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Game #5664

Aston Villa

Tuesday, 25 April 2023


5th (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 41,046


Villa Park

An utterly dominant first half followed by a second half performance reminiscent of the bad old days. Curious. But Villa hold on to climb to 5th in the table, 10 unbeaten, 8 victories. Great sides win even when they play poorly so they say. Villa probably wonโ€™t get away with three below par performances in a row however.

Put things into perspective though. Flick back to October 2022 and our last game against Fulham, under Steven Gerrard, torpedoing down the table in 17th, with the walking disaster Jan Bednarek in the 1st XI.

Weโ€™ll take a tepid second 45โ€™ any day of the week, any week of the year given whatโ€™s gone before.

Aston Villa



Assist(s) | John McGinn | 21โ€™ |


Unai Emery, it has to go to the boss, clearly frustrated that the team didn't perform to his standards but what an impact he has had, if it all ended tomorrow he'd already be a Villa legend, peerless




Tuesday, 25 April 2023

โšฝ | 21โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Tyrone Mings, Assist by John McGinn
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham
๐ŸŸจ | 74โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young, Bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, รlex Moreno, Sub on, Lucas Digne
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Bertrand Traorรฉ
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Calum Chambers
๐ŸŸจ | 88โ€™ Booking, Emiliano Martรญnez
๐ŸŸจ | 89โ€™ Booking, Bertrand Traorรฉ, Bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham


Villa make it ten league games unbeaten, winning eight, and taking 26 points out of a possible 30 whilst keeping seven clean sheets.

Itโ€™s the clubโ€™s longest Premier League sequence without defeat since a run of 10 from May to October 2011 that straddled the 2009-10 caretaker management of Gary McAllister and the early days of Alex McLeish and which delivered just four wins and four clean sheets taking 18 points from thirty.

Villa make it five consecutive victories in top-flight matches at Villa Park for the first time since John Gregory in May to September 1998, and have done so without conceding a goal for the first time since March-April 1983 under Tony Barton.

Villa have have scored in all 20 Premier League fixtures under Unai Emery, the longest streak from the start of a managerโ€™s tenure in the competitionโ€™s history for any club.

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


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ



Previous 5 vs. Fulham: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Game | #33 |
Manager Game | #22 |
Tuesday, 25 April 2023
Attendance | 41,046 |


Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-|
Referee: Thomas Bramall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield & Hallam, 2018-
Kick off: 7.45pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |


๐Ÿ•’ 22 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 13 ๐ŸŸจ | 3 ๐ŸŸฅ 6 | 1.91

Career Form:

Top 4

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |


Referee: Thomas Bramall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield & Hallam, 2018- ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5:
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Derek Eaton, Steven Meredith.
Fourth official: Andy Madley.
VAR: Tony Harrington.
Assistant VAR: Natalie Aspinall.

Thomas Bramall



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Same XI as Emi Martรญnez recovers from his tummy bug and Villa are mercifully spared from the full Olsen. Meanwhile, Tommi Oโ€™Reilly, 19, returns to the Villa squad for the first time since April 2022.


Starting XI Average Age: | 28.31 |
Bench Average Age: | 25.41 |
Squad Average Age: | 26.86 |
Subs Average Age: | 28.57 |
Oldest Starter: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.82 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.92 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.82 |
Youngest Squad Player: M Tommy Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.37 |
Oldest Substitute: GK Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 29.78 |
Youngest Substitute: W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | 27.65 |



Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Marco Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |

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 | โšฝ |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
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 | ๐Ÿ” |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Bernd Leno | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Kenny Tete | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Tosin Adarabioyo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tim Ream | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Antonee Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Harrison Reed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Joรฃo Palhinha | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Andreas Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Manor Solomon | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Daniel James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
W Harry Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 77โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | for M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 85โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Bobby De Cordova-Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐ŸŸจ | for W Harry Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 17โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Carlos Vinรญcius | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ4.50m | for W Manor Solomon | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tom Cairney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.78m | for RB Kenny Tete | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 68โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Cรฉdric Soares | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Loan | for M Andreas Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 68โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Neeskens Kebano | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | ยฃ4.01m | for M Harrison Reed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 83โ€™ |


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 Tommy Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |


GK Marek Rodak | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Issa Diop | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Shane Duffy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Sasa Lukic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |


1st XI Cost: ยฃ156.27m
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: ยฃ43.56m
Team Cost: ยฃ199.83m
Squad Cost: ยฃ245.53m
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 : 9/20
Homegrown: 4/20


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 |
M Tommy Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
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 |


1st XI Cost: ยฃ55.98m
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: ยฃ20.30m
Team Cost: ยฃ76.28m
Squad Cost: ยฃ100.30m
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: โญ•/20


GK Bernd Leno | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.24m |
GK Marek Rodak | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Youth |

RB Kenny Tete | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ2.83m |
LB Antonee Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.89m |
RB Cรฉdric Soares | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

