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- Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:53:38 +0000: Newcastle match at Aston Villa postponed after coronavirus outbreak - Aston Villa | The Guardian
- Large number of Steve Bruce’s squad affected
- Premier League board agrees to Newcastle request
Newcastle United’s trip to Aston Villa on Friday has been postponed after the north-east club reported a “significant” rise in positive Covid-19 test results – a number believed to run into double figures – and the Premier League board agreed to defer the game.
It is the first top-tier fixture this season to have fallen casualty to a coronavirus outbreak. The Premier League had little option but to act after Public Health England advised that Newcastle’s training facilities should remain closed until Friday at the earliest.Continue reading...
- Mon, 30 Nov 2020 23:57:09 +0000: Newcastle's entire squad in Covid-19 self-isolation after significant outbreak - Aston Villa | The Guardian
- Game with Aston Villa on Friday now in jeopardy
- Training ground closed until Wednesday at the earliest
Newcastle’s Premier League game at Aston Villa on Friday is in danger of postponement after Steve Bruce’s entire first-team squad were asked to self-isolate on Monday amid a growing Covid-19 outbreak at the north-east club.
The training ground will not reopen until Wednesday at the earliest after a specially ordered set of coronavirus tests on Sunday revealed a significant number of players and staff had recorded positive results.Continue reading...
- Mon, 30 Nov 2020 22:02:15 +0000: West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa: Premier League – as it happened - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Ollie Watkins missed a penalty and had an injury-time equaliser ruled out after a three-minute VAR check on a frustrating night for Villa
I’ll leave you with Paul MacInnes’s report from the London Stadium. Thanks for your company and emails - goodnight.
Apparently Bowen’s winning goal came off his shoulder, which would explain why the ball looped over Martinez and into the far corner.
Peep peep! West Ham move up to fifth after a hard-fought victory at the London Stadium. Villa were the better team for large parts of the game, but West Ham caught them cold with goals at the start of each half. Those were West Ham’s only shots on target all night. Ollie Watkins hit the bar with a penalty and then had an injury-time equaliser ruled out by VAR for the tightest of offsides.
90+7 min After an extended spell of pressure from Villa, Targett wafts a cross out of play. West Ham should be safe now.
90+5 min There will be a bit more added time because of that four-hour VAR check.
Watkins’ armpit was offside.
90+4 min And still.
90+3 min They’re still checking it.
It was a good finish from Watkins, a crisp sidefooted volley from Targett’s cross. The offside is really tight.
Ollie Watkins equalises - but it might be offside.
90 min Grealish plays a gorgeous pass inside Benrahma to release Elmohamady, who makes a Horlicks of it and runs the ball out of play.
90 min There will be five added minutes, it says here.
89 min A well-struck long-range shot from Traore is comfortably held by Fabianski. He’s such an authoritative goalkeeper.
88 min A final change for Villa: Ahmed Elmohamady replaces Matty Cash.
87 min Grealish dances thrillingly past three players and hits a shot that deflects behind off a West Ham defender. Traore’s corner is headed away by Soucek.
84 min Cash’s long throw is headed on by Mings at the near post. The ball hits the unsighted Konsa and rolls through to Fabianski. That could have gone anywhere.
83 min Villa are pushing hard for an equaliser, moving the ball from side to side in an attempt to find an opening. Grealish plays in the overlapping Cash, whose cross is well blocked by Soucek. West Ham are really well organised in defence.
79 min West Ham bring on Mark Noble for Jarrod Bowen, who made one and scored one.
78 min The match is now taking place almost exclusively in the West Ham half.
77 min I’m surprised Jack Grealish doesn’t take penalties, given his ability to manipulate a football and his love of glory.
75 min Now there’s a VAR check for encroachment, but West Ham get the all clear on that one. Meanwhile, Bertrand Traore and Anwar El-Ghazi have come on for Hourihane and Trezeguet.
74 min Oh, Ollie. He didn’t look confident and that wasn’t a great penalty. He sent Fabianski the wrong way but rifled it off the face of the crossbar.
73 min Ah, Trezeguet fell onto Rice’s boot, which is how he injured his eye. Anyway, the penalty stands and Ollie Watkins will take it.
