Game #5604

2020-21

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7th (+2)

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Premier League

Crystal Palace

Villa Park

Attendance: Behind closed doors (COVID-19)

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Villa make it successive 3-0 wins as despite being down to ten men they easily dispatch Palace.

Aston Villa

3-0

Crystal Palace

Scorer(s) | Bertrand Traoré | 5' | Kortney Hause | 66' | Anwar El Ghazi | 76' |

Assist(s) | Ollie Watkins | 76' |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5604

Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #16 |
League Match | #13 |
Manager Game | #100 |
Saturday, 26 December 2020

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Anthony Taylor |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 3-0 |
Last 5 Games | LWDWW |
League Position | 5th | +4 |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £153.05m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.50 |

Oldest Player:
GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.33 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 22.65 |

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith, in his 100th match in charge of Villa, names an unchanged team from the side that ripped apart West Bromwich Albion in the previous game. Ezri Konsa returns to the squad after illness however midfielder Ross Barkley and winger Trézéguet miss out once more due to hamstring injuries.

​Captain Jack Grealish makes his 200th appearance for the club.

​Tom Heaton returns to the squad after nearly 12 months out since the ACL injury he suffered on New Years Day 2020.

UNAVAILABLE

Not Selected | 3 |
GK Jed Steer
GK Lovre Kalinić
CB Björn Engels

Injury | 3 |
Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Ross Barkley | Hamstring, 30 Nov 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Trézéguet | Hamstring, 17 Dec 20 - 1 Jan 21 |

Unregistered | 1 |
M Henri Lansbury

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 39%
Possession A | 61%
Shots F | 21
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 10
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 18
Fouls A | 17

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Matty Cash |
CB Kortney Hause |
CB Tyrone Mings |
LB Matt Targett |
M John McGinn |
M Douglas Luiz |
M Jack Grealish |
W Bertrand Traoré |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
CF Ollie Watkins |

SUBSTITUTES

CB Ezri Konsa for W Bertrand Traoré | 45'+4 |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady for W Anwar El Ghazi | 86' |
M Jacob Ramsey for M Douglas Luiz | 90'+1 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Tom Heaton
LB Neil Taylor
RB Frédéric Guilbert
M Marvelous Nakamba
M Conor Hourihane
CF Keinan Davis

THE OPPOSITION

GK Vicente Guaita, RB Joel Ward, LB Patrick van Aanholt, CB Scott Dann, M Cheikhou Kouyaté, M Luka Milivojević (M Jaïro Riedewald), M Jeffrey Schlupp (W Andros Townsend), M James McArthur (CF Michy Batshuayi), Eberechi Eze, W Wilfried Zaha, CF Christian Benteke (ex).

Manager: Roy Hodgson.
Team Cost: £124.89m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Kortney Hause doubles 10-man Villa's lead over Palace, 26 December 2020

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MATCH TIMELINE

5’ Goal, 1-0, Bertrand Traoré
39’ Booking, Tyrone Mings
44’ Booking, Tyrone Mings for a bad foul
44’ Sending off, Tyrone Mings for two bookings
HT Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace
66’ Goal, 2-0, Kortney Hause
76’ Goal, 3-0, Anwar El Ghazi, Assist by Ollie Watkins
45’+4 Sub off, W Bertrand Traoré, Sub on CB Ezri Konsa
86 Sub off, W Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on RB Ahmed Elmohamady
90’+1 Sub off, M Douglas Luiz, Sub on M Jacob Ramsey
FT Aston Villa 3-0 Crystal Palace

ON THIS DAY

Captain Jack Grealish makes his 200th appearance for Villa since making his debut in the 2013-14 season under Paul Lambert.

Villa boss Dean Smith takes charge of his 100th game since his appointment in October 2018.

Tyrone Mings receives his second red card for Villa in 68 appearances, his first coming in the 2018-19 Championship campaign against Rotherham United which also occurred in the first half of the match and which Villa went on to win 2-1.

Villa secure 3-0 wins in successive matches.

Emiliano Martínez secures his 8th clean sheet in 13 League games - the most of any team in the league this season.

