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Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace: Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp earns Eagles point

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Jeffrey Schlupp scores for Crystal Palace
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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard called on his side to be "more ruthless and clinical" after substitute Jeffrey Schlupp earned Crystal Palace a Premier League point at Villa Park.

Schlupp had been on the pitch less than four minutes when he slotted in from Marc Guehi's knock-down in the aftermath of a free-kick with nine minutes remaining.

Striker Ollie Watkins, a doubt for the game after sustaining an ankle injury against Liverpool in midweek, had beaten Guehi to Lucas Digne's cross after 69 minutes to put the hosts ahead with his first attempt.

"We're a little bit frustrated," Gerrard said. "It was a good battle. With the chances we created, you expect to score more than one goal. We've conceded naively on a set play so we have ourselves to blame."

The Villa boss added: "We need to be more ruthless and clinical. We are creating good chances and we're playing really well but we are conceding stupid goals.

"There are a lot of areas we need to improve and I am sure we will be a lot better come next season."

Danny Ings twice went close inside the opening eight minutes for Villa, shooting wide following a darting run to the near post, and volleying over from Joachim Andersen's attempted clearance.

Palace offered a positive response, but Wilfried Zaha's stinging strike was parried by Emiliano Martinez and the Villa goalkeeper was also equal to Nathaniel Clyne's low effort.

Despite a late flurry of chances, with Watkins firing wide in added time, neither side could find a winner to improve their chances of securing a top-half finish.

Palace dropped down one place to 12th following Brentford's victory over Everton, three points behind 10th-placed Brighton, with Villa still one place and one point behind the Eagles.

Villa and Palace unable to improve top-half chances

Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace: Villa must be 'more ruthless and clinical' - Gerrard

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira challenged his side to clinch a top-half finish and end a pleasing first season under his tenure - which also included a run to the FA Cup semi-finals - on a positive note.

The Eagles are unbeaten in four matches following this draw and require four points from their final two games to match their highest Premier League points tally of 49, achieved in 1992-93 and 2018-19.

Likewise, Steven Gerrard's Villa are chasing a first top-10 placing in the Premier League since 2010-11, but those hopes have taken a blow heading into their final two games.

The hosts were unable to capitalise on an encouraging start, as Ings failed to hit the target with three decent first-half chances - also curling wide after being teed up by strike partner Watkins.

It was Martinez who was the busier goalkeeper, but the Argentine was alert to well-struck attempts by Zaha and Clyne.

Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace: Patrick Vieira 'happy' with a point at Villa

A largely uneventful start to the second half saw Matthew Cash flash an uncontested ball across the six yard box, while the Villa right-back was required to block Tyrick Mitchell's strike shortly before Watkins' opener.

Palace felt aggrieved that Watkins was not penalised for a foul on Guehi as the pair battled for Digne's cross, but Schlupp's near-immediate impact ensured Vieira's side did not depart empty-handed after an even encounter.

"I'm really happy with the performance," Vieira said. "It wasn't easy to concede that goal and we didn't deserve to concede that goal."

The Palace boss added: "We showed quality and character to fight and to find the strength to get back in the game and score."

Philippe Coutinho, who failed to shine following confirmation of his permanent move from Barcelona this week, was among several players to see late efforts blocked by committed defending at both ends.

Villa now host relegation-threatened Burnley on Thursday and title-chasing Manchester City on the final day, while Palace travel to Everton before hosting Manchester United next Sunday.

Player of the match

WatkinsOllie Watkins

with an average of 7.06

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number11Player nameWatkins
    Average rating

    7.06

  2. Squad number23Player namePhilippe Coutinho
    Average rating

    6.86

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    6.69

  4. Squad number1Player nameMartínez
    Average rating

    6.43

  5. Squad number2Player nameCash
    Average rating

    6.41

  6. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz
    Average rating

    6.28

  7. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey
    Average rating

    6.26

  8. Squad number5Player nameMings
    Average rating

    6.24

  9. Squad number27Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    6.21

  10. Squad number20Player nameIngs
    Average rating

    6.14

  11. Squad number10Player nameBuendía
    Average rating

    6.12

  12. Squad number16Player nameChambers
    Average rating

    6.01

  13. Squad number19Player nameNakamba
    Average rating

    5.94

  14. Squad number4Player nameKonsa
    Average rating

    5.73

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number23Player nameGallagher
    Average rating

    6.88

  2. Squad number3Player nameMitchell
    Average rating

    6.86

  3. Squad number20Player nameBenteke
    Average rating

    6.83

  4. Squad number10Player nameEze
    Average rating

    6.73

  5. Squad number14Player nameMateta
    Average rating

    6.73

  6. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic
    Average rating

    6.67

  7. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi
    Average rating

    6.65

  8. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté
    Average rating

    6.63

  9. Squad number16Player nameAndersen
    Average rating

    6.62

  10. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard
    Average rating

    6.59

  11. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp
    Average rating

    6.52

  12. Squad number11Player nameZaha
    Average rating

    6.51

  13. Squad number17Player nameClyne
    Average rating

    6.49

  14. Squad number1Player nameButland
    Average rating

    6.46

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4KonsaSubstituted forChambersat 50'minutes
  • 5MingsBooked at 9mins
  • 27Digne
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 19NakambaSubstituted forJ Ramseyat 66'minutes
  • 23Coutinho
  • 7McGinn
  • 11Watkins
  • 20IngsSubstituted forBuendíaat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Sanson
  • 10Buendía
  • 15Traoré
  • 16Chambers
  • 18Young
  • 25Olsen
  • 33Chukwuemeka
  • 41J Ramsey
  • 47Iroegbunam

Crystal Palace

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Butland
  • 17Clyne
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 89mins
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3Mitchell
  • 23GallagherBooked at 14mins
  • 4MilivojevicSubstituted forBentekeat 78'minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forSchluppat 78'minutes
  • 14MatetaSubstituted forÉdouardat 71'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 9J Ayew
  • 12Hughes
  • 13Guaita
  • 15Schlupp
  • 20Benteke
  • 22Édouard
  • 34Kelly
  • 49Rak-Sakyi
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
41,136

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Crystal Palace 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Crystal Palace 1.

  3. Post update

    Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a through ball.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Digne (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jacob Ramsey.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace).

  10. Post update

    John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joachim Andersen.

  12. Booking

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

  14. Post update

    John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

  16. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

  18. Post update

    Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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