72 min Rice is fuming. Trezeguet has blood streaming from his left eye; I’m not sure how that happened.
71 min: PENALTY TO VILLA! Rice has been penalised for pulling Trezeguet’s shirt. It’s soft, a very modern penalty, but I don’t think it will be overturned by VAR. Rice did pull his shirt, albeit only for a second or two, and that allowed Trezeguet to hit the floor.
70 min Grealish loses three West Ham players - Haller, Bowen and Soucek - with one sublime piece of skill on the edge of the area. Then he stands up a cross towards Watkins, who heads over at the far post. That was a delicious trick from Grealish.
68 min “Is Trezeguet any relation?” says Richard Hirst.
No, it’s a nickname, which I think was given to him by a youth coach because of a perceived similarity.
67 min Cash is booked for a scything tackle on Haller.
66 min Cash’s cross is headed over at the near post by the diving Watkins. That wasn’t much of a chance.
66 min A smart shot on the turn from Konsa, who was on his way back from a corner, is held by the diving Fabianski.
63 min: Trezeguet misses a great chance! Villa almost scored from the West Ham corner. Grealish led the break and curled a beautiful pass around the defence to find Watkins on the left side of the area. He slid a precise low cross to Trezeguet, unmarked six yards from goal. Trezeguet was so excited that he almost fell over; in the end he hit an off-balance shot that was pushed away by Fabianski. I think Trezeguet’s shot was going wide anyway, though Fabianski did extremely well to change direction and make the save.
62 min Fornals’ speculative cross hits Mings in the six-yard box and bounces over the bar.
61 min West Ham started the season with back-to-back defeats. Since then their form has been terrific: four wins, two draws (against Spurs and Manchester City) and one narrow defeat at Anfield.
59 min “Hi Rob,” says Peter Oh. “How many Premier League bookings does that make for John Terry?”
58 min Haller is fortunate to not be booked for a naughty late tackle on Mings.
58 min “I like Jarrod Bowen,” confesses Gary Naylor. “My father always said that you shouldn’t have to look for a player and he passes that test every week. Old dogs like Mourinho, Moyes and Ancelotti are proving they can still improve young players.”
57 min The game has turned a bit niggly, primarily because West Ham’s players think Jack Grealish has been diving.
56 min The effervescent Cash wins a corner for Villa. It’s too deep and cleared by Haller.
53 min Fornals is booked for a kick at Grealish. Two of the backroom staff are also booked, John Terry and someone on the West Ham bench.
51 min That double substitution means a switch to 4-2-3-1 for West Ham, presumably because David Moyes wants to match up with Villa.
50 min Grealish’s well-struck shot from an absurd angle is comfortably saved by Fabianski.
48 min Villa almost equalise for a second time. Grealish runs infield from the left, draws defenders and slides an angled ball into the path of McGinn. His shot on the run hits Cresswell and goes behind for a corner.
David Moyes made two half-time substitutions, bringing on Said Benrahma and Sebastien Haller for Antonio and Masuaku. And it was Benrahma who made the goal with a clipped cross from the left towards Bowen, who leant back and steered a fine header into the far corner.
Jarrod Bowen scores after 29 seconds of the second half!
46 min Peep peep! Villa begin the second half.
Peep peep! Aston Villa will feel they should be ahead after having the better of the first half. They responded really well to Angelo Ogbonna’s second-minute goal, and Jack Grealish equalised after a carpe-diem surge and deflected long-range shot.
45 min Mings is robbed by Rice, 20 yards from the Villa goal. He moves the ball across to Bowen, whose shot deflects behind for a corner. This time it comes to nothing.
44 min “It’s happening again for Villa!” says Ian Copestake, who still isn’t over that 7-2 business last month. “If every deflection is bound for the net who needs tactics or a bucket to sit on.”
43 min: Hourihane hits the side netting! That was a nice effort. Hourihane played a one-two with Grealish to create a better angle for a left-footed shot. He whipped it round the wall and it brushed the side netting on its way through. Fabianski had it covered though.
