Game #5631

2021-22

Position:

11th

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Premier League

Watford

Vicarage Road

Attendance: 20,051

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Villa open a season of great expectation with a surprisingly disjointed performance against a newly promoted side.

Watford

3-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | John McGinn | 70’ | Danny Ings (pen) | 90’+7 |

Assist(s) | Leon Bailey | 70’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5631

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Match | #1 |
Manager Game | #126 |
Saturday, 14 August 2021
Attendance | 20,051 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | Mike Dean |
Half Time Score | 0-2 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 2-3 |
Last 5 Games | DLWWL |
League Position | 11th | - |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £158.56m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 27.50 |

Oldest Player:
W Ashley Young | 36.12 |

Youngest Player:
CB Ezri Konsa | 23.82 |

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith hands debuts to Emiliano Buendía and Danny Ings as Ollie Watkins misses out due to injury. New signing Leon Bailey and returning hero Axel Tuanzebe make the subs bench whilst Ashley Young appears for Villa for the first time in a decade.

UNAVAILABLE

​Not Selected | 3 |
M Conor Hourihane
M Douglas Luiz
RB Frédéric Guilbert

Injury | 4 |
M Morgan Sanson | Knee, 10 Apr - Unknown |
W Trézéguet | Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |
CF Ollie Watkins | Knee, 14 Aug - Unknown |
CF Keinan Davis | Unknown, 14 Aug - Unknown |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 62%
Possession A | 38%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 18

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez |
LB Matt Targett |
CB Tyrone Mings |
CB Ezri Konsa |
RB Matty Cash |
W Ashley Young |
M Marvelous Nakamba |
M John McGinn |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
W Emiliano Buendía |
F Danny Ings |

SUBSTITUTES

M Jacob Ramsey for LB Matt Targett | 46’ |
W Leon Bailey for W Anwar El Ghazi | 60’ |
W Bertrand Traoré for W Emiliano Buendía | 72’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Axel Tuanzebe
CB Kortney Hause
M Carney Chukwuemeka
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
CF Wesley

THE OPPOSITION

GK Daniel Bachmann, CB William Troost-Ekong, LB Adam Masina, CB Craig Cathcart, CB Christian Kabasele, M Peter Etebo, M Tom Cleverley (CF Troy Deeney), M Ken Sema, M Juraj Kucka (Dan Gosling), W Ismaila Sarr (g), CF Emmanuel Dennis (g), CF Cucho Hernández (g).

Manager: Xisco Muñoz.
Team Cost: £55.29m
Average Age: 28.09

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

John McGinn scores as a ragged Villa lose, Saturday, 14 August 2021

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Emiliano Buendía, Danny Ings
10’ Goal, 0-1, (Watford), Emmanuel Dennis
42’ Goal, 0-2, (Watford), Ismaila Sarr
HT Watford 2-0 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, Matt Targett, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
54’ Booking, Tyrone Mings
60’ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Leon Bailey DEBUT
67’ Goal, 0-3, (Watford), Cucho Hernández
70’ Goal, 1-3, John McGinn, Assist by Leon Bailey
72’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
90’+7, Goal, 2-3, Danny Ings (pen)
FT Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Dean Smith's Villa lose the opening day of the season to newly promoted Watford in a ragged performance as Emiliano Buendía, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey make their debuts.

QUOTES

“We were unrecognisable from what we were in pre-season, what we have been in training and what we was last season. That was the biggest thing for me.

“I just felt we lacked intensity; on the ball, off the ball. We didn’t look to hurt them. It was almost like we were playing a friendly game again and we all know that Premier League games aren’t friendlies.

“The lads had to be reminded of that. We showed signs at the start of the second half but we had a mountain to climb and we were susceptible to a counter attack.

“I thought Ashley Young dealt with Sarr a lot better in the second half.

“First half they were miles off it where we need them to be, where the club needs them to be.

“I made no uncertain terms at half-time that you can’t come an expect to play casual. It was almost like it was an international friendly at times.

“We had to go and play with an intensity and that’s what our identity has always been about. I won’t accept performances like that in the first half.

“I’ll reflect on it and ask a few more questions when I get back to Bodymoor tomorrow.

“We came here to win a football game and we didn’t do enough to win a football game. We gave Watford a way in, especially in that first half.” Dean Smith.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 14 August 2021

"Xisco Munoz’s side took the lead on 10 minutes through forward Emmanuel Dennis on his debut.
Ismaila Sarr doubled the hosts’ lead three minutes before half-time, beating goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with a cruel deflection off Villa captain Tyrone Mings."

