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Game #5453

Aston Villa

Drew

4th (+1)

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟨

Championship

Reading

Villa Park

Attendance: 33,405

Aston Villa

1-1

Reading

Assist(s) | Anwar El Ghazi | 51’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa draw for a third successive game but remain unbeaten in five Championship matches.

KEY MAN

Alan Hutton under pressure, 25 August 2018

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 25 August 2018

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Anwar El Ghazi
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Reading
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Jack Grealish, Sub on, Conor Hourihane
⚽ | 51’ Goal, 1-0, Ahmed Elmohamady, Assist by Anwar El Ghazi
🔁 | 67’ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Albert Adomah
🔁 | 90’+1 Sub off, Jonathan Kodija, Sub on, Neil Taylor
🥅 | 90'+3 Goal, 1-1, (Reading, pen), Sam Baldock
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Reading

ON THIS DAY

Winger Anwar El Ghazi made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining on a season long loan from LOSC Lille creating an assist for Ahmed Elmohamady’s second goal of the season on 51’.

Villa had now drawn the last 3 Championship fixtures vs. Brentford, Reading and Ipswich and had only managed to beat Hull City and Wigan Athletic. At the season end of those opponents Brentford would hold the highest league position of 11th, with the remaining sides finishing 20th, 24th and relegated, 13th and 18th.

The disenchantment with Steve Bruce’s approach and results was growing as was the Villa boss’s intolerance of criticism.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Reading

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Reading

Previous 5 vs. Reading: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2018-19 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #95 |
Saturday, 25 August 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steve Bruce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Northumberland, 2016-2018
Referee: Darren England | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Doncaster, 2015-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steve Bruce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 95 | 🟩 | 45 🟨 | 22 🟥 28 | 1.65

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Darren England | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Doncaster, 2015-
Matches Officiated: 3
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 2
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟩 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 20 Feb 18, Villa 1-1 Preston (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨
Assistants: James Mainwaring, Billy Smallwood

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Reading

🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Glenn Whelan drops out with Albert Adomah as Anwar El Ghazi, making his Villa debut, and Birkir Bjarnason come into the team.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.86 |
Oldest Player: M Mile Jedinak | 🇦🇺 | 34.08 |
Youngest Player: CB Axel Tuanzebe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.78 |

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Ørjan Nyland | 🇳🇴 |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | ⚽ |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB James Chester | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Mile Jedinak | 🇦🇺 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Birkir Bjarnason | 🇮🇸 |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | 🟢 | 🔥 | 🔁 |
CF Jonathan Kodija | 🇨🇮 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Paul Clement | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Reading

GK Vito Mannone | 🇮🇹 |
RB Andy Yiadom | 🇬🇭 |
CB Liam Moore | 🇯🇲 |
CB Tiago Ilori (ex) | 🇵🇹 |
LB Tyler Blackett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Leandro Bacuna (ex) | 🇨🇼 |
M David Meyler | 🇮🇪 |
W Modou Barrow | 🇬🇲 | 🔁 |
CF Sam Baldock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Jón Böðvarsson | 🇮🇸 | 🔁 |
F Sone Aluko | 🇳🇬 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | for M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 46’ |
🔁 W Albert Adomah | 🇬🇭 | for W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | 67’ |
🔁 LB Neil Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | for CF Jonathan Kodija | 🇨🇮 | 90’+1 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | W Yakou Méïté | 🇨🇮 | 🟨 | for W Modou Barrow | 🇬🇲 | 46’ |
🔁 | W Josh Sims | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for F Sone Aluko | 🇳🇬 | 67’ |
🔁 | CF Marc McNulty | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | for CF Jón Böðvarsson | 🇮🇸 | 81’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK André Moreira | 🇵🇹 |
CB Tommy Elphick | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Glenn Whelan | 🇮🇪 |
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Sam Walker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB John O'Shea | 🇮🇪 |
M John Swift | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Liam Kelly | 🇮🇪 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £44.55m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £6.30m
Team Cost: £50.85m
Squad Cost: £55.89m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/18
Homegrown: 2/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £20.75m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 2/11
Homegrown: ⭕/11
Subs Cost: £1.16m
Team Cost: £21.91m
Squad Cost: £21.91m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/18
Homegrown: 1/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Ørjan Nyland | 🇳🇴 | £2.70m |
GK André Moreira | 🇵🇹 | Loan |

RB Alan Hutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £4.05m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | £0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Exchange |

CB James Chester | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £8.37m |
CB Tommy Elphick | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £3.51m |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan |

M Mile Jedinak | 🇦🇺 | £4.14m |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | £3.15m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Birkir Bjarnason | 🇮🇸 | £1.80m |
M Glenn Whelan | 🇮🇪 | £1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | £8.10m |
W Albert Adomah | 🇬🇭 | £3.15m |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | 🇨🇮 | £11.61m |
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Vito Mannone | 🇮🇹 | £1.98m |
GK Sam Walker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

LB Tyler Blackett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.54m |
RB Andy Yiadom | 🇬🇭 | Free |

CB Tiago Ilori (ex) | 🇵🇹 | £3.70m |
CB Liam Moore | 🇯🇲 | £0.99m |
CB John O'Shea | 🇮🇪 | Free |

M Leandro Bacuna (ex) | 🇨🇼 | £1.29m |
M Liam Kelly | 🇮🇪 | Youth |
M David Meyler | 🇮🇪 | Free |
M John Swift | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

W Modou Barrow | 🇬🇲 | £1.46m |
W Yakou Méïté | 🇨🇮 | Free |
W Josh Sims | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan |

F Sone Aluko | 🇳🇬 | £6.43m |
CF Sam Baldock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £3.36m |
CF Marc McNulty | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £1.16m |
CF Jón Böðvarsson | 🇮🇸 | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Scott Hogan | 🇮🇪 |

Out on Loan | 4 |
M Gary Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Small Heath
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Charlton
CB Easah Suliman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Emmen
RB Mitch Clark | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Port Vale

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Half


M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

🟢 W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

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

MATCH QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce* “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. “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. “When he [El Ghazi] adapts to playing in England I’m sure he’ll be a very decent player. “He’s got very decent ability, which you’ve just all seen. He’ll be an asset to us.”

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
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.”

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