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- Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:46:23 +0000: Aston Villa manager Dean Smith laments fixture congestion after Wolves defeat – video - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith blamed fatigue for his team's 1-0 loss to Wolves at Villa Park.
'I think the biggest winner today was fatigue,' he said. 'It is not a spectacle at the moment anyway without supporters there and even less so when you are asked to play the amount of games we are playing in so many days.'
Villa are yet to win since the Premier League restarted and currently sit 19th in the league.Continue reading...
- Sat, 27 Jun 2020 13:50:27 +0000: Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves: Premier League –as it happened - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Leander Dendoncker scored the goal that keeps Wolves in the hunt for a Champions League place and leaves Villa deep in the relegation mire
Paul Doyle went to Villa Park, slathered his extremities with sanitiser and and covered his beard with a face-mask to bring you this report on a very entertaining game of football. Read on ...
Nuno speaks: “I think we performed well in terms of organisation in terms of approaching the game,” he tells BT Sport. “But we didn’t quite settle down very well. Then we started controlling better and creating chances. They’re a good team with very talented players. Today was about controlling the game, because Villa had four midfielders. We had to try to open them up and get possession in wide areas. I’m very happy with Leander because he’s a very hard worker.”
Leander Dendoncker speaks: “Very good,” he tells BT Sport. “I just think we played a good game again today. We controlled the game but the last 10 minutes was quite hard because they were losing and trying very hard to score. We kept it tight and didn’t give away a lot. We’ve done that for the past three games which is the merit of the whole team. It’s very nice.”
On Adama Traore’s contribution off the bench: “I think everyone knows he can do that, even from the middle of the pitch,” he says. “I got a good assist from Jonny and I just shot.”
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! Leander Dendoncker’s second-half strike wins the points for Wolves, who win their third game in a row to go within two points of Chelsea. For Villa, it’s a nightmare scenario – they remain in 19th place with games against Liverpool and Manchester United looming large. They played reasonably well today but look completely toothless up front.
90+4 min: Now Traore concedes another free-kick, with a little kick at Mings deep in the Villa half. Moments later he commits another foul, giving Villa a free-kick just inside their own half. Nyland’s delivery towards the Wolves penalty area is atrocious.
90+3 min: Traore loses the ball to Douglas Luiz, allowing Villa to break up the pitch. They lose position again, when Luiz commits a foul.
90+2 min: We’re two minutes into five of added time. Wolves have the ball and are not inclined to give it away. They’re spraying passes around between themselves, leaving Villa’s exhausted, dispirited players chasing shadows.
90 min: Into the final minute of normal time we go, with Villa still in need of an equaliser. Wolves win a free-kick wide on the left for a foul on Neto by Kortney Hause. They play the ball all the way back to their own goalkeepe in the interests of running down the clock.
89 min: Villa keep plugging away but Jonny puts the ball out of play for a throw-in as Grealish attempts to skip past him. He’s had a very quiet second half, has young Jack.
88 min: Traore appears to amble jauntily down the right touchline, but still leaves Taylor and El Ghazi in his dust. His cross is poor, however. Villa clear their lines.
86 min: Mings tries to play a low ball to the feet of Samatta on the edge of the Wolves penalty area. It’s blocked.
85 min: Wolves substitution: Raul Jiminez, provider of the assist for Leander Dendoncker’s goal, makes way for Pedro Neto.
84 min: Jack Grealish sends a wonderful cross towards the far post from the touchline. It drops between Trezeguet and Samatta, neither of whom can quite reach it, before bouncing out of play.
82 min: Villa win a free-kick about 35 yards from the Wolves goal. McGinn floats the ball towards the far post, where Trezeguet, who has just come on, pokes it wide. Villa double-substitution: Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet on for Keinan Davis and Marvelous Nakamba.
79 min: Villa trail but are far from out of this game although another Wolves goal would finish them off. The visitors go forward down the right, trying to get Traore on the ball. With three players surrounding him, he picks out Dendoncker in the penalty area. His shot is blocked by Tyrone Mings.
Villa are terrified of Traore and with good reason. He’s a terrific player whose game has improved immeaurably in the past 12 months. He’s so much more thoughtful and intelligent now, where once he resembled an out-of-control driverless speedboat.
