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Game #5683

Sunday, 22 October 2023

Attendance: 41,734

Won

Premier League

5th (=)

West Ham United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa's first win against West Ham since 2015 comes in their 11th straight home league win as Douglas Luiz scores for the sixth successive game at Villa Park. Run.

Aston Villa

4-1

West Ham United

Assist(s): Ollie Watkins | 30' | John McGinn | 74' | Youri Tielemans | 89' |

KEY MAN

Douglas Luiz, a brace and another dazzling performance amongst many

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 30โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Douglas Luiz, Assist by Ollie Watkins
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+3 HT Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham United
๐ŸŽฅ | 50โ€™ Penalty, VAR confirms penalty to Villa
โšฝ | 51โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Douglas Luiz, penalty
๐Ÿฅ… | 56โ€™ Goal, 2-1, West Ham United, Pau Torres o.g.
โšฝ | 74โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Ollie Watkins, Assist by John McGinn
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo, Sub on, Leon Bailey
๐Ÿ” | 85โ€™ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Youri Tielemans
โšฝ | 89โ€™ Goal, 4-1, Leon Bailey, Assist by Youri Tielemans
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+8 FT Aston Villa 4-1 West Ham United

ON THIS DAY

Villa win for the eleventh consecutive Premier League game at Villa Park to mark the anniversary of Unai Emeryโ€™s arrival - their best home run since winning 13 in a row in 1983 as reigning European champions.

Before this run, Villa had won just 10 of 30 home matches - and lost 13 of those games - under the previous incumbent.

Indeed Emeryโ€™s record in charge of Villa is nothing short of astonishing; across his first 41 games he has delivered a haul of 1.88 points per game, 1.90 goals per game and a goal difference of +28.

2023 under Emery has begun even better, 14 games, 9 wins, 2.00 points per game, 2.50 goals per game and a goal difference +17.

Given that Emery took over a Villa side spiralling towards relegation, his contribution in 12 months cannot be overstated and the hope is that it has only just begun.

Meanwhile, Ollie Watkins made his 120th start in 130 appearances for the club, scoring his 51st goal; Matty Cash hit 100 starts for Villa; Lucas Digne chalked up his 60th appearance, whilst midfield general Boubacar Kamara made it 35 starts in a Villa shirt since arriving last season.

Kamaraโ€™s fellow midfield star, Douglas Luiz, becomes the first Villa player to score in six consecutive games at Villa Park in the Premier League, surpassing the record previously held by Dwight Yorke (5 - 1996).

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

West Ham United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Conference League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 2022-23

FIXTURE HISTORY

West Ham United

Previous 5 vs. West Ham: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Game | #9 |
Manager Game | #41 |
Sunday, 22 October 2023
Attendance | 41,734 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย David Coote | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Nottinghamshire, 2010-
Kick off: 4.30pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย David Coote | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Nottinghamshire, 2010-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: 28 May 23 Villa 2-1 Brighton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Thomas Bramall.
VAR: Chris Kavanagh.
Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes.

CARDS

Villa

None

West Ham United

๐ŸŸจ

David Coote

TEAM NEWS

Nicolรฒ Zaniolo replaces Diego Carlos as Villa attempt to beat West Ham for the first time since May 2015.

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: | 27.19 |
Starting XI Average Age: | 26.85 |
Subs Average Age: | 26.35 |
Bench Average Age: | 27.61 |

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.16 |
Youngest Starter: M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 23.93 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.25 |
Youngest Squad Player: F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 18.08 |

Oldest Substitute: M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 26.48 |
Youngest Substitute: W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 26.22 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

David Moyes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | โšฝ |
M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |

West Ham United

GK Alphonse Areola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Emerson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Kurt Zouma | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Nayef Aguerd | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
RB Vladimir Coufal | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
M Edson รlvarez | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ |
M James Ward-Prowse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tomas Soucek | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lucas Paquetรก | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Jarrod Bowen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Michail Antonio | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | โšฝ | for M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 85โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Mohammed Kudus | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | for M Tomas Soucek | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Danny Ings (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lucas Paquetรก | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 87โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Pablo Fornals | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for CF Michail Antonio | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 90โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
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 |
F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Lukasz Fabianski | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Konstantinos Mavropanos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Angelo Ogbonna | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Thilo Kehrer | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Saรฏd Benrahma | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CF Divin Mubama | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ193.58m
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: ยฃ222.38m
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 : 3/13
Homegrown: โญ•/13

