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Game #5713

Aston Villa

18-5-7, 59 PTS

Saturday, 30 March 2024

Won

4th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 42,640

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Villa Park

12-5-12, 41 PTS

In the race for fourth there is little surprise before Villaโ€™s late kick off that kick and rush Angeโ€™s Tottenham Hotspur, the great pretenders, luck in again with a late deflected goal to beat Luton, whilst the team that SHOULD be fourth according to their manager (but actually sit 11th, 16 points behind Villa), can only draw with 10-man, second from bottom Burnley.

Itโ€™s not that football is a โ€˜funny old gameโ€™.. itโ€™s that itโ€™s freely populated with idiots, a large proportion in the dug out.

Hold my beer says Gary Oโ€™Neil, the self same Gary Oโ€™Neil who embarrassed himself at Molineux over something that didnโ€™t actually happen.

"More possession, more shots (Villa 13, Wolves 11), higher expected goals (Result: Villa 2, Wolves 0). We were the better team by a mile โ€ฆ but then somehow we end up being 1-0 down. You can tell Aston Villa fans were slightly surprised and going 1-0 then relaxes the place.โ€

Thanks Gary for your objectivity.

Back in the real world, without Mings, Buendia, Kamara, McGinn, Cash and Ramsey, and losing Ollie Watkins at half time, Villa donโ€™t get out of second gear, beat Wolves, consolidate 4th spot and move on to 59 points after 30 games.

Coincidentally, Wolvesโ€™ best ever Premier League finish was 59 points after 38 games in 2018-19.

Perhaps thatโ€™s a stat Gary hasnโ€™t mastered yet.

But it doesnโ€™t stop there โ€ฆ although weโ€™re constantly told Spurs will finish โ€˜fourthโ€™, and according to Pochettino Chelsea are actually already โ€˜fourthโ€™, lest we forget that Manchester United are also going to finish fourthโ€™ after winning all of their final ten games. That is the same Manchester United that, in the first of their โ€œ100% 10โ€, were outplayed yet again, this time by bottom six side Brentford, facing 31 shots.

Make no mistake though, Manchester United, like Spurs, like Chelsea, will overtake Villa and take Champions League football away from B6 because anything else just wouldnโ€™t be right and proper.

Good luck to them. "Do you want to bet against us?"

Aston Villa

2-0

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Assist(s): Moussa Diaby | 65โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Moussa Diaby, back on form

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 30 March 2024

๐ŸŸจ | 30โ€™ Booking, Youri Tielemans for a bad foul
โšฝ | 36โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Moussa Diaby
๐Ÿ•’ | 45'+3 HT Aston Villa 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Jhon Durรกn
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, Morgan Rogers, Sub on, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, รlex Moreno, Sub on, Lucas Digne
โšฝ | 65โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Ezri Konsa, Assist by Moussa Diaby
๐ŸŸจ | 84โ€™ Booking, Jhon Durรกn
๐Ÿ” | 88โ€™ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Tim Iroegbunam
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+6 Booking, Lucas Digne
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+7 Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Kaine Kesler-Hayden
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+10 FT Aston Villa 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

ON THIS DAY

รlex Moreno makes his 30th start for the club since joining in January 2023.

Villa move on to 59 points after 30 games, just two points off their total of 2022-23 that took them to a seventh placed finish after 38 matches.

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: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
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FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #44 |
League Game | #30 |
Manager Game | #71 |
Saturday, 23 March 2024
Attendance | 42,640 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Paul Tierney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wigan, 2009-
Kick off: 5.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 71 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 41 ๐ŸŸจ | 12 ๐ŸŸฅ 18 | 1.90

Career Form:

Top 4

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Tierney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wigan, 2009-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 3 February 2024, Villa 5-0 Sheffield United, Bramall Lane
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Steve Meredith.
Fourth official: Matt Donohue.
VAR: Peter Bankes.
Assistant VAR: Nick Greenhalgh.

Until the 2023-24 Villa have been refereed on thirteen occasions by Paul Tierney and won just one - the 2018-19 Championship Play Off Final against Derby County. Their last two games under Tierney had now ended in victories, 5-0 at Bramall Lane and 2-0 over Wolves at Villa Park.