Tyrone Mings's sending off was the fourth red card Villa have received in a Boxing Day fixture since 1994 - more than any other team. It follows Andy Townsend in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal in 1994, Michael Oakes in 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers in 1998 that knocked Villa off the top of the table and Zat Knight in the 4-4 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2007.

Villa's points haul of 25 after 13 games is their strongest start to a top flight campaign since 1998-99 under John Gregory when Villa topped the Premier League table with 27 points from 13 games.

Villa have now not conceded in four consecutive league games.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Dean Smith*
*Saturday, 26 December 2020*

"It was a tremendous performance"

"After going down to 10 men, I thought our counter-attacking looked scary at times.:

"It's important to get the balance right, in terms of when to attack and when to press, especially after going down to 10 men. I thought we did that really well. There's a maturity to the players now and we have come a long way in a short space of time."

"I thought the first yellow card was pathetic, Tyrone is stopping himself from getting attacked and gets a yellow card for it. With the second one, it looks like there is a foul just before Tyrone commits the foul - so they are two very soft yellow cards."

"I wanted the Christmas present of a good performance and I certainly got that and a good result as well."

"Our counter-attacking threat was there for all to see. We created numerous opportunities."

"Unfortunately Tyrone gets sent off but I said at half-time there was nobody better to lead the line with 10 men than Ollie Watkins and I thought he was outstanding."
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*Villa centre forward Ollie Watkins*

"A massive win, it's always hard going a man down.You have to press at the right times and be structured as a team and I feel like we did that.

"First of all we reacted well – Tyrone Mings was unlucky. I don't know what happened for the first yellow but these things happen and we coped with it well and we didn’t look back. We didn’t sit deep we kept going forward.

"It wasn't my day in front of goal but I’m trying to do everything right I’m getting in the positions and hitting the bar and the post but at least I’m getting the chances so I think one of them will fall for me eventually."

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*BBC Sport*
*Saturday, 26 December 2020*

"​​Their latest victory was built on grit and a determination not to let Mings' red card disrupt them."

*BBC Sport*
*Saturday, 26 December 2020*

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​Aston Villa's fine run of form continued as they beat Crystal Palace and kept a clean sheet despite playing for more than 45 minutes with 10 men after Tyrone Mings' sending off.

​Villa were already leading when Mings was dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor towards the end of the first half for a foul on Wilfried Zaha - six minutes after both players had been booked for clashing.

​In an incident-packed game, Villa claimed an eighth clean sheet of 2020-21 - and moved to within three points of second-placed Leicester City.

​Burkina Faso winger Bertrand Traore, who also hit the post, put Villa ahead when he was left unmarked to pounce after Vicente Guaita had beaten away an attempt by Ollie Watkins.

​Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez had set the tone for an entertaining match with a fine save to keep out Zaha in the opening minute, while Guaita twice denied Anwar El Ghazi as well as Jack Grealish.

​Palace looked to take advantage of Mings' dismissal but instead conceded two more goals.

​Defender Kortney Hause nodded the second after Watkins' header had rebounded off the bar before Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi lashed home the third with a quality finish.

​Hard-working Villa look the business

Having avoided relegation on the final day of last season, Villa are now up to sixth in the table, with two games in hand over Leicester, after making it three wins in four.

​Their latest victory was built on grit and a determination not to let Mings' red card disrupt them.

​The England defender can have few complaints about his dismissal, sticking out an arm to block Zaha's attempt getting away from him, not long after the pair had clashed following a challenge.

​If anything, Mings' loss galvanised Dean Smith's side, who produced a thoroughly professional performance to win at Villa Park for the first time since thrashing Liverpool 7-2 on 4 October.

​Villa have now won the past two Premier League games in which they have finished with 10 men, having earned a 1-0 victory at Wolves on 12 December after the dismissal of midfielder Douglas Luiz.

​Former Chelsea player Traore was excellent before he was substituted earlier than planned following Mings' dismissal, while the hard-working Watkins twice hit the woodwork and El Ghazi produced a moment of pure class with his goal.

​Villa's recruitment has been impressive. Traore has looked an excellent piece of business, having joined for £17m from Lyon in September, while Martinez - who also cost £17m, from Arsenal - continues to impress in each game.

