Game #5651

2021-22

Position:

13th (-2)

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Premier League

Brentford

Brentford Community Stadium

Attendance: 16,876

Sunday, 2 January 2022

Villa take the lead and lose for the second successive game.

Brentford

2-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Danny Ings | 16’ |

Assist(s) | Emiliano Buendía | 16’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5651

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #21 |
League Match | #19 |
Manager Game | #8 |
Sunday, 2 January 2022
Attendance | tbc |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 2.00pm |
Referee | Craig Pawson |
Half Time Score | 1-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | WLWLL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost: £177.55m
Squad Cost: £186.13m

Starting XI Average Age: 25.80

Oldest Player: 29.82
F Danny Ings

Youngest Player: 20.61
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Tyrone Mings is suspended so King Kortney steps in whilst talisman Ollie Watkins misses the first game of 2022 as Bertrand Traoré makes his first start of the season.

With Axel Tuanzebe no longer with the club and Keinan Davis out on loan there is a youthful look to the bench with five Under-23 players represented including a squad debut for the highly rated 16 year old centre back Josh Feeney.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
Leon Bailey | Thigh, 5 Dec-
Marvelous Nakamba | Knee, 14 Dec -
Ashley Young | Broken Toe, 26 Dec -
Ollie Watkins | Unknown, 2 Jan -

Suspension | 1 |
Tyrone Mings | One Game

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

Not Selected | 6 |
GK Viljami Sinisalo
GK Filip Marschall
CB Sil Swinkels
M Hayden Lindley
M Aaron Ramsey
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 55%
Possession A | 45%
Shots F | 16
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 17

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Kortney Hause
RB Matty Cash
M Douglas Luiz
M John McGinn
M Jacob Ramsey
W Emiliano Buendía
W Bertrand Traoré
F Danny Ings

SUBSTITUTES

M Morgan Sanson for M Jacob Ramsey | 69’ |
W Trézéguet for W Bertrand Traoré | 80’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Josh Feeney
M Tim Iroegbunam
M Carney Chukwuemeka
W Anwar El Ghazi
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
CF Cameron Archer

THE OPPOSITION

GK Álvaro Fernández, CB Ethan Pinnock, CB Pontus Jansson, CB Mads Bech Sørensen, RB Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (g), M Frank Onyeka (M Vitaly Janelt), M Christian Nørgaard, M Mathias Jensen (M Shandon Baptiste), W Sergi Canós (M Saman Ghoddos), W Yoane Wissa (g), CF Ivan Toney.

Manager: Thomas Frank
Team Cost: £40.78m
Squad Cost: £60.05m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Danny Ings fires Villa ahead after a sublime pass from Emiliano Buendia but Villa are left scratching their heads as they fall to a late defeat at Brentford, Sunday, 2 January 2022

Source: premierleague.com/match/66543

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MATCH TIMELINE

16’ Goal, 1-0, Danny Ings, Assist by Emiliano Buendía
30’ Booking, Jacob Ramsey, Bad foul
42’ Goal, 1-1, (Brentford), Yoane Wissa
HT Brentford 1-1 Aston Villa
69’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Morgan Sanson
80’ Sub off, Bertrand Traoré, Sub on, Trézéguet
83’ Goal, 1-2, (Brentford), Mads Roerslev
89’ Booking, John McGinn
FT Brentford 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

16 year old centre back Josh Feeney makes his squad debut after joining from Fleetwood Town in July.

QUOTES

“It was a really good first half. They had one chance in the first half, two in the second half. We’ve gifted them three chances and went on to lose the game.

“From what I’ve seen we were much the better team. We were the only team looking to play and create stuff, and we did create stuff. We conceded two poor goals, so it’s no surprise that we’re disappointed.

“We showed a lot of grit in the opening games. The second goal is a catalogue of errors. There’s no grit, no fight, no one showing the right aggression. It was too easy scoring against us today. We’ve conceded three chances and let in two goals.