43 min The free-kick is a few yards to the left of centre, perfect for Jack Grealish...
42 min Antonio is penalised for a challenge on McGinn 25 yards from goal. That’s a bit harsh - McGinn was in the process of hitting a half-volley over the bar and kicked Antonio rather than the other way round.
41 min Coufal gets a final warning after another foul on Grealish. It’s turning into a decent contest between those two.
38 min Grealish plays a good ball down the left to Targett, whose cross is miscontrolled by Hourihane. That was another decent opportunity for Villa.
37 min: Just wide from Watkins! It’s all Villa just now. The ball ricocheted around the West Ham area and came to Watkins, who improvised to bobble a shot that beat Fabianski and went just wide of the far post.
35 min West Ham are playing more like the away team, if such a thing exists in Covid football. They need more from Antonio, who hasn’t been as dynamic as usual on his return from injury.
32 min Masuaku drives a long square pass to his fellow wing-back Coufal, who spanks a shot into orbit from 20 yards.
30 min After a slow start, Villa have been the better side. There’s a slight whiff of scored-too-early about West Ham’s performance.
28 min Grealish had been quiet until that point. I’m not sure what the moral of this particularly story is.
Replays show there was a deflection on Grealish’s shot, but it was still a fine run. He moved infield to receive possession just past the centre circle, turned and ran straight at the West Ham defence. Once he got to within 25 yards of goal, Grealish lashed a shot that took a biggish deflection off Ogbonna and flew into the far corner.
Jack Grealish equalises with a banger!
22 min Hourihane’s free-kick is pushed behind by the diving Fabianski. It was a good save, though one he’d expect to make.
21 min Trezeguet is fouled just outside the D by Cresswell, though he thought he got the ball. Grealish, Hourihane and Douglas Luiz are over the ball.
19 min: Chance for Villa Trezeguet’s tame cross-shot deflects behind for a corner. Grealish plays it short to Targett, whose floated cross is headed onto the roof of the net by Konsa. That was a decent chance.
18 min Nothing much is happening. Jack Grealish has barely touched the ball in the first 18 minutes.
17 min “Mr. Hirst, congratulations on a well-deserved win for your boys,” says Mary Waltz. “Being an Everton fan I have nothing but faith to live on, if it was a diet it would be a best seller.”
14 min West Ham look a really well-organised team. Soucek and Rice, in particular, give them great protection in midfield.
12 min West Ham continue to have the better of the game, though there haven’t been any chances since Ogbonna’s goal.
10 min “Such is the size of Marine’s ground that, under social distancing rules, substitutes will be allocated a back garden each in which to warm up,” says Gary Naylor.
8 min “Oh Mary, ye of little faith,” says Richard Hirst, who might just be a Fulham fan. “I never doubted it (he lied). Just sad I had to follow it on the BBC, not the Guardian.”
7 min Villa’s away record this season has been brilliant, but they’ve started sluggishly tonight.
4 min “Well-placed corner,” says Mary Waltz, “but that was beer-league marking.”
Bowen’s deep corner is headed in from six yards by Angelo Ogbonna! So simple. It was a towering header from Ogbonna, who had the jump on Matt Targett at the far post. Villa briefly appealed for a foul on Martinez but there was nothing in it.
2 min A long throw from Masuaku rebounds off Antonio and falls kindly for Soucek, whose fierce shot hits Cash and goes behind for a corner. From which...
2 min “Of the FA Cup draw,” says Ian Copestake, “if Marine are in the eighth tier, is anyone allowed within one hundred miles of them?”
Arf, very good.
1 min Peep peep! West Ham kick off from left to right.
The players are out on the field. Villa are in their white third kit; you know full well what colours West Ham are wearing.
“Of course no one thought Fulham would win,” says Mary Waltz. “But it is still 2020. So is anyone surprised?”
In case you missed the FA Cup draw, it’s all here.
Here’s Paul Doyle’s report on Fulham’s impressive victory at the King Power Stadium
“Evening Rob,” says Chris Drew. “Hope you are keeping well in these times. As a Villa fan, I must say that since that result against Liverpool (who we’ve now just drawn in the third round of the FA Cup), I think it can only be downhill from now on this season. Doomed would be an understatement.”
