Game #5663

2021-22

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Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Molineux

Attendance: 31,012

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Look away now. Yet another unfathomably poor first half performance leaves Villa with the increasingly tiresome veneer of 'throwing everything at' a game well lost in the first 45. Questions abound for Gerrard 20 games in. Dean Smith must be watching with mixed emotions to say the least as a sub 11th finish beckons for a clearly disjointed Villa.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 86' |

Assist(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5663

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Match | #30 |
Manager Game | #20 |
Saturday, 2 April 2022
Attendance | 31,012 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | Darren England |
Half Time Score | 0-2 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | WWLLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Darren England.
Previous 5: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟥 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Matthew Wilkes.
Fourth official: Darren Bond.
VAR: Lee Mason.
Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Darren England

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Wolverhampton Wanderers

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | 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: £165.29m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £49.68m
Team Cost: £214.97m
Squad Cost: £231.53m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 9/19
Homegrown: 3/19

Starting XI Average Age: 26.66

Oldest Player: 29.82
M Philippe Coutinho

Youngest Player: 20.86
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Douglas Luiz, Emiliano Buendía and Ashley Young are dropped as Steven Gerrard celebrates his 20th game in charge by announcing he wants his Villa side to be “grittier” away from home. Morgan Sanson, Leon Bailey come in as Lucas Digne returns from injury.

There is no Danny Ings as Gerrard names just eight substitutes.

UNAVAILABLE

Paternity Leave | 1 |

F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
2 Apr - 9 Apr
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Injury | 2 |

M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
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CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Abdomen, 19 Mar - Unknown
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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 to 31 May 22
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CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Internacional
6 Jan 22 to 1 Jan 23
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W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | Everton
13 Jan 22 to 1 Jul 22
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M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cheltenham
11 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Livingston
12 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stoke
21 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Preston
24 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Newcastle
31 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Gateshead
31 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Luton
31 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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W Trézéguet, Basaksehir | 🇪🇬 |
8 Feb 22 to 30 Jun 22
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Not Selected | 6 |

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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 15

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 | 🇦🇷 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for LB Lucas Digne | 13’ |
🔁 | M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | for Morgan Sanson | 72’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | for M Philippe Coutinho | 74’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

Only Eight Substitutes Named

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK José Pedro Malheiro de Sá | 🇵🇹 |
LB Fernando Marçal de Oliveira | 🇧🇷 | 🟨
CB Willy-Arnaud Zobo Boly | 🇨🇮 |
CB Conor Coady | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨
CB Max Kilman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Jonathan Castro Otto | 🇪🇸 | ⚽ 🟨
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 |
M João Moutinho | 🇵🇹 |
W Francisco António Machado Mota Castro Trincão | 🇵🇹 | 🟨 (W Pedro Lomba Neto 🇵🇹)
W Daniel Castelo Podence | 🇵🇹 | (CF Hwang Hee-Chan 🇰🇷)
CF Fábio Daniel Soares Silva | 🇵🇹 | (W Francisco Jorge Tomás Oliveira 🇵🇹)

Unused:
LB Rayan Aït-Nouri | 🇫🇷 |
GK John Ruddy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Nélson Cabral Semedo | 🇵🇹 |
CB Tote António Gomes | 🇵🇹 |
CB Romain Ghanem Paul Saïss | 🇲🇦 |
M Luke Cundle | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Manager: Bruno Lage 🇵🇹
1st XI Cost: £112.32m
Home Nation: 2/11
Homegrown: 0/11
Subs Cost: £34.29m
Team Cost: £146.61m
Squad Cost: £189.90m
Home Nation: 4/20
Homegrown: 1/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Steven Gerrard takes charge of his 20th game as Villa boss whilst Tyrone Mings makes his 120th appearance for the club. Meanwhile, Matty Cash makes his 60th appearance since joining from Forest in September 2020.