“We can’t use [injuries and Covid] as an excuse. It’s on all of us to cope and survive. We should have picked up something from the game, that’s what we’re disappointed with.

“This league is brutal at the best of times. It’s going to be an opportunity for players to step up, but I’m not sure there were any positives today. I’m sick of saying it was a good performance [after a defeat].”

Steven Gerrard.

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Brentford score late on to take the points, Villa will be left wondering how they got nothing from the game."

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank hailed his “incredible” side after victory over Aston Villa catapulted them into a position he claimed “shouldn’t be possible”.

The Bees, enjoying their first season in the Premier League, came from behind to ruin Steven Gerrard’s return to the dugout and leapfrog Villa to 12th spot through Mads Roerslev’s late winner.

Danny Ings steered Villa ahead after a delightful link-up with Emi Buendia but Roerslev set up Yoane Wissa to curl Brentford level and the Danish wing-back completed the comeback with his first goal for the club.

“We’ve played half our games in the Premier League, with the injuries we’ve had I think it’s incredible what we’ve done - but we want more of course,” Frank told BBC Match of the Day.

“We looked tired, for whatever reason. I don’t know why. I think in that respect it’s even more impressive that we got the three points.

“I think these wins are the bigger wins. We didn’t play our best football today but managed still to win a tight game, which is impressive.

“It shouldn’t be possible that we’re above Villa with the amount of money they’ve spent on their squad in the last two or three years. I think they’re a good club, so the fact that we’re above them is quite good.”

Gerrard, returning from Covid isolation after missing the defeat by Chelsea seven days earlier, saw Ings slide Villa ahead with a precise first-time finish in the 16th minute after a sublime piece of skill by Buendia.

The Argentine playmaker produced an exquisite drag-back in midfield before slipping Ings clear to slide a fine shot inside Alvaro Fernandez’s far post for only his fourth goal since joining the club.

Brentford levelled with their first shot on target three minutes before the break, with Wissa curling home from 20 yards after immaculately controlling Roerslev’s pass.

Villa, without top scorer Ollie Watkins, controlled the majority of the second half but Roerslev poked home the 83rd-minute winner after seeing his initial effort well saved by Emi Martinez.

The visitors almost rescued a point at the death but Fernandez produced an instinctive stop to keep out Ings’ effort from John McGinn’s cushioned pass.

Buendia and Ings combination a positive for Villa

Villa slipped to successive defeats for the first time under Gerrard - albeit he only managed the Chelsea defeat from afar - and were left to rue not making more of their overall control of the game.

While marquee summer signings Buendia and Ings, who cost £58m combined in moves from Norwich and Southampton respectively, have neither fully convinced this season, they linked up well here.

Mads Bech Sorensen’s last-ditch block prevented Ings opening the scoring from a Buendia through-ball before the pair combined brilliantly to break the deadlock.

But Gerrard, who did not confirm the reason behind Watkins’ absence apart from saying Villa were suffering from Covid and injury issues, saw his side waste several promising openings both before and after Wissa’s equaliser.

Late pressure also went unrewarded as Villa came away with nothing, dropping to 13th place.

“That’s five goals we’ve conceded in the last two games, which isn’t good enough,” Gerrard told BBC Match of the Day.

“No way should we have lost this game with the performance we gave, but if you concede the goals that we did, it costs you. We need more grit and need to be tough to play against.”

Bees take another step to safety

After three successive defeats in all competitions without scoring for Brentford, Frank might have been a slightly worried man approaching half-time.

However, his team talk changed when they produced a goal out of nowhere, Wissa, like Ings earlier, netting for the first time since October with a wonderful strike to boot.

From there they kept the visitors at arms’ length, paying particular attention to Buendia who has now scored or set up a goal all five times he has faced the Bees.

Ethan Pinnock’s fine tackle on Buendia in midfield proved a pivotal moment, creating a chance for Frank Onyeka, which Martinez superbly tipped wide and Brentford built on that momentum as Roerslev won it at the second time of asking.

