Game #5654

2021-22

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Position:

10th (+3)

Premier League

Everton

Goodison Park

Attendance: 38,203

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Villa take the lead on the stroke of half time amidst disgraceful scenes from the Goodison Park crowd. Having outclassed Everton in the first 45' Villa survive a second half air raid on their box to win for the first time in four Premier League games.

Everton

0-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Emiliano Buendía | 45’+3 |

Assist(s) | Lucas Digne | 45’+3 |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5654

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #24 |
League Match | #21 |
Manager Game | #11 |
Saturday, 22 January 2022
Attendance | 38,203 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 12.30pm |
Referee | Craig Pawson, South Yorkshire |
Half Time Score | 1-0 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 1-0 |
Last 5 Games | LLLDW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Pawson.
Previous 5: 🟥 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟥 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Richard West.
Fourth official: Andy Madley.
VAR: John Brooks.
Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Craig Pawson

Villa

💥 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Everton

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨

🟨 | 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: £171.95m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £29.54m
Team Cost: £201.49m
Squad Cost: £229.66m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 12/20
Homegrown: 4/20

Starting XI Average Age: 26.22

Oldest Player: 29.63
M Philippe Coutinho

Youngest Player: 20.67
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

It’s a sad day as Jed Steer, following 130 unused substitute appearances, is replaced as a regular fixture in the squad by newly signed goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

Elsewhere Steven Gerrard hands Philippe Coutinho his first start after his impact against Manchester United last time out whilst John McGinn returns from suspension with Danny Ings and Morgan Sanson dropping out.

Bertrand Traoré and Trézéguet remain absent on AFCON duty whilst Villa’s under 23s are represented by Tim Iroegbunam, Carney Chukwuemeka and Kesler Hayden.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |

W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
Thigh, 5 Dec -13 Feb
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M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
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Out On Loan | 8 |

M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug 21 - 31 May 22
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RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug 21 - 30 Jun 22
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CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
1 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Internacional
6 Jan 22 - 1 Jan 23
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W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | Everton
13 Jan 22 - 1 Jul 22
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M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cheltenham
11 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Livingston
12 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stoke
21 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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International Duty | 2 |

W Trézéguet | 🇪🇬 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
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Not Selected | 6 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 15
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 14

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 Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |🦵🏼|
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | 🟨 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Philippe Coutinho | 74’ |
🔁 | F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for CF Ollie Watkins | 80’ |
🔁 | CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for W Emiliano Buendía | 90’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Jordan Pickford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £25.65m |
RB Jonjoe Kenny | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
CB Yerry Mina | 🇨🇴 | 🟨 | £27.23m |
CB Mason Holgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.26m |
CB Ben Godfrey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | £24.75m |
M Abdoulaye Doucouré | 🇲🇱 | £19.89m | 🔁 (M Tyler Onyango 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth)
M André Gomes | 🇵🇹 | 🟨 | £22.50m | 🔁 (M Allan Marques Loureiro | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 | £21.24m)
W Andros Townsend | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free | 🔁 (W Anthony Gordon 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth)
W Demarai Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.80m |
CF Richarlison | 🇧🇷 | £35.28m |
CF Dominic Calvert-Lewin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | £1.62m |

Unused:
CB Michael Keane | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £25.65m |
GK Asmir Begovic | 🇧🇦 | Free |
RB Seamus Coleman | 🇮🇪 | £0.06m |
M Jean-Philippe Gbamin | 🇨🇮 | Loan |
CF Salomón Rondón | 🇻🇪 | Free |
W Lewis Dobbin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |

Manager: Duncan Ferguson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
1st XI Cost: £159.98m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £22.5m
Team Cost: £182.48m
Squad Cost: £230.69m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 9/20
Homegrown: 4/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

John McGinn makes his 130th appearance for Villa since joining from Hibernian in August 2018.

Tyrone Mings starts makes his 110th start since joining from Bournemouth in January 2019.

Ezri Konsa makes his 90th appearance since joining in July 2019 from Brentford.

Jacob Ramsey makes his 25th start for Villa.

Philippe Coutinho makes his first start for Villa.

Robin Olsen makes his first squad appearance for Villa.

John McGinn, 130th Villa appearance.

Source: Football card #310 John McGinn issued by Panini under the Adrenalyn XL 2020-21 series, 2020.

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Source: Football card #310 John McGinn issued by Panini under the Adrenalyn XL 2020-21 series, 2020.

