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Game #5565

Aston Villa

Lost

8th (-)

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟥

Premier League

Manchester City

Etihad Stadium

Attendance: Behind closed doors
(COVID-19)

State of Abu Dhabi

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Jonathan Moss cheats Villa yet again with another shocking performance that despite much denial and obfuscation resulted in an immediate change in the laws of the game. Moss would retire early from refereeing at the end of the following season with a huge cloud of suspicion following him.

KEY MAN

Ross Barkley fires in before Jonathan Moss intervenes, 20 January 2021

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

🕒 | HT Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 67’ Booking, John McGinn
🔁 | 68’ Sub off, Bertrand Traoré, Sub on, Anwar El Ghazi
🔁 | 68’ Sub off, Ross Barkley, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
🔁 | 75’ Sub off, Matt Targett, Sub on, Neil Taylor 🔴
🥅 | 79’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester City), Bernado Silva from a position 10 yards offside before returning to tackle a Villa player, before scoring
🟥 | 80’ Sending off, Dean Smith, for protesting the clear error made by the officials
🟨 | 86’ Booking, Neil Taylor for a bad foul
🥅 | 90’ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester City, pen), İlkay Gündoğan puts away a soft penalty award
🕒 | FT Manchester City 2-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

One of the most fundamentally shocking refereeing performances ever seen costs Villa the game and leads to denials, obfuscation and eventually rule change. Meanwhile, left back Neil Taylor made his final appearance for Villa as a 75’ substitute, his last appearance of 104 since joining the club from Swansea City in January 2017.

Aston Villa

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

Manchester City

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
Last Trophy: 2020-21

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester City

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Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #20 |
League Match | #16 |
Manager Game | #103 |
Wednesday, 20 January 2021

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Jonathan Moss | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | West Riding, 2005-2022
Kick off: 6.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 0-2
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Dean Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 103 | 🟩 | 43 🟨 | 21 🟥 39 | 1.46

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jonathan Moss | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | West Riding, 2005-2022 🆘
Matches Officiated: 24
🟩 : 8
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 13
🆘 : 10
Previous 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 18 Oct 20, Villa 1-0 Leicester (a)
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Harry Lennard, David Robathan

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟥 🟨 🟨

Manchester City

None

TEAM NEWS

After the quarantine of the Villa first team squad due to the COVID-19 outbreak at Bodymoor Heath Dean Smith returned as Villa boss and once again named a full first team squad.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 25.49 |
Oldest Player: GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | 28.40 |
Youngest Player: M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 22.73 |

MANAGER

Dean Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ross Barkley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Pep Guardiola | 🇪🇸 |

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Manchester City

GK Ederson | 🇧🇷 |
RB Kyle Walker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Rúben Dias | 🇵🇹 |
CB John Stones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB João Cancelo | 🇵🇹 |
M İlkay Gündoğan | 🇩🇪 | ⚽ |
M Rodri | 🇪🇸 |
M Kevin De Bruyne | 🇧🇪 | 🔁 |
M Phil Foden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Bernado Silva | 🇵🇹 | ⚽ |
W Raheem Sterling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | for W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | 68' |
🔁 M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Ross Barkley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 68' |
🔁 LB Neil Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔴 | for LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 75' |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Oleksandr Zinchenko | 🇺🇦 | for RB Kyle Walker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 28’ |
🔁 | F Gabriel Jesus | 🇧🇷 | for M Kevin De Bruyne | 🇧🇪 | 59’ |
🔁 | W Riyad Mahrez | 🇩🇿 | for W Raheem Sterling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 72’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Tom Heaton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Björn Engels | 🇧🇪 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼|
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Zack Steffen | 🇺🇸 |
CB Eric García | 🇪🇸 |
LB Benjamin Mendy | 🇫🇷 |
M Fernandinho | 🇧🇷 |
M Adrián Bernabé | 🇪🇸 |
W Ferran Torres | 🇪🇸 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £142.56m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £8.10m
Team Cost: £150.66m
Squad Cost: £182.07m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/20
Homegrown: 2/20

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £504.63m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £91.62m
Team Cost: £596.25m
Squad Cost: £717.95m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/20
Homegrown: 1/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Tom Heaton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £7.92m |

RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £14.18m |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £14.04m |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | £4.50m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | £0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Exchange |

CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Björn Engels | 🇧🇪 | £7.20m |

M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | £10.80m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Ross Barkley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan |

W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | £16.56m |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | £8.10m |

CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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Having fielded a side costing £573m at Villa Park in January 2020, Manchester City eclipse that record with a £596m side at the Emptihad.

