Game #5666

2021-22

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Position:

13th (+2)

Premier League

Norwich City

Villa Park

Attendance: 40,290

Saturday, 30 April 2022

A first win in six sees Villa finally reach 40 points, but doubts remain. Villa do enough to beat Dean Smith on his first return to Villa Park with the excellence of Ollie Watkins’ strike, Tim Iroegbunam’s full debut and the arrival of Danny Ings as replacement for the injured Leon Bailey paying immediate dividends combine to brighten the first half. The long overdue arrival of Emiliano Buendía as a late sub sees a strong cameo performance and Ings and Watkins reach 15 goals between them for the campaign.

Aston Villa

2-0

Norwich City

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 41' | Danny Ings | 90'+3 |

Assist(s) | Danny Ings | 41' | Emiliano Buendía | 90’+3 |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5666

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Match | #33 |
Manager Game | #23 |
Saturday, 30 April 2022
Attendance | 40,290 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | John Brooks, Leicestershire |
Half Time Score | 1-0 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 2-0 |
Last 5 Games | LLLDW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: John Brooks.
Previous 5: 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Adam Nunn, Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Kevin Friend.
VAR: Lee Mason.
Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard.

MATCH INCIDENTS

John Brooks

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Norwich 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: £139.10m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £76.16m
Team Cost: £215.26m
Squad Cost: £254.59m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/20
Homegrown: 3/20

Starting XI Average Age:
| 26.26 |

Oldest Player:
M Philippe Coutinho | 29.90 |

Youngest Player:
M Tim Iroegbunam | 19.73 |

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard’s shakes things up after no win in six and the visit of Villa legend Dean Smith.

Douglas Luiz and Ezri Konsa are dropped with Tim Iroegbunam coming in for his first start for the club. Calum Chambers also returns having been unlucky to miss out on recent games.

Lucas Digne - who had been written off for the season - makes a surprise comeback for Ashley Young despite the veteran having had his best game in a Villa shirt since his return last time out.

How long Digne will last is another question given he has had to retire early in three of his last four appearances.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |

CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Abdomen, 19 Mar - 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 | 6 |

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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 46%
Possession A | 54%
Shots F | 21
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 8

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 Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔁 | M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 |🦵🏼|
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 🔁 | F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |🦵🏼| 🟨 | ⚽ |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |🦵🏼| 🟨 | ⚽ | for W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 40’ |
🔁 | M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | for M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 |🦵🏼| for M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Tim Krul | 🇳🇱 | Free |
LB Brandon Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan |
RB Max Aarons | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth | 🟨 |
CB Grant Hanley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £3.42m |
RB Sam Byram | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.75m |
M Kenny McLean | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £0.20m |
M Mathias Normann | 🇳🇴 | Loan |
M Kieran Dowell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.98m |
W Milot Rashica | 🇽🇰 | £9.90m | 🔁 W Jonathan Rowe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
M Pierre Lees-Melou | 🇫🇷 | £3.51m | 🔁 CF Josh Sargent | 🇺🇸 | £8.55m | 🔁 M Lukas Rupp | 🇩🇪 | £0.45m |
CF Teemu Pukki | 🇫🇮 | Free |

Unused:
GK Angus Gunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £5.27m |
CB Ben Gibson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £8.37m |
LB Dimitrios Giannoulis | 🇬🇷 | £6.75m |
M Billy Gilmour | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Loan |
M Jacob Lungi Sørensen | 🇩🇰 | £0.99m |
W Przemyslaw Placheta | 🇵🇱 | £2.7m |

Manager: Dean Smith | 🇬🇧 |
1st XI Cost: £19.76m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £17.55m
Team Cost: £37.31m
Squad Cost: £52.84m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/20
Homegrown: 2/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa win for the first time in six under Steven Gerrard as Dean Smith’s homecoming is spoiled. Meanwhile, 19 year old midfield prospect Tim Iroegbunam makes his first start after two substitute and 18 squad appearances, whilst it is 25 appearances for Danny Ings after arriving in the first half from the bench - his fifth substitute appearance.

