[Editor’s Note] Every match, Liam - our young writer - selects a ‘man of the match’ - win, lose or draw. Today, his selection is Marvelous! Thanks Liam!
It was another disappointing result at the true home of English football as Burnley came back twice from a goal down to draw with Aston Villa, a game that Dean Smith’s side should have realistically won.
The Villans started brightly and took the lead in the 25th minute through the skilful Scotsman John McGinn but the goal was ruled out by VAR after Conor Hourihane was ruled to have played into a offside position before McGinn scored, causing the Villa faithful to vehemently express their anger at the officials decision. The home side remained resilient and opened the scoring 8 minutes later with Anwar El Ghazi blasting the ball home after a great counter attack, the Dutchman’s first goal since Aston Villa’s last win against Everton.
Sean Dyche’s men responded midway through the second half through former West Brom player Jay Rodriguez after his bullet header beat Tom Heaton in the net. Then eight minutes after he was substituted onto the field, Trezeguet’s accurate cross fell to Super John McGinn who volleyed the ball past Nick Pope in goal to restore the home side’s lead however two minutes later Burnley equalised once more. Former Aston Villa player Matt Lowton’s cross found Chris Wood who headed the ball home as well securing the Clarets a point in the West Midlands.
Despite lacking a clinical edge, the Villans’ creativity was a positive factor to take out of the game with the boys in claret and blue creating numerous opportunities throughout the match. One of the star men who marshalled the midfield throughout the fixture was my Man of the Match Marvelous Nakamba. The Zimbabwean was a pivotal figure in Dean Smith’s side with the midfielder consistently pressuring Burnley in possession and for the majority of the time successfully intercepting the ball. With the club only spending £11 million on the 25-year old from Club Brugge, Nakamba has completely reenergised the midfield with his tenacity and artfulness impressing the Villa faithful and if he continues to make an impression on a consistent basis then he could become one of the most important players in the squad.
Another frustrating 90 minutes however we need to regroup and go again against Norwich City next Saturday.