Game #5636

2021-22

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Premier League

Everton

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,888

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Villa put in an intense second half performance inspired by Leon Bailey to sweep aside Everton.

Aston Villa

3-0

Everton

Scorer(s) | Matty Cash | 66’ | Own Goal | 69’ | Leon Bailey | 75' |

Assist(s) | Douglas Luiz | 66’ | Danny Ings | 75' |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5636

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Match | #5 |
Manager Game | #131 |
Saturday, 18 September 2021
Attendance | 41,888 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
Kick off | 5.30pm |
Referee | Craig Pawson |
Half Time Score | 0-0 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 3-0 |
Last 5 Games | WWDLW |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £150.82m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.59 |

Oldest Player:
CF Danny Ings | 29.53 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 20.32 |

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith recalls Emiliano Martínez following his controversial international duty; fellow temporary exile Emiliano Buendía returns to the bench with Morgan Sanson dropping out of the squad.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |
CF Keinan Davis |
Unknown, 14 Aug - Unknown |
M Carney Chukwuemeka
Adductor Strain, 11 Sep - Unknown |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Ankle, 11 Sep - Unknown |

On Loan | 3 |
CF Wesley |
Club Brugge KV, 26 Aug - 31 May 22 |
M Conor Hourihane |
Sheffield United, 30 Aug to 31 May 22 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
RC Strasbourg Alsace, 31 Aug - 30 Jun 22 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 56%
Possession A | 44%
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 10

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Axel Tuanzebe
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M Douglas Luiz
M John McGinn
M Jacob Ramsey
F Danny Ings
CF Ollie Watkins

SUBSTITUTES

M Marvelous Nakamba for M John McGinn | 40’ |
W Leon Bailey for LB Matt Targett | 60’ |
W Ashley Young for W Leon Bailey | 82’ |
W Bertrand Traoré for Matty Cash | 86’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Kortney Hause
W Emiliano Buendía
W Anwar El Ghazi
CF Cameron Archer

THE OPPOSITION

GK Asmir Begović, CB Michael Keane, LB Lucas Digne, CB Yerry Mina, CB Ben Godfrey (RB Jonjoe Kenny), M Allan (W Anthony Gordon), M Abdoulaye Doucouré, W Demarai Gray, W Andros Townsend, W Alex Iwobi (Tom Davies), CF Salomón Rondón (André Gomes).

Manager: Rafa Benítez.
Team Cost: £189.86m
Average Age: 28.18

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Leon Bailey, came on, made one, scored one, got booked, got injured, went off, all in 21 minutes, Saturday, 18 September 2021.

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MATCH TIMELINE

40’ Sub off, John McGinn (Concussion), Sub on, Marvelous Nakamba
HT Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
61’ Sub off, Matt Targett, Sub on, Leon Bailey
66’ Goal, 1-0, Matty Cash, Assist by Douglas Luiz
69’ Goal, 2-0, Own Goal, Lucas Digne
75’ Goal, 3-0, Leon Bailey, Assist by Danny Ings
76’ Booking, Leon Bailey, Excessive celebration
82’ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Ashley Young
86’ Sub off, Matty Cash, Sub on, W Bertrand Traoré
FT Aston Villa 3-0 Everton

ON THIS DAY

Dean Smith’s Villa hammer Everton in a second half Leon Bailey inspired blitz featuring the Jamaican and Matty Cash’s first goals for the club.

As a result Villa make it two wins, one draw and two defeats in the Premier League this season and sit 10th in the table after five games.

Matty Cash’s goal on 66’ is his first goal for Villa on his 33rd appearance after joining in September 2020.

Leon Bailey’s goal on 75’ is his first goal for Villa on his 3rd appearance - all as a substitute - since joining in August 2021.

John McGinn makes his 115th appearance for the club since joining in August 2018.

Douglas Luiz makes his 80th appearance for the club since joining in July 2019.

Matt Targett makes his 75th appearance for the club since joining in July 2019.

Axel Tuanzebe makes his 40th appearance for the club since initially joining in 2018.

Jed Steer makes his 105th appearance as an unused substitute ‘keeper since joining the club in July 2013.

QUOTES

“It means so much to me, to accomplish what I did in the 21 minutes. My family was here and the fans chanting my name when I came on. It is such an amazing feeling. I feel I have welcomed myself here as a Villa player.

“My son is here, he is a great part of my life and had motivated me. My girlfriend has been a backbone for me and my brother has been supportive. I felt comfortable and I felt I needed to do it for them and the fans.

