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Game #5655

Aston Villa

Saturday, 25 February 2023

Won

11th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Everton

Attendance: 39,309

Goodison Park

Everton

0-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | John McGinn | 81' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win for the first time in four as Ollie Watkins scores for the 5th consecutive game and Unai Emery's men finally get the result recent performances have deserved.

KEY MAN

Ollie Watkins, scored for the fifth successive game.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 25 February 2023

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Everton 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Lucas Digne, Sub on, รlex Moreno
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Emiliano Buendรญa
โšฝ | 63โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, pen
๐ŸŸจ | 77โ€™ Booking, Emiliano Martรญnez
โšฝ | 81โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Emiliano Buendรญa, Assist by John McGinn
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Everton 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ollie Watkins becomes the first player to score in five successive Villa top-flight games since Paul Rideout in 1984-85.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Everton

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1994-95

FIXTURE HISTORY

Everton

Previous 5 vs. Everton: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #27 |
League Game | #24 |
Manager Game | #13 |
Saturday, 25 February 2023
Attendance | 39,309 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Anthony Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wythenshaw, 2006-
Kick off: 3.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 13 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 6 ๐ŸŸจ | 1 ๐ŸŸฅ 6 | 1.46

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Anthony Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wythenshaw, 2006-
Matches Officiated: 27
๐ŸŸฉ : 11
๐ŸŸจ : 5
๐ŸŸฅ : 11
๐Ÿ†˜ : 4
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 6 Nov 22, Villa 3-1 United (h)
Incidents: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Adam Nunn, Adrian Holmes.
Fourth official: Graham Scott.
VAR: Chris Kavanagh.
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Everton

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Philippe Coutinho - fresh from his first productive appearance of the season - is out for a month. Meanwhile, Lucas Digne replaces รlex Moreno who drops to the subs bench whilst Emiliano Buendรญa is replaced by Leon Bailey.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 26.54 |
Bench Average Age: | 26.28 |
Squad Average Age: | 26.41 |
Subs Average Age: | 28.05 |
Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 30.50 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.76 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.66 |
Youngest Squad Player: GK Oliwer Zych | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 18.67 |
Oldest Substitute: LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 29.58 |
Youngest Substitute: W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 26.52 |

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Sean Dyche | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Everton

GK Jordan Pickford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Seamus Coleman | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Conor Coady | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB James Tarkowski | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Vitaliy Mykolenko | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Idrissa Gueye (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Abdoulaye Doucourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Amadou Onana | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Alex Iwobi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Dwight McNeil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Neal Maupay | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 61โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | W Demarai Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Alex Iwobi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 70โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Ellis Simms | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Neal Maupay | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tom Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Amadou Onana | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 82โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
GK Oliwier Zych | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Asmir Begovic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
LB Rรบben Vinagre | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Mason Holgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Michael Keane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Yerry Mina | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Ben Godfrey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ174.95m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ46.56m
Team Cost: ยฃ221.51m
Squad Cost: ยฃ266.22m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/20
Homegrown: 3/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ19.58m |
GK Oliwier Zych | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |

LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ12.00m |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ13.50m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ16.56m |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ14.65m |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ139.05m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ1.80m
Team Cost: ยฃ140.85m
Squad Cost: ยฃ218.87m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/20
Homegrown: 2/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Jordan Pickford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ25.65m |
GK Asmir Begovic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |

LB Vitaliy Mykolenko | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ยฃ21.15m |
RB Seamus Coleman | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ0.06m |
LB Rรบben Vinagre | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

CB Yerry Mina | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ26.77m |
CB Michael Keane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ25.65m |
CB Ben Godfrey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ24.34m |
CB Mason Holgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.26m |
CB James Tarkowski | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Conor Coady | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Amadou Onana | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ31.00m |
M Abdoulaye Doucourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ19.89m |
M Idriss Gueye (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ยฃ3.50m |
M Tom Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Alex Iwobi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ27.36m |
W Demarai Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.80m |
W Dwight McNeil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CF Neal Maupay | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ10.44m |
CF Ellis Simms | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Achilles
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Achilles
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Muscle

