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Game #5460

Aston Villa

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Drew

13th (+2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Championship

Preston North End

Attendance: 27,331

Villa Park

Aston Villa

3-3

Preston North End

Assist(s) | Ahmed Elmohamady | 26โ€™ | John McGinn | 37โ€™ | Axel Tuanzebe | 90โ€™+1 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa need an injury time goal for the fourth time this season to rescue a result but now have just one win in nine as madness descends at Villa Park and Steve Bruce departs.

KEY MAN

Yannick Bolasie celebrates his injury time strike that saved a point for Villa in Steve Bruce's final game, 2 October 2018

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MATCH TIMELINE

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

โšฝ | 26โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Jonathan Kodija, Assist by Ahmed Elmohamady
โšฝ | 37โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Tammy Abraham, Assist by John McGinn
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Preston North End
๐ŸŸฅ | 54โ€™ Sending off, James Chester
๐Ÿฅ… | 56โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Preston North End, pen), Daniel Johnson
๐Ÿ” | 56โ€™ Sub off, Tammy Abraham, Sub on, James Bree
๐ŸŸจ | 71โ€™ Booking, Jack Grealish
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Jonathan Kodija, Sub on, Yannick Bolasie
๐ŸŸจ | 78โ€™ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
๐Ÿฅ… | 79โ€™ Goal, 2-2, (Preston North End), Paul Gallagher
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Conor Hourihane, Sub on, Glenn Whelan
๐Ÿฅ… | 86โ€™ Goal, 2-3, (Preston North End), Louis Moult
โšฝ | 90โ€™+1 Goal, 3-3, Yannick Bolasie, Assist by Axel Tuanzebe
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 90+7โ€™ Missed Penalty, Glenn Whelan
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-3 Preston North End

ON THIS DAY

โ€‹Steve Bruceโ€™s final game in charge of Villa having replaced the short-lived regime of Roberto Di Matteo in October 2016. Bruce had led Villa for 102 games, finished 13th and 4th in the EFL Championship table and been Championship Play Off Runners Up in 2017-18.

Having 4 games earlier said โ€œIโ€™ve always wanted to play two up top and for some reason here, it hasnโ€™t really happened. Weโ€™ve got the personnel to do it, youโ€™ve seen that tonight, those two [Abraham and Kodjia] will be a threat for anybody.โ€ Steve Bruce elected to take both his centre forwards off by the 74โ€™ with Villa leading 2-1. Preston soon capitalised and within 12 minutes had opened up a 3-2 lead. With both his penalty takers off the field it was left to Glenn Whelan to take the 97โ€™ spot kick awarded for a foul on Birkir Bjarnason. Whelan (73 appearances, 2 goals) missed.

Goalkeeper Mark Bunn made his final appearance for Villa aged 33 before being released by the club in July 2019. On his return to the side for the first time in six months Bunn conceded 3 goals in a game with regular โ€˜keeper ร˜rjan Nyland on the bench. Nyland had conceded 14 goals in 13 games so far this season at a rate of 1.08 goals per game.

It was these sort of decisions and the self absorbing commentary from him that ultimately cost Steve Bruce his job.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Preston North End

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1937โ€“38

FIXTURE HISTORY

Preston North End

Previous 5 vs. Preston: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2018-19
Matchday | #13 |
League Game | #11 |
Manager Game | #102 |
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2016-2018
Referee: Peter Bankes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 2014-
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 3-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 102 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 46 ๐ŸŸจ | 25 ๐ŸŸฅ 31 | 1.60

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Bankes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 2014-
Matches Officiated: 9
๐ŸŸฉ : 3
๐ŸŸจ : 2
๐ŸŸฅ : 4
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 7 Apr 18, Villa 1-3 Norwich (a)
Incidents: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Daniel Leach, Mark Pottage

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Preston North End

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Steve Bruce recalled Mark Bunn in place of ร˜rjan Nyland for his first start of the season and first start since Sunday, 6 May 2018 which in itself was his only start of 2017-18. Indeed Mark Bunn's last run of games in the side had ended on Monday, 2 January 2017 - 21 months earlier.

Ahmed Elmohamady also returned to the starting line up with Mile Jedinak dropping out.