It wouldn’t really be an understatement to say Villa are doomed, would it? The loss of Barkley is a worry, though.
Leicester City 1-2 Fulham was the final score in the early Premier League game. Who knew? It means that Villa will go fourth if they win tonight, with a game in hand on the teams above them.
Michail Antonio returns for West Ham, who also have Said Benrahma on the bench. Conor Hourihane replaces the injured Ross Barkley for Villa.
West Ham (3-4-2-1) Fabianski; Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Masuaku; Bowen, Fornals; Antonio.
Substitutes: Randolph, Diop, Johnson, Lanzini, Noble, Benrahma, Haller.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the claret and blue derby from the London Stadium. A lot has changed since West Ham and Aston Villa last met. Their 1-1 draw on the final day of the season was enough to keep Villa up, by the skin of their teeth, and ensured that West Ham would finish a place above them in 16th. Villa and West Ham were the worst of the rest.
Four months on, this is a mid-table clash. Both teams have made impressive starts to the season, and a win for either side tonight would put them fifth (or maybe fourth in Villa’s case, as Leicester are 2-0 down at home to Fulham). David Moyes and Dean Smith made some really smart summer signings, and Villa in particular look a different side to last season.Continue reading...
- Mon, 30 Nov 2020 22:00:51 +0000: West Ham live dangerously but Bowen's goal is enough to deny Aston Villa - Aston Villa | The Guardian
One for the purists and those of a more trashy persuasion, this game had the lot. Goals, tackles, tricks, spot-kicks, feigning and fouls. There was also a lengthy cameo for a fan favourite; the video-adjudicated fractional offside. It was a contest that could have broken any which way but it did so in West Ham’s favour.
They move up to fifth in the table, after a goal at the start of each half from Angelo Ogbonna and Jarrod Bowen proved enough to hold off a rampant Jack Grealish and a cursed Ollie Watkins. The Villa striker fired a penalty against the crossbar and had a goal ruled out for the slow, infuriating reasons mentioned above.Continue reading...
- Sun, 29 Nov 2020 17:59:54 +0000: Newcastle cancel training with trip to Aston Villa in doubt amid Covid-19 fears - Aston Villa | The Guardian
- Five people among players and staff are now self-isolating
- ‘It’s been a tough week,’ says manager Steve Bruce
Newcastle United were forced to abandon plans to stage a first-team training session on Sunday amid fears they are in the grip of a coronavirus outbreak. Two more players have tested positive over the weekend, meaning five members of the first-team bubble – understood to be four players and one member of staff – are now self-isolating.
The situation has prompted another round of testing, with Steve Bruce waiting anxiously on the results as the club’s training ground is deep-cleaned. Already preparations for Friday night’s trip to Aston Villa have been disrupted and there now has to be some degree of doubt as to whether that Premier League fixture will take place.Continue reading...
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- Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:17:02 +0000: Aston Villa v Newcastle: Premier League match off because of Covid-19 cases - BBC Sport
Newcastle's game at Aston Villa on Friday is postponed following a significant increase in Covid-19 cases at the Magpies' training ground.
- Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:08:36 +0000: How do you solve VAR & offside? Thicker lines? Scrap it altogether? - BBC Sport
The consensus is that the VAR and offside system is not working after yet another instalment of Premier League drama - but what is the solution?
- Mon, 30 Nov 2020 23:06:48 +0000: West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa: Moyes 'thankful' for win in 'difficult game' - BBC Sport
West Ham manager is "thankful" for his side's 2-1 win in a "difficult" Premier League victory over Aston Villa at the London Stadium.
- Mon, 30 Nov 2020 23:02:37 +0000: West Ham United 2-1 Aston Villa: 'I thought we were the better team' says Smith - BBC Sport
Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith says two lapses in concentration cost his side two goals after an intense 2-1 defeat to West Ham United.
- Mon, 30 Nov 2020 22:45:48 +0000: West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa: Bowen edges win for Hammers - BBC Sport
Jarrod Bowen scores one and makes one as West Ham move fifth with victory at the London Stadium.
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.