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Game #5682

Sunday, 8 October 2023

Attendance: 31,578

Drew

Premier League

5th (-2)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Molineux

Villa's 45th shot in two games bounces off the left post in the 14th minute of injury time as Unai Emery's side are held to a draw by a typically bad-tempered Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s): Ollie Watkins | 55' |

KEY MAN

Super John McGinn does what Super John McGinn does and lesser mortals cannot cope.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸจ | 6โ€™ Booking, Boubacar Kamara for a bad foul
๐ŸŸจ | 29โ€™ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+5 HT Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 53โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Hwang Hee-Chan
โšฝ | 55โ€™ Goal. 1-1, Pau Torres, Assist by Ollie Watkins
๐Ÿ” | 62โ€™ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Matty Cash, Sub on, Leon Bailey
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Boubacar Kamara, Sub on, Youri Tielemans
๐ŸŸฅ | 90โ€™+4 Sending off, (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Mario Lemina
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 90โ€™+14 Ollie Watkins hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+14 FT Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Shaun Derry and Gary O'Neil embarrass themselves as Unai Emery takes the highground. John McGinn though was not one to let the infamous 'Dr' Derry off the hook. The lesser folk really struggle with the class and style of Villa.

Meanwhile referee Robert Jones has yet another poor game. Incompetence rather than malice but it really isn't good enough to have officials of this standard in the Premier League.

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1979-80

FIXTURE HISTORY

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Previous 5 vs. Wolves: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #13 |
League Game | #8 |
Manager Game | #40 |
Sunday, 8 October 2023
Attendance | 31,578 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Robert Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2016-
Kick off: 2.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Robert Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2016- ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: 18 Mar 23, Villa 3-0 Bournemouth (h) ๐Ÿ†˜
Cards: None
Assistants:ย Ian Hussin, Wade Smith.
Fourth official:ย Paul Tierney.ย 
VAR:ย David Coote.ย 
Assistant VAR:ย Tim Wood.

Villa have lost eight of the eleven games that Robert Jones has officiated dating back to the FA Cup third round loss to Peterborough in January 2018.

Two of Jonesโ€™ last three matches officiating Villa have been rated as poor. ๐Ÿ†˜.

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Wolverhampton Wanderers

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Robert Jones

TEAM NEWS

With an injury list still sagging under its weight, Unai Emery selects his strongest available line up once again for the visit to Staffordshire.

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: | 27.24 |
Starting XI Average Age: | 27.38 |
Subs Average Age: | 25.63 |
Bench Average Age: | 27.07 |

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.12 |
Youngest Starter: M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 23.89 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.21 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.83 |

Oldest Substitute: M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 26.44 |
Youngest Substitute: M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 24.28 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Gary Oโ€™Neil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Wolverhampton Wanderers

GK Josรฉ Pedro Malheiro de Sรก | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Rayan Aรฏt-Nouri | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Max Kilman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Craig Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tote Antรณnio Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Nรฉlson Cabral Semedo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M Joรฃo Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mario Lemina | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
W Pedro Lomba Neto | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Hwang Hee-Chan | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF M Matheus Cunha | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | for W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 62โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | for RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 82โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 82โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Matt Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for LB Rayan Aรฏt-Nouri | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Boubacar Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Joรฃo Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Sasa Kalajdzic | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ | for CF M Matheus Cunha | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Fรกbio Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | for CF Hwang Hee-Chan | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | 86โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Daniel Bentley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Santiago Bueno | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
LB Jonathan Castro Otto | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Tommy Doyle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Pablo Sarabia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ221.48m
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 : 3/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ28.80m
Team Cost: ยฃ250.28m
Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ292.46m
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 : 6/20
Homegrown: โญ•/20
Total Squad Cost: ยฃ380.20m
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 : 13/33
Homegrown: 7/33

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.66m |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.00m |

CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ28.60m |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.90m |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ12.88m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ47.66m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ12.02m |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ30.60m |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ14.28m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ150.40m
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 : 2/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ60.14m
Team Cost: ยฃ210.54m
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 : 2/20
Homegrown: โญ•/20

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ244.18m
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 : 4/20
Homegrown: โญ•/20

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ333.94m
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 : 8/30
Homegrown: 1/30

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Josรฉ Pedro Malheiro de Sรก | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ7.20m |
GK Daniel Bentley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.50m |

