Game #5658

2021-22

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Position:

12th (-)

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion

Amex Stadium

Attendance: 31,475

Saturday, 26 February 2022

Matty Cash hits a screamer and echoes the world in condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine... and is promptly booked ... 18 year old Tommi O'Reilly makes his squad debut ... Ollie Watkins scores for the first time since December ... Tim Iroegbunam finally makes his debut ... and Villa win away.

Brighton & Hove Albion

0-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Matty Cash | 17’ | Ollie Watkins | 68’ |

Assist(s) | Tyrone Mings | 68’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5658

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #28 |
League Match | #25 |
Manager Game | #15 |
Saturday, 26 February 2022
Attendance | 31,475 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.30pm | Original kick off delayed due to traffic congestion |
Referee | John Brooks, Leicestershire |
Half Time Score | 1-0 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 2-0 |
Last 5 Games | DWDLW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: John Brooks.
Previous 5: - | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨
Assistants: Neil Davies, Matthew Wilkes.
Fourth official: David Coote.
VAR: Michael Oliver.
Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger.

MATCH INCIDENTS

John Brooks

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Brighton & Hove Albion

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | 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: £163.87m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £14.22m
Team Cost: £178.09m
Squad Cost: £244.51m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 11/20
Homegrown: 3/20

Starting XI Average Age: 26.21

Oldest Player: 29.97
F Danny Ings

Youngest Player: 20.76
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Ezri Konsa returns from suspension in place of Calum Chambers whilst Emiliano Buendía is dropped with Ollie Watkins coming back into the side.

On the bench Carney Chukwuemeka and Ben Chrisene drop out with Tommi O’Reilly making his squad debut.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |

M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
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W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
Hamstring, 9 Feb - 5 Mar
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M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Unknown, 26 Feb - 10 Mar
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Out On Loan | 13 |

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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CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Preston
24 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Newcastle
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Gateshead
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Luton
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Trézéguet, Basaksehir | 🇪🇬 |
8 Feb 22 - 30 Jun 22
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Not Selected | 5 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 34%
Possession A | 66%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 17

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 | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | ⚽ |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | for M Douglas Luiz | 72’ |
🔁 | W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for F Danny Ings | 79’ |
🔁 | M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟩 | for M Philippe Coutinho | 86’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommi O’Reilly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Robert Sánchez | 🇪🇸 | Yth |
RB Joël Veltman | 🇳🇱 | 🟨 | £0.90m |
CB Lewis Dunk | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
RB Tariq Lamptey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £2.97m |
M Jakub Moder | 🇵🇱 | £9.90m | 🔁 (CF Danny Welbeck 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free)
M Yves Bissouma | £15.21m | 🇲🇱 | 🟨 |
M Alexis Mac Allister | 🇦🇷 | £7.2m |
M Solly March | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
W Marc Cucurella | 🇪🇸 | 🟨 | £16,20m |
W Leandro Trossard | 🇧🇪 | 🟨 | £18.00m |
CF Neal Maupay | 🇫🇷 | £20.00m |

Unused:
GK Jason Steele | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
CB Shane Duffy | 🇮🇪 | £4.73m |
CB Odel Offiah | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
M Pascal Groß | 🇩🇪 | £2.70m |
M Steven Alzate | 🇨🇴 | £0.09m |
M Moisés Caicedo | 🇪🇨 | £4.50m |
M Marc Leonard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Yth |
CF Evan Ferguson | 🇮🇪 | Free |

Manager: Graham Potter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
1st XI Cost: £90.38m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 3/11
Homegrown: 3/11
Subs Cost: £0m
Team Cost: £90.38m
Squad Cost: £102.41m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 7/20
Homegrown: 4/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

18 year old attacking Midfielder Tommi O’Reilly makes his first squad appearance for Villa whilst fellow 18 year old youth team midfielder Tim Iroegbunam makes his first team debut after ten unused substitute appearances. Iroegbunam becomes the 982nd player to play for Villa in first team League or Cup football.

Under 18 star Tommi O'Reilly makes his first senior squad appearance for Villa, Saturday, 26 February 2022.