“In the moment I just said I am going to smash the ball. It was bouncing, I look the time to be relaxed, focused to make sure I hit it properly.

“The injury was from the shot, I hit it too hard and started feeling stiff in my quad. I don’t think it was anything too serious but didn’t want to risk it.”

Leon Bailey.

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*The Guardian*
Saturday, 18 September 2021

"The Villa Park faithful began serenading Bailey, and he had just finished responding to requests for a wave when Ings invited him to chase a pass from deep.

"Bailey seized his chance, nodding the bouncing ball further in front of him before walloping a ferocious shot on the run into the top corner from the edge of the area."

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*Leon Bailey’s cameo inspires Aston Villa to rousing victory over Everton*

Aston Villa will hope the story of this match foretells their season. They took time to get going but when they did, they blew their opponents away.

Matty Cash struck a fabulous opening goal before Lucas Digne headed into his own net from a corner by Leon Bailey, who soon made it 3-0 in spectacular style.

Everton did not play badly but their first defeat of the season wound up emphatic.

The managers faced contrasting pickles before the game.

While Rafael Benítez had to rustle up a way of coping with multiple injuries, Dean Smith was spoiled for choice.

The returns of Emi Martínez and Emi Buendía from quarantine meant Villa had practically a full squad for the first time this season and Smith’s starting permutation was eagerly anticipated.

He decided to stick with the 3-5-2 system introduced for the visit to Chelsea last week, with Martínez’s return in goal the only personnel change.

An understandable decision, since Villa played well at Stamford Bridge despite losing 3-0.

But that formation left no obvious slot for Bailey, the £25m summer signing whose wait for a first Premier League start goes on.

The fact that Buendía, Villa’s record buy, also began among the substitutes showed the confidence Smith has in 20-year-old Jacob Ramsey.

How Benítez would have welcomed a bench as strong as Villa’s.

With Jordan Pickford, Richarlison and Séamus Coleman added to a casualty list that already included Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the depth of Everton’s squad was probed.

One of the keys to their bright start to this season has been the demonstration of their newfound recruiting acumen, with Andros Townsend, a free agent, and Demarai Gray, a £1.7m acquisition, impressing so far.

At Villa Park Salomón Rondón, another free signing, was given his first start since joining Everton completing a strikeforce that aimed to provide more evidence that prices are not always a good guide to worth in the Premier League.

Rondón twice went close to emphasising that point early on. He had a shot diverted wide by Axel Tuanzebe, then headed the ensuing corner just over the bar.

Villa have been working to develop their own threat from set pieces since engaging a specialist coach in the summer; their efforts nearly bore fruit in the fifth minute, when Tyrone Mings flicked on an inswigning corner by Douglas Luiz. But Asmir Begovic, another free signing making his full Everton debut, made a brilliant one-handed save.

John McGinn suffered an eye injury while trying to beat Michael Keane to the rebound and had to be replaced before half-time.

Villa’s next chance came from an elaborate free-kick routine that culminated with Danny Ings stabbing over the bar from eight yards.

Too often, Villa’s first-half moves broke down because of misunderstandings.

When a dangerous cutback from Ings found no one, Gray sped down the left and laid the ball across the face of the goal for Rondón, who stretched but found it to be agonisingly beyond his reach.

Everton lost only four of 19 away matches in the league last season but were not always enterprising on their travels; here they regularly took the attacking initiative. Villa’s back three were busy but McGinn and Cash also went close after direct counterattacks by the hosts.

Despite flourishes from Gray, both sides could have done with an injection of creativity. Neither manager made changes during the interval but Villa came out strongly after the break. However it was Martínez who had to make a diving save at his near post on the hour to foil Alex Iwobi after Gray pounced on a sloppy throw by the keeper. Gray threatened again five minutes later, curling inches wide from the corner of the area.

Smith brought on Bailey, which had the surprising side effect of transforming Cash into a devastating raider.

The wing-back hurtled down the right, catching Digne off-guard as he collected a pass from Douglas Luiz before rifling a left-footed shot high into the net from 16 yards.

Digne’s day soon deteriorated, as three minutes later he inadvertently flicked a corner by Bailey into his own goal.

The Villa Park faithful began serenading Bailey, and he had just finished responding to requests for a wave when Ings invited him to chase a pass from deep.

Bailey seized his chance, nodding the bouncing ball further in front of him before walloping a ferocious shot on the run into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Bailey limped off injured before the end, a downer on an otherwise uplifting afternoon for Villa.

