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Aston Villa v Brentford Live Commentary, 23/10/2022

FT
4 - 0
AVL
BRE
L. Bailey (2)
D. Ings (7)
D. Ings (14 pen)
O. Watkins (59)
Villa Park

Commentary

Villa make a great start to life post-Gerrard, then, and can look to the future with confidence. They know they're capable of better than they played under him, and this result proves it. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Villa rise to 14th in the Premier League table thanks to this win. They didn't attempt a shot after Watkins' goal, but they didn't need to. They had the three points wrapped up long before then. Brentford stay 10th but now have a negative goal difference. Frank's men will have better days.
Villa celebrate a big home victory! The Villans were on top from start to finish, scoring three early goals through Bailey and Ings, who grabbed a brace. Watkins put the hosts four to the good on the hour. Brentford improved in the second half, but in truth they never got going.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: ASTON VILLA 4-0 BRENTFORD
90' There'll be two more minutes of action here. Danks looks pensive on his haunches in the technical area.
89' Understandably, things have gone a bit flat. Brentford float a hopeful ball towards Martinez which the Villa keeper takes his time to gather.
87' This game's starting to wind down. Archer gets a free-kick out of Henry down Villa's right.
85' Martinez claims a cross into his box. Villa, who've been vibrant on the counter-attack all game, get a corner down their left that's caught by Raya.
83' Coutinho unfairly stops Dasilva in his own half. A Brentford goal does not feel forthcoming here.
C. Archer
O. Watkins
Aston Villa
81' Watkins also heads off, having grabbed a deserved goal. Archer takes his place up front for Villa.
C. Chambers
M. Cash
Aston Villa
81' Villa make their planned substitutions. Chambers takes Cash's place at right-back.
80' Villa head away Canos' cross and scamper upfield. Ramsey buys the Villans a free-kick down their left.
79' Villa are about to make another double change. They seem content with their four-goal haul.
S. Baptiste
M. Jensen
Brentford
78' Brentford make their final substitution. Baptiste replaces Jensen.
77' Jensen's ball in this time is headed out by Villa. The referee gets in the way of play, and Brentford get a drop-ball.
76' It's another Brentford corner. Wissa leaps up and misses his header. McGinn puts the ball out and gives the visitors another go.
74' Toney hassles Mings and gets a corner out of him. Dasilva gets under the delivery and goes for a spectacular far-post volley. It's high and wide.
73' Luiz gets brought down to earn Villa a free-kick in his own half. The hosts are understandably in no rush to take it.
Philippe Coutinho
E. Buendía
Aston Villa
71' Villa bring on one South American playmaker for another. Coutinho replaces Buendia.
J. Ramsey
L. Bailey
Aston Villa
71' Here are those Villa changes. Ramsey replaces the influential Bailey.
69' Villa are preparing to make a few changes. The players stop for a drinks break as they get those lined up.
67' Toney wins a free-kick in his own half as he's brought down by Buendia. The Argentine has been everywhere for Villa.
65' This match has long been over as a contest. Brentford could still regain some dignity by scoring a goal or two though.
J. McGinn
L. Dendoncker
Aston Villa
63' Villa make their first substitution of the game. Off goes Dendoncker. On comes McGinn.
62' Wissa goes for the top right corner from outside the box. Martinez has it covered.
M. Damsgaard
M. Jørgensen
Brentford
61' Zanka also heads off, as Brentford have no choice but to attack. Damsgaard comes on.
Y. Wissa
B. Mbeumo
Brentford
61' That's Mbuemo's last act of the game. On comes Wissa for Brentford.
61' Brentford really should have a goal back! Martinez makes a smart stop from Jensen's long-range strike but can't keep hold of the ball. Mbuemo reaches it and fires into the side netting from the right of the six-yard box.
O. Watkins
Goal
Aston Villa
59' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 4-0 BRENTFORD! Villa are rampant! Watkins reaches Bailey's left-wing cross to fire twice against Raya at the far post. The Englishman won't be denied though and finishes at the third time of asking!