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*Watford marked their Premier League return with a thrilling opening-day victory over Aston Villa at Vicarage Road.*

The Hornets, who sealed automatic promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, saw off a late Villa comeback to hold on to all three points.

Xisco Munoz’s side took the lead on 10 minutes through forward Emmanuel Dennis on his debut.
Ismaila Sarr doubled the hosts’ lead three minutes before half-time, beating goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with a cruel deflection off Villa captain Tyrone Mings.

There was another debut goal for Watford substitute Cucho Hernandez, who added a third from the edge of the box seconds after coming on to the pitch.

Against the run of play, Aston Villa found the back of their net three minutes later with a brilliant half-volley from John McGinn.

Danny Ings then scored his first Villa goal from the penalty spot in injury time after Bertrand Traore was tripped by Adam Masina, but it was too little too late for Dean Smith’s side.

Hornets sting Villa on return

In 2019-20, it took Watford 12 games to register their first Premier League victory, but the Hornets started as they mean to go on with an early goal from Dennis.

Tom Cleverley capitalised on sloppy defending from Matt Targett with a quick ball from to send Ismaila Sarr running down the right wing. The Senegalese picked out Dennis, who beat goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from the rebound after his initial effort was blocked by Ezri Konsa.

Nigerian Dennis returned the favour three minutes before half-time when he played in Sarr to double Watford’s lead.

After Aston Villa’s club-record signing Emiliano Buendia saw his first effort of the game blocked on the edge of the box, the visitors were caught out by a Watford counter-attack.

Dennis won the ball on the halfway line and played in Sarr, who beat Martinez with a deflection from Mings’ outstretched leg.

It looked like the game was safe on 70 minutes when Hernandez scored a brilliant goal seconds after he replaced Dennis.

The Colombian signed for Watford in 2017 before being loaned out to Huesca, Mallorca and Getafe, but his debut goal was worth the wait - a curling effort from the edge of the box that went in off the post.

Watford were promoted from the Championship with the best home record in England’s top-four tiers, but the back four switched off in the closing stages.

After McGinn’s impressive first-time volley into the top corner, the Hornets were under pressure and it showed in Masina’s clumsy challenge on Traore with 96 minutes on the clock.

Ings put the resulting penalty straight down the middle to beat Daniel Bachmann on his Villa debut, but it was not enough to deny Watford an impressive opening-day win.

*Watford marked their Premier League return with a thrilling opening-day victory over Aston Villa at Vicarage Road.*

The Hornets, who sealed automatic promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, saw off a late Villa comeback to hold on to all three points.

Xisco Munoz’s side took the lead on 10 minutes through forward Emmanuel Dennis on his debut.
Ismaila Sarr doubled the hosts’ lead three minutes before half-time, beating goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with a cruel deflection off Villa captain Tyrone Mings.

There was another debut goal for Watford substitute Cucho Hernandez, who added a third from the edge of the box seconds after coming on to the pitch.

Against the run of play, Aston Villa found the back of their net three minutes later with a brilliant half-volley from John McGinn.

Danny Ings then scored his first Villa goal from the penalty spot in injury time after Bertrand Traore was tripped by Adam Masina, but it was too little too late for Dean Smith’s side.

Hornets sting Villa on return

In 2019-20, it took Watford 12 games to register their first Premier League victory, but the Hornets started as they mean to go on with an early goal from Dennis.

Tom Cleverley capitalised on sloppy defending from Matt Targett with a quick ball from to send Ismaila Sarr running down the right wing. The Senegalese picked out Dennis, who beat goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from the rebound after his initial effort was blocked by Ezri Konsa.

Nigerian Dennis returned the favour three minutes before half-time when he played in Sarr to double Watford’s lead.

After Aston Villa’s club-record signing Emiliano Buendia saw his first effort of the game blocked on the edge of the box, the visitors were caught out by a Watford counter-attack.

Dennis won the ball on the halfway line and played in Sarr, who beat Martinez with a deflection from Mings’ outstretched leg.

It looked like the game was safe on 70 minutes when Hernandez scored a brilliant goal seconds after he replaced Dennis.

The Colombian signed for Watford in 2017 before being loaned out to Huesca, Mallorca and Getafe, but his debut goal was worth the wait - a curling effort from the edge of the box that went in off the post.

Watford were promoted from the Championship with the best home record in England’s top-four tiers, but the back four switched off in the closing stages.

After McGinn’s impressive first-time volley into the top corner, the Hornets were under pressure and it showed in Masina’s clumsy challenge on Traore with 96 minutes on the clock.

Ings put the resulting penalty straight down the middle to beat Daniel Bachmann on his Villa debut, but it was not enough to deny Watford an impressive opening-day win.