77 min: Mbwana Samatta heads the ball high over the Wolves goal from about 12 yards out, leaping under pressure to connect with a cross from the right.
76 min: Good tackle by Leander Dendoncker just inside his own penalty area. He sticks out a leg with perfect timing to block the ball and stop Grealish making one of his shimmying runs towards goal.
74 min: Villa win a free-kick wide on the left. The ball’s floated towards the far post, where Kortney Hause heads it high and wide. The delivery was a mite too high for him and he might have been better served trying to nod it across the face of goal.
74 min: With his back to goal, Grealish flicks the ball in the air after receiving a low pass form Taylor. It sits up beautifully for him and he spins to shoot on the turn. His effort from the edge of the penalty area is blocked.
72 min: Jack Grealish loses the ball in the centre-circle, Ruben Neves committing the mugging but selling Traore short with a poor pass.
71 min: Villa play the ball long down the left channel, where Willy Boly leaps to head the ball out for a throw-in.
69 min: Traore wins a free-kick in the centre-circle after being fouled by Douglas Luiz as he tried to dart away from the Villa man.
69 min: There’s another break for drinks and managerial counsel.
67 min: The ball’s sent into the mixer, where it hits Willy Boly’s knee and bounces into the path of Leander Dendoncker. He’s somewhat caught by surprise and tries to bundle the ball home at the far post, only to put it wide. It wasn’t an easy chance but it was a chance nonetheless.
66 min: Traore gets the ball on the right touchline, accelerates past Makamba with alarming ease and gets to the byline. Under pressure from Neil Taylor, he looks up and forces a corner.
64 min: Traore makes an immediate impact, playing his part in a lightning fast Wolves counter-attack. He picked up the ball from Jonny in midfield, before playing it wide to Jiminez, whose cross into the box was delightful. He picked out Jonny with his back to goal, who teed it up for Dendoncker. He still had plenty of work to do to make room for a shot and pull the trigger. That’s a fine goal and Villa find themselves in all sorts of bother.
Jimenez takes a ball from Traore on the left wing and curls an exquisite pass into the area, Within seconds it’s nestling in the bottom corner after Dendoncker, teed up by Jonny, made room for a shot and slotted home with a low drive.
60 min: Villa double-substitution: Ahmed “Elmo” Elmohamady and John McGinn on for Conor Hourihane and Ezri Konsa. Wolves substitution: Adama Traore on for Diogo Jota.
59 min: Aston Villa break on the counter, with Douglas Luiz spreading the ball right and wide to Jack Grealish. His progress is interrupted and Wolves manage to get their shape back.
57 min: Tyrone Mings attracts the attention of his Villa team-mate Neil Taylor and points to the touchline, where Adama Traore is preparing to come on. #prayforneil
56 min: Conor Hourihane curls a cross into the Wolves penalty area from the right wing. It’s too close to Rui Patricio and the goalkeeper gathers comfortably.
54 min: Samatta goes to ground on the edge of the Wolves penalty area, left side. There’s a VAR check to see if he was shoved by – I think – Willy Boly who was marking him tightly but no free-kick or penalty is forthcoming.
52 min: Grealish crosses the ball to the far post, where alongside the upright, Mbwana Samatta hooks it up in the air to prevent it going out of play. Wolves clear.
50 min: Raul Jiminez tries to play Leander Dendoncker in behind down the inside right flank, but Kortney Hause is quickly across to wallop the ball into the stand.
49 min: Willy Boly handles the ball, giving Villa a free-kick about 40 yards from his own goal. Hourihane sends the ball towards the far post, aiming for Mings. Rui Patricio darts off his line to bat the ball clear. It’s not a particularly clean contact but it’ll do. Good goalkeeping.
47 min: Moutinho curls a dangerous ball into the Villa penalty area. Neil Taylor, mindful that Raul Jimenez might be lurking behind him, shapes to head the ball out for a corner but pulls away at the last minute under loud instructions from his goalkeeper. Jiminez isn’t there and the ball sails wide.
46 min: Play resumes, with Wolves kicking off. There don’t appear to be any changes of personnel on either side.
