Game #5595

2020-21

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2nd (-)

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Premier League

Leicester City

King Power Stadium

Attendance: Behind closed doors (COVID-19)

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Villa hit a last minute winner to beat Midland latecomers Leicester and make if four wins from four in the Premier League.

Leicester City

0-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Ross Barkley | 90'+1 |

Assist(s) | John McGinn | 90'+1 |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5595

Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #7 |
League Match | #4 |
Manager Game | #91 |
Sunday, 18 October 2020

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 7.15pm |
Referee | Jonathan Moss |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 1-0 |
Last 5 Games | WWLWW |
League Position | 2nd | - |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £149.9m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.31 |

Oldest Player:
GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.15 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 22.46 |

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith names the same line up that vanquished Liverpool a fortnight previously. Björn Engels returns to the squad for the first time this season.

UNAVAILABLE

Not Selected | 5 |
GK Lovre Kalinić |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
M Henri Lansbury |
M Jacob Ramsey |

Injury | 4 |
Tom Heaton | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Kortney Hause | Groin, 1 Oct 20 - 1 Nov 20 |
Keinan Davis | Calf, 18 Oct 20 - 23 Oct 20 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 18
Fouls A | 18

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

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

SUBSTITUTES

W Bertrand Traoré for W Trézéguet | 81' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Björn Engels
RB Ahmed Elmohamady
M Conor Hourihane
M Marvelous Nakamba
W Anwar El Ghazi

THE OPPOSITION

GK Kasper Schmeichel, RB James Justin, CB Wesley Fofana, CB Jonny Evans, RB Timothy Castagne, W Youri Tielemans, W Harvey Barnes, M Nampalys Mendy (M Hamza Choudhury), M Dennis Praet (M James Maddison), CF Kelechi Iheanacho (CF Islam Slimani), F Ayoze Pérez.

Manager: Brendan Rodgers.
Team Cost: £237.76m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Ross Barkley celebrates his 90'+1 winner, 18 October 2020

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MATCH TIMELINE

32’ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
40’ Booking, Matty Cash for a bad foul
HT Leicester City 0-0 Aston Villa
70’ Booking, Douglas Luiz for a bad foul
81’ Sub off, W Trézéguet, Sub on, W Bertrand Traoré
90’+1 Goal, 1-0 Ross Barkley, Assist by John McGinn
FT Leicester City 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa had now won their opening four league games of the season for the first time since 1930-31 under the Billy Smith led Management Committee which saw Villa finish 2nd in Football League Division One, scoring 128 league goals.

Villa were now unbeaten unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games (W6 D2); their longest run without defeat in the competition since October 2011 (10 games).

Villa had kept a clean sheet in both of their two away games in the Premier League this term, after keeping none in 19 away games in the competition last season.

Ross Barkley has scored in each of his two Premier League appearances for Villa (2 goals), as many as he managed in his last 42 for Chelsea before moving to Villa Park.

Since the start of last season, Jack Grealish has won 182 fouls in the Premier League (including five tonight) - the most of any player in the competition.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Dean Smith*
*Sunday 18 October 2020*
"We have seen Ross Barkley do that enough times for Everton and Chelsea so we are pleased he did it for us.

​"It was touch and go whether he started. He had a knock to the knee, but a great goal and a real battling performance by the whole team."
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*Villa goalscorer Ross Barkley*
*Sunday 18 October 2020*

​"I was 50-50 in the week and our club doctor did a really good job getting me right.

​"He said I would end up scoring the goal and I did, so I dedicated the goal to him.

​"The manager has given me the platform to play and I am excited and looking forward to every game."
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*BBC Sport*
*Sunday 18 October 2020*

"​Villa have won their opening four top-flight games for the first time in 90 years."

*BBC Sport*
*Sunday 18 October 2020*

MATCH REPORT

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​Ross Barkley dedicated his winning goal to Aston Villa's medical staff as Dean Smith's side maintained their 100% start to the season by edging victory at Leicester.

​The game looked set to be the first goalless match of the campaign, but Barkley finished incisively into the bottom corner to give Villa all three points and send them second in the Premier League.