​With his side down to 10 men, Martinez produced a big save to keep out Luka Milivojevic's deflected attempt as Villa claimed a fourth clean sheet in a row, their best run in the top flight since February 2010.
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*The Guardian*
*Saturday, 26 December 2020*

​Brilliant Aston Villa dominate Crystal Palace despite Tyrone Mings red card

​Aston Villa continued their fine run of form with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace despite playing with 10 men for more than half the match. The hosts led through Bertrand Traoré’s early opener and should have been further ahead when Tyrone Mings was shown two yellow cards in quick succession just before half-time.

Palace were unable to take advantage, though, failing to seriously test Emi Martínez in a second half that saw Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi extend Villa’s lead. The result lifted Villa into the Premier League’s top six – for a few hours at least – while Palace have now conceded 10 goals in two matches after last weekend’s hammering by Liverpool.

Palace nearly made the perfect start when Wilfried Zaha was played clean through, catching Mings on his heels, inside the first minute but Martínez produced a good save. And it was Villa who took the lead with less than five minutes on the clock.

Traoré played in Ollie Watkins down the right and was on hand to thump the ball into the net when goalkeeper Vicente Guaita parried Watkins’ shot into the middle of the box.

Villa looked dangerous every time they came forward and Traoré almost grabbed a second in the 17th minute, cutting in from the right and beating Guaita with a shot that bounced away off a post. The Palace keeper then denied Jack Grealish after he had taken advantage of more holes in the visitors’ defence.

Palace thought they should have had a penalty when Patrick van Aanholt went down under a clumsy challenge from Matty Cash. Having decided against giving a spot-kick, referee Anthony Taylor went to have a second look at the pitch-side monitor before sticking with his original decision to conclude a lengthy delay.

With 39 minutes on the clock, Mings and Zaha were both shown yellow cards for some argy-bargy following a foul by the Palace man on John McGinn. Villa again came close to a second moments later, Watkins causing more trouble down the right before El Ghazi and Grealish both had shots blocked.

The hosts’ failure to add to their lead became a more worrying issue in the 45th minute when Mings stuck out an arm to block Zaha and was shown a second yellow card. He reluctantly left the pitch and boss Dean Smith reacted by withdrawing Traoré, who had been probably the best player on the pitch, to allow Ezri Konsa to come on, while Martínez produced a leaping save to keep out Luka Milivojevic’s shot.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Villa continued to enjoy the better of the game in the early stages of the second half. And the second goal that arrived in the 66th minute was no more than they deserved.

Palace failed to defend an El Ghazi free-kick, Watkins headed against the crossbar and Hause followed up to score his second Premier League goal for Villa. Guaita clawed the ball out but not before it had crossed the line.

With Palace forced to commit more men forward, Villa looked even more dangerous, and, after Watkins saw a shot blocked, the impressive winger teed-up El Ghazi for his fourth goal in four games – a fine, curling effort in off the far post.

The visitors at last applied some consistent pressure, with Eberechi Eze firing at Martínez and Joel Ward curling a cross on to the top of the bar. But Watkins nearly finished the match with the goal he deserved, only for his effort to hit a post.
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​Aston Villa's fine run of form continued as they beat Crystal Palace and kept a clean sheet despite playing for more than 45 minutes with 10 men after Tyrone Mings' sending off.

​Villa were already leading when Mings was dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor towards the end of the first half for a foul on Wilfried Zaha - six minutes after both players had been booked for clashing.

​In an incident-packed game, Villa claimed an eighth clean sheet of 2020-21 - and moved to within three points of second-placed Leicester City.

​Burkina Faso winger Bertrand Traore, who also hit the post, put Villa ahead when he was left unmarked to pounce after Vicente Guaita had beaten away an attempt by Ollie Watkins.

​Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez had set the tone for an entertaining match with a fine save to keep out Zaha in the opening minute, while Guaita twice denied Anwar El Ghazi as well as Jack Grealish.

​Palace looked to take advantage of Mings' dismissal but instead conceded two more goals.

​Defender Kortney Hause nodded the second after Watkins' header had rebounded off the bar before Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi lashed home the third with a quality finish.

​Hard-working Villa look the business

Having avoided relegation on the final day of last season, Villa are now up to sixth in the table, with two games in hand over Leicester, after making it three wins in four.

