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Ezri Konsa's header was the 10th goal Leicester have conceded from set-pieces this season - the joint-most in the Premier League
Ezri Konsa’s header was the 10th goal Leicester have let in from set-pieces this season – the top flight’s joint highest

Ezri Konsa scored twice as Aston Villa came from behind to return to winning ways under new boss Steven Gerrard by beating Leicester in an exciting Premier League encounter.

Having suffered defeat for the first time in Gerrard’s embryonic reign at home to Manchester City in midweek, Villa again fell behind to Harvey Barnes’ opener for the Foxes.

However, defender Konsa touched home Emi Buendia’s header to equalise almost immediately and nodded home a deep second-half corner to make it three wins from four since Gerrard took charge.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers dropped Jamie Vardy to hand Patson Daka a first Premier League start and the Zambia striker set up Barnes to coolly slot through Konsa’s legs and past Emi Martinez.

The advantage lasted just three minutes, Buendia craning his neck muscles to propel Matty Cash’s cushioned header towards the bottom corner, with Konsa poking home to make sure.

Villa thought they were ahead on the stroke of half-time as Kasper Schmeichel parried another Cash knockdown and Jacob Ramsey fired home but the keeper had one hand on the grounded ball and Michael Oliver correctly ruled the goal out after a check from the video assistant referee.

In the end, it mattered little as Konsa punished Leicester’s ongoing set-piece shortcomings by nodding home John McGinn’s corner to push Villa above the Foxes into 10th place.

Villa should have won by more as Ollie Watkins and Ramsey wasted glorious chances on the break although the hosts needed a fantastic fingertip save from Martinez to thwart a Barnes header and seal the points.

Gerrard gets one over on his former boss

Rodgers was the manager who famously almost led Liverpool to an elusive top-flight title during Gerrard’s playing career – and the student now has two wins out of three over the teacher after swapping Old Firm victories in the sole season their managerial stints at Celtic and Rangers overlapped.

That scenario looked unlikely early on at Villa Park, with the hosts frequently over-run by a frenetic Foxes start that was deservedly rewarded by Barnes’ excellently-taken opener.

But after Villa got back on terms, the game became an end-to-end affair that they ultimately gained control of as proceedings wore on.

Leicester still had their moments as Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall headed a great chance wide and James Maddison saw a goal-bound shot blocked by the all-action Cash, who was himself foiled by Schmeichel’s legs at the other end.

However, the Foxes’ failings from set-plays – with 10 league goals conceded from such situations this term – again cost them as Konsa nodded in almost unchallenged.

Villa had been fuming at half-time after Ramsey’s effort was disallowed but Oliver’s decision was correct as the laws of the game state the goalkeeper is deemed to be in possession if the ball is between his hands and the surface.

Jacob Ramsey's goal was disallowed because Kasper Schmeichel had one hand on the grounded ball, thus being in possession
Jacob Ramsey’s goal was disallowed because Kasper Schmeichel had one hand on the grounded ball

They quickly put the disappointment behind them and were on top for the majority of the second half, with only Barnes’ late header and a Maddison effort that curled inches wide providing any alarms.

Leicester, meanwhile, have won just three of their past 12 in the league and must fix the defensive woes that have seen them fail to keep a clean sheet since the opening day.

Player of the match

McGinnJohn McGinn

with an average of 8.12

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

    Average rating

    8.12

  2. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

    Average rating

    7.77

  3. Squad number19Player nameNakamba

    Average rating

    7.76

  4. Squad number1Player nameMartínez

    Average rating

    7.58

  5. Squad number2Player nameCash

    Average rating

    7.41

  6. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

    Average rating

    7.39

  7. Squad number10Player nameBuendía

    Average rating

    7.20

  8. Squad number5Player nameMings

    Average rating

    7.09

  9. Squad number18Player nameYoung

    Average rating

    7.08

  10. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

    Average rating

    7.02

  11. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

    Average rating

    6.97

  12. Squad number33Player nameChukwuemeka

    Average rating

    6.92

  13. Squad number8Player nameSanson

    Average rating

    6.57

  14. Squad number16Player nameTuanzebe

    Average rating

    6.48

Leicester City

  1. Squad number7Player nameBarnes

    Average rating

    5.86

  2. Squad number29Player nameDaka

    Average rating

    5.50

  3. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

    Average rating

    5.28

  4. Squad number25Player nameNdidi

    Average rating

    5.11

  5. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall

    Average rating

    5.07

  6. Squad number6Player nameEvans

    Average rating

    4.81

  7. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

    Average rating

    4.72

  8. Squad number33Player nameThomas

    Average rating

    4.71

  9. Squad number9Player nameVardy

    Average rating

    4.70

  10. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü

    Average rating

    4.51

  11. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

    Average rating

    4.43

  12. Squad number37Player nameLookman

    Average rating

    4.19

  13. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

    Average rating

    3.88

  14. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

    Average rating

    3.71

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Young
  • 7McGinn
  • 19NakambaBooked at 55mins
  • 6Douglas LuizSubstituted forSansonat 77′minutes
  • 41J RamseySubstituted forTuanzebeat 84′minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10BuendíaSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Sanson
  • 12Steer
  • 16Tuanzebe
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 30Hause
  • 32Philogene-Bidace
  • 33Chukwuemeka
  • 39Davis
  • 47Iroegbunam

Leicester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 33Thomas
  • 22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forIheanachoat 86′minutes
  • 25Ndidi
  • 37LookmanSubstituted forVardyat 65′minutes
  • 10MaddisonBooked at 90mins
  • 7Barnes
  • 29DakaSubstituted forPérezat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 20Choudhury
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 38Daley-Campbell
  • 42Soumaré

Referee:
Michael Oliver

Attendance:
41,572

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1.

  3. Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

  4. Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Foul by Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa).

  7. Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ashley Young.

  8. Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Çaglar Söyüncü with a cross.

  9. James Maddison (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

  11. Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Foul by Ashley Young (Aston Villa).

  14. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

  16. Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

  17. Ashley Young (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Marvelous Nakamba.

  19. Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

  20. Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

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