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ278.78m
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 : 5/20
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 |
F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ยฃ0.60m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ224.73m
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: ยฃ74.11m
Team Cost: ยฃ298.84m
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 : 3/14
Homegrown: โญ•/14

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ364.32m
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: 1/20

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ397.12m
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 : 9/27
Homegrown: 4/27

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Lukasz Fabianski | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ7.20m |
GK Alphonse Areola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

CB Kurt Zouma | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ31.50m |
CB Nayef Aguerd | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ยฃ31.00m |
CB Konstantinos Mavropanos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ17.09m |
CB Thilo Kehrer | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ10.80m |
CB Angelo Ogbonna | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ9.90m |

LB Emerson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ13.86m |
RB Vladimir Coufal | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ยฃ5.40m |

M Lucas Paquetรก | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ38.00m |
M Mohammed Kudus | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ36.91m |
M Edson รlvarez | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ | ยฃ32.72m |
M James Ward-Prowse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ29.95m |
M Pablo Fornals | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ25.20m |
M Tomas Soucek | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ยฃ14.58m |

W Saรฏd Benrahma | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ยฃ20.79m |
W Jarrod Bowen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ19.17m |

CF Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ12.00m |
CF Michail Antonio | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ8.55m |
CF Divin Mubama | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

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
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ankle / Foot
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | Unknown

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 | 0 |
None

Out on Loan | 2 |
M Flynn Downes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andy Irving | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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 | 58%โ€จ
Possession A | 42%โ€จ

Shots F | 15
Shots A | 14

Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 4

Corners F | 8
Corners A | 7

Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 15

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"For our players who were playing for their national teams, I was very happy for Watkins.

"For him [McGinn] and for his national team, and for Austin [MacPhee] it is very important and I am happy for them.

"Of course, Pau Torres, he knows me. I know him before and wanted to meet again. I believe in his potential and I want to exploit it. I think in my idea, my style, his qualities and his skills are very important.

"Lenglet and Pau Torres are both the players who have come in for Tyrone Mings and added his characteristics. Playing a lot of matches like we are playing and like I want to play, theyโ€™re important left-footed players building up with the ball and of defensively as well, trying to get our performance always in the adaptation of Premier League. The advantage he has, Lenglet, is that he played here before. The adaptation of Pau is going really well.

โ€œ[West Ham will be a] very difficult football match. I respect West Ham, the players, the club, Moyes, and I think they are being like last year or two years ago. Defensively very strong and their commitment, structure, is really strong.

"They have added this year keeping ball possession and better than last year. They are playing comfortable and they are feeling confident playing this year I think better than last year. It will be a very difficult match, they are two points behind us. They were the team who struggled last year in the Premier League, but they were successful in Europa Conference League.

"This year I think they are doing one step ahead trying to get top 10 position and I think they can maybe be in the top six. That is the reason why it is very important.

"They were being a very organised team defensively. They are difficult to break their structure defensively. Their transition is one of the best of the Premier League teams. They are keep possession more than they were doing and they are comfortable doing it, successful as well taking different points in matches.

"The last match away against Liverpool was really very good performance they had, not winning, but they deserved more than they did. As well playing in Europe they were winning their last game, not only playing defensively strong, they are playing now feeling good and with skilful players, Ward-Prowse, Paqueta is playing well, Antonio is strong in transition. Defensively they are being very strong. They have a strong structure, even offensively they are getting better.

โ€œWe are not thinking what we did. We are focused on what we can do and how we can improve and how we are going to face the next match. We are going to share it with the fans. Villa Park is special. Each match is a big challenge to keep the same level we are taking there.

"We have to adapt playing on Saturday and Sunday. Of course, 24 hours is better for the players who were a long way away. From Argentina and Colombia we have some players [come back] on Wednesday on Thursday they were with us and I am thinking the best is to adapt quick.

