Game #5647

2021-22

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10th (+3)

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Premier League

Leicester City

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,572

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Villa win for the third time in four under Steven Gerrard as a fine attacking performance sees off Leicester.

Aston Villa

2-1

Leicester City

Scorer(s) | Ezri Konsa | 17’ | 54’ |

Assist(s) | Emiliano Buendía | 17’ | John McGinn | 54’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5647

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Match | #15 |
Manager Game | #4 |
Sunday, 5 December 2021
Attendance | 41,572 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 4.30pm |
Referee | Michael Oliver |
Half Time Score | 1-1 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 2-1 |
Last 5 Games | LWWLW |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost: £169.97m
Squad Cost: £181.61m

Starting XI Average Age: 26.67

Oldest Player: 36.43
W Ashley Young

Youngest Player: 20.54 |
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard brings in Ashley Young and Jacob Ramsey for the injured pair of Matt Targett and Leon Bailey in an otherwise unchanged line up from the team that were unlucky to lose against Manchester City last time out.

For the first time since his appointment, the Villa bench has three of the talented youth squad represented with Carney Chukwuemeka retained but joined by Jaden Philogene-Bidace after a three game absence and a first ever squad appearance for 19 year old midfielder Tim Iroegbunam.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |

W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |

W Bertrand Traoré |
Thigh, 16 Oct -Unknown |

CF Danny Ings |
Hamstring, 1 Dec- Unknown |

LB Matt Targett |
Unknown, 5 Dec- Unknown |

W Leon Bailey |
Thigh, 5 Dec- 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 | 6 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo
CB Sil Swinkels
M Hayden Lindley
M Aaron Ramsey
CF Cameron Archer
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 40%
Possession A | 60%
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 25

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Ashley Young
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M John McGinn
M Marvelous Nakamba
M Douglas Luiz
M Jacob Ramsey
W Emiliano Buendía
CF Ollie Watkins

SUBSTITUTES

M Morgan Sanson for M Douglas Luiz | 77’ |
M Carney Chukwuemeka for W Emiliano Buendía | 78’ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe for M Jacob Ramsey | 84’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Kortney Hause
M Tim Iroegbunam
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
W Anwar El Ghazi
CF Keinan Davis

THE OPPOSITION

GK Kasper Schmeichel, RB Timothy Castagne, CB Jonny Evans, CB Caglar Söyüncü, LB Luke Thomas, M Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CF Kelechi Iheanacho), M Wilfred Ndidi, M James Maddison, W Ademola Lookman (CF Jamie Vardy), W Harvey Barnes (g), CF Patson Daka (F Ayoze Pérez).

Manager: Brendan Rodgers.
Team Cost: £163.55m
Squad Cost: £209.99m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Ezri Konsa at the double as Villa beat Leicester, Sunday, 5 December 2021.

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MATCH TIMELINE

14’ Goal, 0-1, (Leicester City), Harvey Barnes
17’ Goal, 1-1, Ezri Konsa, Assist by Emiliano Buendía
45'+1 Goal Disallowed by VAR, Jacob Ramsey, ‘Keeper had ball ‘under control’
HT Aston Villa 1-1 Leicester City
54’ Goal, 2-1, Ezri Konsa, Assist by John McGinn
55’ Booking, Marvelous Nakamba for a bad foul
77’ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Morgan Sanson
78’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Carney Chukwuemeka
84’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Axel Tuanzebe
FT Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City

ON THIS DAY

John McGinn makes his 125th appearance for Villa since joining in August 2018 whilst Tim Iroegbunam makes his first ever squad appearance for Villa.

QUOTES

“I thought we were outstanding in the second half, much better. We were passive in the first half. Leicester were good, they caused us problems.

“I’m really pleased with the result but we still need to iron out some issues.

“We need more time on the training pitch to fully understand how we want to play. Can we do it for the full 90 minutes without me having to get on the players’ back at half-time?”

“There’s loads of work still to do. It took a few home truths at half-time to sort our issues out, to rejig our shape and a few other things. But all you can ask of your players is to perform, we did that.”

“You kick every ball on the sideline. It was a tough game and went right to the wire. You saw two sides of us, first 45 we gave the ball away too much, we were too open. Second half, to a man we were brilliant.

“I thought Leicester started really well. We were too passive. When we made passes there were loads of sloppy turnovers. We gave the players some home truths at half-time. The reaction was exactly what we wanted.”

