Game #5642

Premier League

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,874

Sunday, 31 October 2021

Position:

15th (-2)

Villa suffer a fourth successive defeat despite a change in formation as troubles build on and off the pitch and pressure mounts on Dean Smith.

Aston Villa

1-4

West Ham United

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 34’ |

Assist(s) | Emiliano Buendía | 34’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5642

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #12 |
League Match | #10 |
Manager Game | #137 |
Sunday, 31 October 2021
Attendance | 41,874 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
Kick off | 4.30pm |
Referee | Chris Kavanagh |
Half Time Score | 0-2 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-4 |
Last 5 Games | WLLLL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £194.54m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.50 |

Oldest Player:
GK Emiliano Martínez | 29.18 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 20.44 |

TEAM NEWS

Following three successive defeats Dean Smith drops the out of form Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe whilst Douglas Luiz and Danny Ings are ruled out through injury and illness respectively.

Kortney Hause, Marvelous Nakamba and Jacob Ramsey return to the starting line up whilst Leon Bailey makes his full debut.

The bench sees Keinan Davis make his first squad appearance of the season to take his place alongside fellow under-23 players Aaron Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka and Cameron Archer.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 6 |

W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |

W Bertrand Traoré |
Thigh, 16 Oct -Unknown |

M Morgan Sanson |
Illness, 31 Oct - Unknown |

W Jaden Philogene-Bidace |
Illness, 31 Oct - Unknown |

M Douglas Luiz |
Injury, 31 Oct - Unknown |

CF Danny Ings |
Illness, 31 Oct - Unknown |

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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 |

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Not Selected | 4 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo

CB Sil Swinkels

M Hayden Lindley

CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 42%
Possession A | 58%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 21
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 13

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Dean Smith on Ezri Konsa’s sending off:

“It’s incorrect.

“Stuart Attwell, I think he was the VAR assistant, but Chris (Kavanagh) is on the pitch and he deems it to be a foul.

“The ball is going away from goal. Stuart Attwell asks him to go to VAR.

“They probably would have sent Kortney Hause off but they cleared that one, also it’s not my fault they cleared that.

“That’s their decision.

“But, then I’ve been to Chris because he said ‘come and see me’.

“I said ‘why did you overturn your original decision?’ He said he’s looked at it and the ball is going towards the goal.

“I’ve seen it again and it’s clearly not going towards the goal and Ashley Young can go around and cover.

“They’ve got to get decisions right, that’s what VAR is for isn’t it?”

Dean Smith on the performance in defeat:

“Yes definitely in stages.

“I feel after the third goal you’ve got to take 3-1 on the chin.

“You’re not going to get back with 10 men.

“I thought we were sloppy to concede the fourth.

“But after an indifferent start, I saw what I wanted to see from the players.

“I saw them playing with passion, enthusiasm, energy and some quality as well.

“We’re playing against a team that is doing very well at the moment.

“They are full of confidence and, as I say, it was a very tight match.”

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Kortney Hause
CB Ezri Konsa
RB Matty Cash
M John McGinn
M Marvelous Nakamba
M Jacob Ramsey
W Emiliano Buendía
W Leon Bailey
CF Ollie Watkins

THE OPPOSITION

GK Łukasz Fabiański, LB Aaron Cresswell, CB Kurt Zouma, CB Angelo Ogbonna, RB Ben Johnson (g), M Pablo Fornals (g) (M Nikola Vlašić), M Tomáš Souček, M Declan Rice (g), CF Michail Antonio, W Jarrod Bowen (g) (RB Vladimír Coufal), W Saïd Benrahma (M Manuel Lanzini).

Manager: David Moyes.
Team Cost: £184.37m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

SUBSTITUTES

W Ashley Young for M Jacob Ramsey | 15’ |
CB Tyrone Mings for W Emiliano Buendía | 52’ |
W Anwar El Ghazi for W Leon Bailey | 72’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Axel Tuanzebe
CF Cameron Archer
M Aaron Ramsey
M Carney Chukwuemeka
CF Keinan Davis

MATCH TIMELINE

7’ Goal, 0-1, (West Ham United), Ben Johnson
15’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Ashley Young
34’ Goal, 1-1, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Emiliano Buendía
38’ Goal, 1-2, (West Ham United), Declan Rice
HT Aston Villa 1-2 West Ham United
50’ Sending off, Ezri Konsa, Denial of a goalscoring opportunity
52’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Tyrone Mings
72’ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Anwar El Ghazi
79’ Booking, John McGinn
80’ Goal, 1-3, (West Ham United), Pablo Fornals
84’ Goal, 1-4, (West Ham United), Jarrod Bowen
FT Aston Villa 1-4 West Ham United

ON THIS DAY

Dean Smith's Villa lose a fourth successive game for the first time since 2019-20 despite a reversion to the formation that had proved so effective in 2020-21. All is not well on and off the pitch as Covid, illness and injury rules out seven first teamers and another poor performance sees Ezri Konsa sent off and Villa ship four goals at home to a buoyant West Ham for the first time in 60 years. Dean Smith faces real jeopardy ahead of a must win game at Southampton.

