Steven Gerrard got the better of his former manager Brendan Rodgers as Aston Villa produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Leicester drew first blood when Harvey Barnes scored in the 14th minute. The home side equalized minutes later when Ezri Konsa got his head on an Emi Buendia cross. Konsa scored his second of the night and match-winner in the 54th minute to seal all three points.

Player ratings

Aston Villa: Martinez (8), Cash (7), Konsa (8), Mings (6), Young (7), Luiz (7), Nakamba (7), Buendia (8), McGinn (8), Ramsey (7), Watkins (7).

Subs: Sanson (n/a), Chukwuemeka (n/a), Tuanzebe).

Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Castagne (6), Evans (6), Soyuncu (5), Thomas (6), Ndidi (6), Dewsbury-Hall (6), Barnes (7), Maddison (7), Lookman (5), Daka (7).

Subs: Vardy (6), Perez (n/a), Iheanacho (n/a).

Man of the match: Ezri Konsa.

Managers Reaction

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “You kick every ball on the side. It was a tough game and obviously, it went right to the wire. I think we saw two sides of us today as in the second half we were outstanding to a man, all over the pitch.” he added. “We started winning our duels and winning the second ball, and we started to compete better. In the first half, we gave the ball away too much and were too open.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “I was really pleased with the first half apart from the goal we conceded. We dominated the game, got into some really good areas, some of our play was really incisive,” he added. “My only issue at half-time was the defensive transition – when the ball was dead, we switched off and that allowed three or four counter-attacks. But apart from that, we were in a good position.”

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