“Emi Martinez was a lot busier in the first half, but as a unit we defended much better in the second. He made one good save from a good header. Against a big team like Leicester to only concede one chance is very good.

“To take nine points from 12 is a big return from the players. They deserve a load of credit. But there’s still work to do. Some of them still need to improve.

“No sentimental thoughts ahead of Liverpool next week. I just want to go there and win. We go there with confidence and belief, we just want to make it as difficult as we can.”

Steven Gerrard.
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”It is a great result. Certain results went our way before the game and before kick off, the gaffer was telling us we could get into the top half of the table. We did that, we got the three points and got the job done.”

”Since he’s come in, he’s given us a boost. Before, we lost four games on the bounce. Training has been intense and the standards have gone up; all of a sudden we’ve won three games out of four. Looking good at the moment.”

Jacob Ramsey.
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It was tough. I think Leicester had more of the ball and they’ve got top quality players. We knew if we kept our shape and stayed compact, it would be hard for them to break us down.

“They didn’t have many chances, and we’ve done well to keep the shots for Emi [Martinez] at a minimum.

“I didn’t want to claim the first goal, I thought I was offside! I didn’t know until after, but two goals and I’m happy.”

Ezri Konsa.

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Steven Gerrard said he had to tell his Aston Villa players a “few home truths” at half-time as they came from behind to beat Leicester and continue his fine start to life as a Premier League manager.

Having suffered defeat for the first time in Gerrard’s embryonic reign at home to Manchester City in midweek, Villa again fell behind to Harvey Barnes’ opener for the Foxes.

However, defender Ezri Konsa scored twice, touching home Emi Buendia’s header to level almost immediately and nodding in a second-half corner, to make it three wins from four since Gerrard took charge.

“I’m really pleased with the result but we still need to iron out some issues,” Gerrard, who will make an emotional return to old club Liverpool managing his new side on Saturday, told BBC Match of the Day.

“There’s loads of work still to do. It took a few home truths at half-time to sort our issues out, to rejig our shape and a few other things.

“All you can ask of your players is to perform, we did that. I thought we were outstanding in the second half. But can we do it for a full 90 minutes without me having to get on the players’ back at half-time?”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers dropped Jamie Vardy to hand Patson Daka a first Premier League start and the Zambia striker set up Barnes to coolly slot through Konsa’s legs and past Emi Martinez.

The advantage lasted just three minutes, Buendia craning his neck muscles to propel Matty Cash’s cushioned header towards the bottom corner, with Konsa poking home to make sure.

Villa thought they were ahead on the stroke of half-time as Kasper Schmeichel parried another Cash knockdown and Jacob Ramsey fired home but the keeper had one hand on the grounded ball and Michael Oliver correctly ruled the goal out after a check from the video assistant referee.

In the end, it mattered little as Konsa punished Leicester’s ongoing set-piece shortcomings by nodding home John McGinn’s corner to push Villa above the Foxes into 10th place.

Villa should have won by more as Ollie Watkins and Ramsey wasted glorious chances on the break although the hosts needed a fantastic fingertip save from Martinez to thwart a Barnes header and seal the points.

Gerrard gets one over on his former boss

Rodgers was the manager who famously almost led Liverpool to an elusive top-flight title during Gerrard’s playing career - and the student now has two wins out of three over the teacher after swapping Old Firm victories in the sole season their managerial stints at Celtic and Rangers overlapped.

That scenario looked unlikely early on at Villa Park, with the hosts frequently over-run by a frenetic Foxes start that was deservedly rewarded by Barnes’ excellently-taken opener.

But after Villa got back on terms, the game became an end-to-end affair that they ultimately gained control of as proceedings wore on.

Leicester still had their moments as Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall headed a great chance wide and James Maddison saw a goal-bound shot blocked by the all-action Cash, who was himself foiled by Schmeichel’s legs at the other end.

However, the Foxes’ failings from set-plays - with 10 league goals conceded from such situations this term - again cost them as Konsa nodded in almost unchallenged.

Villa had been fuming at half-time after Ramsey’s effort was disallowed but Oliver’s decision was correct as the laws of the game state the goalkeeper is deemed to be in possession if the ball is between his hands and the surface.

They quickly put the disappointment behind them and were on top for the majority of the second half, with only Barnes’ late header and a Maddison effort that curled inches wide providing any alarms.