Paul Tierney

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Wolverhampton Wanderers

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: 26.49
Starting XI Average Age: 27.38
Subs Average Age: 23.66
Bench Average Age: 25.39

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.59 |
Youngest Starter: W Morgan Rogers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.68 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.68 |
Youngest Squad Player: F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |18.52 |

Oldest Substitute: LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 30.72 |
Youngest Substitute: RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.31 |

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 |
CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Morgan Rogers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Wolverhampton Wanderers

GK Josรฉ Pedro Malheiro de Sรก | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Rayan Aรฏt-Nouri | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Santiago Bueno | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
CB Max Kilman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tote Antรณnio Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Nรฉlson Cabral Semedo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
M Joรฃo Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Tommy Doyle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mario Lemina | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
W Pablo Sarabia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Leon Chiwome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ | for CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | for M Morgan Rogers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | for LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 88โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 90โ€™+7 |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Hugo Bueno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for LB Rayan Aรฏt-Nouri | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tawanda Chirewa | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | for M Tommy Doyle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 71โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Matt Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for RB Nรฉlson Cabral Semedo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | 84โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Boubacar Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Joรฃo Gomes | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 84โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Nathan Fraser | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Leon Chiwome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 84โ€™ |

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 |
F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Daniel Bentley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Noha Lemina | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Fletcher Holman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ty Barnett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ225.90m
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: ยฃ41.28m
Team Cost: ยฃ267.18m
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 : 5/16
Homegrown: 2/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ270.78m
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 : 7/20
Homegrown: 2/20

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ380.46m
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 : 16/35
Homegrown: 9/35

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 |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ11.59m |
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Morgan Rogers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.00m |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
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 |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ30.60m |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ14.28m |
F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ยฃ0.60m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ87.70m
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: ยฃ9.50m
Team Cost: ยฃ97.20m
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 : 3/16
Homegrown: 1/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ97.70m
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: 1/20

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ315.50m
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 : 12/40
Homegrown: 2/40

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 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 Rayan Aรฏt-Nouri | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ9.99m |
RB Matt Doherty | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
LB Hugo Bueno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 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 Tawanda Chirewa | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | Free |
M Tommy Doyle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |
M Noha Lemina | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

W Pablo Sarabia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ4.43m |
W Ty Barnett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CF Nathan Fraser | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Youth |
CF Leon Chiwome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CF Fletcher Holman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ACL
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ACL
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ACL
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Foot
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Thigh

Suspension | 1 |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Out On Loan | 7 |
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 Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Al-Duhail
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Napoli
CB Josh Feeney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Real Uniรณn
M Tommi O'Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Real Uniรณn

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
W Pedro Lomba Neto | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Hwang Hee-Chan | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Craig Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jean-Ricner Bellegarde | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Out on Loan | 12 |
GK Louie Moulden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Yerson Mosquera | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Ki-Jana Hoever | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Bendegรบz Bolla | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Luke Cundle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Joe Hodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chem Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
W Gonรงalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
W Daniel Castelo Podence | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
W Francisco Jorge Tavares Oliveira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Fรกbio Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Sasa Kalajdzic | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 48%โ€จ
Possession A | 52%โ€จ

Shots F | 11
Shots A | 13

Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 3

Corners F | 5
Corners A | 4

Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 19

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Yes, we did really well. The first 20 minutes we started a bit soft in everything. Even when we scored [the offside goal] we then conceded some big chances.

"Then we controlled it better. In the first half we were suffering a bit with Nelson Semedo and Pablo Sarabia. We tried to reduce that better in the second half. We were disciplined and had control of the game more or less, even when they dominated a little bit, we were defensively focused to do well.

"We were speaking before the match about the injuries we had and we needed to try to work with every player in the season.

"The challenge we have is to go to Manchester City [next]. We have to try to prepare the best possible way with the players we have. We have to try to do our best and keep going to be consistent. We are happy with the three points today and it is very important so we need to enjoy that as well.

"He [Ollie Watkins] was feeling something in his hamstring and I think we have to wait for tomorrow. Hopefully it's not a big injury but it's his hamstring.

"At the beginning he was telling us that he could carry on playing. The doctor told us it was better to not play with risk. We decided to stop him. Tomorrow he will have a scan.

"I want more of course. To score a goal in different ways is very important. But overall I am happy because we were very organised in the 90 minutes and we did well to create our chances to score. We are happy for Ezri Konsa but we have to try to think about how to get better options for every player to score goals.

"He [Ezri Konsa]โ€™s playing now with the national team and for the first time in Europe .These are very good experiences he is taking. I think he has been more consistent and more demanding of himself.