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 45’+3 Goal, 1-0, Emiliano Buendía, 🦵🏼Assist by Lucas Digne
💥 | 45’+4 Crowd trouble halts play
⏱️ | HT Everton 0-1 Aston Villa
🟨 | 68’ Booking, Emiliano Martínez, Time wasting
🔁 | 74’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Carney Chukwuemeka
🟨 | 75’ Booking, Matty Cash, Bad foul
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Danny Ings
🟨 | 87’ Booking, Tyrone Mings, Bad foul
🔁 | 90’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Kortney Hause
🟨 | 90’+3 Booking, Danny Ings
⏱️ | FT Everton 0-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

👍 Steven Gerrard has the eighth best win rate of 33 Villa bosses after eleven games.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“We had to find two different performances today.

“First half we were strong and played since nice football, scored a good goal from a set piece and gone into half-time in a comfortable place.

“Second half the game changed, they went direct and they were trying to get it wide and bombard us with crosses. But credit to the players we really stood up to that, we were strong and deserved our win.

“Credit to the players. It was a different style of game for us, especially in the second half. It was a case of us having to roll our sleeves up, stand up and be counted and really put our bodies on the line.

“We had to quieten this crowd, we knew they would be behind Duncan and to be fair to Duncan he has got everything out of his players.

“It’s difficult to rehearse what came our way in the second half. It was direct, it was coming regularly so we had to fight and compete and win second balls. And every single person stood up to that.

“In football there’s different ways to win. but if you’re not prepared to compete, especially away at Goodison, you’ll be found out.

“We played big today and I’m really proud of the players.

“It’s a big win for us.

“This performance was about grit, about steel. I asked the players to really commit because this game was going to ask us something quite alien which is defend long balls constantly and that’s what we did.

“I think we got the short straw today because we are the first team to come on the back of a manager getting sacked.

“We knew what Duncan was going to do by throwing a load of petrol on the fire. We had to defend a lot of tough challenges but to a man they put their bodies on the line.

“This is a tough place to win, no matter what the circumstances, so we are proud of that.”

“He’s [Emiliano Buendía] a little warrior. He’s going up for headers with players that are a foot taller than him. But that’s what I love about him, as he’s all in.

“He will get the headlines but I think that was our strongest performance when you think about what you have to do to get a win here.”

“He’s [Philippe Coutinho] going to get better and stronger. It will still take him 2-3 games to get up to speed in the Premier League. It’s a process and he worked ever so hard for the team today.”

”We need to use this time [the 18 day international break] as a mini pre-season.

“We need to reset our identity and our style of play in and out of possession.

“This is gold dust as we can unlimited time on the training pitch.

Steven Gerrard.

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”This [Everton] is a very proud club and they have obviously been going through a difficult patch, we knew the change of manager would give them a bit of inspiration and the only way they could hurt us really is if we let them play to the crowd’s hand.

“The first half was pleasing, managing to diffuse that. It wasn’t the greatest football game but was a pleasure to be here and win. They had to come out and try and win the game, we had to be aware the game was going to change, stand up to the challenge, show a different side to ourselves.

“We have played some excellent football and taken on board what the manager wants, but we have been a little bit soft and the only thing you can do is roll your sleeves up.

“They did [Matty Cash and Lucas Digne get his by a bottle thrown from the Goodison Park crowd] and it was disgusting really.

“it is about all they have got… they tried to make it ugly, tried to make it an intimidating atmosphere and we came and got the three points.

“That will hopefully be dealt with but all you can do is get up and carry on.

“I am really excited, I love being a part of this club, love being captain, love everything this club stands for both on and off the pitch.

“I think we have made some brilliant signings, a fantastic squad. The club is going in the right direction, we have stability, owners that want to take the club to the next level and players that want to push each other. It is a pleasure to be a part of.”

Tyrone Mings.

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“It was a tough game, they threw everything forward in the last 15/20 minutes and we said we had to deal with the horrible part.

“We picked up the three points. Massive.

“Crazy, it hit me straight on the head [the bottle thrown from the Goodison Park crowd], it’s not nice but three points, we’ll take that.”

Matty Cash.

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“Before the game they changed manager, so difficult, tough.

“In the first half we tried to do our game and played a little better in the first half.

“We worked a bit in the training ground with our set piece coach [for the move that led to the goal].”

Emiliano Buendía

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Saturday, 22 January 2022

"The goal was followed by disgraceful scenes as celebrating Villa players were struck by objects thrown from the crowd."

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**Duncan Ferguson’s second reign as Everton caretaker manager started with defeat to Aston Villa at Goodison Park.**

The Scotsman stepped in following the sacking of Rafael Benitez but the move did not produce the desired response as Emiliano Buendia’s header in first-half added time settled a scrappy encounter.

Villa’s victory was particularly sweet for former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as well as ex-Everton defender Lucas Digne, who provided the corner for Buendia’s winner.

The goal was followed by disgraceful scenes as celebrating Villa players were struck by objects thrown from the crowd.

