Game #5669

2021-22

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Position:

12th (-1)

Premier League

Crystal Palace

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,136

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Another missed opportunity to try and climb above last season's 11th placed finish as Villa toil before conceding a late equaliser.

Meanwhile in Steven Gerrard bingo it’s another favourite: “we must be more ruthless and clinical.”

Aston Villa

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Crystal Palace

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 69' |

Assist(s) | Lucas Digne | 69' |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5669

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #39 |
League Match | #36 |
Manager Game | #26 |
Sunday, 15 May 2022
Attendance | 41,136 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 2.00pm |
Referee | Chris Kavanagh |
Half Time Score | 0-0 |
Full Time Result | Drew |
Full Time Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | DWWLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Kavanagh.
Previous 5: 🟩 | 🟨 | 🟥 | 🟥 | 🟥 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Nick Hopton.
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson.
VAR: David Coote.
Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Chris Kavanagh

Villa

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Crystal Palace

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | 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: £174.67m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Homegrown: 0/11
Subs Cost: £34.56m
Team Cost: £209.23m
Squad Cost: £240.01m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/20
Homegrown: 3/20

Starting XI Average Age:
| 27.60 |

Oldest Player:
F Danny Ings | 30.18 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 24.03 |

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard names an unchanged line up from the team beaten by Liverpool last time out as Philippe Coutinho retains his place after signing permanently for the club in midweek.

The sole change to the squad of 20 being Jacob Ramsey returning to the bench after injury in place of Ben Chrisene.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |

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

W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
Groin, 7 May - 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 Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommi O’Reilly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 49%
Possession A | 51%
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 16

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 Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 | CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | 🔁 | M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 50’ |
🔁 | M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | 66’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | for F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 71’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Jack Butland | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.99m |
RB Nathaniel Clyne | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
CB Joachim Andersen | 🇩🇰 | £15.75m |
CB Marc Guéhi | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £21.00m |
LB Tyrick Mitchell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
M Cheikhou Kouyaté | 🇸🇳 | £9.63m | 🟨 |
M Conor Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Loan | 🟨 |
M Luka Milivojevic | 🇷🇸 | £13.59m | 🔁 | CF Christian Benteke (ex) | 🇧🇪 | £28.08m |
M Eberechi Eze | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £16.02m | 🔁 | M Jeffrey Schlupp | 🇬🇭 | £12.42m | ⚽ |
W Wilfred Zaha | 🇨🇮 | £3.42m |
CF Jean-Philippe Mateta | 🇫🇷 | £9.90m | 🔁 | CF Odsonne Édouard | 🇫🇷 | £14.67m | 🟨 |

Unused:
GK Vicente Guaita | 🇪🇸 | Free |
RB Joel Ward | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.58m |
RB Martin Kelly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.80m |
M Will Hughes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £6.30m |
CF Jordan Ayew (ex) | 🇬🇭 | £2.52m |
W Jesurun Rak-Sakyi | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

Manager: Patrick Viera | 🇫🇷 |
1st XI Cost: £90.30m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £55.17m
Team Cost: £145.47m
Squad Cost: £156.67m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 10/20
Homegrown: 1/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

John McGinn makes his 145th appearance for the club as Tyrone Mings chalks up his 125th start.

Jacob Ramsey makes his 60th appearance aged just 21 but has to make do with an entry from the bench on his return from injury. Ezri Konsa makes his 99th appearance for Villa but leaves the field early with injury - potentially meaning his century won’t be completed this season with just two games left to play.

Emiliano Buendía makes his 35th appearance as new permanent signing Philippe Coutinho makes his 15th start for the club.

Lucas Digne contributes his 3rd successive assist as Ollie Watkins hits his 11th goal of the season making it 27 goals for the club across his 70 starts.

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MATCH TIMELINE

🟨 | 9’ Booking, Tyrone Mings, Bad foul
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace
🔁 | 50’ Sub off, Ezri Konsa, Sub on, Calum Chambers
🔁 | 66’ Sub off, Marvelous Nakamba, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
⚽ | 69’ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Lucas Digne
🔁 | 71’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
⚽ | 81’ Goal, 1-1, (Crystal Palace), Jeffrey Schlupp
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's points per game standing is 16th of 31 Villa bosses after 26 games - firmly mid-table but his loss rate is 25th, the 7th worst of any Villa boss at the same point. Gerrard's win rate is 14th out of 31 over the same period.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

Pre-Match

“I was aware a little bit before it was announced yesterday [Philippe Coutinho’s permanent signing], and I think it’s fantastic news for everyone connected with the club - most importantly the supporters.

“The reaction has been very positive because you’ve seen over the last five months he’s played very well. There’s still loads left in him, in our opinion.

“To have him here full-time and settled, he’ll go up another level - because that feeling of knowing where he’s going to be playing his football for the next four years will help him settle.

“He’s a player who needs to feel wanted; he needs to feel support. Everyone has played a part – me, the coaching staff, all the support staff and, most importantly, the owners, Christian Purslow and Johan Lange have made him feel really special.

“That’s where the decision’s come from. He feels really happy here and it’s fantastic that he wants to be part of this journey.

