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Game #5623

Aston Villa

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Won

13th (+2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Norwich City

Attendance: 40,290

Villa Park

Aston Villa

2-0

Norwich City

Assist(s) | Danny Ings | 41' | Emiliano Buendรญa | 90โ€™+3 |

MATCH SUMMARY

A first win in six sees Villa finally reach 40 points, but doubts remain. Villa do enough to beat Dean Smith on his first return to Villa Park with the excellence of Ollie Watkinsโ€™ strike, Tim Iroegbunamโ€™s full debut and the arrival of Danny Ings as replacement for the injured Leon Bailey paying immediate dividends combine to brighten the first half. The long overdue arrival of Emiliano Buendรญa as a late sub sees a strong cameo performance and Ings and Watkins reach 15 goals between them for the campaign.

KEY MAN

Ollie Watkins, set Villa on the way in a "low-key" win against relegated Norwich.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 30 April 2022

๐Ÿ” | 40โ€™ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Danny Ings
โšฝ | 41โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Danny Ings
๐ŸŸจ | 44โ€™ Booking, Calum Chambers, Bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City
๐ŸŸจ | 61โ€™ Booking, Tim Iroegbunam, Bad foul
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, Danny Ings, Bad foul
๐ŸŸจ | 67โ€™ Booking, Jacob Ramsey, Bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 73โ€™ Sub off, Tim Iroegbunam, Sub on, Douglas Luiz
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendรญa
โšฝ | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 2-0, Danny Ings, Assist by Emiliano Buendรญa
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City

ON THIS DAY

Villa win for the first time in six under Steven Gerrard as Dean Smithโ€™s homecoming is spoiled. Meanwhile, 19 year old midfield prospect Tim Iroegbunam makes his first start after two substitute and 18 squad appearances, whilst it is 25 appearances for Danny Ings after arriving in the first half from the bench - his fifth substitute appearance.

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

Norwich City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1984โ€“85

FIXTURE HISTORY

Norwich City

Previous 5 vs. Norwich: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
None

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Match | #33 |
Manager Game | #23 |
Saturday, 30 April 2022
Attendance | 40,290 |

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: 3.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 23 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 9 ๐ŸŸจ | 3 ๐ŸŸฅ 11 | 1.30

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย John Brooks | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicestershire, 2016-
Matches Officiated: 6
๐ŸŸฉ : 6
๐ŸŸจ : 0
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 26 Feb 22, Villa 2-0 Brighton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Adam Nunn, Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Kevin Friend.
VAR: Lee Mason.
Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Norwich City

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrardโ€™s shakes things up after no win in six and the visit of Villa legend Dean Smith.

Douglas Luiz and Ezri Konsa are dropped with Tim Iroegbunam coming in for his first start for the club. Calum Chambers also returns having been unlucky to miss out on recent games.

Lucas Digne - who had been written off for the season - makes a surprise comeback for Ashley Young despite the veteran having had his best game in a Villa shirt since his return last time out.

How long Digne will last is another question given he has had to retire early in three of his last four appearances.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 26.26 |
Oldest Player: M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 29.90 |
Youngest Player: M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.73 |

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 |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tyrone Mings | 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 | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Norwich City

GK Tim Krul | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Brandon Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Max Aarons | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Grant Hanley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Sam Byram | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Kenny McLean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Mathias Normann | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Kieran Dowell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Pierre Lees-Melou | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Milot Rashica | ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Teemu Pukki | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 40โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ” | W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | W Jonathan Rowe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Milot Rashica | ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 77โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Josh Sargent | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | for M Pierre Lees-Melou | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Lukas Rupp | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Josh Sargent | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 81โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Angus Gunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ben Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Dimitrios Giannoulis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Billy Gilmour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Jacob Lungi Sรธrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
W Przemyslaw Placheta | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ139.10m
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: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ76.16m
Team Cost: ยฃ215.26m
Squad Cost: ยฃ254.59m
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 : 10/20
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 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 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 |
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: ยฃ19.76m
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 : 4/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ17.55m
Team Cost: ยฃ37.31m
Squad Cost: ยฃ52.84m
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: 2/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Angus Gunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ5.27m |
GK Tim Krul | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

LB Dimitrios Giannoulis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ6.75m |
RB Sam Byram | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.75m |
RB Max Aarons | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
LB Brandon Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

CB Ben Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.37m |
CB Grant Hanley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.42m |

M Pierre Lees-Melou | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ3.51m |
M Kieran Dowell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.98m |
M Jacob Lungi Sรธrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ0.99m |
M Lukas Rupp | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ0.45m |
M Kenny McLean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.20m |
M Mathias Normann | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | Loan |
M Billy Gilmour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Loan |

W Milot Rashica | ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ9.90m |
W Przemyslaw Placheta | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ2.70m |
W Jonathan Rowe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Josh Sargent | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ8.55m |
CF Teemu Pukki | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Abdomen
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 | 46%
Possession A | 54%
Shots F | 21
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 8

MATCH QUOTES

Pre match. โ€œI only look forward and I only look up [the table]. โ€œIโ€™m sure the table will look completely different come the final whistle tomorrow, [after beating Norwich] if we put in the performance which deserves that.โ€ Steven Gerrard. Post match. โ€œWe werenโ€™t at our best today, but Iโ€™m still pleased with the three points. โ€œIt has been a while. Winning with a clean sheet is always a good place to be. I donโ€™t think our performance was fantastic today. โ€œPlayers gave a lot of application and effort. At times we could have shown better quality ๐ŸฅŠ. โ€œWe had a lot of chances. If there is one fault we werenโ€™t ruthless enough. Having sad that Ollie [Watkins] and Danny [Ings] scored two strikerโ€™s goals. 2-0 but it could have been a lot more. โ€œIt helps when you play with top strikers. โ€œI would like to have more killers in the team, as we had chances to score more than two goals. If we were ruthless ๐ŸฅŠ earlier, I think we would have run away with the game. But in terms of Danny and Ollie, Iโ€™m really pleased with them. โ€œI want the top end of the pitch to be unpredictable, I want to have options and I want to have players who can create different problems to make us versatile. But the back end of the team has stayed pretty much the same and weโ€™ve had five clean sheets out of nine, and two in a row, so weโ€™re doing a lot of right things from a defensive point of view. โ€œI thought Tim [Iroegbunam] had some really good moments today. I think you can see the profile, what he is going to become. He can get around the grass quickly, he can cover ground quickly, heโ€™s aggressive. โ€œNormally he uses the ball really well. He had one or two moments within that, but I think thatโ€™s part of learning and growing. We trusted him in a big game today and gave him an opportunity. โ€œWe sent a clear message to all of our academy that if you train well and you out-train certain individuals then you will get an opportunity.โ€ Steven Gerrard.

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