Another £121m sat on the bench unused.

This is Manchester City, the club whose fans raised a banner aloft at Villa Park in 1993 imploring Ron Atkinson’s side to beat their far more successful Manchester neighbours to the League title.

Embarrassing then, humiliatingly embarrassing now as they play at being a big club.

Make no mistake there is not a single player in that £718m that would chosen to be there but for the money, the manager included.

GK Ederson | 🇧🇷 | £36.00m |
GK Zack Steffen | 🇺🇸 | £6.14m |

RB João Cancelo | 🇵🇹 | £58.50m |
LB Benjamin Mendy | 🇫🇷 | £49.35m |
RB Kyle Walker (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £47.43m |
LB Oleksandr Zinchenko | 🇺🇦 | £1.80m |

CB Rúben Dias | 🇵🇹 | £61.20m |
CB John Stones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £50.04m |
CB Eric García | 🇪🇸 | £1.46m |

M Kevin De Bruyne | 🇧🇪 | £68.40m |
M Rodri | 🇪🇸 | £56.43m |
M Bernado Silva | 🇵🇹 | £45.00m |
M Fernandinho | 🇧🇷 | £36.00m |
M Ilkay Gündogan | 🇩🇪 | £24.30m |
M Phil Foden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Adrián Bernabé | 🇪🇸 | Free |

W Riyad Mahrez | 🇩🇿 | £61.02m |
W Raheem Sterling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £57.33m |
W Ferran Torres | 🇪🇸 | £28.75m |

F Gabriel Jesus | 🇧🇷 | £28.80m |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Knee, ACL
W Trézéguet | 🇪🇬 | Hamstring
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Foot

Out on Loan | 1 |
GK Lovre Kalinić | 🇭🇷 | Hajduk Split

Not Selected | 2 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 |

Unregistered | 1 |
M Henri Lansbury | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

🔴 LB Neil Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 2017-21 | 🕒 104 | 95 (9) | ⚽ 0 | 🔥 4 | 🇺 53 | #904 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 17%
Possession A | 83%
Shots F | 2
Shots A | 29
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 13
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 18
Fouls F | 2
Fouls A | 7

MATCH QUOTES

Post Match *Villa boss Dean Smith* *Wednesday, 20 January 2021* “It was a farcical decision. I’ve not seen a goal like that given. It needs to be looked at. I don’t think anyone in this stadium thought it was a goal. “I thought they would go over to the VAR screen. I saw the incident and saw it was kicking off, so I asked the fourth officials did they get juggling balls for Christmas. “For the second goal, a header from a yard out that has hit his arm. That’s not handball. Ridiculous. “It was a heroic performance in terms of energy and commitment but we didn’t show enough quality against a very good team. “It’s been tough but much tougher for other people across the country, so it’s not too hard for my lads to do 10 days in isolation when some people have done it for nine months.” “In terms of effort, it was heroic. We only had three days’ training and played a very good team. They had lots of chances but they’ve missed them and they’ve been given two goals at the end. “Are we just going to leave players behind the line then? It’s farcical. He was 10 yards offside and come back and tackled our player, it’s a pathetic law and a pathetic decision. “I said to the fourth official David Coote ‘did you get juggling balls for Christmas?’ I don’t think any other manager would get sent off for that. “Matty Cash is a yard away for the handball, he can’t jump without his arms up. He didn’t even look at it, it flabbergasts me. It was a poor performance from the officials and that’s cost us.” --- *Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola* *Wednesday, 20 January 2021* “It was a very good performance again, against a top side. They are very dangerous and just look at their results this season. A big victory. “I didn’t see the action [for the first goal], I know they were complaining but I didn’t see it.” /Would you be unhappy if it happened to you?/ ​“Yeah." “There is VAR here no? So, I don’t know the rule or the situation but they analysed it. “The top four players they have, player like Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley, the feeling is that wow, you feel the dangers in every actions. “We arrived at the byline many times but could not score the goal but Bernando Silva was there and his goal made the difference. “It was 5-7 minutes where Aston Villa had two or three chances. When they can run with the likes of Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley but we make actions and control the passes. *On whether the first goal was offside:* ”We didn’t see it but there is VAR. It is here. I’m not going to analyse the game but in against a top team we have come up with a brilliant performance.” --- *Manchester City goalscorer Bernando Silva* *Wednesday, 20 January 2021* “It was a very important win, a tough game for us. just three more points and on to the next one. “It felt like an important win because we got to 75th minute without scoring, so to get those two goals, we’re very happy. *On whether the first goal was offside:* ​”I haven’t checked it yet. Our player was offside but when their defender touched it, he stops being offside, I think. But I haven’t checked it. --- Clinton Morrison Former Crystal Palace striker on BBC Radio 5 Live "Aston Villa have been excellent tonight. They will have a lot of tired legs out there and you can see why Dean Smith made changes. They were excellent and definitely competed in the game." --- *Villa defender Tyrone Mings* *Wednesday, 20 January 2021* ​"Never even heard of that rule, just let players stand offside, then run back & tackle you? In hindsight I should’ve cleared it, 100%, but didn’t even know that was the case. Nonsense." -----

