Game #5645

2021-22

Position:

11th (+4)

press to zoom

press to zoom
1/1

Premier League

Crystal Palace

Selhurst Park

Attendance: 25,203

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Villa record successive League wins for the first time this season as Steven Gerrard gets off to a perfect start.

Crystal Palace

1-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Matt Targett | 15’ | John McGinn | 86’ |

Assist(s) | Ashley Young | 15’ | Anwar El Ghazi | 86’ |

Visit our 2021-22 Video Channel

AT A GLANCE

Game #5645

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #15 |
League Match | #13 |
Manager Game | #2 |
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Attendance | 25,203 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | Michael Salisbury |
Half Time Score | 1-0 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 2-1 |
Last 5 Games | LLLWW |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £206.6m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 26.80 |

Oldest Player:
W Ashley Young | 36.41 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 20.52 |

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard recalls Leon Bailey and hands Ashley Young a first League start since August as the struggling pair of Emiliano Buendía and Danny Ings are dropped.

Douglas Luiz returns to the bench but only wantaway Carney Chukwuemeka represents the abundance of riches Villa have in the youth team.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |

W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |

W Bertrand Traoré |
Thigh, 16 Oct -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 |

---

Not Selected | 8 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo

CB Sil Swinkels

M Hayden Lindley

M Aaron Ramsey

W Jaden Philogene-Bidace

CF Cameron Archer

CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

CF Keinan Davis

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 37%
Possession A | 63%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 12

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M John McGinn
M Marvelous Nakamba
M Jacob Ramsey
W Leon Bailey
W Ashley Young
CF Ollie Watkins

SUBSTITUTES

M Douglas Luiz for M Jacob Ramsey | 67’ |
W Anwar El Ghazi for W Leon Bailey | 77’ |
W Emiliano Buendía for W Ashley Young | 85’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Kortney Hause
CB Axel Tuanzebe
M Morgan Sanson
M Carney Chukwuemeka
CF Danny Ings

THE OPPOSITION

GK Vicente Guaita, RB Joel Ward, CB James Tomkins, CB Marc Guéhi (g), LB Tyrick Mitchell, M Luka Milivojevic (M Eberechi Eze), M Cheikhou Kouyaté, M Michael Olise (CF Jordan Ayew (ex)), M Conor Gallagher, W Wilfred Zaha (CF Odsonne Édouard), CF Christian Benteke (ex)

Manager: Patrick Viera.
Team Cost: £128.41m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

John McGinn, back to his imperious best puts Villa totally in control, Saturday, 27 November 2021.

Source: premierleague.com/match/66467

press to zoom

Source: premierleague.com/match/66467

press to zoom
1/1

MATCH TIMELINE

15’ Goal, 1-0, Matt Targett, Assist by Ashley Young
29’ Booking, Matty Cash
HT Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa
54’ Booking, Marvelous Nakamba, Bad foul
67’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on Douglas Luiz
72’ Sending off, Douglas Luiz
73’ VAR Decision, Sending off rescinded, Douglas Luiz
74’ Booking, Douglas Luiz
77’ Sub off Leon Bailey, Sub on, Anwar El Ghazi
85’ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
86’ Goal, 2-0, John McGinn, Assist by Anwar El Ghazi
90’+5 Goal, 2-1, (Crystal Palace), Marc Guéhi
FT Crystal Palace 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Steven Gerrard’s Villa record a second successive win for the first time this season to make it two wins from two for the new Villa boss as the team triumph at a venue that had been such a source of bad luck since their return to the top flight.

Matt Targett scores his first League goal since October 2019 and signs up to one of Gerrard’s signature plays - the goalscoring full back / wing back - whilst John McGinn returns to his imperious best to score his third of the season and equal his tally of 2020-21.

Meanwhile, Emiliano Martínez made his 50th appearance for Villa since joining in September 2020.

QUOTES

“The manager told me if I get in those positions to let rip.

“I’m just going to try and keep learning and if I can get anywhere near the level of Steven Gerrard or Patrick Vieira I’ll be delighted!

