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Game #5627

Aston Villa

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Drew

14th (-2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Burnley

Attendance: 40,468

Villa Park

Aston Villa

1-1

Burnley

Assist(s) | John McGinn | 48โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa's slump under Steven Gerrard continues and the alarm bells are ringing louder than the Aston Church bells.

KEY MAN

Emiliano Buendรญa, rescued a point for Villa against to be relegated Burnley.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Thursday, 19 May 2022

๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Burnley, pen), Ashley Barnes
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley
โšฝ | 48โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Emiliano Buendรญa, Assist by John McGinn
๐Ÿ” | 57โ€™ Sub off, Carney Chukwuemeka, Sub on, Bertrand Traorรฉ
๐Ÿ” | 72โ€™ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Philippe Coutinho
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Danny Ings
๐ŸŸฅ | 90โ€™+1 Sending off, (Burnley), Matt Lowton
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Burnley

ON THIS DAY

Douglas Luiz makes his 110th appearance for the club whilst Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Martรญnez make their 75th appearances - for the latter itโ€™s also a 75th start.

Meanwhile, Lucas Digne makes his 15th appearance since signing in January as Calum Chambers hits ten after joining in the same window.

Typical Villa?

Itโ€™s nearly two years since Villa won at home in a midweek fixture with the last coming against Arsenal in July 2020 (2019-20 Season).

Nick Pope has now made a record number of saves against Villa twice.

Emiliano Buendรญa is the second Villa player this season to score and concede a penalty after King Kortney at Old Trafford.

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

Burnley

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1959-60

FIXTURE HISTORY

Burnley

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #40 |
League Match | #37 |
Manager Game | #27 |
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Attendance | 40,468 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee: Paul Tierney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wigan, 2009-
Kick off: 8.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 27 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 10 ๐ŸŸจ | 5 ๐ŸŸฅ 12 | 1.30

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Tierney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wigan, 2009-
Matches Officiated: 10
๐ŸŸฉ : 1
๐ŸŸจ : 3
๐ŸŸฅ : 6
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 10 Apr 21, Villa 1-2 Liverpool (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Lee Betts, Simon Long.
Fourth official: Craig Pawson.
VAR: John Brooks.
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Burnley

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard makes the popular move of bringing Emiliano Buendรญa back into the starting XI in place of Philippe Coutinho as Carney Chukwuemeka is handed a surprise start despite the young midfielderโ€™s contract impasse.

Ezri Konsaโ€™s season ending injury sees a formation change as Jacob Ramsey returns to midfield for the first time following his return from injury and Marvelous Nakamba drops back to the subs bench.

Highly rated 17-year old centre back Josh Feeney once again makes the squad.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 25.75 |
Oldest Player: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 29.73 |
Youngest Player: M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.59 |

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 |
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 Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Mike Jackson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (Caretaker)

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Burnley

GK Nick Pope | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Connor Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Nathan Collins | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB James Tarkowski | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kevin Long | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Charlie Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Josh Brownhill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jack Cork | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Dwight McNeil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Maxwel Cornet | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ashley Barnes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | for M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 57โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Wout Weghorst | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CF Ashley Barnes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Aaron Lennon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Dwight McNeil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Matt Lowton (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸฅ | for W Maxwel Cornet | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | 85โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Josh Feeney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Wayne Hennessey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Phil Bardsley (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Owen Dodgson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dale Stephens | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Max Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Dara Costelloe | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ159.98m
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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ61.04m
Team Cost: ยฃ221.02m
Squad Cost: ยฃ246.04m
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 Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Josh Feeney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ18.00m |
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 Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
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: ยฃ51.47m
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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ15.39m
Team Cost: ยฃ66.86m
Squad Cost: ยฃ68.61m
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 : 15/20
Homegrown: 1/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Nick Pope | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.17m |
GK Wayne Hennessey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Connor Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.61m |
RB Matt Lowton (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.26m |
RB Phil Bardsley (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.76m |
LB Charlie Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
LB Owen Dodgson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Nathan Collins | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ12.60m |
CB James Tarkowski | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.60m |
CB Kevin Long | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ0.31m |

M Josh Brownhill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ9.00m |
M Jack Cork | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.19m |
M Dale Stephens | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.99m |

W Maxwel Cornet | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ13.50m |
W Aaron Lennon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.53m |
W Dwight McNeil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
W Max Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
W Dara Costelloe | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |

CF Wout Weghorst | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ12.60m |
CF Ashley Barnes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.49m |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Abdomen
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Groin
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Knee

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

M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 2021-22 | ๐Ÿ•’ 16 | 3 (13) | โšฝ 1 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 25 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 15 | #967 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 71%
Possession A | 29%
Shots F | 22
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 9
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 13
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 20

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œWe are 14th in the league and weโ€™ve just given a lap of honour and our fans were incredible. โ€œMoving forward, this club cannot finish 14th again. We need to change things and come back better and stronger next season. โ€œTheir keeper is probably man of match for them but we need to be better. We need to have more quality ๐ŸฅŠ and answers. โ€œThe first part of the job was to stay safe but we wanted to finish in top half. Moving forward we need to improve in a lot of departments. We need to recruit well. โ€œWe will try and give it our best shot and make our supporters proud on the last day of the season. โ€œWe have little time to prepare for the Manchester City game. Weโ€™ll try and make it as difficult as we can for them. We will fight for everything we can. โ€œThe issue for me is we need to solve a bigger problem; weโ€™re creating chances but not scoring enough goals. โ€œI want to challenge my players to find better quality ๐ŸฅŠ. We created enough opportunities to score more. We canโ€™t just say it was because the keeper played well. Iโ€™d like more quality ๐ŸฅŠ in the final third. โ€œI think it can happen from time to time where you try and knock the door down with outcomes, crosses, asking questions and putting a lot of pressure on. But if the pattern keeps happening consistently and keeps coming back, it tells you that you need to address that situation in the final third. โ€œItโ€™s work on a daily basis, itโ€™s the priority. Itโ€™s a strong pre-season. Itโ€™s more education around how you shift a block and how you beat a block so weโ€™ll do the work that we need to do on a daily basis. โ€œBut everyone knows the position weโ€™re in and if we want to take this journey where we want to take it, we have to recruit well, thatโ€™s for sure. Iโ€™ve said it for a while. We did that in January to improve and steer the team away from any danger. But we canโ€™t relax being 14th in the league, these fans deserve more. โ€œIโ€™ve just said to the players in the dressing room, โ€˜Youโ€™re a lucky group and Iโ€™m a lucky manager because weโ€™re 14th in the league at Aston Villa which isnโ€™t enoughโ€™. โ€œThe fans are there in their numbers and their thousands cheering the boys on, and they have done home and away all season. โ€œThereโ€™s 20,000 people on a waiting list to come and watch them play. Theyโ€™re lucky, they deserve more and we need to give them more. I assure all of them that we will work tirelessly in the coming weeks and months to be better prepared for next season but, in the short term, thereโ€™s another big three points to play for at the weekend and we need to focus on that first.โ€ Steven Gerrard.

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