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
*Wednesday, 20 January 2021*

Late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan ended Aston Villa's resistance as Manchester City moved top of the Premier League for the first time this season - for a couple of hours before neighbours United regained the leadership. Pep Guardiola’s side were knocked off the summit later on Wednesday as Manchester United beat Fulham, but the determination they showed to claim their sixth successive league win underlined that they are here to stay in this title race. Villa’s first team, playing their first game since New Year’s Day because of a coronavirus outbreak at the club, showed no after-effects of their 19-day hiatus and produced a dogged defensive display. They held out until the 79th minute, when Rodri controversially stole the ball off Tyrone Mings and fed Bernardo, who brilliantly fired into the top corner from the edge of the box. Rodri was offside before he returned to an onside position to challenge Mings and Villa manager Dean Smith was sent off for his protests. It meant he was not there to see Gundogan make sure of the points from the spot soon afterwards after Matty Cash handled a Gabriel Jesus header, in what was a far more straightforward decision for referee Jon Moss. City's perseverance pays off For long spells on a miserable night at Etihad Stadium it appeared that City's breakthrough would never come. Things might have been more straightforward for City had Bernardo converted from close range when a corner was headed into his path after four minutes, but instead Emiliano Martinez made a brave save at his feet and set the tone for a battling Villa performance. City had 24 efforts at goal before Bernardo eventually broke the deadlock, but 12 of them were blocked and the closest they had come to a breakthrough was when Joao Cancelo's second-half shot bounced back off the bar. Villa rode their luck, especially when Martinez denied John Stones from a corner and the ball somehow evaded Gundogan when he appeared certain to follow up and score, but they also had chances of their own. Bertrand Traore almost made the most of a slip by Kevin de Bruyne but his curling effort was well saved by Ederson, who also had to claw away a goalbound Douglas Luiz effort to secure his side's fifth consecutive clean sheet. Villa vibrant on return to action Villa leave Manchester empty handed, just as they did in their previous Premier League game against United on 1 January, but they deserve great credit for their performance here. Nine unnamed players and five members of their backroom staff had tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of January, and the club’s training ground only reopened on Sunday. They had seen their past two league games, against Everton and Tottenham, postponed but this was a reminder of the way they were playing before their season was interrupted. Smith was December’s manager of the month after his side stayed unbeaten across five games and ended the year in fifth. They have dropped out of the top half while they have been out of action but on this evidence that is a false position - the defensive improvement that has been the hallmark of their season was again on show here, as was their spirit. --- *The Guardian* *Wednesday, 20 January 2021* *Aston Villa rue luck as Gundogan and Silva help Man City to sixth straight win* This was a breathless affair for which an abacus was needed to keep count of the endless chances. Manchester City created most of these in a blur of activity close to Emiliano Martínez’s goal and when Aston Villa were finally breached on 79 minutes it was deserved. Tyrone Mings dallied, Rodri mugged him, the effervescent Bernardo Silva received the ball, swerved away from a clutch of defenders, then fired in a memorable strike. This brought jubilation for City and anger for Villa as the visitors complained Rodri had come from an offside position. Dean Smith’s ire was enough to have him sent off by Jonathan Moss, the referee unimpressed by the manager’s vociferous complaints. Moss’s interpretation was correct as once Mings touched the ball Rodri was onside. Smith remained indignant. “Are we just going to leave players behind the line then?” he said. “It’s farcical. He was 10 yards offside and come back and tackled our player, it’s a pathetic law and a pathetic decision. “I said to the fourth official David Coote: ‘Did you get juggling balls for Christmas?’ I don’t think any other manager would get sent off for that.” Yet with Ilkay Gundogan adding a late penalty after Matthew Cash handled, at the final whistle the bottom line was that City had moved on to 38 points , as their fine form continued. A content Guardiola said: “When we lost v Tottenham 2-0, in November we were 12th but the most important thing is the fact we are back to playing [where] we have to play – to be contenders.” Smith, though, was equally unhappy with the penalty: “Matty Cash is a yard away for the handball, he can’t jump without his arms up. He didn’t even look at it – it flabbergasts me. It was a poor performance from the officials and that’s cost us.” An all-day downpour made the surface slick and from kick-off Kevin De Bruyne soon had the visitors careering about their penalty area. First was a dipping free-kick Jack Grealish headed out for a corner. The Belgian hit this in from the right, Rodri headed to Silva, his shot was saved well by Martínez, and Mings flung himself into a melee of players to clear. City’s recent upsurge in form has returned the familiar sight of their opponent being under siege. So it was that Villa were bombarded – Phil Foden next dribbled mesmerically, gliding beyond two defenders before being stopped. Villa’s sole attack at that point was a breakaway in which Ross Barkley failed to find Grealish in space and, now, came disruption for City as Kyle Walker was forced off with what appeared to be a dead leg, Oleksandr Zinchenko replacing him. There was no break to the home side’s rhythm, though. Foden fed Gundogan along the left, he pulled back to De Bruyne and a fierce effort hit Mings. Next a Raheem Sterling-João Cancelo one-two along the opposite flank had the latter’s cross this time cleared by Matt Targett. Then a 20-yard pot-shot from Rodri was blocked – inadvertently – by Sterling as the ball headed for goal. As the interval neared Villa looked to have stymied City’s percussive flow only for a final warning. A corner taken by Bertrand Traoré became a De Bruyne breakaway in which Foden was fed and saw his drive blocked by Cash. This drew groans from the City substitutes: for the spurned opportunity and all those that had come before. Guardiola had Gabriel Jesus on the bench yet despite the lack of killer touch he remained there as the second half began. When Sterling and Foden each zipped in crosses a dedicated No 9 would surely have been there to turn home. Instead with a floating player in the position – one of Sterling or De Bruyne – Villa escaped once more. City did the same when a Traoré counter took him past the last man, De Bruyne, before shooting at Ederson, but their rocket burst of chances continued. This time a Cancelo dummy preceded a shot crashed on to the bar and, at last, Jesus entered. This was enforced by a De Bruyne injury but the question was whether it might actually prove a blessing. A first answer was no, as the Brazilian failed to take aim when slid in by Foden. But next came Silva’s strike and when Cash handballed, Gundogan made sure. After the match, Guardiola added that he was unsure if De Bruyne and Walker’s injuries were serious. --- *Birmingham Mail* *Wednesday, 20 January 2021* *MOSS HAS HISTORY* Good old Jon Moss, eh. Villa fans, this is the same referee that failed to spot Sokratis’ blatant hand ball at the Emirates last season. Moss also awarded Man Utd a penalty after Bruno Fernandes trod on Ezri Konsa back in July during Project Restart. Fast-forward to this campaign and he’s at it again ... even before Tyrone Mings chested that ball down it was Rodri who was advancing towards Mings as he sensed an opportunity. It was a laughable decision last night and Smith was right to call them out ... in ... last night’s Supercoppa Italiana match between Juventus and Napoli, the exact same thing happened - only for officials in Italy to rule that Cristiano Ronaldo was in an offside position. The Portuguese legend’s body language even suggested he knew he was in the wrong, too. I mean which one is it, Premier League? °Villa boss Dean Smith* *HOW DID YOU RATE YOUR PERFORMANCE?* “In terms of their commitment and effort it was heroic given they only had three days to prepare. I wa