​Their latest victory was built on grit and a determination not to let Mings' red card disrupt them.

​The England defender can have few complaints about his dismissal, sticking out an arm to block Zaha's attempt getting away from him, not long after the pair had clashed following a challenge.

​If anything, Mings' loss galvanised Dean Smith's side, who produced a thoroughly professional performance to win at Villa Park for the first time since thrashing Liverpool 7-2 on 4 October.

​Villa have now won the past two Premier League games in which they have finished with 10 men, having earned a 1-0 victory at Wolves on 12 December after the dismissal of midfielder Douglas Luiz.

​Former Chelsea player Traore was excellent before he was substituted earlier than planned following Mings' dismissal, while the hard-working Watkins twice hit the woodwork and El Ghazi produced a moment of pure class with his goal.

​Villa's recruitment has been impressive. Traore has looked an excellent piece of business, having joined for £17m from Lyon in September, while Martinez - who also cost £17m, from Arsenal - continues to impress in each game.

​With his side down to 10 men, Martinez produced a big save to keep out Luka Milivojevic's deflected attempt as Villa claimed a fourth clean sheet in a row, their best run in the top flight since February 2010.
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*The Guardian*
*Saturday, 26 December 2020*

​Brilliant Aston Villa dominate Crystal Palace despite Tyrone Mings red card

​Aston Villa continued their fine run of form with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace despite playing with 10 men for more than half the match. The hosts led through Bertrand Traoré’s early opener and should have been further ahead when Tyrone Mings was shown two yellow cards in quick succession just before half-time.

Palace were unable to take advantage, though, failing to seriously test Emi Martínez in a second half that saw Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi extend Villa’s lead. The result lifted Villa into the Premier League’s top six – for a few hours at least – while Palace have now conceded 10 goals in two matches after last weekend’s hammering by Liverpool.

Palace nearly made the perfect start when Wilfried Zaha was played clean through, catching Mings on his heels, inside the first minute but Martínez produced a good save. And it was Villa who took the lead with less than five minutes on the clock.

Traoré played in Ollie Watkins down the right and was on hand to thump the ball into the net when goalkeeper Vicente Guaita parried Watkins’ shot into the middle of the box.

Villa looked dangerous every time they came forward and Traoré almost grabbed a second in the 17th minute, cutting in from the right and beating Guaita with a shot that bounced away off a post. The Palace keeper then denied Jack Grealish after he had taken advantage of more holes in the visitors’ defence.

Palace thought they should have had a penalty when Patrick van Aanholt went down under a clumsy challenge from Matty Cash. Having decided against giving a spot-kick, referee Anthony Taylor went to have a second look at the pitch-side monitor before sticking with his original decision to conclude a lengthy delay.

With 39 minutes on the clock, Mings and Zaha were both shown yellow cards for some argy-bargy following a foul by the Palace man on John McGinn. Villa again came close to a second moments later, Watkins causing more trouble down the right before El Ghazi and Grealish both had shots blocked.

The hosts’ failure to add to their lead became a more worrying issue in the 45th minute when Mings stuck out an arm to block Zaha and was shown a second yellow card. He reluctantly left the pitch and boss Dean Smith reacted by withdrawing Traoré, who had been probably the best player on the pitch, to allow Ezri Konsa to come on, while Martínez produced a leaping save to keep out Luka Milivojevic’s shot.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Villa continued to enjoy the better of the game in the early stages of the second half. And the second goal that arrived in the 66th minute was no more than they deserved.

Palace failed to defend an El Ghazi free-kick, Watkins headed against the crossbar and Hause followed up to score his second Premier League goal for Villa. Guaita clawed the ball out but not before it had crossed the line.

With Palace forced to commit more men forward, Villa looked even more dangerous, and, after Watkins saw a shot blocked, the impressive winger teed-up El Ghazi for his fourth goal in four games – a fine, curling effort in off the far post.

The visitors at last applied some consistent pressure, with Eberechi Eze firing at Martínez and Joel Ward curling a cross on to the top of the bar. But Watkins nearly finished the match with the goal he deserved, only for his effort to hit a post.
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