Game #5592

2020-21

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4th (+5)

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Premier League

Fulham

Craven Cottage

Attendance: Behind closed doors (COVID-19)

Monday, 28 September 2020

Villa make it ten goals in four in all competitions as Fulham are hammered at Craven Cottage.

Fulham

0-3

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Jack Grealish | 4' | Conor Hourihane | 15' | Tyrone Mings | 48' |

Assist(s) | John McGinn | 4' | 15' | Conor Hourihane | 48' |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5592

Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #4 |
League Match | #2 |
Manager Game | #88 |
Monday, 28 September 2020

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 5.45pm |
Referee | Stuart Attwell |
HT Score | 2-0 |
FT Result | 3-0 |
FT Score | Won |
Last 5 Games | DWWWW |
League Position | 4th | +5 |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £163.85m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.26 |

Oldest Player:
M Conor Hourihane | 29.67 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 22.41 |

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith names the same starting line up that beat Sheffield United in Villa's previous league fixture.

Bertrand Traoré replaces Anwar El Ghazi on the bench whilst Jacob Ramsey is named ahead of Neil Taylor.

UNAVAILABLE

Not Selected | 7 |
GK Lovre Kalinić |
GK Ørjan Nyland |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
M Henri Lansbury |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
W Jota |

Injury | 3 |
Tom Heaton | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Björn Engels | Thigh, 15 Sep 20 - 17 Oct 20 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 35%
Possession A | 65%
Shots F | 12
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 18

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Matty Cash |
CB Ezri Konsa |
CB Tyrone Mings |
LB Matt Targett |
M John McGinn |
M Douglas Luiz |
M Conor Hourihane |
W Trézéguet |
M Jack Grealish |
CF Ollie Watkins |

SUBSTITUTES

M Jacob Ramsey for M Conor Hourihane | 77' |
W Bertrand Traoré for W Trézéguet | 84' |
M Marvelous Nakamba for M Douglas Luiz | 87' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
RB Ahmed Elmohamady
CB Kortney Hause
CF Keinan Davis

THE OPPOSITION

GK Alphonse Aréola, RB Kenny Tete (CF Aboubakar Kamara), CB Michael Hector (CB Maxime Le Marchand), RB Denis Odoi, CB Tim Ream, LB Joe Bryan, M Tom Cairney, M André Anguissa, CF Aleksandar Mitrović, M Bobby Decordova-Reid (W Neeskens Kebano), W Ivan Cavaleiro.

Manager: Scott Parker.
Team Cost: £96.67m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Tyrone Mings puts Villa 3 up as Fulham are swept aside, 28 September 2020

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MATCH TIMELINE

4’ Goal, 1-0, Jack Grealish, Assist by John McGinn
10’ Booking, Matt Targett for a bad foul
15’ Goal, 2-0 Conor Hourihane, Assist by John McGinn
HT Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa
48’ Goal, 3-0 Tyrone Mings, Assist by Conor Hourihane
58’ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
77’ Sub off, M Conor Hourihane, Sub on, M Jacob Ramsey
84’ Sub off, W Trézéguet, Sub on, W Bertrand Traoré
87’ Sub off, M Douglas Luiz, Sub on, M Marvelous Nakamba
90’+1 Booking, Tyrone Mings
FT Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa were now unbeaten in 8

Villa had now won their opening four games of the season and their first two league games since August 1999 under John Gregory

Midfielder Jacob Ramsey and winger Bertrand Traoré made their Premier League debuts.

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*BBC Sport*
*Monday 28 September 2020*

"Villa were clinical and scored with three of their five shots on target, all the result of good play."

*BBC Sport*
*Monday 28 September 2020*

MATCH REPORT

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"Clinical Aston Villa thrash abject Fulham "

Aston Villa cruised to a comfortable Premier League win as they took advantage of another horrific defensive performance by Fulham.

Villa are now unbeaten in eight games, including six wins, stretching back to last season.

Jack Grealish put them ahead with a shot on the bounce after John McGinn's clipped ball over the top caught Fulham out.

Conor Hourihane doubled their lead when McGinn laid the ball into his path.

And Tyrone Mings wrapped the game up early in the second half when he snuck in behind a high Cottagers line to stab home Hourihane's free-kick - Villa's third shot on target of the game.

That means Fulham have conceded 10 goals in their opening three games, which would have been a joint record in Premier League history - if West Brom had not conceded 11 this season.

Fulham had a Bobby Decordova-Reid goal disallowed after a video assistant referee review for a foul, but that was one of their few clear chances at goal.

Villa keep their momentum going

Villa stayed up last season thanks to eight points in their final four games. Dean Smith's side have carried that good form into this season with four wins from four games, including two in the Carabao Cup.

They will face much tougher tests than this one though.

Villa were clinical and scored with three of their five shots on target, all the result of good play.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Matt Upson called the link-up play between McGinn and Grealish for the opener "almost like telepathy".