​Villa have won their opening four top-flight games for the first time in 90 years.

​Barkley joined Villa on loan from Chelsea in the summer and has been impressive for the West Midlands club, with the goal his second in as many games.

​However, he revealed that a knee problem had left him in doubt for Sunday's game.

​"I was 50-50 in the week and our club doctor did a really good job getting me right," said Barkley.

​"He said I would end up scoring the goal and I did, so I dedicated the goal to him.

​"The manager has given me the platform to play and I am excited and looking forward to every game."

​It had been a drab Sunday night encounter until Barkley's 91st-minute effort, with neither goalkeeper called on to make difficult saves.

​Douglas Luiz had curled a 25-yard shot straight at Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel, while Villa's Emiliano Martinez kept out Youri Tielemans' deflected long-range strike.

​Villa are just one point behind leaders Everton with a game in hand, while Leicester remain fourth.

​Barkley's brilliance

​The fixture was a poignant one, as last season's equivalent back in March was the final game staged with fans before the coronavirus-enforced suspension to the season.

​Since then supporters have not been allowed into stadia - but had a crowd been in attendance, many may have been thinking of an early exit as the contest appeared to be drifting towards a bore draw before Barkley's late intervention.

​Villa narrowly avoided relegation last season but have started this campaign in magnificent fashion, backing up their 7-2 dismantling of champions Liverpool last time out with a narrow victory on this occasion.

​They have won four Premier League games in a row for the first time since 2009, stretching their unbeaten run in the competition to eight games.

​The signing of Chelsea's Barkley on a season-long loan came as a surprise, but it looks to be an inspired acquisition by Smith and the England international has formed a good understanding with Jack Grealish.

​The goal was a superb strike from the former Everton player, striding forward as the Leicester defence backed off before firing a crisp, low drive past the reach of Schmeichel.

​"We have seen Ross Barkley do that enough times for Everton and Chelsea so we are pleased he did it for us," said Smith.

​"It was touch and go whether he started. He had a knock to the knee, but a great goal and a real battling performance by the whole team."
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​*The Guardian*
*Sunday 18 October 2020*

Aston Villa's Ross Barkley strikes late to sink Leicester and keep up 100% record

The first goalless draw of this extraordinary season was looming like an obnoxious guest when Ross Barkley seized his moment. After collecting a pass from John McGinn midway inside the Leicester half in the first minute of stoppage time, Aston Villa’s on-loan Chelsea midfielder strode forward and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. And with that, Villa had won their opening four matches of a campaign for the first time since 1930 and climbed to second in the Premier League.

Leicester know better than anyone that a team can win the title one season after narrowly escaping relegation. It would be ludicrous to start talking to Villa about such notions just yet but there is no doubt that Dean Smith’s side have made huge progress since being thrashed here 4-0 in March. Attracting players such as Barkley has been part of that improvement.

Leicester dealt with him and his teammates with far more rigour than Liverpool managed to do two weeks ago but Villa now have so much creative talent, on top of a solidified defence, that it is a cursed job trying to suppress them entirely. And they know it. “You could hear Jack Grealish in the 89th minute shouting at the goalkeeper [to kick the ball out quickly], saying: ‘Come on, let’s get the win,” said Smith, justifiably proud of his side’s confidence and ambition.

In what must have been one of the easiest team selections of his managerial career, Smith opted to start with the same side that inflicted that vibrant, outrageous 7-2 defeat on Liverpool two weeks ago. But Leicester, though depleted by injuries, did well to negate them for long periods, especially in the first half, when the hosts even carried vague menace of their own on the counterattack despite being deprived of Jamie Vardy by a calf injury.

Leicester’s top scorer was not their only absentee, as the centre-back Caglar Soyuncu was ruled out, in addition to Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira. Rather than turn to the veteran Wes Morgan, Brendan Rodgers decided to give a Premier League debut to Wesley Fofana, the 19-year-old centre-back bought from Saint-Étienne this month for more than £30m. Even an exceptional teenager might have gulped at being asked to start his career in England by subduing an attack that had just fired seven goals past the champions. But the newcomer showed no signs of culture shock, even though his first involvement was to peel himself off the ground in the third minute after catching a mouthful of Ollie Watkins’ right arm in an aerial challenge.

