Match: Nantes v Villa
Date: July 23, 2016
Competition: Pre-season friendly
Venue: Stade Leo Lagrange, Saint-Nazaire
Kickoff: 6pm BST
Weather: 24C/76F, partly cloudy
Referee: Yohann Rouinsard
Rudy Gestede [71mins]
Rudy Gestede’s second half goal guaranteed the win over FC Nantes here in the latest game of our pre-season schedule.
It’s now five games unbeaten, this victory following wins over GAK Graz, Telford, Worcester and a draw at Bristol Rovers.
It wasn’t the best of games in truth, with very little goalmouth action but fitness was improved and confidence was increased.
Gestede finished well on 71 minutes after Nathan Baker headed back a Jack Grealish corner.
There were also runouts for new boys Tommy Elphick and Pierluigi Gollini for 90 minutes while Aaron Tshibola slotted into midfielder for final 45 minutes.
Nantes: Dupé [Riou, 46mins], Dubois [Walongwa, 79], Diego Carlos, Djidji, Lima, Rongier [Moimbé, 63], Gillet, Thomasson [Gandi, 79], Kacaniklic [Alégué, 63], Sala [Bammou, 46], Thomsen [Iloki, 63]. Unused subs:, Bagnack.
Aston Villa: Gollini, Hutton, Elphick, Baker, Cissokho, Bacuna [Green, 62], Westwood [Tshibola, 46], Gana, Veretout [Grealish, 46], Ayew [Bennett, 79], Gestede. Unused subs: Bunn, Okore, Gardner, Sinclair, Lyden.