Game #5664

2021-22

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Position:

12th (-3)

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,949

Saturday, 9 April 2022

A 3rd minute error puts Villa behind before a 47 minute physical, territorial and footballing onslaught puts Spurs on the rack. Five minutes into the second half Villa concede against the run of play and collapse.

Steven Gerrard has now lost four consecutive League games. Dean Smith lost five before being sacked in November.

Steven Gerrard’s Premier League Record:
Played 20
Won: 40%
Drew: 10%
Lost: 50%

Dean Smith’s Premier League Record:
Played 87
Won: 32%
Drew: 18%
Lost: 50%

Aston Villa

0-4

Tottenham Hotspur

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5664

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #34 |
League Match | #31 |
Manager Game | #21 |
Saturday, 9 April 2022
Attendance | 41,949 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 5.30pm |
Referee | Graham Scott |
Half Time Score | 0-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 0-4 |
Last 5 Games | WLLLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Scott.
Previous 5: 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟩 | 🟨 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Craig Pawson.
VAR: Jarred Gillett.
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Graham Scott

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Tottenham Hotspur

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | 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: £63.60m
Team Cost: £227.23m
Squad Cost: £268.81m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/20
Homegrown: 2/20

Starting XI Average Age:
| 26.83 |

Oldest Player:
F Danny Ings | 30.08 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 20.88 |

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard returns to his expected line up after his strange changes for “grit” at Wolves. Morgan Sanson and Leon Bailey drop to the bench with Douglas Luiz promoted and Danny Ings returning from maternity leave.

Marvelous Nakamba makes his first squad appearance since suffering injury in December. Tim Iroegbunam makes way.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |

CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Abdomen, 19 Mar - Unknown
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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 | 7 |

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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 19
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 8
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 12
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 Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | W Leon Bailey 🇯🇲 for F Danny Ings | 70’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía 🇦🇷 for M Philippe Coutinho | 70’ |
🔁 | W Ashley Young 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🟨 for Lucas Digne | 80’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Hugo Lloris | 🇫🇷 | £11.34m |
LB Ben Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £11.39m |
CB Cristian Romero | 🇦🇷 | Loan |
CB Eric Dier | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £4.50m |
RB Emerson Royal | 🇧🇷 | £22.50m |
RB Matt Doherty | 🇮🇪 | £15.12m | 🔁 (LB Sergio Reguilón 🇪🇸 | £27.00m)
M Rodrigo Betancur | 🇺🇾 | £17.10m |
M Pierre-Emile Højbjerg | 🇩🇰 | £14.94m |
W Dejan Kulusevski | 🇸🇪 | Loan | 🔁 (W Steven Bergwijn 🇳🇱 | £27.00m)
W Heung-min Son | 🇰🇷 | ⚽ | £27.00m | 🔁 (W Lucas Moura 🇧🇷 | £25.56m)
CF Harry Kane | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |

Unused:
GK Pierluigi Gollini (ex) | 🇮🇹 | Loan |
CB Joe Rodon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £10.89m |
CB Davinson Sánchez | 🇨🇴 | £37.80m |
M Harry Winks | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
M Harvey White | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
W Ryan Sessegnon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £24.30m |

Manager: Antonio Conte | 🇮🇹 |
1st XI Cost: £123.89m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £79.56m
Team Cost: £203.45m
Squad Cost: £276.44m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/20
Homegrown: 3/20

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 twentieth Premier League game and delivers a tenth defeat.

In so doing Gerrard eclipses the managerial loss rate that was set by Tommy Cummings across 64 games between 1967-68 and 1968-69. 50%.

Steven Gerrard’s loss rate over 21 League and Cup games is 52%.

Only Rémi Garde (57% across 23 games) and Tim Sherwood (57% across 20 games) have worse records for the club - achieved when Villa were relegated in 2015-16.

Villa’s defeat is their biggest at home since January 2020 when they gave Danny Drinkwater a debut.

Meanwhile, John McGinn made his 140th appearance for the club, Emiliano Buendía his 30th and Lucas Digne his 10th. Digne leaves the field early for the third time in four games since his £27 million move to the club.

Good job Stevie G turfed Matt Targett out on loan to Newcastle eh?