Unregistered | 1 |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out On Loan | 12 |
M Finn Azaz | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Plymouth
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cardiff
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | QPR
CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Middlesbrough
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Strasbourg
CF Louie Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Salford City
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Middlesbrough
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | Luton Town
CB Lamare Bogarde | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Bristol Rovers

Not Selected | 1 |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 47%
Possession A | 53%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 15
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 12

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œWe needed to win. We had to win in our way. We reacted very well to some moments we were struggling, trying to break the pressure. We were feeling better on the pitch after the first goal. โ€œWe need the players [in the squad]. Emiliano Buendia, he was involved in the penalty, and every goal weโ€™re scoring weโ€™re happy with Watkins doing it but I want to add more players scoring. We were very competitive. โ€œWe were planning to win with a clean sheet. We were compact defensively. โ€œWe were trying to keep our balance. I think the only real strange, the real bad performance was against Leicester. Manchester City were better than us, Arsenal were good as well. Maybe we could have taken more points against Arsenal but they were better than us. โ€œNow our challenge is at home, how we can control the game better than we are doing. We have to think about each match how we can face it. Perfect today. It was really good how we reacted after three matches we lost. โ€œWe have to be realistic. We are winning, we are losing. At the beginning it was trying to be top 10. We have to win more matches. [Weโ€™ll] try to create, to build a team to build a small family between us. โ€œBefore the match I was speaking with the players here and they knew it was a tough match. At the same time, I read the last three matches were two wins and one draw. I was telling them that this was good how they played previously. It was difficult and tough at times and, in the first half, we were trying to be competitive but we didnโ€™t deserve more in the first half. We kept going and kept ball possession and we were clinical. We stopped them from pressing and pressing. They didnโ€™t get to our box. At the end, it was a very good three points. โ€œMy family and friends will celebrate but we are going to prepare for the next match against Crystal Palace. We are grateful to our supporters for travelling away, supporting us. โ€œWe arenโ€™t playing the same competitive way at home. We are very competitive away and winning a lot of matches. We want to share with them but my next challenge is at home against Palace next Saturday. I want to keep being consistent like we were today. We will try and get better performances. When Ollie was stepping up for the penalty you looked nervous. Did you have any doubts Watkins would score today?** No. I was thinking how it can change the match if we score and was thinking about the next plan after the goal and how it can change. I have confidence and it was very good, the decision from Emiliano Buendia, to give him the ball to score. That is the spirit I want to select each match, for players to choose the penalty shooter. I prefer to speak with them and the specialists that they areโ€ฆ I want them to share different moments. Today was the day for Ollie Watkins. โ€œItโ€™s great for our supporters. โ€œThey are travelling with us and away from home we are giving them more opportunities to be happy than at home. โ€œI want to share with them at home against Crystal Palace the same performances [as away from home], and find out what the difference is between us playing away and at home. โ€œIn this process, we are going to find the solution and share with them our good moments at home. โ€œIโ€™m very happy today because it was a good performance; everyone was great. Being competitive like we were today, itโ€™s not easy to beat us.โ€ Unai Emery. โ€œItโ€™s always nice to score goals. Iโ€™m feeling really confident in front of goal. The boys and the coach fill me with confidence. They put the ball in the position for me to finish. I have to do the easy part which is finish. Long may it continue.โ€ On a debate with Buendia over who would take a penalty - when Watkins was looking for a club-record Premier League scoring run - the England international said: โ€œI was thinking about that but also I work on them all the time. We havenโ€™t been fortunate with penalties this season. Iโ€™ve been waiting for my moment and I took it today. โ€œThey tested us with a lot of long balls. Sean Dyche team, theyโ€™re going to be physical. But we were good all over the park. โ€œItโ€™s been the objective to always move up the table. Weโ€™re a great team but itโ€™s about game management for us, seeing games out when weโ€™re ahead.โ€ Ollie Watkins.

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