Returning to Premier League victory with win over Villa – report and reaction
A great home victory
There was real intensity in the game with both teams engaged in the tackle as each tried to win the midfield battle, although there were few scoring opportunities in the first half of the first. period.
It wasn’t until the 22nd minute that the first chance presented itself, Harry Kane shooting well but he came so close a few minutes later. Tanguy Ndombele suffered a foul from Douglas Luiz just inside Villa’s half and Kane hit a quick free kick that needed a full stop from Emiliano Martinez. Son then dragged a wide shot but we were in front right after. Hojbjerg started the movement, picking up the ball halfway and feeding Son the lower right, and when he received a return pass just outside the zone, the Denmark international touched and applied a finish measured at the bottom corner.
Villa applied pressure with a series of balls in our box from corners, set pieces and long throws, but we treated them well defensively and their closest chance was 42 minutes with John McGinn in half-volley just off 20 yards.
Two good pieces of defense preserved our lead just two minutes after the break, with Oliver Skipp’s air clearance preventing Danny Ings from coming in at close range with Cristian Romero entering a great block to negate Targett’s corner strike. On the other end, Emerson Royal’s training was flawlessly led by Tyrone Mings before Son flew over the bar, then the South Korea international escaped to the left and into the zone, Kortney Hause shrugged but Martinez refused at point blank range.
Ndombele produced a superb trick into the box to work some space, but Martinez saved his shot down before Villa equalized in the 68th minute with Targett’s low cross coming inside the box. six yards from Watkins. But we didn’t stay long late, showing a great response as Son pulled away down the flank again and this time his low cross was knocked down by Targett as he tried to deny Lucas. Villa tried to respond again, with Danny Ings testing Hugo Lloris but the best chances in the finals fell in our way. Substitute Giovani Lo Celso curled up and should have done better in the 87th minute after Kane’s smart back heel fell perfectly on him, but, as he beat Martinez, he was pushed back by Ezri’s block Konsa. A minute later Kane was in goal but Martinez saved again to keep Villa pretty much in the game but for the duration of the stoppage time we were able to keep the ball deep inside Villa’s territory. to remove the sting from the game and achieve a battle victory.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has made three changes from our last Premier League outing at Arsenal as Royal, Romero and Skipp replace Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez and Dele. There were eight changes from Mura on Thursday night, with Romero, Sergio Reguilon and Skipp retaining their places in the starting XI.