Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #95 |
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Football League | Championship | Home | Reading | Villa Park | 33,405 |
Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Darren England |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 1-1 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | WWDDD |
Scorers | Ahmed El Mohamady | 51’ |
Assists | Anwar El Ghazi | 51’ |
League Position | 4th | +1 |
Line Up |
GK Ørjan Nyland |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady | GOAL | 51' |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB James Chester |
CB Axel Tuanzebe |
M Mile Jedinak |
M John McGinn |
M Birkir Bjarnasson |
M Jack Grealish | SUB OFF | 45' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | DEBUT | ASSIST | 51' | SUB OFF | 67' |
CF Jonathan Kodija | SUB OFF | 90'+1 |
M Conor Hourihane for M Jack Grealish | 45’ |
W Albert Adomah for W Anwar El Ghazi | 67’ |
LB Neil Taylor for CF Jonathan Kodija | 90’+1 |
Unused Substitutes |
GK André Moreira
CB Tommy Elphick
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
M Glenn Whelan
Team Stats |
Starting XI Average Age | 27.86 |
Oldest Player | M Mile Jedinak | 34.08 |
Youngest Player | CB Axel Tuanzebe | 20.78 |
F Scott Hogan |
CF Keinan Davis |
Loaned Out |
M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |
GK Jed Steer | Charlton Athletic | 10 August 2018 - 31 December 2018 |
RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |
CB Easah Suliman | FC Emmen | 17 August 2018 - 28 December 2018 |
Match Stats |
Possession F | 59
Possession A | 41
Shots F | 21
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 13
On this day 25 August 2018
Winger Anwar El Ghazi made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining on a season long loan from LOSC Lille.
Saturday, 25 August 2018
*Steve Bruce said his Aston Villa side created enough chances to “win two games” after they were denied victory against winless Reading by Sam Baldock’s 93rd-minute penalty.*
James Chester headed against the bar in a first half dominated by the hosts and led when debutant winger Anwar El Ghazi’s cross was headed home by Ahmed Elmohamady.
But they became nervy late on, Orjan Nyland tipping Sam Baldock’s shot onto the bar from just three yards before the Reading striker equalised from the spot after Chester brought down Josh Sims.
“Who would want to do my flaming job? I’ve had Chester for the best part of six years and I’ve never seen him make a challenge like that,” Bruce told BBC WM 95.6.
“The cardinal error when you’re a defender - you never go to the ground, not in the penalty area.”
Villa lost playmaker Jack Grealish at half-time - to what Bruce described as a “bad dead leg” - and, while the home side had 21 shots to Reading’s 10, they had only one more on target.
Bruce’s side have drawn three Championship games in a row, while Paul Clement’s Royals have picked up two away draws in four days to get off the mark.
The late drama went in stark contrast to both sides’ midweek results, when it was Villa who scored a 95th-minute leveller against Brentford, while Reading spurned a two-goal advantage at Blackburn.
“We’ve got to eradicate the individual errors that are starting to creep in and cost us, and the basics of the Championship are we’ve done enough to win two games there,” added Bruce.
“We didn’t get the second one, but look like we’re going around the right route. We’ve had a decent start, it could’ve been a great start.”
Bruce’s latest addition Yannick Bolasie - signed on a season-long loan from Everton earlier on Saturday - was watching in the Villa Park stands but it was another recent acquisition in Dutchman El Ghazi who caught the eye with some neat footwork and an in-swinging ball for Elmohamady’s back-post header.
“When he adapts to playing in England I’m sure he’ll be a very decent player,” said Bruce.
“He’s got very decent ability, which you’ve just all seen. He’ll be an asset to us.”