Game #5670

2021-22

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Position:

14th (-2)

Premier League

Burnley

Villa Park

Attendance: 40,468

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Villa's slump under Steven Gerrard continues and the alarm bells are ringing louder than the Aston Church bells.

Aston Villa

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Burnley

Scorer(s) | Emiliano Buendía | 48’ |

Assist(s) | John McGinn | 48’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5670

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #40 |
League Match | #37 |
Manager Game | #27 |
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Attendance | 40,468 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 8.00pm |
Referee | Paul Tierney |
Half Time Score | 0-1 |
Full Time Result | Drew |
Full Time Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | WWLDD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Tierney.
Previous 5: 🟥 | 🟥 | 🟥 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
Incidents: 💥- | 🟨 | 🟥 |
Assistants: Lee Betts, Simon Long.
Fourth official: Craig Pawson.
VAR: John Brooks.
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.

MATCH INCIDENTS

Paul Tierney

Villa

💥- |

Burnley

🟨 | 🟥 |

🟨 | 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: £159.98m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £61.04m
Team Cost: £221.02m
Squad Cost: £246.04m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/20
Homegrown: 3/20

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.75 |

Oldest Player:
GK Emiliano Martínez | 29.73 |

Youngest Player:
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 18.59 |

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard makes the popular move of bringing Emiliano Buendía back into the starting XI in place of Philippe Coutinho as Carney Chukwuemeka is handed a surprise start despite the young midfielder’s contract impasse.

Ezri Konsa’s season ending injury sees a formation change as Jacob Ramsey returns to midfield for the first time following his return from injury and Marvelous Nakamba drops back to the subs bench.

Highly rated 17-year old centre back Josh Feeney once again makes the squad.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |

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

W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
Groin, 7 May - Unknown

CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Knee, 19 May - Sep 22
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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
---
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
1 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
---
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 | 5 |

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

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 71%
Possession A | 29%
Shots F | 22
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 9
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 13
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 20

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 Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 | W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |🦵🏼|
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 | M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | ⚽ |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 | F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | for M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 57’ |
🔁 | M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | for M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 72’ |
🔁 | F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 78’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Nick Pope | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.17m |
RB Connor Roberts | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | £2.61m |
CB Nathan Collins | 🇮🇪 | £12.60m |
CB James Tarkowski | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £3.60m |
CB Kevin Long | 🇮🇪 | £0.31m | 🟨 |
LB Charlie Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
M Josh Brownhill | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £9.00m |
M Jack Cork | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £8.19m | 🔁 CF Wout Weghorst | 🇳🇱 | £12.60m |
W Dwight McNeil | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth | 🔁 W Aaron Lennon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.53m |
W Maxwel Cornet | 🇨🇮 | £13.50m | 🔁 RB Matt Lowton (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.26m | 🟥 |
CF Ashley Barnes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.49m | ⚽ |

Unused:
GK Wayne Hennessey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Free |
RB Phil Bardsley (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £0.76m |
LB Owen Dodgson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
M Dale Stephens | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.99m |
W Max Thomas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
W Dara Costelloe | 🇮🇪 | Free |

Manager: Mike Jackson (Caretaker) | 🇬🇧 |
1st XI Cost: £51.47m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £15.39m
Team Cost: £66.86m
Squad Cost: £68.61m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 15/20
Homegrown: 1/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Douglas Luiz makes his 110th appearance for the club whilst Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Martínez make their 75th appearances - for the latter it’s also a 75th start.

Meanwhile, Lucas Digne makes his 15th appearance since signing in January as Calum Chambers hits ten after joining in the same window.

Typical Villa?

It’s nearly two years since Villa won at home in a midweek fixture with the last coming against Arsenal in July 2020 (2019-20 Season).

Nick Pope has now made a record number of saves against Villa twice.

Emiliano Buendía is the second Villa player this season to score and concede a penalty after King Kortney at Old Trafford.