Leicester, meanwhile, have won just three of their past 12 in the league and must fix the defensive woes that have seen them fail to keep a clean sheet since the opening day.

Foxes boss Rodgers admitted: “Our Achilles heel which has killed us is our defending of the set-piece. The situation can sap the confidence out of the team.

“The only threat against us in the first half was when the ball went dead. In the second half the corner we conceded from was hugely disappointing. It’s an area we spoke about before the game.

“We don’t get tight enough on the marking and he’s able to squeeze it in the far post. These are undoing some really good parts of our game. It’s something we’ve got to fix.”

Steven Gerrard said he had to tell his Aston Villa players a “few home truths” at half-time as they came from behind to beat Leicester and continue his fine start to life as a Premier League manager.

Having suffered defeat for the first time in Gerrard’s embryonic reign at home to Manchester City in midweek, Villa again fell behind to Harvey Barnes’ opener for the Foxes.

However, defender Ezri Konsa scored twice, touching home Emi Buendia’s header to level almost immediately and nodding in a second-half corner, to make it three wins from four since Gerrard took charge.

“I’m really pleased with the result but we still need to iron out some issues,” Gerrard, who will make an emotional return to old club Liverpool managing his new side on Saturday, told BBC Match of the Day.

“There’s loads of work still to do. It took a few home truths at half-time to sort our issues out, to rejig our shape and a few other things.

“All you can ask of your players is to perform, we did that. I thought we were outstanding in the second half. But can we do it for a full 90 minutes without me having to get on the players’ back at half-time?”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers dropped Jamie Vardy to hand Patson Daka a first Premier League start and the Zambia striker set up Barnes to coolly slot through Konsa’s legs and past Emi Martinez.

The advantage lasted just three minutes, Buendia craning his neck muscles to propel Matty Cash’s cushioned header towards the bottom corner, with Konsa poking home to make sure.

Villa thought they were ahead on the stroke of half-time as Kasper Schmeichel parried another Cash knockdown and Jacob Ramsey fired home but the keeper had one hand on the grounded ball and Michael Oliver correctly ruled the goal out after a check from the video assistant referee.

In the end, it mattered little as Konsa punished Leicester’s ongoing set-piece shortcomings by nodding home John McGinn’s corner to push Villa above the Foxes into 10th place.

Villa should have won by more as Ollie Watkins and Ramsey wasted glorious chances on the break although the hosts needed a fantastic fingertip save from Martinez to thwart a Barnes header and seal the points.

Gerrard gets one over on his former boss

Rodgers was the manager who famously almost led Liverpool to an elusive top-flight title during Gerrard’s playing career - and the student now has two wins out of three over the teacher after swapping Old Firm victories in the sole season their managerial stints at Celtic and Rangers overlapped.

That scenario looked unlikely early on at Villa Park, with the hosts frequently over-run by a frenetic Foxes start that was deservedly rewarded by Barnes’ excellently-taken opener.

But after Villa got back on terms, the game became an end-to-end affair that they ultimately gained control of as proceedings wore on.

Leicester still had their moments as Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall headed a great chance wide and James Maddison saw a goal-bound shot blocked by the all-action Cash, who was himself foiled by Schmeichel’s legs at the other end.

However, the Foxes’ failings from set-plays - with 10 league goals conceded from such situations this term - again cost them as Konsa nodded in almost unchallenged.

Villa had been fuming at half-time after Ramsey’s effort was disallowed but Oliver’s decision was correct as the laws of the game state the goalkeeper is deemed to be in possession if the ball is between his hands and the surface.

They quickly put the disappointment behind them and were on top for the majority of the second half, with only Barnes’ late header and a Maddison effort that curled inches wide providing any alarms.

Leicester, meanwhile, have won just three of their past 12 in the league and must fix the defensive woes that have seen them fail to keep a clean sheet since the opening day.

Foxes boss Rodgers admitted: “Our Achilles heel which has killed us is our defending of the set-piece. The situation can sap the confidence out of the team.

“The only threat against us in the first half was when the ball went dead. In the second half the corner we conceded from was hugely disappointing. It’s an area we spoke about before the game.

“We don’t get tight enough on the marking and he’s able to squeeze it in the far post. These are undoing some really good parts of our game. It’s something we’ve got to fix.”