Date: 4th April 2021 at 6:35pm
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Aston Villa
3 – 1
Fulham

Villa Park

Premier League

4/04/2021 4:30 pm

Attendance: 0

Referee: Andy Madley

Aston Villa Fulham
Trezeguet (78, 81), Watkins (87) Mitrovic (61)
Martinez Areola
Cash Tete
Konsa Andersen
 
Mings Tosin
Targett Aina
Traore De Cordova-Reid
 
Douglas Luiz
 
74 Reed
Sanson 67 Loftus-Cheek 83
McGinn Lemina 83
El Ghazi 62 Lookman 47
Watkins Mitrovic

Substitutes

Heaton Ream
Taylor Cavaleiro 47
Trezeguet 62 Bryan
Nakamba Onomah 83
Barkley Maja 83
Engels Zambo Anguissa
Elmohamady Kongolo
Davis 67 Fabri
Ramsey 74 Robinson

Game Statistics

14 Goal attempts 15
4 On Target 7
4 Corners 4
14 Fouls 20
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
53 % 47

A lovely Sunday afternoon and Aston Villa welcomed struggling Fulham to Villa Park for our first game back after the international break.

It was hoped that Jack Grealish would return for this one to give everyone a boost but he seems to have picked up an issue in training yesterday which kept him out, so whilst there’s not a lot that could be done about it, it was hardly a boost when the teams were announced.

It was also a lively start to the game, but not quite by us as we again took our time to get up to speed but it was open and it was clear both sides were going to get chances today – who took them was the question.

At the end of the first half, no one. Neither side actually threatened really, but we did have the obligatory VAR decision go against us. It wasn’t a foul on Watkins by about a toe hair’s length, but quite why the foul on McGinn wasn’t looked at was beyond me.

A woeful 45 minutes for us and we deserved nothing – was that our bad half? Could we get any worse?

The answer was unequivocally yes. Messing around in defence allowed Mitrovic to get clear and round Martinez and it looked like there was no way back.

Dean Smith does the unthinkable and rejigs midfield, bringing Keinan Davis on in the process.

The game slowly changed and 12 odd minutes later Mings made up for their goal by putting Trezeguet in to score the leveller, and three minutes later Davis had his assist as Trez grabbed a brace.

A total turnaround, unexpected mind you, but we had a spring back in our step and the irony is, this was one game that had absolutely no positives unlike others we had not taken points from recently.

It was soon 3-1 as the ever trying Ollie Watkins scored his easiest of the season after a great little ball in by an otherwise criminally inconsistent Bertie.

What a strange game, I think I need a lie down now.

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4 Replies to “From The Ridiculous To The Sublime – Villa Prove It’s A Funny Old Game – Match Stats”

  • I was following on text commentary. There was little going for us and we seemed to have no hope of getting anything out of the game. I went out into the garden for a few minutes, came back and we were 3-1 up! It’s a funny old game indeed. Top marks to Deano changing things up and top marks to Trez for his goals.

    • Game changed with the subs and formation, hopefully this gives him confidence to do it more often as although Davis doesn’t offer a goal threat, he occupies a defence in a way Ollie doesn’t and today was proof of the pudding.

      Up until the final 20 odd minutes, this was the one game where we deserved absolutely nothing from given our play…get the leveller and we finally had a spring back in our step. Confidence is a funny thing.

  • i was on the roof when the mrs talked me down she said its ok they are 3 1 up now, , what a turn around just goes to show its never over .

    • I think everyone was up there with you. I nipped out to grab a drink and when I sat back down we were 2-1 up and I didn’t notice for a minute or so lol

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