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“It was an arm-wrestle at times, certainly first half. We probably had more territory without creating clear-cut chances, their goalkeeper has made a really good save from Tyrone Mings and they flashed the ball across the face of goal. In the second half, we started really well, but they had a five minute spell before we scored and we decided to put Leon Bailey on for Matt Targett, because he was playing so high up anyway. They were always a danger on the counter attack, so we had to be at our best. Really pleased with the manner of the goals.

“[Matty Cash] used to be a right-winger at Nottingham Forest, so he enjoys being right wing-back. I told both our wing-backs, him and Matt Targett, ‘when we’ve got the ball, go forwards’. They had that mindset. It was a great move and a great goal.

“[Leon Bailey’s] a special player, we’re really glad that we’ve got him. I thought he could cause them problems.

“[John McGinn] got a knock on the head about five minutes in and thought he was okay to carry on. Around the 26-minute mark, he got another whack and there was a break in play, and he alerted us to it and the doctor kept an eye on it. He called us and said he was too dizzy.

“My message to the players at half-time was that our outside centre-halves, Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa, never broke the line enough and we did it better in the second half. We started the second half really well but they had a spell of pressure for five minutes before we scored which made everybody a little bit edgy but the goal certainly lifted the roof.

“But they were certainly lapping [Leon Bailey] up. He’s one who’s going to be a crowd favourite that’s for sure. He’s got great ability and he scored a great goal today and helped with the ball in for the second. He gets bums off seats and that’s what supporters at this club want to see.

“I just feel like we’ve got a great depth of squad. There was no need to change the line up apart from Emi Martinez. 3-0 probably flattered us a little bit but, after we got the goal, it was all guns blazing and we scored two other good goals as well.

“But we want to be challenging the likes of Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United next week and you have to have a good squad to do that and a good bench to change it as well.

“I just said, we’ve got players who can get bums off seats and supporters can see that the group of players are together who are working really hard for their teammates and for the football club.

“There’s an awful lot of quality in there as well.

“[Bailey’s display was] really special. He is a really good player that is why we have got him here at the football club but on top of that he is a really good lad as well, the lads love him in the dressing room.

“He is really humble and a really good person. We know he is going to be a special talent for us.”

Villa boss Dean Smith.

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”It’s an unbelievable feeling to get my first Villa goal here. To get three points was most important.

“To celebrate in front of my family was brilliant.

“It means so much. I had a dream last night I was going to score. I need to dream more. I scored in front of the Holte End [in the dream]. Surreal moment. I’m really happy to be playing in front of these fans.

“In that moment I tried to keep my composure. To see it go top corner was brilliant. I was going mad. I always do when I score.”

Matty Cash on his first Villa goal.

*Leon Bailey’s cameo inspires Aston Villa to rousing victory over Everton*

Aston Villa will hope the story of this match foretells their season. They took time to get going but when they did, they blew their opponents away.

Matty Cash struck a fabulous opening goal before Lucas Digne headed into his own net from a corner by Leon Bailey, who soon made it 3-0 in spectacular style.

Everton did not play badly but their first defeat of the season wound up emphatic.

The managers faced contrasting pickles before the game.

While Rafael Benítez had to rustle up a way of coping with multiple injuries, Dean Smith was spoiled for choice.

The returns of Emi Martínez and Emi Buendía from quarantine meant Villa had practically a full squad for the first time this season and Smith’s starting permutation was eagerly anticipated.

He decided to stick with the 3-5-2 system introduced for the visit to Chelsea last week, with Martínez’s return in goal the only personnel change.

An understandable decision, since Villa played well at Stamford Bridge despite losing 3-0.

But that formation left no obvious slot for Bailey, the £25m summer signing whose wait for a first Premier League start goes on.

The fact that Buendía, Villa’s record buy, also began among the substitutes showed the confidence Smith has in 20-year-old Jacob Ramsey.

How Benítez would have welcomed a bench as strong as Villa’s.

With Jordan Pickford, Richarlison and Séamus Coleman added to a casualty list that already included Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the depth of Everton’s squad was probed.

One of the keys to their bright start to this season has been the demonstration of their newfound recruiting acumen, with Andros Townsend, a free agent, and Demarai Gray, a £1.7m acquisition, impressing so far.

At Villa Park Salomón Rondón, another free signing, was given his first start since joining Everton completing a strikeforce that aimed to provide more evidence that prices are not always a good guide to worth in the Premier League.

Rondón twice went close to emphasising that point early on. He had a shot diverted wide by Axel Tuanzebe, then headed the ensuing corner just over the bar.

