Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩
Villa survive an early onslaught to hit a spectacular late winner and qualify for their ninth League Cup final.
Assist(s) | Jack Grealish | 11' | Ahmed Elmohamady | 90'+3 |
Villa celebrate Trézéguet's 90'+3 winner, 28 January 2020.
🟢 | 1’ Debut, Mbwana Samatta
⚽ | 11’ Goal, 1-0, Matt Targett, Assist by Jack Grealish
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Leicester City
🟨 | 55’ Booking, Ezri Konsa for kicking the ball away in frustration following a cock up of a throw in decision by the linesman
🟨 | 59’ Booking, Douglas Luiz for kicking the ball 3 yards away after he conceded a free kick
🔁 | 66’ Sub off, Mbwana Samatta, Sub on, Keinan Davis
🥅 | 72’ Goal, 1-1, (Leicester City), Kelechi Iheanacho
🔁 | 77’ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Trézéguet
🔁 | 84’ Sub off, Frédéric Guilbert, Sub on, Ahmed Elmohamady
⚽ | 90’+3 Goal, 2-1, Trézéguet, Assist by Ahmed Elmohamady
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City
ON THIS DAY
Villa qualify for their 9th League Cup Final
Villa become the first professional football club in English football history to contest a major final in 14 separate decades.
Centre forward Mbwana Ally Samatta made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from KRC Genk for a fee of £10,530,000 on 20 January 2020.
On the opposition
We don’t normally do this but it is worth mentioning the attitude of the opposition supporters this evening.
No-one could deny that Leicester have had and are having the most successful period in their history.
Whilst no-one in the vicinity of Villa will be overjoyed at that it is perfectly clear that our recent fall has coincided with Leicester’s unlikely rise.
A League title, a European Cup run and an FA Cup is simply unheard of for the East Midlanders.
It is fantasy territory and really should be enjoyed as such.
That’s why we advise Leicester’s fans, from somewhat bitter experience, to enjoy it whilst it lasts because, quite simply, it will not last forever, if even for much longer.
The sheer nonsense that exudes from Leicester fans towards Villa is as bizarre as it is unworthy of both clubs, but particularly ours.
Villa are unlikely to beat Manchester City in the final, just because that’s the way football now is, ironically it was that very fact that made Leicester’s title win so celebrated.
Villa might be seen as yesterday’s men, quite possibly we are, but our period of success certainly outranks the likes of Leicester and yet we still miss those times badly.
Leicester, and their fans, need to bathe in their current status, because be in no doubt, a semi final appearance will be something they can only dream of once again in a short few seasons.
Something we know by bitter experience.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2015-16
Previous 5 vs. Leicester: 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟨
Season | 2019-20 |
Matchday | #31 |
Manager Game | #69 |
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Manager: Dean Smith | 🏴 | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Mike Dean | 🏴 | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Score: 🟩 2-1
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Aggregate Score: 🟩 3-2
Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩
Referee: Mike Dean | 🏴 | Wirral, 1997-2022 🆘
Previous 5: 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 16 Sep 19, Villa 0-0 West Ham (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Mark Scholes
Mbwana Samatta makes his Villa debut replacing the benched Trézéguet whilst Douglas Luiz returns to the first XI after two strong substitute outings replacing the cup-tied Danny Drinkwater.
Ørjan Nyland replaces Pepe Reina in goal to continue his run of EFL Cup appearances whilst Matija Šarkić is promoted to the bench for the first time this season.
Keinan Davis returns to the substitutes bench replacing Indiana Vassilev after recovering from an injury that had kept him out of the squad since the EFL Cup 4th Round in October.