The players go in for the break, with Wolves having enjoyed the past 20 minutes of superiority. Diogo Jota missed the pick of their opportunities, sparing Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland’s blushes after he had accidentally dropped the ball at his feet on the edge of the penalty area.
45+4 min: Dioga Jota gets in behind the Villa defence, performing miracles to keep the ball in play on the byline. He is unable to keep himself in play, however, falling over before he can get a cross in.
45+2 min: We’re halfway through added time at the end of the first half and the deadlock remains unbroken. It’s been an entertaining first half, despite the paucity of chances and goals. Villa dominated the opening 25 minutes, but have been largely on the back foot since the drinks break. A half of two quarters, if you will.
45 min: Villa win a free-kick wide on the left. Grealish and Hourihane try to play a two-v-one down the left rather than put it in the box. Hilarity ensues and they somehow manage to concede a throw-in. That’s poor - Villa are wasting an awful lot of opportunities to put dangerous balls into the Wolves box from set-pieces.
44 min: Jonny does brilliantly to block a Conor Hourihane curled effort that was heading goalwards.
41 min: Oh my! Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland shapes to throw the ball out and the ball slips out of his glove and lands three or four yards away at the feet of Jota. With all the time in the world to pick his spot and place the ball in the corner, he decides to smash the ball and sends it wide. That is a serious let-off for Villa.
40 min: Jiminez drags a low shot wide of the Villa goal after being teed up when Wolves had switched play from the left to the right wing. Wolves are dominating now after a poor opening 25 minutes and it looks like a matter of when, rather than if they will score. Remember, they still have Adama Traore on the bench, who will no doubt be introduced after an hour or so once Villa’s defence has been softened up and tired out.
39 min: Jonny crosses from the left, aiming for Jiminez but the delivery is too high. Doherty picks up the ball on the right, crosses the ball into the centre and Villa clear with Keinan Davis on the ball.
38 min: Moutinho spreads it left and wide to Jonny on the left flank and he plays a one-two with Diogo Jota trying to make room for a cross. Villa clear, for the time being.
37 min: Jack Grealish gets on the ball, cuts inside from the left and shoots through a thicket of legs from the edge of the Wolves penalty area. Rui Patricio gets down quickly to save.
35 min: Romain Saiss goes to ground holding his ankle after being fouled by Keinan Davis, who was attempting to block the Wolves man’s clearance.
34 min: Neil Taylor concedes a corner, defending well as Dendoncker tried to run on to a Conor Coady pass in a good shooting position in the Villa penalty area. Moutinho sends the ball into the mixer, where Tyrone Mings clears with a meaty header.
32 min: Free-kick for Villa, wide on the left from deep. The ball is floated towards the left side of the penalty area, where Kortney Hause is penalised for a foul on Matt Doherty. Villa have had several free-kicks in such areas and have wasted them with poor deliveries.
29 min: Jonny attempts to corss from the left corner flag towards Jota in the Villa penalty area. Konsa blocks his delivery. Wolves have looked considerably more sprightly since the refreshment break. I’ll have a pint of whatever they were drinking.
28 min: There’s another break in play as Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba receives treatment for an injury. It looks like he’s hurt his shoulder after a collision but he seems fine.
26 min: With Dendoncker and Jota waiting in the middle, Raul Jiminez gets a wonderful cross in from the right touchline. It looks on a plate for Jota to poke it home at the far post, but he can’t connect with the ball.
25 min: The players pause for drinks and some sideline coaching from their respective managers. Villa’s Dean Smith will be much happier than his opposite number.
25 min: Matt Doherty beats Taylor down the right and shoots from a ridiculously tight angle when there were options available to him in the penalty area. Wide.
24 min: Grealish and Konsa combine well down the right creating an overlap. The full-back sends a cross towards Douglas Costa in the penalty area, but his delivery is overhit.
22 min: Keinan Davis heads high over the bar under pressure from Conor Coady after getting on the end of a whipped cross from the right. Villa are having the better of the game so far but Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio has yet to be tested.
21 min: Under pressure from Moutinho, Hause plays the ball back to his goalkeeper. Some good, enthusiastic pressing there from old man Moutinho at the ripe old age of 33.
