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Game #5688

Sunday, 12 November 2023

Attendance: 41,608

Won

Premier League

5th (-)

Fulham

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the 2000th time in a League game as they take the points with consummate ease against a thuggish Fulham and make it 13 home league wins in a row.

Aston Villa

3-1

Fulham

Assist(s): Leon Bailey | 64โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Oh my this boy is too good, another outstanding performance from John McGinn.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ’ฅ | 7โ€™ Penalty awarded to Villa for handball which clears the ball out for a corner
๐ŸŽฅ | 9โ€™ VAR review overturns penalty kick after 2 minuts
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 9โ€™ Referee Hooper restarts play with a drop ball toโ€ฆ. Fulham`
โšฝ | 27โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Antonee Robinson o.g
โšฝ | 42โ€™ Goal, 2-0, John McGinn
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+6 HT Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham
๐Ÿ” | 62โ€™ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Leon Bailey
โšฝ | 64โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Leon Bailey
๐ŸŸจ | 66โ€™ Booking, Ollie Watkins for a bad foul
๐Ÿฅ… | 70โ€™ Goal, 3-1, (Fulham), Raรบl Jimรฉnez
๐ŸŸจ | 83โ€™ Booking, Ezri Konsa
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+8 HT Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham

ON THIS DAY

Douglas Luiz makes his 150th start and 170th appearance for Villa since joining in July 2019 as Boubacar Kamara makes his 40th start and Ollie Watkins marks his 125th start with his 54th goal for the club.

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

Fulham

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Fulham

Previous 5 vs. Fulham: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #19 |
League Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #46 |
Sunday, 12 November 2023
Attendance | 41,608 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Simon Hooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2008-
Kick off: 2.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Simon Hooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2008-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 3 September 2023, Villa 0-3 Liverpool, Anfield
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Long.
Fourth official: Darren England.
VAR: Michael Oliver.
Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Fulham

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Simon Hooper

TEAM NEWS

Youri Tielemans makes his first Premier League start for Villa in place of Nicolรฒ Zaniolo.

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: | 27.71 |
Starting XI Average Age: | 27.10 |
Subs Average Age: | 26.28 |
Bench Average Age: | 28.54 |

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.21 |
Youngest Starter: M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 23.99 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.30 |
Youngest Squad Player: M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 23.99 |

Oldest Substitute: W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 26.28 |
Youngest Substitute: W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 26.28 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Marco Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

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

Fulham

GK Bernd Leno | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Timothy Castagne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Calvin Bassey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Tim Ream | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Antonee Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Joรฃo Palhinha | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Bobby De Cordova-Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Andreas Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Willian | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Alex Iwobi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Raรบl Jimรฉnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | for W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 62โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Harry Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | for M Bobby De Cordova-Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tom Cairney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for M Andreas Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Carlos Vinรญcius | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | for CF Raรบl Jimรฉnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Adama Traorรฉ (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for W Willian | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 82โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Harrison Reed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | for W Alex Iwobi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 82โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Marek Rodak | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Kenny Tete | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Fodรฉ Ballo-Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Sasa Lukic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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 : 3/12
Homegrown: โญ•/12

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ276.15m
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: 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 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 |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ11.59m |

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 Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 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: ยฃ99.26m
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 : โญ•/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ26.73m
Team Cost: ยฃ125.99m
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 : 3/16
Homegrown: โญ•/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ136.82m
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 : 3/20
Homegrown: 1/20

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ169.93m
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 : 5/27
Homegrown: 3/27

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Bernd Leno | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.24m |
GK Marek Rodak | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Youth |

CB Calvin Bassey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ19.31m |
CB Tim Ream | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.53m |

RB Timothy Castagne | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ11.18m |
RB Kenny Tete | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ2.83m |
LB Antonee Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.89m |
LB Fodรฉ Ballo-Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | Loan |

M Joรฃo Palhinha | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ18.00m |
M Andreas Pereira | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ8.55m |
M Bobby De Cordova-Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ8.01m |
M Sasa Lukic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ8.00m |
M Harrison Reed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ5.85m |
M Tom Cairney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.78m |

W Alex Iwobi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ22.06m |
W Harry Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ12.60m |
W Willian | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
W Adama Traorรฉ (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |

CF Raรบl Jimรฉnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ | ยฃ5.49m |
CF Carlos Vinรญcius | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ4.50m |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Knee
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ACL
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ankle / Foot
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 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 | 3 |
CF Rodrigo Muniz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Issa Diop | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Tosin Adarabioyo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 2 |
CB Terence Kongolo | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ3.82m |
RB Kevin Mbabu |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ| ยฃ4.78m |

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 | 51%โ€จ
Possession A | 49%โ€จ

Shots F | 12
Shots A | 9

Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 5

Corners F | 2
Corners A | 2

Fouls F | 4
Fouls A | 17

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œUnited and Chelsea are still more contenders than us to be in the top five and top seven.

โ€œWe are wanting and trying to get our opportunity to be there, but we are not contenders.

