Game #5665

2021-22

Position:

15th (-3)

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Premier League

Leicester City

King Power Stadium

Attendance: 32,185

Saturday, 23 April 2022

The Credit Side: Villa stop a run of 4 consecutive defeats; Villa keep a clean sheet for the first time in five.

The Debit Side: Villa slump to 15th in the table with relegation a possibility if not currently a probability; Villa fail to score for the third time in four games; despite continued protestations against the squad he inherited, Steven Gerrard plays the same team and continues to ignore Emiliano Buendía and Calum Chambers.

Leicester City

0-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5665

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #35 |
League Match | #32 |
Manager Game | #22 |
Saturday, 23 April 2022
Attendance | 32,185 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | Andy Madley |
Half Time Score | 0-0 |
Full Time Result | Drew |
Full Time Score | 0-0 |
Last 5 Games | LLLLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Madley.
Previous 5: 🟥 | 🟨 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟥 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Darren England.
VAR: Peter Bankes.
Assistant VAR: Neil Davies.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Andy Madley

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 |

Leicester City

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | 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: £139.19m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £45.36m
Team Cost: £184.55m
Squad Cost: £211.03m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/20
Homegrown: 4/20

Starting XI Average Age:
| 27.11 |

Oldest Player:
W Ashley Young | 36.81 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 20.92 |

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard’s £27m replacement for Matt Targett, Lucas Digne, misses out with injury once again with veteran Ashley Young filling in.

Meanwhile Leon Bailey comes in in place of Danny Ings with a raft of Villa’s under 23 stars on the bench.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |

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

LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |
Collarbone, 9 Apr - Unknown

W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
Groin, 23 Apr - Unknown

M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
Groin, 23 Apr - 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 | 4 |

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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 36%
Possession A | 64%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 16
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 | 🇦🇷 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 🟨 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Tim Iroegbunam 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 for M Douglas Luiz 🇧🇷 | 76’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía 🇦🇷 for M Philippe Coutinho 🇧🇷 | 79’ |
🔁 | M Marvelous Nakamba 🇿🇼 for M Jacob Ramsey 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 90’+4 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommi O’Reilly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Kasper Schmeichel | 🇩🇰 | £1.51m |
RB James Justin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £6.03m |
CB Wesley Fofana | 🇫🇷 | £31.50m |
CB Caglar Söyüncü | 🇹🇷 | £18.99m |
RB Timothy Castagne | 🇧🇪 | £18.00m |
M Nampalys Mendy | 🇸🇳 | 🟨 | £13.95m |
M James Maddison | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | £22.50m |
M Youri Tielemans | 🇧🇪 | £40.50m | 🔁 |
M Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | Yth |
W Ademola Lookman | 🇳🇬 | Loan | 🔁 |
CF Patson Daka | 🇿🇲 | £27.00m | 🔁 |

Subs:
F Ayoze Pérez 🇪🇸 | £30.06m |
W Harvey Barnes 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
CF Jamie Vardy 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.12m |

Unused:
GK Danny Ward | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £12.60m |
CB Daniel Amartey | 🇬🇭 | £5.94m |
RB Ricardo Pereira | 🇵🇹 | £19.80m |
M Hamza Choudhury | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
W Marc Albrighton (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
CF Kelechi Iheanacho 🇳🇬 | £24.93m |

Manager: Brendan Rodgers | 🇬🇧 |
1st XI Cost: £179.98m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £31.18m
Team Cost: £211.16m
Squad Cost: £274.43m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/20
Homegrown: 3/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Martínez make their 70th appearances for the club since joining in September 2020. For Martínez it’s 70 starts.

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MATCH TIMELINE

🕒 | HT Leicester City 0-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 72’ Booking, Douglas Luiz, Bad foul
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Tim Iroegbunam
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
🔁 | 90’+4 Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Marvelous Nakamba
🟨 | 90’+5 Booking, Leon Bailey, Bad foul
🕒 | FT Leicester City 0-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's points per game standing is 22nd of 32 Villa bosses after 22 games.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“We came here to win the game and on chances we could have done that.

