A two-faced Aston Villa is consolidating its Champions League position

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Aston Villa won at home again, something common in 2023, but that hasn’t happened in 2024. They made it difficult, even when they led 3-0, but Forest managed to get back into the game and put the Unai Emery’s students, who showed two different faces.

In the first half the villains came out to bite and leave Nuno’s players breathless, who came out with less intensity and paid dearly for it. In the 4th minute, Bailey scored a great individual play with a double shot to deliver the goal on a plate to Watkins, the killer.

Nottingham did not change its initial plan, of placing a medium-high block, without pressing high and trying to go on the counterattack. However, they could do little in the face of the hosts’ relentless pressure, who almost found the second with a Watkins shot that Niakhate took under the posts.

Douglas Luiz, the arrival of Unai Emery

The game calmed down a bit, until the ten-minute period, in the 29th and 39th minutes, Douglas Luiz, Unai Emery’s incoming midfielder, scored two goals. No midfielder has scored more goals than Douglas Luiz (8 Goals) so far this Premier season. In the first he finished a great team play with his foot, while in the second he came from behind to finish a great delivery from Mcginn with his head.

Forest failed to revive

In stoppage time in the first half and after the restart, Nuno’s Forest, who were neither there nor expected, showed up and gave Emery’s team a real scare. At 45+4, Gibbs White served a hard-hit corner kick to the far post, Awoniyi whipped it over the top and Niakhate happily slotted it in with his chest. Nuno’s triple substitution at half-time had an impact and Origi especially came out wanting to make a difference. In one of his first games, he provided a brilliant assist to Gibbs White, who scored against ‘Dibu’ with a sting. Aston Villa doubted and Nottingham believed. Elanga had a chance to tie, but Emi stopped it.

The warning was important enough for Villa Park to push back and lead their team, who knew how to turn the tables and get back on track for much of the first half. Again they dominated and lived more in a rival field than in their own field. In the 61st minute, Bailey earned the penalty by taking advantage of a serious ball clearance error by Danilo, giving it to Watkins, who was unable to beat Sels, but the Belgian’s rebound was taken advantage of by Bailey, who needed just push it. I will try.

The game was over and only Hudson-Odoi, with some individual play, created some danger for the goal of the Draw.

match lineup

Build: 442 Premier League playing field
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2
fifteen
7
17
14
31
6
Eleven
8
41
26
7
19
28
18
40
twenty-one
16
9
10
14

Villa Park

Away from Nottingham Forest
1Emiliano Martínez

Matz Sels26

2Matty Cash

Neco Williams7

fifteenAlex Moreno

56′


58′

Moussa Niakhate19

49′

7John McGinn

Danilo28

17Clement Lenglet

Philip18

44′


Four. five’

14Pau Torres

Four. five’

Murillo40

14′


Four. five’

31Leon Bailey

60′


91′

Anthony Elangatwenty-one

6Douglas Luiz

28′

38′

Nicolas Dominguez16

72′

ElevenOllie Watkins

3′


91′

Taiwo Awoniyi9

Four. five’

8Youri Tielemans

81′

Morgan Gibbs-White10

47′


80′

41Jacob Ramsey

Callum Hudson-Odoi14

Local Aston Villa

Replacements

Away from Nottingham Forest
18Joe Gauci

Matt Turner1

25Robin Olsen

Harry Toffolofifteen

Four. five’

12Lucas Digne

58′

Gonzalo Montiel29

16Calum Chambers

Four. five’

Andrew Omobamidele32

Four. five’

29Kaine Kesler-Hayden

Cheikhou Kouyate8

22Nicolò Zaniolo

81′

Giovanni Reynatwenty

80′

47Tim Iroegbunam

Ryan Yates22

72′

19Moussa Diaby

91′

Divock Origi27

Four. five’

27Morgan Rogers

91′

Rodrigo Ribeiro37

Local Aston Villa

coach

Away from Nottingham Forest

Unai Emery

Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo

Source: La Verdad

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