Everton will feel their second-half pressure, based on an aerial bombardment, should have brought some reward as Dominic Calvert-Lewin turned Anthony Gordon’s cross over from close range and Ben Godfrey’s header was scrambled off the line by a combination of Tyrone Mings and keeper Emiliano Martinez.

It leaves Everton with only six points from their last 42, searching for a new manager, and sitting uncomfortably close to the relegation zone of the Premier League.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright were banking on a ‘bounce’ from the appointment of Ferguson in order to revive a season sliding into danger and which resulted in Benitez’s sacking.

It did not work on a flat afternoon at Goodison Park, which ended with fans staying behind on the Gwladys Street End chanting “sack the board” and waving banners of protest.

A plane also flew overhead before kick-off demanding the removal of Kenwright, who was also a target for abusive chants after the final whistle.

This is a genuine crisis for Everton as they not only face a relegation battle but must also make yet another decisive decision on their next manager.

Even the atmosphere inside Goodison Park was not lifted for long by the talismanic Ferguson’s presence on the touchline, with Everton failing to produce a shot in the first half.

It was a grim spectacle, outlining exactly why Everton have only one win in 14 league games has led to growing unrest among the fanbase.

Everton improved after the break and threatened an equaliser but the danger was based largely on a succession of long balls rather than any guile, although Demarai Gray and substitute Anthony Gordon did their best to provide creativity.

However Everton came up short and once more face a pivotal moment, one they cannot afford to get wrong again.

Villa dig deep for victory

This was a Villa victory based more on sweat than quality, but manager Gerrard will be no less delighted for that.

In a tight first half, any danger was produced by Villa and it was fitting that Buendia’s angled header from a corner gave them the lead as the Argentine was the game’s most dangerous player at that stage.

Villa were presented with a different challenge after the break as Everton turned up the tempo and the pressure, hoping the height provided by Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Mina and Ben Godfrey might make a difference.

The visitors lived dangerously at times but it was a backs-to-the-wall effort that yielded three points as their defenders put bodies on the line to secure an important victory.

Buendia’s excellence was the perfect response to those who felt he might be forced out by the arrival of Philippe Coutinho, who understandably tired as he adjusts to life back in the Premier League.

**Duncan Ferguson’s second reign as Everton caretaker manager started with defeat to Aston Villa at Goodison Park.**

The Scotsman stepped in following the sacking of Rafael Benitez but the move did not produce the desired response as Emiliano Buendia’s header in first-half added time settled a scrappy encounter.

Villa’s victory was particularly sweet for former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as well as ex-Everton defender Lucas Digne, who provided the corner for Buendia’s winner.

The goal was followed by disgraceful scenes as celebrating Villa players were struck by objects thrown from the crowd.

Everton will feel their second-half pressure, based on an aerial bombardment, should have brought some reward as Dominic Calvert-Lewin turned Anthony Gordon’s cross over from close range and Ben Godfrey’s header was scrambled off the line by a combination of Tyrone Mings and keeper Emiliano Martinez.

It leaves Everton with only six points from their last 42, searching for a new manager, and sitting uncomfortably close to the relegation zone of the Premier League.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright were banking on a ‘bounce’ from the appointment of Ferguson in order to revive a season sliding into danger and which resulted in Benitez’s sacking.

It did not work on a flat afternoon at Goodison Park, which ended with fans staying behind on the Gwladys Street End chanting “sack the board” and waving banners of protest.

A plane also flew overhead before kick-off demanding the removal of Kenwright, who was also a target for abusive chants after the final whistle.

This is a genuine crisis for Everton as they not only face a relegation battle but must also make yet another decisive decision on their next manager.

Even the atmosphere inside Goodison Park was not lifted for long by the talismanic Ferguson’s presence on the touchline, with Everton failing to produce a shot in the first half.

It was a grim spectacle, outlining exactly why Everton have only one win in 14 league games has led to growing unrest among the fanbase.

Everton improved after the break and threatened an equaliser but the danger was based largely on a succession of long balls rather than any guile, although Demarai Gray and substitute Anthony Gordon did their best to provide creativity.

However Everton came up short and once more face a pivotal moment, one they cannot afford to get wrong again.

Villa dig deep for victory

This was a Villa victory based more on sweat than quality, but manager Gerrard will be no less delighted for that.

In a tight first half, any danger was produced by Villa and it was fitting that Buendia’s angled header from a corner gave them the lead as the Argentine was the game’s most dangerous player at that stage.

Villa were presented with a different challenge after the break as Everton turned up the tempo and the pressure, hoping the height provided by Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Mina and Ben Godfrey might make a difference.

The visitors lived dangerously at times but it was a backs-to-the-wall effort that yielded three points as their defenders put bodies on the line to secure an important victory.

Buendia’s excellence was the perfect response to those who felt he might be forced out by the arrival of Philippe Coutinho, who understandably tired as he adjusts to life back in the Premier League.