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Aston Villa 0 - Manchester City 0 - Stats

Aston Villa
0 - 0
Manchester City

FA Barclays Premier League

Villa Park

8/11/15 13h30 GMT

Attendance: 36,757

Referee: Craig Pawson

Aston VillaManchester City
01 Guzan     01 Hart    
21 Hutton     03 Sagna    
04 Richards     04 Kompany    
06 Clark     30 Otamendi    
23 Amavi     11 Kolarov    
17 Veretout     25 Fernandinho    
24 Sánchez     06 Fernando    
08 Gueye     17 De Bruyne    
25 Gil     65' 42 Y Touré     78'
19 J Ayew     84' 07 Sterling     84'
09 Sinclair     72' 14 Bony     25'
07 Bacuna     72' 13 Caballero    
16 Lescott     15 Jesús Navas     25'
18 Richardson     18 Delph     78'
28 N'Zogbia     65' 20 Mangala    
31 Bunn     22 Clichy    
39 Gestede     84' 26 Demichelis    
40 Grealish     72 Iheanacho     84'
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: Three points dropped by Manchester City with the deafening clang of a Villa Park crossbar...If ever there was a game that served to emphasise just how much City are making unneccessarily hard work of a Premier League title campaign they should be well clear in, then this was it...The Blues collective first half showing was utterly lethargic in every department, a performance completely at odds with the side's heroics in Spain 4 days earlier. The failure to lay a glove on Aston Villa in the opening 45 minutes was all the more galling when you factor in how desperately limited the home side are...Manuel Pellegrini's men finally turned up for the second period, moving into the higher gears they must maintain to secure silverware this season. Almost immediately The Villans surprise at having previously enjoyed so much possession promptly crumbled as they found themselves retreating into the disjointed rabble mode we've seen so often from them this year. Remi Garde is canny enough to know that his delight at this amazing point (all things considered) will be tinged with deep concern at what looked to be poor fitness levels and the reality that City's at times ridiculous profligacy in front of goal was the cornerstone of this stalemate...This was a wretched missed opportunity from a Manchester perspective, not helped by yet another injury shipped to one of our strikers. The imminent international break affords more time to the absent Kun Aguero and David Silva's rehabilitation from international duty knocks. Yaya Touré's drained expression today suggests we need to freshen things up for the visit of Liverpool and involvement of the dynamic duo in any capacity will inject much needed urgency into the Man of The Match today is Vincent Kompany. I thought he led the side and marshalled an untroubled backline with his usual authority...In conclusion, with the chasing pack now at our heels we cannot afford to again miss the chances we failed to take today in the run up to the Christmas fixtures. Stats Courtesy BBC Sport

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday November 8 2015
Time: 3:26PM


Manuel Pellegrini: "We're disappointed with the draw. I think we did enough to win the game. They had just one shot on our goal, we had three or four clear chances to score. Villa defended very well with nine or 10 players. We tried to break that line. Two or three of our chances were unlucky. This happens in football. Without Bony and without Sergio Aguero we don't have a player who plays inside the box. We have to try and work without them."
Johnny Baguette
08/11/2015 16:14:00
Remi Garde: "It was a nice experience and a fantastic atmosphere. It was a tough game. I can be vey happy with my team today, I saw smiles on their faces. When you play with sadness it does not help you. I tried in the three training sessions we had to deliver my message. Nobody expected we were going to score two or three goals. The difference between the two teams before was huge. Making sure we were well organised defensively was my priority. Some of the players who didn't start today had problems during the week. Nobody will play because he's French or Spanish or British. I saw in training how good or bad they were."
Johnny Baguette
08/11/2015 16:16:00
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