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Game #5622

Aston Villa

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Drew

15th (-3)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Leicester City

Attendance: 32,185

King Power Stadium

Leicester City

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None |

MATCH SUMMARY

The Credit Side: Villa stop a run of 4 consecutive defeats; Villa keep a clean sheet for the first time in five. The Debit Side: Villa slump to 15th in the table with relegation a possibility if not currently a probability; Villa fail to score for the third time in four games; despite continued protestations against the squad he inherited, Steven Gerrard plays the same team and continues to ignore Emiliano Buendรญa and Calum Chambers.

KEY MAN

Ashley Young, well timed clearance protected the point for Villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 23 April 2022

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Leicester City 0-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 72โ€™ Booking, Douglas Luiz, Bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Tim Iroegbunam
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendรญa
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+4 Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Marvelous Nakamba
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+5 Booking, Leon Bailey, Bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Leicester City 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Martรญnez make their 70th appearances for the club since joining in September 2020. For Martรญnez itโ€™s 70 starts.

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

Leicester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2020-21

FIXTURE HISTORY

Leicester City

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #35 |
League Match | #32 |
Manager Game | #22 |
Saturday, 23 April 2022
Attendance | 32,185 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee:ย Andy Madley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Huddersfield, 2011-
Kick off: 3.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 22 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 8 ๐ŸŸจ | 3 ๐ŸŸฅ 11 | 1.23

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Andy Madley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Huddersfield, 2011-
Matches Officiated: 19
๐ŸŸฉ : 9
๐ŸŸจ : 6
๐ŸŸฅ : 4
๐Ÿ†˜ : 2
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 19 Mar 22, Villa 0-1 Arsenal (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Darren England.
VAR: Peter Bankes.
Assistant VAR: Neil Davies.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Leicester City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrardโ€™s ยฃ27m replacement for Matt Targett, Lucas Digne, misses out with injury once again with veteran Ashley Young filling in.

Meanwhile Leon Bailey comes in in place of Danny Ings with a raft of Villaโ€™s under 23 stars on the bench.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.11 |
Oldest Player: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 36.81 |
Youngest Player: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.92 |

MANAGER

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

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
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 | ๐Ÿ” |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Brendan Rodgers | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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Leicester City

GK Kasper Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB James Justin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Wesley Fofana | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Caglar Sรถyรผncรผ | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Timothy Castagne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Nampalys Mendy | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M James Maddison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Ademola Lookman | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Patson Daka | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | for M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™+4 |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Jamie Vardy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Patson Daka | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Ayoze Pรฉrez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Harvey Barnes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Ademola Lookman | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 80โ€™ |

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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 |
FB Ben Chrisene | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tommi Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Danny Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Daniel Amartey | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
RB Ricardo Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M Hamza Choudhury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Kelechi Iheanacho ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ139.19m
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: ยฃ45.36m
Team Cost: ยฃ184.55m
Squad Cost: ยฃ211.03m
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 : 12/20
Homegrown: 4/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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

RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
FB Ben Chrisene | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
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 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 Tommi Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 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: ยฃ179.98m
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: ยฃ31.18m
Team Cost: ยฃ211.16m
Squad Cost: ยฃ274.43m
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 : 8/20
Homegrown: 3/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Danny Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ12.60m |
GK Kasper Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ1.51m |

RB Ricardo Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ19.80m |
RB Timothy Castagne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ18.00m |
RB James Justin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ6.03m |

CB Wesley Fofana | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ31.50m |
CB Caglar Sรถyรผncรผ | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ18.99m |
CB Daniel Amartey | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ5.94m |

M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ40.50m |
M James Maddison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ22.50m |
M Nampalys Mendy | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ยฃ13.95m |
M Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Hamza Choudhury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Harvey Barnes ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
W Marc Albrighton (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
W Ademola Lookman | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Loan |

F Ayoze Pรฉrez ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ30.06m |
CF Patson Daka | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ27.00m |
CF Kelechi Iheanacho ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ24.93m |
CF Jamie Vardy ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.12m |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 4 |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Abdomen
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Collarbone
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | Groin
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Groin

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 | 36%
Possession A | 64%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 15

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œWe came here to win the game and on chances we could have done that. โ€œIt is a tough game here; they are well coached and a clean sheet was the least we deserved. Weโ€™ll take a positive point away, and that is a good base for the next two games. โ€œI thought Ollie Watkins was fantastic second half; he did lots of running and gave the Leicester defence a tough time. โ€œAll that was missing today was a goal, but the chances keep coming so a goal will come. We had some good play and overall, probably shaded the chances. โ€œI crave more of these. โ€œIf you canโ€™t win, in this league, itโ€™s important you take something away because these points improve your league position come the end of (the season). โ€œIf I look at Newcastle away, Brentford away, if I look at other situations, we could have been four or five points better off by defending like we did today and thatโ€™s a positive and a base for us to go into the Norwich game. โ€œThe Norwich game will be different. The onus will be on us to go and create and open the door, Iโ€™m sure it will. Itโ€™s critical we go into that with the right mentality and attitude because those three points are vitally important.โ€ โ€œOff the back of four defeats, this was a really tough game for us. Youโ€™re not given anything here, youโ€™ve got to earn it. โ€œTim Iroegbunam, I spoke about before, he was the most ready to come in and help us. Dougie was on a yellow card and I didnโ€™t want to go to 10 men because it was important to stop the losing run. It was important we kept a clean sheet and I thought Tim was terrific today. He played with calmness and maturity. Heโ€™s going to be looking at me all week for more game time now! โ€œWe believe Timโ€™s ready. Itโ€™s only a matter of time before he becomes a regular in this team. Itโ€™s my job to control the timing of that, to keep educating him. Villa have got a good player on their hands. โ€œHeโ€™s a top professional. Heโ€™s in the gym before training, after training. โ€œHe needs to come out of his shell. He needs to find his voice because now heโ€™s in menโ€™s football and we think the world of him. โ€œHeโ€™s got a big future here. But itโ€™s my job to manage his game time, to prepare him for a big career. โ€œThe academy have done a superb job on Tim and heโ€™s got a lot of attributes that will help Villa moving forward. โ€œThe target is to try and win as many games as we can, try and get as many points on the board as we can and try to finish in a position from which we can build. Then we can look for the right players to try and have a strong pre-season.โ€ Steven Gerrard. โ€œIt was good to be back again with the boys, and I was happy to be back again on the pitch. Iโ€™m very positive about it. โ€œWe got a point with a clean sheet away from home, and I think we will now look up to the next match [Norwich City]. We did well collectively as a group, and we just need to push ourselves and keep believing like the gaffer [Gerrard] is telling everyone. He is pushing everyone together as a team. โ€œFirst of all, it was frustrating to be injured and to be watching, but I was supporting the boys, I was there supporting them at the home games and a few away games, and I was also involved with everyone in the dressing room. I have felt the support of the last four months, while I was injured, everyone from inside the club, players, technical staff, everyone inside. โ€œWe just have to push ourselves to keep believing and also to focus game by game. Itโ€™s Norwich next game at home with the fans behind us, we just need to stick together as a group and also with the fans that are believing in the players and supporting the players. We just have to keep on pushing ourselves. โ€œI was very pleased to be back and see the fans supporting us all the way from the start until the end. Itโ€™s good, and I think they always push every player like every time, whether we play home or away, the Villans are always loud.โ€ Marvelous Nakamba.

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