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

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Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out Ollie Watkins' goal as Crystal Palace earned a Premier League point at Aston Villa.

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

Watkins, who had been a doubt for the game after sustaining an ankle injury against Liverpool in midweek, beat Guehi to Lucas Digne's cross after 69 minutes with his first shot of the game.

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, neither side could find a winner to improve their chances of securing a top-half finish.

Palace remain 11th, 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

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.

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.

Philippe Coutinho, who failed to shine following confirmation of his permanent move from Barcelona this week, was joined by Emi Buendia, Watkins, Conor Gallagher and Zaha in seeing 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

  2. Squad number23Player namePhilippe Coutinho

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  4. Squad number1Player nameMartínez

  5. Squad number2Player nameCash

  6. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  7. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

  8. Squad number5Player nameMings

  9. Squad number27Player nameDigne

  10. Squad number20Player nameIngs

  11. Squad number10Player nameBuendía

  12. Squad number16Player nameChambers

  13. Squad number19Player nameNakamba

  14. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  2. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  3. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

  4. Squad number10Player nameEze

  5. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  6. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  7. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  8. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  9. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  10. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

  11. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  12. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  13. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  14. Squad number1Player nameButland

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

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Crystal Palace 1.

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

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

  4. Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa).

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

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

  8. 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. Foul by Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace).

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

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

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

  13. Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

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

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

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

  17. Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

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

  19. Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

  20. 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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