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MATCH TIMELINE

🔁 | 40’ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Danny Ings
⚽ | 41’ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Danny Ings
🟨 | 44’ Booking, Calum Chambers, Bad foul
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City
🟨 | 61’ Booking, Tim Iroegbunam, Bad foul
🟨 | 65’ Booking, Danny Ings, Bad foul
🟨 | 67’ Booking, Jacob Ramsey, Bad foul
🔁 | 73’ Sub off, Tim Iroegbunam, Sub on, Douglas Luiz
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
⚽ | 90’+3 Goal, 2-0, Danny Ings, Assist by Emiliano Buendía
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City

MANAGER WATCH

🆗 Steven Gerrard win rate of 39% is 13th of 31 Villa bosses after twenty three games.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

Pre match.

“I only look forward and I only look up [the table].

“I’m sure the table will look completely different come the final whistle tomorrow, [after beating Norwich] if we put in the performance which deserves that.”

Steven Gerrard.


Post match.

“We weren’t at our best today, but I’m still pleased with the three points.

“It has been a while. Winning with a clean sheet is always a good place to be. I don’t think our performance was fantastic today.

“Players gave a lot of application and effort. At times we could have shown better quality 🥊.

“We had a lot of chances. If there is one fault we weren’t ruthless 🥊 enough. Having sad that Ollie [Watkins] and Danny [Ings] scored two striker’s goals. 2-0 but it could have been a lot more.

“It helps when you play with top strikers.

“I would like to have more killers in the team, as we had chances to score more than two goals. If we were ruthless 🥊 earlier, I think we would have run away with the game. But in terms of Danny and Ollie, I’m really pleased with them.

“I want the top end of the pitch to be unpredictable, I want to have options and I want to have players who can create different problems to make us versatile. But the back end of the team has stayed pretty much the same and we’ve had five clean sheets out of nine, and two in a row, so we’re doing a lot of right things from a defensive point of view.

“I thought Tim [Iroegbunam] had some really good moments today. I think you can see the profile, what he is going to become. He can get around the grass quickly, he can cover ground quickly, he’s aggressive.

“Normally he uses the ball really well. He had one or two moments within that, but I think that’s part of learning and growing. We trusted him in a big game today and gave him an opportunity.

“We sent a clear message to all of our academy that if you train well and you out-train certain individuals then you will get an opportunity.”

Steven Gerrard.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 30 April 2022

"The low-key win for Villa ended a five-match winless run, lifted them to 13th in the table and took them to the 40-point mark."

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**Norwich were relegated from the Premier League with defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park.**
The tame loss, coupled with Burnley’s dramatic comeback win at Watford, left the Canaries bottom of the table and 13 points from safety with four games to play.
Their fans continued to support as a relegation that has looked on the cards for some time was confirmed.
Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead in the first half, capitalising on a slip from Brandon Williams before lashing high into the net.
Williams’ error summed up Norwich’s season, as did their lack of potency in front of goal. They created limited openings, while Villa hit the woodwork in each half.
Danny Ings added a late goal in stoppage time to add to Norwich’s misery.
Manager Dean Smith said “plans are already in place” for their bid to return to the top flight.
“I think over the past four to five weeks, there’s probably been an inevitability about it,” he added.
“I’m disappointed that we got relegated today because I thought our performance was good, but unfortunately over the season, the performances have not been good enough and we’ve lacked the quality required in this league.
“[The players] are very down, very dejected.”
The low-key win for Villa ended a five-match winless run, lifted them to 13th in the table and took them to the 40-point mark.
This is the third successive time Norwich have been immediately relegated following promotion to the Premier League.
The afternoon was particularly painful for Smith, given that he left Villa earlier this season.
In truth, Norwich’s slide back to the second tier has looked likely throughout a season when they have rarely reached the standard required of a top-flight team.
Again, they were spirited and had good spells in possession, but their lack of threat in front of goal was once again laid bare, a diving stop to deny Milot Rashica from distance the only serious save Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez had to make.
Norwich have the fewest shots (336), fewest shots on target (100) and lowest shot conversion rate (7%) of all Premier League sides this season.
There were issues at the back too, with Villa’s opener coming from a long, hopeful ball that was not cleared, even before Williams’ slip. The full-back was also outmuscled by Watkins, whose finish was aided by a slight deflection.
At full-time the Norwich fans applauded their side’s effort and there was no outpouring of emotion.
The club’s joint majority shareholder Delia Smith watched from the stands and some may again question the hierarchy’s resistance to spending big following promotion.
But their prudency, and manager Smith’s previous promotion with Villa, should leave Norwich well placed to bounce back once again.
“We will try everything to come up again,” the former Villa boss said. “It is a very difficult league to stay in. I spent £125m at Villa [after promotion in 2019] to keep us up.
**”I can’t question attitude of the players.”**
For Villa this was a much-needed boost. It all but ends any fears of an unlikely slip towards relegation themselves, their winless run having seen them drop from ninth to 15th.
Manager Steven Gerrard handed a full debut to 18-year-old England Under-19 midfielder Tim Iroegbunam, who was solid in a holding role.