Starting XI Average Age: | 25.15 |
Substitute Average Age: | 26.57 |
Oldest Player: Ørjan Nyland | 🇳🇴 | 29.40 |
Youngest Player: Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 21.74 |
Dean Smith | 🏴 |
Brendan Rodgers | 🇬🇧 |
GK Ørjan Nyland | 🇳🇴 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴 | 🟨 |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴 | ⚽ |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴 | 🔥 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | 🔁 |
CF Mbwana Samatta | 🇹🇿 | 🟢 | 🔁 |
GK Kasper Schmeichel | 🇩🇰 |
LB Ben Chilwell | 🏴 |
CB Çağlar Söyüncü | 🇹🇷 | 🟨 |
CB Jonny Evans | 🇬🇧 |
RB Ricardo Pereira | 🇵🇹 |
M Wilfred Ndidi | 🇳🇬 |
M James Maddison | 🏴 |
W Harvey Barnes | 🏴 | 🔁 |
W Youri Tielemans | 🇧🇪 |
F Ayoze Pérez | 🇪🇸 | 🔁 |
CF Kelechi Iheanacho | 🇳🇬 | ⚽ |
🔁 CF Keinan Davis | 🏴 | for CF Mbwana Samatta | 🇹🇿 | 66' |
🔁 W Trézéguet | 🇪🇬 | ⚽ | for W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | 77' |
🔁 RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | 🔥 | for RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | 84' |
🔁 | CF Jamie Vardy | 🏴 | for F Ayoze Pérez | 🇪🇸 | 56’ |
🔁 | W Demarai Gray | 🏴 | for W Harvey Barnes | 🏴 | 86’ |
GK Matija Šarkić | 🇲🇪 |
CB James Chester | 🏴 |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 |
M Henri Lansbury | 🏴 |
GK Danny Ward | 🏴 |
CB Filip Benkovic | 🇭🇷 |
RB James Justin | 🏴 |
M Dennis Praet | 🇧🇪 |
W Marc Albrighton (ex) | 🏴 |
1st XI Cost: £101.06m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Subs Cost: £9.99m
Team Cost: £111.05m
Squad Cost: £125.63m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 8/18
GK Ørjan Nyland | 🇳🇴 | £2.70m |
GK Matija Šarkić | 🇲🇪 | Youth |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴 | £14.04m |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | £4.50m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | £0.99m |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴 | £11.97m |
CB James Chester | 🏴 | £8.37m |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴 | £2.70m |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | £10.80m |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | £3.15m |
M Henri Lansbury | 🏴 | £3.06m |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴 | Youth |
W Trézéguet | 🇪🇬 | £9.00m |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | £8.10m |
CF Mbwana Samatta | 🇹🇿 | £10.53m |
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴 | Free |
1st XI Cost: £176.34m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Subs Cost: £5.05m
Team Cost: £181.84m
Squad Cost: £229.11m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 9/18
GK Danny Ward | 🏴 | £12.60m |
GK Kasper Schmeichel | 🇩🇰 | £1.51m |
RB Ricardo Pereira | 🇵🇹 | £19.80m |
RB James Justin | 🏴 | £5.75m |
LB Ben Chilwell | 🏴 | Youth |
CB Caglar Söyüncü | 🇹🇷 | £18.99m |
CB Filip Benkovic | 🇭🇷 | £12.44m |
CB Jonny Evans | 🇬🇧 | £3.60m |
M Youri Tielemans | 🇧🇪 | £40.50m |
M James Maddison | 🏴 | £22.50m |
M Dennis Praet | 🇧🇪 | £16.48m |
M Wilfred Ndidi | 🇳🇬 | £15.84m |
W Demarai Gray | 🏴 | £4.38m |
W Harvey Barnes | 🏴 | Youth |
W Marc Albrighton (ex) | 🏴 | Free |
F Ayoze Pérez | 🇪🇸 | £28.67m |
CF Kelechi Iheanacho | 🇳🇬 | £24.93m |
CF Jamie Vardy | 🏴 | £1.12m |
Injury | 5 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴 | Hamstring
M John McGinn | 🏴 | Ankle
GK Tom Heaton | 🏴 | Knee, ACL
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Knee, ACL
GK Pepe Reina | 🇪🇸 | Calf
Cut Tied | 1 |
M Danny Drinkwater | 🏴 |
Out on Loan | 7 |
GK Lovre Kalinić | 🇭🇷 | Toulouse
RB James Bree | 🏴 | Luton
M Jake Doyle-Hayes | 🇮🇪 | Cheltenham
W André Green | 🏴 | Charlton
CF Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | 🏴 | Derby
CF Scott Hogan | 🇮🇪 | Stoke
F Callum O’Hare | 🏴 | Coventry
Not Selected | 3 |
LB Neil Taylor | 🏴 |
CB Björn Engels | 🇧🇪 |
W Jota | 🇪🇸 |
GK : Goalkeeper
LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back
CB, D : Centre Back, Defender
M, W : Midfielder. Winger
F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
CF Mbwana Samatta | 🇹🇿 |
CB James Chester | 🏴 | Final Squad Appearance |
Possession F | 38%
Possession A | 62%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 22
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 15
*Villa boss Dean Smith*
“I certainly let myself go with the goal. That deep onto stoppage time, there was a bit of emotion from everyone and the place erupted. Our goalkeeper made three great saves but I thought we were aggressive as well. To go and get the win at the death like we did there… To take this club to Wembley, I’ll be a very proud man to walk out there with this team.”
“Wembley Cup Final in my first season as manager? Ah, amazing. Fortunately we won’t have Phil Dowd refereeing so.. but yeah, really looking forward to it.”
