Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa: Ross Barkley praises membership physician after scoring winner

Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa: Ross Barkley praises membership physician after scoring winner

Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley scored his second aim in as many video games for Villa

Ross Barkley devoted his successful aim to Aston Villa’s medical employees as Dean Smith’s facet maintained their 100% begin to the season by edging victory at Leicester.

The sport regarded set to be the primary goalless match of the marketing campaign, however Barkley completed incisively into the underside nook to offer Villa all three factors and ship them second within the Premier League.

Villa have received their opening 4 top-flight video games for the primary time in 90 years.

Barkley joined Villa on mortgage from Chelsea in the summertime and has been spectacular for the West Midlands membership, with the aim his second in as many video games.

Nevertheless, he revealed {that a} knee downside had left him unsure for Sunday’s recreation.

“I used to be 50-50 within the week and our membership physician did a very good job getting me proper,” stated Barkley.

“He stated I might find yourself scoring the aim and I did, so I devoted the aim to him.

“The supervisor has given me the platform to play and I’m excited and looking out ahead to each recreation.”

It had been a colorless Sunday night time encounter till Barkley’s 91st-minute effort, with neither goalkeeper referred to as on to make troublesome saves.

Douglas Luiz had curled a 25-yard shot straight at Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel, whereas Villa’s Emiliano Martinez saved out Youri Tielemans’ deflected long-range strike.

Villa are only one level behind leaders Everton with a recreation in hand, whereas Leicester stay fourth.

Barkley’s brilliance

The fixture was a poignant one, as final season’s equal again in March was the ultimate recreation staged with followers earlier than the coronavirus-enforced suspension to the season.

Since then supporters haven’t been allowed into stadia – however had a crowd been in attendance, many could have been pondering of an early exit as the competition seemed to be drifting in direction of a bore draw earlier than Barkley’s late intervention.

Villa narrowly averted relegation final season however have began this marketing campaign in magnificent vogue, backing up their 7-2 dismantling of champions Liverpool final day out with a slender victory on this event.

They’ve received 4 Premier League video games in a row for the primary time since 2009, stretching their unbeaten run within the competitors to eight video games.

The signing of Chelsea’s Barkley on a season-long mortgage got here as a shock, but it surely appears to be an impressed acquisition by Smith and the England worldwide has fashioned a great understanding with Jack Grealish.

The aim was an excellent strike from the previous Everton participant, striding ahead because the Leicester defence backed off earlier than firing a crisp, low drive previous the attain of Schmeichel.

“We now have seen Ross Barkley do this sufficient instances for Everton and Chelsea so we’re happy he did it for us,” stated Smith.

“It was contact and go whether or not he began. He had a knock to the knee, however a terrific aim and an actual battling efficiency by the entire workforce.”

Foxes fail to fireplace

Leicester had been within the prime 4 for a lot of final season earlier than falling away after the restart, they usually started this time period with three straight victories.

However they’ve since faltered, dropping back-to-back video games, and barely regarded like discovering the online in opposition to Villa.

With out the injured Jamie Vardy to name upon up entrance, Leicester struggled to carve out significant possibilities and Belgium full-back Timothy Castagne and Nigeria ahead Kelechi Iheanacho each noticed their efforts comfortably saved by Martinez.

Even the introduction of the rarely-sighted Algerian Islam Slimani, making his first Foxes look since January 2018 following mortgage spells away, couldn’t spark any attacking impetus for Brendan Rodgers’ facet.

Promising defender Wesley Fofana, 19, was given his debut after signing for £30m from Saint-Etienne, however there was little the French teenager might do to forestall Barkley’s excellent strike.

“I did not assume we deserved to lose,” stated Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.

“We tried to be too exact within the ultimate third of the pitch. It was simply that ultimate ball once we get into the field. It’s nonetheless very early and we are going to proceed to work exhausting.

“We’re disillusioned however we are going to go once more.”

What subsequent?

Leicester are in Europa League motion on Thursday in opposition to Zorya Luhansk (kick-off 20:00 BST), whereas Villa look to keep up their spectacular Premier League begin once they host Leeds subsequent Friday (20:00).

Villa hold it clear – the stats

  • Aston Villa have received their opening 4 video games of a league season for the primary time because the 1930-31 marketing campaign, once they went on to complete second within the prime flight.
  • Leicester have suffered consecutive Premier League residence defeats with out scoring for the primary time since February 2017.
  • Aston Villa are unbeaten of their final eight Premier League video games (W6 D2); their longest run with out defeat within the competitors since October 2011 (10 video games).
  • Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers suffered his first defeat in opposition to Aston Villa within the Premier League since September 2014 (1-0 in command of Liverpool), having received every of his earlier 4 conferences with them since then.
  • Aston Villa have saved a clear sheet in each of their two away video games within the Premier League this time period, after preserving none in 19 away video games within the competitors final season.
  • Ross Barkley has scored in every of his two Premier League appearances for Aston Villa (2 objectives), as many as he managed in his final 42 for Chelsea earlier than transferring to Villa Park.
  • For the reason that begin of final season, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has received 182 fouls within the Premier League (together with 5 tonight) – probably the most of any participant within the competitors.

Participant of the match

GrealishJack Grealish

Leicester Metropolis

  1. Squad quantity1Participant identifySchmeichel

  2. Squad quantity27Participant identifyCastagne

  3. Squad quantity3Participant identifyFofana

  4. Squad quantity15Participant identifyBarnes

  5. Squad quantity6Participant identifyEvans

  6. Squad quantity10Participant identifyMaddison

  7. Squad quantity2Participant identifyJustin

  8. Squad quantity8Participant identifyTielemans

  9. Squad quantity24Participant identifyMendy

  10. Squad quantity26Participant identifyPraet

  11. Squad quantity17Participant identifyAyoze Pérez

  12. Squad quantity13Participant identifySlimani

  13. Squad quantity14Participant identifyIheanacho

  14. Squad quantity20Participant identifyChoudhury

Aston Villa

  1. Squad quantity10Participant identifyGrealish

  2. Squad quantity20Participant identifyBarkley

  3. Squad quantity26Participant identifyMartínez

  4. Squad quantity7Participant identifyMcGinn

  5. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMings

  6. Squad quantity4Participant identifyKonsa

  7. Squad quantity2Participant identifyMoney

  8. Squad quantity17Participant identifyTrézéguet

  9. Squad quantity11Participant identifyWatkins

  10. Squad quantity18Participant identifyTargett

  11. Squad quantity6Participant identifyDouglas Luiz

  12. Squad quantity15Participant identifyTraoré

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27CastagneBooked at 73mins
  • 3Fofana
  • 6EvansBooked at 74mins
  • 2Justin
  • 24MendySubstituted forChoudhuryat 78′minutes
  • 17PérezBooked at 31mins
  • 8TielemansBooked at 41mins
  • 26PraetSubstituted forMaddisonat 68′minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forSlimaniat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Morgan
  • 10Maddison
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 13Slimani
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury

Aston Villa

  • 26Martínez
  • 2MoneyBooked at 40mins
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 6Douglas LuizBooked at 70mins
  • 7McGinnBooked at 32mins
  • 17TrézéguetSubstituted forTraoréat 81′minutes
  • 20Barkley
  • 10Grealish
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 12Steer
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Traoré
  • 19Nakamba
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 22Engels
  • 27El Mohamady

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