Keinan Davis produced his first Premier League goal this evening, securing a point for Aston Villa after a half of all-out-attack.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Aston Villa secured a point against West Bromwich Albion this evening after the visitors to Villa Park lead for the majority of the second game. Keinan Davis’ last gasp goal levelled the score in the 92nd minute – but what did we learn from the tie?
Ezri Konsa is human after all
For the first time in what seems like a long time, Ezri Konsa didn’t have a great game. He was at fault for West Brom’s initial equaliser, giving away an albeit soft penalty by fouling Maitland-Niles in the Villa box. He was also at fault for the second game, or rather unlucky, as he slipped and allowed Diagne in to get a shot away that resulted in an own-goal.
The defender’s night was summed up as he headed to clear a corner and struck his own post and could have doubled the own-goal tally if it wasn’t for the quick reactions of Emiliano Martinez.
Keinan’s off the mark
It’s been a long time since Keinan Davis has scored a league goal, and it’s not exactly fair to judge him by the amount of appearances he’s made, because most of them last around ten minutes. He came onto the pitch this evening and did exactly what was asked of him.
He was unlucky not to grab more, forcing Johnstone into a simple save before striking the post a few minutes later. Hopefully it’s the first of many for the former Biggleswade striker.
Ross Barkley can put effort in
Ross Barkley has come under fire of late for a lack of effort in games, as videos have shown him jogging around and receiving a fair amount of criticism from his team-mates.
In this game, his first start in two months, the midfielder looked a lot better and influenced the game positively until he was substituted for the eventual late-goalscorer.
Wesley Moraes is back!
Wesley made his first appearance in over 480 days following his recovery from a knee injury this evening, a four minute cameo off the bench. He was able to test Johnstone with a header, but ultimately didn’t offer much movement as Dean Smith’s side were glued in West Bromwich Albion’s final third.
Don’t expect too much to soon, but it was great to see the big Brazilian back on the pitch.
Smith’s trying to stop an early holiday
In a post-match interview, Keinan Davis revealed that Dean Smith is trying to stop players “getting on the beach” mentally before the end of the season and has told the players to end the season as they started.
The boss has evidently been frustrated in recent weeks with his side’s recent form, but with a few games remaining, there’s still hope of Aston Villa finishing in the top ten.