"Yes, I tried in the pre-season and I am trying now as well to play with two or three centre-backs, but the structure is not changing. The structure is to always stay in the same way, to play with two or three centre-backs, trying to build-up with four.

"We can take different spaces with the ball, without the ball. We can be in a medium block defensively, but I want to add one player more as well thinking in our structure for set-pieces. In the idea we are building, we are not changing with two or three.

โ€œWe must be demanding to improve. There are seven teams who are clear contenders for the top seven. We are one team, like Brighton, like West Ham. We are trying to get European positions and trying to be inside those teams and we are one of them.

"Myself, I am very demanding and the players are demanding trying to push the club, increasing our level to be a contender progressively to be with those teams. That is my ambition and objective to get there being a contender progressively more. I think not now, but in our process to be in the top seven, or top eight, being a contender for those positions."

Unai Emery, pre-match.



โ€œWe tried to motivate as well with West Ham in two ways. One is that they were behind us in the table, two points behind us. Today was very important how we were facing and finishing the match.

"The second was thinking and reminding the players of the last matches we played here, Emi Martinez, Watkins, Konsa, McGinn, they were not being successful against them [West Ham] and trying to change it. They did it.

"We want to build a strong structure and the consequences are then to have an idea, style very clear and being comfortable doing it. We want to play with good positioning and playing in the same idea. Then, being competitive and respecting them when we need to do it.

"The response has been fantastic and the fans as well, they are understanding our way and our idea. They are being patient and I think the process is going in the right way. Hopefully we can keep it for a long time. It will be very difficult. In the end we won 4-1, but every match they are demanding from us a lot.

"Zaniolo I think played very well today. His adaptation is going well. Itโ€™s not easy to introduce him in this squad, in this starting XI. Itโ€™s the same for Carlos, Lenglet, Youri, the new players. I am happy with them and I am practicing every day on the training ground.

"We want to build here and to create a great atmosphere with our supporters, transmitting their wishes. Of course, thatโ€™s to win and to build a strong structure offensively and defensively, also creating one structure playing in the idea we are doing.

"Every player as well has an objective. Douglas Luiz to improve, to score goals. For example, today he shoots very well and scores, but he shoots and the goalkeeper saved before. In Wolverhampton, he had two very good option as well at the edge of the box and he didnโ€™t score. We spoke about it. We said โ€˜Douglas we need more, because you are getting there and you have to connect betterโ€™.

"He did it today and thatโ€™s the improvement I am proud of. When he scored two goals I was feeling a little bit that he relaxed, he lost two balls on the pitch and I was very demanding with him.

"I like to score goals. I like to score them through keeping clean sheets and being defensively strong. Today we concede one goal. Not only the strikers as well, Douglas Luiz. Itโ€™s very important for other players, Bailey, Tielemans, they must do a good impact when they play minutes.

โ€œWe are trying to connect them practicing a lot and we are trying to work each one individually thinking each skill, quality, how we can link better as possible. Really, they are being and feeling good together playing. We have to add Jhon Duran, Leon Bailey as well. Zaniolo is playing left, Ramsey we are waiting for. Everybody has to practice a lot when they are not playing.

"Itโ€™s 38 matches. We lost in Newcastle 5-1, we lost to Liverpool 3-0. We are not going to play them again. I prefer to speak about the matches we won and played well, but I have to speak about the matches we lost. This is the balance.

"Itโ€™s clear for me that we have to be very demanding, building a strong mentality and 35 players, each one he has character and personality. I have to be very demanding with each one. Some players like Watkins, he is very committed with his work every day, practicing every day trying to improve. He wants every day to do analysis and to add more work on the pitch every day. That is the mentality I want.

"There are seven teams as contenders in front of us. We are after seven teams. They are Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle.

โ€œI respect him [Dean Smith] a lot. I know he is from here. He was the coach when they were promoted to the Premier League again. I played Aston Villa when he was a coach and I respect him a lot. He is an Aston Villa supporter as well.โ€

Unai Emery, post match.