58' Brentford have started this half better than they did the first, at least. Villa still look comfortable.
56' Brentford earn a throw-in down their right. Mbuemo lays the ball off to Janelt but doesn't expect the German's pass back to him. Villa goal-kick.
54' Dasilva smashes a hopeful shot straight into Young. Brentford haven't looked like scoring yet, but the substitute is making an impact.
52' Villa are still playing well. They get a free-kick down their right which Luiz takes. It's floated towards Mings. Brentford head it away as far as Cash.
50' Bailey skips down the left and has Buendia waiting for his cutback in the centre of the box. Zanka gets in the way. Villa get a corner which comes to nothing.
48' Dendoncker's left feeling the effects of a challenge. The Villa fans tease the Brentford fans calling for handball against him.
46' Brentford get things going again. They'll hope to improve after making those two substitutions.
J. Dasilva
F. Onyeka
Brentford
46' Onyeka also doesn't make it back onto the pitch for the second half. Dasilva replaces him in midfield for Brentford.
Sergi Canós
M. Rasmussen
Brentford
46' Frank makes a double change to Brentford at half-time. Canos replaces Roerslev at wing-back first.
Brentford have failed to score a first-half goal in eight of their 12 Premier League games this campaign. They tend to be better in the second half of games, but getting back into this one will be a challenge for them. Villa suddenly look a team unshackled. They'll be delighted with their first-half performance.
Villa fans must think they're dreaming. They've watched their team, who laboured so much midweek against Fulham, race into a 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes before controlling the rest of the first half. Brentford have offered very little so far.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: ASTON VILLA 3-0 BRENTFORD
45' + 3' Bailey jinks into the left of Brentford's box and gets a hopeful shot away. Ajer blocks it. Villa get a throw-in. That'll be that for now.
45' + 1' There'll be three minutes of added time before half-time. Brentford will welcome the half-time whistle.
44' Forty-eight per cent of the action has been in Brentford's half in the last 15 minutes. Villa just won't let them out.
42' Brentford manage to see Villa's latest corner out. Frank will be glad to get his players in for the half-time break.
40' Villa pressure Roerslev into giving them another corner. Dendoncker's shot from outside the box rolls wide before Cash goes for the bottom left corner from distance! Raya gets down low to tip the Poland international's effort aside. It's another Villa corner.
38' Pinnock clumsily handles the ball in an innocuous position. Villa gratefully accept a free-kick.
36' Mbuemo shoots from the left of the six-yard box, but Martinez has his angles covered. Watkins brings down Toney down Brentford's left, giving the visitors the chance to test Villa from a free-kick. Zanka ends up fouling Martinez to let the hosts escape their half.
D. Ings
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
35' Ings is shown the game's first yellow card for a reckless challenge on Ajer.
34' Jensen stays down on the turf after a firm but fair challenge from Luiz. The Dane gets some treatment and is fine to continue.
32' Buendia is the latest Villa player to fire over from range after latching onto Luiz's pass. The hosts are looking sharp.
30' Watkins drifts inside and tees the ball up for Luiz just outside the D. The Brazilian accepts the opportunity to shoot and blasts over first time.
28' Toney pressures Konsa into handing Brentford a corner. Jensen swings it in and Pinnock swings a boot at it on the volley. It hits Onyeka, who's offside, and the linesman's flag quickly goes up.
26' Watkins harries Henry in Brentford's half and ends up fouling him. Villa are putting the Bees' back line under pressure at every opportunity.
24' Young cuts onto his favoured right foot and tries to beat Raya at his near post. The Brentford goalkeeper saves the shot easily. Cash's follow-up attempt seconds later earns Villa a corner, which the visitors survive.
22' Brentford are trying to get their talisman Toney into the game. Onyeka nods down for the Bees' captain, who balloons over from outside the box.
20' There's relatively little action for a few minutes as the ball gets stuck in midfield. It's been a breathless start to the match.
18' Buendia receives a pass from Ings and fires wide from the left of the box. Brentford haven't gotten going yet at all.