18 min: Moutinho takes the free-kick, chipping the ball towards the near post, where Raul Jiminez had made a darting run. The Wolves striker gets his head to the ball but Orjan Nyland clutches to his chest at the second attempt.
17 min: VIlla boss Dean Smith will be pleased with what he’s seen thus far, although losing Matt Targett and seeing Davis feeling a tender shoulder will be a source of concern. Mings gets booked for a foul on Diogo Jota that gives Wolves a free-kick just to the right of the Villa penalty area.
16 min: Tyrone Mings lumps the ball long for Keinan Davis to chase. The 22-year-old Villa striker appears to be nursing a shoulder injury after landing awkwardly while contesting a high ball.
13 min: Villa continue to dominate, with Grealish winning his side a corner after sprinting around Matt Doherty and into Leander Dendoncker on the byline. Hourihane sends the corner deep and Kortney Hause wins the header for Villa. There’s nobody on hand to turn his knockdown goalwards.
12 min: Another free-kick for Villa in a dangerous area after Moutinho has a little kick at Davis. Grealish slightly overhits his curled delivery towards Tyrone Mings at the far post and the ball sails out of play.
11 min: Aston Villa substitution: Matt Targett raises the white flag and is forced off with his dicky hamstring. He’s replaced by Neil Taylor, in a like-for-like swap.
10 min: “They’ve been playing since July, it’s been a long season for them,” says BT Sport co-commentator Glenn Hoddle, who appears to forgotten they’re just back from a three-month break.
8 min: Jack Grealish wins a free-kick for Villa halfway inside the Wolves half after being kicked by Jonny. From the set piece, the ball is curled into the penalty area, but Wolves clear.
7 min: Still clutching his left thigh, Matt Targett decides to soldier on for the time being. Play resumes.
5 min: There’s a break in play as Matt Targett receives treatment after appearing to damage his hamstring while playing a pass.
4 min: A foul by Jonny on Ezri Konsa yields a free-kick for Villa. They attempt to build from the back and get the ball forward, but Mbwana Samatta is not quick enough to cross the ball into Keinan Davis before it runs out of play for a goal kick.
3 min: Villa win a throw-in just inside their own half and Jack Grealish gets on the ball, all the better to show off his new haircut. He’s pressured by Joao Moutinho and Villa win themselves another throw-in.
1 min: There are early throw-ins for both teams before Wolves go on the attack. Matt Doherty gets the ball on the right flank but is closed down by Matt Targett. He plays the ball backwards and Wolves try their luck down the other flank. Villa clear.
1 min: Villa get the ball rolling a moment after the players of both teams take the knee to raise awareness of togetherness and anti-racism.
Not long now: Wolves are first out on to the pitch, arriving in small groups as the heavy summer shower is replaced by bright sunshine. They’re followed by the players of Villa, who seem in no particular rush to join them. They better hurry up - kick-off is just a few minutes away.
Weather report: It is tipping down with rain at Villa Park.
An email: “For all the plaudits that Nuno rightly gets for the attacking threat of his team, he did study at the feet of Mourinho and that does come out in his selection and tactics from time to time,” writes Phil Russell. “He is quite happy to ration the entertainment factor and neutralise large periods of the game in the service of a result. Most obviously seen in the turgid games v Man United but also during Thursday nights in the Europa League. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this 0-0 at the hour mark before Nuno tips the bench on to force the win.”
Nuno Espirito Santo: “I think we’ve been working well but today we have a very tough challenge in front of us,” the Wolves manager tells BT Sport. “We have to focus. Defence is the beginning of everything, we need to be compact and organised. We expect a very tough challenge and a very tough match.”
On his decision to leave out Adama Traore and bolster his midfield with Leander Dendoncker, he says “it’s all about managing the squad and knowing that different games require a different approach”.
Dean Smith: “The players are holding up, no thanks to the fixtures,” Aston Villa’s manager tells BT Sport. “Four games in 11 days, it’s been tough. I think it’s strange that we’re playing today instead of tomorrow. In terms of performances I think we’ve been playing well and I think we haven’t got the wins that our performances deserve.”