“Phil is very humble, he is extremely professional and he sets standards on a daily basis.

“This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa.

“Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.

“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.

“As we look to build towards next season, it is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively and smoothly.

“There is always a purpose and an importance to every fixture. We want to finish as high as we can.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“I think Patrick [Vieira] will say that [it was a fair result].

“We’re a little bit frustrated. It was a good battle. We improved a lot in the second half. We expect to score more than one goal and we’ve conceded naively on a set play.

“Credit to Ollie [Watkins] for pulling through [after suffering an injury in midweek]. Maybe a lot of other players wouldn’t have put their body on the line today.

“If you can’t win the game it is important to take something from it.

“We didn’t need to give the foul away. We need to defend situations better. If you don’t defend second phases you will concede goals.

“We need to be more ruthless and clinical. 🥊 We are creating good chances. We still concede stupid goals. There’s a lot of areas we need to improve and we will try and do that for next season.

“I don’t think there was much wrong with it, in all honesty. It was a really close game. I thought Patrick’s team caused us some issues in the first half and we had to tweak one or two things at half-time.

“Going over the chances in the game, I think on another day if we were more ruthless and more clinical, 🥊 we would have been sitting here talking about three points rather than one. It was really naïve in terms of the goal we’ve conceded but, overall our performance, there wasn’t too much wrong with it.”

“We’re concerned about Ezri. Normally, someone like him wouldn’t come off the pitch unless there was a problem. I think we have got a problem. We’ll send him off for an MRI scan. He’s got a problem in the knee area. I’ll be extremely surprised if he plays again [this season]. We’ll know in the next 24-48 hours when we send him for an MRI scan. The issue is in the knee area.

“I don’t think any of my staff were joking around with him [Wilfried Zaha]. I think he was talking to himself or the crowd. None of my staff were engaging with Wilfried Zaha. Listen, it’s a sideshow at the end of the day. He had a really quiet afternoon and we dealt with him well. That’s the main thing and that’s all I’m concerned about.

“They’ve got dangerous players, they’re a good team and we haven’t conceded one set-play well enough on a second phase. That’s cost us two points. We were naive to give the foul away in the first place because we’re 1-0 up at home and still creating chances in and around that to take the game to Palace.

“We were extremely naive to concede in the way we did. Outside of that, I thought we did just enough to edge the game. I expected a close game because of where we’re sitting in the table and that’s what everyone has seen.

“It’s on [a top 10 finish to improve on Dean Smith’s 2020-21 final position] but it’s slightly more difficult now. We needed to take control of that and take maximum points today but my players are frustrated and I really like it, I like that there really frustrated and, hopefully, we can take that frustration out on Burnley on Thursday night because if we want to be a more consistent team at home, we have to be more ruthless 🥊 and clinical in front of goal.

“That’s two games now in a short space of time where we’re a little frustrated where we haven’t taken the big chances that we’re creating. We’re doing ever so well to create them.

“At times we have. You look at Southampton, for example, where everything clicks in and you take your chances. A lot of away games we’ve been ruthless. At Burnley, we were clinical to take the points. We’ve had chances; Man City late on to sneak a draw, chances against Liverpool, Tottenham in the first half, double figures in the first half. Chances again today, they’ve caused us some issues with chances. But you look at who had the clearer of chances.

“Danny had a couple in the first half where you expect him to burst the net with his quality. Ollie has a header cleared off the line and gets put through on a tight angle. I think we created enough to score more than one goal today.”

“I was asked about [Ollie Watkins] before the game and a lot of the players wouldn’t have been available given the way he’s battled through and put himself and his body on the line for 90 minutes. He’s a warrior, he’s strong, he’s a delight to work with. Maybe that’s why he wasn’t firing on all cylinders in terms of his chances today but his performance was fine for me.

“I’m sure Patrick will have something to say but the duals and challenges were getting played on all over the pitch so I don’t see any reason why it [Ollie Watkins’ goal] shouldn’t have been ruled out. Ollie deserves all the credit for that goal. We asked him to really play with the eye of the tiger in the second half and he did. He deserves the credit.

“Great cross from Lucas who was outstanding but, without Ollie breathing down [Guehi’s] neck, we don’t get that goal. The ball was a wonderful cross but the presence of Ollie has led to the defender to concede a goal. That’s where we had the game exactly where we wanted it.

“We were so naïve to let them back in the way we did today.

“We need to cut out the moments. We said that Crystal Palace carry a threat and they were throwing more profile at the game in terms of Benteke and Edouard, big guys, so we knew they were becoming more dangerous at set-plays. To concede that foul in the final third when there was no need to was naïve. But, once we accepted that, we need to deal with the first ball which we did. Second phase, we were caught sleeping so we’ve got ourselves to blame and that’s where the frustration has come from.”

Steven Gerrard.

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*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 15 May 2022

“The hosts were unable to capitalise on an encouraging start, as Ings failed to hit the target with three decent first-half chances - also curling wide after being teed up by strike partner Watkins. Philippe Coutinho also failed to shine following confirmation of his permanent move from Barcelona this week.”

