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Another Typical 2nd Half Showing From Villa Deflates Everyone – Match Stats


Moving swiftly on from the last match, today it was time for Arsenal to visit Villa Park and manager Unai Emery would certainly want to win this one given his own history, and he went with an attacking line up.

It was a lively start with both teams on the front foot but five minutes in we broke well, and Matty of the Cash put Ollie Watkins clear and having beaten the last defender, he drove the ball into the back of the net with a lovely strike.

Tom Hanks enjoyed that one if I spied him correctly in the crowd. The game was far from over though and having allowed ourselves to be pinned back, a soft headed clearance from Mings aligned with Kamara losing his man and Saka rifled home from inside the box.

1-1 and game on. It got a bit scrappy for a while but just after the half hour mark, a lovely bit of play saw Philippe Coutinho restore our advantage and you sensed there were more goals in this one.

They wouldn’t come in the first half though as we went into the break at 2-1.

So what did the second half have in store, well, the visitors started more brightly as you’d expect, but we were holding our own. Until we didn’t. With the pressure building, we didn’t close Zinchenko down quick enough and he rifled past Emi to make it 2-2 just after the hour mark.

We had slightly gone to pot at this point and they could’ve had the lead just minutes later but wasted the chance. We slowly got back into it and McGinn had a great chance, but Arsenal were on top and we were struggling and a Konsa slip up almost gifted them the lead, but thankfully they wasted it.

A few more chances arrived for both sides, and Leon Bailey was unlucky with the effort that came his way, and Jhon Duran also had a decent late effort saved and then typical Sod’s Law, Arsenal hit the bar with an effort and the ball cannoned back into Martinez and rolled over the line.

3-2 and from a poor corner, they broke all the way through the middle to make it 4-2 and I’m still not sure where Emi was.

Another tail of two halves.

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Manchester United beat us to the inaugural Prem title in 1992/93, but what was the score when we travelled to Old Trafford?

Aston Villa
2 – 4

Villa Park

Premier League

18/02/2023 1:30 pm

Attendance: 42066

Referee: Simon Hooper

Aston Villa Arsenal
Watkins (5), Coutinho (31) Saka (16), Zinchenko (61)
Martinez (og 90+3), Martinelli (90+8)
Cash White 79
Konsa Saliba
Mings Gabriel
Moreno 78 Zinchenko 90+3
McGinn Odegaard 90+4
Douglas Luiz
67 Jorginho
Kamara Xhaka 79
Buendia 67 Saka
Coutinho 62 Nketiah
Watkins 78 Trossard 68


Traore Tierney 90+3
Chambers Smith Rowe
A Young Martinelli 68
Duran 78 Kiwior
Digne 78 Holding 90+4
Bailey 67 Tomiyasu 79
Dendoncker 67 Fabio Vieira 79
Sinisalo Nelson
J Ramsey 62 Turner

Game Statistics

8 Goal attempts 20
5 On Target 5
2 Corners 9
13 Fouls 4
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
33 % 67

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  • Colin says:

    Yes typical Villa 3 games lost on the spin and 10 goals shipped here we go again, not a lot more to say the stats speak for themselves.

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