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Game #5660

Aston Villa

Tuesday, 4 April 2023

Won

7th (+2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Leicester City

Attendance: 32,087

King Power Stadium

Leicester City

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Emiliano Buendรญa | 24' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Six unbeaten, five wins, seventh place. Bertrand Traorรฉ returns with a vengeance.

KEY MAN

Bertrand Traorรฉ, discarded by the former manager, recalled by Unai Emery, another match winner.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Tuesday, 4 April 2023

โšฝ | 24โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Emiliano Buendรญa
๐Ÿฅ… | 35โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Leicester City), Harvey Barnes
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Leicester City 1-1 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸฅ | 70โ€™ Sending off, (Leicester City), Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Jhon Durรกn
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Calum Chambers
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, รlex Moreno, Sub on, Lucas Digne
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Bertrand Traorรฉ
โšฝ | 87โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Bertrand Traorรฉ
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 90โ€™+2 Referee Graham Scott awards Leicester a very questionable penalty
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 90โ€™+2 VAR overturns Referee Graham Scottโ€™s decision
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Leicester City 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Douglas Luiz makes his 125th start (142nd appearance) for Villa since joining in July 2019 aged 21.

Meanwhile Ollie Watkins becomes the first Villa player to score in six successive away games in the Premier League (since 1992-93) having scored eight in his last two games and is only behind Dean Saunders (37) and level with John Carew (36) in scoring the most goals in their first 100 Premier League games for Villa.

Elsewhere, 19 year old left back Seb Revan makes his first ever squad appearance for Villa.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
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

Leicester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2020-21

FIXTURE HISTORY

Leicester City

Previous 5 vs. Leicester: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
None

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #32 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #18 |
Tuesday, 4 April 2023
Attendance | 32,087 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Graham Scott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Oxford, 2008-
Kick off: 7.45pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 18 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 10 ๐ŸŸจ | 2 ๐ŸŸฅ 6 | 1.78

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Scott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Oxford, 2008- ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 10
๐ŸŸฉ : 4
๐ŸŸจ : 2
๐ŸŸฅ : 4
๐Ÿ†˜ : 2
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 8 Jan 23, Villa 1-2 Stevenage (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Steven Meredith, Samuel Lewis.
Fourth official: Peter Bankes.
VAR: Neil Swarbrick.
Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Leicester City

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Boubacar Kamara drops out after his first half relapse at Chelsea on Saturday and so Unai Emery hands another chance to Leon Bailey. Ashley Young remains in place of the injured Matty Cash whilst there is another squad debut tonight with under-21s left back Seb Revan making the 20.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 28.04 |
Bench Average Age: | 26.32 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.18 |
Subs Average Age: | 26.22 |
Oldest Starter: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.76 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.87 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.76 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.32 |
Oldest Substitute: LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 29.73 |
Youngest Substitute: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.32 |

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Mike Stowell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (Caretaker)

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Leicester City

GK Daniel Iversen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Timothy Castagne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Harry Souttar | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CB Wout Faes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Victor Kristiansen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Nampalys Mendy | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Wilfrid Ndidi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M James Maddison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Harvey Barnes ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Jamie Vardy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | for M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 85โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | โšฝ | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 85โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Patson Daka | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | for CF Jamie Vardy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Ricardo Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | for M James Maddison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Seb Revan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Danny Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Luke Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Daniel Amartey | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Dennis Praet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Boubakary Soumarรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Tetรช | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Kelechi Iheanacho | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ171.57m
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: ยฃ58.21m
Team Cost: ยฃ229.78m
Squad Cost: ยฃ274.33m
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 Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |

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

CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.90m |
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 Seb Revan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
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 |

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: ยฃ113.59m
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: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ46.28m
Team Cost: ยฃ159.87m
Squad Cost: ยฃ237.73m
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 : 5/20
Homegrown: 5/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Danny Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ12.60m |
GK Daniel Iversen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ0.23m |

RB Ricardo Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ19.28m |
RB Timothy Castagne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ18.00m |
LB Victor Kristiansen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ12.39m |
LB Luke Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CB Harry Souttar | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ15.00m |
CB Wout Faes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ15.00m |
CB Daniel Amartey | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ5.80m |

M James Maddison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ22.50m |
M Boubakary Soumarรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ17.53m |
M Dennis Praet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ17.00m |
M Wilfrid Ndidi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ15.40m |
M Nampalys Mendy | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ยฃ13.95m |
M Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Harvey Barnes ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
W Tetรช | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

CF Patson Daka | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ27.00m |
CF Kelechi Iheanacho | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ24.93m |
CF Jamie Vardy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.12m |

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Injury | 4 |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Achilles
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Muscle
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Calf
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Ankle

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

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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

๐ŸŸข CB Seb Revan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | First Squad Appearance

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 65%
Possession A | 35%
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 10