CB Santiago Bueno | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | ยฃ10.27m |
CB Craig Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.32m |
CB Tote Antรณnio Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ0.69m |
CB Max Kilman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Nรฉlson Cabral Semedo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ28.80m |
LB Jonathan Castro Otto | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ18.44m |
LB Rayan Aรฏt-Nouri | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ9.99m |
RB Matt Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |

M Joรฃo Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ16.57m |
M Mario Lemina | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ยฃ9.75m |
M Boubacar Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ9.50m |
M Tommy Doyle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

W Pedro Lomba Neto | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ15.79m |
W Pablo Sarabia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ4.43m |

CF M Matheus Cunha | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ43.26m |
CF Fรกbio Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ35.00m |
CF Sasa Kalajdzic | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ15.64m |
CF Hwang Hee-Chan | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.03m |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 6 |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Knee
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Unknown
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ACL
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Thigh
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Thigh
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ankle / Foot

Out On Loan | 7 |
RB Kaine Kesler-Hayden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Plymouth
CF Louie Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stockport
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Exeter
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Nice
M Finn Azaz | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Plymouth
CB Lamare Bogarde | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Bristol Rovers
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Al-Duhail

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
M Jean-Ricner Bellegarde | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Out on Loan | 7 |
GK Louie Moulden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ki-Jana Hoever | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Bendegรบz Bolla | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Luke Cundle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Gonรงalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
W Daniel Castelo Podence | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
W Francisco Jorge Tavares Oliveira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 54%โ€จ
Possession A | 46%โ€จ

Shots F | 18
Shots A | 8

Shots on Target F | 4โ€จ
Shots on Target A | 3โ€จ

Corners F | 15โ€จ
Corners A | 0โ€จ

Fouls F | 12โ€จ
Fouls A | 9

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œItโ€™s a derby and I think we felt it on the pitch. There are a lot of Aston Villa supporters with us. There was a great atmosphere. On the pitch, maybe in 90 minutes we felt this derby and we felt sometimes that the match was not going very clear. We tried to focus on the match, playing in our game plan and trying to win the match.

โ€œWe are ambitious and very demanding. Myself, I want to be with the players. We started very well but we lost a little bit of control and we lost a bit of our good positioning on the pitch.

โ€œI was very demanding with them trying to get good positioning and to get the ball to some players and then get it in the box better than we were doing.

โ€œWe were giving them opportunities to get ball possession and to get in our box. We werenโ€™t really controlling the game like we prepared before and like we tried to do on the pitch. That was the moment I was a little upset and frustrated.

โ€œOf course, we were very focused trying to not let them score first because scoring here first they were feeling very good. It is difficult to come back with the result. We reacted very quickly and I think that was the key. In 90 minutes, we created more chances and got into the box more than them.

โ€œWe controlled maybe better the match but they had some good transitions and chances to score as well. Less than us, but I think more clear.

โ€œWhen they had the red card and we had one more it was the moment we tried to get an advantage with the number of players. We tried to push them and we had chances. If we were winning in the end, it would be a fair reward.

โ€œHere, to win is very difficult. It was a tough match and we were respecting them. We tried to impose our game plan in the first and the second half.

โ€œWhen youโ€™re playing with one player more then maybe you can do better, but for us it was a very good opportunity. We knew before the match that it was going to be difficult to stop the transition.

โ€œPedro Neto did it before against other teams and he did it again today. I think we did everything to impose the game plan and win the match, but in the end we didnโ€™t get it and we have to accept it.

โ€œI wanted to mark him [Craig Dawson] good trying to avoid his potential with his heading in each set-piece. John McGinn was really, really marking him well.

โ€œIn the second half we changed it because he [John McGinn] had a yellow card and it could be dangerous. He is responsible and mature.

โ€œI donโ€™t remember, [what I told John McGinn] but maybe was something telling him to occupy the areas attacking and defensively that we were preparing.โ€

Unai Emery.



"Nothing. It was a lot of nothing. I was moaning at the fourth (official) about playing for 114 minutes and Unai didn't want to wait for the handshake.

"So he went to walk down the tunnel and I just said: 'No problem, go down the tunnel.' I've waited ages for people.

"I mean my conversation with the fourth official was about eight seconds long, so he wouldn't have had to wait very long. But I understand if he doesn't want to, no problem. I've got no problem with Unai at all.โ€

Gary Oโ€™Neil misunderstands the natural hierarchy of life. Gary, Unai is busy.


โ€œI was waiting to tell him congratulations and give my hand. He was speaking with the assistant referee and I left. Simple.โ€

Unai Emery moves on.