February 29, 2024

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Aston Villa player ratings vs Luton as Diaby, Digne and McGinn shine in 3-1 win

Aston Villa defeated Luton Town 3-1 at Villa Park to record their 12th straight home league victory. Before Tom Lockyer turned the ball into his own net, John McGinn and Moussa Diaby gave the home team the lead. However, an own goal by Emili Martinez late in the game prevented Villa from keeping what would have been their third clean sheet of the year. Since the beginning of 2023, Emery’s team has won 20 league games, and for the first time in seventy-two years, they have won more than six of their first ten games in a top-tier season.

John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring against Luton

Villa entered the game fresh off a 4-1 triumph in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night over West Ham and then AZ Alkmaar. Emery’s team has scored 20 goals in their first five home league games after defeating Luton 3-1 this afternoon.

Within the first four minutes of the game, Nicolo Zaniolo had a great opportunity to put the hosts ahead, but they got off to a quick start against the Hatters. After Ollie Watkins set Zaniolo up inside the box, his volley went wide of the post.

Then, after Matty Cash rolled the ball across the box, Watkins missed a fantastic opportunity to break the deadlock himself, failing to convert past Thomas Kaminski from close range. Villa forced an advantage through McGinn a few minutes later.

Following a free-kick that Douglas Luiz had picked out for the Scot, McGinn fired past Kaminski. Following the interval, Villa improved and doubled their lead in the 49th minute after the last 15 minutes of the first half had been lackluster.

Leon Bailey was able to direct Lucas Digne’s cross toward the back post, where it was headed for Diaby inside the box before the striker crashed into the corner. The action then centered on Diaby as Lockyer bundled his cross into the Luton net to set up Villa’s third goal.

Konsa attempted to head the ball safely into Martinez’s gloves in the 82nd minute, but it looped over the goalkeeper and onto the bar before falling off his back and over the goal line.

Player ratings

Emi Martinez

He didn’t face a shot in the first half, but commanded his box well. He will be frustrated he couldn’t keep a clean sheet, especially given the nature of the goal which Villa conceded. 7

Matty Cash

Had the unenviable task of dealing with Chiedozie Ogbene, who tried to use his explosive pace to drive the visitors forward. 8

Ezri Konsa

Another strong showing from Konsa, who kept Carlton Morris quiet throughout. It was his header which led to Luton’s goal. 8

Pau Torres

Progressed possession throughout the match and played a number of key balls over the top for Digne to chase. 8

Lucas Digne

He won the free-kick which led to Villa’s opener and was a constant threat for Luton down the left flank. He also chipped the ball to the far post which ended in Diaby slamming home for the second goal of the game. 9

Boubacar Kamara

He made a number of crucial tackles in the middle of the park this afternoon. 8

Dougals Luiz

The Brazilian ace made his 150th Premier League appearance today and recorded his seventh goal contribution of the campaign by setting-up McGinn’s opener, which was surprisingly his first assist of the season. 8

John McGinn

Outstanding from McGinn all afternoon. He broke the deadlock in first half and drove Villa forward at every opportunity. His running and enthusiasm to win the ball back was needed against a powerful Luton side. 9*

Nicolo Zaniolo

Zaniolo returned to the starting XI after being named among the subs in the midweek win over AZ. He was bright in the first half, linking play with Digne on the left and getting shots away on goal. 7

Moussa Diaby

He was a constant menace for the Luton defence, who couldn’t deal with his runs in behind. He scored his first goal since the win over Burnley and played the ball across the box for Villa’s third. 8

Ollie Watkins

Missed a gilt-edged chance to extend his goal tally in the first half, but Watkins never dwells on a missed chance for long and was desperate to get among the goals. He wasn’t presented with many opportunities to get his goal, but he played his part in another comfortable home victory for Emery’s side. 7

SUBS

Leon Bailey (for Zaniolo, 45’): Bailey is playing his best football in a Villa shirt since joining the club over two years ago. It was a surprise not to see him start this afternoon, but his impact helped Villa cruise to the win. 8

Diego Carlos (for Cash, 80’): N/A

Youri Tielemans (for Kamara, 80’): N/A

Leander Dendonkcer (for Luiz, 90’): N/A

Bertrand Traore (for Diaby, 90’): N/A

Subs not used: Olsen, Chambers, Lenglet, Iroegbunam.

GOALS

Aston Villa: McGinn (17’), Diaby (49’), Lockyer OG (62’)

Luton: Martinez OG (83’)

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