Following quickly on the heels of our return to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign with a point against high flying Sheffield United, Aston Villa were back in action on Sunday as we faced off against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side.
We simply had to build on the small positives we could take from Wednesday’s tie and do all we could to take the three points on offer here as survival was still in our hands ahead of the game, but we were welcoming Tammy Abraham back to Villa Park and few were confident on that front.
Chelsea were certainly out of the blocks quicker and absolutely dominated, but with 10 men behind the ball and a self isolating Keinan Davis doing his best up front, we held firm in defence and despite numerous chances, Orjan Nyland only had to pull off one decent save and he made their second effort look harder than it was. Then bizarrely we took the lead thoroughly against the run of play.
1-0 at half time and few knew what was happening.
Sadly by the end of the second half, everyone was completely aware as we couldn’t ride our luck any longer and having lost some semblance of a presence at the top of the pitch as Samatta came on for Davis, Chelsea were back on level terms and two minutes later they had the advantage.
It was woeful, but we could’ve nicked a point with the chances we had, but predictably, it wasn’t to be.
Two opportunities to get out of the bottom three go begging and we now see if the next round of fixtures go our way and give us a third chance to make things easier.
Unused Villa Substitutes:
Taylor, Baston, Elmohamady, Reina, Vassilev.
Unused Chelsea Substitutes:
Pedro, Caballero, Zouma, Emerson, Gilmour.
Premier League Version Fudge
21/06/2020 4:15 pm
Referee: Paul Tierney
|Pulisic (60), Giroud (62)