Season 2021/2022, Villa bounce back and come from behind to top Leicester

There was much to celebrate around Villa Park on Sunday or anywhere else in Villa fandom.  Steven Gerrard looked as happy as he has previously in his short tenure as Villa manager, mixed with a little relief, as he paraded around after the final whistle.  Going into Anfield after home losses to Man City and Leicester would have made the team tense, not a great mindset facing Mo Salah and his teammates.

The new gaffer can also savor his first come from behind win and the first time his team has had two goals denied (one a head-scratcher and one after Ollie had already been whistled for a foul).  Still, it’s nice to see a Villa opponent’s net bulge four times in a game.

The surprise of one of his center backs getting both goals, and it not being Tyrone Mings, certainly must have been a boost as was the thrilling save by Emi Martinez as he threw himself backwards and stretched his frame to get his right hand to a perfectly directed header, just under the crossbar, by Harvey Barnes, that would have tied the game in the 74th minute.

The manager is building a good sense of his charges and there is lots to like.  The combination of the back four and mid-field trio limited Leicester to one well-taken goal from a half-chance by Harvey Barnes, the snap-header by the same player, and a few other shots on goal from distance that did not bother our keeper.

Now all we have to do is make sure we give it our best against the Reds.


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