Source: AVFC.co.uk/players/u18/tommio'reilly

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 17’ Goal, 1-0, Matty Cash
🟨 | 19’ Booking, Matty Cash, Excessive celebration
🟨 | 25’ Booking, Douglas Luiz
🟨 | 40’ Booking, Tyrone Mings
🟨 | 40’ Booking, Ollie Watkins, Bad Foul
⏱️ | HT Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Aston Villa
⚽ | 68’ Goal, 2-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Tyrone Mings
🔁 | 72’ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Morgan Sanson
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Ashley Young
🟨 | 83’ Booking, Emiliano Martínez
🔁 | 86’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Tim Iroegbunam | 🟩 | DEBUT
⏱️ | FT Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard win rate is 16th of 32 Villa bosses after fifteen games.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“No one in this group likes to be beat, no one likes to see our recent results. They’re all positive in wanting to change that.

“We move forward, we have to persevere and we have to keep trying to improve these players.

“We knew coming into this job that this was going to take time to get right.

“What I will say about my players is that everyone’s trying to pull in the same direction to change the results.

“There are different ways to build a winning mentality.

“Obviously, recruitment is one. That is a big thing. We have identified areas in the team where we need to improve and get better which we will do in due time.

“It’s about raising the standards of the club in every single compartment, identifying the players who maybe can’t bring that and, also, playing the players that you do know do have it in the short-term.

“It is not something which can change overnight. You have to keep working on it, players need to keep improving and believing.”

I like what I see in terms of the day to day stuff off Ollie [Watkins]. He’s working hard on the training pitch. He’s a great kid that’s got my full trust.

“He’s proved that he’s scored goals and can play extremely well.

“When we first came into the job he was probably the most positive and consistent player over the initial games.

“All players have a dip and a drop off in their careers at different times. Ollie will bounce back and will bounce back well.

“We just need to manage him the right way in all aspects.

“Last week, we decided to take a little bit of spotlight off him in the initial start of the game to give Danny [Ings] an opportunity and Ollie came on and tried to make a difference in the game.*

“We didn’t score in the game as a team so this isn’t about shining a spotlight on Ollie, it’s collectively as an attacking group, we need to be more ruthless and more clinical in the final third.

“I’ve got the belief that it will come in due time.”

Steven Gerrard, Pre-match.

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“We’ve been on the back of some sticky form of late but credit to the players they stuck at.

“We came out of the blocks in good form today and put in a really strong performance.

“In the main we owned the pitch out of possession today and all our good stuff came from that. We looked the most dangerous team throughout.

“The focus and concentration from the boys today out of possession was superb.

“The performance was there against Watford.

“Against Newcastle the performance and the result was not there.

“We needed to be more clinical and inventive in the final third and we were today.

“That second goal put us in a much more comfortable place.

“Ollie’s on the transition. He showed great power, great strength in his running and the finish at the end of it deserved to win the football match for us.

“We can’t forget the first strike which was outstanding from Cashy but the most pleasing thing for me was how we controlled the game out of possession today.

"I thought we were really organised. Everyone really brought into what we wanted to do out of possession. That gave us a right good base to win a tough football match away from home.

“It’s always important that when you go through a sticky patch you stay together and that you keep believing and keep doing the right things it’ll only be a matter of time before it changes.

“Now, the important thing for us is to take the confidence and belief from today’s performance and build on it for next week against Southampton.

“The preparations were challenging today because of a crash on the motorway but the players remained focused and calm and, you know, we stayed controlled and kept patient. The players delivered a top performance today.

“It was a fantastic moment for Ollie.

“He’s a great kid, very humble and he’ll be more pleased with the win, the three points and the clean sheet and making the supporters happy on the way home.

“He’s someone who is very selfless, the running he does for the team is outstanding and he certainly deserved his goal today on the back of his performance and, hopefully, it’ll give him confidence now for the remaining games.

“I said in the week that I’ve got a lot of belief in my players, collectively and individually, I told Ollie that.

“We went slightly different at the top end of the pitch today with two No.9s and we certainly got our rewards from it.”