Dean Smith has made three changes to the side that drew with Newcastle on Wednesday, bringing in Conor Hourihane, Marvelous Nakamba and Keinan Davis. John McGinn, Anwar Al Ghazi and Trezeguet make way.
Aston Villa: Nyland, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane, Luiz, Grealish, Samatta, Davis.
Subs: Reina, Taylor, Drinkwater, McGinn, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Jota, Elmohamady, Vassilev
The Wolves manager says he is unconcerned by speculation suggesting big name stars such as Adama Traore, Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez could leave the club if they don’t qualify for the Champions League.
“We see the next three games as opportunities,” said Villa’s manager as he looked forward to tough assignments against Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester United.. “We did OK against Chelsea in my opinion. I know other opinions are different, but we restricted a team like that to a few good chances which is all they had in the game, which is very good.
Referee: Craig Pawson
Looking for their third consecutive win since coming out of the mid-season hiatus, Wolves have a fully fit squad to choose from, although Nuno Espirito Santo may shuffle his pack to get some fresh legs on the pitch. Nuno has hinted that Pedro Neto may start after impressing off the bench in Wolves’ last two outings.
The title race may be over but there’s plenty at stake for both these sides as Aston Villa entertain Wolves in a West Midlands derby behind the closed doors of Villa Park. Despite the lack of atmosphere, there ought to be no end of spice as Villa continue their battle against the drop and Wolves maintain their push for a place in the Champions League.
Second from bottom on 27 points, Villa can lift themselves out of the relegation zone with a draw or win, while a point or more will take Wolves above Manchester United into fifth place behind Chelsea. Kick-off is at 12.30pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.Continue reading...
- Sat, 27 Jun 2020 13:40:52 +0000: Aston Villa survival hopes dented by Dendoncker's winner for Wolves - Aston Villa | The Guardian
These Wolves belong in high-class company. They climbed to fifth thanks to Leander Dendoncker’s crisply struck goal, closing to within four points of Chelsea in the chase for Champions League qualification. Aston Villa, meanwhile, remain in deep peril in 19th position having played a game more than their rivals.
Dean Smith said Villa’s lack of sharpness was partly down to fatigue. “We are the only team to have played four games in 11 days [since the restart]. Why this match wasn’t played on Sunday or Monday I don’t know. It’s ridiculous to ask players to play so many games in a short period.”Continue reading...
- Wed, 24 Jun 2020 20:41:41 +0000: Aston Villa's Elmohamady heads in to salvage precious draw at Newcastle - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Ahmed Elmohamady and Steve Bruce go back a long way. The Egypt wing-back has been signed by the Newcastle manager at three separate clubs and some on Tyneside were surprised he did not follow his mentor to the north-east last summer.
Instead, Elmohamady stayed put at Aston Villa and on Wednesday night, on as a substitute, he bit the hand that once fed him by heading Conor Hourihane’s whipped-in corner beneath Martin Dubravka, who was arguably at fault.Continue reading...
- Wed, 24 Jun 2020 19:21:34 +0000: Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa: Premier League – as it happened - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Substitutes Dwight Gayle and Ahmed Elmohamady traded second-half goals to earn a 1-1 draw that felt about right on the balance of play
That’s it from me – thanks for your company during what, in the end, was a pretty enjoyable game. Here’s Louise Taylor’s match report:
Elmohamady speaks: “It’s a big goal for us, we dominated the game especially in the first half, had some good chances. But we took a point away from home, we’ve been solid in the last few games on set pieces fingers crossed. We have eight more games to go and it’s a competition we don’t want to go out of.”
The other scores:
Norwich 0-1 Everton
Quite exciting stuff in the end, with goals scored and made by subs. I make it a fair result.
90+6 min: One last, last, last free-kick for Villa. Hourihane scuffs it and that means ...
90+4 min: Villa are piling the late pressure on here but just can’t get a shot away. One last corner on that left side though ... and Hause bullets a header into the side-netting via a deflection! Dubravka catches the next, *actually* last I’m fairly sure, set-piece.
90+3 min: Newcastle will see this as a missed opportunity to stake an unlikely claim for a Europa League spot. Villa may well view it as a lifeline. They haven’t gone yet.