“We were outstanding in the first half, I thought, and we defended well in the second half when we were under a lot of pressure. Not many teams have come here this season and got the three points so we’re delighted.”

John McGinn.

“We can’t get carried away. It has been a positive couple of weeks. The players have been fantastic in their application. We had to dig in at times today but we managed to get over the line which is nice.

“There was great work before we came in. Dean Smith had done an impressive job before and the performances in the five games before probably didn’t warrant five defeats. We’ve had to put a lot of information across in a short of period of time and there are still little tweaks to make.

“We have got an impressive set-piece specialist at Aston Villa and his job is to identify weaknesses in the opposition side. The players deserve all the credit for going and implementing that goal.”

Steven Gerrard.

VIDEO

Visit our 2021-22 Video Channel

Villa Boy.png

Click image for match VIDEO CONTENT brought to you by AVFC.CO.UK

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 27 November 2021

"Villa had only won once on the road this season - a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September - and although it was a nervy end to proceedings for Gerrard, his team were worthy winners.

Full-backs Matty Cash and Targett, plus Scotland midfielder McGinn, provided a constant threat for Villa, along with 36-year-old Young, who is now the oldest player to assist in consecutive Premier League games for the club."

MATCH REPORT

MATCH REPORTS

A note on match report reproduction:

Unsigned newspaper text goes out of copyright 70 calendar years after the year of publication. Unsigned newspaper text is that which doesn’t have a direct and specific attribution to the author.

 

Signed newspaper text goes out of copyright 70 calendar years after the death of the author(s). Signed newspaper text is any article where there is a direct and specific attribution to the author(s) whether above, below or within the subject text.

 

As a result as of 2022 only match reports of an unsigned nature prior to the 1952-53 season can be reproduced on AVFC History without infringing copyright rules.

 

In all other instances, where reproduction is not permissible, wherever available, a link is provided to the original article. 

 

From the 1998-99 season this is generally the original website page, however between 1952-53 and 1998-99 this will likely be to a historical newspaper reproduction site. 

 

Any of these links may be paid for however AVFC History has no commercial interest in this and any link is provided solely for completeness for those who wish to access further information.

Steven Gerrard says Aston Villa still have room for improvement after he secured his second win as manager with a 2-1 victory over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

After wildly celebrating grabbing all three points late on against Brighton on his debut as Villa manager a week ago, the former Liverpool captain was again jubilant when Matt Targett put Villa ahead with a low drive through a crowd of bodies from Ashley Young’s corner on 15 minutes.

As Palace tried to salvage something in the closing stages of the second half, John McGinn curled a beautiful shot into the top corner from the edge of the box to double the visitors’ lead against the run of play.

Palace managed to snatch a late consolation through Marc Guehi in injury time but it was not enough to deny Villa.

“Our first-half performance was excellent,” said Gerrard, who replaced Dean Smith as Villa manager earlier this month.

“I thought in a lot of departments we were top but we knew we would have to roll our sleeves up in the second half because Patrick would make changes. It was a fantastic away performance and I’m really pleased to have six points from six so far.

“We have Man City to come so we can enjoy tonight but we will go to work as soon as we can tomorrow to prepare the team. We are pleased with the start we have made but there is a lot of work still to do.”

The travelling Villa support were treated to a confident performance in bitterly cold conditions in south London, with McGinn, Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings all having chances for the visitors in the first half after Targett’s opener.

Palace should have opened the scoring through Wilfried Zaha after the forward jinked past his marker on the edge of the Villa box but his left-footed effort was dragged just wide of the far post.

The Eagles saw a great opportunity to equalise after the break denied when referee Michael Salisbury blew his whistle for a foul by Marvelous Nakamba on Zaha and missed the advantage Christian Benteke and Conor Gallagher had created.

Villa almost played out the final quarter of the game with 10 men as substitute Douglas Luiz was shown a red card for a challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate, but it was downgraded to a yellow after Salisbury consulted the pitchside monitor.

The win moves Villa up into 11th place, level on points with Palace in 10th. Gerrard faces Pep Guardiola next when champions Manchester City travel to Villa Park on Wednesday.