*Villa captain Jack Grealish*
“It shows what character we’ve got in the team. We were in a sticky patch before Christmas – we couldn’t string four passes together, never mind winning, but we have started the new year in great form.
This is massive. It’s my fifth or sixth time at Wembley with Aston Villa which I’m over the moon at. I love a trip to Wembley. We’re looking forward to it. In the first leg we were under so much pressure but today we were brilliant and had the better chances if anything. The keeper was great. Everyone was brilliant. Now we’ll concentrate on Saturday and try to get out of the bottom five.”
“GET IN!!!!! Back to Wembley. LOVE MY TEAM!”
*Villa ‘keeper Ørjan Nyland*
“Crazy. Through the roof. Unbelievable. The first 15 minutes, they put a lot of pressure on us. The whole team did well. Then we scored with a great attack. We knew the class Leicester have. They scored late so it looked like it was going to penalties but we got the winner in the end.”
Was it his best game for Villa?
“Yeah definitely. My best one was the first leg. To do it again was amazing. I always thought of it [whether he would play] since I played the first game but there’s been changes. It was good to get the game and play the way I did. I hope so [he’ll start the final].”
*Villa winger Trézéguet*
“Thank you for my team. We fight until the end. We work very hard and get a victory and go to Wembley. I’m very happy for everyone in the team.”
*Former Villa defender Alan Hutton*
“Unbelievable. This [pitch invasion] is what it means to the club and the fans. This is hopefully the catalyst for Villa to go on and do well in the league. I really hope this can kick them on.”
*Villa midfielder John McGinn*
“See you all at Wembley #UTV”
*Villa defender Ezri Konsa*
“We’re the famous Aston Villa and we’re going to WEMBLEY!!! The fans were immense!”
*Villa centre forward Keinan Davis*
“Thank you for your much needed support, through my injury and especially today! WE ARE GOING TO WEMBLEY”
*Villa ‘keeper Pepe Reina*
“What a night! What an atmosphere! Top Class from the boys! Wembley here we come!”
*Tuesday, 28 January 2020*
Trezeguet’s injury-time winner fired Aston Villa into the Carabao Cup final with victory over Leicester City on a dramatic night at Villa Park.
The game had entered four minutes of stoppage time and penalties were looming when substitute Ahmed Elmohamady sent over a superb cross for Trezeguet to drill a far-post finish across Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
It sparked wild scenes of joy and a pitch invasion at Villa Park, as the hosts reached their first showpiece final since the FA Cup in 2015, when they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.
Villa - who face either Manchester City or Manchester United in the final - were indebted to goalkeeper Orjan Nyland for a string of magnificent first-half saves that allowed them to go in at the interval leading through Matt Targett’s 12th-minute strike.
And the hosts were enjoying their best spell of the game when Kelechi Iheanacho turned in Harvey Barnes’ cross with 18 minutes left, leaving the momentum with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
But Trezeguet’s late intervention means Dean Smith’s side will be in their first EFL Cup final since 2010, when they lost to Manchester United.
Nyland and Grealish Villa’s heroes
Villa had two standout performers on this glory night as the hosts produced a finale that left Leicester with no chance of a comeback in the dying seconds of a thunderous encounter.
Nyland formed a one-man barrier against a barrage of Leicester attacks as the Foxes went for the kill in the first half.
The 29-year-old Norwegian produced an astonishing string of saves, particularly two low down from James Maddison and arguably the best of all when he touched Youri Tielemans’ rising drive on to the bar.
It kept Villa in contention and protecting that precious lead given to them by Targett, allowing Grealish to exert his own influence both as a creator and someone who could hold the ball in moments of stress.
Grealish should have set up a debut goal for £10m striker Mbwana Samatta, who somehow failed to even get a touch on his cross from six yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Samatta, who was substituted, will have been a relieved man when Trezeguet produced that decisive finish and Villa were on their way back to Wembley, a place they last sampled when they beat Derby County in the Championship play-offs last season.
Heartbreak for Leicester and Rodgers
Leicester and manager Rodgers will reflect on this night and feel the fates were against them, from Nyland having the game of his life to an incident in the first half when VAR did not award a penalty for handball against Marvelous Nakamba.
Leicester had their chances to win, with Jonny Evans’ header dropping agonisingly wide in the closing seconds, only for Villa to sweep upfield and make that last chance count.
This has been an outstanding season for Leicester as they look destined for the top four in the Premier League and a return to the Champions League, but this will still be a bitter disappointment for Rodgers and his players, who lay flat on the turf as Villa’s players celebrated the winner.