90+1 min: We will have five more minutes. Samatta misses the target from a decent position in the first of them.
90 min: Hause is booked for fouling Carroll, and Newcastle can gather themselves. A buccaneering Carroll heads the resulting set-piece over the top.
89 min: Elmohamady crosses tastily but it’s cleared frantically. Then Grealish makes space in the box and lays it into open space on the right ... straight to Lazaro.
88 min: Villa look keen now and win a corner on the very same left side that brought the goal. They try more or less the same near-post manoeuvre, but get another go when the ball is cleared. Shelvey makes rather more sure second time around.
86 min: Hayden can’t continue and Lazaro takes his place. Nabil Bentaleb is also on, Almiron coming off.
They’ve levelled it! Hourihane whips it to the near post, the sub Elmohamady gets across and flicks a header on, and Dubravka seems to be behind it. But maybe he’s distracted by Shelvey wafting a leg in front of him, because the ball squirms beneath him and rolls in! That could be a big goal for Villa’s season.
83 min: Villa have a flag kick now. This half has been much quicker. They wait for Hayden to run off a knock when Hourihane outswings it and ...
81 min: Targett misses his, err, target with an attempted header back to Nyland. Corner to Newcastle, but Douglas Luiz heads it before Carroll can slam in a volley.
79 min: Saint-Maximin dances around Villa again. He’ll be my man of the match because, as soon as he started playing, Newcastle did. Carroll has been good since coming on, though, and whips a right-footer over now.
78 min: Another throw of the dice for Villa. Elmohamady is on for Konsa, and Nakamba replaces McGinn.
76 min: Then both Mings and Hause stretch, but again miss, a long, deep cross having stayed up. Villa aren’t done yet.
75 min: Fernandez is booked for scything Samatta out on the left. Hourihane can swing this over ... and it’s a delicious ball, but Mings misses it and then Konsa can’t react!
74 min: Carroll gets up to smack a header onto a deep Manquillo cross, and Nyland has to paw it away. But a foul is given, a touch harshly.
72 min: McGinn tries to slide one in from 22 yards but Fernandez blocks. Could he have whacked it?
70 min: Dean Smith now acts, bringing on Hourihane and Davis for El Ghazi and Trezeguet. Since those first 25 minutes Newcastle have just about deserved this. It was Gayle’s first goal of the season, you know!
We do get to see Gayle! Wow. It comes from superb work from the other sub, Carroll, who makes room to receive a throw-in with a crafty nudge and then teases a fine ball around the defence from the right, sending Gayle through to finish low and clinically. What a pair of changes from Bruce!
67 min: Ritchie has to leave us – I didn’t see what the problem was. It means we get to see Dwight Gayle, though.
66 min: Ritchie is getting some treatment so this is an opportunity for more drinks.
64 min: No more heroics from Joelinton. He’s done OK, if not exactly showing any predatory instinct when balls have flashed across the box, and Andy Carroll takes over.
62 min: Danny Rose, of whom we have seen very little, makes a very well-timed tackle on Konsa in the Newcastle area. Clean as a whistle.
60 min: Grealish makes a driving run of his own and Lascelles is booked for stopping it. This game feels a little bit more promising now, even if Villa can’t do anything with McGinn’s free-kick.
58 min: It’s Saint-Maximin again, speeding past Mings and then lashing one just wide of the angle. He’s unplayable in this little period. A real treat to watch.
57 min: Saint-Maximin brilliantly sends Manquillo away and his delivery is *just* beyond Joelinton. Then Almiron, with a chance to score, delays and goes with his right foot but Mings makes another crucial block!
55 min: Saint-Maximin almost shifts the ball away from Douglas Luiz and finds a clear route to goal, but the Villa midfielder mops up adroitly and then wins a free-kick.
54 min: Now a corner at the other end. It’s a reasonably open start to the half. It’s very high to the back post from Grealish but nobody can attack it with any vigour.
53 min: A Newcastle corner, a delivery from Saint-Maximin, another header away by Hause.
50 min: Grealish sends El Ghazi skittering down the left, but El Ghazi sends the ball spewing into the stands.
48 min: Great stuff from Joelinton to evade two men and foray into the box, but then he stumbles and it all comes to nothing.
