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Unai Out Thinks Conte As Villa Get Back To Winning Ways – Match Stats


First off, I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas (or however you celebrated the festive period) and I hope everyone has now sobered up from their exploits on New Years Eve…I think I finally have. For anyone who managed to make the long trip down to Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane ground on New Years Day, they could well require another day or two following on from Aston Villa’s excellent showing and 2-0 victory over Antonio Conte’s side.

Unai Emery raised a few eyebrows with no changes being made to the starting line up that lost 3-1 to Liverpool on Boxing Day, but given many argued that with better finishing that game could well have turned out differently, Emery will have been delighted to see his faith rewarded with a very good and organised performance from the players.

Although the hosts had far more possession, we remained in control of what they were able to do with it and limiting them to six shots (two on target) given the threats that can be Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, says everything. With a far higher foul count, and the fact I believe it took Kane over 20 minutes to gain is first touch, our organisation had them rattled and I imagine travelling fans couldn’t have wished for a better performance to bring the New Year in.

With the first half finishing scoreless, it took us five minutes after the restart to gain the advantage as Ollie Watkins set up Emi Buendia to make it 1-0, and we doubled our advantage 23 minutes later as John McGinn laid it on for Douglas Luiz to make it 2-0 – and Spurs had no counter.

Emery now becomes the first Villa manager since the heady days of John Gregory to win his first two games in charge, and given the fact we now have tactics, and seeing regular slow improvements as the players adjust to his game plans and wants, whilst we’ll continue to show signs of inconsistency for the remainder of the year, it would take a brave fan to argue we aren’t now back on an upward and improving curve.

Long may it continue.

We open the year with a Man of the Match again, I’d almost forgotten what one of those was.

Spurs MotM

Douglas Luiz

Douglas Luiz

Emi Buendia

Emi Buendia

Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Boubacar Kamara

Boubacar Kamara
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Tottenham Hotspur
0 – 2
Aston Villa

White Hart Lane

Premier League

1/01/2023 3:00 pm

Attendance: 61651

Referee: John Brooks

Tottenham Hotspur Aston Villa
Buendia (50), Douglas Luiz (73)
Lloris Olsen
Doherty 80 Young
Perisic 88 McGinn 78
80 Kamara
Hojbjerg 88 Douglas Luiz 82
Gil 63 Buendia 82
Kane Bailey 66
Son Heung-Min Watkins


Skipp 88 Martinez
D Sanchez Cash 66
Emerson Royal 80 Sanson
Dier Ings 82
Sessegnon 63 Chambers
Forster Augustinsson
Spence 88 Bednarek 82
Tanganga Coutinho 78
Sarr 80 Archer

Game Statistics

6 Goal attempts 13
2 On Target 4
5 Corners 3
15 Fouls 10
4 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
59 % 41

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