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Aston Villa sidelined its archrivals on Sunday night to move to ninth place in the Premier League.
Dean Smith’s team sowed more misery in West Brom when they defeated the Baggies 3-0 at the Hawthorns, condemning Sam Allardyce to a loss in his first game in charge.
Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring in five minutes and rounded off the victory in the dying embers, converting a penalty shot minutes after Bertrand Traore doubled the lead.
The writing was really on the wall from the 35th minute after the referee updated Jake Livermore’s yellow card to red for a reckless challenge on captain Jack Grealish.
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Anwar El Ghazi
And it was Villa’s captain who ran the show, as he overshadowed both scorers.
The 25-year-old provided an assist for the second, but that was just the icing on the cake for his commanding and creative display. He also managed a whopping eight key passes from his 72 accurate attempts, via SofaScore.
In fact, he received praise from the local press after the match, as BirminghamLive rated his performance a seven out of ten, stating:
“He desperately wanted to put Ollie Watkins in the first half, and it took him longer to reach zero while still being the target of Albion’s ball-winning plans.
“He seemed suffocated by the space in and around the area, which led Villa to have to push a lot and ask for more from his own wings.”
While 90min gave it a rating of eight, labeling it “awesome” in the role of “free.”
Grealish also had more touches (96) than any other player on the court, recording four dribbles and winning three free throws, proving to be Albion’s greatest enemy once again.
In addition to scoring two goals, El Ghazi was particularly wasteful, losing possession 17 times and only threw a precise eight-shot cross, according to SofaScore.
When Villa is at the swan song, his £ 45 million The boss is usually the protagonist, and that was demonstrated again on Sunday night.
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