Scott Hogan returned to the squad having missed the start of the campaign due to injury.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.68 |
Oldest Player: GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.90 |
Youngest Player: CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.90 |

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jonathan Kodija | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Alex Neil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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Preston North End

GK Chris Maxwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Andrew Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Ben Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Paul Huntington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Darnell Fisher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ben Pearson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Alan Browne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Ryan Ledson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Thomas Barkhuizen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Callum Robinson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Lukas Nmecha | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” RB James Bree | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 56โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Yannick Bolasie | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | โšฝ | for CF Jonathan Kodija | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 83โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Daniel Johnson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Ryan Ledson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Paul Gallagher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for W Thomas Barkhuizen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Louis Moult | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | for RB Darnell Fisher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Declan Rudd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Josh Earl | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Tom Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Graham Burke (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ32.76m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ4.68m
Team Cost: ยฃ37.44m
Squad Cost: ยฃ60.84m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18
Homegrown: 1/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ2.70m |
GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
RB James Bree | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.15m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |

CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.37m |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.80m |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.15m |
W Yannick Bolasie | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | Loan |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ9.45m |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ0.11m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.50m
Team Cost: ยฃ0.61m
Squad Cost: ยฃ1.89m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 13/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Declan Rudd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.98m |
GK Chris Maxwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |

LB Josh Earl | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
LB Andrew Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |
RB Darnell Fisher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
RB Tom Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Ben Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
CB Paul Huntington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Ben Pearson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.11m |
M Daniel Johnson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ0.06m |
M Alan Browne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
M Ryan Ledson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Paul Gallagher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Free |

W Graham Burke (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ0.30m |
W Thomas Barkhuizen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CF Louis Moult | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.44m |
CF Callum Robinson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
CF Lukas Nmecha | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | Loan |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 1 |
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 9 |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Small Heath
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Charlton
CB Easah Suliman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Emmen
RB Mitch Clark | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Port Vale
M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Portsmouth
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hull
RB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Melbourne
CF Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Central Coast Mariners

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 Halfโ€จ

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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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2015-19 | ๐Ÿ•’ 21 | 20 (1) | โšฝ 0 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 114 | #882 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 19
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 13

MATCH QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce* โ€œThe guy who is being questionedโ€ฆunfortunately, it sums up the society we are in at the moment. Thereโ€™s no respect for anyone. โ€œI find the whole thing hugely disrespectful. โ€œThe one thing Iโ€™ve always had is the determination to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in. Iโ€™ll always have a go.โ€ --- *Former Villa striker Garry Thompson* โ€œ[Bruceโ€™s] luckโ€™s run out and itโ€™s been heading that way for a while now. Last night Villa were 2-0 up, threw it away, clawed their way back into it and then missed a penalty, so it feels like a defeat now. โ€œI just donโ€™t know where he goes from here. I think heโ€™ll probably get the Millwall game on Saturday before the international break but then decisions will be made. โ€œHeโ€™s asking for time but he canโ€™t really complain because heโ€™s had everything he wanted. He wanted Robert Snodgrass last season, he got Snodgrass. He wanted experienced players and he got them in, and this season heโ€™s got Yannick Bolasie and Tammy Abraham. โ€œIโ€™ve been listening to Steve and he sounds like a beaten man. When you ask for things and you get them then you have to win games. And if you donโ€™t win games people are going to be on at you. โ€œThe decision had to be made. This club has to get promoted. โ€œThere is a quality collection of players who just need a bit of coaching and a bit of guiding, and then they will score goals. โ€œDo I have sympathy for Steve Bruce? Yes and no. I have sympathy for him as a bloke. He went through a lot last year. But they did gamble on going up.โ€ --- *Ex-Villa defender Stephen Warnock* โ€œThere was so much turmoil in the summer about what was going on with the tax situation - yes, the new owners have come in but they came in very late, we donโ€™t know how much they are willing to throw into the club. โ€œIt was a very tough job for Steve because he was given all the funds late and trying to get players in on loan deals. I feel for Steve in that way and I feel for the club. โ€œI feel the club is in a sticky patch at the moment and they need a little bit of leadership off the pitch as well as on it. โ€œI would like to see Dean Smith given a crack at it, when you look at the job heโ€™s done at Brentford. โ€œHe is a Villa fan I believe and the style of football heโ€™s playing with limited resources is an exceptional job. โ€œIโ€™d like to see someone there for the long term and possibly he could be that man.โ€ --- *A West Midlands police spokesperson* โ€œA cabbage was thrown at the dugout from the stand. We are working with the club to identify the person.โ€

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