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Game #5615

Aston Villa

Saturday, 26 February 2022

Won

12th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion

Attendance: 31,475

Amex Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion

0-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Tyrone Mings | 68โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Matty Cash hits a screamer and echoes the world in condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine... and is promptly booked ... 18 year old Tommi O'Reilly makes his squad debut ... Ollie Watkins scores for the first time since December ... Tim Iroegbunam finally makes his debut ... and Villa win away.

KEY MAN

Under 18 star Tommi O'Reilly makes his first senior squad appearance for Villa, Saturday, 26 February 2022.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 26 February 2022

โšฝ | 17โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Matty Cash
๐ŸŸจ | 19โ€™ Booking, Matty Cash, Excessive celebration
๐ŸŸจ | 25โ€™ Booking, Douglas Luiz
๐ŸŸจ | 40โ€™ Booking, Tyrone Mings
๐ŸŸจ | 40โ€™ Booking, Ollie Watkins, Bad Foul
โฑ๏ธ | HT Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 68โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Tyrone Mings
๐Ÿ” | 72โ€™ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Morgan Sanson
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Ashley Young
๐ŸŸจ | 83โ€™ Booking, Emiliano Martรญnez
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Tim Iroegbunam ๐ŸŸข
โฑ๏ธ | FT Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

18 year old attacking Midfielder Tommi Oโ€™Reilly makes his first squad appearance for Villa whilst fellow 18 year old youth team midfielder Tim Iroegbunam makes his first team debut after ten unused substitute appearances. Iroegbunam becomes the 982nd player to play for Villa in first team League or Cup football.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Brighton & Hove Albion

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Brighton & Hove Albion

Previous 5 vs. Brighton: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #28 |
League Match | #25 |
Manager Game | #15 |
Saturday, 26 February 2022
Attendance | 31,475 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee:ย John Brooks | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicestershire, 2016-
Kick off: 3.30pm Original kick off delayed due to traffic congestion
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 15 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 6 ๐ŸŸจ | 2 ๐ŸŸฅ 7 | 1.33

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย John Brooks | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicestershire, 2016-
Matches Officiated: 5
๐ŸŸฉ : 5
๐ŸŸจ : 0
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 19 Apr 19, Villa 2-0 Bolton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Neil Davies, Matthew Wilkes.
Fourth official: David Coote.
VAR: Michael Oliver.
Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Brighton & Hove Albion

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Ezri Konsa returns from suspension in place of Calum Chambers whilst Emiliano Buendรญa is dropped with Ollie Watkins coming back into the side.

On the bench Carney Chukwuemeka and Ben Chrisene drop out with Tommi Oโ€™Reilly making his squad debut.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: 26.21
Oldest Player: F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.97 |
Youngest Player: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.76 |

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Graham Potter | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Brighton & Hove Albion

GK Robert Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Joรซl Veltman | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Lewis Dunk | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Tariq Lamptey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jakub Moder | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Yves Bissouma | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Alexis Mac Allister | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Solly March | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Cucurella | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Leandro Trossard | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Neal Maupay | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 86โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Danny Welbeck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Jakub Moder | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 62โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tommi Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Jason Steele | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Shane Duffy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Odel Offiah | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Pascal GroรŸ | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Steven Alzate | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Moisรฉs Caicedo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Marc Leonard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Evan Ferguson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ163.87m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ14.22m
Team Cost: ยฃ178.09m
Squad Cost: ยฃ244.51m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/20
Homegrown: 3/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |

LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.70m |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ14.22m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Tommi Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |

F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ31.59m |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ90.38m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 3/11
Homegrown: 3/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.00m
Team Cost: ยฃ90.38m
Squad Cost: ยฃ102.41m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/20
Homegrown: 4/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Robert Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Youth |
GK Jason Steele | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Tariq Lamptey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.97m |
RB Joรซl Veltman | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ0.90m |

CB Shane Duffy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ4.73m |
CB Lewis Dunk | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
CB Odel Offiah | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

M Yves Bissouma | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ15.21m |
M Jakub Moder | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ9.90m |
M Alexis Mac Allister | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ7.20m |
M Moisรฉs Caicedo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ยฃ4.50m |
M Pascal GroรŸ | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ2.70m |
M Steven Alzate | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ0.09m |
M Solly March | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Marc Leonard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Leandro Trossard | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ18.00m |
W Marc Cucurella | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ16,20m |

CF Neal Maupay | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ20.00m |
CF Danny Welbeck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CF Evan Ferguson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | Knee
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | Hamstring
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Unknown

