

 

"People might have looked at the team and thought 'are they going to go under?' but we didn't."

Wesley enjoys Villa return

Despite Davis' equaliser, it is now one win in eight games for an Aston Villa side who continue to miss their influential captain Jack Grealish.

Villa's season is fizzling out but there were positives for Dean Smith despite their failure to secure maximum points against their struggling neighbours.

While it remains unclear when Grealish will be back, Brazilian striker Wesley got his first taste of action 480 days after he suffered a serious knee injury.

Davis has his first top-flight goal in his 29th appearance which pleased his manager.

"It was a good moment for Keinan, he is a well-respected and liked player," said Smith. "He has needed that goal and it has given him a great boost."

Mid-table Villa have taken just six points from the last 24 on offer but against West Brom they at least showed they are prepared to battle to the end.

Smith knows he has work to do to improve his squad this summer but this has been a highly satisfactory season for Villa after surviving relegation on the final day of last season.

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Post Match

*Sunday, 25 April 2021*

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

"I do think a point was the least we deserved. It would have been a travesty if we lost this game today. Especially to a farcical penalty and an own goal.

"We started well and I think our finishing let us down.

"I don't see what part of West Brom's penalty is a penalty. I just don't see it.

"I'm really pleased for Keinan [Davies], he's a really hardworking boy. That first Premier League goal will do him the world of good.

 

"We've just played Liverpool and Man City and we pushed both of them. At Liverpool it was a last-minute goal and against City well they're Man City. We fully deserved at least a draw today."

"It would have been a travesty if we lost, that's for sure. We controlled the game, had a really good start. We scored the penalty, got given one against us, not sure why. I think I will have to prepare the lads for a non-contact season next season. I think there must have been a major gust of wind that blew him over [for their penalty].

"I thought we controlled the ball really well, we moved it well and caused them problems. You would not have thought it was West Brom who were fighting for their lives. We showed we can be a team when Jack's not playing.

 

"We showed a lot of character. We have to do a bit better from our set pieces but overall it was a better performance from us."

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*Sunday, 25 April 2021*

*Goalscorer Keinan Davis*

"It was great to get my first goal. To pick up a point was good.

"Before I went on, the coach was telling me to sniff around their defence.

"It's about time I scored. I'm delighted.

"The gaffer has put it in our heads to keep going and to end the season how we started it."

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