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 45’ Goal, 0-1, (Burnley, pen), Ashley Barnes
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley
⚽ | 48’ Goal, 1-1, Emiliano Buendía, Assist by John McGinn
🔁 | 57’ Sub off, Carney Chukwuemeka, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
🔁 | 72’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Philippe Coutinho
🔁 | 78’ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Danny Ings
🟥 | 90’+1 Sending off, (Burnley), Matt Lowton
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Burnley

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's points per game standing is 19th of 31 Villa bosses after 27 games - firmly mid-table. Likewise, Gerrard's win rate is 17th out of 31 over the same period but his loss rate is 25th, the joint 6th worst of any Villa boss at the same point of their tenure.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“We are 14th in the league and we’ve just given a lap of honour and our fans were incredible.

“Moving forward, this club cannot finish 14th again. We need to change things and come back better and stronger next season.

“Their keeper is probably man of match for them but we need to be better. We need to have more quality 🥊 and answers.

“The first part of the job was to stay safe but we wanted to finish in top half. Moving forward we need to improve in a lot of departments. We need to recruit well.

“We will try and give it our best shot and make our supporters proud on the last day of the season.

“We have little time to prepare for the Manchester City game. We’ll try and make it as difficult as we can for them. We will fight for everything we can.

“The issue for me is we need to solve a bigger problem; we’re creating chances but not scoring enough goals.

“I want to challenge my players to find better quality 🥊. We created enough opportunities to score more. We can’t just say it was because the keeper played well. I’d like more quality 🥊 in the final third.

“I think it can happen from time to time where you try and knock the door down with outcomes, crosses, asking questions and putting a lot of pressure on. But if the pattern keeps happening consistently and keeps coming back, it tells you that you need to address that situation in the final third.

“It’s work on a daily basis, it’s the priority. It’s a strong pre-season. It’s more education around how you shift a block and how you beat a block so we’ll do the work that we need to do on a daily basis.

“But everyone knows the position we’re in and if we want to take this journey where we want to take it, we have to recruit well, that’s for sure. I’ve said it for a while. We did that in January to improve and steer the team away from any danger. But we can’t relax being 14th in the league, these fans deserve more.

“I’ve just said to the players in the dressing room, ‘You’re a lucky group and I’m a lucky manager because we’re 14th in the league at Aston Villa which isn’t enough’.

“The fans are there in their numbers and their thousands cheering the boys on, and they have done home and away all season.

“There’s 20,000 people on a waiting list to come and watch them play. They’re lucky, they deserve more and we need to give them more. I assure all of them that we will work tirelessly in the coming weeks and months to be better prepared for next season but, in the short term, there’s another big three points to play for at the weekend and we need to focus on that first.”

Steven Gerrard.

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Thursday, 19 May 2022

“Burnley’s position would have been even better had Wout Weghorst not somehow failed to convert after being set up by Connor Roberts, whose own effort had been brilliantly saved by Emiliano Martinez.”

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**Burnley secured a precious point at Aston Villa that was enough to move them out of the Premier League’s relegation zone and put their fate in their own hands heading into the final game of the season.**
Ashley Barnes’ well-taken penalty put the Clarets in front just before half-time.
However, Villa were the better side and the least they deserved was the draw given to them by Emiliano Buendia’s equaliser in the 48th minute.
Burnley’s goal difference advantage over Leeds means there is no realistic chance of them going down if they beat Newcastle at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Their position would have been even better had Wout Weghorst not somehow failed to convert after being set up by Connor Roberts, whose own effort had been brilliantly saved by Emiliano Martinez.
Burnley were the ones defending desperately at the end though after substitute Matt Lowton was sent off in stoppage time - barely five minutes after coming on after catching Calum Chambers with his follow-through as he over-reached to win the ball.
### Pope keeps cool to save battling Clarets
The perceived wisdom is that Burnley have an advantage in the survival battle because they have been down this road so many times before.
The reality is they have never gone into the final day with their top-flight future at stake.
What they do have is home advantage in addition to their position in the table, which, thanks to one strike of the ball, is markedly better than it was at kick-off.
Even though Maxwel Cornet was brought down by Buendia for the spot-kick, there was no chance of the Ivorian taking it after his miss at West Ham last month.
Barnes kept his nerve despite a slight delay and found the bottom corner as Martinez went the wrong way.
There was no doubting goalkeeper Nick Pope was their man of the match though as he repelled Villa on at least half a dozen occasions.
The one-handed effort to turn away Bertrand Traore’s second-half strike was superb and, as Villa pushed on for the winner, the England keeper twice prevented Danny Ings from putting the home side ahead.
While Tyrone Mings’ block to turn Weghorst’s late shot wide was superb, he shouldn’t have been given the opportunity to keep the ball out.
If that had gone in, Burnley would only have needed a point on Sunday. As it is, Mike Jackson needs his side to get three to be certain of completing a most unlikely escape act.
### Can Villa deny Man City?
Although it would take an unlikely sequence of results on the final day, Villa could still secure their first top-10 finish since 2011.
However, most attention for them will centre around whether they can shake up the Premier League title battle.
As with many teams at this time of the campaign, Villa’s issue is maintaining focus. The good news for Liverpool, given the massive favour they need from Steven Gerrard and his team, is they have not relocated to the beach just yet.
They were the better side in the first half, with John McGinn drawing two excellent saves out of Pope.
And it was the Scot who delivered the precise pass through the Burnley defence that created Buendia’s equaliser.
Evidently, the Clarets do not have the luxury of bringing on a substitute in the class of Philippe Coutinho or Ings, as Villa were able to do in the final stages.
Like their manager, both players have Liverpool connections.
Neither was able to fashion a winner in this game and the red half of Merseyside will hope they were saving their heroics for Sunday.