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 7’ Goal, 0-1, (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jonny
🔁 | 13’ Sub off, Lucas Digne, Sub on, Ashley Young
⚽ | 36’ Goal, 0-2, (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ashley Young o.g
🟨 | 38’ Booking, John McGinn, Bad Foul
🕒 | HT Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 72’ Sub off, Morgan Sanson, Sub on, Douglas Luiz
🔁 | 74’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
⚽ | 86’ Goal, 1-2, Ollie Watkins (pen)
🟨 | 90+3’ Booking, Ashley Young
🟨 | 90+4’ Booking, Ezri Konsa
🕒 | FT Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

👎 After 20 games Steven Gerrard ranks 13th of 32 Villa bosses for win rate; 25th of 32 for loss rate (6th worst) and 20th of 32 for points per game collected. Only Dick Taylor (1964-65) and Tommy Cummings (1967-68 Second Division) have a worse loss rate at the same point in their tenure.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“At the end we were in a position where we had nothing to lose but we put ourselves in a really difficult place in the match with our first-half performance.

“We were second best and the game could have been dead and buried at half time. We were arguably better in the second half but we can’t keep gifting goals - this league is unforgiving.

“I just said to the players, ‘I thought this was a local derby, where we had to come out of the blocks and have a war from the first minute’. But we only started having a war in the 70th minute and it was too late, but we’ve only got ourselves to blame.

“Their goalkeeper has made two or three world-class saves but we’ve gifted two really poor goals and you can’t afford to do that. We conceded a really poor goal and then had a real wobble.

“Wolves were sharper, more aggressive and they knew it was a derby and we didn’t realise we were in a derby until the second half and beyond. I can’t put my frustrations into words.”

Steven Gerrard.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 2 April 2022

"Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard warned his players they are playing for their futures after they lost at Wolves."

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**Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard warned his players they are playing for their futures after they lost at Wolves - a result that boosted the hosts’ hopes of playing in Europe next season.**
Wolves had looked in control when Spain defender Jonny struck a crisp half-volley after only seven minutes before Villa defender Ashley Young inadvertently headed into his own net to make it 2-0.
A controversial 86th-minute penalty from England striker Ollie Watkins, after he was fouled by goalkeeper Jose Sa, gave Villa hope of leaving Molineux with a draw.
They had a chance to grab an unlikely point, but Matty Cash’s 95th-minute volley was saved by Sa.
However, Gerrard, whose side have now lost three games in a row for the first time since he replaced the sacked Dean Smith in November, was unhappy with his players.
“It’s a game we never turned up for,” the former England captain said. “We’re playing Wolves, a local rival, but you can’t come to derbies at half time.
“We’re looking like a 45-minute team and that’s on me - we gifted Wolves two goals. I’ve got to fix it and I will fix it.
“The players in the building have to help me fix it now. If not, we will get players in who will help me fix it.”
The victory took Wolves above West Ham and five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the final Champions League spot - although the Gunners have three games in hand.
### Wolves dreaming of European return
For Wolves, it was a third victory in seven games, even if in the end it was tighter than they might have liked.
They are now seventh in the Premier League and, if they stay there, will qualify for next season’s Europa Conference League - as long as Crystal Palace do not win the FA Cup (in which case the Eagles would play in Europe instead).
Wolves are trying to secure European football for the second time in four seasons after reaching the Europa League quarter-finals in 2019-20.
Despite being without midfielder Ruben Neves, out for a month with a knee injury, and suspended striker Raul Jimenez after his red card against Leeds, Bruno Lage’s side looked a threat every time they attacked against a surprisingly vulnerable Villa defence.
Wolves went ahead after only seven minutes when Villa’s John McGinn slipped and lost possession before team-mate Ezri Konsa also fell over. That enabled the hosts to counter, with Jonny scoring with a great strike after Lucas Digne had blocked Fabio Silva’s shot.
It was Jonny’s second goal in consecutive matches in only his sixth appearance of the season, after being out for 10 months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The hosts doubled their lead in the 36th minute in fortunate circumstances when Young, on in place of the injured Digne, slipped when trying to deal with Marcal’s left-wing cross and headed into his own net.
### No Wolves collapse this week, just
Wolves threw away a 2-0 lead against Leeds before losing 3-2 on 18 March, and their fans would have been fearing a repeat late on at Molineux.
Villa’s best chances in the first half came from long distance, with Philippe Coutinho narrowly firing a free-kick over and Leon Bailey having an excellent effort tipped over by goalkeeper Jose Sa.
Watkins, who scored for England in their 3-0 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday, twice had chances to halve the deficit before Wolves substitute Hwang Hee-chan almost added another for the hosts within two minutes of coming on, but shot wide.
When Watkins was fouled by Sa, he converted the penalty for his eighth Premier League goal of the season to set up a frantic finale. Poland right-back Cash had the chance to equalise, but his injury-time volley was excellently saved by Sa.

