Leon Bailey’s deflected shot gave Aston Villa a fully deserved victory over Manchester City as the visitors’ recent slump in form continued.
Villa were superior throughout against the lacklustre champions, who have now gone four Premier League games without a win for the first time in more than seven years.
City once again missed the influence of the suspended Rodri, having lost their last five games when the Spaniard has been unavailable, but nothing must detract from an outstanding Villa performance which confirmed their stunning development under the management of Unai Emery.
Villa were fearless going forward from the outset, with City keeper Ederson making two fine early saves from Paul Torres and Bailey, while opposite number Emi Martinez did superbly to deny Erling Haaland twice in quick succession.
City lacked composure and were ran ragged at times, and the Villa breakthrough came 16 minutes from time when Bailey’s shot from the edge of the area took a touch off Ruben Dias as it looped beyond the helpless Ederson.
The win moves Villa, who have now won 14 consecutive home Premier League matches, into third place in the table, while City are six points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
Villa look the real deal
Emery is producing outstanding progress at Villa and the emphatic manner in which they overpowered last season’s Treble winners is arguably the finest demonstration of his impact so far.
Villa secured their 14th home league win in a row with a high-quality display allied to a fierce intensity and organisation that is the trademark of their manager.
The 22 shots Villa fired at Ederson’s goal are the most Pep Guardiola has seen his side face since taking over at City, whose meagre two efforts in total was a fair reflection of the hosts’ superiority.
Bailey’s pace and ingenuity tormented City out wide while John McGinn was the epitome of Villa’s tireless attitude that they maintained until the final whistle.
If City had snatched an equaliser, not that looked likely to do so at any stage, it would have been robbery and desperately cruel on Villa.
In the end Villa survived comfortably, even looking the more likely to score again as the match drifted towards full-time.
The rapturous reception for Emery and his players once the whistle had blown was totally merited.
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- 1E Martínez
- 3Diego Carlos
- 14P Torres
- 12DigneSubstituted forMorenoat 90′minutes
- 31BaileySubstituted forDiabyat 85′minutes
- 44KamaraBooked at 87mins
- 6Douglas Luiz
- 8TielemansSubstituted forJ Ramseyat 85′minutes
- 11WatkinsBooked at 60minsSubstituted forDuránat 90′minutes
- 41J Ramsey
- 3Rúben Dias
- 19ÁlvarezSubstituted forKovacicat 68′minutes
- 82LewisBooked at 53minsSubstituted forNunesat 68′minutes
- 5StonesBooked at 45mins
- 47FodenSubstituted forBobbat 73′minutes
- 20Bernardo Silva
Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester City 0.
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester City 0.
Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).
Foul by Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City).
Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Oscar Bobb (Manchester City).
Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Jhon Durán replaces Ollie Watkins.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Álex Moreno replaces Lucas Digne.
Offside, Manchester City. Kyle Walker is caught offside.
Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
Hand ball by Pau Torres (Aston Villa).
Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey replaces Youri Tielemans.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Moussa Diaby replaces Leon Bailey because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).
Erling Haaland (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Diego Carlos (Aston Villa).