**Burnley secured a precious point at Aston Villa that was enough to move them out of the Premier League’s relegation zone and put their fate in their own hands heading into the final game of the season.**
Ashley Barnes’ well-taken penalty put the Clarets in front just before half-time.
However, Villa were the better side and the least they deserved was the draw given to them by Emiliano Buendia’s equaliser in the 48th minute.
Burnley’s goal difference advantage over Leeds means there is no realistic chance of them going down if they beat Newcastle at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Their position would have been even better had Wout Weghorst not somehow failed to convert after being set up by Connor Roberts, whose own effort had been brilliantly saved by Emiliano Martinez.
Burnley were the ones defending desperately at the end though after substitute Matt Lowton was sent off in stoppage time - barely five minutes after coming on after catching Calum Chambers with his follow-through as he over-reached to win the ball.
### Pope keeps cool to save battling Clarets
The perceived wisdom is that Burnley have an advantage in the survival battle because they have been down this road so many times before.
The reality is they have never gone into the final day with their top-flight future at stake.
What they do have is home advantage in addition to their position in the table, which, thanks to one strike of the ball, is markedly better than it was at kick-off.
Even though Maxwel Cornet was brought down by Buendia for the spot-kick, there was no chance of the Ivorian taking it after his miss at West Ham last month.
Barnes kept his nerve despite a slight delay and found the bottom corner as Martinez went the wrong way.
There was no doubting goalkeeper Nick Pope was their man of the match though as he repelled Villa on at least half a dozen occasions.
The one-handed effort to turn away Bertrand Traore’s second-half strike was superb and, as Villa pushed on for the winner, the England keeper twice prevented Danny Ings from putting the home side ahead.
While Tyrone Mings’ block to turn Weghorst’s late shot wide was superb, he shouldn’t have been given the opportunity to keep the ball out.
If that had gone in, Burnley would only have needed a point on Sunday. As it is, Mike Jackson needs his side to get three to be certain of completing a most unlikely escape act.
### Can Villa deny Man City?
Although it would take an unlikely sequence of results on the final day, Villa could still secure their first top-10 finish since 2011.
However, most attention for them will centre around whether they can shake up the Premier League title battle.
As with many teams at this time of the campaign, Villa’s issue is maintaining focus. The good news for Liverpool, given the massive favour they need from Steven Gerrard and his team, is they have not relocated to the beach just yet.
They were the better side in the first half, with John McGinn drawing two excellent saves out of Pope.
And it was the Scot who delivered the precise pass through the Burnley defence that created Buendia’s equaliser.
Evidently, the Clarets do not have the luxury of bringing on a substitute in the class of Philippe Coutinho or Ings, as Villa were able to do in the final stages.
Like their manager, both players have Liverpool connections.
Neither was able to fashion a winner in this game and the red half of Merseyside will hope they were saving their heroics for Sunday.