**Norwich were relegated from the Premier League with defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park.**
The tame loss, coupled with Burnley’s dramatic comeback win at Watford, left the Canaries bottom of the table and 13 points from safety with four games to play.
Their fans continued to support as a relegation that has looked on the cards for some time was confirmed.
Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead in the first half, capitalising on a slip from Brandon Williams before lashing high into the net.
Williams’ error summed up Norwich’s season, as did their lack of potency in front of goal. They created limited openings, while Villa hit the woodwork in each half.
Danny Ings added a late goal in stoppage time to add to Norwich’s misery.
Manager Dean Smith said “plans are already in place” for their bid to return to the top flight.
“I think over the past four to five weeks, there’s probably been an inevitability about it,” he added.
“I’m disappointed that we got relegated today because I thought our performance was good, but unfortunately over the season, the performances have not been good enough and we’ve lacked the quality required in this league.
“[The players] are very down, very dejected.”
The low-key win for Villa ended a five-match winless run, lifted them to 13th in the table and took them to the 40-point mark.
This is the third successive time Norwich have been immediately relegated following promotion to the Premier League.
The afternoon was particularly painful for Smith, given that he left Villa earlier this season.
In truth, Norwich’s slide back to the second tier has looked likely throughout a season when they have rarely reached the standard required of a top-flight team.
Again, they were spirited and had good spells in possession, but their lack of threat in front of goal was once again laid bare, a diving stop to deny Milot Rashica from distance the only serious save Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez had to make.
Norwich have the fewest shots (336), fewest shots on target (100) and lowest shot conversion rate (7%) of all Premier League sides this season.
There were issues at the back too, with Villa’s opener coming from a long, hopeful ball that was not cleared, even before Williams’ slip. The full-back was also outmuscled by Watkins, whose finish was aided by a slight deflection.
At full-time the Norwich fans applauded their side’s effort and there was no outpouring of emotion.
The club’s joint majority shareholder Delia Smith watched from the stands and some may again question the hierarchy’s resistance to spending big following promotion.
But their prudency, and manager Smith’s previous promotion with Villa, should leave Norwich well placed to bounce back once again.
“We will try everything to come up again,” the former Villa boss said. “It is a very difficult league to stay in. I spent £125m at Villa [after promotion in 2019] to keep us up.
**”I can’t question attitude of the players.”**
For Villa this was a much-needed boost. It all but ends any fears of an unlikely slip towards relegation themselves, their winless run having seen them drop from ninth to 15th.
Manager Steven Gerrard handed a full debut to 18-year-old England Under-19 midfielder Tim Iroegbunam, who was solid in a holding role.