Match: Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 31st August 2019
Venue: Selhurst Park
Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Luiz (Hourihane, 71), McGinn, Grealish, Trezeguet, Jota (Davis, 59), Wesley (Lansbury, 85). Unused subs: Steer, Konsa, El Ghazi, Elmohamady.
Story in brief
Aston Villa fell to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace with former striker Jordan Ayew the match winner - but there was real drama at the death.
Ayew bagged what would prove the winner with a fine finish from the left channel on 73 minutes.
The Eagles had built up a head of steam following the 54th minute dismissal of Trezeguet for two yellow cards.
But Dean Smith’s men didn’t give up hope and looked to have levelled in the closing moments at Selhurst Park.
Henri Lansbury fired home but with celebrations starting, referee Kevin Friend waved play back and booked Jack Grealish for supposed simulation in the build-up.
It was undoubtedly a bitter pill to swallow.
Full of frustration
Sometimes you feel upbeat in spite of a defeat because you’re able to focus on the positives.
This was not one of those games, despite obvious encouraging moments, especially the effort and resilience to try and keep Palace at bay after being reduced to 10 men.
The late disallowed goal was all anyone of claret and blue persuasion could think about in the aftermath of our 1-0 loss at Selhurst Park.
Dean Smith summed it up on the final whistle when he said: “I feel for the lads today because, through no fault of their own, they’re leaving here with no points.”
Now it’s about coming back strong for the visit of West Ham in two weeks' time.
It’s now the international break before we’re back in Premier League action on Monday 16th September.
It’s an 8pm kick-off against West Ham at Villa Park, with Sky Sports coverage for Monday Night Football.