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Errors Again Cost Villa, But There Are Leicester Positives – Match Stats


Aston Villa fans have seen plenty of improvements since Unai Emery walked through the door as Steven Gerrard’s replacement, and although performances as a whole can obviously improve further, we now have tactics, a backbone, some greater confidence and we have picked up some very good results in the last few weeks.

In fact, going into today’s clash with Leicester City, only Mikel Arteta’s league leading Arsenal side had picked up more points than we had since proper footy returned following the end of the World Cup.

It was certainly a lively first half and nine minutes in we had the lead through Ollie Watkins as he capitalised on Emi Buendia hitting the woodwork. Leicester quickly levelled but just after the half hour mark, Harry Souttar deflected a Watkins shot into the back of the net to restore our advantage.

That’s where it all went a little bit wrong, and our Villa Park visitors scored twice before the break, leaving us with plenty of work to do.

Second half we were even more on top and we even had the ball in the back of the net again, but Philippe Coutinho’s effort was ruled offside. Despite good further efforts it just wasn’t going to fall our way and unfortunately Leicester added a fourth to make themselves comfortable with eleven minutes left on the clock.

A mix of avoidable errors, and poor finishing again cost us at least a share of the spoils and in fairness, it wouldn’t have taken much for the game to have turned out very differently, but we just didn’t seem to have that luck today as arguably Watkins and Buendia each had another chance of their own that should’ve been buried.

Still a solid start to life under Emery and whisper it quietly, but a possible European place is not out of the realms of possibility and that just shows how much results have improved. We are still very much a work in progress though, and Emery will know that.

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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
Leicester City

Villa Park

Premier League

4/02/2023 4:00 pm

Attendance: 42055

Referee: Darren England

Aston Villa Leicester City
Watkins (9), Souttar (og 32) Maddison (12), Iheanacho (41),
Cardosa Lemos Martins (45+2), Praet (79)
Martinez Ward
A Young 59 Castagne
Konsa Souttar
Mings Faes
Digne 45 Kristiansen 81
J Ramsey 45 Tielemans
Kamara 82 Dewsbury-Hall 67
Douglas Luiz Cardoso Lemos Martins 83
Buendia Maddison 67
Bailey 82 Barnes
Watkins Iheanacho 67


Cash 59 Soyuncu
McGinn Vardy 67
Moreno 45 Daka
Chambers Mendy 67
Duran 82 Praet 67
Coutinho 45 Iversen
Olsen Thomas 81
Dendoncker 82 Brunt
Sinisalo Marcal-Madivadua

Game Statistics

19 Goal attempts 9
4 On Target 5
11 Corners 3
10 Fouls 10
0 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
63 % 37

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  • Andy says:

    Green Football Weekend. Our defence threw themselves into the occasion but did they need to glue themselves to the pitch? Only joking, new methods take time gelling and the signs are there that we are on the up.

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