Steven Gerrard, Post match.

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”It was a great way to bounce back. It has been a tough couple of weeks for us. We have stuck together in training, we’ve gone out and team bonded and lifted spirits really. A fantastic win.

“I just keep trying to get shots and crosses off, with the system we have that is what I try to do.

“We came here last year and it was one of our toughest fixtures. This time we countered well and got a couple of goals, it is good.

“Every game is hard in this league and we just focus on us. We have a good team and a fantastic manager. We can only do what we can do.”

Matty Cash.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 26 February 2022

“Ollie Watkins scored his first goal since December as Aston Villa kept themselves in contention for a top-10 finish in the Premier League by winning at Brighton & Hove Albion.”

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Ollie Watkins scored his first goal since December as Aston Villa kept themselves in contention for a top-10 finish in the Premier League by winning at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Matty Cash opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half, driving in from the edge of the box after Lucas Digne’s cross had been half cleared.
Brighton had been the better side until then but were unable to capitalise on some poor Aston Villa defending.
The away side had a great chance to increase their lead soon after the restart but Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick was superbly kept out by a diving Robert Sanchez.
But a second arrived towards the end of the second half when Watkins ran clear after Tyrone Mings sent a superb ball over the top and the striker finished confidently for his sixth Premier League goal of the season.
Substitute Danny Welbeck headed wide when unmarked late on but the hosts never really looked like staging a dramatic fight back.
The win means Aston Villa move up to 12th, three points behind 10th-place Brighton.
A much-needed win for Gerrard
Steven Gerrard could hardly have wished for a better start to life as a Premier League manager after overseeing four wins in his first six games following his appointment as Aston Villa boss on 13 November.
That had Villa fans dreaming of the possibility of securing European football for next season but a run of four defeats in their next seven games saw their challenge for the top seven fade away.
This was not quite a perfect performance, with a nervous Villa fortunate not to be punished in the early stages for a lack of concentration in defence but they improved after Cash’s opener and Watkins’ first goal of 2022 will no doubt do wonders to the striker’s confidence.
After back-to-back defeats it was a win that Villa will hope gets their season back on track but for Brighton it was another disappointing outcome on home soil.
The Seagulls have impressed many with their brand of football, but too often good performances have not been backed up with results.
It is now just one victory in their last 10 games at home and finding ways to win more often in front of their own fans is something they need to resolve if they are to establish themselves in the top half of the table.

Ollie Watkins scored his first goal since December as Aston Villa kept themselves in contention for a top-10 finish in the Premier League by winning at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Matty Cash opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half, driving in from the edge of the box after Lucas Digne’s cross had been half cleared.
Brighton had been the better side until then but were unable to capitalise on some poor Aston Villa defending.
The away side had a great chance to increase their lead soon after the restart but Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick was superbly kept out by a diving Robert Sanchez.
But a second arrived towards the end of the second half when Watkins ran clear after Tyrone Mings sent a superb ball over the top and the striker finished confidently for his sixth Premier League goal of the season.
Substitute Danny Welbeck headed wide when unmarked late on but the hosts never really looked like staging a dramatic fight back.
The win means Aston Villa move up to 12th, three points behind 10th-place Brighton.
A much-needed win for Gerrard
Steven Gerrard could hardly have wished for a better start to life as a Premier League manager after overseeing four wins in his first six games following his appointment as Aston Villa boss on 13 November.
That had Villa fans dreaming of the possibility of securing European football for next season but a run of four defeats in their next seven games saw their challenge for the top seven fade away.
This was not quite a perfect performance, with a nervous Villa fortunate not to be punished in the early stages for a lack of concentration in defence but they improved after Cash’s opener and Watkins’ first goal of 2022 will no doubt do wonders to the striker’s confidence.
After back-to-back defeats it was a win that Villa will hope gets their season back on track but for Brighton it was another disappointing outcome on home soil.
The Seagulls have impressed many with their brand of football, but too often good performances have not been backed up with results.
It is now just one victory in their last 10 games at home and finding ways to win more often in front of their own fans is something they need to resolve if they are to establish themselves in the top half of the table.