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 3’ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur), Heung-min Son
🟨 | 21’ Booking, Danny Ings, Bad foul
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
⚽ | 50’ Goal, 0-2, (Tottenham Hotspur), Dejan Kulusevski
⚽ | 66’ Goal, 0-3, (Tottenham Hotspur), Heung-min Son
🔁 | 70’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Leon Bailey
🔁 | 70’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
⚽ | 71’ Goal, 0-4, (Tottenham Hotspur), Heung-min Son
🔁 | 80’ Sub off, Lucas Digne, Sub on, Ashley Young
🟨 | 82’ Booking, Ashley Young, Bad foul
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's loss rate is 27th of 32 Villa bosses after 21 games of their tenure. The 5th worst.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“It’s tough - the scoreline is harsh on us, but it’s the reality and we have to accept that. I have to accept it - I’m responsible. The story of the game certainly wasn’t a 4-0 game.

“We’ve been beaten 4-0 and that is tough to take; it hurts.

“But the story of the game is a head-scratcher for sure. If you look at our first half performance, I couldn’t ask for more except us taking our chances.

“It’s the first time in football I’ve gone off at half-time 1-0 down and been really happy and proud, we were magnificent, we didn’t take our chances but at half-time I said if we can continue this I have no doubt we get back into the game.

“We were very dominant; the goal we’ve conceded is poor. Outside of that, I thought it was the best we’ve played under us, and if we’d been winning two or three one, nobody would have had any complaints.

“We were aggressive, we counter-pressed, we created chances, we were the better footballing team. The challenge was maintaining that; we’ve been speaking about that 90-minute performance.

“The second half it flipped, Spurs’ quality players made it about our backline and they punished us really heavily.

“They’ve punished us with pure quality. Tottenham were ruthless, but I’m really disappointed in the second, third and fourth goals. They could have been dealt well with good defensive play.

“Analysing the first goal, a long straight ball we could’ve defended that better, they got a bit of luck but they’re ruthless in front of goal.

“To be 1-0 down at half-time was against the run of play, we were outstanding and the chances we’ve created against a top side is enough to win two or three games.

“We asked them to maintain that at half-time and we tried, we talk about defending the area around 18-yard box and Spurs punished us heavily in that area.

“We’ve got time - I don’t know if that’s a good thing, you want the next game quickly after a defeat like that which stings but I’ve got to pick the players up and be ready for the next game.

“I want us to remember that first half, we have a lot to learn and defensively in the second half we have even more to learn.

“Listen, in terms of the scoreline today I’d like to apologise but, the supporters inside the stadium today would have seen a game of two halves.

“We’ll work extremely hard to bounce back from this, of course we will.

If the players feel the same way as I do now, I’m really confident that we’ll get the reaction we need.

“[But] It’s not time to talk about individuals.

“In the first half, we made it about Tottenham’s back five and their two central midfielders. We dominated their back line. We put crosses into the box, made real good opportunities and could have scored three or four goals easily, in my opinion, if we executed (chances).

“I’m concerned and worried about [Lucas Digne] because he’s in a sling right now. We’ve got a collarbone issue rather than a shoulder issue. If it’s what we fear, it could be season over.

“It stings right now and, to lose a really important player, a player who we missed last week when he went off. We’ll analyse it in the next 24 hours in terms of scans and we’ll have a medical report on it but the doctors have said they are worried and concerned and that’s tells you the story.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“While Lloris deserves the plaudits for his impressive display, the hosts were also guilty of profligate finishing, with Ings - still yet to truly find his feet at Villa with just five goals since his £25m summer move from Southampton - the chief culprit.”