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œWe want to add offensively more moments and to keep ball possession better than [vs Chelsea]. That is the key - defend like we did against Chelsea and to try to control the game more with the ball. โ€œWe are excited to play today and excited to show our best performance. โ€œWe are going to try and continue with our idea and with a new coach I think they [Leicester] are going to change something. We are going to try and be focused on our work and try and win here.โ€ โ€œThe key is to try and be consistent and be competitive. We have to be demanding of ourselves and be ambitious.โ€ Unai Emery, pre-match. โ€œI want to thank the supporters. They were with us as well enjoying and trying to support us. They have a very big responsibility as well to try and help us to play and to be competitive and to get the points. We want to share our good moments with them. โ€œBertrand Traore! Heโ€™s very appreciated in the dressing room. Everybody loves him. He decided to come back [in January] to help us. He was progressing because he was injured at the beginning and, today, everyone is happy. โ€œHeโ€™s a very good guy. He has good skills, good 1-vs-1. He has the capacity to score and he helps us. The goal is great for him. โ€œWe have to be consistent now in the top 10. โ€œOf course, with those victories we have added six points in the table. Now, we can add another step ahead thinking to be candidate to be in the European position. โ€œBut itโ€™s going to be very difficult because of Brighton, Brentford - theyโ€™re playing very well. Weโ€™re now with them - Chelsea and Liverpool as well, they have to be in Europe next year and we have to fight with them to be in Europe. They will react as well. We can have ambition and motivation to try to be a candidate. โ€œI tried to use my experiences here and to do one process: to be competitive and to work tactically in different ways like we are doing. Being organised defensively and offensively. We are feeling good. I think the players are trying to understand that we have to be very demanding. โ€œWe have to work, practice and be together because football is very difficult. We escaped from the bottom because the players have been very committed to the work. But we have to add a new target in our next matches. We canโ€™t be the next candidate to be in the Europa position without this. โ€œWeโ€™re not going to stop or relax. Tomorrow weโ€™re going to rest but Thursday and Friday weโ€™re going to focus on the match on Saturday because itโ€™s going to be very difficult against Nottingham. We want to be connected with the supporters at home. โ€œWe are progressing and quickly being competitive. I arrived here when [Villa] didnโ€™t win one match away. Itโ€™s not normal like we are doing away in this competitive way. Iโ€™ve been very demanding with them because winning away is more difficult than winning at home. Now itโ€™s different for us - more difficult at home for us rather than away. โ€œThe idea is to create and build a team and a way. That is the idea every day when I speak with the owners and with the players. Iโ€™m telling them that we have to be professional way. We have to improve and accept sometimes big criticism because we want to be competitive. โ€œWe have to create a strong mentality away, that was the idea. And if we can add now a new objective in our matches from here until the end - we are going to do it. Now we are in the top 10. We have to prepare now for Saturday. We will improve ourselves. โ€œI donโ€™t analyse other strikers. For us, [Ollie Watkins] is very important. Heโ€™s not only scoring but his commitment every day trying to add more work, watching his clips. Heโ€™s the first defence in our idea, trying to be consistent. Heโ€™s working very well with the high pressing. Heโ€™s trying to fight with the defenders. Heโ€™s scoring and heโ€™s adding the best quality as a striker - the goal.โ€ Unai Emery. โ€œI like to take challenges, always, with my striker, with my coaching. Because I like to be offensive and to be a winner. โ€œThe striker is very important to me. I spoke with [Watkins] at the beginning about the relationship here. I told him that I want the best of you and the way he is doing; practicing, being humble to improve. This is the way. โ€œThen, he has a big career to do in his future. Itโ€™s very important as well to try and speak about other players because he is not going to score if his teammates arenโ€™t helping him to do it. โ€œFor us, Ollie Watkins is very important. Heโ€™s not only scoring but his commitment every day trying to add more work, watching his clips. Heโ€™s the first defence in our idea, trying to be consistent. Heโ€™s working very well with the high pressing. Heโ€™s trying to fight with the defenders. Heโ€™s scoring and heโ€™s adding the best quality as a striker - the goal.โ€ Unai Emery. โ€œIโ€™ve been frustrated in the past because I know I can hit these sorts of levels. โ€œMaybe I was trying too hard because I know Iโ€™m capable of it. Itโ€™s nice that Iโ€™m showing people what Iโ€™m capable of doing, and long may it continue.โ€ Ollie Watkins. โ€œGreat win, three points and Iโ€™m on the scoresheet again, so Iโ€™m very happy. โ€œItโ€™s always what you dream about when you come on as a substitute, try to make an impact, try to help the team. โ€œI was coming in and we were drawing 1-1, we really wanted to win this game so I tried to help the team as much as possible. โ€œI was happy, I was lucky also that I was rewarded with the winning goal. So, Iโ€™m happy for the team. โ€œWe have a good squad of players and friends, so we are in a good way and we are in a good place. โ€œWe have a good atmosphere in and around the pitch, this is really important for the rest of the season and for the future of this team. โ€œSome things I donโ€™t control like injuries and other things. โ€œUnder the previous manager I was pulled out of the first team squad and went training for two weeks with the under-23s before I went out on loan. โ€œIt was really frustrating for me. But it is part of our job and part of football. โ€œThis is behind me now and I am just focused now on what I have to do on the pitch to try to help the team and give love to the fans to keep on working on the pitch, this is what a football player can do. โ€œI had a conversation with the manager from ages ago as I played against him a lot of times. โ€œHe believed in me and I think he is on my side and I want to give back so he doesnโ€™t believe in me for nothing. I am also trying to give back to the team and the fans who have supported me. โ€œIt feels good for me because I travelled a lot the last two seasons with a lot of injuries and had some trouble with the previous manager. The new manager gave me a new chance. โ€œI came back from my loan injured and had to work hard to get fit and then the team was doing well. I have to work hard to get back in the team but I think I am in a good way and will keep on working hard. I will try to help as much as possible when I get my chance.โ€ Bertrand Traorรฉ.

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