The second came from a nice passing move as Grealish found McGinn, who passed to Hourihane, with the midfielder slotting into the bottom corner.

That was the earliest Villa have gone 2-0 up in a Premier League game since May 2011 - and the first time McGinn has set up two goals in a game for Villa.

Dean Smith's side did not create too many clear opportunities, but still managed a third goal.

Mings had the freedom of the penalty area to tuck home a left-wing Hourihane free-kick.

They never looked back and move onto six points from two games.

The unusual 17:45 BST kick-off time was so it did not overlap with the late game between Arsenal and Liverpool, which was changed so it was finished before pubs have to shut in England at 22:00 BST.
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*The Guardian*
*Monday 28 September 2020*

​"Aston Villa keep up winning start and leave Fulham looking out of their depth "

​It was hard not to feel sorry for Bobby Decordova-Reid as he saw the claret and blue shirts swarming towards him. The Fulham winger knew his hopes of sparking a counterattack were fading. Reid had no support from his team-mates and he could do nothing more than boom an up-and-under towards Emi Martínez, Aston Villa’s underworked goalkeeper.

​It was the kind of thing you see from a player looking to protect a lead in the closing stages of a game. Only, Fulham were 3-0 down and there was more than half an hour left. They were being played off the park and there was no sign any of their players believe they belong at this level.

​Three games in and Fulham already look destined to return to the Championship. They are yet to pick up a point, have conceded 10 times and have a goal difference of minus seven after a capitulation that underlined the need for Scott Parker to bring in more quality at both ends of the pitch before the transfer window shuts next Monday.

​Fulham were lucky it ended 3-0. After staying up on the final day last season, Villa are feeling quietly optimistic after starting the new campaign with two wins. Jack Grealish ran the show, John McGinn oozed class in midfield and although sterner tests lie in wait, it was impossible to pick any holes in a purposeful, powerful performance.

​Villa took four minutes to expose Fulham’s defensive deficiencies. None of the home players were alive to the danger when McGinn, a clever and energetic player, received a pass 30 yards from goal. There was no response from Fulham’s frail midfield, no move to close the space, and McGinn had time to lift a pass through to Grealish, who darted from left to right before drilling a low finish through Alphonse Areola’s legs.

​Fulham’s spirit evaporated and they almost conceded again moments later. McGinn, who appeared to be in his best condition since returning from a long-term injury in June, failed to find a team-mate after breaking clear on the left.

​No bother: McGinn, who took the breath away with one glorious dragback as half-time approached, kept driving into dangerous areas and provided the assist for Villa’s second in the 15th minute. This time, though, the spark came from Grealish, exchanging passes with Ollie Watkins before slicing Fulham open with a scintillating turn of pace that took him into the area. Fulham were all over the place and Grealish showed composure to slip the ball to McGinn, who teed up Conor Hourihane for another emphatic finish.

​Dominant in midfield and dangerous on the flanks, Villa could have made it three but Trézéguet screwed a poor shot wide and Watkins then headed a Hourihane cross wide from close range.

​Villa did not appear to need the insurance of a third goal, though. Outnumbered in midfield, Fulham were limited in their 3-4-3 system and barely created anything. Ivan Cavaleiro and Decodrova-Reid were ineffective on the flanks and Villa’s sturdy back four found it easy to repel the constant crosses from Fulham. Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings were solid in central defence and on the one occasion Aleksandar Mitrovic looked poised to give his markers the slip Matty Cash stormed across from right-back to dispossess Fulham’s lone striker.

​Cash already looks like a smart buy from Nottingham Forest. Villa have shown ambition. Watkins gives them mobility in attack after arriving from Brentford and Grealish’s decision to commit his future to to the club has given everyone at Villa Park a lift.

​Grealish is such a special talent. Fulham had no hope of handling him. Two minutes into the second half, Grealish pushed the ball past Denis Odoi and tore past the centre-back despite giving him a five-yard headstart. Odoi dragged Villa’s talisman down, earning a booking, and Fulham capitulated from the resulting free-kick, freezing as Mings slid Hourihane’s delivery past Areola.

​Fulham’s misery continued when Mitrovic had a goal disallowed after a VAR review detected a foul by the Serb on Konsa. Villa had their clean sheet and Fulham were left to contemplate how to navigate the long road ahead.

"Clinical Aston Villa thrash abject Fulham "

Aston Villa cruised to a comfortable Premier League win as they took advantage of another horrific defensive performance by Fulham.

Villa are now unbeaten in eight games, including six wins, stretching back to last season.

Jack Grealish put them ahead with a shot on the bounce after John McGinn's clipped ball over the top caught Fulham out.

Conor Hourihane doubled their lead when McGinn laid the ball into his path.

And Tyrone Mings wrapped the game up early in the second half when he snuck in behind a high Cottagers line to stab home Hourihane's free-kick - Villa's third shot on target of the game.