46 min: A welcome show of intent from Ritchie within 30 seconds. He at least forces Nyland to save a right-footed daisycutter low to his right, though it wasn’t a difficult stop.
We will soon know if it does ...
The teams are coming back out in Newcastle. Let’s hope this one improves!
Let’s go around the grounds!! It’s:
Norwich 0-0 Everton
Douglas Luiz is booked via a lengthy VAR check for a possible red card after he seemed to stick a head out at Lascelles. And that, via a couple of Newcastle corners, is half-time. Not great stuff, really. Villa had the first 25 minutes, Newcastle the next 20. Trezeguet probably had the best chance. We go again in 15 (FIFTEEN) minutes!
44 min: Saint-Maximin does well in a tight space but sees is effort blocked, but Newcastle come again and Nyland is called into action, beating away a palm-stinger from Ritchie! It’s all coming through Saint-Maximin.
42 min: Douglas Luiz courts danger with a sneaky one on Almiron. No card. We are nearing half-time and it’s been ... errrm ... OK, but hardly a thrill a minute. Or a thrill every 42 minutes.
40 min: Newcastle will be buoyed by all that. They’ve perked up since those drinks!
38 min: They’re getting closer ... Joelinton gets beyond Mings but, just as he looks to pull the trigger, is thwarted by the defender’s fantastic recovery tackle!
37 min: Shelvey pings one wide to Saint-Maximin and the winger then does brilliantly, dribbling 35 yards to the right byline and then drilling in a fantastic cross that somebody *really* should be gobbling up. They aren’t, so it flies across goal. Newcastle’s best moment.
34 min: Douglas Luiz blocks importantly from Ritchie after good work from the scampering Saint-Maximin, who is Newcastle’s most likely source of fun.
32 min: Newcastle enjoy probably their best spell of attacking possession but Hause thuds another cross away with Joelinton nowhere very near.
31 min: Villa work space really well through Konsa and Grealish, but then Targett drags his 22-yard effort well wide both of goal and Dubravka’s token dive.
29 min: Grealish teases and tricks in from the left and flicks a nice near-post cross for the onrushing McGinn, but he gets too much on it, and off target it goes.
28 min: Newcastle look positively refreshed. But Mings nuts a swinging Almiron cross away from deep inside the box.
27 min: Back underway, thirsts slaked. But not too much sight of breaking the goal drought here, beyond those one-and-a-half good openings for Villa.
25 min: Into the wall from Trezeguet. I think I do need a drink after witnessing that. But now: water!
24 min: And now Shelvey cynically trips the very involved Grealish. Free-kick 25 yards out and central. The drinks can wait ...
22 min: Villa mount a nice little spell of pressure but Saint-Maximin gets back crucially to stop them carving space open on the right. Still assured stuff from the visitors as that drinks break nears.
20 min: Better from Newcastle now, Saint-Maximin skipping away from McGinn, but his attempt to clip in a clever low cross is bashed away.
18 min: It is fielded by Mings, who one senses isn’t too long for Villa.
17 min: Joelinton, hitherto unseen, bundles his way to a free-kick 40 yards out after doing well ...
14 min: Villa again create, El Ghazi whipping a lovely cross in from that right side and Samatta, about 10 yards out, just not getting enough on it. He glances well wide from a good position.
13 min: Now Trezeguet, very involved so far, receives treatment after a stray arm from Lascelles. Seems he’ll be OK. Newcastle could do with clearing their heads a little.
11 min: Dubravka slices a clearance straight up in the air but goes unpunished. Villa have, we can say now, Started Well. But should be ahead.
9 min: Villa earn a corner but McGinn scuffs it rather, and it’s squirrelled away at the near post.
7 min: Big chance for Villa! Konsa crosses tantalisingly from deep and, while it’s above Samatta’s head, it finds Trezequet doing as a winger should and stealing in beyond the back post. But he scuffs his effort into the ground and off target!
6 min: It’s a very hot day. Quite a few dissenting voices in football about the mid-half drinks breaks at the moment, and I see why, but they might be needed today.