That incident aside, Fofana looked comfortable as Leicester allowed Villa to have the ball in innocuous areas before trying to pinch if off them and spring forward. They were the more dangerous side in the first half.

Emi Martínez was the first goalkeeper to be forced into meaningful action, although Ayoze Pérez’s gentle shot from 25 yards did not inconvenience him much. But Martínez was certainly bothered in the 21st minute when Leicester raced forward on the break. Kelechi Iheanacho played a smart pass through to Timothy Castagne, whose powerful shot from a tight angle was beaten away.

The visitors did not threaten until the 26th minute, when McGinn ran on to a pass by Grealish and rasped a shot wide from 10 yards under pressure from James Justin. Villa’s attackers seldom got time or space on the ball.

Matty Cash rescued Villa with a fine tackle in the box on Castagne just after the half-hour but embarrassed himself, and earned a booking, a few minutes later by dragging down Harvey Barnes in desperation after misjudging a bouncing ball on the wing.

Villa improved after the interval and began to stretch Leicester. Grealish’s patience neared breaking point as he was repeatedly fouled but, as ever, he never quit trying to incite a breakthrough with his skill. A nicely delivered corner in the 55th minute invited Ezri Konsa to open the scoring but the defender’s header flew wide.

Leicester’s visits into opposing territory were growing rare but Youri Tielemans almost made one count on the hour with a shot from 20 yards. Martínez saved it despite a troublesome deflection off Tyrone Mings. Still, Leicester needed more inspiration. Rodgers introduced James Maddison but the midfielder’s ingenuity remained dormant, just as Barkley’s had done for most of the match.

Barkley and Villa, though, were not willing to let the contest trundle to a draw. “We needed a little bit of quality to win the game and Ross showed that,” said Smith.
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​Ross Barkley dedicated his winning goal to Aston Villa's medical staff as Dean Smith's side maintained their 100% start to the season by edging victory at Leicester.

​The game looked set to be the first goalless match of the campaign, but Barkley finished incisively into the bottom corner to give Villa all three points and send them second in the Premier League.

​Villa have won their opening four top-flight games for the first time in 90 years.

​Barkley joined Villa on loan from Chelsea in the summer and has been impressive for the West Midlands club, with the goal his second in as many games.

​However, he revealed that a knee problem had left him in doubt for Sunday's game.

​"I was 50-50 in the week and our club doctor did a really good job getting me right," said Barkley.

​"He said I would end up scoring the goal and I did, so I dedicated the goal to him.

​"The manager has given me the platform to play and I am excited and looking forward to every game."

​It had been a drab Sunday night encounter until Barkley's 91st-minute effort, with neither goalkeeper called on to make difficult saves.

​Douglas Luiz had curled a 25-yard shot straight at Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel, while Villa's Emiliano Martinez kept out Youri Tielemans' deflected long-range strike.

​Villa are just one point behind leaders Everton with a game in hand, while Leicester remain fourth.

​Barkley's brilliance

​The fixture was a poignant one, as last season's equivalent back in March was the final game staged with fans before the coronavirus-enforced suspension to the season.

​Since then supporters have not been allowed into stadia - but had a crowd been in attendance, many may have been thinking of an early exit as the contest appeared to be drifting towards a bore draw before Barkley's late intervention.

​Villa narrowly avoided relegation last season but have started this campaign in magnificent fashion, backing up their 7-2 dismantling of champions Liverpool last time out with a narrow victory on this occasion.

​They have won four Premier League games in a row for the first time since 2009, stretching their unbeaten run in the competition to eight games.

​The signing of Chelsea's Barkley on a season-long loan came as a surprise, but it looks to be an inspired acquisition by Smith and the England international has formed a good understanding with Jack Grealish.

​The goal was a superb strike from the former Everton player, striding forward as the Leicester defence backed off before firing a crisp, low drive past the reach of Schmeichel.

​"We have seen Ross Barkley do that enough times for Everton and Chelsea so we are pleased he did it for us," said Smith.