“It is a tough game here; they are well coached and a clean sheet was the least we deserved. We’ll take a positive point away, and that is a good base for the next two games.

“I thought Ollie Watkins was fantastic second half; he did lots of running and gave the Leicester defence a tough time.

“All that was missing today was a goal, but the chances keep coming so a goal will come. We had some good play and overall, probably shaded the chances.

“I crave more of these.

“If you can’t win, in this league, it’s important you take something away because these points improve your league position come the end of (the season).

“If I look at Newcastle away, Brentford away, if I look at other situations, we could have been four or five points better off by defending like we did today and that’s a positive and a base for us to go into the Norwich game.

“The Norwich game will be different. The onus will be on us to go and create and open the door, I’m sure it will. It’s critical we go into that with the right mentality and attitude because those three points are vitally important.”

“Off the back of four defeats, this was a really tough game for us. You’re not given anything here, you’ve got to earn it.

“Tim Iroegbunam, I spoke about before, he was the most ready to come in and help us. Dougie was on a yellow card and I didn’t want to go to 10 men because it was important to stop the losing run. It was important we kept a clean sheet and I thought Tim was terrific today. He played with calmness and maturity. He’s going to be looking at me all week for more game time now!

“We believe Tim’s ready. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a regular in this team. It’s my job to control the timing of that, to keep educating him. Villa have got a good player on their hands.

“He’s a top professional. He’s in the gym before training, after training.

“He needs to come out of his shell. He needs to find his voice because now he’s in men’s football and we think the world of him.

“He’s got a big future here. But it’s my job to manage his game time, to prepare him for a big career.

“The academy have done a superb job on Tim and he’s got a lot of attributes that will help Villa moving forward.

“The target is to try and win as many games as we can, try and get as many points on the board as we can and try to finish in a position from which we can build. Then we can look for the right players to try and have a strong pre-season.”

Steven Gerrard.


“It was good to be back again with the boys, and I was happy to be back again on the pitch. I’m very positive about it.

“We got a point with a clean sheet away from home, and I think we will now look up to the next match [Norwich City]. We did well collectively as a group, and we just need to push ourselves and keep believing like the gaffer [Gerrard] is telling everyone. He is pushing everyone together as a team.

“First of all, it was frustrating to be injured and to be watching, but I was supporting the boys, I was there supporting them at the home games and a few away games, and I was also involved with everyone in the dressing room. I have felt the support of the last four months, while I was injured, everyone from inside the club, players, technical staff, everyone inside.

“We just have to push ourselves to keep believing and also to focus game by game. It’s Norwich next game at home with the fans behind us, we just need to stick together as a group and also with the fans that are believing in the players and supporting the players. We just have to keep on pushing ourselves.

“I was very pleased to be back and see the fans supporting us all the way from the start until the end. It’s good, and I think they always push every player like every time, whether we play home or away, the Villans are always loud.”

Marvelous Nakamba.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 23 April 2022

“In pre-match discussion, the prospect of a fifth consecutive loss for Villa had brought reminders that former manager Dean Smith was dismissed in November having endured a five-game losing run.

“But Gerrard can draw comfort from how committed his side were and how their disciplined defensive approach forced Leicester into wide areas, their crosses often dealt with by the towering Mings.”

