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Game #5621

Aston Villa

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Lost

12th (-3)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur

Attendance: 41,949

Villa Park

Aston Villa

0-4

Tottenham Hotspur

Assist(s) | None |

MATCH SUMMARY

A 3rd minute error puts Villa behind before a 47 minute physical, territorial and footballing onslaught puts Spurs on the rack. Five minutes into the second half Villa concede against the run of play and collapse. Steven Gerrard has now lost four consecutive League games. Dean Smith lost five before being sacked in November. Steven Gerrardโ€™s Premier League Record: Played 20 Won: 40% Drew: 10% Lost: 50% Dean Smithโ€™s Premier League Record: Played 87 Won: 32% Drew: 18% Lost: 50%

KEY MAN

Jacob Ramsey, solo run and shot suggested so much more

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 9 April 2022

๐Ÿฅ… | 3โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur), Heung-min Son
๐ŸŸจ | 21โ€™ Booking, Danny Ings, Bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
๐Ÿฅ… | 50โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Tottenham Hotspur), Dejan Kulusevski
๐Ÿฅ… | 66โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Tottenham Hotspur), Heung-min Son
๐Ÿ” | 70โ€™ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Leon Bailey
๐Ÿ” | 70โ€™ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendรญa
๐Ÿฅ… | 71โ€™ Goal, 0-4, (Tottenham Hotspur), Heung-min Son
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Lucas Digne, Sub on, Ashley Young
๐ŸŸจ | 82โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young, Bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

ON THIS DAY

Steven Gerrard takes charge of his twentieth Premier League game and delivers a tenth defeat.

In so doing Gerrard eclipses the managerial loss rate that was set by Tommy Cummings across 64 games between 1967-68 and 1968-69. 50%.

Steven Gerrardโ€™s loss rate over 21 League and Cup games is 52%.

Only Rรฉmi Garde (57% across 23 games) and Tim Sherwood (57% across 20 games) have worse records for the club - achieved when Villa were relegated in 2015-16.

Villaโ€™s defeat is their biggest at home since January 2020 when they gave Danny Drinkwater a debut.

Meanwhile, John McGinn made his 140th appearance for the club, Emiliano Buendรญa his 30th and Lucas Digne his 10th. Digne leaves the field early for the third time in four games since his ยฃ27 million move to the club.

Good job Stevie G turfed Matt Targett out on loan to Newcastle eh?

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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

Tottenham Hotspur

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2007-08

FIXTURE HISTORY

Tottenham Hotspur

Previous 5 vs. Spurs: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #34 |
League Match | #31 |
Manager Game | #21 |
Saturday, 9 April 2022
Attendance | 41,949 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee: Graham Scott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Oxford, 2008-
Kick off: 5.30pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-4
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 21 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 8 ๐ŸŸจ | 2 ๐ŸŸฅ 11 | 1.24

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Scott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Oxford, 2008-
Matches Officiated: 8
๐ŸŸฉ : 3
๐ŸŸจ : 2
๐ŸŸฅ : 3
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 22 Aug 21, Villa 1-1p Chelsea (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Craig Pawson.
VAR: Jarred Gillett.
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Tottenham Hotspur

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard returns to his expected line up after his strange changes for โ€œgritโ€ at Wolves. Morgan Sanson and Leon Bailey drop to the bench with Douglas Luiz promoted and Danny Ings returning from maternity leave.

Marvelous Nakamba makes his first squad appearance since suffering injury in December. Tim Iroegbunam makes way.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 26.83 |
Oldest Player: F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.08 |
Youngest Player: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.88 |

MANAGER

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

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Aston Villa

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

MANAGER

Antonio Conte | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

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Tottenham Hotspur

GK Hugo Lloris | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Ben Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Cristian Romero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Eric Dier | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Emerson Royal | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Matt Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Rodrigo Betancur | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
M Pierre-Emile Hรธjbjerg | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
W Dejan Kulusevski | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Heung-min Son | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Harry Kane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | for F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 70โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 70โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ for Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | LB Sergio Reguilรณn ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for RB Matt Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 21โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Lucas Moura ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Heung-min Son | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Steven Bergwijn ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for W Dejan Kulusevski | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 84โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Pierluigi Gollini (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Joe Rodon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Davinson Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Harry Winks | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Harvey White | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ryan Sessegnon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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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: ยฃ63.60m
Team Cost: ยฃ227.23m
Squad Cost: ยฃ268.81m
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 : 9/20
Homegrown: 2/20

