20/01/2021 6:00 pm
Referee: Jonathan Moss
|Manchester City||Aston Villa|
|Bernardo Silva (79), Gundogan (pen 90)|
|De Bruyne||59||Douglas Luiz|
Aston Villa travelled up to a wet and windy Etihad Stadium for today’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, and few fans knew what to expect as although we’ve cleared our little Covid outbreak, we knew players were still affected and it would have some impact on who head coach Dean Smith could actually select.
It was a surprisingly strong line up though so it might have been mind games from Smith, however, we were without Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi dropped to the bench. With Conor Hourihane not being named on the bench, his official departure for Swansea City was announced shortly before kick off.
It was certainly a lively game and we seemed to show no signs of any after effects from our unexpected break from football, and it was a good defensive performance from us – and Manchester City needed some help to finally capitalise in the game.
With eleven minutes left of the clock, Rodri controversially came back from an offside position to steal the ball from Tyrone Mings, and Bernardo Silva scored from the resulting chance. Dean Smith’s tempers got the better of him and he was shown a red for his protests.
Not a VAR in sight it seems.
In the 90th minute, Matty Cash handled in the box for their second but plenty will again feel we’ve been cheated out of something, as despite the hosts overall chances and control of the game, we almost threatened as much as they did in reality and if they hadn’t been gifted the first, it could well have finished differently.