Game #5645

2021-22

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Position:

11th (+4)

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’ |

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 |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Michael Sailsbury.
Previous 5: None
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟥 - | 💥 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson.
VAR: Paul Tierney.
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Michael Sailsbury

Villa

🟥 | 💥+ | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Crystal Palace

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

1st XI Cost: £148.82m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £57.78m
Team Cost: £206.60m
Squad Cost: £250.84m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 12/20
Homegrown: 2/20

Starting XI Average Age: 26.80

Oldest Player: 36.41
W Ashley Young

Youngest Player: 20.52
M Jacob Ramsey

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 - 11 Dec
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W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
Thigh, 16 Oct - 26 Dec
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Out On Loan | 3 |

CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Club Brugge
26 Aug - Jan 22
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M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug - 31 May 22
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RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug - 30 Jun 22
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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

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Aaron Danks
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Assistant Manager: Michael Beale
Sporting Director: Johan Lange
Technical Director: Jeremy Oliver

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

Team:
GK Vicente Guaita | 🇪🇸 | Free |
RB Joel Ward | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | £0.58m |
CB James Tomkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £10.53m |
CB Marc Guéhi | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | £21.00m |
LB Tyrick Mitchell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
M Luka Milivojevic | 🇷🇸 | 🟨 | £13.59m | 🔁 (M Eberechi Eze 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £16.02m)
M Cheikhou Kouyaté | 🇸🇳 | £9.63m |
M Michael Olise | 🇫🇷 | £8.37m | 🔁 (CF Jordan Ayew (ex) 🇬🇭 | £2.52m)
M Conor Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan |
W Wilfred Zaha | 🇨🇮 | 🟨 | £3.42m | 🔁 (CF Odsonne Édouard 🇫🇷 | £14.67m)
CF Christian Benteke (ex) | 🇧🇪 | £28.08m |

Unused:
GK Jack Butland | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.99m |
RB Nathaniel Clyne | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
RB Martin Kelly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.80m |
M Will Hughes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £6.30m |
M Jeffrey Schlupp | 🇬🇭 | £12.42m |
M Jairo Riedewald | 🇳🇱 | £8.10m |

Manager: Patrick Viera | 🇫🇷 |
1st XI Cost: £95.20m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 5/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £33.21m
Team Cost: £128.41m
Squad Cost: £158.02m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 10/20
Homegrown: 2/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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.

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

Source: premierleague.com/match/66467

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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

MANAGER WATCH

👍 Steven Gerrard became only the fifth of thirty three Villa bosses to win their first two games in charge. Steven Gerrard became the third Villa boss after Graham Turner and John Gregory to win their opening two top flight League games.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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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.

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*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."

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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.