While Ivan Toney was again a marginal figure, Brentford are finding goals from other routes and, 12 points clear of the bottom three, a second season in the top flight looks all but assured.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank hailed his “incredible” side after victory over Aston Villa catapulted them into a position he claimed “shouldn’t be possible”.

The Bees, enjoying their first season in the Premier League, came from behind to ruin Steven Gerrard’s return to the dugout and leapfrog Villa to 12th spot through Mads Roerslev’s late winner.

Danny Ings steered Villa ahead after a delightful link-up with Emi Buendia but Roerslev set up Yoane Wissa to curl Brentford level and the Danish wing-back completed the comeback with his first goal for the club.

“We’ve played half our games in the Premier League, with the injuries we’ve had I think it’s incredible what we’ve done - but we want more of course,” Frank told BBC Match of the Day.

“We looked tired, for whatever reason. I don’t know why. I think in that respect it’s even more impressive that we got the three points.

“I think these wins are the bigger wins. We didn’t play our best football today but managed still to win a tight game, which is impressive.

“It shouldn’t be possible that we’re above Villa with the amount of money they’ve spent on their squad in the last two or three years. I think they’re a good club, so the fact that we’re above them is quite good.”

Gerrard, returning from Covid isolation after missing the defeat by Chelsea seven days earlier, saw Ings slide Villa ahead with a precise first-time finish in the 16th minute after a sublime piece of skill by Buendia.

The Argentine playmaker produced an exquisite drag-back in midfield before slipping Ings clear to slide a fine shot inside Alvaro Fernandez’s far post for only his fourth goal since joining the club.

Brentford levelled with their first shot on target three minutes before the break, with Wissa curling home from 20 yards after immaculately controlling Roerslev’s pass.

Villa, without top scorer Ollie Watkins, controlled the majority of the second half but Roerslev poked home the 83rd-minute winner after seeing his initial effort well saved by Emi Martinez.

The visitors almost rescued a point at the death but Fernandez produced an instinctive stop to keep out Ings’ effort from John McGinn’s cushioned pass.

Buendia and Ings combination a positive for Villa

Villa slipped to successive defeats for the first time under Gerrard - albeit he only managed the Chelsea defeat from afar - and were left to rue not making more of their overall control of the game.

While marquee summer signings Buendia and Ings, who cost £58m combined in moves from Norwich and Southampton respectively, have neither fully convinced this season, they linked up well here.

Mads Bech Sorensen’s last-ditch block prevented Ings opening the scoring from a Buendia through-ball before the pair combined brilliantly to break the deadlock.

But Gerrard, who did not confirm the reason behind Watkins’ absence apart from saying Villa were suffering from Covid and injury issues, saw his side waste several promising openings both before and after Wissa’s equaliser.

Late pressure also went unrewarded as Villa came away with nothing, dropping to 13th place.

“That’s five goals we’ve conceded in the last two games, which isn’t good enough,” Gerrard told BBC Match of the Day.

“No way should we have lost this game with the performance we gave, but if you concede the goals that we did, it costs you. We need more grit and need to be tough to play against.”

Bees take another step to safety

After three successive defeats in all competitions without scoring for Brentford, Frank might have been a slightly worried man approaching half-time.

However, his team talk changed when they produced a goal out of nowhere, Wissa, like Ings earlier, netting for the first time since October with a wonderful strike to boot.

From there they kept the visitors at arms’ length, paying particular attention to Buendia who has now scored or set up a goal all five times he has faced the Bees.

Ethan Pinnock’s fine tackle on Buendia in midfield proved a pivotal moment, creating a chance for Frank Onyeka, which Martinez superbly tipped wide and Brentford built on that momentum as Roerslev won it at the second time of asking.

While Ivan Toney was again a marginal figure, Brentford are finding goals from other routes and, 12 points clear of the bottom three, a second season in the top flight looks all but assured.