Game #5390

2016-17

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Position:

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday

Hillsborough

Attendance: 30,060

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Villa open the campaign in the second tier still ridded with many of the players that had presided over their worst ever season as it was the turn of a manager with questionable credentials once again to take over the hotseat.

Sheffield Wednesday

1-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5390

Season 2016-17
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Sunday, 7 August 2016

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Roberto Di Matteo |
KO | 4.30pm |
Referee | Stephen Martin, Staffordshire |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LLDLL |
League Position | 19th | - |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistants: Jonathan Hunt, Matt McGrath

MATCH INCIDENTS

Stephen Martin

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Sheffield Wednesday

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age |
26.77 |

Oldest Player |
RB Alan Hutton | 31.71 |

Youngest Player |
GK Pierluigi Gollini | 21.41 |

TEAM NEWS

With not all of the stench of relegation tainted players removed from the Villa squad, new boss Roberto Di Matteo retains Leandro Bacuna, Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestede, Aly Cissokho and Ashley Westwood.

New signings Ross McCormack, Tommy Elphick and Pierluigi Gollini make their debuts.

Nathan Baker comes in after his season long, and relegation avoiding, loan away from the club.

Aaron Tshibola, Roberto Di Matteo’s left field and expensive signing from Reading, makes his squad debut.

UNAVAILABLE

Loaned Out | 4 |
LB Riccardo Calder |
Doncaster Rovers |
12 Jul 2016 - 2 Jan 17 |

W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
22 Jul 16 - 30 Jun 18 |

CB Easah Suliman |
Cheltenham Town |
4 Aug 16 - 2 Jan 17 |

RB Niall Mason |
Doncaster Rovers |
6 Aug 16 - 31 May 17 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 48%
Possession A | 52%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 12
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 14

MANAGER

Roberto Di Matteo

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Steve Clarke
First Team Coach: Kevin Bond
Director of Recruitment and Scouting: Paddy Riley

STARTING LINE UP

GK Pierluigi Gollini |
LB Aly Cissokho |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Nathan Baker |
CB Tommy Elphick |
M Leandro Bacuna |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Gary Gardner |
F Jordan Ayew |
F Rudy Gestede |
F Ross McCormack |

SUBSTITUTES

M Aaron Tshibola for M Gary Gardner | 70’ |
M Jack Grealish for F Ross McCormack | 77’ |
W André Green for M Leandro Bacuna | 86’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn
CB Micah Richards
CB Jores Okore
LB Jordan Amavi

THE OPPOSITION

GK Kieren Westwood, CB Tom Lees, RB Jack Hunt (RB Liam Palmer), LB Daniel Pudil, M Kieran Lee, M Almen Abdi, M Sam Hutchinson, M Ross Wallace (CF Atdhe Nuhiu), M Barry Bannan (ex), CF Steven Fletcher (CF Gary Hooper), F Fernando Forestieri (g).

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Roberto Di Matteo’s first game as Villa boss and Villa’s first game in the second tier for 29 years

Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini made his Villa debut aged 21 after joining from Hellas Verona for a fee of £4,500,000 in July 2016.

Centre Tommy Elphick made his Villa debut aged 28 after joining from AFC Bournemouth for a fee of £3,510,000 in July 2016.

Forward Ross McCormack made his Villa debut aged 29 after joining from Fulham for a fee of £12,870,000 earlier this month.

Midfielder Aaron Tshibola made his Villa debut aged 21 as a 70’ substitute after joining from Reading for a fee of £5,310,000 in July 2016.

Former Villa midfielder Barry Bannan lined up for Wednesday.

Ross McCormack makes his debut carrying the hopes of an immediate return to the top flight, 7 August 2016

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2016/08/07/wednesday-report

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Pierluigi Gollini, Tommy Elphick, Ross McCormack
41’ Booking, Tommy Elphick
45’ Booking, Gary Gardner
HT Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Aston Villa
66’ Booking, Nathan Baker
70’ Sub off, M Gary Gardner, Sub on, M Aaron Tshibola DEBUT
70’ Sub off, F Ross McCormack, Sub on, M Jack Grealish
85’ Goal, 0-1, the (Sheffield Wednesday)
86’ Sub off, M Leandro Bacuna, Sub on, W André Green
FT Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

*Villa boss Roberto di Matteo*

”With 10 minutes to go, you’re away from home against a good side, you’d like to see the game out. If you can’t win it, don’t lose it.