"We have to push him because he has qualities that are more what he is showing. We have to continue to work with him defensively and on his positioning. And playing as the third man as a centre-back.

"He scored one goal today which was fantastic as well for him and the team so we need to carry on his process as a player."

Unai Emery, post match.


"We spoke before and wanted to get the win and focus on our game. We got the three points and I amanged to grab a goal myself. I meant it and I'm really pleased.

"I believe in myself and ever since the boss has come in, I've grown a lot as a player and a man and I want to continue doing that under the boss.

"We knew we had to win after Tottenham's result earlier and we did that.

"I don't remember the last time we had a clean sheet. it's always good to keep the ball out the net as a defender.

"We've had a few injuries to key players this season but we've managed to get results when it matters. The games have been coming thick and fast.

"It's been a perfect week, making my debut for England. To top it off with a win and a goal, I'm really pleased for myself and the boys.

"Yeah I meant it! Na, I saw Jhon [Duran] coming in at the back post so I was hoping to give him an assist. I'm really pleased. I think it was my first goal in two, almost three years.

"We know our last performance at home wasn't good enough. We wanted to give the fans something to cheer about today and that's what we did.

"[Emiliano Martinez] is the best goalkeeper in the world for a reason. Sometimes he keeps us in games and that's what he did today.

"It's hard to put into words. It was a dream come true to make my England debut and it's something I've been working hard on. I want to continue working and learning so that's what I'm going to do.โ€

Ezri Konsa.



"Very important. Those three points, here at Villa Park. It has been difficult sometimes here, against Newcastle, Man Utd, Tottenham. Different matches, but we didnโ€™t achieve points in those matches.

"We are being consistent and we are recovering quickly our confidence and our way. After those defeats we reacted well. We drew at West Ham with a good point and today we got a win.

"Today was a difficult match. We started soft in the first 20 minutes, but we recovered as well progressively getting better. We imposed in some moments our game plan.

โ€œI was demanding more intensity. I was demanding we drive, do more passes to get in behind. I donโ€™t know exactly but I told them in the dressing room and as well in the first 20 minutes when we werenโ€™t dominating the match. I told them to recover quickly, to jump more than them and to stop them in the build-up. We did progressively get better after the minute 20 but of course we respect them as a team, as players, and they started better than us.

"We dominated, scored goals, but respected them. We played serious. We were disciplined and the victory is very, very important.

"We have to get the combinations between different players in the squad. Of course, getting balance. Leon Bailey and Diaby, they were feeling comfortable playing together.

"Sometimes we need something different. I think they played well, with confidence. But, of course, there is still work to do to get more and more in the combination we can have with different players. We try to build and learn.

โ€œWe want to win always through clean sheet but we are not being clinical. But, more or less, we are fourth. We are I think in the balance 20 goals up then down. I think itโ€™s a good balance and we are watching a lot of matches, a lot of goals. Teams are being offensive and aggressive playing in attack and scoring a lot, more or less we are in the same way.

"Itโ€™s the day 30. There are still eight matches to play and we have to be consistent like we were. Like we showed today as well.

"Until the day 33, 34, I donโ€™t want to speak about the possibility to play in the Champions League. We are in and we are happy. We can feel conferrable being fourth in the table. Of course, Tottenham is behind us.

"Manchester United as well, they have a potential to recover the distance we have with them. We are going to respect everything and focus on each match. My only focus is City.

โ€œ[รlex Moreno] played today higher than normal because I think we could exploit him attacking higher. He got in the opponent box many times but the crosses he did werenโ€™t finding the good solutions for our strikers. He wasnโ€™t clinical crossing. But I like and appreciate a lot today how he played higher and tried to get again his performances like he had before.

โ€œOf course, defensively as well, with more on the left side we were struggling a bit because Sarabia and Semedo had good movement. Itโ€™s true that when we changed with Lucas [Digne] and [Nicolรฒ] Zaniolo, one reason from me was for it [the struggle] and we did better.

โ€œYes, [Nicolรฒ Zaniolo] is better, he is completely better. I like to watch him like that. He started the season a little bit with some problems and the adaptation was longer than I expected. But I spoke with him and I can tell him and tell you his performances are completely better and heโ€™s close to playing more minutes.

โ€œThe impact of Jhon Durรกn was good. His responsibility is to be ready and when heโ€™s playing to try and play in the same structure we have. Today, he did.โ€

Unai Emery, post match.

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