​"It was touch and go whether he started. He had a knock to the knee, but a great goal and a real battling performance by the whole team."
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​*The Guardian*
*Sunday 18 October 2020*

Aston Villa's Ross Barkley strikes late to sink Leicester and keep up 100% record

The first goalless draw of this extraordinary season was looming like an obnoxious guest when Ross Barkley seized his moment. After collecting a pass from John McGinn midway inside the Leicester half in the first minute of stoppage time, Aston Villa’s on-loan Chelsea midfielder strode forward and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. And with that, Villa had won their opening four matches of a campaign for the first time since 1930 and climbed to second in the Premier League.

Leicester know better than anyone that a team can win the title one season after narrowly escaping relegation. It would be ludicrous to start talking to Villa about such notions just yet but there is no doubt that Dean Smith’s side have made huge progress since being thrashed here 4-0 in March. Attracting players such as Barkley has been part of that improvement.

Leicester dealt with him and his teammates with far more rigour than Liverpool managed to do two weeks ago but Villa now have so much creative talent, on top of a solidified defence, that it is a cursed job trying to suppress them entirely. And they know it. “You could hear Jack Grealish in the 89th minute shouting at the goalkeeper [to kick the ball out quickly], saying: ‘Come on, let’s get the win,” said Smith, justifiably proud of his side’s confidence and ambition.

In what must have been one of the easiest team selections of his managerial career, Smith opted to start with the same side that inflicted that vibrant, outrageous 7-2 defeat on Liverpool two weeks ago. But Leicester, though depleted by injuries, did well to negate them for long periods, especially in the first half, when the hosts even carried vague menace of their own on the counterattack despite being deprived of Jamie Vardy by a calf injury.

Leicester’s top scorer was not their only absentee, as the centre-back Caglar Soyuncu was ruled out, in addition to Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira. Rather than turn to the veteran Wes Morgan, Brendan Rodgers decided to give a Premier League debut to Wesley Fofana, the 19-year-old centre-back bought from Saint-Étienne this month for more than £30m. Even an exceptional teenager might have gulped at being asked to start his career in England by subduing an attack that had just fired seven goals past the champions. But the newcomer showed no signs of culture shock, even though his first involvement was to peel himself off the ground in the third minute after catching a mouthful of Ollie Watkins’ right arm in an aerial challenge.

That incident aside, Fofana looked comfortable as Leicester allowed Villa to have the ball in innocuous areas before trying to pinch if off them and spring forward. They were the more dangerous side in the first half.

Emi Martínez was the first goalkeeper to be forced into meaningful action, although Ayoze Pérez’s gentle shot from 25 yards did not inconvenience him much. But Martínez was certainly bothered in the 21st minute when Leicester raced forward on the break. Kelechi Iheanacho played a smart pass through to Timothy Castagne, whose powerful shot from a tight angle was beaten away.

The visitors did not threaten until the 26th minute, when McGinn ran on to a pass by Grealish and rasped a shot wide from 10 yards under pressure from James Justin. Villa’s attackers seldom got time or space on the ball.

Matty Cash rescued Villa with a fine tackle in the box on Castagne just after the half-hour but embarrassed himself, and earned a booking, a few minutes later by dragging down Harvey Barnes in desperation after misjudging a bouncing ball on the wing.

Villa improved after the interval and began to stretch Leicester. Grealish’s patience neared breaking point as he was repeatedly fouled but, as ever, he never quit trying to incite a breakthrough with his skill. A nicely delivered corner in the 55th minute invited Ezri Konsa to open the scoring but the defender’s header flew wide.

Leicester’s visits into opposing territory were growing rare but Youri Tielemans almost made one count on the hour with a shot from 20 yards. Martínez saved it despite a troublesome deflection off Tyrone Mings. Still, Leicester needed more inspiration. Rodgers introduced James Maddison but the midfielder’s ingenuity remained dormant, just as Barkley’s had done for most of the match.

Barkley and Villa, though, were not willing to let the contest trundle to a draw. “We needed a little bit of quality to win the game and Ross showed that,” said Smith.
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