John McGinn made his 120th appearance for the club since his debut in August 2018.

Tyrone Mings made his 100th appearance for Villa - and his first as a substitute - since joining in January 2019.

Matt Targett made his 80th appearance for Villa since his debut in August 2019.

Leon Bailey made his first start for Villa since joining in August 2021.

KEY MAN

Ezri Konsa leaves the pitch after his sending off during another torrid afternoon for Villa, Sunday, 31 October 2021.

MATCH REPORT

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 31 October 2021

Slick West Ham take advantage of Konsa’s red card and subdue Aston Villa

Heady days at West Ham, who moved level on points with Manchester City in the Premier League’s top four just days after knocking Pep Guardiola’s side out of the Carabao Cup. Aston Villa, too, went into this season with ambitions of jostling with the strongest clubs but they and West Ham look poles apart.

This scoreline was a fair reflection of the supremacy of David Moyes’s side even if two of the visitors’ goals came after Ezri Konsa was sent off for Villa, who have much to ponder after a fourth successive defeat.

Although Ollie Watkins briefly drew Villa level by cancelling out Ben Johnson’s opening goal, West Ham always looked the more likely winners. Declan Rice soon made it 2-1 and Villa’s problems deepened before Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen inflicted further punishment late on.

From the outset this looked like a contest between two clubs at very different stages of development. West Ham were strong and slick, a formidable collective in which every player knew his part and performed it well. Villa seemed a weak jumble. Dean Smith had tried to avoid a fourth defeat in a row by changing his system and making bold personnel selections, including drafting in Kortney Hause for the dropped captain, Tyrone Mings.

But Villa appeared to be gripped by tension as they passed sloppily and lacked energy, standing off their opponents from the first whistle.

West Ham were quick to take advantage. In the seventh minute Rice strode through midfield and then floated a pass wide to Johnson on the right. The full-back cut inside Matt Targett with far too much ease before curling a low left-footed shot beyond Emi Martínez. It was a splendid finish by the 21-year-old academy graduate, whose emergence since Vladimir Coufal’s injury offers further vindication of Moyes, who had been criticised for not securing a more experienced right-back as deputy to the impressive Czech.

Villa’s malaise continued after the early setback. In the 16th minute Matt Cash made important blocks to prevent Bowen from increasing the visitors’ lead. By the 20th minute the home crowd were groaning at Villa defenders for playing the ball around at the back. It was not that Villa were intentionally negative, rather that they seemed unsure how to play their way forward.

They were not helped by the loss to injury of Jacob Ramsey in the 15th minute, after which Ashley Young joined the attempt to stop Rice and Toumas Soucek from controlling midfield. Leon Bailey, finally fit enough to make his first start for Villa after electrifying performances off the bench, made little impact. Ditto Emi Buendía.

The encouraging thing for Villa was that when they pressed vigorously for the first time, on the half-hour, Watkins forced Lukasz Fabianski to give away a corner. Two minutes later Cash sent the hosts’ first shot wide from over 20 yards. West Ham were hardly on the ropes but soon Villa landed a blow that counted. John McGinn invited Buendía to do something useful down the right and the Argentinian obliged, dodging past Fornals and firing in a low cross that found its way to Watkins. The striker finished smartly from 12 yards.

Four minutes later West Ham reasserted their supremacy. Rice was again allowed too much space in midfield and he used it to rifle a low shot from 25 yards into the net via the post. Martínez, apparently unsighted, was uncharacteristically slow to react. At half-time Villa were fortunate to be only 2-1 down.

Their luck soon evaporated, with Konsa sent off moments after the resumption. He was initially only booked for bringing down Bowen just outside the area but the referee, Chris Kavanagh, reached for the red after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor. That seemed unduly harsh but, on the other hand, Hause could have been dismissed for catching Bowen with his elboe in the same move.

Villa found purpose after being reduced to 10 men. They nearly equalised after 57 minutes, when McGinn crossed from the right for Watkins. Fabianski tipped the striker’s header onto the crossbar and out.
Now West Ham were in a fight. But Fornals soon finished off the hosts. Moments after being booked for an ugly challenge on Marvelous Nakamba, the midfielder rounded off a counterattack by netting from close range after Martínez parried a shot by Manuel Lanzini into his path. The fact that Nakamba was still off the pitch receiving treatment infuriated the locals. Lanzini annoyed them further by presenting Bowen with a simple finish after West Ham sliced through Villa again.

“This a special group and a special environment at the minute,” said a jubilant Rice. “This is the level, the standard. We can’t drop if we want to be a big team.”

Smith, aware he is under pressure, insisted that Villa will get back on track. “I believe in this squad,” he said. “The squad is good enough to turn this round. We need to, we don’t want it to fester.”