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**Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out Ollie Watkins’ goal as Crystal Palace earned a Premier League point at Aston Villa.**
Schlupp had been on the pitch less than four minutes when he slotted in from Marc Guehi’s knock-down following a free-kick with nine minutes remaining.
Watkins, who had been a doubt for the game after sustaining an ankle injury against Liverpool in midweek, beat Guehi to Lucas Digne’s cross after 69 minutes with his first shot of the game.
Danny Ings twice went close inside the opening eight minutes for Villa, shooting wide following a darting run to the near post, and volleying over from Joachim Andersen’s attempted clearance.
Palace offered a positive response, but Wilfried Zaha’s stinging strike was parried by Emiliano Martinez and the Villa goalkeeper was also equal to Nathaniel Clyne’s low effort.
Despite a late flurry of chances, neither side could find a winner to improve their chances of securing a top-half finish.
Palace remain 11th, three points behind 10th-placed Leicester, with Villa still one place and one point behind the Eagles.
### Palace and Villa unable to improve top-half chances
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira challenged his side to clinch a top-half finish and end a pleasing first season under his tenure - which also included a run to the FA Cup semi-finals - on a positive note.
The Eagles are unbeaten in four matches following this draw and require four points from their final two games to match their highest Premier League points tally of 49, achieved in 1992-93 and 2018-19.
Likewise, Steven Gerrard’s Villa are chasing a first top-10 placing in the Premier League since 2010-11, but those hopes have taken a blow heading into their final two games.
The hosts were unable to capitalise on an encouraging start, as Ings failed to hit the target with three decent first-half chances - also curling wide after being teed up by strike partner Watkins.
It was Martinez who was the busier goalkeeper, but the Argentine was alert to well-struck attempts by Zaha and Clyne.
A largely uneventful start to the second half saw Matthew Cash flash an uncontested ball across the six yard box, while the Villa right-back was required to block Tyrick Mitchell’s strike shortly before Watkins’ opener.
Palace felt aggrieved that Watkins was not penalised for a foul on Guehi as the pair battled for Digne’s cross, but Schlupp’s near-immediate impact ensured Vieira’s side did not depart empty-handed after an even encounter.
Philippe Coutinho, who failed to shine following confirmation of his permanent move from Barcelona this week, was joined by Emi Buendia, Watkins, Conor Gallagher and Zaha in seeing late efforts blocked by committed defending at both ends.
Villa now host relegation-threatened Burnley on Thursday and title-chasing Manchester City on the final day, while Palace travel to Everton before hosting Manchester United next Sunday.

**Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out Ollie Watkins’ goal as Crystal Palace earned a Premier League point at Aston Villa.**
Schlupp had been on the pitch less than four minutes when he slotted in from Marc Guehi’s knock-down following a free-kick with nine minutes remaining.
Watkins, who had been a doubt for the game after sustaining an ankle injury against Liverpool in midweek, beat Guehi to Lucas Digne’s cross after 69 minutes with his first shot of the game.
Danny Ings twice went close inside the opening eight minutes for Villa, shooting wide following a darting run to the near post, and volleying over from Joachim Andersen’s attempted clearance.
Palace offered a positive response, but Wilfried Zaha’s stinging strike was parried by Emiliano Martinez and the Villa goalkeeper was also equal to Nathaniel Clyne’s low effort.
Despite a late flurry of chances, neither side could find a winner to improve their chances of securing a top-half finish.
Palace remain 11th, three points behind 10th-placed Leicester, with Villa still one place and one point behind the Eagles.
### Palace and Villa unable to improve top-half chances
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira challenged his side to clinch a top-half finish and end a pleasing first season under his tenure - which also included a run to the FA Cup semi-finals - on a positive note.
The Eagles are unbeaten in four matches following this draw and require four points from their final two games to match their highest Premier League points tally of 49, achieved in 1992-93 and 2018-19.
Likewise, Steven Gerrard’s Villa are chasing a first top-10 placing in the Premier League since 2010-11, but those hopes have taken a blow heading into their final two games.
The hosts were unable to capitalise on an encouraging start, as Ings failed to hit the target with three decent first-half chances - also curling wide after being teed up by strike partner Watkins.
It was Martinez who was the busier goalkeeper, but the Argentine was alert to well-struck attempts by Zaha and Clyne.
A largely uneventful start to the second half saw Matthew Cash flash an uncontested ball across the six yard box, while the Villa right-back was required to block Tyrick Mitchell’s strike shortly before Watkins’ opener.
Palace felt aggrieved that Watkins was not penalised for a foul on Guehi as the pair battled for Digne’s cross, but Schlupp’s near-immediate impact ensured Vieira’s side did not depart empty-handed after an even encounter.
Philippe Coutinho, who failed to shine following confirmation of his permanent move from Barcelona this week, was joined by Emi Buendia, Watkins, Conor Gallagher and Zaha in seeing late efforts blocked by committed defending at both ends.
Villa now host relegation-threatened Burnley on Thursday and title-chasing Manchester City on the final day, while Palace travel to Everton before hosting Manchester United next Sunday.