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 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 Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ10.80m |
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 Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ16.56m |

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: ยฃ123.89m
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: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ79.56m
Team Cost: ยฃ203.45m
Squad Cost: ยฃ276.44m
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: 3/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Hugo Lloris | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ11.34m |
GK Pierluigi Gollini (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

LB Sergio Reguilรณn ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Emerson Royal | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ22.50m |
RB Matt Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ15.12m |
LB Ben Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.39m |

CB Davinson Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ37.80m |
CB Joe Rodon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ10.89m |
CB Eric Dier | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.50m |
CB Cristian Romero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

M Rodrigo Betancur | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | ยฃ17.10m |
M Pierre-Emile Hรธjbjerg | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ14.94m |
M Harry Winks | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Harvey White | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Steven Bergwijn ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ27.00m |
W Heung-min Son | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
W Lucas Moura ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ25.56m |
W Ryan Sessegnon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ24.30m |
W Dejan Kulusevski | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | Loan |

CF Harry Kane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 1 |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Abdomen

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 19
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 14

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œItโ€™s tough - the scoreline is harsh on us, but itโ€™s the reality and we have to accept that. I have to accept it - Iโ€™m responsible. The story of the game certainly wasnโ€™t a 4-0 game. โ€œWeโ€™ve been beaten 4-0 and that is tough to take; it hurts. โ€œBut the story of the game is a head-scratcher for sure. If you look at our first half performance, I couldnโ€™t ask for more except us taking our chances. โ€œItโ€™s the first time in football Iโ€™ve gone off at half-time 1-0 down and been really happy and proud, we were magnificent, we didnโ€™t take our chances but at half-time I said if we can continue this I have no doubt we get back into the game. โ€œWe were very dominant; the goal weโ€™ve conceded is poor. Outside of that, I thought it was the best weโ€™ve played under us, and if weโ€™d been winning two or three one, nobody would have had any complaints. โ€œWe were aggressive, we counter-pressed, we created chances, we were the better footballing team. The challenge was maintaining that; weโ€™ve been speaking about that 90-minute performance. โ€œThe second half it flipped, Spursโ€™ quality players made it about our backline and they punished us really heavily. โ€œTheyโ€™ve punished us with pure quality. Tottenham were ruthless, but Iโ€™m really disappointed in the second, third and fourth goals. They could have been dealt well with good defensive play. โ€œAnalysing the first goal, a long straight ball we couldโ€™ve defended that better, they got a bit of luck but theyโ€™re ruthless in front of goal. โ€œTo be 1-0 down at half-time was against the run of play, we were outstanding and the chances weโ€™ve created against a top side is enough to win two or three games. โ€œWe asked them to maintain that at half-time and we tried, we talk about defending the area around 18-yard box and Spurs punished us heavily in that area. โ€œWeโ€™ve got time - I donโ€™t know if thatโ€™s a good thing, you want the next game quickly after a defeat like that which stings but Iโ€™ve got to pick the players up and be ready for the next game. โ€œI want us to remember that first half, we have a lot to learn and defensively in the second half we have even more to learn. โ€œListen, in terms of the scoreline today Iโ€™d like to apologise but, the supporters inside the stadium today would have seen a game of two halves. โ€œWeโ€™ll work extremely hard to bounce back from this, of course we will. If the players feel the same way as I do now, Iโ€™m really confident that weโ€™ll get the reaction we need. โ€œ[But] Itโ€™s not time to talk about individuals. โ€œIn the first half, we made it about Tottenhamโ€™s back five and their two central midfielders. We dominated their back line. We put crosses into the box, made real good opportunities and could have scored three or four goals easily, in my opinion, if we executed (chances). โ€œIโ€™m concerned and worried about [Lucas Digne] because heโ€™s in a sling right now. Weโ€™ve got a collarbone issue rather than a shoulder issue. If itโ€™s what we fear, it could be season over. โ€œIt stings right now and, to lose a really important player, a player who we missed last week when he went off. Weโ€™ll analyse it in the next 24 hours in terms of scans and weโ€™ll have a medical report on it but the doctors have said they are worried and concerned and thatโ€™s tells you the story.โ€ Steven Gerrard.

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