“We know it will be tough,” added Gerrard. “But we will give it our best shot. We are pleased with the start we have made but there is a lot of work still to do.”

A new battle for Gerrard and Vieira

Gerrard said before the match that former Arsenal captain Vieira was one of his toughest opponents during his days marshalling the Liverpool midfield, and their first competitive meeting as managers was keenly anticipated.

Villa had only won once on the road this season - a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September - and although it was a nervy end to proceedings for Gerrard, his team were worthy winners.

Full-backs Matty Cash and Targett, plus Scotland midfielder McGinn, provided a constant threat for Villa, along with 36-year-old Young, who is now the oldest player to assist in consecutive Premier League games for the club.

For Vieira, one of his key tasks is surely to improve his side’s ability to defend set pieces. Targett’s first-half strike was the 10th goal Palace have conceded from either a corner or a free-kick out of the 19 they have shipped in the league this season.

The Eagles will have to regroup now and hope Saturday’s defeat was just a temporary blip on what has otherwise been an excellent home record this season.

Steven Gerrard says Aston Villa still have room for improvement after he secured his second win as manager with a 2-1 victory over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

After wildly celebrating grabbing all three points late on against Brighton on his debut as Villa manager a week ago, the former Liverpool captain was again jubilant when Matt Targett put Villa ahead with a low drive through a crowd of bodies from Ashley Young’s corner on 15 minutes.

As Palace tried to salvage something in the closing stages of the second half, John McGinn curled a beautiful shot into the top corner from the edge of the box to double the visitors’ lead against the run of play.

Palace managed to snatch a late consolation through Marc Guehi in injury time but it was not enough to deny Villa.

“Our first-half performance was excellent,” said Gerrard, who replaced Dean Smith as Villa manager earlier this month.

“I thought in a lot of departments we were top but we knew we would have to roll our sleeves up in the second half because Patrick would make changes. It was a fantastic away performance and I’m really pleased to have six points from six so far.

“We have Man City to come so we can enjoy tonight but we will go to work as soon as we can tomorrow to prepare the team. We are pleased with the start we have made but there is a lot of work still to do.”

The travelling Villa support were treated to a confident performance in bitterly cold conditions in south London, with McGinn, Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings all having chances for the visitors in the first half after Targett’s opener.

Palace should have opened the scoring through Wilfried Zaha after the forward jinked past his marker on the edge of the Villa box but his left-footed effort was dragged just wide of the far post.

The Eagles saw a great opportunity to equalise after the break denied when referee Michael Salisbury blew his whistle for a foul by Marvelous Nakamba on Zaha and missed the advantage Christian Benteke and Conor Gallagher had created.

Villa almost played out the final quarter of the game with 10 men as substitute Douglas Luiz was shown a red card for a challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate, but it was downgraded to a yellow after Salisbury consulted the pitchside monitor.

The win moves Villa up into 11th place, level on points with Palace in 10th. Gerrard faces Pep Guardiola next when champions Manchester City travel to Villa Park on Wednesday.

“We know it will be tough,” added Gerrard. “But we will give it our best shot. We are pleased with the start we have made but there is a lot of work still to do.”

A new battle for Gerrard and Vieira

Gerrard said before the match that former Arsenal captain Vieira was one of his toughest opponents during his days marshalling the Liverpool midfield, and their first competitive meeting as managers was keenly anticipated.

Villa had only won once on the road this season - a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September - and although it was a nervy end to proceedings for Gerrard, his team were worthy winners.

Full-backs Matty Cash and Targett, plus Scotland midfielder McGinn, provided a constant threat for Villa, along with 36-year-old Young, who is now the oldest player to assist in consecutive Premier League games for the club.

For Vieira, one of his key tasks is surely to improve his side’s ability to defend set pieces. Targett’s first-half strike was the 10th goal Palace have conceded from either a corner or a free-kick out of the 19 they have shipped in the league this season.

The Eagles will have to regroup now and hope Saturday’s defeat was just a temporary blip on what has otherwise been an excellent home record this season.