And for Rodgers, it was more punishment at the hands of Villa, who beat him in the 2015 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley when he was Liverpool manager.
Man of the match - Orjan Nyland
*Tuesday, 28 January 2020*
Trézéguet sinks Leicester at the last to put Aston Villa in Carabao Cup final
Villa reached the final of the Carabao Cup thanks to a wonderful stoppage-time volley by Trézéguet. A rollicking semi-final seemed destined for a penalty shootout after Kelechi Iheanacho cancelled out Matt Targett’s first-half goal for Villa. But Trézéguet, sprung from the bench 12 minutes from time, plundered a dramatic victory to trigger wild celebrations around Villa Park.
An air of giddy anticipation enlivened Villa Park before kickoff, along with a medley of full-throated songs, none of which sounded like backing for Pep Guardiola’s call for this competition to be abolished. Dean Smith and Brendan Rodgers showed their eagerness to book the first slot in the final by sending out strong teams.
Jamie Vardy was only fit enough for a place on the bench but other than that, Leicester were at full strength, and Iheanacho came into the game in such fine form that there would have been a case for starting him up front even if Vardy had been in prime condition. Villa were just pleased to be able to deploy a striker – and not just any one, but their £8.5m new signing Mbwana Samatta.
Some of his teammates made a jittery start, with a couple of defenders guilty of sloppy touches even before Iheanacho outfought Tyrone Mings in the box to claim a bouncing ball in the second minute. The Nigerian then showed good footwork to get off a shot, but the angle was against him, and Orjan Nyland stood strong to save. Nyland had made several fine stops in the first leg so Smith left out Pepe Reina here and gave Nyland a chance to help finish the job he had helped start.
Nyland may have begun to feel over-employed when he was required to make another excellent save in just the fifth minute here, plunging to his left to tip away a low shot by James Maddison after more canny work by Iheanacho.
Things were looking ominous for Villa when Leicester cut through them again two minutes later, but this time Maddison drilled a shot just wide. But before another two minutes had elapsed, Nyland had to dive to the rescue again, foiling Maddison’s latest effort by spreading himself full-length to tip the forward’s shot from 20 yards around the post.
Samatta must have been wondering whether he would get a chance to show what he could do. But then his initiation to life in these parts began in earnest, as he was given a demonstration of the first thing that anyone associated with Villa needs to know: where there is Jack Grealish, there is a way.
After receiving a pass from Douglas Luiz in the Leicester box, Villa’s talisman held off Ricardo Pereira and contrived to bounce a right-footed reverse pass off his left foot and into the path of the overlapping Targett. That was unorthodox, Targett’s finish was textbook. The fullback thrashed a low shot into the far corner of the net, with Kasper Schmeichel beaten before he even knew what has happening.
Suddenly Villa were buoyant, Anwar El Ghazi curled a freekick from nearly 25 yards just over the bar.
Now this was an interesting test for Rodgers’ side: they have undoubtedly made big strides this season but they must prove they can take the final step when it matters most. Could they, for instance, come from behind to win a semi-final in rival territory?
They sure tried. The problem was Nyland kept getting in their way. In the 33rd minute Youri Tielemans seemed to have beaten him with a shot from 20 yards that fizzed through the air. But Nyland flew to his left and tipped it on to the crossbar. There were gasps all around the ground: applause did not really ring out until a replay on the big screen confirmed to people in the ground what they had witnessed.
Leicester’s frustration deepened when they were denied a penalty after Marvelous Nakamba inadvertently blocked a shot by Ayoze Pérez with a flailing arm.
Villa, forced to play mainly on the counter-attack in the first period, took the upperhand after the break, with Grealish conjuring almost at will. By 55 minutes, Rodgers had seen enough so threw down his ace. On came Vardy. Within an instant he whizzed past several defenders in the Villa box and offloaded to Iheanacho, whose weak shot was never likely to get past Nyland.
But Grealish could not be suppressed. Soon he delivered two sumptuous crosses that could have yielded goals: the first was brilliantly thwarted by Ben Chilwell; the second was missed from close range by Samatta, who was substituted shortly afterwards. Then, just as the visitors looked to be running low on ideas, Leicester equalised. Barnes burst past Frédéric Guilbert on the left-hand side of the box and sent the ball across the face of goal. Iheanacho arrived at the back post to flick it into the net.
Leicester went in for the kill. But Villa could have struck on another counter-attack in the 82nd minute, only for Trézéguet to scuff his shot. The Egyptian made up for that in spectacular style in stoppage time, when he ghosted in behind Ricardo Pereira to meet a cross from his compatriot Ahmed Elmohamady with a wonderful volley into the bottom corner.