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Villa Somehow Take All Three Points From Leeds – Match Stats


After the shambles that was Stevenage, Aston Villa were back in action this evening against old favourites Leeds United.

Manager Unai Emery made the expected changes for this one, and there even a surprise bench place for signing Alex Moreno, so his paperwork must have flown through.

It was a bright start to the game as well, I was barely even online and following a Leeds corner we broke quickly, and Boubacar Kamara found Leon Bailey who hit the box and bent the ball into the back of the net with some style.

1-0 and only three minutes in, this could be a lively one, it was certainly going to be a physical one as Lucas Digne had to go off ten minutes in after a nasty looking collision, so it was a quick debut for Moreno. Ollie Watkins and Emi Martinez also had their fair share of some tough challenges, but 20 odd minutes in it seems the ref was happy to let most things go unless a Leeds player started crying. With that said, they did have a semi reasonable shout for a penalty ignored.

It turned into a scrappy game and we couldn’t really get a foothold, but we weren’t really tested either. We then saw Danby Ings early on as Watkins went off with an injury of his own.

An endless scrappy battle describes the rest of the half, although Leeds had a great chance as they broke through but Moreno did well to cover Martinez on the line. A second opportunity brought a great save out of Martinez and then a great block from Young I think, but you knew the game had turned and they were beginning to cause real problems, and in stoppage time they had a goal ruled out for marginal offside – I have to say it didn’t look like it to me, but VAR strangely didn’t disagree with the referee.

Whatever anyone thought of Leeds style of play, we were lucky to go in 1-0 up with the chances that fell their way late on.

Maybe that was the bad half?

Well, whatever Emery had hoped to tweak at the break really didn’t seem to be working and we had to rely on another wonderful save from Martinez as they remained basically all over us.

It was a tough old half and we didn’t do a lot, and then all of a sudden Bailey woke up and Emi Buendia nodded in the rebound. Despite protests, he wasn’t offside and VAR reversed the decision to make it 2-0.

Thoroughly undeserved, but absolutely hysterical.

Moreno should’ve made it three shortly after as well, so should’ve Ings with his chance, and although there was subtle improvement, and further good chances were fashioned – but not taken – we were still way too open at the back and rather predictably the utter muppet that is Patrick Bamford managed to get one back.

2-1 was how it ended, despite the improvement I have no idea how we won that. I also really don’t care as I’m not sure (again) how some of their players remained on the pitch, and given recent history with this particular side, it’s probably even more enjoyable a win given how poor we were.

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Aston Villa
2 – 1
Leeds United

Villa Park

Premier League

13/01/2023 8:00 pm

Attendance: 42008

Referee: Michael Oliver

Aston Villa Leeds United
Bailey (3), Buendia (64) Bamford (83)
A Young Ayling
Konsa Koch
Mings Cooper
Digne 10 Struijk 66
Bailey Harrison 67
Douglas Luiz Roca 77
Aaronson 77
J Ramsey 81 Adams
Buendia 81 Gnoto
Watkins 32 Rodrigo


Sanson 81 Firpo 88
Ings 32 Bamford 67
Moreno 10 Llorente
Chambers Perkins
Nakamba Robles
Bednarek Kristensen
Coutinho 81 Gelhardt 77
Olsen Wober 66
K Young Greenwood 77

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 16
5 On Target 4
0 Corners 11
12 Fouls 18
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
54 % 46

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  • Pat says:

    Yep. Villa were poor. But then again when you have guys in the VAR box deny Leeds penalties for fouls in the box on Rodrigo and Gnonto and the ref giving most of the decisions in Villas favour I guess you don’t have to play well to get a win. I am no Leeds supporter, far from it. But to see them lose this game after being on top for most of it they must feel sick. And as for Martinez and co time wasting at the end I don’t think I will watch another Villa game ever again. If that is their idea of how to play the beautiful game then it’s a sad day for football. They were and are an utter disgrace. The sooner they are relegated the better the PL will be

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