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**Aston Villa ended a four-game losing run with a draw at Leicester in which both sides struggled to provide moments of quality in a scrappy end-of-season game.**
Steven Gerrard’s side faced up to Leicester pressure in the opening 45 minutes before improving after the break.
The home side enjoyed 67% of the ball in the first half but rarely went close, with a well-timed clearance by Villa defender Ashley Young denying James Justin.
Villa struggled for fluency throughout - completing just 68% of their passes to Leicester’s 86% - but they will look back on a Tyrone Mings header that flew over the bar on half-time and half-chances for Ollie Watkins as moments that could have given them three points.
For Leicester, it was a first Premier League clean sheet since 5 March but perhaps their biggest positive was a return off the bench for striker Jamie Vardy, who has featured just twice in 2022 because of injury.
Brendan Rodgers’ side had played four times since Villa were last in action and unsurprisingly they shuffled their line-up with Thursday’s Europa Conference League semi-final against Roma on the horizon. The draw sees them drop to 10th in the table.
“In the last couple of games, we played really well, but in the final third we couldn’t find the killer pass,” Rodgers told Match of the Day.
“Maybe that is a lack of energy because of the number of games we’ve played - the speed of our attacking combinations is not quite as we want it. Our heart and effort is there though.”
Villa stay 15th but, after a torrid run of form, Gerrard said this first goalless draw of the season offered a “good base”, while captain Mings acknowledged it was “important to put the losing streak to bed”.
The visitors saw a late whipped effort by substitute Emiliano Buendia curl wide with Kasper Schmeichel concerned enough to scramble across his goal but a draw was the fair outcome.
The sides shared 31 fouls - comfortably the most of Saturday’s Premier League fixtures, and a marker of the fragmented nature of the game.
In pre-match discussion, the prospect of a fifth consecutive loss for Villa had brought reminders that former manager Dean Smith was dismissed in November having endured a five-game losing run.
But Gerrard can draw comfort from how committed his side were and how their disciplined defensive approach forced Leicester into wide areas, their crosses often dealt with by the towering Mings.
Leicester saw Youri Tielemans offer glimpses of his class - completing 91% of his passes and winning all eight of his duels - but the home side generally struggled to get their attackers into the game.
There was little to thrill those at the King Power but they at least go into the next leg of their European adventure with just one loss in eight games in all competitions.

**Aston Villa ended a four-game losing run with a draw at Leicester in which both sides struggled to provide moments of quality in a scrappy end-of-season game.**
Steven Gerrard’s side faced up to Leicester pressure in the opening 45 minutes before improving after the break.
The home side enjoyed 67% of the ball in the first half but rarely went close, with a well-timed clearance by Villa defender Ashley Young denying James Justin.
Villa struggled for fluency throughout - completing just 68% of their passes to Leicester’s 86% - but they will look back on a Tyrone Mings header that flew over the bar on half-time and half-chances for Ollie Watkins as moments that could have given them three points.
For Leicester, it was a first Premier League clean sheet since 5 March but perhaps their biggest positive was a return off the bench for striker Jamie Vardy, who has featured just twice in 2022 because of injury.
Brendan Rodgers’ side had played four times since Villa were last in action and unsurprisingly they shuffled their line-up with Thursday’s Europa Conference League semi-final against Roma on the horizon. The draw sees them drop to 10th in the table.
“In the last couple of games, we played really well, but in the final third we couldn’t find the killer pass,” Rodgers told Match of the Day.
“Maybe that is a lack of energy because of the number of games we’ve played - the speed of our attacking combinations is not quite as we want it. Our heart and effort is there though.”
Villa stay 15th but, after a torrid run of form, Gerrard said this first goalless draw of the season offered a “good base”, while captain Mings acknowledged it was “important to put the losing streak to bed”.
The visitors saw a late whipped effort by substitute Emiliano Buendia curl wide with Kasper Schmeichel concerned enough to scramble across his goal but a draw was the fair outcome.
The sides shared 31 fouls - comfortably the most of Saturday’s Premier League fixtures, and a marker of the fragmented nature of the game.
In pre-match discussion, the prospect of a fifth consecutive loss for Villa had brought reminders that former manager Dean Smith was dismissed in November having endured a five-game losing run.
But Gerrard can draw comfort from how committed his side were and how their disciplined defensive approach forced Leicester into wide areas, their crosses often dealt with by the towering Mings.
Leicester saw Youri Tielemans offer glimpses of his class - completing 91% of his passes and winning all eight of his duels - but the home side generally struggled to get their attackers into the game.
There was little to thrill those at the King Power but they at least go into the next leg of their European adventure with just one loss in eight games in all competitions.