That means Fulham have conceded 10 goals in their opening three games, which would have been a joint record in Premier League history - if West Brom had not conceded 11 this season.

Fulham had a Bobby Decordova-Reid goal disallowed after a video assistant referee review for a foul, but that was one of their few clear chances at goal.

Villa keep their momentum going

Villa stayed up last season thanks to eight points in their final four games. Dean Smith's side have carried that good form into this season with four wins from four games, including two in the Carabao Cup.

They will face much tougher tests than this one though.

Villa were clinical and scored with three of their five shots on target, all the result of good play.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Matt Upson called the link-up play between McGinn and Grealish for the opener "almost like telepathy".

The second came from a nice passing move as Grealish found McGinn, who passed to Hourihane, with the midfielder slotting into the bottom corner.

That was the earliest Villa have gone 2-0 up in a Premier League game since May 2011 - and the first time McGinn has set up two goals in a game for Villa.

Dean Smith's side did not create too many clear opportunities, but still managed a third goal.

Mings had the freedom of the penalty area to tuck home a left-wing Hourihane free-kick.

They never looked back and move onto six points from two games.

The unusual 17:45 BST kick-off time was so it did not overlap with the late game between Arsenal and Liverpool, which was changed so it was finished before pubs have to shut in England at 22:00 BST.
---
*The Guardian*
*Monday 28 September 2020*

​"Aston Villa keep up winning start and leave Fulham looking out of their depth "

​It was hard not to feel sorry for Bobby Decordova-Reid as he saw the claret and blue shirts swarming towards him. The Fulham winger knew his hopes of sparking a counterattack were fading. Reid had no support from his team-mates and he could do nothing more than boom an up-and-under towards Emi Martínez, Aston Villa’s underworked goalkeeper.

​It was the kind of thing you see from a player looking to protect a lead in the closing stages of a game. Only, Fulham were 3-0 down and there was more than half an hour left. They were being played off the park and there was no sign any of their players believe they belong at this level.

​Three games in and Fulham already look destined to return to the Championship. They are yet to pick up a point, have conceded 10 times and have a goal difference of minus seven after a capitulation that underlined the need for Scott Parker to bring in more quality at both ends of the pitch before the transfer window shuts next Monday.

​Fulham were lucky it ended 3-0. After staying up on the final day last season, Villa are feeling quietly optimistic after starting the new campaign with two wins. Jack Grealish ran the show, John McGinn oozed class in midfield and although sterner tests lie in wait, it was impossible to pick any holes in a purposeful, powerful performance.

​Villa took four minutes to expose Fulham’s defensive deficiencies. None of the home players were alive to the danger when McGinn, a clever and energetic player, received a pass 30 yards from goal. There was no response from Fulham’s frail midfield, no move to close the space, and McGinn had time to lift a pass through to Grealish, who darted from left to right before drilling a low finish through Alphonse Areola’s legs.

​Fulham’s spirit evaporated and they almost conceded again moments later. McGinn, who appeared to be in his best condition since returning from a long-term injury in June, failed to find a team-mate after breaking clear on the left.

​No bother: McGinn, who took the breath away with one glorious dragback as half-time approached, kept driving into dangerous areas and provided the assist for Villa’s second in the 15th minute. This time, though, the spark came from Grealish, exchanging passes with Ollie Watkins before slicing Fulham open with a scintillating turn of pace that took him into the area. Fulham were all over the place and Grealish showed composure to slip the ball to McGinn, who teed up Conor Hourihane for another emphatic finish.

​Dominant in midfield and dangerous on the flanks, Villa could have made it three but Trézéguet screwed a poor shot wide and Watkins then headed a Hourihane cross wide from close range.

​Villa did not appear to need the insurance of a third goal, though. Outnumbered in midfield, Fulham were limited in their 3-4-3 system and barely created anything. Ivan Cavaleiro and Decodrova-Reid were ineffective on the flanks and Villa’s sturdy back four found it easy to repel the constant crosses from Fulham. Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings were solid in central defence and on the one occasion Aleksandar Mitrovic looked poised to give his markers the slip Matty Cash stormed across from right-back to dispossess Fulham’s lone striker.

​Cash already looks like a smart buy from Nottingham Forest. Villa have shown ambition. Watkins gives them mobility in attack after arriving from Brentford and Grealish’s decision to commit his future to to the club has given everyone at Villa Park a lift.

​Grealish is such a special talent. Fulham had no hope of handling him. Two minutes into the second half, Grealish pushed the ball past Denis Odoi and tore past the centre-back despite giving him a five-yard headstart. Odoi dragged Villa’s talisman down, earning a booking, and Fulham capitulated from the resulting free-kick, freezing as Mings slid Hourihane’s delivery past Areola.

​Fulham’s misery continued when Mitrovic had a goal disallowed after a VAR review detected a foul by the Serb on Konsa. Villa had their clean sheet and Fulham were left to contemplate how to navigate the long road ahead.