Date: 17th June 2020 at 8:10pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
0 – 0
Sheffield United

Villa Park

Premier League Version Fudge

17/06/2020 6:00 pm

Referee: Michael Oliver

Aston Villa Sheffield United
Nyland Henderson
Konsa 76 Basham
Hause Egan
Mings Stevens
Targett Baldock
Hourihane Berge 69
Douglas Luiz
 
Lundstram
 
McGinn 76 Norwood
El Ghazi 71 Robinson
Davis 69 McBurnie 80
Grealish Sharp 69

Substitutes

Samatta 69 L Freeman 69
Trezeguet 71 McGoldrick 69
Elmohamady 76 Mousset 80
Nakamba 76

Game Statistics

14 Goal attempts 5
6 On Target 1
12 Corners 4
11 Fouls 14
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
45 % 55

So, tonight was finally the night when Aston Villa continued their paused 2019/20 Premier League campaign after a 100 odd day lull in the fixture list and we welcomed Chris Wilder’s impressively drilled Sheffield United to an empty Villa Park for the game.

Some had high hopes, others were a bit ‘meh’ and there were plenty who were intrigued at how the PL could further fudge the idea of ‘sporting integrity’ given how different the rules and the build-up to this game had been, when compared to our last kick off against Leicester City back in early March.

So, did we turn up – did form matter in this one – or did we continue from where we left off? The line-up took many by surprise at least.

But it was a bright start from us and we were largely on top, so the break definitely suited us from that perspective. Given the chances we had, we should’ve been one or two clear by the half time break and that’s without counting the shambolic decision to not award us a penalty as El Ghazi was fouled in the box. With that said, given one of their efforts clearly crossed the line as Nyland flapped and that was also ruled out, we couldn’t complain too much.

Second half was a pretty similar story, clearly on top, had the better chances but did nothing with them and United were only a proper threat when we made mistakes or gave the ball away. We could’ve arguably had another penalty as well, but it seems the technology on the night was definitely taking a break and the officials didn’t want to make any decisions with the ‘eyes of the world’ on the game.

It wasn’t fantastic, but another three points go begging and so does our game in hand.

I’m not so sure the water breaks will catch on though.

Unused Villa Substitutes:

Taylor, Baston, Jota, Reina, Vassilev.

Unused Sheff U Substitutes:

Jagielka, K Freeman, Osborn, Clarke, Moore, Rodwell.

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