โ€œWe have to fight each match to do our best. Be ambitious, try to improve, try to learn, try to build a strong team and a strong structure. But we are focusing on 38 matches. Now we are fifth, yes that is very good. But we are not really feeling that we are contenders to be in the top seven."

โ€œWe can dream.

โ€œWe can try to go match by match thinking how to improve, thinking to be fifth and thinking that if we can get one step ahead in the table to try to achieve this opportunity.

โ€œWe are doing it our way and working every day to try to get our dreams.

โ€œI am trying to be consistent in my plan, trying to be better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today.

โ€œThis message is always in my mind and I am repeating it a lot to the players. Then, it is to try and practice and try to analyse each match deeply.

โ€œWe have to try and be consistent and work out why we are not being consistent away, why we are not winning or not close to winning the match we played in Europe. We have to respect the opponent and we have to try to stop their game plan.

โ€œWe have to accept that we canโ€™t win every match and that we can lose some matches, but of course we have to win more matches than we lose. We have to move on. We analysed the match against AZ Alkmaar at the beginning and we finished this morning speaking about it.

โ€œWe are going to add a new two matches against Legia Warsaw and Zrinjski, but now it is Fulham. I am going to analyse Fulham with the players, but my analysis is two deductions. One is to analyse ourself, how we can face the match on Sunday, and then try to analyse the opponent, how we can impose our idea with their game plan.

โ€œI want to enjoy each moment, I want to enjoy each match, I want to enjoy Europe, I want to enjoy on Sunday in the Premier League, I want to enjoy when we play in the FA Cup.

โ€œI know the supporters are behind us and, of course, they are demanding well.

โ€œWe have to try and connect with them and with a good result it is easier, but also when we are not taking a good result, we have to be together and try to connect with our supporters.

โ€œItโ€™s something very positive and I like positive energy from every supporter and worker here, players and coaches. I am not feeling to play under pressure, I want to feel that we are playing really focusing on our game plan.

โ€œWe are trying to do our best with our qualities and creating a strong structure at home, but also a strong atmosphere with our supporters. On Sunday we will connect with them and do our best, but being intelligent in our game plan.

โ€œFulham, I respect them a lot. The history of Fulham and the players of Fulham, the coach is a very experienced coach, very organised team, very competitive team. They are playing well, they lost against Manchester United at home, but they deserved more. They drew to Arsenal at the Emirates and everything they were doing and we have analysed, we must be alert and to respect them a lot because on Sunday it will be a difficult match."

Unai Emery, pre-match.


โ€œWe are feeling very good here. We are connected without the supporters that we are trying to be. With full energy, positive energy, and playing each game plan. Each circumstance we are trying to adapt, improving the players, improving our tactical work.

"The first half was very good. We created chances, but overall we controlled the game, avoiding the transition, avoiding their attack and it was fantastic. But the second half was harder than the first half because they scored one goal and they had chances.

"Each match is giving us a lot of information. For example on Thursday when we were losing in the second half and started losing against AZ Alkmaar, we came back. The result was fantastic because we had experiences to add in our squad, in our players.

"And the idea keeping the same structure and the same mentality after we conceded one goal. And today was the same. After the goal, we were 3-1 winning but we reacted very well, trying again to keep control of the game. And we did it.

"That is a mentality - when we are, when we aren't or in trouble, always try to keep balance, always try to control our minds and be focused in our game plan and that is the process.

โ€œI am happy and I can take my days off as well relaxing with the result we had and with the moment we are now in the table and in the Conference League as well. Each match is a new challenge and I am going to rest and take some days resting, but of course, my mind is in Tottenham and my mind is with Legia Warsaw at home. My mind is in here again against Manchester City and Arsenal.

โ€œI donโ€™t think about a lot what is coming. Really, I want to enjoy each moment and I want to analyse the match today. I want to share with the players the analysis deeply we are doing.

"Then, try to take again full energy to prepare the match against Tottenham. We are playing here at home again against Legia, Man City and Arsenal, they are going to amazing matches and big challenges for everybody. We are going to be very excited, but life is passing very fast and it is very important to enjoy each moment.

"There are seven teams still being contenders to be in the top seven. We are now in the day 12 and there are still 26 matches to play. Of course, to be consistent is the most important when youโ€™re trying to build a team and a strong structure and a mentality.

"We can maintain the position we are in now, but I think it will be very difficult and I think each match will be a challenge. We are going to face each match trying to focus. We are in the top five and I think this is the moment to enjoy and to be happy. We are going to analyse deeply, even now winning, how we can improve and how we can keep being consistent.

โ€œ[John McGinn] is himself very demanding. He is competitive and is always ready to play, physically as well. When he is not training and not playing he is resting, but his energy is always full! He is a very good example. He is consistent and is trying to help and to be with us being a good example for other players.

"I appreciate as a person how he is and as a professional he is fantastic. His connection here, his commitment here for a long time for the supporters, Aston Villa and the project, he was coming here in the Championship. He is a player who I really appreciate and I really need to be an example for others."

Unai Emery, post match.