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**Son Heung-min’s hat-trick kept Tottenham’s Premier League top-four destiny in their own hands as Spurs produced a masterclass in clinical finishing to thrash Aston Villa.**
After the South Korea striker steered the visitors into an early lead, Spurs withstood a Villa onslaught to remain ahead at the interval with veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris making a string of superb saves.
But they cruised to victory with a breathtaking, counter-attacking second-half performance as Son swept home two more fine finishes, either side of an equally elegant strike from Dejan Kulusevski.
A fourth-successive win moved Antonio Conte’s side three points above north London rivals Arsenal - beaten at home by Brighton earlier on Saturday - in the race for the fourth Champions League spot.
Villa, meanwhile, were left to reflect on a fourth-straight defeat, despite dominating long spells of the first half, as returning striker Danny Ings wasted two glorious chances to bring them level.
### Son shines - but he’s far from alone for Spurs
While the scoreline failed to reflect the overall balance of play - or chances created - in the West Midlands, it was Spurs who possessed the difference-making individual talents.
Chief among them, of course, was Son, who seemingly never ceases to amaze - his first and third goals beautifully struck first-time efforts that both went in off the post, with a composed one-on-one finish to beat Emi Martinez in between.
On-loan Juventus midfielder Kulusevski again impressed, teeing up Son for his hat-trick after firing an accurate finish through the legs of Tyrone Mings and past Martinez to put the result beyond doubt.
Harry Kane took a back seat but was still involved in three of the goals, flicking on headers in the build-up to two, but Lloris was arguably Spurs’ stand-out performer.
The France goalkeeper made excellent first-half stops to thwart Jacob Ramsey’s solo run and shot, John McGinn’s 25-yard thunderbolt and Philippe Coutinho’s cheeky near-post free-kick.
Only three weeks ago, Spurs sat eighth, six points off fourth place - a position they now proudly hold, even if Arsenal do have a game in hand.
Tottenham, though, have a superior goal difference - boosted by this win - and an easier run-in on paper with Brighton, Brentford, Burnley and Norwich among their final seven opponents, while Arsenal meet Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham among their next four.
### Ings’ day to forget as Villa’s Spurs curse strikes again
Tottenham are very much becoming Villa’s bogey side - they have won 14 of the past 18 Premier League meetings between the sides and this was their seventh-straight success at Villa Park.
Despite Son’s early opener, it did not look like ending that way for the majority of the first half though as Villa laid siege to the visitors’ goal.
While Lloris deserves the plaudits for his impressive display, the hosts were also guilty of profligate finishing, with Ings - still yet to truly find his feet at Villa with just five goals since his £25m summer move from Southampton - the chief culprit.
Twice he was afforded excellent chances on the volley - one from a dinked Coutinho set-piece and then an Ollie Watkins flick-on - but he scuffed both, one straight at Lloris and the other badly wide.
Watkins also sent a free header over from six yards as Steven Gerrard suffered his heaviest defeat as Villa boss.

**Son Heung-min’s hat-trick kept Tottenham’s Premier League top-four destiny in their own hands as Spurs produced a masterclass in clinical finishing to thrash Aston Villa.**
After the South Korea striker steered the visitors into an early lead, Spurs withstood a Villa onslaught to remain ahead at the interval with veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris making a string of superb saves.
But they cruised to victory with a breathtaking, counter-attacking second-half performance as Son swept home two more fine finishes, either side of an equally elegant strike from Dejan Kulusevski.
A fourth-successive win moved Antonio Conte’s side three points above north London rivals Arsenal - beaten at home by Brighton earlier on Saturday - in the race for the fourth Champions League spot.
Villa, meanwhile, were left to reflect on a fourth-straight defeat, despite dominating long spells of the first half, as returning striker Danny Ings wasted two glorious chances to bring them level.
### Son shines - but he’s far from alone for Spurs
While the scoreline failed to reflect the overall balance of play - or chances created - in the West Midlands, it was Spurs who possessed the difference-making individual talents.
Chief among them, of course, was Son, who seemingly never ceases to amaze - his first and third goals beautifully struck first-time efforts that both went in off the post, with a composed one-on-one finish to beat Emi Martinez in between.
On-loan Juventus midfielder Kulusevski again impressed, teeing up Son for his hat-trick after firing an accurate finish through the legs of Tyrone Mings and past Martinez to put the result beyond doubt.
Harry Kane took a back seat but was still involved in three of the goals, flicking on headers in the build-up to two, but Lloris was arguably Spurs’ stand-out performer.
The France goalkeeper made excellent first-half stops to thwart Jacob Ramsey’s solo run and shot, John McGinn’s 25-yard thunderbolt and Philippe Coutinho’s cheeky near-post free-kick.
Only three weeks ago, Spurs sat eighth, six points off fourth place - a position they now proudly hold, even if Arsenal do have a game in hand.
Tottenham, though, have a superior goal difference - boosted by this win - and an easier run-in on paper with Brighton, Brentford, Burnley and Norwich among their final seven opponents, while Arsenal meet Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham among their next four.
### Ings’ day to forget as Villa’s Spurs curse strikes again
Tottenham are very much becoming Villa’s bogey side - they have won 14 of the past 18 Premier League meetings between the sides and this was their seventh-straight success at Villa Park.
Despite Son’s early opener, it did not look like ending that way for the majority of the first half though as Villa laid siege to the visitors’ goal.
While Lloris deserves the plaudits for his impressive display, the hosts were also guilty of profligate finishing, with Ings - still yet to truly find his feet at Villa with just five goals since his £25m summer move from Southampton - the chief culprit.
Twice he was afforded excellent chances on the volley - one from a dinked Coutinho set-piece and then an Ollie Watkins flick-on - but he scuffed both, one straight at Lloris and the other badly wide.
Watkins also sent a free header over from six yards as Steven Gerrard suffered his heaviest defeat as Villa boss.