“It’s the same feeling we had against Leeds,” said Wolves boss Bruno Lage. “That’s why 2-0 is so dangerous, especially in this competition.
“I’m happy because we won. We played the way we wanted to play. The game plan was perfect.
“We need that mentality to kill the game, score the third goal and not to give hope to the opponent.”
Villa dropped to 10th in the Premier League but do not have much to play for, now 13 points behind Wolves and 14 clear of the relegation zone.

**Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard warned his players they are playing for their futures after they lost at Wolves - a result that boosted the hosts’ hopes of playing in Europe next season.**
Wolves had looked in control when Spain defender Jonny struck a crisp half-volley after only seven minutes before Villa defender Ashley Young inadvertently headed into his own net to make it 2-0.
A controversial 86th-minute penalty from England striker Ollie Watkins, after he was fouled by goalkeeper Jose Sa, gave Villa hope of leaving Molineux with a draw.
They had a chance to grab an unlikely point, but Matty Cash’s 95th-minute volley was saved by Sa.
However, Gerrard, whose side have now lost three games in a row for the first time since he replaced the sacked Dean Smith in November, was unhappy with his players.
“It’s a game we never turned up for,” the former England captain said. “We’re playing Wolves, a local rival, but you can’t come to derbies at half time.
“We’re looking like a 45-minute team and that’s on me - we gifted Wolves two goals. I’ve got to fix it and I will fix it.
“The players in the building have to help me fix it now. If not, we will get players in who will help me fix it.”
The victory took Wolves above West Ham and five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the final Champions League spot - although the Gunners have three games in hand.
### Wolves dreaming of European return
For Wolves, it was a third victory in seven games, even if in the end it was tighter than they might have liked.
They are now seventh in the Premier League and, if they stay there, will qualify for next season’s Europa Conference League - as long as Crystal Palace do not win the FA Cup (in which case the Eagles would play in Europe instead).
Wolves are trying to secure European football for the second time in four seasons after reaching the Europa League quarter-finals in 2019-20.
Despite being without midfielder Ruben Neves, out for a month with a knee injury, and suspended striker Raul Jimenez after his red card against Leeds, Bruno Lage’s side looked a threat every time they attacked against a surprisingly vulnerable Villa defence.
Wolves went ahead after only seven minutes when Villa’s John McGinn slipped and lost possession before team-mate Ezri Konsa also fell over. That enabled the hosts to counter, with Jonny scoring with a great strike after Lucas Digne had blocked Fabio Silva’s shot.
It was Jonny’s second goal in consecutive matches in only his sixth appearance of the season, after being out for 10 months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The hosts doubled their lead in the 36th minute in fortunate circumstances when Young, on in place of the injured Digne, slipped when trying to deal with Marcal’s left-wing cross and headed into his own net.
### No Wolves collapse this week, just
Wolves threw away a 2-0 lead against Leeds before losing 3-2 on 18 March, and their fans would have been fearing a repeat late on at Molineux.
Villa’s best chances in the first half came from long distance, with Philippe Coutinho narrowly firing a free-kick over and Leon Bailey having an excellent effort tipped over by goalkeeper Jose Sa.
Watkins, who scored for England in their 3-0 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday, twice had chances to halve the deficit before Wolves substitute Hwang Hee-chan almost added another for the hosts within two minutes of coming on, but shot wide.
When Watkins was fouled by Sa, he converted the penalty for his eighth Premier League goal of the season to set up a frantic finale. Poland right-back Cash had the chance to equalise, but his injury-time volley was excellently saved by Sa.

“It’s the same feeling we had against Leeds,” said Wolves boss Bruno Lage. “That’s why 2-0 is so dangerous, especially in this competition.
“I’m happy because we won. We played the way we wanted to play. The game plan was perfect.
“We need that mentality to kill the game, score the third goal and not to give hope to the opponent.”
Villa dropped to 10th in the Premier League but do not have much to play for, now 13 points behind Wolves and 14 clear of the relegation zone.