16' Brentford have been slow starters in the Premier League this campaign. Only Bournemouth have conceded more than their 12 goals in the first half of games so far this season. Villa have taken full advantage.
D. Ings
Penalty Goal
Aston Villa
14' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 3-0 BRENTFORD! Ings makes it three for Villa in the space of 15 minutes, smashing his penalty down the middle to beat Raya and nab his second goal of the game. It feels as though Brentford are down and out already.
13' PENALTY FOR VILLA! Brentford are all over the place at the moment. The corner comes in and Ajer blatantly tugs over Mings. The referee points straight to the penalty spot!
11' Brentford venture forward and win another corner. Zanka fires wide from the right of the box. Villa quickly turn the chance into a counter-attack, as Martinez frees Watkins with an excellent long-range pass! The Englishman jinks into the box and lashes the ball at Raya, who saves to hand Villa another corner.
9' That's Ings' second goal in three appearances against Brentford. He clearly enjoys playing against the Bees.
L. Bailey
Assist
Aston Villa
7' Bailey knew exactly what Young was thinking there and wasted no time in delivering the right pass to Ings. The Villa winger's grabbed a goal and an assist already!
D. Ings
Goal
Aston Villa
7' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2-0 BRENTFORD! Villa look like a rejuvenated team! Young plays a defence-splitting pass into the inside-left channel for Bailey to run onto. The Jamaican squares the ball for Ings, who fires in from close range!
6' Luiz has a speculative pop at goal from outside the box. It's straight down the throat of Raya, who makes a simple catch.
4' Brentford look to respond quickly, winning their own first corner of the game off Mings as he blocks Mbuemo's shot. Villa handle the situation capably.
Douglas Luiz
Assist
Aston Villa
2' Luiz's fizzed pass to the edge of the box was great, and Bailey's strike was as pure as they come. Brentford haven't switched on yet and have been punished for it!
L. Bailey
Goal
Aston Villa
2' GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 BRENTFORD! What a start by Villa! The hosts force an early corner down their left as Buendia's shot from outside the box gets blocked. They take it short, and Bailey sweeps Luiz's cutback from the byline into the net!
1' The hosts Villa get this game underway!
Villa have never lost a home game against Brentford, although each of the last four meetings between this pair at Villa Park have been draws. This is likely to be another tight affair.
Thomas Frank makes just one change to Brentford from their midweek draw. Ajer replaces Mee in their back three.
Villa's interim boss Aaron Danks makes three changes to the team that sank to Fulham. Buendia, Dendoncker and Cash start, as does Luiz after his red card in that game was rescinded.
SUBS: Ben Mee, Sergi Canos, Yoane Wissa, Mikkel Damsgaard, Matthew Cox, Josh Dasilva, Saman Ghoddos, Tristan Crama, Shandon Baptiste.
BRENTFORD (3-5-2): David Raya Martin; Kristoffer Ajer, Zanka, Ethan Pinnock; Mads Roerslev; Frank Onyeka, Vitaly Janelt, Mathias Jensen, Rico Henry; Bryan Mbuemo, Ivan Toney (c).
SUBS: Jan Bednarek, Marvelous Nakamba, Philippe Coutinho, Jacob Ramsey, Cameron Archer, Calum Chambers, Robin Olsen, Morgan Sanson, John McGinn.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez (c); Matthew Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Ashley Young; Emiliano Buendia, Douglas Luiz, Leander Dendoncker; Leon Bailey, Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins.
Brentford picked up a creditable 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea last time out, securing consecutive clean sheets for the first time since their promotion to the top flight. While the Bees are yet to win on the road in the Premier League this term, they'll be confident of giving Villa another nasty sting before the hosts' fortunes improve.
Villa's 3-0 thumping away to Fulham midweek saw Steven Gerrard become the Premier League's latest managerial casualty. The Villans enter this game under caretaker management and just above the relegation zone. They need to improve quickly at home, having won just two of their last eight Premier League games here at Villa Park.
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