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VARy Close For Villa But Another Disappointing Defeat – Match Stats


With pointless international games once again taking the limelight the last few weeks, Aston Villa were finally back in action earlier today as we welcomed Brighton and Hove Albion to Villa Park.

Hopes were high for another positive result given our overall start to the 2021 Premier League campaign, and although Brighton weren’t going to be pushovers, it was a game on paper that we should win.

So typically, we didn’t and instead handed Brighton their first ever win at VP.

Danny Welbeck opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game and despite our best efforts, we went in behind at the break. We were arguably totally on top in reality, dominating good portions of the game but a lack of clinical finishing ultimately cost us.

Ezri Konsa had us back on level terms two minutes after the restart, but within ten they were back in front.

As the game came to a close they were reduced to ten men and we even won a penalty – until VAR confounded everyone by encouraging Michael Oliver to change his mind.

Positives and negatives again and the more optimistic will take the positives of how hard we tried to get back into it at the death, with our heads not falling, but plenty of others will be trying to work out how we didn’t score four or five given the chances we had.

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Bertrand Traore

Bertrand Traore

Ezri Konsa

Ezri Konsa


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Aston Villa
1 – 2

Villa Park

Premier League

21/11/2020 4:00 pm

Attendance: 0

Referee: Michael Oliver

Aston Villa Brighton
Konsa (47) Welbeck (12), March (56)
Martinez Ryan
Cash White
Konsa Dunk
Mings Webster
Douglas Luiz 75 Bissouma
McGinn Gross 96
Trezeguet March
Barkley 5 Lallana 45
Watkins Maupay 80


Taylor Connolly
Steer Jahanbakhsh
Hourihane 75 Alzate
Traore 5/74 Steele
Nakamba Burn 80
El Ghazi 74 Veltman 45
Elmohamady Molumby 96

Game Statistics

15 Goal attempts 7
4 On Target 3
12 Corners 3
5 Fouls 18
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 1
55 % 45

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  • Peter Dryhurst says:

    It isn’t rocket science here!
    Away from home or against the better sides that come at them, they sit back, defend in numbers and play on the break making use of the space behind the opposition’s midfield and defence
    The more conservative sides defend deep, deny them space and just wait for the Villa to gift them a goal or two (or three or four) then hang on for the win. When the Villa are encouraged to push on they simply do not defend very well. They do not look like a cohesive unit and they never seem to be in control of the midfield and defensive thirds. Too often their tactics leave a lot to be desired.
    Much of the improvement can be put down to bringing in better players but there has been no improvement in the team structure or tactical nous in my opinion.
    They are competitive but I believe this side will be held back by moderate coaching

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