4 min: Little to report yet, although Villa have started with some decent intent and are marginally dominating the territory. At least they were until Trezeguet dumped Saint-Maximin over and should probably have been booked.
2 min: “Watching from the wet coast of Canadian land working from Covid home office,” writes Andrew Brennan. “Nervous about the Villa team news – so 4-2-3-1. McGinn (still recovering from ankle boo-boo) and Luiz will be overrun in a two-man mid. Little base there. Also – surprised no sassy coach is using the extra subs to switch a game and really surprise.”
Via a taking of the knee, we are off! Villa kick off and shoot left to right.
The players are out. For Villa you sense this is *exactly* the sort of game that needs to start bringing results.
I’m watching this one with the “atmosphere” off by the way. Sorry but I just can’t ... players respond to their surroundings, whatever those are, and it’s a lot of what makes a game. Anything else is just a pretence. But look, I’m really boring, the only important thing at the moment is that people are watching, isn’t it?
Do get your emails and tweets in while they’re hot. Details above. The teams will be making their socially-distant entrance onto the St James’ Park turf any minute now.
Do you like football? I hope so. Because we can also treat you to these:
Manchester United v Sheffield United with Barry Glendenning.
Newcastle are unchanged – so Joelinton has a chance to stay on the goal trail! Two changes for Villa though: Trezeguet and Samatta replace Hourihane and Davis.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton. Subs: Schar, Carroll, Gayle, Muto, Krafth, Yedlin, Lazaro, Darlow, Bentaleb.
Aston Villa: Nyland, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett, Trezeguet, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, El Ghazi, Samatta, Grealish. Subs: Taylor, Nakamba, Hourihane, Borja Baston, Jota, Elmohamady, Reina, Vassilev, Davis.
Back we come again. If you think you’ve seen more of Aston Villa than of your own family since Premier League football recommenced then you’re ... well ... probably right. They kicked us of a full seven days ago with that rather fortunate draw against Sheffield United, kept us further amused in not quite seeing out a result against Chelsea, and now stand to thrill us anew against a Newcastle side that outplayed the Blades last weekend.
Newcastle would, for now at least, overtake Arsenal with a win and you’d have to say Steve Bruce – however longer he remains there – has done a Pretty Good Job, all things considered. For Dean Smith and Villa the games are running out. But a win, far from impossible against such inconsistent opposition, would lever them out of the bottom three and really put the cat among those relegation pigeons.Continue reading...
Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:
- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:01:06 +0000: Villa wait on Terry contract offer - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Aston Villa do not expect immediate progress in their bid to sign John Terry after making him a lucrative contract offer.
- Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:34 +0000: Championship fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.
- Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:19:02 +0000: Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.
- Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:26:51 +0000: Villa chief executive Wyness suspended - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness is suspended from football activity for three weeks for social media misconduct.
- Thu, 18 May 2017 12:51:32 +0000: CEO Wyness dismisses Villa budget fears - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness is confident of signing transfer targets within manager Steve Bruce's budget.
Aston Villa are now looking to strengthen their squad for the up coming season with a large number of new players touted to be on the clubs radar in the closed season. The club has been boosted lately by the resigning of goalkeeper Brad Guzan who left the club at the end of last season. The American keeper has now penned a new lucrative three year deal which will keep him at Villa park until the end of the 2015 season.
Another huge target for the club this season is Blackburns Steven N`Zonzi who is also a top target for Sunderland, Tottenham and Stoke City with the midfielder stating that he has no intention of playing football in the championship. The Frenchman is thought to be available for a fee of around five million pounds and would welcome the chance to play in the English top flight again.
Blackpool winger Matt Phillips is also believed to be on the clubs radar as the championship side looked doomed to lose their influential winger as a host of top flight clubs are now vying for his signature. The twenty one year old has had a brilliant season for his club and now looks set to move to the premier league with clubs such as Everton, Wigan, Reading and Sunderland all in for the winger.
Sheffield United defender Matt Lowton is another target for the Villa Park outfit as Paul Lambert looks to strengthen his back line for the new season and the player is thought to be his top target for his defence. Lowton is now regarded as one of the hottest prospects in English football but Villa will need to fight off stern interest from additional clubs such as feyenoord and Bersiktas.