CB Issa Diop | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ16.02m |
CB Tim Ream | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.53m |
CB Tosin Adarabioyo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.49m |
CB Shane Duffy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Loan |

M Joรฃo Palhinha | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ18.00m |
M Andreas Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ8.55m |
M Bobby De Cordova-Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ8.01m |
M Sasa Lukic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ8.00m |
M Harrison Reed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ5.85m |
M Tom Cairney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.78m |

W Harry Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ12.60m |
W Neeskens Kebano | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | ยฃ4.01m |
W Manor Solomon | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |
W Daniel James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Loan |

CF Carlos Vinรญcius | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ4.50m |


Injury | 5 |
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
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Hamstring

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 Recorded

Player Positions:


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


Match Symbols:


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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




Possession F | 52%
Possession A | 48%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 1
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 0
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 18


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โ€œWe donโ€™t want to stop here.

โ€œWe want to make this season really special, we want to bring European football back here. Weโ€™ve got five games left and hopefully we can do it.

โ€œIโ€™ve got a bit of a club foot. But weโ€™ve got Austin, my compatriot, and weโ€™ve been working on the front [post] area getting Ty in there. The first two I hit it too hard, but the third one Ty got his big head on it and weโ€™re delighted with the goal.โ€

John McGinn

โ€œI am pushing him in training when we are preparing for set-pieces.

โ€œI was telling him heโ€™s a tall player and we have to use you to combine with you. You have to believe in yourself, you have to do it! Today was very good because we won 1-0 and it was through him and thatโ€™s important.โ€

Unai Emery on Tyrone Mings.

โ€œToday was a key match because Fulham, two months ago, was our target because they were better than us in the table. We tried to arrive on matchday 33, like today, playing against them with the possibility to go above them and we did it. In the table we are ahead of them. We have nine points difference compared to them. To be in the top ten we are close to getting it. The next step is European competition.

โ€œWe were a little bit tired I think. Some players looked tired after the match we played on Saturday. But Iโ€™m very happy because weโ€™re trying after we lost two matches here to Leicester and Arsenal and conceded a lot of goals. Then we are playing five [home] matches after those and we are winning, trying to be consistent and keeping a clean sheet to control the game like we want. Today was important to try and get the European position more clear.โ€

Unai Emery.

*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 25 April 2023

**Aston Villa beat Fulham at Villa Park to move up to fifth in the Premier League and boost their chances of playing in a European competition for the first time since 2010.**

Tyrone Mings scored the crucial goal, his first in the league since November 2021, with a glancing header following John McGinnโ€™s excellent inswinging corner.

Fulham saw Andreas Pereira fire an acrobatic volley into the side-netting after only 30 seconds, but struggled to create further clear-cut chances.

Unai Emeryโ€™s Villa are now unbeaten in 10 Premier League matches and this victory takes them above Tottenham and five points behind third-placed Newcastle United, although they have played two games more.

They have not played in Europe since losing to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League play-offs in August 2010.

Villa maintain resurgence under Emery

For Villa, it continues a remarkable turnaround since these two sides met on 20 October, with Fulham winning 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

Then-Villa boss Steven Gerrard was sacked within an hour of the final whistle, with the club 17th in the table having won only two of their opening 11 games.

Emery came in at the start of November and the club have since won 13 of their 20 league games and were last beaten 4-2 by league leaders Arsenal in February.

But now European football could well be back at Villa Park for the first time in 13 years - and Emeryโ€™s men were good value for their win.

Ollie Watkins appeared to have a good shout for an early penalty after a challenge from Tosin Adarabioyo, but neither on-pitch referee Thomas Bramall, nor video assistant Tony Harrington, felt it was worthy of a spot-kick.

Watkins also had an effort saved by Bernd Leno, Emiliano Buendia had a shot blocked and McGinn was frustrated by Leno as Villa pushed for a second goal.

With Manchester City and Manchester United, both already guaranteed European football next season, meeting in the FA Cup final, a top-seven finish will take Villa into Europe.

Fifth or sixth would take Villa into the Europa League group stages, while seventh would leave them in the Europa Conference League play-offs.

And itโ€™s all in Villaโ€™s hands.

They still have to play fellow European contenders Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Brighton, as well as a west Midlands derby at Wolves, in what promises to be a thrilling final five matches for their fans

Visitors Fulham can be forgiven for being a bit envious of Villaโ€™s position.

Having won the Championship in 2021-22, Marco Silvaโ€™s side have been superb at the higher level and, as recently as mid-February, were sixth, but this was their fifth loss in seven matches to end their own European hopes.

Ninth-placed Fulham are still aiming for their first top-10 finish in the top-flight since 2011-12 and Silva will still be proud of how his side have performed in difficult circumstances.

They were still without top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic as he serves an eight-game ban for pushing the referee during their FA Cup quarter-final loss against Manchester United in March.

The Cottagers suffered further blows as Brazilian midfielder Willian, who had been named in the starting line-up, had to pull out just before kick-off. Wales winger Harry Wilson was also substituted in the 16th minute, limping off with an injury.

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