“Unfortunately it was an error from us that gave them the goal, but I thought that in the second half we were a very good team and had some excellent opportunities to score.

“It’s very harsh for us to take because I’d like the opposition to do something special to score, rather than give them a goal.

“We have to learn from this situation - we’ve only been together for five weeks and you can see they’ve been together for a much longer time.”

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 7 August 2016

"Aston Villa’s first game in the second tier since 1988 ended in defeat as Fernando Forestieri’s late goal gave Sheffield Wednesday victory in their Championship opener at Hillsborough."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 7 August 2016

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*Aston Villa’s first game in the second tier since 1988 ended in defeat as Fernando Forestieri’s late goal gave Sheffield Wednesday victory in their Championship opener at Hillsborough.*

Forestieri pounced on a poor clearance by Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to slot in an 85th-minute winner.

Roberto di Matteo’s Villa improved as the game progressed after a slow start.

They looked on course for a point until Forestieri’s intervention for last season’s beaten play-off finalists.

Gollini had twice denied the Italian forward during the second period but was powerless to rectify his kicking error as Forestieri raced clear before finishing coolly into the corner of the net.

Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede both had headers saved and Ashley Westwood also drilled two long-range shots just wide as Villa, aiming to return to the Premier League at the first attempt under new boss Di Matteo, made a creditable but ultimately pointless start to life in the Championship.

Chances were scarce during a cagey first period, which was interrupted for five minutes while Owls debutant Steven Fletcher and Villa captain Tommy Elphick received treatment following a nasty clash of heads.

Scotland striker Fletcher required 10 stitches in a head wound and was unable to continue.

Villa’s new £12m front man Ross McCormack was denied a debut goal by Tom Lees’ last-ditch tackle shortly before his withdrawal after 77 minutes.

*Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo told BBC WM:*

”With 10 minutes to go, you’re away from home against a good side, you’d like to see the game out. If you can’t win it, don’t lose it.

“Unfortunately it was an error from us that gave them the goal, but I thought that in the second half we were a very good team and had some excellent opportunities to score.

“It’s very harsh for us to take because I’d like the opposition to do something special to score, rather than give them a goal.

“We have to learn from this situation - we’ve only been together for five weeks and you can see they’ve been together for a much longer time.”

*Aston Villa’s first game in the second tier since 1988 ended in defeat as Fernando Forestieri’s late goal gave Sheffield Wednesday victory in their Championship opener at Hillsborough.*

Forestieri pounced on a poor clearance by Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to slot in an 85th-minute winner.

Roberto di Matteo’s Villa improved as the game progressed after a slow start.

They looked on course for a point until Forestieri’s intervention for last season’s beaten play-off finalists.

Gollini had twice denied the Italian forward during the second period but was powerless to rectify his kicking error as Forestieri raced clear before finishing coolly into the corner of the net.

Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede both had headers saved and Ashley Westwood also drilled two long-range shots just wide as Villa, aiming to return to the Premier League at the first attempt under new boss Di Matteo, made a creditable but ultimately pointless start to life in the Championship.

Chances were scarce during a cagey first period, which was interrupted for five minutes while Owls debutant Steven Fletcher and Villa captain Tommy Elphick received treatment following a nasty clash of heads.

Scotland striker Fletcher required 10 stitches in a head wound and was unable to continue.

Villa’s new £12m front man Ross McCormack was denied a debut goal by Tom Lees’ last-ditch tackle shortly before his withdrawal after 77 minutes.

*Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo told BBC WM:*

”With 10 minutes to go, you’re away from home against a good side, you’d like to see the game out. If you can’t win it, don’t lose it.

“Unfortunately it was an error from us that gave them the goal, but I thought that in the second half we were a very good team and had some excellent opportunities to score.

“It’s very harsh for us to take because I’d like the opposition to do something special to score, rather than give them a goal.

“We have to learn from this situation - we’ve only been together for five weeks and you can see they’ve been together for a much longer time.”