Out On Loan | 13 |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Sheffield United
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Strasbourg
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Forest
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Internacional
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Everton
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cheltenham
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Livingston
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke
CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newcastle
GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Gateshead
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Luton
W Trรฉzรฉguet | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Basaksehir

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 Halfโ€จ

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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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 34%
Possession A | 66%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 17

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œNo one in this group likes to be beat, no one likes to see our recent results. Theyโ€™re all positive in wanting to change that. โ€œWe move forward, we have to persevere and we have to keep trying to improve these players. โ€œWe knew coming into this job that this was going to take time to get right. โ€œWhat I will say about my players is that everyoneโ€™s trying to pull in the same direction to change the results. โ€œThere are different ways to build a winning mentality. โ€œObviously, recruitment is one. That is a big thing. We have identified areas in the team where we need to improve and get better which we will do in due time. โ€œItโ€™s about raising the standards of the club in every single compartment, identifying the players who maybe canโ€™t bring that and, also, playing the players that you do know do have it in the short-term. โ€œIt is not something which can change overnight. You have to keep working on it, players need to keep improving and believing.โ€ I like what I see in terms of the day to day stuff off Ollie [Watkins]. Heโ€™s working hard on the training pitch. Heโ€™s a great kid thatโ€™s got my full trust. โ€œHeโ€™s proved that heโ€™s scored goals and can play extremely well. โ€œWhen we first came into the job he was probably the most positive and consistent player over the initial games. โ€œAll players have a dip and a drop off in their careers at different times. Ollie will bounce back and will bounce back well. โ€œWe just need to manage him the right way in all aspects. โ€œLast week, we decided to take a little bit of spotlight off him in the initial start of the game to give Danny [Ings] an opportunity and Ollie came on and tried to make a difference in the game.* โ€œWe didnโ€™t score in the game as a team so this isnโ€™t about shining a spotlight on Ollie, itโ€™s collectively as an attacking group, we need to be more ruthless and more clinical in the final third. โ€œIโ€™ve got the belief that it will come in due time.โ€ Steven Gerrard, Pre-match. --- โ€œWeโ€™ve been on the back of some sticky form of late but credit to the players they stuck at. โ€œWe came out of the blocks in good form today and put in a really strong performance. โ€œIn the main we owned the pitch out of possession today and all our good stuff came from that. We looked the most dangerous team throughout. โ€œThe focus and concentration from the boys today out of possession was superb. โ€œThe performance was there against Watford. โ€œAgainst Newcastle the performance and the result was not there. โ€œWe needed to be more clinical and inventive in the final third and we were today. โ€œThat second goal put us in a much more comfortable place. โ€œOllieโ€™s on the transition. He showed great power, great strength in his running and the finish at the end of it deserved to win the football match for us. โ€œWe canโ€™t forget the first strike which was outstanding from Cashy but the most pleasing thing for me was how we controlled the game out of possession today. "I thought we were really organised. Everyone really brought into what we wanted to do out of possession. That gave us a right good base to win a tough football match away from home. โ€œItโ€™s always important that when you go through a sticky patch you stay together and that you keep believing and keep doing the right things itโ€™ll only be a matter of time before it changes. โ€œNow, the important thing for us is to take the confidence and belief from todayโ€™s performance and build on it for next week against Southampton. โ€œThe preparations were challenging today because of a crash on the motorway but the players remained focused and calm and, you know, we stayed controlled and kept patient. The players delivered a top performance today. โ€œIt was a fantastic moment for Ollie. โ€œHeโ€™s a great kid, very humble and heโ€™ll be more pleased with the win, the three points and the clean sheet and making the supporters happy on the way home. โ€œHeโ€™s someone who is very selfless, the running he does for the team is outstanding and he certainly deserved his goal today on the back of his performance and, hopefully, itโ€™ll give him confidence now for the remaining games. โ€œI said in the week that Iโ€™ve got a lot of belief in my players, collectively and individually, I told Ollie that. โ€œWe went slightly different at the top end of the pitch today with two No.9s and we certainly got our rewards from it.โ€ Steven Gerrard, Post match. --- โ€It was a great way to bounce back. It has been a tough couple of weeks for us. We have stuck together in training, weโ€™ve gone out and team bonded and lifted spirits really. A fantastic win. โ€œI just keep trying to get shots and crosses off, with the system we have that is what I try to do. โ€œWe came here last year and it was one of our toughest fixtures. This time we countered well and got a couple of goals, it is good. โ€œEvery game is hard in this league and we just focus on us. We have a good team and a fantastic manager. We can only do what we can do.โ€ Matty Cash.

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