Villa have been working to develop their own threat from set pieces since engaging a specialist coach in the summer; their efforts nearly bore fruit in the fifth minute, when Tyrone Mings flicked on an inswigning corner by Douglas Luiz. But Asmir Begovic, another free signing making his full Everton debut, made a brilliant one-handed save.

John McGinn suffered an eye injury while trying to beat Michael Keane to the rebound and had to be replaced before half-time.

Villa’s next chance came from an elaborate free-kick routine that culminated with Danny Ings stabbing over the bar from eight yards.

Too often, Villa’s first-half moves broke down because of misunderstandings.

When a dangerous cutback from Ings found no one, Gray sped down the left and laid the ball across the face of the goal for Rondón, who stretched but found it to be agonisingly beyond his reach.

Everton lost only four of 19 away matches in the league last season but were not always enterprising on their travels; here they regularly took the attacking initiative. Villa’s back three were busy but McGinn and Cash also went close after direct counterattacks by the hosts.

Despite flourishes from Gray, both sides could have done with an injection of creativity. Neither manager made changes during the interval but Villa came out strongly after the break. However it was Martínez who had to make a diving save at his near post on the hour to foil Alex Iwobi after Gray pounced on a sloppy throw by the keeper. Gray threatened again five minutes later, curling inches wide from the corner of the area.

Smith brought on Bailey, which had the surprising side effect of transforming Cash into a devastating raider.

The wing-back hurtled down the right, catching Digne off-guard as he collected a pass from Douglas Luiz before rifling a left-footed shot high into the net from 16 yards.

Digne’s day soon deteriorated, as three minutes later he inadvertently flicked a corner by Bailey into his own goal.

The Villa Park faithful began serenading Bailey, and he had just finished responding to requests for a wave when Ings invited him to chase a pass from deep.

Bailey seized his chance, nodding the bouncing ball further in front of him before walloping a ferocious shot on the run into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Bailey limped off injured before the end, a downer on an otherwise uplifting afternoon for Villa.

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“It was an arm-wrestle at times, certainly first half. We probably had more territory without creating clear-cut chances, their goalkeeper has made a really good save from Tyrone Mings and they flashed the ball across the face of goal. In the second half, we started really well, but they had a five minute spell before we scored and we decided to put Leon Bailey on for Matt Targett, because he was playing so high up anyway. They were always a danger on the counter attack, so we had to be at our best. Really pleased with the manner of the goals.

“[Matty Cash] used to be a right-winger at Nottingham Forest, so he enjoys being right wing-back. I told both our wing-backs, him and Matt Targett, ‘when we’ve got the ball, go forwards’. They had that mindset. It was a great move and a great goal.

“[Leon Bailey’s] a special player, we’re really glad that we’ve got him. I thought he could cause them problems.

“[John McGinn] got a knock on the head about five minutes in and thought he was okay to carry on. Around the 26-minute mark, he got another whack and there was a break in play, and he alerted us to it and the doctor kept an eye on it. He called us and said he was too dizzy.

“My message to the players at half-time was that our outside centre-halves, Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa, never broke the line enough and we did it better in the second half. We started the second half really well but they had a spell of pressure for five minutes before we scored which made everybody a little bit edgy but the goal certainly lifted the roof.

“But they were certainly lapping [Leon Bailey] up. He’s one who’s going to be a crowd favourite that’s for sure. He’s got great ability and he scored a great goal today and helped with the ball in for the second. He gets bums off seats and that’s what supporters at this club want to see.

“I just feel like we’ve got a great depth of squad. There was no need to change the line up apart from Emi Martinez. 3-0 probably flattered us a little bit but, after we got the goal, it was all guns blazing and we scored two other good goals as well.

“But we want to be challenging the likes of Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United next week and you have to have a good squad to do that and a good bench to change it as well.

“I just said, we’ve got players who can get bums off seats and supporters can see that the group of players are together who are working really hard for their teammates and for the football club.

“There’s an awful lot of quality in there as well.

“[Bailey’s display was] really special. He is a really good player that is why we have got him here at the football club but on top of that he is a really good lad as well, the lads love him in the dressing room.

“He is really humble and a really good person. We know he is going to be a special talent for us.”

Villa boss Dean Smith.

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”It’s an unbelievable feeling to get my first Villa goal here. To get three points was most important.

“To celebrate in front of my family was brilliant.

“It means so much. I had a dream last night I was going to score. I need to dream more. I scored in front of the Holte End [in the dream]. Surreal moment. I’m really happy to be playing in front of these fans.

“In that moment I tried to keep my composure. To see it go top corner was brilliant. I was going mad. I always do when I score.”

Matty Cash on his first Villa goal.